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Sikkim Primitive Tribe Welfare Board Meets

Gangtok, March 6 (IPR): The Annual General Board meeting of Sikkim Primitive Tribe Welfare Board was held at the conference hall of Samaj Kalyan Bhawan, Lumsey today. The Chairman of Primitive Tribe Welfare Board, Shri Sonam Dupden Lepcha chaired the meeting. 

The meeting was attended by Chairperson of Social Welfare Board, Smt. Phurmit Lepcha, Principal Secretary of Social Justice Empowerment and Welfare Department (SJE&W), Shri K. Sreenivasulu who is also a Member Secretary of Board, Director Human Resource Development Department, Shri Sonam Lepcha, Director of Health Department, Dr. K. J. Topgay, officials of Social Justice Empowerment and Welfare Department, representative of Lepcha associations, non-official members of board and students of Sikkim University (Lepcha Department). 

 The state government has constituted the Primitive Tribe Welfare Board to oversee various welfare schemes meant for the socio economic and educational development of the tribe in Sikkim. 

Addressing the gathering, Chairman Shri Sonam Dupden informed about the various steps taken by the board for the welfare of primitive tribe in the state and further mentioned that the board is going to take up various projects in Sikkim which is related to primitive tribe in collaboration with various agencies. 

Highlighting the various measures and policies of the board, Chairman Shri Sonam Dupden Lepcha asked for support and participation for the betterment of the primitive tribe and board in the state.  

 Chairperson of Social Welfare Board, Smt. Phurmit Lepcha said that for the development of primitive tribe, the state government has implemented numerous schemes to fulfill our dreams and thus we must all work together with better coordination and cooperation. 

 Principal Secretary of SJE&W Department, Shri K. Sreenivasulu highlighted various schemes and initiatives taken by the state government for upliftment of the tribe. He informed that the state government has already recognized Dzongu as Indigenous Habitat and urged everyone to come forward to preserve and protect the culture, customs, tradition and language of the primitive tribe.   During the meet, Annual Report of Sikkim Primitive Tribe Welfare Board was also released by the dignitaries. 

Earlier Director of HRDD and Health also shared their ideas, views and putforth their suggestions for the betterment of the board. Click for More

Three-Day Workshop at Sikkim University

Gangtok, March 6:The department of Education has organized a three days’ Workshop on Writing of Academic Papers and Referencing in Education and Social Sciences” from 6th- 8th March 2019. The inaugural session of the workshop was held on 6th March 2019 at the Conference Hall Barad Sadan which was chaired by the Registrar Sh. T.K. Kaul. The keynote address was delivered by Prof. Madhu Khushwaha, Dept. of Education Banaras Hindu University.

Writing academic papers efficiently is the mark of proficiency in the world of academia. It presents a professional image as well as it contributes to the knowledge arena. Academic writings refer to a style of expression that researchers use to define the intellectual boundaries of their disciplines and their specific areas of expertise. The most common purpose in academic writing are to persuade, analyse, synthesize and to inform and any research work needs to be reported with scientific objectivity and with clarity.

In the three days’ workshop focus will be on the various types of academic writing and APA style of writing and referencing. The workshop also seeks to introduce a scientific style of writing descriptive, analytical, persuasive and critical writing.

Chief Electoral Officer helds meeting with all political parties

Gangtok 5th March 2019 (IPR):Taking into consideration, for the upcoming Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha polls, a review meeting with all political parties was organised by the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (O/oCEO), at Conference Hall, Balwakhani.

 The programme was chaired by Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shri .R Telang accompained by Shri Prabhakar Verma, Special CEO, Smt Roshni Rai Additional CEO, and Shri Hemraj Rai, Superintendent of Police (East).

During the training, resource person, Assistant Director (IT) Shri Debahish Shilal, briefed about the newly launched IT applications of Election Commission of India for use during General Election, 2019.

 Shri Shilal elaborately explained the concept of IT applications  cVigil mobile application which is an innovative mobile application for citizens to report violation of Model of Conduct  during elections. He stated that the android based mobile application will work within the specified jurisdiction and will be operational after the implementation of Model Code of Conduct.

 Later he covered the various topics like Go verify 1950 a  voter help line number which will help citizens to verify their names in the Voter list, their   polling station details and even demonstrated how it functions. Topics like Voter Helpline App and PwD App, National Grievance Redressal Service and Suvidha Application were covered during the presentation.

 Further there was a discussion among the different political parties members where their queries on MCC were answered by the Chief Electoral Officer,  Shri R.Telang. He also discussed on various aspects of  election expenditure for upcoming election and urged every political parties to to go through the ECI guidelines carefully for conduct of a free and fair election.

National Seminar on the Role of Buddha’s preaching

       Gangtok, 5 March:  The National Human Rights Commission is organizing a two day National Seminar, on the ‘Role of Buddha’s preaching in realization of Human Rights’ in collaboration with the Sikkim University, Gangtok at Auditorium, Tourism Department, Government of Sikkim, 5th Mile, Samdur, Tadong, Gangtok, Sikkim from 7th – 8th March, 2019.

 The NHRC Member, Mrs. Jyotika Kalra is expected to inaugurate the seminar as the Chief Guest, which will start at 10.30 a.m. on the 7th March, 2019. The presidential address will be delivered by Prof. Avinash Khare, Vice Chancellor, Sikkim University. The inaugural session will conclude with the valedictory session to be addressed by Mr. Justice Narendra Kumar Jain, Chairperson, State Human Rights Commission, Sikkim at 1.30 p.m. on the 8th March, 2019.

Besides the inaugural and valedictory sessions, the seminar will be spread across four academic sessions covering the subjects – ‘History of Buddhism in India: Road Ahead’, Challenges of Human Rights & Media in Twenty-First Century’, ‘Self-realization, Non-Violence & Growing Role of Buddhism’ and ‘Buddhism and Women-The Dhamma has no Gender’.

These sessions will be addressed by several prominent speakers including, among others, Prof. Arun Kamal, Eminent Hindi Writer & Poet, Sahitya Academy Award Winner from Patna, Bihar, Mr. Dilip Kumar, Joint Secretary, NHRC, Dr. Imtiaz Gulam Ahmed, Professor of Law, Sikkim University, Prof. Jeta Sankrityayana, Gangtok, Renowned Buddhist, Mr.  Mithlesh Mishra, IAS, Patna, Writer & Sr. Bureaucrat, Prof. Ananda Gopal Ghosh, Jalpaiguri, Renowned Historian, Dr. Subhash Sharma, IAS, Patna, Eminent Writer,  Mr.  Snehasis Sur, Kolkata, Sr. Journalist & President Press Club, Kolkata, Dr. Rajiv Ranjan Giri, University of Delhi, Dr. Ranjana Kumari, Delhi, Director, Centre For Social Research, Prof. Pratibha, Dept. of History, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, Rajasthan and Prof. P.N. Mishra, Head, Dept. of Law, Sikkim University.

The Commission has been organizing these seminars as part of its series of National Seminars to build awareness about human rights in different parts of the country. (PIB)

Sikkim Cabinet Sanctions Various Projects

Gangtok, March 6: Sikkim cabinet held at conference hall here and various decisions have been taken by the cabinet. About 66 approvals have been made by the cabinet pertaining to Home, Animal Husbandry, Commerce & Industries Department, Department of PART&PG, Department of Information Technology, Rural Management & Development Department, Energy and Power Department, Food & Civil Supplies, Cultural Affairs, UDHD, Forest, Roads & bridges, Land Revenue, Sports & youth, Health care etc.

Sikkim Democratic Front Observes 27th Foundation Day


 By our correspondent

Gangtok: March 4: 27th Foundation Day of ruling Sikkim Democratic Front party was observed in all 32 constituency of the state today. In his constituency at Namchi Singhithang, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling who is the president of SDF party addressed the people. He said that the SDF government within 25 years initiated various development works in the state and now, the ruling party is able to perform all round development in the state. He said that better connectivity like constructions of roads and bridges connecting to the village and many basic amenities and infrastructures have been constructed, which is an unprecedented performance ever carried out by any state in the country. Apart from that, the government is also successful to bring peace, harmony and security in the state. Giving emphasis to the development of the youths, Chamling said that various youth-centric programs have been initiated by the government and after the election, the ruling party government will introduce the new program called Start Up program for the interest of the youths in the state.

He said that the government has taken various appropriate steps by developing the infrastructure for the boost of tourism in the state and the plan is afoot to connect Sikkim with Nepal through Chiwa vanjang in West Sikkim, which will exhilarate the tourism in the state. There are other ministers and dignitaries also present in the function and a large number of the people.

Sikkim's Total voters are above 4 Lakh -with 2 Transgender

Gangtok; March 4: The total number of electors as on 1.1.2018 are 4,01,904 with 206444(male) and 195460(female).Total electors  with 1.1.2019 as qualifying date are 4,23,167 as on date 216133(male), 207032(female) and 2 transgender, the Election Commission, Sikkim informed.The Election Department has appealed all citizens not to believe rumors and fake news related with elections. Any information regarding the election statistics/data electoral roll, guidelines of Election Commission of India may be enquired and confirmed either from the office of the District Election Officer of office of the Chief Electoral officer,Sikkim, the Department said. A voter helpline app is also available in Google Play store in order to obtain authentic information about electoral roll, the Department further informed. Regarding the help on the election, a toll free number 1950 is also operational during all working days. The Department also refuted some wrong electoral data published in some newspapers and urged the all concern to re-confirm before the publication.


Gangtok 4th March, 2019- ICAR-National Organic Farming Research Institute, Tadong, Gangtok organized Training-cum-Frontline Demonstration Program on Organic Vegetable Production for the progressive farmers of Lingdok, East Sikkim on March 02, 2019 in order to create awareness and self-reliance in organic vegetable crop production under All India Coordinated Research Project on Plasticulture Engineering and Technology. A total of 31 nos. of progressive farmers participated in the program.

Dr. R.K. Avasthe, Joint Director, ICAR–NOFRI, Tadong in his address stressed the farmers to increase the cropping intensity and grow more number of crops for sustainable farming in the State. He also emphasized on the importance of scientific knowledge for commercial production of organic crops to bring about perceptible change in the region. Joint Director also distributed untreated vegetable seeds, organic pesticides, biofertilizers and plastics for construction of low cost plastic tunnels and low cost plastic rain shelters to progressive farmers. Dr. Ashish Yadav, Senior Scientist (Horticulture), ICAR-NOFRI, Tadong coordinated the program and also shared the organic production technology for intensive vegetable cultivation under low cost plastic tunnel and rain shelters which can empower the farming community and their livelihood status in Sikkim.

Dr. Rafiqul Islam, Principal Scientist (Animal Reproduction), ICAR-NOFRI discussed in detail about the backyard poultry, dairy and goat management techniques. He emphasized on the importance of Vanaraja birds which has gained popularity in Sikkim as backyard poultry. He also briefed about the disease management in dairy and backyard poultry.Shri Shaon Kr. Das, Scientist (Soil Science) talked on the organic nutrient management techniques in vegetable crops and emphasized on the need of proper management of soil acidity for balanced nutrition of crops.

Dr. Chandramani Raj, Scientist (Plant Pathology) shared the information on pest and disease management in organic vegetables crop production. He stressed on the need of proper crop rotation to avoid diseases in vegetable crops.  Dr. Sudip Kumar Dutta, Scientist SS (Horticulture) highlighted the importance of nursery in organic vegetable crop production and briefed about the nursery management techniques.Smt. Devika Khatiwada, Zilla Member, East Sikkim in her address thanked the Joint Director, ICAR-NOFRI for organizing program and imparting knowledge regarding agricultural practices and also for providing quality inputs to them. She also convinced farmers to cultivate their land and generate income to improve their living standard and become self-dependent.

Earlier, Smt. Kabita Basnet, Horticulture Inspector, Lingdok, HCCDD Govt. of Sikkim welcomed all the participants and helped in organizing program at Lingdok, East Sikkim.Shri Vishnu Bhakt Gautam, Panchayat President, Lingdok and Smt. Kesang Doma Bhutia, Panchayat Vice President, Lingdok were also present during program and thanked Joint Director and team for organizing training program. Dr. Ashish Yadav, Dr. Sudip Kumar Dutta, Dr. Chandramani Raj, Mr. Navin Kumar and Mr. Topden Tshering Bhutia demonstrated the construction of low cost plastic tunnel, bed preparation and crop sowing in the field to the farmers.  (PIB)

Workshop on Preventive Conservation of Manuscripts 

Gangtok, March 4: The workshop on ‘Preventive Conservation of Manuscripts’ was inaugurated today at Police Conference Hall  which was held with a view toimparting training through lectures and practical demonstration to equip the participants/ custodians of manuscripts with necessary expertise and knowledge about scientific preservation and preventive conservation. The Cultural Affairs & Heritage Department in collaboration with National Mission for Manuscripts, New Delhi and Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Deorali is organising the 5 days workshop from 4th-8th March, 2019 at Police Conference Hall, Police HQ. The conservation experts from NMM Delhi, Benaras Hindu University, INTACH Odisha will be imparting knowledge to the participants in the workshop.

The inaugural session of the workshop was graced  by Smt.Ambika Pradhan,(Secretary, Cultural affairs and heritage department),  Smt.Bidya Subba ,(Special Secretary, Cultural affairs and heritage department)  ,Dr.D.K .Kar,(Coordinater,NMM,)Dr.Kirti Srivastava (Coordinater  documentation, NMM),Smt.Parual Gosh,(conservation expert) students from various colleges, representatives from NGO's, monks and local  gentry.

Smt.Ambika Pradhan  in her address  welcomed and congratulated National Mission for Manuscripts team for coming up with such brilliant a  workshop in the state to preserve  manuscripts. She urged every participant to take proper use of this 5 day long workshop so as to benefit themselves as a better and learned individual for the state and the Nation. She further briefed  about the importance  and benefits of preventive conservation of manuscripts and how it can help each individual  to know their history. The Secretary stressed that knowing history is important because it allows one to make more sense of the current world and also get glimpses of our past heritage and its details.  

Later Dr.D.K,Kar,Coordinater talked about the main objective of the mission which is to survey,document and catalogue indian manuscripts; to set up a National manuscript library and also to provide ready access to manuscripts through digitization and publication. He further informed that the  aim is to preserve cultural heritage and  transmit the knowledge and skills to the next generation. He said that the National Mission for Manuscripts regularly imparts workshops,training  programs across the country to create National base of trained  manpower in the field of conservation of manuscripts. At present  preventive conservation of 451.80 Lacs & Remedial conservation of 46.08 Lacs folios of manuscripts is done, it was informed. 

Chief Minister Chamling Dedicates 28th College at Gyalshing to the people of Sikkim


Gangtok: March 2: Chief Minister Pawan Chamling inaugurated the newly- constructed Sikkim Government College Gyalshing at Arigaon, Yangthang, West Sikkim, and thereafter, attended the valedictory function of the College Fest 2019.

Addressing the gathering of students and local gentry, he informed that in the past 25 years, Sikkim has witnessed a complete transformation and unprecedented development. Moreover, when the modern world is rife with unrest and turmoil due to differences of caste, creed and political turmoil, Sikkim stands as a model of peace. “Our inclusive politics and good governance have ensured that our people, including the students have the best possible environment to live in and flourish.” He said.

He further said, “Education has been a priority sector. Sikkim had a solitary college when we took office in the year 1994; but today there are 28 colleges and 8 Universities in the State. We have also been able to create plenty of opportunities for our students, starting from free education till college level. Various schemes have been initiated to encourage our children to be competitive and capable individuals, equipping them to be able to take on the challenges in life. The Chief Minister’s Meritorious Scholarship scheme is one such policy, under which more than 900 students are studying in best schools across the country and the State for free.”

He urged the students and the youth to be determined and focused in whatever they do and set goals in life. The only purpose in life as students should be to gain knowledge and pursue their education. They must value the importance of time and use it in a constructive and productive manner, he added.

He called upon the younger generation to come forward and contribute to make Sikkim better in all aspects and to see the State march ahead with greater accomplishments in future.He also exhorted them to take up agriculture, particularly organic farming as their profession.

He did not forget to extend his heartfelt gratitude to the land donor for providing the land to construct the college infrastructure. He assured the students of the college that top priority will be given in building the campus of Gyalshing college, where an academic block, boys’ hostel, staff quarters, Principal’s quarters will be included.

Earlier in the morning, he inaugurated the newly constructed 50- bedded integrated Ayurveda Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) hospital at Gyalshing. This is the biggest Ayurvedic hospital of Sikkim, where all kinds of Ayurvedic treatment will be provided to the patients. I also announced for the construction of Ayurvedic College in Gyalshing.

Multi-specialty 1000 bedded hospital shifting

Gangtok, March 2: The ongoing shifting process from STNM to the new multi-specialty 1000 bedded hospital at Sochaygang is carrying out rapidly, the Medical Superintendent, STNM Hospital Shri K.B.Gurung informed.

He further said that for the benefit of the Sikkimese people, the hospital has been trying to do its best to expedite the whole process thereby making the shift hassle free and in the quickest duration of time possible. Mr Gurung said that phase wise shifting has been undertaken keeping in mind the situation of serious patients and because it involves heavy equipments and machineries, it takes time to set up for immediate action. He also enlightened that the whole shifting process will be completed by next week. 

Talking about the functionality of the new hospital the MS briefed that from 4th February 2019, clinics have already started. Almost 30 departments have shifted and labour rooms, wards and OT are also functional in the new hospital. Free bus services to and fro is also in place for the convenience of the people which plies from old STNM Hospital every half an hour. Shri K.B.Gurung also informed that any serious patients needing medical assistance immediately will be referred at Central Referral Hospital till the shifting process is over where they will be attended free of cost and the same has been relayed to the Medical Superintendant of CRH and all CMOs of districts. He stated that all indoor patients have also started being shifted and that a special facility called Yatri Niwas has been set up in the new hospital whereby one attendant of the patient will be given free meal and stay. 

Mr Gurung said that this is a new era in public healthcare which has all the latest equipments with renowned specialists and thus he appealed to the people to extend cooperation and utilize the services, according to the IPR release.



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