CHENNAI: The Hyderabad cricket team is back in the Elite field in the Ranji Trophy after topping Plate Group. If this was not good news enough, what Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) top official announced would definitely be the cherry on top for the team. One crore rupees for the team and a BMW car for each cricketer in the team if they win the Ranji Trophy in the next three years. Just to put things in perspective, here's a recap. More than a year ago, hosts Hyderabad suffered their sixth straight defeat in an Elite Group B Ranji Trophy match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Uppal. The crushing defeat and the horrendous show six losses in seven matches with a solitary point meant they finished at the bottom of the points table and were relegated to Plate Group. The relegation was not new to the team as it suffered the same fate in 2009-10 and 2022-23 seasons as well but the recent failure was apparently more because of chaos at the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA). Allegations of corruption were rampant making the Supreme Court appoint an administrator to run the show. Given the mess they were in, the priority of the newly-elected body led by Arishnapally Jagan Mohan Rao was to sort out on-field issues and make sure the team got back to the Elite Group. The first target was achieved on Tuesday as Tilak Varma-led side defeated Meghalaya by 5 wickets in the Plate Group final to earn promotion to the Elite Group for the next season incidentally at the same venue where they face the ignominy of relegation. The result was on the expected line as the other five teams in the group Nagaland, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram are considered minnows and gradually rising through the ranks. Hyderabad Cricket Association president Arishnapally Jagan Mohan Rao meets players But it hardly mattered as incumbent chief Jagan Mohan, visibly overjoyed with the team's promotion, announced the bonanza. It (announcement) was aimed at motivating the players and other stakeholders. Achieving the target next year is realistically not possible so I gave them three seasons, Jagan Mohan, who assumed theofficein October last year, told this daily. Notably, Hyderabad had won the coveted title twice one each in 1937-38 and 1986-87 but competing among the 32 best teams and clinching the title will not be an easy task. Jagan Mohan also knows the fact and hence he wants to revamp the cricketing structure at the HCA. We had our first annual general meeting on Sunday wherein we discussed the way forward. At the moment there is Hyderabad Cricket Academy of Excellence at the Gymkhana Grounds. I have proposed four satellite academies in four different parts of the city to make sure budding cricketers are scouted and given requisite facilities near their localities. As many as 10 districts come under HCA so we have planned a mini stadium at each district headquarters to identify and groom talents. The iconic Moin-ud-Dowlah tournament will also be revamped. Mithali to lead women's cricket In his bid to promote women's cricket, Jagan Mohan has approached former India women's team captain Mithali Raj to guide the HCA with her expertise and decades-long experience. She has agreed to help us out. We are planning to start a separate academy for women. Basically, Mithali will be in charge of everything once we complete the formalities. New international stadium The HCA is also planning to build a new stadium and is in talks with the government for the purpose. The facility at Uppal faces a few issues like parking, seating capacity (existing 40k) and traffic. We are planning to acquire 50-60 acres of land from the government to build a new facility with a seating capacity of around 70-80k, Jagan Mohan said. Notably, the existing venue became operational in 2005.
GANGTOK: The Sikkim government, led by chief minister Prem Singh Tamang-Golay, has given the green light to the creation of 22,746 posts for regularization across various departments. This decision comes ahead of the upcoming Sikkim assembly and Lok Sabha elections slated for this year. Currently, individuals holding these posts are employed on a consolidated pay  The post Sikkim government approves creation of 22,746 posts for regularisation appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .
Gangtok, 20 February : In a significant move aimed at bolstering the employment landscape, the state cabinet meeting has approved the creation of 22,746 posts. The primary objective behind this The post State Cabinet Meeting Creates Over 22,000 Posts to Regularize Employment Status appeared first on The Voice Of Sikkim .
The state-owned National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) has successfully clinched a contract valued at Rs 560 crore, as informed. The esteemed project involves the construction of the permanent campus for the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Sikkim, situated in Dung Dung Khamdong, Gangtok. NBCC, known for its prowess in project management consultancy (PMC) and real... The post NBCC Secures Rs 560 Crore Contract For NIT Sikkim Permanent Campus Construction appeared first on Northeast Today .
Sikkim govt creates 22,746 posts for regularisation The Sikkim government on Tuesday approved the creation of 22,746 posts for regularisation in various departments, Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang said. The posts were created ahead of the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections this year. The employees to be regularised are currently working on consolidated pay, Tamang said. Those working as home guards, village guards, nurses, ICDS- Anganwadi workers and helpers along with ASHA workers, will also be regularised. ''I am highly delighted to share that today's Cabinet meeting has created 22,746 posts aimed at regularizing the employment status of individuals currently engaged in various departments on a temporary basis,'' he said in a post on Facebook. The state government has also created 1,948 posts in the education department for regularisation as pre-primary, primary, graduate, and post-graduate teachers, the chief minister said. The temporary employees who have been working in various establishments and have completed four years on December 31, 2023, will also be regularised as announced by him last week. ''These initiatives are poised to provide substantial support to families in need and enhance the confidence of regular staff, ultimately contributing to overall well-being and happiness of underprivileged families residing in various nooks and corners of the state,'' Tamang said. ''Our government remains steadfast in its commitment to extending a helping hand to deprived families, enlightening every household with employment opportunities that lead to economic balance and prosperity. It's our fervent vision that every member of underprivileged families secures a livelihood to support their families,'' he added.
In a regulatory filing, NBCC informed that it has bagged a contract for the construction of the permanent campus of NIT Sikkim at Dung dung Khamdong, Gangtok, Sikkim.
Gangtok, 20 February : Chief Minister, Mr. Prem Singh Tamang, held a meeting with a delegation of temporary laborers and office assistants at the Mintokgang premises on Monday. These individuals The post OFOJ Temporary Employees Of PWD Dept Met CM With Their Grievance appeared first on The Voice Of Sikkim .
Pleasure that Tripura is hosting Khelo India University Games: Secretary of Youth Affairs, Sports in state government Dr Pradeep Kumar Chakraborty, the secretary of Youth Affairs and Sports in the Tripura government said that it is a pleasure for the state to host the Yogasana event included in the Khelo India University Games. Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur inaugurated the Khelo India University games today in Guwahati. The Khelo India University Games - Ashtalakshmi 2023 will feature an array of sporting disciplines including Athletics, Rugby, Basketball, Volleyball, Swimming, Badminton, Hockey, Fencing, Kabaddi, Football, Tennis, Mallakhamb, Judo, Table Tennis, Boxing, Shooting, Weightlifting, Archery, Wrestling, and Yogasana, the event embodies the essence of unity in diversity. The Games, being played across seven sister states of the North-East, will end on February 29. At KIUG 2024, medals will be on offer in 20 sports with around 4,500 athletes from over 200 Indian universities competing for medals. Meanwhile, weightlifting will be held in Arunachal Pradesh, archery in Tripura, men's football in Mizoram, men's boxing in Sikkim, wrestling in Nagaland and Yogasana events will take place in Tripura. Speaking to ANI, Pradeep said, It is a matter of pleasure that national level games, the Khelo India University Games are being held in Tripura. Tripura has got the chance to host Yogasana discipline events as a part of these games. Yogasana started on February 18 and will continue till February 20. There will be 20 disciplines in total, out of which majority will be held in Assam and the rest in other six states of North-East other than Manipur. We are happy and proud to host this event along with the Tripura University and Tripura government. As many as 13 universities are taking part in Yogasana. Observance of discipline, holding of games in a transparent manner are being looked after the officials. Some other participants in the Yogasana events also spoke to ANI. Nandita, a participant told ANI, It is an honour for me to participate in this event. The rules and regulation, way of games have been established well. The costumes, kits, food and rooms etc have been provided really well by the authorities. Another participant named Dhara said, I am from Tripura University. My journey has been really nice so far. We have a total of six teams. We had participated in inter-college events, we have come here after participating in North-East India and all-Indian level events. It is a matter of pride to be playing such a national level event, that too in Tripura. Abhishek, another participant in Yogasana from Lovely Professional University, said, We are being provided with all the facilities that a athlete needs. We feel really comfortable. We got the second position in boys' Yogasana here. We would want to improve and aim for gold. Another LPU participant Praveen said, I have been doing Yogasana since last five years, this is my second Khelo India University Games event, first with LPU. We won a silver, made some mistakes. Next time, we will win gold. The stadium is really great and so are all the facilities. Dr Jaydeep Arya, the joint secretary of Indian Yoga Association and National Secretary of Yogasana Bharat said, Under the leadership of PM Modi and Yoga guru Baba Ramdev ji, there is a new energy for Yoga among all. Yoga has been included with all other sports in various events, not only at university, but also national and school level events. Financial support is being given to players and they are also being given reservations in state, centre jobs. (ANI)
GANGTOK: Sikkim chief minister Prem Singh Tamang-Golay has accused former India football captain and politician from the Northeast state of creating an illegal voters list. CM Tamang emphasized that his government played no part in this alleged fabrication, underscoring that only legitimate citizens of Sikkim have the right to vote. The Sikkim chief minister criticized  The post Sikkim CM accuses Bhaichung Bhutia of fabricating illegal voter list appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .
Siliguri, 19 February : Four months after a tragic cloudburst claimed the lives of an Army unit in Sikkim on October 4, 2023, DNA testing has finally provided closure to The post Braveheart Soldiers Last Rites Performed After 4 Months Of Sikkim Cloud Burst Incident appeared first on The Voice Of Sikkim .
GANGTOK, Feb 18: Sikkim Raj Bhavan on Saturday organised a mega blood donation camp as part of the Hamro Sankalp: Viksit Bharat Pushpit Sikkim initiative. Governor Lakshman Prasad Acharya inaugurated the camp, officials said. Speaking on the occasion, the governor highlighted the importance of blood donation camps. In times of need, both for society and 
GANGTOK, Feb 18: Sikkim chief minister Prem Singh Tamang and his cabinet ministers on Sunday participated in the 2 km (fun run) organised by Gangtok Smart City Development Ltd. To West Point Sarthi run was organised to mark the inauguration of the multi-level parking complex in Gangtok this morning. Around 1,800 runners from all over 
The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal rejected Navayuga Engineering's appeal against disqualification from bidding for the Athena Demwe Power project. The Lower Demwe hydroelectric project, delayed due to forest clearances, faced disqualification based on Section 29A of the IBC. A revival plan from Sikkim Power Investment Corporation is awaiting tribunal approval.
Gangtok, 18 February : Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, during the inauguration of the Multi-Level Car Parking facility at West Point mall and Foot Over Bridge, emphasized the structural The post West Point Can Withstand Upto 7 Richter Earthquake : CM appeared first on The Voice Of Sikkim .
BHPian karthikd21 recently shared this with other enthusiasts. I have found a new passion to work the whole year to earn a well-deserved reward in the form of a yearly group expedition! This has been the mantra of our group Thar-Bengaluru since the time we started the Yearly Expedition concept 2 years ago. Last year, it was an expedition to Spiti (36 Thars and a Winter Wonderland) thread by @turbonath. While Spiti was the inaugural expedition in search of Snow, this year we wanted to up the ante to make the best use of what Thar is designed for! So, it was Nagaland. Disclaimer: Permissions for all the trails inside forest and waterbodies were duly obtained from the local authorities by the expedition organizers A teaser of what to expect PreludeExpedition bug once caught cannot be overcome, ever! After an amazing Spiti drive, every one of us was eagerly looking forward to the announcement of the upcoming adventure. In the last 2 years, our love towards off-roading had increased multifold and so had our level of confidence in our Thars' performance. Given this, it was obvious that as an adventure-focused group, we wanted off-roading as the main criteria surrounding the expedition. Although there were a few options like Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Nagaland, it was decided that the expedition would be to explore the unexplored Nagaland as it meets our core need.PlanningWith 25 Thars and 45 people signed up, planning itself becomes a daunting task! Since the plan was to explore deep inside, there were a lot of initial apprehensions around the accommodation, food and most importantly safety. Off-roading is very much supported by the local authorities in Nagaland and we zeroed in on an organizer called 4x4 Attitude. This turned out to be one of the best decisions we had undertaken (more on that later). While 11 of the Thar owners decided to transport the Thars through Trucks to Guwahati, the rest of them formed small groups and decided to start earlier and explore the North East in a greater length.High level planDec 25th: Reach Guwahati and unload TharsDec 26th: Journey to Dimapur where the expedition would actually begin the next dayDec 27th: Dimapur to Wokha through off-beaten pathDec 28th: Trail day around Wokha, coffee tasting at Lithanro Coffee estate and reach MokokchungDec 29th: Reach Longwa, Indo Myanmar borderDec 30th: Endurance drive to reach ZunhebotoDec 31st: River trail and reach Touphema, New Year PartyJan 1st: Conquer Kopamadzhu Peak, campJan 2nd: Visit Kohima War Memorial, Green Village Khonoma and reach Benreu Tourist VillageJan 3rd: Trail around Peren and campJan 4th: Reach back to Guwahati, local shopping and stay the nightJan 5th: Load Thars to truck and fly back to BengaluruWith us going to be exploring deep inside Nagaland, the organizers had their homework cut out to recce every weekend to mark the route and book accommodations. Thanks to WhatsApp, a big group was able to socialize and get to know each other through hilarious chat sessions, Q&A sessions (thanks to our beloved BHPian @airguitar), announcements by the expedition leads which kept us all on the toes in anticipation of the D-Day. My wife needs a reason to shop! Last year in anticipation of the nail-biting cold, This year was snack and camping-related. She shopped ferociously and also prepared a lot of homemade ready-to-eat mixes as we had to feed our 10 and 13-year-old kids. Upma mix, Poha Mix, Puliyogre you name it, she had it! Home Made Store Bought While some got busy shopping for food, proud owners of Thars preferred making them ready for the expedition! Aux/Bumper lights/Mounts in anticipation of fog Jerry Cans Thanks to @robimahanta for helping me with his Jerry can (not in the pic) I got my differential breathers extended to under the bonnet in anticipation of water crossing This is how a happy shopper looks like, Suchitra Bhide upon getting delivery of his Mad-dog aux fog lights First Flag-Off11-Dec: Thanks to Madhus Tyre Center for supporting us by hosting us for a flag-off. Had a great chat with Nikhil over coffee and cookies! We had to load our Thars to trucks the next day! My Thar getting ready for flag-off At Madhus With Nikhil Flag-Off What followed the flag-off was our tradition of photo-op/flag-off at the Iconic Vidhanasoudha, a sumptuous breakfast at the Jayamahal Palace Hotel and a briefing by the expedition leads. 12 DecFinally sent off our Thars to Guwahati with repentance over not having the time at hand to drive all the way. 2 trucks were parked at Nice road exit near PES college and 11 Thars were loaded. As our wait began for Dec 25th which is when we would fly into Guwahati, a few other groups started their adventure early and hit Arunachal Pradesh. Some random clicks from their trip Snow at Arunachal Gang at Bumla Pass BHPian @airguitar's thar at Sela Pass BHPian @Bibendum90949's Thar in Arunachal Kaziranga National Park Continue reading karthikd21's thread about the off-road expedition for BHPian comments, insights and more information.
Guwahati: In a move that can be seen as an appeasement exercise before elections in the state, the Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang on Thursday launched a World Bank-assisted programme aimed at providing economic growth opportunities for women and youth. The Chief Minister launched the much-anticipated Integrated Service Provision and Innovation for Revising Economics  The post Sikkim CM unveils welfare programme aimed at women, youth appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .
Sriharikota, 17 February : The GSLV-F14, standing at a towering height of 51.7 meters, gracefully ascended from the second launch pad at the spaceport. GSLV-F14 placed indigenous third generation weather The post ISRO Team Successfully Placed INSAT-3DS In Precise Orbit appeared first on The Voice Of Sikkim .
Last week saw the Meghalaya government host its first ever International Water Conclave 2024 at Shillong. The State government invited delegates from other countries like Bhutan, Sikkim, Nepal, Thailand and Cambodia. The sharing and learning...
New Delhi, 17 February : The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has granted Paytm Payments Bank a brief respite, allowing the company to continue its operations until March 15. Previously, The post Paytm Banks Extension Until March 15 appeared first on The Voice Of Sikkim .
New Delhi, 17 February : In a startling turn of events in the political arena, Alexei Navalny, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin and leader of the opposition, The post Prominent Critic of Putin Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny tragically passed away in custody appeared first on The Voice Of Sikkim .
GANGTOK, Feb 16: Two persons died and four were injured after the car in which they were travelling fell into a gorge in Sikkims Pakyong district, police said on Friday. According to police, the driver made a wrong turn on the highway because of poor visibility and fell into a ravine at Ganek near Zuluk, 
Pakyong, 15 February : A tragic incident occurred on Thursday evening along Zuluk at Ganek under Pakyong District in East Sikkim involving a private Bolero vehicle with the registration number The post Accident in Zuluk kills 1, 4 injured and 1 still missing appeared first on The Voice Of Sikkim .
Pakyong, 15 February : A press conference was held on Thursday at the SKM Headquarters in Gangtok, Jacob Khaling, Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, accused Komal Chamling of making The post Khaling Responds To Komals Scam Allegation On University Establishment appeared first on The Voice Of Sikkim .
A new government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) was declared open at Sakwang village in South West Khasi Hills district today. The ITI was constructed under the project- Enhancing Skill Development Initiative in North Eastern State and Sikkim. Land for its construction was donated by the dorbar shnong. Labour, Employment and Skill Development Minister, Shakliar Warjri  The post South West Khasi Hills gets new ITI in Sakwang first appeared on Highland Post .
Gangtok, 15 February : During the 10th Assembly, Seventh Session (Part III) of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly on February 12, 2024, the SKM government introduced numerous bills for deliberation. Among The post SKM government is embroiled in a scandal involving dubious private universities in Sikkim : SDF appeared first on The Voice Of Sikkim .
New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) has sought 3.4 lakh Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) personnel for deployment in a phased manner during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim. The EC has also sought adequate rolling stocks with all appropriate facilities in the trains, thereby 
Namchi, 14 February (IPR): The Chief Minister of Sikkim Mr Prem Singh Tamang accompanied by Madam Sarda Tamang attended the State Level Sonam Lochhar celebration,2024 organised by State Level Tamang The post 20,000 temporary workers to receive regularisation memorandum on 20 Feb : CM appeared first on The Voice Of Sikkim .
GANGTOK, Feb 13: An Election Commission of India (ECI) team headed by senior deputy election commissioner Dharmendra Sharma visited Sikkim and held meeting with state government officers to review the preparedness for Lok Sabha and state assembly polls to be held later this year, an official said on Tuesday. The EC team held a meeting 
Chandigarh: A shopkeeper in Haryana's Sonipat district became the victim of a violent robbery on Saturday night. Identified as Rajesh, he operates a grocery store in Bahalgarh village. The incident unfolded when three miscreants on bikes approached Rajesh and attempted to snatch cash from his shop. When Rajesh resisted, one of the culprits shot him in the shoulder. Following the attack, the robbers fled the scene with money and a digital video recorder from the shop. In response to the robbery, fellow shopkeepers in the village staged a protest. They closed their shops and blocked roads, demanding swift action from authorities to apprehend the perpetrators. Rajesh was promptly taken to a nearby private hospital on Bahalgarh Road for treatment. Police have launched an investigation into the incident. The exact amount of cash stolen will be determined after recording Rajesh's statement, as he is currently undergoing medical treatment. Meanwhile, in another unfortunate incident, a tragic accident occurred in Sikkim's Gangtok district on Saturday evening. During a Tambola program in Ranipool, a truck lost control and crashed into the event venue. As a result of the collision, three individuals lost their lives, and 20 others sustained injuries. Gangtok District Magistrate Tushar Nikhare confirmed the incident, stating that the injured individuals were receiving medical treatment at Manipal Hospital. Tragic Incident: Man Dies After Consuming Poison Outside SP's Residence in UP Jealousy Leads to Murder: Young Man Killed Over Girlfriend's Photo Found in Friend's Mobile Father, son bitten off young man's private part in land dispute
Three people were killed and 16 others were injured when a speeding milk tanker crashed into a crowd at Ranipool in Gangtok district. The incident occurred during an evening gathering at the mela ground where people were playing tombola. The driver of the tanker has been arrested. Two people were pronounced dead upon arrival at the Central Referral Hospital, and one person later succumbed to their injuries. Five of the injured are in serious condition. Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Sing Tamang expressed deep sorrow and announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the families of the deceased.
GANGTOK, Feb 9: Senior Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) leader and former state minister Sher Bahadur Subedi died on Friday after a battle with cancer, his family said. He was 66. Subedi is survived by his wife, son and daughter. He was a trusted aide of former chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling and held transport, forest 
CM Prem Singh Tamang has announced that the services of government employees who have been serving for more than four years will be regularized and a notification in this regard will be issued this month. Sikkim Employees News: Before the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, the Sikkim government has taken a big decision. On the  The post Good news for employees, they will be regularized, notification will be issued soon, CM announced first appeared on discountwalas .
GANGTOK, Feb 5: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several Union ministers on Monday greeted Sikkim chief minister Prem Singh Tamang on his birthday. Tamang turned 56 on Monday. Birthday greetings to Sikkim CM Shri @PSTamangGolay Ji. May he be blessed with a long life and good health, the prime minister said in a message on 
SKM president named various schemes of the state and central governments during his speech
GANGTOK, Jan 30: A major fire gutted two wooden houses and partially damaged two buildings in Sikkims Gangtok district, an official said on Tuesday. There was however, no report of any casualty in the fire, the official said. The fire broke out at around 9:30 pm on Monday night in a wooden house at Mandi 
GANGTOK, Jan 23: A team of 47 workers under the Rashtriya Gokul Mission and 20 progressive farmers from Sikkim will participate in the Republic Day programme in New Delhi for the first time, according to an official statement issued here on Tuesday. State agriculture and animal husbandry minister, Lok Nath Sharma extended warm wishes to 
Bhutia and her husband envisioned Agapi Farm, a sustainable farm stay in Kabi, North Sikkim. The post Agapi Sikkim: A sustainable skincare brand appeared first on Fusion - WeRIndia .
Views expressed by participants are personal and not endorsed by The New Indian Express. If it wasnt for geospatial intelligence, none of this would even be in the public domain. But unveiling the Dragons footprint today is Dr Y. Nithiyanandam of Takshasila Institution, who has tracked Chinese intrusions upto 9 km inside Bhutanese territory along the MOCHU River in the Doklam Plateau. Bordered by Sikkim, and a string of mountain peaks, Its a de facto occupation of Bhutanese territory - and given the recent talks between Thimpu and Beijing, Chinas construction activity at the Doklam tri-junction and the threat it poses to Indias Siliguri Corridor should be a matter of some concern in Delhi. China's intentions vis-a-vis India and Bhutan are no secret - keep talking while building up permanent structures on occupied territory. The Chinese strategy is clearly to build pressure on India and Bhutan to accept the fait accompli. The Indian government has preferred to play down the Doklam crisis of 2017. But China has continued to build all around the site of confrontation, in effect achieving much of their longer-term aims vis-a-vis BhutanAnd India. As Beijing ups the pressure on the India-Bhutan relationship, Indias focus remains to stop a line of sight to the Chicken's Neck corridor. But in the age of hi-tech satellites and other techniques of observation, Is India capable of thwarting the Peoples Liberation Army? The other big question? Does the India-Bhutanese mutual defence pact envisage Indian boots on the ground? The Chinese have been grabbing Bhutanese territory as a way of putting pressure on the Bhutanese to compromise on the boundary dispute while pushing for formal diplomatic ties between the two countries. It is in this context recent high-level Bhutanese visits to both China and India need to be seen. The speculation currently is that the Chinese will give up occupied Bhutanese territory in the north in exchange for the Bhutanese handing over territory adjacent to the Chumbi Valley where as Prof Nithiyanandams maps show, China has occupied 9km of Bhutanese territory. For the moment, it looks unlikely that the Bhutanese will yield to the Chinese over a territorial swap.But Chinas territorial salami slicing is a fact. Senior Journalist Neena Gopal is in discussion with Dr Nithiyanandan, Head of the Geospatial Research Program at Takshasila Institution. He has a doctorate in remote sensing. His mastery of geo-intelligence and satellite imagery makes him unique in this field. Also sharing their views in the discussion are General Sathish Nair, who actually served in the area in the seventies - when he was Company Commander at the Doka La post in 1977. He served in East Sikkim from 1974 to 1978 and Lt Gen Dushyant Singh, who saw first-hand what the Chinese were capable of when he was Chief of Staff, Eastern Command when the Chinese were testing the boundaries. Awarded a Param Vishista Seva medal, he is the author of several books and had headed the Army War College.
Gangtok: Chief Minister PS Tamang has assured a representative body of the Christian community in Sikkim that he would look into the issues being faced by them. Your one vote in 2019 has enabled all the religious communities here to celebrate their religious festivals freely. During the earlier government, only those associated with it used 
Bhaichung Bhutia, former India football captain, is in the news these days for his political moves in his home state of Sikkim. He recently merged his fledgling political party with the one headed by former Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, and he is taking on the ruling SKM in Sikkim. How will the two personalities work together? He also spoke about the recent Teesta flash flood in his state and the blame game between Chief Minister PS Tamang (Golay) and Mr Chamling. Mr Bhutia also spoke about the prospects of Indian football in the coming days.
Neelam Azad, who was arrested while protesting outside Parliament on Wednesday, was detained along with Sakshi Maliks mother during the wrestlers agitation in New Delhi in May and had actively supported the farmer agitation in 2020-21. Azad (37) is from Ghaso Khurd village of Haryanas Jind district. A farmer leader from Jind, Sikkim Nain, told Continue reading Arrested Outside Parliament, Neelam Azad Was Detained During Wrestlers Protest Too The post Arrested Outside Parliament, Neelam Azad Was Detained During Wrestlers Protest Too appeared first on OurVoice | WeRIndia - Analysis & Opinion .
Over 800 tourists. including elderly, women and children, were stranded in the high-altitude areas of east Sikkim after sudden snowfall. The Indian army is carrying out rescue operation in the area and the tourists are being moved to safe zones. Soldiers vacated their barracks to shelter the stranded tourists.
My heart goes out to the people in Sikkim who have suffered immense loss of life and property. It shall take time to assess the extent of damage as many areas are still not accessible....
Durgarani lives in a tight-knit agricultural community where they grow rice and vegetables, and export ginger, turmeric and other spices. From this world, Durgarani's simple effort of learning to stitch by watching instructional YouTube videos took her into the world of sewing. And, that is when her name was put forward by the village panchayat for a special master sewing and stitching training program in Rhenock Block, East Sikkim. This training was organised by Usha Silai School.
The tunnel near Uttarkashi is part of the controversial Char Dham project that involves the four-laning of hillside highways. Tragedy struck a large posse of workers on the Char Dham highway project in Uttarakhand on Sunday when a part of an under-construction tunnel near Uttarkashi collapsed, trapping 40 workers. The rescuers are reconsidering their approach after an initial plan to drill through the debris and install steel pipes using an auger machine has failed. Another environment-related disaster in the Himalayas shocked the country on October 4, when a cloudburst over Sikkim caused the South Lhonak lake to breach its banks. Before the water could be released in a controlled manner, the flood broke down the Teesta III dam at Chungthang, causing immense destructionscores died including 23 army personnel and 15 bridges were washed away. While we fervently pray for the early rescue of the trapped personnel at Uttarkashi, we need to deal with one more red flag against the meddling with the fragile ecosystem in the Himalayas. As always, disregard for the rules of nature results in deadly blowbacks in the form of landslides, flooding and tremors. While development of the backward regions of the Himalayas is a necessity, we have to listen to our climate and environmental scientists. In one more recent tragedy, the Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project on the Assam-Arunachal border recently suffered a major setback with a landslide that has stopped construction. The tunnel near Uttarkashi is part of the controversial Char Dham project that involves the four-laning of hillside highways. Despite warnings, the project has been pushed as a populist measure to speed up pilgrims progress to the four major shrines in upper Uttarakhand. To help it pass muster at the Supreme Court in 2019, the project was presented as a necessity to ferry troops and armaments to the border with China. Once the defence of the country is invoked, resistance melts. However, environmentalists have repeatedly pointed out that excavating four-lane highways at high altitudes where there are sharp turns is a recipe for engineering disaster. Even the late General Bipin Rawat, a resident of Uttarakhand, had said the army was alright with the current roads and, in an emergency, was ready to airlift equipment and troops. We cannot afford to ignore red flags like the tremors at Joshimath or the Uttarkashi tunnel collapse anymore. It is time to review the parameters of the Char Dham project before we are hit with more tragedies.
Gangtok: The Asian Development World Bank is going to contribute towards Development of Power sector in Sikkim. Accordingly, their team called on the Chief Minister of Sikkim, at Minto Gang to discuss further activities. I have assured full support from the State Government. I am confident that this initiative would bring substantial benefits to the