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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Triplet born in STNM Hospital

It is not often that you hear of triplets born in Sikkim and when it happens it is a news. Three girls Ganga, Jamuna and Saraswati named after the great rivers, these triplet was born on the centenary year of the STNM Hospital, Gangtok on September 27, 2017. Born to the couple Man Bahadhur Tamang and Sapna Tamang from Lingmoo near Yangyang, South Sikkim.

Interestingly it was told by her mother that ultrasound report did not said about the triplet. She was brought to the hospital in the evening and the babies born the next day.  Eldest of the girl weigh 2,600 gm and the other two 1,800 gm



Video : The Voice of Sikkim
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

5th LEGISLATORS’ MEET AT THE SUSTAINABLE MOUNTAIN DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT VI, AIZAWL

September 22, 2017, Aizawl: The Sixth Edition of the Sustainable Mountain Development Summit organized by the Integrated Mountain Initiative annually, concluded at Aizawl on the 22nd September. The three- day long Summit was a platform for discussion and brainstorming of ideas and solutions for issues surrounding its two major themes- Climate Change and Sustainable Mountain Cities. A Meet of the Legislators from across the Indian Himalayan States held under the aegis of the Summit was a grand success. 
The Meet was chaired by the Hon’ble Speaker of Mizoram State Legislative Assembly, Shri Hiphei and co- chaired by Member of Parliament from Sikkim, Shri PD Rai, themed ‘Climate Change- Impacts and Way Forward’. The Meet saw the active participation of 8 Members of Parliament from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Assam and Uttarakhand, 19 Members of Legislative Assemblies including two Ministers and Deputy Speakers from all 11 Mountain States. 
Shri Hiphei, Hon Speaker, drew the attention of the Delegates to the issue of Climate Change and adverse impacts due to excess rain. He said that for floods adequate relief measures were in place however, for landslides no such mechanisms were available. Hence, said that this must be looked into immediately. He looked forward for interesting debate and discussion over the next few hours. He thanked IMI for the bringing this meet and also thanked all the Legislators who made their presentations in Hindi. He said that the MSLA was enriched and the dignity of the Assembly enhanced by this. Shri Rai reflected on the value of the IMI platform and the Legislators Meet. He said that the increasing interest of the Legislators in the meet showed the usefulness of the conversations that were happening amongst Legislators. He said that this meeting was by far the most in terms of participation. 


The Keynote Speaker Dr. Mandira Kala, from PRS Legislative Research drew the attention of the Legislators towards challenges facing the region, cross sectoral impacts of climate change at the level of constituencies and need to strengthen Policy framework on Climate Change. All the legislators present participated in the discussions. The discussion surrounded challenges, legislative measures already present in states and necessary future action. Some of the issues raised by the Hon MPs and MLAs were - recent series of extreme climatic events such a heavy rains, floods and landslides affecting the region; policy Framework by the Center often does not take into account that the increased cost of infrastructure projects in the North Eastern Region; lack basic infrastructure such as hospitals and schools in far flung areas of most Mountain States and adverse impact of climate change on main drivers of economy such as agriculture and tourism. 
A set of policy initiatives and reforms were put forward by the Legislators. So me of the suggestion were that traditional knowledge preservation has to be actively boosted in order to live in harmony with nature; consideration of the green bonus of 2% of Gross Budgetary Support to States, recommended by the BK Chaturvedi Committee; an integrated Ministry for Himalayas as a solution going forward; adequate fund allocation is required to make farmers shift to sustainable farming practices; need to formulate policies to accommodate probable influx of climate refugees from our neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh and focus on renewable energy has to be enhanced. 
Shri Conrad Sangma, MP, summarized the ideas that came out of the animated meeting. He also read out the Aizawl Declaration and was supported by all members with thumping of desks. Sikkim's MLAs, Shri Choppel and Shri T. W. Basnet attended the meet and also participated in the deliberations. The Legislators' Meet concluded with the unanimous adoption of the Aizawl Declaration 2017, centered around re-engineering State Action Plans for Climate Change; engaging more at the Constituency Level; working closely with Universities for Research; stepping up disaster preparedness and intervention and oversight by Legislators in the Parliament and State Legislative Assemblies
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

How to change Whatsapp language setting?

I never knew when i hit the 'hindi' language button on my Whatsapp setting. Since then trouble, trouble and only trouble. Tried to show it to everyone i knew but with little help. I went through all the phone surfing until i found it and i am here to share it. 
Open your Whatsapp settings then go to chats then inside the top flank you have App Language. whew!! that's it. Now it seem easy but earlier its was itchy!

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Rotary Club of Gangtok Confers Nation Builder Awards 2017 to Teachers


Engineers build bridges, Doctors save lives, Police ensures law & order, but it is the teacher who builds all of them and in that sense they are the true Nation Builders. Acknowledging the efforts of the teachers, who are the True Nation Builders, is crucial. Rotary India Literacy Mission’s Nation Builder Award recognizes one outstanding teacher from a school through an evaluation process which involves the participation of the Principal/ Head Teacher and 10 students for each school. This year Rotary Club of Gangtok chose 25 schools of East Sikkim and evaluated teachers of these 25 schools. 
The 25 outstanding teachers of these schools were awarded with Nation Builder Award by Rotary Club of Gangtok. After a brief citation presentation program of the club with Joint Director East, Human Resources Development Department (HRDD), Govt. Of Sikkim, Mrs Tshering Keyee as chief guest at Hotel Tara Palace, they all received recognition in front of Honourable Governor of Sikkim, Shri Sriniwas Patil, Minister of HRDD, Shri R. B. Subba and host of other dignitaries in the State’s Teacher’s Day Function organized by Human Resource Development Department at Chintan Bhawan on 5th September 2017. 
Members of Rotary Club of Gangtok were also present at the occasion and felt that by honouring these outstanding teachers, they were also paying tribute to their own teachers and encouraging the teacher fraternity to do even better







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Saturday, September 02, 2017

Agriculture Minister Somnath Poudhay innagurates Shantinagar Badminton Court

The cemented badminton court at Shantinagar Ranikhola Walkway Singtam was inaugurated on 30th August 2017 on the occasion of National Sports Day by Shri Somnath Poudyal, Hon’ble Minister and Area MLA 17 Kamdong Singtam Constituency. The function was organised by Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti at the Shantinagar Playground. The guests included President SNP Shri Sawan Kr Pradhan, Councillors Smt Rajani Singh, Shri Bhumi Subba, Panchayat President Shri Bimal Lamichanay, RO Shri Manzil Kharel, Shri Mohan Pradhan “Neeraj”, Shri Bijay Pradhan, Shri Nishant Subba, Shri Sarad Lama, Shri B.B.Lopchan, Shri Gupta Subba, Shri Uday Pradhan, Vice principal of Singtam Sr Sec School, students & Staff of Sumin Linchey Sec School and Archigos Preparatory Academy and guests from the media fraternity Shri Nandu Dutraj, Shri Johny Rai and Shri Yougan Tathal. 


The program was hosted by Advisor SGSS, Shri T.B.Pradhan, He briefed the audience about the National Sports Day and how sports help us to maintain health and physical fitness. President SGSS Shri Krishna Chettri in his speech welcomed the guests and explained the motive of construction of the court. He also said it was our effort for the betterment of society to keep our youths engaged in sports activities. He went on to thank Hon’ble Chief Minister, Dr Pawan Kumar Chamling for his great vision and for providing this Ranikhola walkway to the people of Singtam which has been asset for this town. He also thanked the Area MLA Shri Somnath Poudyal for his immense support and contribution to the society. Two exhibition matches were also played on the day, the highlight being the exhibition match between Hon’ble Minister Shri Somnath Poudyal vs Shri Sawan Kumar Pradhan, President, Singtam Nagar Panchayat. Another exhibition match was played between the team of Shri Lalit Pradhan & Dr J.B.Gurung vs Shri Ajay Rai (SHO, Singtam PS) & Shri Kiran Rai. Special referee for the match was Dr A.H.Khan. 
The Chief Guest in his speech lauded the effort of Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti for taking this noble initiative and setting an example for others. The Chief Guest was also felicitated by Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti for his effort towards the creation of a new ward Shantinagar in Tinek Chisopani, GPU. The audience were also entertained by a dance performance from the students of Archigos Preparatory Academy, Shantinagar. They were also mesmerized by two songs by the students of Sumin Linchey Secondary School. Advisor SGSS, Shri L.N.Pradhan briefed audiences the names of the contributors who helped financially for the construction of the court and thanked them individually. He also thanked all the people associated with it who helped in different ways for this noble cause. 
The programme was ended with Vote of Thanks by Shri Dushyant Lama. Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti once again thanks each and every individual associated with the contraction of badminton court that helped and supported us.
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