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An endeavour of Press Information Bureau (PIB), Govt. of India, Aizawl has made possible a Press Tour of Mizoram Journalists to Sikkim that surveyed various State and Central Projects. The group has now returned safely to Aizawl on March 20, 2005.

The six journalists participating on this Sikkim trip were headed by Shri Mangjangam Touthang, AIO, PIB The group reached Kolkata on March 11, 2005 via Lengpui Airport. Various Mizoram Journalists Association leaders along with their President, Shri Robert LalChhuana had seen them off at PIB Media Centre to Lengpui Airport. The Press Team had a pleasant experience at 12/ID, Chakraberia North, Kolkata visiting the budding and successful Mapuii’s Hair & Beauty Studio that had opened on October 15 last year where six mizo girls and two mizo boys are currently employed serving over 100 customers daily.

During their journey from Kolkata to Bagdogra, the Team had the privilege to present the West Bengal Chief Minister, Shri Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee a Mizo traditional hat, or ‘Khumbeu’. Passing Kolkata to Bagdogra , they arrived on March 12 at Sikkim’s capital, Gangtok. The PIB, Gangtok Office accompanied and helped the team as far within its power as possible. During the stay at Gangtok, the team had met the Governor of Sikkim, Shri V. Rama Rao, Tourism Minister, Shri R.B. Subba, Rural Management & Development Minister, Shri K.N. Rai and other important state Officials. Of the vast array of important places they visited were the 14,500 feet high border between India and China , Nathula Pass; Sikkim Handloom & Handicrafts Emporium; AIR Gangtok Station; DDK Gangtok; Directorate of Information & Public Relations, Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation Office and Enchey Monastery besides a breathtaking view of the majestic Mt. Khangchendzonga. Thanks to the efforts of the Tourism Minister, the Team was also greatly fortunate to have a chance of viewing Gangtok and its surrounding areas by helicopter . There was also an arranged meeting with Sikkim Journalists at the PIB office, and a fortunate and interesting meeting session was also held with STDC Executive Director Shri P.K. Dong also.

It is with special fascination that the Press Team had experienced the various sights and sounds of Gangtok, especially the Gangtok Paljor Stadium, expected to hold over 20,000 people; the vast Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary to the north of Gangtok at the Nathula roadway, and the Alpine Nursery, Tsomgo Lake, Gangtok Market, Baba Harvajan Singh Memorial, Herbal Medicinal Plantation. They had also experienced the thrill of visiting the capital city of Sikkim’s South District, Namchi; the renowned Temi Tea Garden , the stretchy Cardamom Plantation among others. The Team is highly fascinated with Sikkim’s achievements in Environment protection and Afforestation and considers the locals terrace farming on hill slopes a great and interesting idea.

There was an on-the-spot visitation of the ongoing Teesta Stage-V Project where the Sikkim National Hydro-electric Corporation (NHPC) had made endeavours to produce 510 Mega Watts of electric power basing it on the river Teesta. Expected to finish by March, 2006 the officer in charge, Chief Engineer, Shri D. Chattopadhyay and his accomplices informed the Press Team of all the workings and achievements regarding the ongoing work, and also gave them opportunity to see an underground site earmarked for the turbines also.

The Press Tour comprised of the following Mizo Media Persons :
  1. Shri Zonunsanga Khiangte, Editor, Lenlaini (Mizo Daily).
  2. Shri C. Lalduhawma, Editor, Zoram Voice (Mizo Daily).
  3. Shri David M. Thangliana, Editor, Newslink (English Daily).
  4. Shri V.L. Dika Pachuau, Editor, Hringlang (Mizo Daily).
  5. Shri C. Lalrambuatsaiha, Editor, Aizawl Post (Mizo Daily).
  6. Shri Lalduhkima Khiangte, Photo Journalist, Skylinks Cable TV.
  7. Shri Mangjangam Touthang, Conducting Officer, AIO, PIB, Aizawl.

Owing to a two day flight cancellation from Kolkata to Aizawl, the Team was unable to reach Aizawl by March 18 as pre planned, but arrived March 20 at Silchar Airport after which they headed direct for Aizawl by road.



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