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Sikkim Panchayat Bags Six Awards, Reps to Receive Awards from PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi would bestow the awards to state representatives from the Directorate of Panchayati Raj.  

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NEW DELHI: Sikkim will have another reason to bask in the national glory when awards in various categories in e-panchayat are presented on National Panchayat Raj Day on April 24 in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.

The awards would be handed over to state representatives from the Directorate of Panchayati Raj, RM & DD and Rural Local Bodies by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sikkim managed to secure the first position among the first category States for excellence in implementation of e-Panchayat initiatives.

Sikkim has also bagged one of the three National Awards for effective implementation of Gram Panchayat Development Plan in the very first year of the institution of such an Award by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.

(1) e-Puraskar: First Prize under Category I to the State
(2) Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (DDUPSP) to South District Zilla Panchayat
(3) Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (DDUPSP) to Martam Gram Panchayat Unit, West Sikkim
(4) Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (DDUPSP) for Namphing Gram Panchayat, South Sikkim
(5) Nanaji Deshmukh Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar (NDRGGSP) to Gram Panchayats for outstanding performance of Gram Sabha GPDP Award to Tingvong Gram Panchayat, North Sikkim
(6) Gram Panchayat Development Plan Award to Maniram Phalidara Gram Panchayat, South Sikkim

The Sikkimese delegates will be leaving for Jabalpur to attend the two-day event starting from the 23rd with a Maha Panchayat wherein 2-3 Panchayat Presidents of Sikkim will be participating in the Panel Discussions on various aspects of PRIs.

This will be followed by the Awards ceremony on April 24, 2018, which is also celebrated by PRIs across the country as National Panchayat Raj Day.

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INSV Tarini: The First-Ever Indian Expedition Steered by Women Sailors Returns

The ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ expedition was flagged off on September 10, 2017.

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PANAJI (Goa): An all-woman crew commanding the INSV Tarini on May 21 returned to Goa after successfully circumnavigating the globe in a 55-foot sailboat in more than eight months, the first-ever Indian expedition steered by women sailors.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba welcomed the crew at INS Mandovi boat pool in Panaji.

The ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ expedition was flagged off on September 10, 2017.

The six women officers were trained for the project under Captain Dilip Donde, the first Indian to solo-circumnavigate the globe between August 19, 2009, and May 19, 2010, onboard the Indian-built vessel INSV Mhadei, a Navy official said.

A Navy spokesperson said the expedition was completed in six legs, with stopovers at Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falkland Islands), Cape Town (South Africa) and Mauritius.

“The crew covered 21,600 nautical miles in the Indian-built sailing vessel INSV Tarini that visited five countries and crossed the Equator twice.

It sailed across four continents and three oceans, and passed south of the three Great Capes – Leeuwin, Horn and Good Hope,” the spokesperson said.

Terming the expedition historic, Sitharaman congratulated the crew and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi would meet the six crew members in Delhi on May 23:

Led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, the crew comprising Lt Commanders Pratibha Jamwal and Swati P, lieutenants Aishwarya Boddapati, S Vijaya Devi and Payal Gupta covered a total of 21,980 nautical miles in INSV Tarini, inducted into the Indian Navy on February 18 last year.

She said she felt “honoured” by the achievement of the young women. “I just don’t want to say that it is a pleasure (to receive the crew), I feel honoured and I feel humbled by the great achievement of these six women,” the minister said.

She recalled that flagging off the crew on September 10 last year was her first “out-of-Delhi appointment”, three days after she became the defence minister. She praised the women for making history.

“And today, by the grace of God and the grit and courage that the girls have shown, they are back home to join all of us, having made history,” she said.

The minister said “the feat is not about girls’ achievement, it is (about) youngsters from India achieving and it is a whole motivation for the youth. The women of the country have shown to youngsters that if they want to do something they can do it indeed”. She said she followed the circumnavigation every day.

The minister said the girls have made history not only for themselves but also for the Navy.

“In every small way and big way, the Navika Sagar Parikrama is something that we can be proud of for generations to come,” she said.

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Ex-Congress Savio Rodrigues Slams Delhi Archbishop for Appealing to Christians to “Pray for New Govt in 2019”

While the mainstream news media keeps looking the other way, Savio Rodrigues calls out the blatant anti-Hindu call of the Delhi Archbishop.

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NEW DELHI: In a development that disturbing but, unfortunately, not unprecedented, Archbishop Anil Joseph Thomas Couto, Archdiocese of Delhi, has issued a blatantly communal letter calling for the Catholics of India to start a campaign of fasting and prayers for a new government in upcoming general elections in 2019.

One of the first ones to react to the above appeal was Savio Rodrigues, former senior Congress leader from Goa, who resigned after the last Goa election mishandling by his party’s Digvijay Singh.

He first took to Twitter to express his shock and disapproval of the call:


He later gave shape to his feelings in the form of a whole journalistic piece.

In an article titled “Open Letter to Archbishop Anil Joseph Thomas Couto – Archdiocese of Delhi” for the Goa Chronicle, he expressed his feelings well and clear: (capture of the article in the form of the image follows):

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Shivangi Pathak Becomes the Youngest Indian Woman to Scale Mt Everest

India’s Shivangi Pathak has become youngest women of the country to scale Mt Everest from Nepal side.

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MAHALANGUR HIMAL RANGE (Nepal):  16-year-old Shivangi Pathak of India successfully stood atop the world’s highest mountain peak Mt Everest on the morning of May 17 – becoming the youngest Indian girl to scale the peak from the Nepal side.

The news of the inspiring feat was disclosed to DD News Kathmandu correspondent by the managing director of Seven Summit Treks.

Born in Hisar of Haryana Shivangi climbed Mt Everest to spread the message that women could overcome any obstacle to achieve their goals.

She was inspired by Arunima Sinha, the first Indian amputee to climb Mt Everest.

In 2014, 13-year-old Malavath Poorna from India had climbed Mt Everest from Tibet side and became the youngest girl in the world to the summit at Everest.

It is worth noting that two more mountaineers from India, Bhagwan Chawale and Prajit Pardesi have also successfully scaled tallest peak on the earth on the day.

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