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Currency case: Petition against Karmapa dismissed

April 25, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Shimla, April 25 (IANS) A petition opposing the dropping of criminal charges against Tibetan religious head and the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, in a currency seizure case registered last year, was Wednesday rejected by the Himachal Pradesh High Court.

United Sikkim FC qualify for I-League

April 17, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Gangtok, April 17 (IANS) United Sikkim Football Club (USFC) played a 1-1 draw Tuesday against Kolkata's Mohammedan Sporting to qualify for next edition's I-League.

ONGC qualify for I-League after draw with Aizawal

April 16, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Gangtok, April 16 (IANS) ONGC qualified for the next edition of I-League when they played a 1-1 draw against Aizawal FC in their last match of the season here Monday.

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ONGC beat Aizawal to qualify for I-League

April 16, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Gangtok, April 16 (IANS) ONGC qualified for the next edition of I-League when they played a 1-1 draw against Aizawl FC in their last match this season here Monday.

Students protest outside vice chancellor's office in Sikkim over illegal recruitment

March 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Gangtok (Sikkim), Mar.24 (ANI): Sikkim University students staged a protest outside the vice-chancellor's office on Saturday for denying recruitment to those who had donated land for the institution.

Sikkim AIDS control society holds music contest to promote HIV awareness

February 14, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Gangtok, Feb 14 (ANI): The AIDS Control Society of Sikkim organized a music contest and soccer tournament to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

Sikkim to host star studded charity soccer match

January 18, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Gangtok, Jan 18 (ANI): Sikkim will be hosting a star studded charity soccer match, that will see the likes of Dutch superstar Rudd Gullit and Colombian maverick Carlos Valderrama's team lock horns with Indian soccer icon Baichung Bhutia's United Sikkim Football Club on Sunday.

Sikkim to host star studded charity soccer match

January 18, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Gangtok, Jan 18 (ANI): Sikkim will be hosting a star studded charity soccer match, that will see the likes of Dutch superstar Rudd Gullit and Colombian maverick Carlos Valderrama's team lock horns with Indian soccer icon Baichung Bhutia's United Sikkim Football Club on Sunday.

'Village home stays' in Sikkim gaining popularity

January 11, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Gangtok, Jan 11 (ANI): In a bid to boost tourism in Lingee Payong village of Sikkim, the tourism department has decided to set up village home stay locale which is gaining popularity among the domestic as well as international tourists.

Buddhist monks offer prayers for Sikkim earthquake victims

October 23, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Gangtok, Oct 23 (ANI): Hundreds of devotees and monks converged at the Nor Gumpa Monastery in Gangtok to pray for victims who had lost their lives in the September 18 earthquake.

State-owned Pawan Hans restarts services in quake-hit Sikkim

October 23, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Gangtok (Sikkim), Oct. 23 (ANI): Air services of Pawan Hans Helicopter, which faced criticism and public resentment after one of its helicopter crashed into a gorge killing former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Dorjee Khandu, is likely to make its comeback in quake-hit Sikkim.

Baichung Bhutia promises to raise funds for earthquake victims

September 20, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Gangtok, Sep 20 (ANI): Former Indian footballer Baichung Bhutia on Tuesday said that he would raise funds for the victims of the earthquake that hit Sikkim on Sunday.

Baichung Bhutia confident of winning Independence Cup

July 29, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Gangtok, July 29 (ANI): Ace football player Baichung Bhutia has expressed confidence of winning the Independence Cup.

Northeastern states moving ahead on development path

June 20, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Gangtok, June 20 (ANI): Both the central and state governments are leaving no stones unturned in developing rural areas in the eight northeastern states, as they accommodate a large part of the population of the region.

National Afforestation Programme launched in Sikkim

January 11, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Gangtok, Jan 11 (ANI): With the Sikkim Government determined to increase afforestation, the state forest department has launched a roadmap of the National Afforestation Programme here.

Trade picks up in Gangtok during Dalai Lama's visit

December 23, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Gangtok, Dec.23 (ANI): Visitors from across the world thronged Gangtok to attend sermons delivered by the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, providing boost to the trade and business in the region.

Tibetans are real holders of Nalanda tradition, says Dalai Lama

December 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Gangtok, Dec 21 (ANI): Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said that Tibetans are the real holders of Nalanda tradition and are true followers of Indian gurus (teachers).

Sikkim girls practise hard to get into national cricket team

December 20, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Gangtok, Dec.20 (ANI): Girls representing the Sikkim Cricket Association are practising hard to make their way into the national team.

Cricket fever grips Sikkim women

December 12, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Gangtok, Dec 12 (ANI): Even as cricket fever builds up for the 2011 World Cup that will see 16 teams in action in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, of late, in a first of its kind event, women in Sikkim are showing a keen interest in playing the sport.

Sikkim businessmen keen to increase trade with China

November 11, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Gangtok, Nov 11 (ANI): Businessmen here have demanded inclusion of new items in the trading list at Nathula Trade Point in Sikkim for a more viable and sustainable trade.

Ban on Satyajit Ray's film 'Sikkim' lifted

September 18, 2010 at 12:30 PM

London, Sep 18 (ANI): The ban on Satyajit Ray's documentary film 'Sikkim' has been finally lifted by India, his family said.

Strategic road link cut off due to landslide in Sikkim

September 4, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Gangtok, Sep.4 (ANI): Incessant rains in the last few weeks have caused extensive landslides in Sikkim, as on Saturday, vehicular traffic on the road connecting Gangtok with Nathu La located along the India-China border came to a standstill due to landslides.

Gangtok locals celebrate Pang Lhabsol festival

August 25, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Gangtok, Aug 25 (ANI): Residents of Gangtok are celebrating Pang Lhabsol, one of the state's biggest festivals, that marks a pact of brotherhood inked between the Lepcha and Bhutia chieftains, Thekuntek and Khwa Bhumbsha.

Justice Dinakaran takes oath as the Chief Justice of Sikkim

August 9, 2010 at 10:53 PM

Gangtok (Sikkim), Aug 9 (ANI): Justice P D Dinakaran, against whom an impeachment motion is pending in Upper House of the Parliament , was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court on Monday.

Queen's Baton gets warm welcome at Nathula Pass

July 18, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Gangtok, July 18 (ANI): The Queen's Baton relay for the 2010 Commonwealth Games received warm welcome at Nathula Pass near the India-China border in Sikkim.

Sikkim soccer club provides platform to aspirants

July 9, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Gangtok, July 9 (ANI): A soccer club in Sikkim is providing a platform for hundreds of enthusiasts of the game.

Sikkim plays host to month-long theatre workshop

June 30, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Gangtok (Sikkim), June 30 (ANI): The Sikkim Central University and the National School of Drama (NSD) have organised 'Theatre in Education' a nearly month-long theatre workshop for young enthusiasts in Sikkim.

Buddhists pray for world peace in Gangtok

June 27, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Gangtok, June 27 (ANI): Buddhist monks in Gangtok started a weeklong prayer session for world peace from Sunday.

Vajrakiliyana mask dance regales tourists in Sikkim

June 4, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Gangtok, JUne 4 (ANI): Vajrakiliyana also known as Dorjee Phurba Cham, a mask dance by Buddhist monks, enthralled scores of tourists at the famous monastery of Rumtek in Sikkim.

Unemployed Sikkim youth receive traditional Buddhist art training

March 15, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Gangtok, Mar 15 (ANI): Sikkim's Handicrafts and Handloom Department is imparting training to the unemployed youth in an attempt to promote and preserve ethnic Buddhist arts and crafts.

Sikkim to become a model banking state in Northeast

February 9, 2010 at 12:05 AM

Gangtok, Feb 8 (ANI): Sikkim is all set to become a model banking state in the Northeastern region of the country.

Sikkim promotes village tourism

January 31, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Gangtok, Jan 31 (ANI): Endowed with spectacular scenic beauty, Sikkim is harnessing its natural bounty for sustainable development through village tourism.

Sports Department promotes rural talent in Sikkim

January 20, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Gangtok, Jan 20 (ANI): The Sikkim Sports Department recently organized a sports meet under the Panchayat Yuva Kendra Khel Abhiyaan (PYKKA) scheme to promote rural sporting talent in the state.

Sikkim Rockstar a platform for young dancing talents

January 14, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Gangtok, Jan 14 (ANI): With an aim to tap, nourish and promote the talents in performing arts among the youth of Sikkim and project them as the National level, a periodical competitive event "the Sikkim Rockstar," was held in the state.

Sikkim's rich Buddhist culture attracts tourists

January 4, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Gangtok, Jan 3 (ANI) : Sikkim which is situated amidst Himalayan Hills is a paradise for tourists. Now the state Government has stepped up its efforts to promote many Budhist sites and festivals as tourist's destinations.

Talent hunt for promising dancers, singers in Sikkim

December 29, 2009 at 9:10 PM

Namchi (Sikkim), Dec 29 (ANI): A state-level dancing and singing talent hunt show named Sikkim Rock Star began at Namchi to provide youth of the state to showcase their talent.

Sikkim seeking to exploit hydel power potential

December 25, 2009 at 8:52 PM

Gangtok, Dec 25 (ANI) : The Teesta River, nature's gift to the state of Sikkim, has immense potential for the generation of hydroelectric power.

Sikkim holds exhibition to showcase environmental heritage

December 13, 2009 at 9:35 PM

Gangtok, Dec 13(ANI): The forest department of Sikkim organised an exhibition to showcase the environmental heritage of the state in Gangtok this week.

Heliport work starts in Sikkim

December 7, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Gangtok, Dec 7 (ANI): Union Tourism Minister Kumari Selja today laid the foundation stone for the heliport at Chemchey, South District, Sikkim.

Vice President to lay foundation stone of first ever railway line in Sikkim

October 30, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Gangtok, Oct 30 (ANI): Vice President Hamid Ansari will lay the foundation stone of the first ever railway line (Rangpo-Sivok railway line) to Sikkim at Rangpo today.

Vice President inaugurates Conference on Right to Education with Special Reference to Sikkim

October 29, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Gangtok, Oct 29 (ANI): Vice President Hamid Ansari inaugurated the Regional Conference on "Right to Education with Special Reference to Sikkim and its impact on Legal Awareness Campaign" here today.

Sikkim draws record tourists

October 7, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Gangtok, Oct 7 (ANI): Tourist arrivals in Sikkim record an increase due to its natural beauty and peaceful environment.

Floriculture business a boon for the local florist in Sikkim

October 6, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Gangtok, Oct 6(ANI): The climatic advantage coupled with highly educated workforce gives Sikkim a definite advantage in floriculture, and realizing the potential the State Government is assisting farmers through various training programs and facilities.

RBI stresses on need to check inflation expectations

October 2, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Gangtok (Sikkim), Oct 2 (ANI): Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Duvvuri Subbarao has said the Central bank needs to control inflationary expectations and support growth, as signs of recovery and price pressures raise concerns that the policy may be tightened in late 2009 or early 2010.

Indian Army launches green drive in Sikkim

September 24, 2009 at 6:55 PM

Gangtok, Sep 24 (ANI): The Indian Army has launched an afforestation drive in the high altitude area of East Sikkim on Wednesday.

Sikkim travel agents fear dip in tourist arrivals following Chinese incursions

September 17, 2009 at 9:57 PM

Gangtok, Sep 17(ANI): Travel agents in Sikkim are a worried lot, as they fear a dip in domestic tourist arrivals in the state following the tension that prevails after reports of Chinese incursion and aggression along the international border.

Sikkim promotes traditional sports

September 17, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Gangtok, Sep 17(ANI): In order to preserve the essence of its culture, Sikkim is trying to revive its age-old traditional sports like archery, and bamboo fight, which are an indispensable ingredient of the culture of the state.

Tibetans living-in-exile surprised over China's opposition to Dalai Lama's visit

September 17, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Gangtok, Sep 17 (ANI): Members of the exiled Tibetan community living at Gangtok said China's opposition to the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh is "surprising".

Tendong Lho Rum Faat festival celebrated by Lepchas of Sikkim

September 9, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Gangtok (Sikkim), Sep 9(ANI): Hundreds of people came together in Gangtok recently to celebrate Tendong Lho Rum Faat, which is a festival of the indigenous tribe of Sikkim "The Lepchas".

Popular sculpting statue in Sikkim

September 3, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Gangtok, Sep 3 (ANI): An art school is preserving the oldest form of traditional and religious art of statue making, influenced by Buddhist teaching in Sikkim.

Lepchas of Sikkim celebrate Tendong Lho Rum Faat festival

August 14, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Gangtok, Aug 14 (ANI): Hundreds of people came together in Gangtok recently to celebrate Tendong Lho Rum Faat, which is a festival of the indigenous tribe of ikkim "The Lepchas".

Sikkim handloom industry making efforts to popularise tribal art

July 29, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Gangtok, July 29 (ANI): To promote the weave of an indigenous tribe of Sikkim, handicrafts and handloom department of the state is trying to enhance its popularity by imparting training to unemployed youth.

Centre asks Sikkim to put on hold six hydel projects

July 19, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Gangtok, July 19 (ANI): The Central Government has asked the Sikkim Government to withhold the six hydel projects in the state.

Conservation efforts for Red Panda in Gangtok zoo

June 27, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Gangtok, June 27 (ANI): In a bid to save one of nature's rarest and most beautiful animals, the Red Panda, the Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park (SHZP) in Gangtok has embarked on a breeding and conservation programme.

Red Panda to be breed in Sikkim

June 8, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Gangtok, June 8 (ANI): Keen to save one of nature's rarest and most beautiful animals, the Red Panda, the Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park (SHZP), in Gangtok, has embarked on a breeding and conservation programme.

Sikkim carpet artisans blend of traditional and modern designs

June 8, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Gangtok, June 8 (ANI): Artisans in Sikkim are making a blend of age-old designs and incorporating new designs to popularise their carpets in the international market.

24 tourists stranded at 15,000 feet following landslides

May 28, 2009 at 8:39 PM

Gangtok, May 28 (IANS) Two dozen tourists have been stranded for two days at a height of 15,000 feet in north Sikkim following road blocks due to landslides in the tiny Himalayan state.

Sikkim in SMS voting frenzy for Bhaichung Bhutia

May 24, 2009 at 7:23 PM

Gangtok, May 24 (IANS) Sikkim witnessed an SMS frenzy as people from all walks of life voted for their favourite son of the soil, football star Bhaichung Bhutia, in the reality TV show 'Jhalak Dikhla Ja'.

Three children die after eating poisonous mushrooms

May 22, 2009 at 8:15 PM

Gangtok, May 22 (IANS) Three children below the age of 10 have died here after eating poisonous mushrooms in a family dinner, an official said Friday.

First session of Sikkim assembly commences, Gyaltsen elected speaker

May 22, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Gangtok, May 22 (IANS) The first session of the newly elected 32-member Sikkim assembly commenced Friday with former tourism minister K.T. Gyaltsen being elected as the new speaker of the house.

First session of Sikkim assembly begins Friday

May 21, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Gangtok, May 21 (IANS) The first session of the newly elected 32-member Sikkim assembly, which has no opposition member after the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) swept the polls, begins Friday.

Sikkim CM sworn-in for fourth term

May 20, 2009 at 1:01 AM

Pawan Kumar Chamling, founder of the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) party, was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Sikkim on Wednesday for the fourth consecutive term.

Innovative apparel designs by Sikkim women

May 20, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Gangtok, May 20 (ANI): Banking on their creative traits, women of Sikkim have emerged in the forefront of apparel designing.

New Sikkim government sworn in

May 20, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Gangtok, May 20 (IANS) The new Sikkim government of Chief Minister Pawan Chamling's Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) was sworn in by Governor B.P. Singh here Wednesday. The new cabinet has quite a few fresh faces. Two of the 12 new cabinet ministers are women.

Chamling takes oath as Sikkim Chief Minister

May 20, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Gangtok, May 20 (ANI): A twelve- member new Sikkim Cabinet takes oath of office here today.

Chamling to take oath as Sikkim Chief Minister today

May 20, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Gangtok, May 20 (ANI): A twelve- member new Sikkim Cabinet is being sworn- in here today.

Sikkim Chief Minister submits resignation

May 19, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Gangtok, May 19 (ANI): Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling on Tuesday submitted the resignation of his council of ministers to Governor B P Singh.

Chamling to stake claim to form new State Govt. on Tuesday

May 19, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Gangtok, May 19 (ANI): Sikkim Chief Minister and the Sikkim Democratic Front leader Pawan Kumar Chamling will stake claim to form new government in the State on Tuesday after submitting the resignation of his council of ministers to Governor B. P. Singh.

SDF victory testimony to our hard work: Chamling

May 16, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Gangtok, May 16 (IANS) Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, whose Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) secured a landslide victory in the assembly polls Saturday, said his party's election for a fourth consecutive term was 'true testimony' to his government's hard work.

Sikkim results expected by 1 p.m.

May 15, 2009 at 9:32 PM

Gangtok, May 15 (IANS) Results for Sikkim's lone Lok Sabha seat and the 32 assembly constituencies are expected to be known by 1 p.m. Saturday, an election official said Friday.

Woodcarving training institute a boon for youth in Sikkim

May 14, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Gangtok, May 14 (ANI): Apart from its natural beauty, Sikkim is also known for its arts and crafts. The Government of Sikkim is trying to keep alive this rich legacy by encouraging youth to continue their woodcarving skills.

Sikkim's double murder accused escapes

May 14, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Gangtok, May 13 (IANS) A double murder accused, who allegedly killed his wife and a five-year-old son in Sikkim two months ago, escaped from police custody Wednesday.

Sikkim endeavours to preserve heritage of 'Thangka' art

December 13, 2008 at 11:46 AM

Gangtok, Dec 13 (ANI): Buddhist deity paintings with roots in Himalayan and Tibetan regions known as 'Thangkas' are the oldest form of traditional and religious art.

Year's Nathu La trade concludes with Rs.9.6mn turnover

December 1, 2008 at 11:22 AM

Nathu La (Sikkim), Dec 1 (IANS) Trade between India and China through the fabled Silk Road closed over the weekend for the year 2008 with business worth Rs.9.6 million (approx $192,000) done since May, officials Monday said.

Shutdown in Sikkim against Shiv Sena

October 6, 2008 at 7:57 PM

Gangtok, Sept 29 (ANI): The day-long shutdown called by the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) and other political parties paralysed normal life throughout the state today

Shutdown in Sikkim against Shiv Sena

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Gangtok, Sept 29 (ANI): The day-long shutdown called by the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) and other political parties paralysed normal life throughout the state today

FIFA's help, a major boost for football in Sikkim

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Gangtok, Sep.20 (ANI): Nestled in the foothills of Himalaya, Sikkim is widely known for its rich biodiversity. But not many may know it is also the breeding ground of footballers in India from the northeast.

A music show to spread AIDS awareness in Sikkim

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Gangtok, Aug 23 (ANI): Sikkim recently played host to 'Freedom rock tour 2008', a music concert aimed at spreading AIDS awareness.

Buddhists celebrate birthday of 8th century monk, Guru Rinpoche

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Gangtok, Aug 18 (ANI): Buddhists here celebrated the birthday of eighth century monk, Guru Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, with great pomp.

Army plants 5,000 saplings "Go Green" afforestation drive in Gangtok

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Gangtok (Sikkim), Aug. 11 (ANI): In keeping with its glorious tradition of "Cleaning through Greening" the army launched an afforestation drive in the new military station at Gangtok recently.

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