Learning from the forgettable experience of the mega earthquake of September 18, 2011, the Government of Sikkim has initiated Rs 391 crore project for constructing resilient houses capable of withs

Sikkim has launched a Rs 390-crore project to build earthquake-resilient houses to minimise the loss of life and property in case of natural calamities.

The Sikkim government has launched a massive initiative to revive and restore dying natural springs to address the water problem, especially in the rural areas. It has led to a 15 per cent enhancement in spring discharges.

Through the initiative called Dhara Vikas, the government has sucessfully revived 50 springs and four lakes in 20 drought–prone Gram Panchayats, a senior Sikkim government official said.

The state is flouting every law and risking the future of its people to allow dubious private players a free run, says Jay Mazoomdaar.

An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale shook Sikkim and adjoining areas on Thursday, causing panic, officials said. There were no reports of damage or casualties.

Sikkim could be in for a Goa-like scam of environmental violations with several hydroelectric projects coming up on the Teesta river basin without mandatory wildlife clearance, flouting Supreme Cou

A report from Gangtok in Sikkim said some buildings had developed cracks and people were out on the streets

An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter Scale jolted Sikkim today, Regional Seismological Centre sources said here. The epicentre of the quake that struck at 11.43 AM was at a place in Sikkim whose latitude and longitude were 27.4 degree N and 88.5 degree E respectively, the sources said.

The latest estimates of the Planning Commission states the decline in the number of poor in Sikkim from 1,70,000 to 51,000 in the seven year period between 2004-05 to 2011-12.

Sikkim has become the only state to have increased its forest cover in the past two decades and has launched an ambitious Rs 31 crore project of plantation in additional 1,000 hectares in the next

With a forest cover 47.3 per cent of its total geographical area — more than double the national average of 21 per cent — Sikkim is India’s greenest State, official data shows.

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