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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

UFO movement caught at camera from Darjeeling last June

UFO stories had always encouraged me to think beyond human’s limitation. It creates a different world of thoughts. I am happy to share to my readers one such UFO sightings that happened last June, 2016 at Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

My friend Vikrant Yonzone from Darjeeling catches on camera the movement we consider it to be out of this world.

Yonzone says "It was the 6th of June 2016 and I had been practicing night photography those days. Like usual night just past dinner time which is like 10 at my house, went to the rooftop of my residence in Singamari, set up my gear and started shooting time lapse shots. After about half an hour or so, I noticed a strange set of lights slowly moving past the sky. Didn't give much attention to it at first as a lot of moving light sightings are common for me since childhood days, believing them to be some sort of satellites which are commonly visible during the evenings and late nights.

However, the object seemed to be quite close as its set of lights could be made out easily through the naked eye. After about 4 to 5 minutes, a similar object followed the same path of flight and this grabbed my attention. I stood there star struck, wondering what it was but didn't stop shooting. In about 30 to 40 seconds, this second object float past the sky over Darjeeling and was out of sight. I could not understand what it was. This was the first time I had an encounter with such a UFO in my life. I later processed the photographs and created this clip. Ever since that day, I find myself staring the night sky on a regular basis, with my camera handy, waiting to see if I would encounter something strange again. Till this day, it gives me that exciting and thrilling chill every time I think about that night."


2 Ministers and 11 Parliamentary Secretaries and MLAs attend workshop on Sustainable Development Goals in New Delhi

30 January 2017, New Delhi: The two-day Legislators’ workshop on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) commenced in New Delhi at the WWF Secretariat on 30 January 2017. The workshop with the legislators’ is a part of the on-going consultations with key stakeholders about attainingthe SDG agenda in Sikkim through a legislative framework. The workshop began in the presence of Minister of Environment& Forests, Shri TsheringWangdiLepcha and Minister of Rural Management & Development Department Shri S.B.Subedi and sitting Member of Parliament from Sikkim, Shri P.D.Rai.
Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 goals adopted unanimously by 193 member nations of the United Nations in September 2015. These include ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC) in India, Mr. Yuri Afanasiev set the tone for the day by emphasizing the role of India in the global negotiation of the SDGs in 2015. The need for focusing on the interlinkages between SDGs and domestically implementing these as per the local needs and challenges was stressed upon. The UNRC also acknowledged the efforts of Government and citizens of Sikkim in taking bold steps to make Sikkim the cleanest state, the only organic state of India and first open defecation free state in India. He also extended his office’s support to the Sikkim Government in its efforts to strategize and meet the SDG targets.
Day 1 of the workshop was conducted by Dr. Mandira Kala from PRS Legislative Research, Ravi Singh, CEO WWF India, Karma Bhutia, an entrepreneur from Sikkim and ZeenatNiazi from Development Alternatives.
Shri SB Subedi, Minister, underscored the SDG initiatives being undertaken by his department. Shri Rai, MP, acknowledged the leadership of Chief Minister Pawan Chamling in institutionalizing this effort through legislation especially after receiving the Sustainability Leadership Award on 6th October 2016 during the World Sustainability Summit from President Pranab Mukherjee.
Day 2 of the workshop focused on the process of law making and was conducted by AmitaKatragadda of leading law firm Cyril AmarchandMangaldas, Dr. Madhavan from PRS Legislative Research and MoulikaArabhi from WWF-India.
The legislators debated the priority areas for Sikkim and discussed challenges of development. It was also appreciated that Sikkim is already on the path to sustainability and we need to embed the goals of sustainable development in Sikkim’s DNA. The Panchayati Raj institution of Sikkim is poised to take this agenda forward and legislators pledged their support to increasing awareness in each of their constituencies regarding the subject.
The members also went on a field visit to the energy efficient campus of Development Alternatives in New Delhi. They also discussed the major issue of implementation of the new legislation to be and looked for ways to overcome the same.
MP, Rai in his concluding remarksexpressed his gratitude to all supporters and partners in this just begun journey toward ensuring a legal framework for the implementation of the SDGs in Sikkim and making it worthy of emulating in the rest of the country.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Visit to Krishna Mangaldham at Namphing

Visit to Krishna Mangaldham at Namphing


Monday, January 23, 2017

Logo of Rani Khola Mahotsav 2017

Logo, banner and poster of Rani Khola Mahotsav 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Happy New Year Bebay - 2017

Another Year passed by and I am still counting days when we will have a face-off. Your words still echoes in my ear when I heard your voice a month back ...after a long season!! I did feel sad you did not want to listen to my voice.... but its ok, I can make it out. 
I know you have a different feel for me. My feeling for you remains the same when I last touched you head when we bid farewell. The wound you have stored is same here...just wanted to hug you and cry!!
Don't know...when will you read all these lines I have written for you...I don't have ill feelings for anyone...we can't clap with a single hand just like that I don't want to spread ill words of your close ones to you....its matter of time you will learn about me. Even in a bad impression to you...I just love you and eager to hug you...
Happy New Year Bebay ....wishing you best days in 2017...

Sunday, December 25, 2016

PSS completes a year; celebrates with free basic photography workshop

SINGTAM, DECEMBER 25: On the occasion of the first anniversary of Photographic Society of Sikkim (Singtam), a one day free basic photography workshop was conducted at Kidzee School, Singtam. Eighteen participants from nearby places of Singtam and beyond had participated. Those included from places like Gangtok, Samdong, Rhenock, Kingstone, Ranipool, Singtam, Sang Khola and others. The cake-cutting celebration was also held on the day
The photography workshop had two sessions; the indoor and the outdoor. The indoor session had talks and discussions on three topics viz. Basics of Photography, Brief Introduction on Camera Insights and Night-Photography by Ujjwal Darjee, Sanket Agarwal and Roshan Rai respectively, all members of PSS. Outdoor photo-shoot was held at the famed Rani-Khola river-side walkway and the premises of Kidzee School.
Shital Pradhan, Publicity In-charge, PSS was the host of the day while Milan Sharma, President, PSS spoked about the activities performed by the society over the last one year. Sharma added that it was on the occasion of the anniversary, the society thought about conducting the free – workshop. He further thanked the participants for making the workshop a success.

Certificate was distributed among the participants towards the end of the program by Sishir Chettri, Advisor of PSS and Ashok Prasad, Joint Secretary, PSS. The workshop was valuable and lots of knowledge was learnt echoed the participants.


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Marwari Yuva Manch Singtam Celebrated World Environment Day' 2016

SINGTAM, JUNE 06: Marwari Yuva Manch Singtam Celebrated World Environment Day' 2016 by planting 216 species Of 'Laxmi Taru Lata' saplings at the newly inaugurated Singtam River Side Walkway on June 5. Sanket Agarwal, President MYM, Singtam through this press release has thanked Ritu Agarwal, Art Of Living, North Bengal & Sikkim Mr. Milan Sharma, President, Photographic Society Of Sikkim, Singtam, Sonam Bhutia, Range Officer, Singtam Forest Department and members of Singtam Marwari Yuva Manch for their active participation.


National Consumer Day 2016 celebrated at Himalayan Pharmacy Institute

National Consumer Day was celebrated at Himalayan Pharmacy Institute, Mazhitar by Federation of Consumers Association of Sikkim today. Tilu Gurung, MLA Namthang Ratheypani and Gopal Baraily, MLA West Pandam was the Chief Guest and the Guest of honour of the day.
Shri Sandeep Chettri , President Majhitar Educated Unemployed Youth Cooperative Society was conferred with Concerned Consumer Award 2016 for his initiative on creating awareness among the public in the issues of Domestic Liquefied Petroleum Gas, Water & in many more.
PR Adhikari, Jigmee Bhutia and Eda Lawrence were the resource person of the day. Suresh Lama was the host of the day while Rohit Pradhan, General Secretary of FCAS gave the welcome speech. Shekher Khatiwara gave the vote of thanks.


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When i started my blog on Sikkim way back in 2007, i had it clear on my mind that this blog shall help people look out for knowledge on Sikkim. I always wanted a knowledge house about Sikkim, its past, present and future. I do not know over the years how much did i succeed but my determination to let other understand my Sikkim is always giving me a push. with regards Shital Pradhan (


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