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Sikkim to reopen for tourists from 10 October; SOPs for hotels, other tourism-related services expected soon
India

Sikkim to reopen for tourists from 10 October; SOPs for hotels, other tourism-related services expected soon

The Himalayan state has also decided to open its border with West Bengal for unrestricted movement of vehicles from 1 October, officials said

Caravan Chronicles: From Ravangla's Buddha Park to a sacred lake, soaking in Sikkim's diverse experiences
Life

Caravan Chronicles: From Ravangla's Buddha Park to a sacred lake, soaking in Sikkim's diverse experiences

In the first leg of the Caravan Chronicles journey through Sikkim, conversations with workers at a tea garden and the mesmerising experience of watching fish and flags at the sacred lake near the Doling monastery

Prem Singh Tamang sworn in as Chief Minister of Sikkim; senior SDF leaders skip oath-taking ceremony
Politics

Prem Singh Tamang sworn in as Chief Minister of Sikkim; senior SDF leaders skip oath-taking ceremony

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) president Prem Singh Tamang, popularly known as PS Golay, took oath as the Chief Minister of Sikkim on Monday in Gangtok.

Nearly 300 yaks died of starvation since Dec 2018 due to heavy snowfall in North Sikkim district, says official
India

Nearly 300 yaks died of starvation since Dec 2018 due to heavy snowfall in North Sikkim district, says official

The North Sikkim district magistrate Raj Yadav confirmed the death of around 300 yaks due to starvation during heavy snowfall in Mukuthang and Yumthang regions since December 2018

Narendra Modi inaugurates Sikkim's first airport, says govt committed to make North East 'engine of India's growth story'
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Narendra Modi inaugurates Sikkim's first airport, says govt committed to make North East 'engine of India's growth story'

After inaugurating the Pakyong airport in Sikkim, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India now has 100 functional airports.

Narendra Modi inaugurates Sikkim's first airport in Pakyong, says govt keen to make North East 'engine of India's growth story'
India

Narendra Modi inaugurates Sikkim's first airport in Pakyong, says govt keen to make North East 'engine of India's growth story'

He said the greenfield airport in Sikkim will not just improve connectivity between "landlocked and bordering" Sikkim, but will also boost tourism and other economic activities in the state. A greenfield airport is an aviation facility which has been commissioned and constructed from scratch without remodeling or renovating an existing structure.

Narendra Modi reaches Gangtok for two-day visit; PM to inaugurate Sikkim's first airport today
India

Narendra Modi reaches Gangtok for two-day visit; PM to inaugurate Sikkim's first airport today

Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Pakyong Greenfield Airport, around 33 kilometres from Gangtok, on Monday, which will be Sikkim's lone airport.

Indian Army, IAF evacuate 100 tourists bound for Yumthang valley from landslide-hit North Sikkim
India

Indian Army, IAF evacuate 100 tourists bound for Yumthang valley from landslide-hit North Sikkim

All these tourists were bound for Yumthang valley in North Sikkim. Medical help was extended to the people facing problems before the airlifting began, the statement said.

Heavy rains trigger landslides in north Sikkim's Dzongu; road connectivity hit, houses and school buildings damaged
India

Heavy rains trigger landslides in north Sikkim's Dzongu; road connectivity hit, houses and school buildings damaged

Incessant rain in north Sikkim since last Sunday is triggering landslides in different areas at regular intervals.

Narendra Modi to inaugurate Sikkim's first airport at Pakyong on 23 September; commercial flights will begin in October
India

Narendra Modi to inaugurate Sikkim's first airport at Pakyong on 23 September; commercial flights will begin in October

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Sikkim on 23 September to inaugurate the state's first airport at Pakyong, a senior official has said.

Incessant rain triggers landslides in north Sikkim, snaps road connectivity at several places including Gangtok
India

Incessant rain triggers landslides in north Sikkim, snaps road connectivity at several places including Gangtok

The landslides have occurred at Dzongu, Mangan, Lachen and Mangshilla in North District, he said. Mangan, the district headquarter town of North District, has been cut off from Gangtok, a distance of 74 km, due to a landslide at Ambithang

Sikkim govt to amend laws criminalising drugs: CM Pawan Chamling says issue to be treated as disease, not crime
India

Sikkim govt to amend laws criminalising drugs: CM Pawan Chamling says issue to be treated as disease, not crime

Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling announced that the government will decriminalising drug laws and will treat it as a disease

Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu to attend convocation of ICFAI University, Information and Public Relations Department in Sikkim
India

Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu to attend convocation of ICFAI University, Information and Public Relations Department in Sikkim

Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu is to be present at the convocation of ICFAI University and visit the Information and Public Relations Department in Sikkim

CII urges Centre to upgrade Bagdogra airport to improve connectivity to North Bengal
India

CII urges Centre to upgrade Bagdogra airport to improve connectivity to North Bengal

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) North Bengal has urged the Centre to upgrade Bagdogra airport with an overhauled infrastructure and night-landing facility

Sikkim CM Pawan Chamling says Opposition has hidden agenda to merge Sikkim and Darjeeling hills
India

Sikkim CM Pawan Chamling says Opposition has hidden agenda to merge Sikkim and Darjeeling hills

Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling has alleged that the opposition parties were pursuing a "hidden" agenda for merger of Sikkim and Darjeeling hills.

Five killed in Sikkim landslide, families evacuated from vulnerable areas
India

Five killed in Sikkim landslide, families evacuated from vulnerable areas

Landslides triggered by rains killed five persons and injured two others in south district of Sikkim on Wednesday, officials said.

Normalcy returns to villages along India-China border after 72-day-long Doka La standoff ends
India

Normalcy returns to villages along India-China border after 72-day-long Doka La standoff ends

Tourists en route Nathu La have started trickling into Gangtok and business is picking up for locals as they make the last ditch to make money before winter

Four killed, 40 wounded after bus rolls 300 feet down mountain in North Sikkim
India

Four killed, 40 wounded after bus rolls 300 feet down mountain in North Sikkim

Four persons died on the spot and 40 others were injured when a SNT bus rolled down 300 feet from a mountain road at Ambithang in north Sikkim district.

Independence Day: Indian, Chinese troops exchange sweets at Nathula amid Doka La standoff
India

Independence Day: Indian, Chinese troops exchange sweets at Nathula amid Doka La standoff

There was no ceremonial meeting between officers of the Indian and Chinese armies on the Independence Day at the strategic Nathula border but personnel from two sides exchanged sweets.