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  • Violence grips Gangtok as government college students protest over fee hike 1 week ago

    Sikkim: The city of Gangtok in Sikkim has been gripped in violence as the students of a government college in Tadong has been protesting over four-fold increase in the fee. Violence was reported from various parts of the city and even from the main hospital. Even as the college has...
  • Modi congratulates Patnaik, Chamling for winning assembly elections May 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated Chief Ministers Pawan Chamling of Sikkim and Naveen Patnaik of Odisha for winning the assembly elections. "My congratulations to Naveen Patnaik on being sworn in as Odisha (chief minister). My best wishes and support for Odisha's development journey," Modi tweeted. BJD president Patnaik...
  • Pawan Chamling to take oath as Sikkim CM on Wednesday May 19, 2014

    Gangtok: Having won a record mandate for the fifth time in a row, Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, who is on his way to surpass the tenure of the longest serving Chief minister of the country, will take oath on Wednesday. "All the 22 MLAs of Sikkim Democratic Front had...
  • SDF wins Sikkim assembly polls, bags 22 of 32 seats; leads lone LS seat May 16, 2014

    The Himalayan state of Sikkim with went on polls on polls on April 11, 2014. The fates of six candidates contesting the Lok Sabha polls are to be decided through the counting which is underway in Gangtok. For the lone Lok Sabha seat, sitting MP Prem Das Rai of SDF is...
  • Sikkim: Monks vote to chose a lama as their MLA April 12, 2014

    Gangtok: Hundreds of monks from Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayan state of Sikkim on Saturday voted to choose a Lama as their representative in the state assembly. The 'Sangha' seat is the only one of its kind in India which was created under Article 371 (F) of the Constitution to give...
  • LS polls: 76 pc polling recorded in Sikkim for 1 LS, 32 Assembly seats April 12, 2014

    Gangtok: High voter turnout was witnessed in one Lok Sabha constituency and 32 assembly seats in Sikkim with 76 per cent polling taking place on Saturday. A turnout of 52.5 per cent was registered in the Himalayan state of Sikkim till Saturday afternoon for 32 Assembly seats and the lone Lok...
  • LS polls: Voting on for 7 seats in Assam, Tripura, Sikkim and Goa April 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Voting is taking place on Saturday in seven Lok Sabha constituencies where the fate of 3 seats in Assam, 2 in Goa, 1 in Sikkim and 1 in Tripura will be sealed. Voting for the 32-member Sikkim Assembly is also taking place simultaneously. Karimganj, Silchar and Autonomous district in...
  • LS polls: High voter turnout in phase 4 in Goa, Assam, Tripura and Sikkim April 12, 2014

    In phase 4 the Lok Sabha polls on Saturday, 75 per cent polling has been recorded in 2 seats in Goa, 75 per cent in 3 seats in Assam, 81.8 per cent for 1 seat in Tripura. In Sikkim, 76 per cent has been recorded for 1 one Lok Sabha...
  • Simultaneous LS, Assembly polls in Sikkim on Saturday April 11, 2014

    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. In...
  • Phase 4 of LS polls on Saturday; to cover 7 seats in four states April 11, 2014

    The fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections will take place on Saturday covering seven constituencies in four states where over half-a-crore voters will decide the fate of 74 candidates. While the first phase of the nine phased electoral battle took place on April 7, the polling for the third phase concluded...
  • Campaigning for Sikkim Assembly and LS seat ends April 10, 2014

    Campaigning for the 32 assembly seats and the lone Lok Sabha seat in Sikkim for which polling would be held on April 12 ended Thursday evening. With support growing for the newly-formed Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), the ruling party Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) would have a tough fight to stay in...
  • LS polls: Sikkim Buddhists want their Karmapa back April 9, 2014

    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 the...
  • Sikkim Assembly polls getting violent for first time April 9, 2014

    Gangtok: For the first time in the last 20 years, the peaceful and quiet atmosphere of Sikkim has been disturbed with political clashes being reported in the run-up to the state assembly and Lok Sabha polls. According to official figures, two persons have been killed in political clashes in the last...
  • Sikkim's ruling SDF trying to reap fruits of the past April 9, 2014

    Gangtok: With zero opposition in the Sikkim Assembly, the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) is banking on the success of various development works during its 20 years of power in the state to seek a record mandate for the fifth time in a row. SDF President and Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan...
  • Sikkim CM Chamling sells crorepati dream April 7, 2014

    Gangtok: Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling has promised to make every Sikkimese a 'crorepati' if he or she votes for his Sikkim Democratic Front in the April 12 Lok Sabha election, inviting criticism from his opponents. "We will work diligently in the coming days to make every Sikkimese a crorepati...
  • LS polls: Candidates in Sikkim not resorting to huge rallies April 8, 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 with...
  • Sikkim: CM Pawan Chamling to contest from Yangang April 8, 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 years...
  • Lok Sabha elections: Sikkim votes on April 12 March 5, 2014

    New Delhi: The Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Sikkim will take place on April 12. ...
  • 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 Kanchenjunga,...
  • 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 over...
  • 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 highest...
  • 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 state...
  • 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 have...
  • Is Northeast India the next disaster point after Uttarakhand? June 27, 2013

    Subansiri River: Arunachal Pradesh is planning on at least 150 MoUs for power generation in the fragile hills of the Eastern Himalayas in high seismic zones. Is the Northeast in the next disaster point after Uttarakhand? Environmentalist Neeraj Vagholikar said, "Arunachal is no different. It's a part of the Himalayas...
  • 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, slush...
  • 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 Department,...
  • 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

    Gangtok: 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...
  • Lake atop Himalayas could burst, cause devastation: study February 11, 2013

    Bangalore: 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...