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Sikkim Pradesh Congress declares 16 Candidates
Gangtok, March 17:Despite the fact that the local people never voted and elected the national party in the past, the national party like Congress party and Bharatiya Janata Party is showing the presence in the election of Sikkim. Pradesh Congress President is declared as the candidate for the election of Lok Sabha seat from Sikkim.
The name of 16 candidates is declared here .The list 16 candidates includes -Dr. Dipendra Gurung: Maneybong-Dentam-Dal Bahadur Karki: Gyalshing-Barnyak-Tej Bahadur Rawat: Soreng-Chakung –Ganga -Maya Cintury: Salghari-Zoom -Ishwar Prasad Rai: Poklok-Kamrang –Sanchaman Chettri: Namthang-Rateypani Deepak Kr Bhandari: Temi-Namphing -Tula Ram Guragai: Khamdong-Singtam, Deo Kumar Pradhan: Rhenock Gopal Chettri: Chujachen Dorjee Wangdi Bhutia: Gnathang-Machong Snumit Targain: Gangtok Penzong Lepcha: DzonguKarma Tashi: Sangha.
Ruling SDF party declares 18 candidates for the Assembly Election, Chamling Starts campaign
Gangtok, March 16: A day after the announcement of 18 SDF candidates contesting election on April 11, the party president and CM Pawan Chamling started political campaign as car rally from Gangtok to Namchi today. Tens and Thousands supporters welcomed their leader Chamling on the way giving rousing reception.
The President of Ruling Sikkim Democratic Front Party(SDF) Shri Pawan Chamling is contesting from two constituencies as usual from Poklok Kamrang and Namchi Singithang, South Sikkim. The list of 18 candidates is declared today by the SDF party in a press conference. Likewise from Yoksam- Tashiding (BL) constituencies, Dichen Ongmo Bhutia is fielded as SDF candidate, from Manebong Dentam, N.K. Subba, from Gyalshing Barnyak, L.M. Sharma, Rinchenpong (BL) K.S. Lepcha, From Daramdin (BL) Pem Norbu Sherpa, Salghari-Zoom, Dhan Kumari Kami, replacing the present MLA and Minister, from Melli Pharwanti Tamang, Namthang-Ratepani, Birjan Tamang, Temi Namphing, Shri G.M. Gurung, MLA and Minister retaining his candidature consecutively, Rangang-Yangang, Raj Kumari Thapa, Tumin Lingi, Shri Ugen Gyatso Bhutia, Gnathang-Machong, D.T. Bhutia, from Namchebung- Em Prasad Sharma, from Upper Tadong- G.T. Dhungel, from Gangtok- Pintso Chopel Lepcha and from Djongu Pintso Namgyal Lepcha. At least, two Ministers our of 18 candidates don't figure in the list. However, there are still 14 assembly candidates including one MP Loksabha candidate left to be declared soon..
According to the schedule announced by Election Commission of India, Sikkim will simaulteously vote for assembly and Lok Sabha election on April 11, the date if counting will be on May 23.
Gangtok, March 15: Hamro Sikkim party declared the name of five candidates today at a press conference here. The name of four candidates are Bina Basnet, President of the party from Upper Tadong, East Sikkim, former Minister Athup Lepcha as the candidate from Dzongu, North SIkkim, Miss Kamala Rai as the candidatae from Rangrang-Yangang, South Sikkim, Shri D.S. Limbu as the candidate from Yangthang D.S.Limbu, West Sikkim and Shri Kumar Suji as the candidate from West Pendam. Hamro Sikkim party came first in declaring the name of the candidates although names of 28 candidates is to declare soon, it is informed. Working President Bhaichung Bhutia, Biraj Adhikari and others also addressed the conference who were present.
Gangtok, March 11: (IPR). The schedule for General Elections to Lok Sabha and Legislative Assembly of Sikkim is notified by the District Collector-cum-DEO (East) Shri Kapil Meena.
The Date of issue of notification is 18th March,2019; Last date for filing nominations is 25thMarch, 2019 ; Scrutiny of nominations is 26th March, 2019; Last date for withdrawal of candidature is 28th March, 2019; Date of poll is 11thApril, 2019; Counting of votes is 23rd May,2019 and the date before which election shall be completed is 27th May, 2019.
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).
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Gangtok, Sikkim from 7th – 8th March, 2019.
Sikkim Democratic Front Observes 27th Foundation
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.
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Workshop on Preventive Conservation of Manuscripts
Gangtok, March 4: The Click for Morewas 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.
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. Click for More
Multi-specialty 1000 bedded hospital shifting
Gangtok, March 2: he Medical Superintendent, STNM Hospital Shri K.B.Gurung informed. Click for More
Welcome to Sikkim.............!!!
Sikkim is one of the most peaceful and beautiful state of India. This Himalayan state is bordered 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. Now 80 seater flight from Bagdogra to Pakyong Airport.
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, Pradhan Nagar.
Different tourist spots:
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.
Travel 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
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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.
PLEASE BE SINCERE ENOUGH THAT YOUR COMPLAINT IS GENUINE ONE AND SUPPORTED BY EVIDENCE.
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 containers only.
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Sikkim is now on Air map, started The Flight service Between Kokatta, Guwahati & Sikkim
Gangtok: A tiny Himalayan former small kingdom, Sikkim is now on air map of India. Spread across 201 acres, the Pakyong airport has been built approximately 2 kilometres above the Pakyong village in Sikkim. With its inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24th September 2018[, the first commercial flight operations from the airport started last 4 October 2018, between Pakyong and Kolkata. Meanwhile, Druk Air plans to launch flights between Pakyong and Paro on 1 January 2019.the state of Sikkim has finally been added on India’s aviation map.
The brief statistic with regard to Sikkim’s biodiversity
State Animal - Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens),,State Bird - Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus),Number of species Types-Mammals - 150, Birds - 552, Butterflies - 690
Fish - 48, State Flower - Nobile Orchid (Dendrobium nobile)
State Tree - Rhododendron (Rhododendron niveum)
Flowering plants - 4500, Rhododendrons - 37,Medicinal plants - 424
Ferns & Fern allies - 362, Tree ferns - 8, Primulas - 60, Oaks - 11, Orchids - 515
Conifers - 16, Bamboos - 23, Glaciers - 21, Mountains & Peaks - 28, Rivers & Streams - 104
Lakes & Wetlands - 227, Forestry cover (2 percent rise) - 43.95 % - 2001, * 47.80 % in 2015
Recorded Forest area - 5841.40 sq. km. (82.32% of total area of Sikkim), Smriti Bans - 166
Herbal Gardens - 13
*These are the minimum number recorded till recently. Now with more advanced research, new species discovered will add to this list
Important mountain peaks of Sikkim
Sl.no. Name District
1. Mt. Kanchenjunga West, 2. Mt. Kabru West, 3. Mt. Talung North,4. Mt. Sinolchu West
5. Mt. Simvo West, 6. Mt. Pandim West, 7. Mt. Rathong West, 8. Mt. Paunhri East
9. Mt. Kokthang West, 10. Mt. Lamaongden North,
11. Mt. Masunyange East
Important lakes of Sikkim
12. Khe-cheod-palri West, 13. Gurudongmar North,14. Lam Pokhari West , 15. Changu (Tsomgo) East, 16. Laxmi Pokhari West, 17. Cholamu North, 18. Bidang cho East
19. Menmecho East,20. Majur Pokhari West, 21. Sima Choka North,22. Dudh Pokhari West
23. Samiti lake West, 24. Ram-Laxman (Twin Lake) West, Hot Springs,25. Phurcha-chu, Sanganath South/West Sikkim, 26. Ranglop Cha-chu at Borong, South Sikkim
27. Gangyap Chhutshen, West Sikkim, 28. Takrumtshen, North Sikkim
29. Yumesamdongtchachhu, North Sikkim,30. Yumthang-tshachhu, North Sikkim
31. Zee Tshachu, North Sikkim,32. Shagyong Phedok Tshachhu, North Sikkim
33. Tholung Kangtshachuu, North Sikkim
34. Zemu Glacier North,35. Rathong Glacier West,36. Lonak Glacier North, ,37. Hidden Glacier North,38. Talung Glacier North,39. North Lonak Glacier North,40. South Lonak Glacier North,41. Tista Khangse Glacier North
42. Nathu-la East,43. Jelep-la East,44. Batang-la East,45. Cho-la East,46. Chiwabhanjang West,47. Chorten Nyima-la West,48. Kongra-la West,49. Lungma-la West,50. Donkia-la West **English spelling of local names may not reflect actual Sikkimese pronunciation since these are from old official documentThe Rumtek is located 24 kilometers (15 mi) from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, at an altitude of about 1,500 metres (4,900 ft).Rumtek Monastery is also called the Dharmachakra Centre. It is also famous forNalanda Institute of learning of Buddhism. The controversy regarding the re-installation of real incarnate head of the monastery is going on now after 16th Galwa Karmapa went heavenly above .
Gurudongmar, The Beautiful lake, North Sikkim
North Sikkim is also blessed with snow, glacier and varieties of flora and Fauna. Gurudongmar is the beautiful lake in North Sikkim. It is located at a height of 17,800 ft. which is regarded as the holy place.
The journey from capital Gangtok to the place is 200 kms. and the vehicle for the journey is available at the capital.
There is a legend about the lake. The lake used to remain frozen most of the year, therefore it was not possible to use its water for drinking purposes by the local people. The Guru Padmasambhava while passing by and returning from Tibet, the local people reportedly approached Guru for providing source of water for drinking. Knowing the crisis, the Guru out rightly turned a portion of frozen water . By the blessing of Guru, a portion of the lake touched by him does not freeze in extreme winter. The water of the lake is considered sacred, the people carry the ‘blessed’ water in bottles as the gift of the Guru.
One of the characteristic feature of the lake is that it is not only beautiful, but it remains milky in color most of the months of the year. It takes 7-8 hour from Gangtok to reach the destination. On the way, the breath taking view of majestic Kanchenjunga, hill tops, greenery and waterfalls refresh the visiting tourists. It takes to a Lachen village, which is the base location for this trip. The visitors usually like to stay there for a night in a base camp. The journey starts early in morning next day and the visitors can reach the destination within 4-5 hour drive to reach the Gurudongmar Lake. The journey through snow clad peaks, mountains, fresh air and close to nature is really full of pleasant feeling and experience. :The people visit the place round the year, but the best time to visit the lake is November to June.
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