• Sikkim cut off as major landslide hits NH10
    Gangtok, September 23 (PTI): A major landslide, triggered by heavy rains, on the National Highway 10 cut off Sikkim from the rest of the country on Wednesday morning, officials said. The landslide happened at the 29 Mile area in West Bengal, they said. The NH-10, which is considered the lifeline for the people of Sikkim, is maintained by the General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) and the PWD of West Bengal, they added. Officials at the site said that it will take at least a day
  • Sikkim CM's wife tests positive for COVID-19
    Gangtok, September 23 (PTI): Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang''s wife Krishna Rai and some of her family members have tested positive for COVID-19. In a Facebook post she said: "We made all possible efforts to keep corona at bay but unfortunately we got infected. I appeal to those who came in contact with us to get themselves tested and my close contacts to go into quarantine." She said that on doctors advice she along with her family members have quarant
  • Three ministers, two MLAs test COVID-19 positive in Sikkim
    Gangtok, September 19 (PTI): Three ministers of the Prem Singh Tamang government and two BJP MLAs have tested positive for COVID-19, an official said on Saturday. All legislators and staff of the state legislative assembly were tested for COVID-19 on Friday as a precautionary measure ahead of the proposed one-day assembly session on Monday. Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang has tested negative for COVID-19, the official said. Information and Public Relations (IPR) minister Lok
  • 20 new cases take Sikkim's COVID-19 tally to 1,187
    Gangtok, August 17 (PTI): Sikkim on Monday reported 20 fresh COVID-19 cases, raising the state''s tally to 1,187, an official said. All the 20 COVID-19 positive cases have come from East Sikkim district in the past 24 hours, Director General (DG)- cum-Secretary, Health, Dr Pempa T Bhutia said. As per district-wise break-up of COVID-19 cases, East Sikkim has registered the highest number at 684, followed by 460 in South Sikkim, 42 in West Sikkim and one in North Sikkim, he
  • Sikkim to set up education reform commission: CM
    Gangtok, August 15 (PTI): Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang on Saturday said his government will set up an education reform commission to draw a comprehensive policy in line with the NEP. After unfurling the tricolour at Manan Bhawan here on the occasion of the 74th Independence Day, he hailed the National Education Policy (NEP), approved by the Centre, saying that it provides an overarching vision and comprehensive framework for both school and higher education sectors. &q
  • Sikkim extends lockdown till Aug 3
    Gangtok, July 31 (PTI): The Sikkim government on Friday extended the complete lockdown in the state till August 3 in view of a spurt in COVID-19 cases, a senior official said. As per the revised guidelines from the Home Department, the lockdown remains extended till 6 am on August 3, a notification issued by Chief Secretary S C Gupta said. A set of revised guidelines with regard to restrictions on movement and gathering of people, however, will come into force on August 3 and wil
  • Shame on oppn for hitting below belt: Sikkim's ruling party on attack on CM over COVID mgmt
    Gangtok, July 28 (PTI): Sikkim''s ruling SKM has attacked the opposition for "hitting below the belt" and "manipulating words" while accusing Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang of failing to handle the COVID-19 situation in the state. A political slugfest erupted after opposition Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) slammed the chief minister "for blaming the public" for the spread of the coronavirus in the Himalayan state. Tamang, also the Sikkim Kra
  • Sikkim reports first COVID-19 death    
    Gangtok, July 26 (PTI): Sikkim reported its first COVID-19 death on Sunday after a 74-year-old man succumbed to the disease at a state-run hospital here, a senior health official said. The man was a resident of Rongli sub-division of East Sikkim district, the official said. The man died due to COVID-19 early in the morning, Director General-cum-Secretary, Health, Dr Pema T Bhutia said. He was admitted to Sir Thutob Namgyal Memorial (STNM) Hospital on Saturday night after he te
  • Sikkim to remain under complete lockdown from July 21 to 27
    Gangtok, July 20 (PTI): The Sikkim government on Monday decided to impose a complete lockdown in the state from July 21 to July 27 in view of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, officials said. The decision to impose the lockdown was taken after reviewing guidelines for the management of the COVID-19 situation in the state, a notification issued by Chief Secretary S C Gupta said.   There shall be complete lockdown in Sikkim from 6 am on July 21 to 6 am on July 27, it sa
  • Sikkim reports 46 new COVID-19 cases, govt orders ban on vehicle movement
    Gangtok, July 14 (PTI): Sikkim on Tuesday reported its highest single-day spike of 45 new COVID-19 cases which pushed the tally in the state to 198, a health official said. There are 112 active cases in the state at present, while 86 patients have recovered and have been discharged from hospitals, Director General-cum-Secretary, Health, Pema T Bhutia said.   Of the new cases, six were detected through the rapid-antigen method, which the state government is using to test
  • Sikkim to provide financial incentive for doctors, nurses, health workers
    Gangtok, July 1 (PTI): Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang on Wednesday announced a one-time incentive for doctors, nurses and other health workers in appreciation of their service in combating COVID-19 pandemic in the state. Speaking at a function at STNM hospital on the occasion of the National Doctors’ Day, he said that the doctors will be given Rs 20,000, while the nursing staff and support staff will get Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively. The incentive will b
  • 19 buildings damaged, 35 families affected in North Sikkim flash flood
    Gangtok, June 28 (PTI): Nineteen houses and an old hostel of a senior secondary school have been damaged in a flash flood in upper Djongu region of North Sikkim district, an official said on Sunday. The flash flood also affected 35 families, he said. Triggered by heavy rainfall over the past few days, the flash flood damaged the properties at Passidang village and its surrounding areas on Saturday, the official said. The local administration has evacuated the affected families to
  • Sikkim: Landslides damage NHPC dam, snap road links to district bordering China
    Gangtok, June 27 (PTI): Heavy rains for the past one week have triggered a series of landslides snapping road links at several places between Gangtok and North Sikkim bordering China, and causing major damage to a dam of the NHPC in the East District, officials said on Saturday. Landslides blocked two major roads that connect state capital Gangtok and Mangan, the headquarters of North Sikkim district, at multiple places affecting traffic movement.   Vehicles going from
  • Two new COVID-19 cases in Sikkim, tally rises to 87
    Gangtok, Jun 27 (PTI): Two more COVID-19 cases have been reported in Sikkim, taking the total number of infections in the Himalayan state to 87, officials said on Saturday. Director General (DG)-cum-Secretary, Health, Dr Pema T Bhutia said a 31-year-old ITBP jawan, staying at a quarantine facility in North Sikkim and with travel history from Sonepat, Haryana and several other places, and a 22-year-old SSB jawan from Singtam in East Sikkim, have tested positive for COVID- 19. &n
  • 2 killed, 2 critically injured as boulder falls on moving car in Sikkim
    Gangtok, June 22 (PTI): Two persons, including a five- year-old girl, were killed and two other children critically injured after a boulder fell on a moving car in Sikkim on Monday, police said. The incident occurred when the boulder slid down a hill and fell on the Rangpo-bound vehicle, a police officer said. The car's driver, Kumar Gurung, and one of the passengers, Srijata Tamang (5), died on the spot while two other occupants of the vehicle, Bisani Rai (7) and Sneha D
  • 5 new COVID-19 cases reported in Sikkim; tally rises to 63
    Gangtok, 14 June (PTI): Five more people, who are returnees from Mumbai and Delhi, tested positive for coronavirus infection in Sikkim, taking the total number of active cases in the Himalayan state to 63, a senior health department official said. Of the five, three are from West Sikkim district and two from East Sikkim, Director-General of Health, Pempa T Bhutia said.   They had been lodged in various quarantine centres and now they were shifted to the STNM Hospital in
  • COVID-19: Sikkim women switch children for better care
    Gangtok, June 14 (PTI): Two women from Sikkim have swapped their children for the time being for their better care after one of them and one of the women tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Sunday. The incident occurred after a woman tested negative for COVID-19 but her 27-month-old baby was found afflicted with the disease.   Doctors at the STNM Hospital here placed the youngest corona patient in the state in the care of a woman, who also tested positive
  • Six new COVID-19 cases in Sikkim, total climbs to 13
    Gangtok, June 9 (PTI): Six more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Sikkim, taking the total number of cases in the state to 13, a senior Health Department official said on Tuesday. Director General (DG)-cum-Secretary of Health department, Dr Pempa Tshering Bhutia said four persons from West Sikkim and one each from South and East Sikkim have tested positive for COVID-19.   All the six persons were lodged at designated quarantine centres, he said, adding that t
  • Second COVID-19 case detected in Sikkim
    Gangtok, June 3 (PTI): A man who returned from Delhi recently tested positive for COVID-19 in Sikkim, taking the number of cases in the state to two, a senior health official said on Wednesday. The 56-year-old man, who returned from the national capital on May 25, was found to be COVID-19 positive on Tuesday night, Health Secretary Pempa Tshering Bhutia told PTI. He was lodged at a quarantine facility in the Mining area of East Sikkim on arrival from Delhi, he said. Howe