Shantinagar observes birth anniversary of NB Bhandari; felicitates Journalist Sanjay Agarwal and Edu

Singtam, 05 Oct:

The 79th birth anniversary of NB Bhandari, former Chief Minister of Sikkim was observed by members of Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti, Singtam. A short felicitation program and distribution of certificates and mementos of Nepali Bhasa Diwas was presented. Sanjay Agarwal and KB Chettri were the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour of the program. Dr Bhumika Dulal was the Special Guest.

The program started by observing two minute silence on the passing away of Advisor of SGSS, Dr AH Khan. Dr Khan was a popular physician and known to all for his simplicity. He was a sportsperson and had shown his skill in cricket and badminton. The photo frame of NB Bhandari was offered khada and lighting of lamp was done by the Chief Guest. President SGSS, Krishna Chettri in his welcome speech talked about the importance of the day. He also spoke about the postponement of the Gandhi Jayanti program due to the sudden demise of Advisor of the Samiti, Dr AH Khan.

The highlight of the short program was the felicitation of senior journalist, Sanjay Agarwal and Principal Singtam SSS, KB Chettri. Six Nepali poets who had participated at the online Nepal poem recitation exhibition on the occasion of Nepali Bhasa Diwas were presented with certificates and mementoes. It was the first time in context with Sikkim that Nepali Bhasa Diwas was observed through virtual media. The poets were - Surya Kharel, Nishant Dulal, Anand Chettri, Lokesh Mukhia, Ayushman Chettri and Padam Parajuli.

Residence of Shantinagar, Dr Bhumika Dulal was presented with a Letter of Appreciation for her completion of MBBS degree. She is the first medical doctor from Shantinagar. In her short speech, she thanked SGSS for the encouragement and seeked blessing for her future endeavours. Sanjay Agarwal, the Chief Guest speaking on the occasion appreciated the efforts of members of SGSS during the Covid-19 scenario. He appealed to every individual to work together for the development of society. Principal, KB Chettri, Singtam SSS spoked about the progress of Singtam SSS over the last few years. Shital Pradhan was the host of the day while Dhiraj Pradhan gave the vote of thanks.