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CM visits Madhav Bari, announces compensation

Correspondent 

Agartala, January 19, 2019: Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb visited Madhav Bari near here which was recently rocked by violence during a strike called by NESO against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Chief Minister was accompanied by Forests Minister Mebar Kumar Jamatia and local MLA Sushanta Choudhury as well as senior officials. 

Deb interacted with local residents and local shop owners who were victim of violence. He assured them full protection and issued a stern warning of not sparing lawn mongers. 

Chief Minister assured the victims of monetary support after completion of fact finding report of the Magisterial Probe. 

In the morning Biplab Deb visited GBP Hospital to see tribal activists who were injured in police firing at Madhavbari. He announced compensation of Rs 1 lakh each to the injured. 

BSF strikes down BGB claim on Rohingya pushing

Correspondent / PR

Agartala, January 19, 2019: BSF Authorities strongly denied allegation as published in Bangladesh media claiming it was pushing Rohingya nationals into Bangladesh. In harsh statement it described the whole gamut and countered with blame on Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB).

On January 18 at about 8.30 PM, Lt Col Gomal Kabir, Commanding Officer of BGB, made a telephone call to Ratnesh Kumar, BSF Commandant and informed that they have detained 31 Rohingya Muslims near BP No.2029/3-S at International Border.

CO 25 BGB insisted BSF Commandant to take over those Rohingya inside the Indo-Bangladesh Border (IBB) Fencing. Commanding Officer BGB also alleged that BSF have been pushing Rohingyas into Bangladesh Territory. However, BSF Authorities strictly denied any such attempt and refuted the allegation as published in Bangladesh media.

During the search of area and spot verification, no tell-tale signs of any such type of illegal crossing of Rohingyas from Indian Territory to Bangladesh side were found. Further, information received from the reliable sources indicate that Border Guards Bangladesh have brought group of Rohingyas from the interior side of Kasba Upazila and falsely shown them to have been apprehended and detained near border pillar NO 2029/3-S under a specific strategic plan.

Raj Bhasa Sammelan at TU

Correspondent

Agartala, January 18, 2019: Akhil Bharatiya Raj Bhasa Sammelan held at Tripura University on Friday. The event was inaugurated by Governor Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki. 

The programme was organized by Hindi Department of the Varsity in collaboration with the Jagadambi Prasad Yadav Smriti Prathisthan and Kendriya Hindi Nerdashalaya, New Delhi.

Eminent literary personalities like Kalyanbrata Chakrabarty, Rameswar Bhattacharjee, Debabrata Deb, Kalicharan Jha and Dr Anupam Mathur were felicitated in the programme.

Bir Bikram statue at Airport

Correspondent

Agartala, January 18, 2019: The statue of Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya will be installed outside Agartala airport which has been named after the visionary king of Tripura. Top artisans of the state prepared two statues for final selection by state government. 

The Ministry of Aviation had accepted a proposal mooted by the state government for installation of full figure statue of Maharaja Bir Bikram. Renowned artisans Harekrishna Paul and Shyma Prasad Bhattacharjee sculpted the statues.

NFR plans airport like illumination in 11 railway stations

PR

Maligaon, January 18, 2019: As per directives of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, railway administration is all set to improve illumination levels at selected railway stations of Northeast Frontier Railway to upgrade them upto Airport standards. Eleven railway stations of N.F. Railway; Guwahati, Katihar, Purnea, Kishanganj, Barsoi, Kamakhya, Lumding, Dimapur, New Tinsukia, Dibrugarh and Agartala have been identified for improvement along with 200 stations throughout the country.

Under this ambitious plan, it is proposed to improve the illumination level in various locations of these stations with provision of better illumination for better ambience and passenger benefits. Under this plan, Lux levels will be raised to 160 in concourse area, 115 in circulating area, 150 in waiting hall, 100 in open platform areas, 200 in covered platform areas, 150 in Enquiry -cum- Reservation office counter, 150 in Foot Over Bridge / Sub-way areas, escalators, near lifts and stairs and 50 in outdoor parking areas.

It is to be mentioned that NF Railway has already achieved better illumination by 100% fitment of LED lights in all its stations. The provision of said illumination of stations and its surroundings will help to reduce energy consumption. Improved lighting will not only provide efficient surveillance mechanism by addressing the security concern of passengers, it will also add an element of better aesthetics and cleanliness in stations. N.F. Railway plans to complete the work by February 15 2019.

15th FC says Tripura on positive growth path

PIB

Agartala, January 17, 2019: The 15th Finance Commission headed by N. K. Singh had detailed a discussion with the State Government of Tripura headed by the Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.

The State Government made a strong pitch for increased devolution for setting up of better infrastructure especially in the health, IT, Power, Education, Tourism, Disaster mitigation and other sectors.  Among their major demands, they have asked for 50% devolution of the Divisible Pool, non-tax revenues like spectrum auction, oil and gas royalty to form part of Divisible Pool, increased devolution to manage Tripura’s forest cover as 60% of its land is under forest management of its very long international borders with Bangladesh and other issues.

 A detailed memorandum was also received by the Commission from the State for the improvement of the indigenous people of Tripura. The Commission has assured to do what best could be done for them within the frame work of rules.

Overall the Commission felt that the growth trajectory of Tripura was positive. It had done quite well in several important indices of human development in the recent past, while it still has a number of challenges which has been handed down from the past. The Commission felt that the decisive new leadership with its focus on development would be able to realize its dream of making Tripura a model State. The Commission would like to support its endeavour and efforts to harness private capital and not rely on State funding for the development of the State.   

Earlier the Commission had a most lively interaction with all political parties in Tripura. There were high commonalities beyond seeking significantly higher devolution.  Four points were forcefully made,

The Commission also met the representatives of the trade bodies of the State and noted their concerns.

2 peddlers with Heroin nabbed at Airport

Correspondent

Agartala, January 16, 2019: Security agencies arrested two more drug peddlers at Agartala Airport and recovered contraband Heroin from their possession. The detainees were also found carrying cash worth nearly five lakhs.

Detection and detention were carried based on tip offs. The peddlers identified as Satendrya Ghosh and Mona Saha were caught before they could fly to Kolkata.

They were currently kept and interrogated at Airport Police Station.

1 killed as Bus faces accident

Correspondent

Agartala, January 16, 2019: One person killed and several injured after a passenger Bus faces an accident at Baramura Hills, east of Agartala, on Wednesday. The Bus had started from Teliamura and was moving towards Agartala when mishap occurred at a place called Narayan Bari. 

The dead has been identified as Kishore Das, 45. Several other passengers were injured and some of them admitted in hospital.

Planning commission team in Agartala

Correspondent

Agartala, January 16, 2019: Chairman and Members of the 15th Finance Commission arrived here on Wednesday to discuss plan and non play outlays with Tripura government leaders. The team is headed by Nand Kishore Singh, Chairman.

The 15th Finance Commission was set up to give recommendations for five years commencing on April 1 2020.

During two day stay, they will hold meetings separately with all stake holders in the finance and planning departments and agencies of the state. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb is expected to give a memorandum to the Commission on behalf of the state.

Opposition parties have also been invited to make their suggestions to the Commission.

2nd NE Conference to be held on Jan 16 -17

PIB

Guwahati, January 15, 2019: The Second North East Zonal Conference is scheduled to be held on 16th and 17th January at Bapuji Bhawan of Assam Khadi & Village Industries Board Complex, Chandmari, Guwahati. All the Media units of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting functioning in North East will be participating in the two day conference. The Director General of NE zone Kuldeep Singh Dhatwalia along with the Joint Secretary of Ministry of I&B Vikram Sahay will be taking review of the publicity programmes, financial and administrative matters with the media heads of the North East Zone offices.

In the two daylong conference, Indian Information Service officers working in the North East zone will be discussing about the publicity activities taken in their respective areas. Representatives of Press Information Bureau of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura will be participating in the meeting.

Likewise representatives of Regional Outreach Bureaus of Guwahati, Imphal, Itanagar and Shillong along with the representatives of 20 Field Outreach Bureaus in 8 North Eastern states will be present in the meeting. In addition the Additional Director General of Bureau of Outreach Communication, New Delhi, Smt. Ranjana Dev Sharma and the Additional Director General of Press Information Bureau, Imphal Region, Ms Jane Namchu will also be present in the conference.

As the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is also observing Swachhta Pakhwada from January 16 to 31 Swachhta pledge will be taken on January 16 2019 during the inauguration ceremony of the Zonal Conference. This will be followed by various Swachhta activities in all the offices under North East Zone.

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