Monday, June 25, 2018

CIA reports UFO activity in Sikkim in 1968

A copy of CIA reports of Sikkim UFO sightings in 1968
UFO activities and strange happening have always fantasized me since my childhood. I don't claim i have come across one of them. But i believe for my future reference i would like to document that once in my childhood (I might be 9-10 years old) at Bhanu Park, Singtam while playing with my friends i saw something at sky that i never told anyone. I saw a white object that looked like a 'felt hat'. It was not more than few second that i lost that object at the sky. I never discussed it with anyone. Much latter when I came across books about the UFOs, I would give myself a push, was that a UFO. 
UFO sightings in Sikkim is rarely heard or reported but it was after the declassification reports posted online by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) one such report of UFO sighting of 1968 at the Himalayan region caught my interest. The report mentions the UFO activity of Februry-March 1968 at India/Nepal/Bhutan/China. The sightings at Sikkim was recorded at Lachung, Lachen, Thangu, Muguthang and Chholhamu on February 19, 1968. The report reads, the directions was North East to South West. The objects was giving light from the tail and it was not bright enough to brighten the entire area. The thunder sound was heard at Chholhamu after the sighting of the object. 
So, this is the first official sighting of UFO in Sikkim, making it a point that we were visited in the past and we have equal chances that they might had been visiting us here and there.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

SCA attends Special General Meeting of BCCI

Special General Meeting (SGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was held in Delhi on 22.06.2018. The President of Sikkim Cricket Association (SCA) Lobzang G. Tenzing represented Sikkim. During the meeting among other agendas the most important was for Northeast states playing Ranji Thropy for the first time in a new format. Exiting Ranji teams will be in the “Elite Division” and the rest in “Plate Division”.  

The decision was made that in the upcoming domestic season, new teams including North Eastern States and Bihar will be playing against each other in the plate division. The top 2 teams from the plate division will then face the bottom two sides of group A, B and C of the elite division and the best two will promoted to the elite division in the following season and bottom 2 from the elite division will be relegated to plate division.

The modalities will be worked soon but the President of SCA Lobzang G. Tenzing was thrilled to note that SGM for the first time resolved to involve Northeast States in Ranji Trophy. He said that, this is the result of the hard work put up by the office bearers of Northeast States Associations in last two years. The united front of cricket associations of Northeast States under the umbrella of North East Cricket Development Committee (NECDC) has been in the forefront of lobbying for development of Cricket in North East, he added.

This is a brilliant chance for our boys’ to showcase one’s talent in the National arena and playing for the National Team and IPL in future as Ranji Throphy is the main platform. President Lobzang G. Tenzing wishes luck to the players of Sikkim Cricket for the upcoming season and asks the senior cricketers to take up cricket more seriously. He also mentioned that now he awaits SCA to be full voting right member of BCCI.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

SPNS conducts Philatelic and Numismatic workshop at TNA

Gangtok, June 09: Sikkim Philatelic and Numismatic Society conducted a one day Philatelic and Numismatic workshop at Tashi Namgyal Academy at Gangtok. Display of philatelic and numismatic materials was also kept for the students.  TNA becomes the first school in Sikkim to set up a Philatelic and Numismatic club, reads the press release.

The power-point presentation of how to start philately was explained by Vivek Yonzone while the Numismatic Workshop was carried out by Vikrant Yonzone. Ganesh Pradhan, President SPNS congratulated the school for coming up with the hobby club for students. Pradhan also thanked Retd. Major VK Pillai, Director cum Principal, TNA for initiating the hobby club. Shital Pradhan, Secretary, SPNS speaking on the occasion appealed to the students to appreciate the beauty of the hobby and pursue it with sincerity and dedication. Philatelic and Numismatic hobbies if done in a proper way can give you name, fame and above all knowledge of the world around, added Pradhan. 

Roshan Prasad, International Medalist on Philately shared with the students about launching a Scholarship Scheme called Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana to award children in the class category of Standard VI to IX by the Department of Posts, Government of India. From the TNA school, teachers involved at the stamp club included Parbati Basnett, Kelsang Wangmoo, Nirmala Pradhan and Adwina Gurung.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

World Environment Day 2018 : Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti

Singtam, 05/6/2018 : Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti conducted a plantation drive at Ranikhola walkway in Shantinagar on the occasion of World Environment Day 2018. Present on the occasion as special guests were Manzil Kharel, RO (Singtam Range) and Roshan Rai, SHO (Singtam P.S) along with ward panchayat of Shantinagar Deepa Chettri and members of SGSS.
Around 100 saplings were planted along the Ranikhola walkway after cleaning the area. Krishna Chettri, President SGSS welcomed the guests in his speech and talked about the importance of protecting our environment. 
RO Manzil Kharel showed a demo of how to plant a sappling in a correct way and also thanked SGSS for their effort. He also said these trees are here because of our ancestors and therefore it is our responsibility to plant trees and protect this environment for our future generation.
SHO Roshan Rai appreciated the work of SGSS and emphasised on protecting these sappling after its planted and provided his full support to do so. Advisor L.N.Pradhan thanked the guests and the members of SGSS for their support and presence.