SIKKIM NEWS: Bank manager held for fraud

SIKKIM NEWS: Bank manager held for fraud – trying to get away in the culture of corruption ?!!

Bank of Sikkim - tainted by corruption ?!!


Gangtok, Aug. 2: An assistant branch manager of the State Bank of Sikkim (SBS) and a government contractor have been arrested by vigilance police on the charges of cheating the government by depositing fake term deposit receipts to bag contracts.

Pema Wangyal, the assistant manager of the SBS’s MG Marg branch, and A.P. Pradhan, a Grade I contractor, were picked up from their residences at Syari and Sichey in Gangtok on Saturday. Pradhan is a resident of Tashiding in West Sikkim.

Three books of TDRs of the SBS containing 50 receipts each had gone missing for some time and the bank authorities detected it in April.

The SBS authorities then informed all accounts officers across the state that the missing TDR receipts should not be entertained. Serial numbers of the missing TDRs were also circulated.

Vigilance police sources said the missing TDRs had somehow found its way to Wangyal who had issued them to a close circle of contractors, who had not paid any money.

According to government rules, a TDR is issued to a contractor after he deposits the 2.5 per cent of the total work order as security while making a bid. The SBS is the only authorised bank in Sikkim to issue TDRs. In this case, no money had been deposited in the bank but a TDR had been issued as “security”.

Last week, a superintending engineer of the roads and bridges department in West Sikkim’s Geyzing came across six TDRs amounting to Rs 44,65,171 issued from the missing books and alerted the SBS authorities.

The bank complained to the vigilance police that four contractors from West Sikkim — Bikesh Subedi, husband-wife duo A.P. Pradhan and Laxmi Pradhan and Dhan Bahadur Chettri — had submitted the six false TDRs in support of their tender bids to bag three contracts in the district.

“By doing so, the accused contractors have committed several cognisable offences under the IPC,” read the SBS complaint to the police.

The fake TDRs had been submitted in the first half of 2009, the sources said. Pradhan had bagged the contract of slope stabilisation of a road in Tashiding on the basis of the fake TDR. He was also accused of using his wife to submit two fake TDRs for the tender bids.

A case of cheating and forgery under various sections of the IPC has been registered against the bank official and the contractor.

Two storekeepers of the SBS head office here have also been questioned but the missing TDR books have not been recovered and investigations are on.

The vigilance police will soon arrest three other contractors involved in the cheating, the sources said.

Tendong Lho-Rum-Faat celebration announced – promotion of Lepcha Culture towards better cultural integration, when it ruled the land ?!!

Lepcha Community Press Conference - reinstating the Lepcha Culture ?!! (HR)

From Sikkim Reporter

Gangtok, 2 Aug 2020: Namgyal Lepcha and Dendup Lepcha will be conferred ‘Tendong’ Award for their contribution in promotion of Lepcha Culture and Literature on August 8 in the annual function of Lepcha Community to be held at Mangan, North Sikkim on August 8, Minster Power and Energy, Soman Gyasto Lepcha told media on August 1.

He said that the celebration of Tendong Lho-Rum-Faat by Nature worshipping Lepchas is for cultural integration of Nature loving people of Sikkim. The objective of the function is to share information about Lepcha community, their lifestyle and other important aspects through the festival, he added.

Tendong Lho-Rum-Faat is the day for offering prayer to Deity Mountain Tendong who, it is believed, saved Sikkim and Lepcha community from a disastrous natural calamity. The three-day celebration will commence from August 6 with a puja at Mount Tendong in South Sikkim and Mount Kanchendzonga, the deity mountains of Sikkim.

On August 7, a literary and cultural function will be held and on August 8, the main function begins in the early morning offering prayers to deity by Boongthings, (the Priest of Lepchas community) followed by a gala function. Chief Minister Dr. Pawan Chamling will bechief guest an the function on the auspicious day, the Minister informed.

He highlighted the various initiatives undertaken by the Lepcha Association to support the claim to include Lepcha Language in Eighth Scheduled of Indian Constitution and to grant primitive tribe status to Lepcha community.

SR completes 3 years – Hearty Congratulations from Himal News !!

Sikkim Reporter - a great portal with a positive presence !!

From Sikkim Reporter

Gangtok, 2 Aug 2010: Sikkim Reporter completed 3 years of media service Sunday and stepped into the fourth year today, 2nd August. It may be recalled that this daily newspaper evolved from a weekly newspaper named as “Weekend Review”.

In this state of happenings, as Sikkim is known today, there were a plethora of events over the last three years which have been recorded and reached to the readers on daily basis. Even a brief clipping of those reports is beyond the scope of this report. So it was deemed fit to present a photo feature in four pages of this issue which readers may find interesting as a perspective of the happenings in the state during the past three years.

Recollections in this issue are just indicative and not exhaustive. Beyond the photo feature, only a few landmark events may be mentioned.

Those are, 40% reservation for women in Panchayati Raj Institution in 2007 and a remodeled MG Marg as a prime tourist attraction in the same year, first Nirmal Gram Puraskar to Sikkim by President of India in December 2008, International Flori Show at Saramsa Garden from March 14 same year, Nirmal Districts Award in November 2008, commencement of Late LD Kazi Gold Cup football tournament, 2009 General Election, beginning of “10 minutes to earth” (plantation drive) from 25 June 2010 and Kanchendzonga Kalam Puraskar to veteran journalist Mr. C. D. Rai by Press Club of Sikkim on 17 July, 2010.

The Editorial page

Sikkim Reporter enters fourth year of journey – step by step, in a positive glow ?!!

Today, 2nd August, 2010, Sikkim Reporter is stepping into its fourth year of publication. The last three-year period since August 2, 2007, was a challenging one studded with opportunities. There were many trials and tribulations. But with the resolve of our team and active support from the readers, advertisers and well wishers, SR passed the beginning years with triumph. Thanks to all who have made it possible.

Regional newspapers have limitations. They have to face many hurdles. There are seen and unseen walls and barriers. They are to be crossed to achieve the goal of an uninterrupted media service. In a tiny state like Sikkim, regional newspapers cannot expect a large readership. Despite the odds, SR is trying its level best to move forward.

In the last three years, SR had endeavored to remain focused on the issues of local, regional, national and international subjects as the pages of the paper are classified from the very early days. Be it political, economic, cultural or any other important matter of the state, SR tried to collect the news and cater it to the readers in a positive manner. SR has not lagged behind to perform its duty to the society, we believe.

The world has become a small village now. News of a tiny village of Africa can reach to the remote village of Sikkim in no time. The digital networking has developed so much that any news of the world can reach any part of the world.

Knowledge sharing has become very important today. Without knowledge no person can prosper or live a fruitful life. We in SR believe in knowledge sharing, and so we have done through the pages of the publication. SR does understand the challenges very well. It will cover the subjects of importance in future also.

Our publication will focus more on rural areas and more space will be provided for the news of the villages. Youth issues like employment are a priority for us. SR has planned to start a page on career opportunities and counselling.

In this page students will be kept informed on career prospects in private sectors. Information of colleges, universities of the country and the world, trend of education prevailing in modern colleges and universities, names of vocational training institutes, key sources to get right information and getting acquainted will be the thrust points of SR in coming days.

SR is already committed to work as ‘A Regional News Daily International Outlook’. For fulfillment of our vision to make SR of the people and for the people in the line of democratic principles, we solicit more of people’s cooperation and help. This is essential for a proper media service, particularly in a ‘a happening state’ as our Sikkim is today.


Natural beauty of Sikkim inspire music: Pandit Bhatt – and much, much more ?!!

Pandit Viswa Mohan Bhatt performs at SU's 3rd anniversary - Beena on a guitar ?!! (Darpan)

From The Press Trust of India

Gangtok, Aug 2, 2010 (PTI): Creator of Mohan Veena Pandit Viswa Mohan Bhatt said the rich natural beauty of Sikkim inspire his music and he would create new compositions along with local musicians.”Sikkim’s beauty inspired music.

If I could spend a week here, I would have definitely create new music along with local musicians,” Bhatt said sharing feelings after a performance at Sikkim University’s third foundation day last evening.

“The weather is cold, but the people are warm here,” he said to a thunderous applause during the performance along with Pandit Ram Kumar Mishra on the tabla at TNA auditorium here.The Padmashree awardee Bhatt collaborated with Ry Cooder to put out ‘A Meeting by the River’ to win Grammy in 1994.


Pandit Vishwa Mohan delights Gangtok with rare treat – a delight to witness ?!!

From The Press Trust of India

GANGTOK, 2 Aug, 2010 (PTI): Celebrated mohan veena artiste, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt accompanied by tabla maestro, Pandit Ram Kumar Mishra delighted an audience here with an outstanding performance.Sharing his feelings about his short experience in Sikkim, the music maestro said last evening that the state’s beauty inspired music and if he could spend a week here, he would compose music with local musicians.

The maestro , who collaborated with Ry Cooder to put out ‘A Meeting by the River’ to win the Grammy in 1994, said to thunderous applause, “the weather here is cold, but the people are warm.” The performance, hosted at TNA auditorium here in the capital was part of SPICMACAY Concert 2010 which was presented by Sikkim University as part of its 3rd Foundation Day celebrations.

SPICMACY stands for Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture among Youth.

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