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BJP loses assembly by-poll to Sikkim Democratic Front

Gangtok, April 15 (IANS) Ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) candidate Dilli Ram Thapa on Saturday defeated BJP's Suresh Khanal Sharma to win the Upper Burtuk assembly by-poll, garnering over 8,000 votes. According to the Election Commission, Thapa secured 8,406 votes to claim the Upper Burtuk seat while nearest rival, Sharma, could only garner 374 votes out of the total 9,427 polled on...

1 month ago
Sikkim tourism comes on board for Priyanka Chopra's 'Pahuna'

Gangtok, March 9 (IANS) Actress Priyanka Chopra's mother Madhu on Thursday launched their home banner Purple Pebble Pictures's first Sikkimese film Pahuna here in association with the Ministry of Tourism Sikkim. The news was announced through a statement, which read that the association of PPP and Ministry of Tourism Sikkim was possible due to the unwavering support of the local governme...

2 months ago
Registration for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra begins

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) Registration for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra commenced on Wednesday, the External Affairs Ministry which organises the annual pilgrimage said on Wednesday. According to a ministry statement, this year the Yatra is scheduled for the period June 12-September 8 through two routes. Applicants for this Yatra must be at least 18 years and not more than 70 years as on ...

2 months ago
Irrfan hopes to make 'amazing memories' in Bikaner

Jaipur, Jan 31 (IANS) Actor Irrfan Khan is excited to start shooting in Bikaner later this week for filmmaker Tanuja Chandras untitled travel love story. He is looking forward to make some amazing memories in the city of Rajasthan. His trip will begin in Bikaner, travel through Rishikesh in Uttarakhand and end in Gangtok, Sikkim. Irrfan said in a statement: I'm excited to start...

4 months ago
Legalise sports betting, gaming, suggests CBI ex-chief

Gangtok, Nov 20 (IANS) Former CBI Director Ranjit Sinha has advocated legalisation of sports betting and gaming since, he said, these had a massive revenue generation potential and were popular with the people. He, however, also emphasised proper regulation and what he called responsible gaming. The business of sport betting and gaming exists, despite the ban. There is a stigma a...

4 months ago
Legalise sports betting, gaming: CBI ex-chief

Gangtok, Nov 20 (IANS) Former CBI Director Ranjit Sinha has advocated legalisation of sports betting and gaming since, he said, these had a massive revenue generation potential and were popular with the people. He, however, also emphasised proper regulation and what he called responsible gaming. The business of sport betting and gaming exists, despite the ban. There is a stigma a...

5 months ago
Sikkim leads the way in celebrating noise-free, pollution-free Diwali

Gangtok, Oct 31 (IANS) Next Diwali if you want to escape the noise and toxic air associated with Diwali, head for Sikkim. The small, northeastern state, with a population of a little over 610,000 with 82 per cent literacy, has managed to do what other states and administrations have failed - ban the use of firecrackers and celebrate a clean, 'green' Diwali, with active support of an enli...

7 months ago
Minerva FC beat DSK Shivajians in Durand Cup

New Delhi, Sep 4 (IANS) Riding on a last-minute goal, Minerva FC beat DSK Shivajians FC 2-1 in the 128th Durand Cup football tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium here on Sunday. The loss was DSK Shivajians' first in the competition, while Minerva FC registered their first win. The match was goalless during the first-half. DSK Shivajians were first to score when Spaniard Juan Quero ...

7 months ago
DSK Shivajians FC face-off against Indian Navy in Durand Cup

New Delhi, Sep 1 (IANS) Group leaders DSK Shivajians FC will be up against Indian Navy in the 128th Durand Cup football tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium here on Friday. A victory for the Pune-based club will cement their position at the top of the table in Group A and significantly increase the chances of progressing to the semi-finals. Playing the tournament for the first time...

7 months ago
DSK Shivajians beat Gangtok Himalayan FC in Durand Cup

New Delhi, Aug 31 (IANS) DSK Shivajians FC registered a 2-1 win over Gangtok Himalayan SC in the 128th Durand Cup football tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium here on Wednesday. A first-half double by Rohit Kumar (5th and 44th minute) enabled DSK Shivajians to log full points. Gangtok Himalayan pulled one back via a penalty kick conversion by Jon Lepcha (78th minute). The result t...

7 months ago
DSK Shivajians face Gangtok Himalayan FC in Durand Cup

New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) DSK Shivajians Football Club will be aiming for back-to-back victories when they come up against Gangtok Himalayan SC in their second match in the Durand Cup football tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium here on Wednesday. A win would help DSK Shivajians FC get closer to qualify for the knock-outs from Group-A. DSK Shivajians confidence stems from the 2-1 t...

8 months ago
Need Gangtok-like sidewalks in Delhi: Sikkim MP

New Delhi, Aug 12 (IANS) The death of a pedestrian, who was left bleeding for hours by the roadside here after he was knocked down by a speeding vehicle, has moved Sikkim MP P.D. Rai to put out a tweet lamenting the city's apathy and misgovernance and exhorting the need for safer pedestrian spaces in Delhi, the way Gangtok has. Apathy and misgovernance -- MG Marg in Gangtok is what is ne...

8 months ago
Sikkim's Khangchendzonga National Park now in Unesco 'heritage' list

Gangtok, July 31 (IANS) The Khangchendzonga National Park in Sikkim, home to dozens of lofty mountain peaks, 18 glaciers, lakes, waterfalls and some unique flora and fauna, has been named India's first Mixed World Heritage Site by Unesco. The UN agency has recognised the park's outstanding universal values both in terms of its natural and cultural significance -- thanks to its rich and u...

8 months ago
ZSI, BSI to map biodiversity in northeast India as 'priority'

Kolkata, July 22 (IANS) The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) and Botanical Survey of India (BSI) will take up northeast India as a priority to map the region's biodiversity and address knowledge gaps, an Environment Ministry official said on Friday. Certain instructions have been given to ZSI and BSI to take up northeastern region as a priority, Additional Secretary, Environment, Forest ...

8 months ago
Three killed in Darjeeling landslides

Siliguri, July 20 (IANS) Three members of a family, including a minor, were crushed to death on Wednesday when their house collapsed in a landslide in northern West Bengal's Darjeeling district, an official said. The incident happened in the early hours of the day in Lodhma in the district. Three people, including an eight-year-old, have been killed. They were members of the same...

9 months ago
Airport restaurant with a difference

Bagdogra, July 10 (IANS) When one talks of fine-dining or haute-cuisine restaurants, the last thing one has in mind is an airport eatery away from the metros. The mental image of an airport restaurant, particularly in the smaller cities and provincial towns, is grubby environs, sub-standard food, perfunctory service and largely avoidable unless one's hunger is dire. But this particular o...

9 months ago
ZSI to get regional centres in Sikkim, Gujarat

Kolkata, July 1 (IANS) The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) will add two more regional centres - in Sikkim and Gujarat - to its existing 16, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar announced here on Friday. ZSI has 16 regional centres. We will start two new centres in Gangtok in Sikkim and in Bhuj in Gujarat. We will operationalise them in the next year, Javadekar said at a function...

9 months ago
Sikkim: A well-administered state cries for national attention

The difference is noticeable the moment one crosses the border from West Bengal into Sikkim. Colourful stone arches and wall panels embedded with Sikkimese tribal motifs greet a visitor and houses and streets take on a more cheerful and cleaner hue. Rangpo, the first town across the border, shows signs of civic order not associated with the chaos and municipal neglect of Indian small towns. <...

10 months ago
Innovation Hubs to drive science in northeast, HP, J&K

Kolkata, June 8 (IANS) This is something straight out of Jurassic World. Banking on the increased interest of youngsters in IT-enabled exhibits, the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) is focussing on deploying holographic and multimedia projections, 3D-rendered displays in its centres a la the Hollywood blockbuster - and also foraying into unrepresented regions such as the northeast, Hima...

11 months ago
'Veer Yatras' to take tourists down an adventure path

Pune, May 10 (IANS) In case the adventurous among you are looking for a brush with the rough and tumble of military life and want to have a closer dekko at the lives of the valorous men in olive green, opt for one of the 'Veer Yatras' in the coming summer vacations. Maharashtra Ex-Servicemen Corporation's (MESCO) first-ever attempt at introducing military tourism in the country will affo...

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