From Sikkim
SUREN MOHRA | 30 Mar 2008

Healthy Baby Show

48 babies from Langang, Sakyong, Malbasey, Gyalshing, Arigaon, Chungjung, Guruthang, Kyongsha and Onchung participated in the Healthy Baby Show at the PIC venue here.
The competition was divided into 0-1 and 1-2 years. They were judged on the basis of general health, hygiene and immunization schedule by the District Health Education Officer and Sr District Health Nursing Officer. The winners were awarded prizes and certificates. This was organised by the Directorate of Field Publicity (Sikkim and North Bengal).
Besides, a symposium and games were also organised at Upper Yangtey among mothers of ICDS centres, inter-school sit and draw and essay competition in and around Gyalshing.

CCCT Chisopani conducts 50-hour training on Windows Application, MS-Office and Domestic Household Wiring

The 50-hour training on Windows Application, MS-Office and Domestic Household Wiring for capable unemployed youths of South and West District was started from yesterday at Centre for Computers and Communication Technology (CCCT) Chisopani, South Sikkim.
The programme was organised with the aim to train the unemployed youths in the use of computers and familiarize them with the electrical measuring instruments.
In this career oriented training programme, the lecturers and Lab-Instructors of CCCT, Chisopani will provide maximum inputs where the participants will be given the knowledge on basic electrical terms and there units, safety and precautions majors to prevent electric shocks and will also given practical on simple electrical wiring.
The participants will also get the basic knowledge on computer in windows Application and MS-Office. These courses are aimed at making the youths employable in the upcoming IT Enabled Service Industry. The 50hrs capacity building programme was sponsored by Directorate of Technical Education, Human Resource Development Department, Government of Sikkim.
A total of 40 trainees who were nominated by the Panchayats of six units from South and West District had participated in the training.
The training will conclude on April 4.

World Forest Day celebrated at Singhik School

The World Forest Day celebration was organised by the Teesta Urja Limited at Singhik School in North Sikkim for the school children and villagers on March 21.
According to the press release, this is a series of various development programmes organised by the Teesta Urja Limited for upliftment of local culture, education, youth, better lifestyle and better health for project affected population of 1200MW Teesta Stage - III, Hydro Electric Project.
During the programme, the children of Singhik School enacted a play on the situation of earth by year 2025.
On this occasion, District Collector North, DFO (T) North, General Manager Teesta Urja Limited, ACF (T) Mangan, RO Mangan and Chungthang, BO Mangan and other staffs were present.
Addressing the gathering, the DC, North TN Kazi requested them to protect forest and wildlife.
The DFO (T), North also talked on the importance of forest for human beings. He further requested the people to follow forest rules and stressed on the need to cooperate with the department in protecting the forests of the State.
Later, the DC handed over prizes to the participants.

Twenty20 cricket tournament
Royal Singtam beat Teenjhurey Sangh

Royal Singtam ousted Teenjhurey Sangh by 5 wickets in the 19th match of the ongoing Wai-Wai Twenty20 cricket tournament played here today morning at the Paljor Stadium.
Teenjhurey Sangh won the toss and elected to bat first wherein the same they managed to score some 80 runs (all out) in 15.1 overs. In retaliation, Royal Singtam scored 82 runs for a loss of 5 wickets in just 6.2 overs. Karna Das was adjusted the ‘Man of the Match’ for his 27 runs. He also took 4 wickets including a hattrick.
Likewise in the 20th match played between SMIT and NamNamg FC, the former scored a batting victory against the latter with 1 wicket. SMIT won the toss and elected to field first whereby Nam Namg FC proved its worth scoring 117 runs for a loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs.
Meanwhile, the jubilant team scored 118 runs for a loss of 9 wickets in 19.5 overs. Vinay Kumar Singh was conferred with the trophy for the ‘Man of the Match’ for his 23 runs (not out).

Kalez Valley Virasat festival to begin from May 10

The three-day long Kalez Valley Virasat festival is scheduled to begin from May 10 to 13 at Hee- Gufa Dara under Hee-Bermiok constituency.
Organised by Hee- Bermiok Tourism Development and Heritage Conservation Society, the three-day event will feature multi ethnic cultural festival, puja demonstration of various communities residing in Sikkim along the display of cultural houses.
As informed in a press release, Chaya Tal, an artificial lake in the vicinity will provide boating facilities at nominal rates.
Trek from Panda gate to Barsey along with a mountain biking from Hee-bazaar to Hee-Patal are other attractions during the festival.
The committee has also invited all the people to witness the annual event.

Singtam Truck Drivers Association wants its president to choose either politics or work for the Association

Members of Sikkim Truck Driver Association, Singtam branch, held a meeting recently here in the absence of their president, Chetan Sapkota.
This is the first such meeting was held after the election of the executive members of the Association in December, 2007.
Dissatisfied with the work of the president, the members alleged that Mr Sapkota was more interested in indulging in politics and not working actively for the Association.
The meeting attended by vice-president Dipak Subba, office secretary Manoj Chettri and several other members passed a resolution wherein the president was directed to choose either the membership of a political party membership or association presidentship.
Mr Sapkota is an active member of the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front, it is learnt.
When this correspondent tried to contact him over the phone, he could not be reached.

Gandhi Shilp bazaar begins, brings artifacts from Indian states

To project Indian handicrafts and to provide direct marketing outlets to the craft persons living in remote and hilly areas, a ten-day long Gandhi Shilp Bazaar today kicked off here at the top floor of Khangchendzonga Shopping Plaza.
Organized by Sikkim Handicrafts and Handloom Development Corporation Limited and sponsored by Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, the Minister for the State Commerce and industries RB Subba inaugurated the craft festival.
Also present was the Director of the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms Namrata Thapa and other officials from the concerned Department.
The festival has participation from almost all the states of India with their hand made handicrafts and handlooms sold at reasonable prizes.
Articles displayed at the fair include home decorative pieces, bamboo made products, carpets, soft toys etc.
While talking with the media, the Director informed that the handicraft has a great potential for marketing both in domestic and international arena and that a concentrated effort has been made to harness the demand potential of handicrafts both in domestic and international markets. “Opening of new opportunities on account of globalization will enable the artisans to achieve better returns for their products besides creating productive employment in rural areas,” the director said.
The director further said that the craft bazaar has been organised to establish direct contact to the craft persons with exporters, buying houses and other marketing organizations for regular and continuous flow of orders and also to provide the financial assistance to the institutions, societies etc who are working in the field of handicrafts.”
The fair will continue till April 6.