8 H I M A L AYA N M I R R O R GANGTOK, THURSDAY 29 JANUARY 2015 Chief Minister attributes “Best Electoral Practices Award” to voters The Vice President of India, Mohd. Hamid Ansari and his wife Salma Ansari with the Sikkimese Tableaux Artistes, who participated in Republic-Day Parade-2015, in New Delhi. (PIB) Special Gram Sabha identifies beneficiaries across the state HM Report Gangtok, Jan 28: Special Gram Sabha to select eligible beneficiaries under Antyodaya Anna Yojna (AAY) and Priority Households (PHH) was held today at different parts of all fur districts. In capital, the sabha for ward number 8, 9 and 10 was conducted respectively at Lall Market, Star Cinema Hall and Tibet Road Welfare Association office. The sabha identified 280 beneficiaries for ward no 8, 190 from 9, and 265 from ward number 10 under PHH scheme. The sabha also identified 3 beneficiaries under AAY scheme from ward number nine and 9 from ward 10. Earlier addressing the gathering, Deputy Mayor Shakti Singh Chaudhary said “each member of a family will get 5 kgs of grains under the scheme. He informed that the family not owning a pakka house and annual income of less than 1 lac can also apply for the scheme” he added. He further clarified that a family owning a four wheeler and a government service cannot apply for the scheme. Sandhya Rani Councillor of ward 8 said “we have identified the beneficiaries by conducting a survey, however if anyone has complaint regarding the exclusion, we will consider and recheck the list”. Gangtok, Jan 28: Congratulating the Election Department for being conferred with Best Electoral Practices Award” the Chief Minister attributed the Award to all the voters of Sikkim for the smooth conduct of the General Elections 2014. The Election Commission of India conferred upon Sikkim, the Best State Award for following Best Electoral Practices in the General Elections 2014. D. Anandan, IAS, Chief Electoral Officer, Sikkim, received the Award from. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India, on the National Voters Day Celebrations held in New Delhi on January 25, 2015. Sikkim has been chosen for this Award by the Election Commission of India for the smooth and peaceful conduct of the General Elections 2014 in the State. Sikkim also has the distinction of highest women voters’ turnout in the entire country during the General Elections 2014. The Shield and the Citation were presented to the Chief Minister of Sikkim by the Chief Electoral Officer and officials of the Election Department, Government of Sikkim today. Developing Roads in North-East Farmers trained on Agricultural Areas is Government’s Engineering in Mixed Farming Systems and Border Priority: Gadkari Gangtok, Jan 28: Three daylong training on Role of Agricultural Engineering in Mixed Farming Systems for sustainable Hill Agriculture was organized by the Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC) of the College of Agricultural Engineering and Post Harvest Technology (CAEPHT - CAU). The training was held from January 22 to 24 for the farmers of Setipool, Aho, Jalipool, Nandok and Tadong villages of east district of Sikkim. While welcoming, Dr. G. T. Patle, In-charge ATIC briefed the purpose and schedule of the three days training programme. Dr. P. K. Srivastava, Dean, CAEPHT, Ranipool mentioned the role of Agricultural Technology Information System & College as a whole for promoting the role of agricultural engineer- ing in mixed farming system. Dr. A. B. Sherpa, Asst. Prof. (Agronomy) presented the role of mixed farming system for sustainability and profitability in hill region. Dr. Anjala Pradhan, Dy. Director, Animal Husbandry Department, explained about the role of Livestock enterprises in mixed farming system under Sikkim condition. In the concluding session, Dr. P. K. Srivastava, Dean of the college urged the farmers to adopt the mixed farming systems for sustainable hill agriculture for their better livelihoods. He appreciated the efforts of Agricultural Technology Information Centre of CAEPHT (CAU), Ranipool for creating awareness to take up the mixed farming system. He awarded the certificates of participation to the participants. Dalai Lama calls China Nepalese barista prepares for ‘World a 'great' nation Latte Art Championship 2015’ Ghaziabad, Jan 28: Calling China a "great nation", Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Tuesday said he admired the country and its hardworking people. "China is a great nation with long history, cultured, hardworking people I admire," he said while responding to a query by mediapersons on the sidelines of an event at a public school in Rajendra Nagar. Responding to another query, he said, "India and China are two most populous nations, neighbours and have close friendship and mutual trust. It is very necessary not only for Tibet but for Asia." During his interaction, he encouraged students to spread the message of love and peace as violence and hate is being spread throughout the world. Students are the strong pillars of the country, he said. Kathmandu, Jan 28 : After being crowned with the title of the ‘UK Latte Art Championship 2014’ on Dec 15, 2014 with a staggering 337.5 points, Nepalese barista Dhan Tamang, a resident of Fanborough is all set to compete in the ‘World Latte Art Championship 2015’ this year. The event being co-organized by ‘World of Coffee’ and ‘Nordic.com’ will be held at the Swedish exhibition and Congress Centre, in Gothen- burg from June 16 to 18. The World Latte Art Championship highlights artistic expression in a competitive platform that challenges the barista in an on-demand performance. For the preliminary round of the championship, baristas produce a single creative latte pattern at the Art Bar and then move to the WLAC stage to create two identical free-pour lattes and two identical designer lattes. Scores from the Art Bar and Stage are combined and the top 6 competitors qualify for the final round, where they are asked to create two identical free-pour of macchiato lattes,and designer patterned lattes. The top-scoring competitor in the final round is declared as the "World Latte Art Champion". Baristas are judged based on visual attributes, creativity, identical patterns in the pairs, contrast in patterns, and overall per- formance. The 28 yr old Nepalese UK brewer of Caracoli Coffee will compete with baristas from all over the world to win the coveted trophy of the coffee world. “It was a great delight to win the UK trophy for best barista. Now, I want to be noted as the same in the world level. I am working very hard for the competition and hope for the best” says Dhan. (HS) New Delhi, Jan 28: The Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari launched the logo and website of National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) at a function here today. Speaking on the occasion, he said that developing roads in North-East and border areas is government’s priority. He further said that the Corporation, based on the idea of egovernance, will be an instrument for creation and management of infrastructure of the highest standard in the country with focus on the North-East and border areas and contribute significantly towards nation building. The formation would boost the initiatives towards capacity building among stakeholders as well as generate employment for the youth of the areas, he added. He further added that every road should be economically viable and, therefore, his ministry has been trying to address the problems in land acquisition, environment clearance, rail bridge construction etc simultaneously at the level of project management consultancy. The National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation is a fully owned company of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India incorporated on 18th July 2014.The company envisages to promote, survey, establish, design, build, operate, maintain and upgrade National Highways and other infrastructure including interconnecting roads particularly in the North Eastern region and strategic areas of the country. The regional connectivity so enhanced would promote cross border trade and commerce and help safeguard India’s international borders. The infrastructure so created would lead to the formation of a more integrated and economically consolidated South and South East Asia. In addition, this would also lead to overall economic benefits for the local population and help integrate the peripheral areas with the mainstream in a more robust manner. An approximate aggregate length of 10,000 kms has been identified to begin with for development through this company. In the first phase, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has entrusted 60 works to the company for constructing 3586 Kms at a total cost of Rs 34300 crore. The Minister also released NHIDCL’s website, www.nhidcl.com and unveiled company’s e-book hosted on the same site. The function also marked the release of company’s first tender pertaining to the improvement to 2 lane NH standards of Akajan-Likabali-Bame Road in Arunachal Pradesh with an estimated cost of Rs 272 Crore. The function was also attended by Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, and ex-officio Chairman, NHIDCL Vijay Chhibber, Managing Director, NHIDCLAnand Kumar and Director (A&F) of NHIDCL, Sanjay Jaju. (PIB) India wants good neighbourly relations, sa ys Union home minist er says minister Gangtok, Jan 28: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that India wants good relations with its neighbours. Addressing a function of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in Kanpur today, Singh said that there seems to be a difference of perception regarding the SinoIndian border and that our efforts should be to come out with some solution to this problem. He said that China should come forward, as India wants to solve this problem. Rajnath Singh said that India is the only country that considers the entire world as its family, but some countries did not like the strengthening ties between India and the US. The Union Home Minister said that very soon mobile tower facility would be started at border that will enable jawans serving at borders to talk to their family members at home through phones. Rajnath Singh said that permission to install 134 mobile towers has been given. Assuring better border infrastructure, he said that 34 new border roads have been approved, besides work on 27 priority border roads has started. Singh also said that he recently visited Israel and saw that modern technology was used by Israel to guard its borders. Lauding ITBP, Singh said that the ITBP has also tried its best to start e-office and going for maximum digitalization. The Union Home Minister said that during his tenure of last 7-8 months, he has understood several problems being confronted by ITBP personnel. Noting that the entire life of ITBP jawans is spent while serving on snow and mountains, Singh assured that the ITBP jawans must get benefits of rotational transfer, so that besides serving at tough and inhospitable hilly terrain, the ITBP jawans get an opportunity to serve at plains as well. Commending the ITBP’s illustrious history, Singh said that in the last 52 years of its service the ITBP has scripted a great success story for itself. Shri Singh said that if the Himalayas is guarding us then this is also the fact that ITBP jawans are the ‘Himalaya Putras’. Singh also recalled the bravery of the ITBP jawans during the terror attack at the Indian consulate in Afghanistan. Earlier Rajnath Singh inaugurated the new building complex of 32 Battalion of ITBP at Maharajpur in Kanpur. Incurring a cost of Rs 36.16 crore, the ITBP residential complex comprises of newly built administrative building, residential complex, transport place, quarter guard, mess for Officers and subordinate officers and two jawan barracks. (PIB) Edited, Published, Printed and Owned by Anjan Upadhyaya from Gairi Gaon, Tadong, Gangtok, Printed at Pabi Publication House, Ranipool, Gangtok. Telephone: 98512-22787, Email: [email protected] / [email protected].
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