Saturday, 2 July 2011

Lady jumps into Teesta river


Lady jumps into Teesta river
PAPPU MALLICK
GANGTOK, July 2: Singtam residents were left stunned when a 22-years-old lady jumped to her death from the old bridge at Adarsh Goan near the bazaar into the Teesta river yeserday afternoon.
            According to eye witnesses, Sangita Tamang was seen jumping into river at around 3:30 pm. She was said to have been with her husband Ruplal Rai at the time of the incident. The body is yet to recovered and all police stations on the Teesta river stretch in both Sikkim and North Bengal side have been alerted about the incident.
            Rai, also tried to jump from the bridge in an apparent wild bid to save his wife but was stopped by the local people.
            The couple had come to attend Singtam haat from Namphing, South Sikkim. 

300 protesting MR employees of Agriculture Dept gherao office


300 protesting MR employees of Agriculture Dept gherao office


Pappu Mallick
GANGTOK, June 6:  300 protesting Muster Roll Employees of  the State Agriculture and Horticulture Department today gathered at Krishi Bhawan here demanding immediate action for regularization of all MR&WC employees.
A delegation under the banner of All Sikkim MR&WC Employees Association also submitted a memorandum to the department Secretary Vishal Chauhan.
“The Secretary who was on tour had promised us to meet today and we have come to repeat our same prayer of regularization,” MR&WC treasurer DB Rasaily said.
According to him, there are 73 Field Assistants and 95 VLW regular posts lying vacant in the department which is yet to be filled. “We want the department to fill the said posts by regularizing the MR workers who have been working since many years in the same post on the basis of their seniority,” he said.
The worker have also been requesting for consideration of Class XII pass in Humanities and not Science as educational criteria for the VLW post. “We want the government to conduct interview for the VLW post on 50:50 ratio but for the MR workers the educational qualification should be Class XII passed with Humanities and not Science,” one of the workers maintained.
They added that there has been no regularization of the MR workers since 1984. There are approximately 600 MR workers under Agriculture and Horticulture Department.
The workers have further requested the department to maintain transparency on the number of regular posts lying vacant in department. 
While interacting with the media later, the Secretary said the demands of the MR workers has been taken positively and would be solved as it also comes under the 100 days programme of the Chief Minister. “We will try to solve the matter within the ambit of the rules and regulations of the government,” he said.
Chauhan added that the criteria of Class XII pass with Science subject for VLW has been put so that the VLWs may have a sound knowledge on the topic.

THE RUSH



THE RUSH
Tourists throng the MG Marg in the Capital in the evenings as the State experiences a bumper in tourist footfalls this season. SE pic by Pappu Mallick.

Lingmoo resident allege STNM doctor, lack of equipment for his child’s death


Lingmoo resident allege STNM doctor, lack of equipment for his child’s death

Pappu Mallick

GANGTOK, June 2: A resident of Lingmoo has today blamed the carelessness on the part of the doctor and lack of equipment at STNM Hospital for the death of his two and half month child.
“I lost my son due to the carelessness of the doctor and nurses at STNM,” YP Chettri said.
Talking to media persons, Chettri said that although his child was admitted in the Pediatrics Ward of the hospital on May 28 with bouts of fever, doctors neither updated him of the condition of the child nor talked about referring to other hospitals.
The infant died at around 9:30 am today.
Aggrieved with the loss of his child, Chettri also alleged that doctors and nurses refused to come when he called them in times of emergency.
When reporters asked Pediatrician Dr CK Nepal’s comment on the issue, the latter stated that he was not authorised to speak to the press and media.

Livelihood School at Singbell


Livelihood School at Singbell

PAPPU MALLICK

GANGTOK, June 1: Area MLA Em Prasad Sharma today inaugurated the Livelihood School of driving training at Singbel gram administrative centre which will function as a main centre for imparting driving skills to unemployed youth from different parts of Sikkim.
            Speaking on the occasion, Sharma highlighted the objective behind the establishment of Livelihood Schools by the State government, which he said, was to empower unemployed youth with various livelihood skills for becoming self-sustainable. He urged all participants to leverage this opportunity to become productive and self-employed.
            Livelihood Schools administrator SD Dhakal said that the trainees would be provided with driving licenses after three months of training at the Singbel Livelihood School. Trainees can also get soft loans from SIDICO for purchasing their own vehicles, he said.

SMTWA CHIPS IN RS 24, 505 FOR 9-YEAR-OLD’S TREATMENT


SMTWA chips in Rs 24, 505 for 9-year-old’s treatment

PAPPU MALLICK

GANGTOK, June 30: Sikkim Motor Transport Workers Association (SMTWA), Singtam has contributed Rs 24, 505 towards the treatment of a nine-year-old Anil Subba, who has been admitted in STNM Hospital with Tuberculosis Meningitis.
Few days back, Anil, hailing from Kabi in North Sikkim was taken for further treatment to aneurologist in Siliguri after many of his well-wishers contributed financial aid.
The SMTWA president Tinku Adhikari handed over the financial aid to the Singtam based Spark NGO, patron, Mohan Pradhan ‘Neeraj’ who in turn handed the sum to the family members of Anil Subba here today.
The NGO has further appealed others to come forward for the cause.