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ITBP personnel practice 'yoga' on the 6th International Day of Yoga, in Sikkim Himalayas.

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President Ramnath Kovind during his visit to Lingdum Monastery in Sikkim

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President Ram Nath Kovind receives Guard of Honour from 17 Battalion of Raput Regiment under the 17 Mountain Division, in Sikkim.

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Governor Ganga Prasad administers the oath to Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) President Prem Singh Tamang as the new Chief Minister of Sikkim during a swearing-in-ceremony, at Paljor Stadium, in Gangtok.

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An AN-32 aircraft of 43 Sqn carries out a successful landing, at Pakyong airfield in Pakyong. This is the first landing by an AN-32 class of aircraft at the airfield, which is one of the highest airfields in India.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is greeted by Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling (2nd R) as Sikkim Governor Ganga Prasad (L) and Minister of State at Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh (R) look on during the inauguration of New Greenfield Airport at Pakyong, in Gangtok. The first commercial flight from Pakyong would begin from October 4.

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Aerial pictures shot by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his way to Sikkim to inaugurate the Pakyong airport, in Gangtok.

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Aerial pictures shot by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his way to Sikkim to inaugurate the Pakyong airport, in Gangtok.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is greeted by Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling (R) on his arrival, in Gangtok. Sikkim Governor Ganga Prasad (C) is also seen.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during the inauguration of New Greenfield Airport at Pakyong, in Gangtok.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the New Greenfield Airport at Pakyong, in Gangtok. The first commercial flight from Pakyong would begin from October 4.

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The first commercial flight from Pakyong would begin from October 4.

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The airport has 3,000 sq metre terminal building and has a capacity to handle 50 in-bound and as many out-bound passengers.

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The airport has a 1.75 km runway with a width of 30 metres.

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Integrated structures,two sophisticated CFT, 1 terminal building for passengers, parking for over 50 vehicles are some of the features of the airport.

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SpiceJet will operate 78-seater Bombardier Q400 flights to and from Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati everyday.

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The airport is around 33 km from the state capital - Gangtok.

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The airport has been constructed at a cost of more than Rs 600 Crore. And, it covers an area of 990 acres.

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Situated at a height of 4,500 ft from sea level, it is the first greenfield airport in Northeast India.

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A view of the newly inaugurated Pakyong airport in Sikkim.

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A roulette wheel

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Games at Casino DeltingDenjong

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A decorated yak sits on a snow-covered hill near Changu Lake some 40 kilometres from Gangtok, in Sikkim.

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Tourists enjoy yak ride on a snow coverd hill after fresh snowfall at Changu Lake some 40 kilometres from Gangtok, in Sikkim.

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Tourists enjoy the view of snow coverd hills around the Changu Lake after fresh snowfall, some 40 kilometres from Gangtok, in Sikkim.

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Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with Chief Minister of Sikkim, Pawan Kumar Chamling during their meeting in Gangtok.

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Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman acknowledging a row of Chinese soldiers from across the fence who were taking pictures on her reaching Nathu La.

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In this combo picture of the two stills taken from a video snippet posted by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, she is seen interacting with the Chinese soldiers at the border at Nathu-la in Sikkim.

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh having lunch with jawans in Pelling, Sikkim.

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh taking salute during his visit to the 36th Batallion Gayzing in western Sikkim.

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Chief Minister of Sikkim, Pawan Kumar Chamling meeting the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh in Gangtok, Sikkim.

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An artist from Sikkim performs at a massive three-day cultural festival organized by the Art of Living Foundation on the banks of the river Yamuna.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the plenary session of National Conference on Sustainable Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, in Gangtok, Sikkim.

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Students from Sikkim in a rally to protest against the case of sexual molestation of a fellow student from Sikkim at Visva Bharati in Kolkata.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Sikkim Governor Shrinivas Patil, in New Delhi.

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Monks after casting votes for Lok sabha polls at Enchey Monastery in Gangtok.

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Sikkim Krantikari Morcha Chief P S Golay addresses a public meeting at Rangpo in Sikkim.

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A white-capped redstart

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A Himalayan striped squirrel

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A walkway with prayer wheels

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Sonam Yungda Bhutia at Lookout Point

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Prayer poles fring the sacred Khecheopalri lake

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President Pranab Mukherjee in Gangtok during his visit to Sikkim.

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Kangchenjunga National Park, Sikkim The third highest peak in the world towers over this astonishingly beautiful high-altitude biosphere reserve that’s protected by its very remoteness. The red panda, flying squirrel, Tibetan antelope, barking deer, black bear and Himalayan tahr inhabit its unspoilt heights, where giant magnolias and rhododendrons spring forth in high season. The Zemu glacier is here, and so are 550
species of birds. The snow leopard too has been sighted. sikkimtourism.gov.in

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Wrong approach The steel ‘bridge’ on Norkhil Jhora

Much repaired SDF prez Chumbey Rai’s house

Wasted recce Rahul Gandhi with CM Chamling in Gangtok in September 2011

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A tragedy repeated elsewhere A landslide in Sikkim

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FILE - In this July 5, 2006 file photo, a Chinese soldier and an Indian soldier put into place a barbed wire fence removed temporarily for Chinese officials to cross back to their country after a meeting with their Indian counterparts at the international border at Nathula Pass, in Sikkim.

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Shake on it? A Chinese soldier gestures to his Indian counterpart at the Nathu La border crossing, opened in 2006 after 44 years

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Villagers at a landslide site in Pegong, North Sikkim.

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President Pratibha Devisingh Patil presents Best State/ UT (North East, Jammu & Kashmir) Award to Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling during the National Tourism Awards 2010-2011 in New Delhi. Subodh Kant Sahai, Tourism Minister (L) is also seen.

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Miss Sikkim contest winner Zennyla Bhutia, first runner up Bhawana Agarwal (left) and second runner up Anne Norbu Bhutia (right) pose for photographs after they were crowned in Gangtok on Friday night.

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Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit meets with students from earthquake affected areas of Sikkim who are on an excursion tour, organised by ITBP, in New Delhi.

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Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and the Jagatguru Sankara Acharya (center) offering prayers during the inauguration of Siddhesvara Dhama at Solophok in Namchi a Southern suburb of Sikkim.

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, center, signs on the cast of a victim of an earthquake, in Gangtok, India. The 6.9 magnitude earthquake that shook the Himalayan area on Sept. 18 killed more than 100 people.

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Labourers repair roads, a day before the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to the earthquake affected areas in Gangtok.

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A scene of a market, as the situation is limping back to normal after an earthquake in Gangtok.

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An aerial view of Gangtok in Sikkim.

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Casualty Volunteers carry a victim’s body in Chungthang

Rescue Locals in Chungthang, north Sikkim, try to prise a car out from under a boulder

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Shaken, broken A deep fissure on a Gangtok road after the Sept 18 quake

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Relief material and blankets for the earthquake victims of North Sikkim being offloaded from IL 76 aircraft in Sikkim.

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Army soldiers evacuate a person wounded by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Chungthang.

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Members of Indian National Disaster Response Force evaluate the damage of a school building before starting their operation to remove a body, believed to be under its rubble, in Chungthang.

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Members of Indian National Disaster Response Force search for a body, believed to be under the rubble of a school building, damaged in a 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Chungthang. Rescuers in helicopters on Thursday reached some of the villages in India's remote northeast that were cut off by a powerful earthquake that rattled the Himalayan region.

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Soldiers evacuate a person wounded by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Chungthang. Rescuers finally reached some of the villages in India's remote northeast that were cut off by a powerful earthquake that rattled the Himalayan region.

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Devastation caused by the massive earthquake in the worst affected North district of Sikkim.

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Medical assistance work carried out by SSB in the earthquake affected villages in the East District of Sikkim.

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Devastation caused by the massive earthquake in the worst affected North district of Sikkim.

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Army personnel paying respect to their colleague Jitendra, who died in the earthquake in Sikkim, during his cremation ceremony in his native village Maura Milak in Moradabad district.

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An aerial view of houses damaged by the earthquake at Chungthang in North Sikkim.

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Indian villagers evacuated by helicopter from earthquake-hit Chungthang arrive at a helipad in Mangan.

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Bodies of earthquake victims lie inside an ambulance at a helipad in Sikkim.

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An earthquake survivor walks past the debris of a house damaged in Sunday's earthquake in Chungthang.

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A villager and a child, evacuated by helicopter from earthquake-hit Chungthang de-board at a helipad in Mangan.

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An earthquake survivor walks past a government building damaged in Sunday's 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Chungthang, Sikkim.

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People repairing their damaged house in Sunday's earthquake in North Sikkim.

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Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi visits earthquake effected area of Lumsay in Gangtok. Also seen in the picture is Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling (L). Seven more bodies were found in the quake rubble, taking the death toll in the calamity in Sikkim to 60 as rescuers struggled to reach the devastated areas where "heavy casualties" were feared.

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A Buddhist monk retrieves a Buddhist poster from the rubble of a collapsed building at Enchey Monastery in Gangtok.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visiting Sir Tashi Namgyal Memorial Hospital to see the earthquake victims, at Gangtok, Sikkim.

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Army jawans repair a road damaged in the Sunday's earthquake at Mangan in North Sikkim.

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People carrying the body of one of the victims of Sunday's earthquake at Mangan, the worst affected hamlet in North Sikkim.

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Army jawans repair a road damaged in the Sunday's earthquake at Mangan in North Sikkim.

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Army personnel wait with their equipments to clear a huge landslide caused by Sunday's 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Phengla around 20 kilometers from Gangtok in Sikkim.

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In this photo provided by the Army, aerial view of the Gangtok-Mangan highway is seen that was damaged by a landslide following Sunday’s 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Sikkim.

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Members of Indian Army engineering wing help a Buddhist monk to descend a huge landslide following Sunday's 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Phengla around 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Gangtok, in Sikkim.

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Army personnel climb a landslide following Sunday's 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Phengla town, around 20 kilometers from Gangtok, in Sikkim.

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Members of Army's engineering wing ascend a landslide following Sunday's 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Phengla town, around 20 kilometers from Gangtok, in Sikkim.

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Members of Army's engineering wing help a woman descend a landslide following Sunday's 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Phengla town, around 20 kilometers from Gangtok, in Sikkim.

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Men cross a landslide caused by Sunday's 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Phengla town, around 20 kilometers from Gangtok, in Sikkim. Troops trying to reach survivors are pushing through landslide debris with earth movers after the Himalayan earthquake that shook northeastern India, Nepal and China.

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Chief Minister of Sikkim Pawan Chamling visiting the earthquake-hit areas of Gangtok.

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Army rescue team trying to pull out a vehicle crushed by a boulder during the Sep 18th earthquake at Chungthang in North Sikkim.

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A crack is seen at a road in Gangtok due to the Sep 18th earthquake in Sikkim.

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A man looks at his house damaged in the Sep 18th earthquake, in Gangtok in Sikkim.

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Army jawans distributing food to earthquake victims after they were rescued at Chungthang in North Sikkim about 110 km from Gangtok.

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