Development Leadership Award to Chief Minister Chamling-President
of India praises Sikkim
New Delhi October 6:
Sri Pawan Chamling was today conferred the prestigious 2016 ‘Sustainable
Development Leadership Award’ by the President of India,
the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) organized by The Energy
and Resources Institute (TERI) at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. While
presenting the award, President Shri Mukherjee hailed Sikkim as the most
progressive State of the Union and
applauded Sri Chamling’s leadership in making Sikkim the first organic
State of the country. He said that Sikkim has always endeavored to
maintain harmony with the requirements of climate change. President
Mukherjee further recalled his long association with Sri Chamling,
spanning more than two decades, and complimented him on being the
longest serving Chief Minister of a State of the country. He wished Sri
Chamling success in the march of Sikkim towards its developmental goals.
Sustainable Development Summit in New Delhi,
Chief Minister Chamling Address the
New Delhi, October 6:The World
Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) is being
organized by the Energy and
Resources Institute (TERI) from October 5-8, 2016, in New Delhi under
the broad rubric of ‘Beyond 2015: People, Planet and Progress’. The WSDS
organized by TERI as an
annual feature is India’s foremost platform discussing
issues of sustainability since 2001. The Railway Minister, Government of
India Sri Suresh Prabhu also shared the dais with the Chief Minister Sri
Pawan Chamling and in his address spoke very highly of Sikkim’s efforts
in the field of sustainable development.
Sri Pawan Chamling,
Chief Minister of Sikkim who delivered the special address at the
plenary session of the WSDS, that was held at the India Habitat Centre,
New Delhi and was attended by dignitaries from all across the globe.
Chief Minister Inaugurates Another new Temple in Sikkim,
Shri Vishwa Vinakaya Temple
Rhenock October 3: Shri Vishwa Vinakaya Temple” was
formally inaugurated by State Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling and
Shri Dinesh Chandra, Organizing Secretary General of Vishwa Hindu
Parishad inaugurated the newly built “Shri Vishwa Vinakaya Temple” at
Rungdung, Rhenock, East Sikkim toady and dedicated it to the people of
Sikkim. After the inauguration ceremony, Chief Minister Mr. Chamling
while addressing a gathering of people and students expressed his
gratitude to Shri Dinesh Chandra for sparing his precious time and
making it possible to attend the function. “His gracious precence is the
pride and honour to the people of Sikkim.” Chief Minister Chamling said.
Further he added that it’s the good fortune of the people of Sikkim that
they have the blessings of Shri Chandra. He, on behalf of the people of
Sikkim welcomed Shri Dinesh Chandra.
SIBLAC And BLPF Condemn Allegation on LT Issue
Gangtok, October 4: Sikkim Bhutia Lepcha Apex
Committee (SIBLAC) and Sikkim Bhutia Lepcha Protection force (BLPF)
condemned the reported statement of Chief Minister of Sikkim on his
speech on October 2.
Photo: SIBLAC and BLPF addressing
the media at Press Club of Sikkim
While speaking to media person here at Press Club Sikkim,
Shri Tseten Tashi Bhutia said, " We strongly condemned the statement of
Chief Minister Chamling about Limbu and Tamang seat reservation issue in
which he alleged SIBLAC and SKM party for any possible delay for seat
reservation to Limbu and Tamang for Sikkim Assemly . It is reported in
the media that LT seat may be delayed due to the reason of SIBLAC
and SKM. Tseten said that "we support the demand of LT seat reservation
and also the seat reservation to Nepali community." Further, he said
that state government must be transparent enough and the memorandum
submitted to the Centre by state government must be made public as the
people has right for information."
SKM Party Sets Ultimatum to State Government on
Appointment to Non-Sikkimese & Concern over ITFT Students
3: Sikkim Krantikari Morcha( SKM) has given ultimatum to the
State Government with regard to the appointment of a non-Sikkimese lady
at capacity building on temporary post and growing concern of the
students of Sikkimese students who were studying ITFT Chandigarh. SKM
party has demanded the Government to revoke the appointment of a non-Sikkimese
lady and setting up of a Fact Finding Committee on the matter of the
Sikkimese students who were send to ITFT, Chandigarh for higher studies
wherease the institution was found not recognized by University which it
is stated, was known only after 3 -4 years by the students.Earlier, the party President and MLA met the State Chief Secretary
and demanded the action on the matters. It is reported that Chief
Secretary assured to find out the solution within 10 days. The SKM party
declared that the party has set ultimatum up to October 21 and if the
proper solution will not be found out by the state, it is warned that
the party will launch a bigger agitation.
Department Issues Statement on the matter
of Students of ITFT College
Gangtok, September 27:A
meeting was called in the Chamber of Principal Secretary, HRDD Sri GP
Upadhyaya, IAS, in which the Commissioner-cum-Secretary, SJEWD Sri
Ravindra Telang, IAS, Director (Higher Education), HRDD Sri Jitendra
Singh Raje, IAS, Joint Director (Scholarship) Sri Chuksung Lepcha, SJEWD
and Regional Director, IGNOU, Gangtok, Shri Y. Bhutia were present.
Principal Secretary, HRDD then
spoke to Prof. Ravindra Kumar, Vice Chancellor, IGNOU and explained to
him regarding withholding of admission to students of ITFT by the IGNOU
Regional Centre at Gangtok. After the detailed discussion on the issue,
the Vice Chancellor assured that the students will be allowed to
continue their course for which they were admitted. He then also gave
necessary directions to the Regional Director, IGNOU over phone to
immediately allow the students to continue with their course and that a
written clarification to this effect will also be sent at the earliest.
The Regional Director further emphasized that he has never questioned
the validity of degree issued by the Punjab Technical University and
after having received the instructions directly from his VC, the matter
According to a press
statement, the department claims that the issue raised by students of
ITFT regarding withholding of admission in IGNOU stands fully resolved.
On the other hand, Minister Tulshidevi Rai, in a social media expresses
the certificates issued to the students are valid and
just because IGNOU does not have similar course in Masters Level does
not mean that certificates are not genuine nor does that mean that
their future is ruined.
Further, she appealed
the students not to fall easy prey to political baits. They have
nothing to offer except instigation, which is against their interest.
Regarding issue, the aggrieved students have demanded the Department to
find out solution at once for their interest.
Photo: The Cleanliness drive by the students of Holy Cross School,
Welcome to Sikkim.............!!!
Sikkim is one of the most peaceful and
beautiful state of India. This Himalayan state is
by West Bengal, China, Nepal and Bhutan in the
East. With a total area of 7,096 sq.km, Sikkim covers 0.22 percent
of the total geographical area of India with a population of
540493 (2001 census). Climate of Sikkim varies from tropical to alpine.
The maximum temperature during summer is 25 degree Celsius and the
minimum temperature is 13 degree Celsius. During winter, the maximum
temperature is 13 degree Celsius and the minimum temperature is 04
degree Celsius. Usually, the best season to visit Sikkim is April to
June during pre-summer season and October to December for winter season.
During summer, light woolens clothes are ideal to use while heavy
woolens clothes are best during winter season.
How to visit Sikkim ?-
From Delhi or most of the metropolitan cities of
India, one can make a trip up to Bagdogra airport of North
Bengal, the nearest port. One can even hire Pawan Hans
helicopter service from Bagdogra to Gangtok, otherise, any
one can hire taxi from Bagdogra to Gangtok which is three
and half hour journey.
The capital Gangtok is well connected by roads
with Siliguri, Kalimpong and Darjeeling. Private Buses and
taxis are available.Sikkim Nationalized Transport(SNT) bus
service run by Government of Sikkim too available from
Siliguri to Gangtok and back. Bus and other private taxi
services are available from Siliguri SNT bus terminus,
There are as many as places of tourist interest
in Sikkim. Local taxis and conveyance are available to
visit these places from Gangtok. Permit to visit Nathula is
available from Gangtok.
agents, trek & tour operators
There are more than 120 travel agents and trek &
tour operators registered and recognized by Government
of Sikkim. They are very professional and hospitable who
organize everything require for the esteemed tourists
visiting in the State. They are well trained and equipped.
Complaints can be lodged against any person who
unnecessarily harass the tourist. "Tourists are our guest"
is the slogan of every Sikkimese people according to their
tradition and culture. If you have any query or
willing to know detail information
about Sikkim, you can get our free service by e-mail .
Put your questions at
or Contact: Sikkim Tourist Information Centre, MG Road, Gangtok
Sikkim Tourist Information Centre, New Delhi: 14 Panchsheel Marg,
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi PIN 110021Ph:011-26115346; 26115171. Sikkim
Tourist Information Centre, Kolkata:
4/1, Middletown Street, Kolkata-16 Ph: 22817905
Sikkim Tourist Information Centre, Siliguri: SNT Colony, Pradhan Nagar,
Siliguri,West Bengal Ph: 2512646
If you have any complaint, you can always make such complaint at any
tourist information centre or nearest police station. However, the
policy of Sikkim Government is to give best treatment to all the
visiting tourists as guests. However, sometime, over charging of fare by
taxi drivers or travel agents have come to the notice which has been
amicably settled too.TAAS, an association of travel agents too settled
such issue in the past.
BE SINCERE ENOUGH THAT YOUR COMPLAINT IS GENUINE ONE AND SUPPORTED BY
Please do not throw garbage at random.Eco-tourism
as a sustainable development is the main objective of tourism in Sikkim.
Tourists are requested not to dispose off garbage at lakes and holy
places. They must be collected and be disposed off in the garbage bag or
How to visit Sikkim ?
The view of Lachung, North
during snowfall time in
The view of Tsomo or Changu
lake, East Sikkim during snowfall time in winter
Photo: The Ropeway car riding from Deorali ,
Gangtok to Secretariat is a joyful experience. The tourists are enjoying the ride in this season.Those who are visiting this season are most fortunate
ones to have experienced this kind
of pleasant climatic condition at all.
Photo: Chardham or Siddheswari temple at Namchi
Seat Reservation to Limbu and Tamang In Sikkim Legislative Assembly
-by Bijay Bantawa
The seat reservation issue in Sikkim
legislative assembly is being debated in public domain and in assembly
since Limbu and Tamang were given the tribal status in 2003 . If we look
back to the history of Sikkim, all the seats arrangement of the state
made so far reflect the spirit of the 8th May
Agreement of 1973 and thereafter the resolution passed in the Indian
parliament under which 371F is enshrined in the constitution with the
merging of Sikkim in India in 1975. The safeguard of the interest of the
Sikkimese people therefore, protected under the constitution (Thirty
Sixth Amendment) Act, 1975 and Article 371F. . For More
Khangchendzonga: The first expedition
- Dr. P.K.Chhetri
By the beginning of the twentieth century, Khangchen-dzonga
and its surrounding areas were adequately mapped, which
opened an opportunity for the eager mountaineers to try
their luck to scale its lofty heights. By 1899, its two
circuits had been successfully completed by explorers facing
all hazards; glaciers delineated and possible routes to
reach its summit were also ascertained. Now mountaineers
simply waited for the sponsors to support them financially
to go ahead to conquer its summit.