December 31, 2016: Sikkim became India’s first fully organic state in 2016. Apart from this, Sikkim is also the cleanest state of the India. The Kanchenjunga National Park of Sikkim was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Also, the state was conferred overall best in education.
Around 75,000 hectares of land was converted to certified organic land according to the guidelines laid down in National Program for organic production. The idea was proposed in 2003. It took nearly 13 years to implement organic farming.
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According to PTI, the government under Pawan Chamling amended the gambling and casino rules of the state. From July, all locals were banned from entering the casinos. In June, Chamling submitted four memorandums to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that included a demand of Rs. 43,589 crore for development. Also, Bermiok-Total Senior Secondary School, situated in south Sikkim became the first school in Northeast to have smart classes.
On June 7, the lifeline of Sikkim, Sevoke Gangtok highway, was handed over by BRO to the PWD, West Bengal. BRO had been the in-charge of maintenance since the 1968 landslides. The highway has been rechristened NH-10. It leads up to Nathula along Indo-China border.
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On 17th July, Kanchenjunga National Park, situated in West Sikkim, was declared by the world heritage site committee as the UNESCO World Heritage site at its 40th session held at Istanbul.
Meria Subba won the Mega Miss North East title in June. In September, kickboxer Sushmita Rai made the country proud by winning a bronze at the World Martial Arts Masters Championship held in South Korea. She, along with kickboxer Sushmita Rai,
In September, the National Sample Survey Office, India named Sikkim the cleanest state of India. The award was given by Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Rural Development Minister, based on the results of a survey conducted in 2015.
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According to PTI, all the four districts of the state were included in the top 10 districts of the country’s hill states. Also, Ministry of Tourism named Sikkim the cleanest tourist destination in India in October. The award was given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
But Sikkim had some lows in 2016. In August, a landslide blocked a portion of Kanka River. This created an artificial lake and submerged five houses. Hundreds of families were affected by this landslide. The continuous threat of a flash flood from the river caused panic among the people. In May, a student from Kolkata, who was on a vacation, was raped.
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