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North East

Sikkim celebrates statehood day, CM announces new recruitment in police

Gangtok, May 16: A glittering function was held at Chintan Bhawan in state capital Gangtok to commemorate the day. It was attended by Governor Laxman Prasad Acharya and Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, among others. At the programme, Tamang announced that the state would soon start a drive to recruit 1,000 personnel in the police force, and 50% of them will be women. He handed over eight new ambulances for state-run colleges that would help them address emergencies on campus. He also handed over two mobile laboratory vehicles to Mangan...
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Sikkim govt to give advance & additional increments to employees having 2 or more children

Gangtok, May 12: To boost the population of indigenous communities in Sikkim, the state government has decided to provide advance and additional increments to its employees having two or three children with retrospective effect from January 1 this year, according to a notification. The state government employees possessing Sikkim Subject Certificate/Certificate of Identification shall get one advanced increment for having two surviving children, the Department of Personnel Secretary Rinzing Chewang Bhutia said in a notification issued on May 10. Those employees having three surviving children shall get one additional increment,...
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Sikkim marks tripartite pact golden jubilee

SINGTAM, MAY 9: The Joint Action Council (JAC) yesterday marked the golden jubilee of the historic tripartite agreement of May 8, 1973 at Singtam. The agreement between the erstwhile Chogyal (king), Government of India and political parties of Sikkim was the beginning of the transition of the former Kingdom of Sikkim as an Indian State. The agreement firmly established a democratic framework, keeping in mind all ethnic groups of the State. "A section in the agreement also establishes the term Sikkimese, and the rights and interests of the Sikkimese of...
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Sikkim rescues 128 students from violence-hit Manipur

Gangtok, May 7: A total of 128 students of Sikkim were rescued from violence-hit Manipur, and were being brought back to the state on Sunday, officials said. The stranded students were first brought to Kolkata on flights arranged by the state government from Imphal. From Kolkata, they boarded buses for Siliguri in northern West Bengal. From Siliguri, they will be brought to state capital Gangtok by SNT buses. A doctor from Sikkim, who was posted in a far-off area in Manipur, was also safely brought back, officials said. Chief Secretary...
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Sikkim: BRO rescues 40 tourists stranded near Nathula due to heavy rainfall

Gangtok, May 2: As many as 40 tourists stranded near Nathula in Sikkim due to heavy rainfall were rescued by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), the officials said on Tuesday. “In another rescue operation by BRO, 40 tourists who were stranded near Nathula due to heavy rainfall have been rescued by BRO Karmayogies,” Guwahati Defence PRO’s official statement said. According to the BRO, the rescued people were served hot meals and given shelter in the BRO detachments and were sent back to Gangtok after the road was opened by the...
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People of Sikkim yearn for clean governance: Bhaichung Bhaichung

GANGTOK, APRIL 23: People of the Himalayan idyll of Sikkim yearn for a "corruption and violence free" government in elections to the State Assembly slated to be held early next year, said ace footballer-turned-politician Bhaichung Bhutia. In an interview to PTI, Bhutia, who heads the Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP), said his party is working closely with the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) led by former Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling on issues such as "dilution" of Article 371F, which give certain special rights on land ownership to Sikkimese. He said there...
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Sikkim CM challenges opposition to prove Article 371F is diluted

Gangtok, April 14: Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang on Friday challenged opposition parties to prove that Article 371F of the constitution which guarantees special provisions for the Himalayan state was diluted. Asserting that though the definition of the Sikkimese people has been expanded under a central law, Article 371F remains intact, he said adding that he will resign if proven wrong. Tamang’s predecessor and Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) president Pawan Kumar Chamling recently claimed that people of the northeastern state feel betrayed as Art 371F was “violated”. According to...
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Massive avalanche hits Sikkim, at least 7 tourists dead

Gangtok, April 4: Seven tourists were killed and 11 others injured in a major avalanche in Sikkim's Nathula area on Tuesday, police officials said here. The injured are being brought to the state capital Gangtok's hospital. "Rescue and clearance operations are still on," a senior police official here said. Nathula Pass is situated on the border with China and is a major tourist destination because of its scenic beauty. The avalanche, which occurred early morning at the 14th milestone on Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, had trapped 25-30 tourists, according to defence...
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Grandson kills 80-year-old grandfather

Gangtok, March 23: A 19-year-old man allegedly killed his grandfather with a sharp-edged weapon in Sikkim's East district, police said on Thursday. According to a police report, the Sang police outpost received a complaint over the telephone on Wednesday around 9:30 am stating that a 19-year-old was seen roaming around with a sharp-edged weapon (Bamphok), with blood stains around his residence in Beyong Khamdong area of the district. The complaint was forwarded to Singtam police station by the Sang outpost. The police report states that "Upon arrival at the scene,...
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