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Covid: Mandaviya lauds 6 states & UTs for vaccinating all adults with 1st dose

Union minister of health and family welfare Mansukh Mandaviya on Sunday shared the list of these states and UTs, congratulating the state governments and the UT administrations, particularly the health workers there, on the achievement.
Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Ladakh and Lakshadweep have vaccinated all adults with at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.(Representational image)
Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Ladakh and Lakshadweep have vaccinated all adults with at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.(Representational image)
Published on Sep 12, 2021 09:02 PM IST
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Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Yumthang Valley in Lachung village of Sikkim now open for tourists

Sikkim relaxes Covid-19 travel restrictions and throws open Yumthang Valley in Lachung for tourists
Yumthang Valley in Lachung village of Sikkim now open for tourists(Instagram/@niivedita_)
Yumthang Valley in Lachung village of Sikkim now open for tourists(Instagram/@niivedita_)
Updated on Aug 18, 2021 08:21 PM IST
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Tourists flock to Sikkim after state eases Covid-19 restrictions

  • Sikkim revised its guideline on Thursday allowing entry for partially vaccinated individuals if at least one member of their family has been fully vaccinated as well as unvaccinated children accompanied by vaccinated parents, if they produce a negative RT-PCR test result
States have been gradually opening up for tourists as the number of daily coronavirus cases has been on the decline(Instagram/@travelrealindia)
States have been gradually opening up for tourists as the number of daily coronavirus cases has been on the decline(Instagram/@travelrealindia)
Updated on Jul 09, 2021 11:38 AM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

6 tourist attractions to visit in Sikkim as state opens to vaccinated travellers

The state Home Department, in a notification, said that fully vaccinated tourists can enter the Himalayan state through Rangpo in East Sikkim and Melli in South Sikkim after exhibiting their vaccination certificates at the border check-gates. If you are planning a trip to Sikkim then here are a few attractions you can visit.(Instagram) 7
The state Home Department, in a notification, said that fully vaccinated tourists can enter the Himalayan state through Rangpo in East Sikkim and Melli in South Sikkim after exhibiting their vaccination certificates at the border check-gates. If you are planning a trip to Sikkim then here are a few attractions you can visit.(Instagram)
Updated on Jul 05, 2021 10:36 AM IST
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Man stuck in mountain cliff in Sikkim rescued by ITBP personnel

The operation continued for quite a few hours near Lachung, Sikkim.
Rescue of a person from the middle of a cliff by 48th Battalion ITBP near Lachung, Sikkim.(Twitter/@ITBP)
Rescue of a person from the middle of a cliff by 48th Battalion ITBP near Lachung, Sikkim.(Twitter/@ITBP)
Published on Jan 11, 2021 09:58 AM IST
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IAF chief Bhadauria visits Eastern Air Command, assures all support to Arunachal Pradesh

The IAF chief, in his maiden visit to Arunachal Pradesh, called on Governor Brig (Retd) B D Mishra and Chief Minister Pema Khandu and discussed issues pertaining to the national security, recruitment of the state’s youth into the force and the IAF’s humanitarian missions in the state.
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria addresses a press conference.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria addresses a press conference.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 06, 2021 10:40 PM IST
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Itanagar | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Four eclipses in 2021, two to be visible in India

Gupt said the annular solar eclipse on June 10 will not be visible in India, and in this event, the moon will come between the sun and earth, leading to the sun getting covered 94.3 per cent and being seen as a ‘ring of fire’.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the earth comes between the sun and the moon.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the earth comes between the sun and the moon.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 28, 2020 11:48 AM IST
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Indore | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma

Sikkim suffers Rs 600-crore blow as coronavirus pandemic cripples tourism industry

The tourism sector suffered losses to the tune of Rs 600 crore this year due to the pandemic, Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation (STDC) chairman Lukendra Rasaily said.
Sikkim(Unsplash)
Sikkim(Unsplash)
Updated on Dec 27, 2020 07:40 PM IST
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Gangtok, Sikkim | By Press Trust of India | Posted by: Alfea Jamal

For first time since 1800s, no Khagyad Chaam in Sikkim monasteries due to pandemic

In the wake of the pandemic, the state government has suggested to cut down on the festivities, which are attended by thousands every year.
The mask dances, performed by monks, are held every year in various monasteries in the state during the Bhutia festival of Losoong (New Year), and are visited by thousands of devotees as well as tourists from all over the world.(@TourismSikkim/Twitter file photo)
The mask dances, performed by monks, are held every year in various monasteries in the state during the Bhutia festival of Losoong (New Year), and are visited by thousands of devotees as well as tourists from all over the world.(@TourismSikkim/Twitter file photo)
Published on Dec 14, 2020 05:38 PM IST
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Gangtok | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma

Travel Thursday: As Milind Soman goes trekking on Sandakphu, here are 3 attractions of West Bengal’s highest peak

While Sandakphu might not be a famous tourist destination, it is the highest point of the Singalila Ridge in Darjeeling and Milind Soman’s trek on West Bengal’s highest peak got us curious to check out these 3 attractions on our next trip to the West Bengal-Nepal border
As Milind Soman goes trekking on Sandakphu, here are 3 attractions of West Bengal’s highest peak(Instagram/milindrunning)
As Milind Soman goes trekking on Sandakphu, here are 3 attractions of West Bengal’s highest peak(Instagram/milindrunning)
Updated on Nov 26, 2020 01:20 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Zarafshan Shiraz

Spotlight on Ladakh, China secretly made moves in central, Sikkim and eastern sectors

While Hindustan Times has already reported the PLA’s force accretion in East Ladakh, something that reduces the chances of the status quo ante being restored at friction points, Indian military commanders are concerned about the build-up across the LAC, from Kaurik Pass in Himachal Pradesh to Fish Tail I and II in Arunachal Pradesh.
Shiquanhe, a garrison depot 82km from Demchok LAC with Gar Gunsa airport, has become a hub for Beijing’s relocation of troops and heavy equipment.(Xinhua via AP)
Shiquanhe, a garrison depot 82km from Demchok LAC with Gar Gunsa airport, has become a hub for Beijing’s relocation of troops and heavy equipment.(Xinhua via AP)
Updated on Nov 20, 2020 07:32 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta

Estimated GST shortfall likely to shrink after growth in revenue

Overall GST collections that saw their positive growth (this financial year) of 4% in September, after having plunged by 72% in March, posted a year-on-year growth of over 10% in October, when they crossed 1.05 lakh crore.
Nirmala Sitharaman, India's finance minister, wears a protective mask while speaking during a news conference in New Delhi. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent 68-day lockdown since March 25, GST collections fell sharply in April and continued to contract till August.(Bloomberg)
Nirmala Sitharaman, India's finance minister, wears a protective mask while speaking during a news conference in New Delhi. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent 68-day lockdown since March 25, GST collections fell sharply in April and continued to contract till August.(Bloomberg)
Updated on Nov 08, 2020 04:56 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rajeev Jayaswal

Want peace but won’t cede an inch: Rajnath Singh

Twenty Indian soldiers laid down their lives while valiantly fighting a group of Chinese troops in the Galwan valley in eastern Ladakh on June 15, an incident that had significantly escalated the border tension between the two countries.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh performs ‘Shastra Puja’ at the Sukna Army Camp in Darjeeling on Sunday.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh performs ‘Shastra Puja’ at the Sukna Army Camp in Darjeeling on Sunday.
Published on Oct 25, 2020 11:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Indian army won’t let anyone take even an inch of our land: Rajnath Singh

Even after seven rounds of military level talks between the India and China, the disengagement and de-escalation process in the tense Ladakh region has not moved forward. The commanders are expected to meet for the eighth round of talks next week.
Rajnath Singh is on a two-day visit to Sikkim and West Bengal.(ANI Photo)
Rajnath Singh is on a two-day visit to Sikkim and West Bengal.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Oct 25, 2020 10:58 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar

Rajnath Singh to perform Shastra Puja with soldiers in Sikkim on Sunday

Rajnath Singh is visiting Sikkim to boost the morale of Indian troops deployed against China’s People’s Liberation Army at the border. India and China are engaged in a border standoff since April-May this year.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh attends a cultural event at Headquarters of 33 Corps in Sukna of Darjeeling on Saturday.(ANI Photo)
Defence minister Rajnath Singh attends a cultural event at Headquarters of 33 Corps in Sukna of Darjeeling on Saturday.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Oct 25, 2020 07:38 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

Rajnath Singh likely to visit Sikkim on Friday, will spend Dussehra with troops

News agency ANI reported that Singh will visit Sikkim on October 23-24 and also inaugurate a number of road projects and strategic bridges built for easy movement of troops and common citizens to border areas.
The defence minister is also likely to do “shastra puja” with one of the local units deployed in Sikkim at the forward location near the China border.(ANI file photo)
The defence minister is also likely to do “shastra puja” with one of the local units deployed in Sikkim at the forward location near the China border.(ANI file photo)
Updated on Oct 22, 2020 06:32 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

Defence minister Rajnath Singh may visit Sikkim on Dussehra

As per the defence sources, the Defence Minister is likely to visit Sikkim on October 23-24 and also inaugurate a number of road projects and strategic bridges built for easy movement of troops and common citizens to border areas.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh may also visit the forward locations where India has deployed a large number of men and tanks to prevent any possible attempt of infiltration by the Chinese.(AP file photo)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh may also visit the forward locations where India has deployed a large number of men and tanks to prevent any possible attempt of infiltration by the Chinese.(AP file photo)
Updated on Oct 21, 2020 03:18 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma

Schools to reopen in UP, Punjab and Sikkim from Monday: Here are the guidelines

The schools will reopen for classes 9-12 in these states after remaining shut for over six months due to Covid-19.
Students wearing protective face masks are seen inside a classroom of a government-run school after authorities ordered schools to reopen voluntarily for classes 9 to 12, amidst the coronavirus disease outbreak.(Reuters)
Students wearing protective face masks are seen inside a classroom of a government-run school after authorities ordered schools to reopen voluntarily for classes 9 to 12, amidst the coronavirus disease outbreak.(Reuters)
Updated on Oct 19, 2020 04:52 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

India’s daily coronavirus cases reflect slight rise but remain below 70,000-mark

The highest number of deaths were recorded on October 11 and October 16 with 918 and 895 fatalities respectively.
A health worker collects a swab sample for coronavirus tests, at Sector 30 in District Hospital, Noida.(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
A health worker collects a swab sample for coronavirus tests, at Sector 30 in District Hospital, Noida.(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 17, 2020 11:26 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

All schools to reopen in Sikkim from October 19: Official

Bhim Thatal, a nodal officer of the education department’s public relations and publicity wing, said on Thursday that winter holidays will be done away with completely this year, and classes will be held six days a week, with Saturday being a half day.
According to the calendar, students of classes 11 and 12 will be able to attend schools on a voluntary basis from October 19, but each of them will have to carry a written permission from parents or guardian.(PTI file)
According to the calendar, students of classes 11 and 12 will be able to attend schools on a voluntary basis from October 19, but each of them will have to carry a written permission from parents or guardian.(PTI file)
Published on Oct 16, 2020 01:18 PM IST
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Gangtok | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari

Sikkim’s Lepcha tribe vows to stall hydropower project in their holy land

The Lepchas are against upsetting the ecological balance of the region and any changes to their holy land.
An NHPC hydroelectric project on river Teesta.(AFP Photo)
An NHPC hydroelectric project on river Teesta.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Oct 15, 2020 01:08 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Siliguri | By Pramod Giri | Edited by Abhinav Sahay

Sikkim to restart tourism: What you need to know

On October 1, the Sikkim government decided to reopen its border with West Bengal for unrestricted vehicle movement and lifted the odd-even road rationing for public vehicles.
People walk past a branch of Axis Bank Ltd on Mahatma Gandhi Road in Gangtok city of Sikkim in this file photo.(Bloomberg Photo)
People walk past a branch of Axis Bank Ltd on Mahatma Gandhi Road in Gangtok city of Sikkim in this file photo.(Bloomberg Photo)
Updated on Oct 10, 2020 06:22 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kaleem Ullah Fasihi

Uncertainty looms large over India-China trade through Nathu La in Sikkim

Sikkim-based international traders said the Covid-19 pandemic and simmering tension between the two counties at several points along the international border, including Naku La in North Sikkim, may make it impossible to resume trade this year even if international flights and movement of people between the two nations are allowed
The trans-border trade takes place on four days a week from May 1 to November 30 every year. Only Sikkim-based traders are allowed to take part. They have to procure trade licence every year before May 1.(AP File)
The trans-border trade takes place on four days a week from May 1 to November 30 every year. Only Sikkim-based traders are allowed to take part. They have to procure trade licence every year before May 1.(AP File)
Published on Oct 04, 2020 05:11 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Siliguri | By Pramod Giri

Amit Shah launches Destination North East-2020 to promote region’s tourism, culture and business

Stressing on the need for peace in the once strife-torn region in order to promote tourism and investment, the Union home minister said since 2014 steps taken by the Centre have helped replace violence with development.
Home minister Amit Shah inaugurates ‘Destination North East 2020’ festival via video conferencing in New Delhi.(PTI PHOTO.)
Home minister Amit Shah inaugurates ‘Destination North East 2020’ festival via video conferencing in New Delhi.(PTI PHOTO.)
Updated on Sep 27, 2020 08:04 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Utpal Parashar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar

Sikkim, north Bengal affected as landslides damage NH-10 following heavy rain

Repair work has to be suspended because a portion of NH-10 between Sethi Jhora and Birik Dara is still inundated, officials said
Officials said vehicles operating between Sikkim and Siliguri and Kalimpong and Siliguri are taking a detour because of damage to NH-10 that had to be stalled because a portion of the highway is still inundated.(Representational Image)
Officials said vehicles operating between Sikkim and Siliguri and Kalimpong and Siliguri are taking a detour because of damage to NH-10 that had to be stalled because a portion of the highway is still inundated.(Representational Image)
Published on Sep 23, 2020 03:40 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Siliguri | By Pramod Giri

Sikkim assembly holds one-day session; tourism services to resume in October

Tourism centres and hotels in Darjeeling and Kalimpong hills have already opened.
Sikkim reported 28 deaths and 2,391 Covid-19 cases till Saturday night.(ANI)
Sikkim reported 28 deaths and 2,391 Covid-19 cases till Saturday night.(ANI)
Updated on Sep 22, 2020 01:50 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Siliguri | By Pramod Giri

Covid-19: 5 Indian states and Union territories least affected by coronavirus disease

Covid-19 update: Some states are still recording significantly lower deaths due to Covid-19, indicating that the virus outbreak has still not reached every part of the country.
Resident wait for Covid-19 test at Govandi in Mumbai, India. There are still some parts of the country which have not reported any deaths related to Covid-19 so far.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Resident wait for Covid-19 test at Govandi in Mumbai, India. There are still some parts of the country which have not reported any deaths related to Covid-19 so far.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 20, 2020 11:00 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai

HT Chandigarh Our Take: The making of a business-friendly city

Chandigarh tied with the eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim and Tripura at the 29th position in the Business Reform Action Plan rankings for 2019
A view of Industrial Area, phase 2, Chandigarh.(HT Photo)
A view of Industrial Area, phase 2, Chandigarh.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 12, 2020 09:46 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent

Darjeeling, Kalimpong open for tourists, Sikkim to follow suit in October

Every year more than 10 lakh tourists visit Sikkim and the North Bengal hills that include Darjeeling and Kalimpong.
Both Darjeeling and Kalimpong have low cases of Covid-19.(Representative Photo/Getty images)
Both Darjeeling and Kalimpong have low cases of Covid-19.(Representative Photo/Getty images)
Published on Sep 09, 2020 08:50 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Pramod Giri

Guest column: When the Billi Patrol took on the Chinese at the border

A lesson in hitting back at your adversaries on the India-China border, but with a smile on your face
Some men from the patrol at Billi Post, with the author wearing a turban and snow goggles (sitting). A Chinese bunker can be seen in the background.(Courtesy: Author’s own)
Some men from the patrol at Billi Post, with the author wearing a turban and snow goggles (sitting). A Chinese bunker can be seen in the background.(Courtesy: Author’s own)
Updated on Sep 06, 2020 11:16 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Col PS Sangha (Retd)
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