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Review: Djinn City by Saad Z Hossain

Set in Dhaka, Saad Z Hossain’s Djinn City is an ambitious work that blurs the line between the worlds of magic and of science
Rudyard Kipling’s illustration of djinns in Just So Stories. Here, four gull-winged djinns are lifting up Suleiman-bin-Daoud's palace the very minute after the butterfly had stamped.(Getty Images)
Rudyard Kipling’s illustration of djinns in Just So Stories. Here, four gull-winged djinns are lifting up Suleiman-bin-Daoud's palace the very minute after the butterfly had stamped.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 27, 2018 08:17 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByLamat R Hasan

Stir over forest rights likely to hit rail link project to landlocked Sikkim

The agitated villagers claim that while offering the compensation the authorities ignored the provisions of the Forest Rights Act, 2006, under which it is mandatory to get the consent of the villagers through gram sabhas.
Residents of the forest villages through which the proposed railway tracks will pass have rejected the compensation offered to them, alleging discrimination by the authorities.(File photo)
Residents of the forest villages through which the proposed railway tracks will pass have rejected the compensation offered to them, alleging discrimination by the authorities.(File photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2018 05:50 PM IST
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Siliguri, Hindustan Times | ByPramod Giri

Bhaichung Bhutia launches Hamro Sikkim Party, may not vie for CM’s chair in state polls

Former footballer calls Pawan Chamling ‘corrupt and communal’ at Daramdin event, slams govt move to push organic agriculture without taking ground realities into account.
Former footballer Bhaichung Bhutia had earlier contested from the Darjeeling and Siliguri seats on a Trinamool Congress ticket.(HT File)
Former footballer Bhaichung Bhutia had earlier contested from the Darjeeling and Siliguri seats on a Trinamool Congress ticket.(HT File)
Updated on May 31, 2018 06:54 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Daramdin (West Sikkim) | ByPramod Giri

Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh back Centre’s move to relax permits for foreign tourists

Foreign tourists need to obtain Protected Area Permit (PAP) and Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to visit Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim due to security reasons.
Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim are out of bounds for foreign tourist without a special permit.(File Photo)
Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim are out of bounds for foreign tourist without a special permit.(File Photo)
Published on May 28, 2018 02:45 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJeevan Prakash Sharma

Ahead of political party launch, former footballer Baichung Bhutia says open to third front

Baichung Bhutia says his focus would be to strengthen his Hamro Sikkim Party to oust the state’s longest-serving chief minister Pawan Chamling and his Sikkim Democratic Party.
Baichung Bhutia contested the 2014 Lok Sabha poll and the 2016 Bengal state election as Trinamool Congress candidate but lost the polls and quit Mamata Banerjee’s party in February.(File photo)
Baichung Bhutia contested the 2014 Lok Sabha poll and the 2016 Bengal state election as Trinamool Congress candidate but lost the polls and quit Mamata Banerjee’s party in February.(File photo)
Updated on May 26, 2018 12:21 PM IST
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Press Trust of India, New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Tourism ministry proposes lifting restrictions on foreigners visiting Northeast

The Tourism ministry proposed this on May 17 at a meeting with senior Home Affairs and Defence Ministry officials.
Tourists enjoy the view of snow covered hills around the Changu Lake after fresh snowfall in Sikkim on March 15, 2018.(PTI File Photo)
Tourists enjoy the view of snow covered hills around the Changu Lake after fresh snowfall in Sikkim on March 15, 2018.(PTI File Photo)
Published on May 20, 2018 03:12 PM IST
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Press Trust of India, New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Nepal will not allow its territory to be used against India, says PM Oli

Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said PM Oli reiterated that Nepal would be sensitive to India’s interests and its territory would not be used against India.
Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a guard of honour in Kathmandu on May 11, 2018.(AFP)
Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a guard of honour in Kathmandu on May 11, 2018.(AFP)
Updated on May 12, 2018 02:49 PM IST
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Press Trust of India, Kathmandu | ByPress Trust of India

By 2020, capitals of all northeastern states to have rail connectivity

The capitals of Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur, Sikkim and Nagaland are yet to be connected by rail.
A train at Majgaon in Assam.(HT File Photo)
A train at Majgaon in Assam.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2018 10:11 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati | ByFaizan Haidar

After 5 months of ‘hibernation’, Pune NGT bench to function from July 2

The statutory body will have justice Jawad Rahim as the acting chairperson of NGT, justice Sonam Phintso Wangdi as the judicial member and Nagin Nanda as the expert member.
On February 13, justice UD Salvi retired as the acting chairperson of NGT. The chairperson’s post remained vacant until March 27 when justice Jawad Rahim was appointed.(HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
On February 13, justice UD Salvi retired as the acting chairperson of NGT. The chairperson’s post remained vacant until March 27 when justice Jawad Rahim was appointed.(HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Updated on May 09, 2018 07:27 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByShalaka Shinde, Pune

Sikkim’s Pakyong airport to become 100th functional airport in India: Jayant Sinha

Low-cost airline SpiceJet has been granted permission to fly to Pakyong from Kolkata under the civil aviation ministry’s regional connectivity scheme.
The new airport is coming up at Pakyong, about 35km from Sikkim’s capital Gangtok.(I&PR department, Sikkim)
The new airport is coming up at Pakyong, about 35km from Sikkim’s capital Gangtok.(I&PR department, Sikkim)
Published on May 02, 2018 11:22 PM IST
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Press Trust of India, New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Parliamentary panel to review situation in border areas of Sikkim, Arunachal post Doklam standoff

The panel has been looking into various aspects of the India-China military standoff at Doklam and has been briefed several times on the issue by the former and current Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.
This file photo taken on July 10, 2008 shows a Chinese soldier (L) next to an Indian soldier at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in Sikkim.(AFP File Photo)
This file photo taken on July 10, 2008 shows a Chinese soldier (L) next to an Indian soldier at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in Sikkim.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2018 11:07 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Pawan Chamling overtakes Jyoti Basu to become India’s longest serving CM

Pawan Chamling became the chief minister of Sikkim on December 12, 1994, and has ruled the tiny Himalayan state ever since.
Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling was elected to the Sikkim assembly for the first time in 1985.(AFP Photo)
Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling was elected to the Sikkim assembly for the first time in 1985.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2018 04:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Siliguri | ByPramod Giri

Former football captain Bhaichung Bhutia launches ‘Hamro Sikkim Party’

Bhaichung Bhutia, who was earlier with the Trinamool Congress, said he felt like an outsider in Trinamool Congress and will now “return to his roots”.
Former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia said he did not support the Trinamool’s stand on the Gorkhaland issue.(PTI)
Former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia said he did not support the Trinamool’s stand on the Gorkhaland issue.(PTI)
Published on Apr 26, 2018 08:36 PM IST
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Press Trust of India, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

City expected to cool down and temperature to drop by June as IMD forecasts active rainfall

The seasonal outlook highlights released state that the seasonal temperature anomalies are likely to be colder than those observed during the corresponding season of 2017. 
People cool off on a hot day at a canal near kejubai temple in chinchwad.(HT PHOTO)
People cool off on a hot day at a canal near kejubai temple in chinchwad.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 06, 2018 03:50 PM IST
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Hindutan Times, Pune | ByJui Dharwadkar, Pune

Your Space: Plastic ban success depends on strict enforcement, alternatives

‘An analysis of the effectiveness of plastic bag bans’ by Katherine Maloney for the NGO, eCoexist, presents some valuable findings on the subject. Following are some excerpts from that study:
Thicker reusable plastic bags,biodegradable bags, woven shopping bags can be introduced as alternatives.(HT Photo)
Thicker reusable plastic bags,biodegradable bags, woven shopping bags can be introduced as alternatives.(HT Photo)
Published on Apr 01, 2018 03:28 PM IST
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Hindustan Time, Pune | ByHT Correspondent

Traders decry Sikkim’s move to ban sale of non-organic vegetables, fruits from April 1

Use of chemical pesticides is a criminal offence in Sikkim, which declared itself an organic state in 2016.
Sikkim will not allow sale of some non-organic vegetables and fruits in markets across the state from Sunday.(Getty Images/Representative Image)
Sikkim will not allow sale of some non-organic vegetables and fruits in markets across the state from Sunday.(Getty Images/Representative Image)
Published on Mar 31, 2018 03:30 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Siliguri | ByPramod Giri

Dalai Lama faces cold shoulder as India looks to improve China ties

The ministry of external affairs said the government had not changed its position on the Dalai Lama. But India’s recent attitude is in stark contrast with his former treatment
China reviles the Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist and his activities in India have always been a source of friction, and a tool with which India can needle China.(PTI File Photo)
China reviles the Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist and his activities in India have always been a source of friction, and a tool with which India can needle China.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Mar 29, 2018 06:21 PM IST
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