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  • Simultaneous LS, Assembly polls in Sikkim on Saturday 4 days ago

    Gangtok: Sikkim is set to hold simultaneous polls for its lone Lok Sabha constituency and 32 Assembly seats on Friday. An electorate of 370,731, including 1,79,650 female voters, are eligible to participate. Security for the poll would be provided by 3,500 policemen and 15 companies of the West Bengal police....
  • LS polls: Sikkim Buddhists want their Karmapa back 6 days ago

    As the lone Lok Sabha constituency in Sikkim goes to poll on April 12, the Buddhist minority wants their Karmapa to be enthroned in his seat in Rumtek monastery while the Nepali communities, which form almost half of the populace, seek tribal status. With less than 30 per cent of...
  • LS polls: Candidates in Sikkim not resorting to huge rallies April 4, 2014

    With a little over 370,000 voters in the small Himalayan state of Sikkim, candidates for the assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the state are not resorting to huge political rallies and are instead wooing voters personally by visiting their houses. Candidates say it is a small state and together...
  • Sikkim: CM Pawan Chamling to contest from Yangang March 18, 2014

    Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, who is seeking a straight fifth term in office, will contest from Rangang-Yangang Assembly seat, from where he entered electoral politics 32 years ago. Chamling had started his career in politics from Yangang village in 1982 and was elected to the Yangang Gram Panchayat. Two...
  • Sikkim launches chopper service to Kanchenjunga March 2, 2014

    New Delhi: A 15-minute helicopter service to witness breathtaking views of India's highest peak Kanchenjunga has been launched by the Sikkim government. The service, available from state capital Gangtok, will provide magnificent views of pristine peak, which assumes different colours during different hours of the day. The helicopter service to...
  • Cyclone Phailin: Met warns of 'very heavy rainfall' in Sikkim October 14, 2013

    As cyclonic storm Phailin moves to sub-Himalayan region in the next 48 hours, the MeT department today issued warning of "very heavy rainfall" in Sikkim. MeT officials said parts of West Bengal, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Siliguri, and Sikkim, all falling in sub-Himalayan region are expected to receive very heavy rainfall...
  • Sikkim's first greenfield airport to be completed by Dec 2014 September 12, 2013

    Sikkim's first greenfield airport at Pakyong will be completed by December 2014 which will provide air connectivity to the land locked state, state tourism minister Bhim Prasad Dhungel said in Gangtok. The Pakyong airport is being built at an altitude of 4,700 ft which will be one of the five...
  • Sikkim, the only state to increase forest cover in past two decades August 18, 2013

    Sikkim has become the only state to have increased its forest cover in the past two decades and has launched an ambitious Rs 31 crore project of plantation in additional 1,000 hectares in the next five years to further enhance its green area. The forest cover in the tiny northeastern...
  • Sikkim: Chief Minister spelt 'Thief Minister' in Class V English textbooks July 29, 2013

    Gangtok: The standards of Engish language in Sikkim has stooped to a new low. A look at the Class V text books shows glaring errors. The error can be witnessed in just one page of the Elementary Environment Science text book. The Chief Minister is named 'Thief Minister'. Four officials...
  • Sikkim Chief Minister supports demand for Gorkhaland June 9, 2013

    Darjeeling: Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Saturday said he supports the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland. "We completely support the Gorkhaland demand. However, it is up to the Centre to decide whether it would accept the demand," Chamling told reporters in Siliguri, where he innaugurated a three-day...
  • Gangtok: 600 tourists stranded due to landslide June 8, 2013

    Gangtok/Darjeeling: Around 600 tourists returning to Gangtok from Chhangu Lake, Baba Mandir and Nathu-la were stranded at 5th Mile, 15km from Gangtok, following a landslide on Jawaharlal Nehru Marg on Saturday evening, official sources said. "Around 5pm, when the tourist vehicles were returning from Chhangu Lake, Baba Mandir and Nathu-la,...
  • Sikkim gets excellence in public administration award April 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday presented to Sikkim an award for "extraordinary and innovative" work done by the state's Rural Management and Development Department. The prime minister presented a medal, a scroll and cash award of Rs 5 lakh to DR Nepal, secretary, Rural Management and Development...
  • Brigadier to face action for taking away property April 7, 2013

    New Delhi: An Army Brigadier will face disciplinary action after he was indicted by a Court of Inquiry (CoI) for allegedly borrowing money from his subordinates and taking away property from his official residence during his posting in Sikkim. Sources said that a CoI was initiated against Brigadier LI Singh...
  • Women workers of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha beaten up by police February 19, 2013

    Women workers of the newly formed Sikkim Krantikari Morcha were assaulted by male police officers on February 11, after they allegedly threw plastic bottles at Chief Minister Pawan Chamling's car. The Inspector General of Police of the area, Akshay Sachdeva ordered a lathicharge inside the office of the Sikkim Krantikari...
  • Lake atop Himalayas could burst, cause devastation: study February 11, 2013

    A satellite-based study has indicated that a huge glacial lake has formed atop the Himalayas in Sikkim with a "very high" potential for it to burst and create devastation downstream. Analysis of satellite data has revealed that the lake has formed at the snout of South Lhonak glacier, that is...
  • Sikkim: Indian Air Force's Jaguar jet crashes near Mangan November 30, 2012

    A Jaguar jet of the Indian Air Force crashed near Mangan in Sikkim on Friday. The aircraft was reportedly on a routine sortie of the border area when it crashed. ...
  • Sikkim: 13-year-old arrested for raping two minor girls November 23, 2012

    A 13-year-old boy has been arrested on charge of separately raping two minor girls, aged 5 and 9 years, at Gyalshing in West Sikkim, police said on Thursday. In another incident of sexual assault, a 19-year-old boy has been arrested by the police for having molested an elderly woman at...
  • Dirty Angels Bikers Club: Men with a mission November 14, 2012

    The Dirty Angels Bikers Club of Sikkim has been proving to be a group of messiahs for the needy. Roaring through the hills, the young boys from Sikkim show that behind their leather jackets and tough looks, is a will to make a difference. ...
  • Flood woes continue in Northeast, over 30 dead September 24, 2012

    Flood woes continue in the Northeast as 27 people have died in Sikkim due to landslides triggered by heavy rain in the past 48 hours and six people have died in Assam. ...
  • Sikkim: Heavy rains trigger landslides, 20 dead September 23, 2012

    Heavy rains triggered massive landslides in Sikkim on Sunday, resulting in the deaths of three civilians and one General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) personnel, the state government said. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) said that seven of its workers had died in the landslides and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)...
  • Sikkim: 20 feared dead in flash floods September 22, 2012

    At least 20 people are feared dead in a flash flood resulting from heavy downpour in Sikkim. ITBP quarters near Chungthang in Northern Sikkim was washed away by the floods on Saturday. ...
  • Sikkim earthquake: One year on September 20, 2012

    One year on and we go back and find people still battling those scars everyday. Chungthang, one of the worst affected areas during the 2011 Sikkim earthquake looks almost frozen in time. ...
  • Sikkim earthquake: A year on, victims continue to struggle September 18, 2012

    It's been a year since a powerful earthquake rocked Sikkim wiping out many lives. CNN-IBN visited Chungthang, one of the worst-affected areas, where survivors are reminded of the trauma every day. ...
  • Sikkim: Heavy rains trigger landslides in Payong September 17, 2012

    Incessant rainfall has triggered landslides in Payong in East Sikkim. Several houses have been destroyed. Affected families have been moved to a temporary relief shelter. ...
  • Sikkim aims to become 'fully organic' by 2015 August 20, 2012

    Sikkim Agriculture Secretary Vishal Chauhan says their schemes and policies are well tuned to realise the goal. ...