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INPT declares candidates for 2 seats


Agartala, March 18. 2019: Rejection from major political parties forced regional parties have started announcing candidates for two Lok Sabha constituencies in Tripura. Taking cue of IPFT, INPT on Monday announced candidates of the party.

Party President Bijay Kumar Hrangkhawl is contesting from East Tripura (Tribal Reserved) and General Secretary Jagadish Debbarma from West Tripura constituency. 

Sources in the INPT said the party might consider taking out the candidates from fray if either BJP or Congress makes a 'special appeal'. IPFT on the other wants to bargain with the BJP on the East Tripura constituency. 

2 policemen suspended, doctor indicted over Madhav Bari violence


Agartala, March 18, 2019: Two policemen including a Deputy Superintendent of Police rank officer have been suspended from service in connection with violence that rocked Madhav Bari near here on January 8 last. It instructed the health department to initiate proceedings against a government doctor for failing to provide necessary treatment to the injured. 

Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Prankrishna Das and police constable Srikanta Bhowmik. The doctor has been named as Abhisek Majumder. 

Officials said the actions preceded a probe that Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb ordered on same day of the incident. The magisterial probe conducted by West Tripura District Magistrate Sandeep Mahatme submitted its report last month and it was presented in budget session of state assembly. 

At least six people received bullet injuries when security forces resorted to firing to control a rampaging mob at Madhav Bari. Scores of people were injured. 

TU to observe International Day of Forests


Agartala, March 18, 2019: Tripura University is all set to observe the International Day of Forests tomorrow. Every year March 21 is observed as International Day of Forests worldwide whereas this year due to Holi festival the University has decided to bring forward the program on March 19. The program will be jointly organised to promote the mission “Dao Phire Shei Aranya” by Department of Botany, Department of Forestry and Biodiversity of the TU, Forest Research Centre for Livelihood Extension (FRC-LE) and Development Initiative for Sustainable Advancement (DISA – the State Chapter of Integrated Mountain Initiative).

On the day at 9 am tree plantation will be conducted in the varsity csmpus where tree species like Agar, Bougainvillea, Dalchini, Amalakhi, Krishnachura, Jarul, Sonal, Bahera, Dhup will be planted. There will be a short program at 10 am in Academic Building-XI, Hall No. 1 after the plantation where various aspects and significance of ‘International Day of Forests’ will be discussed by experts for the benefit of the students.

In 2019, the ‘International Day of Forests’ is addressing the theme, ‘Forests and Education’: Learn to Love Forest. The significance of forests should be incorporated in to mind of students through leanings so that it creates an eternal bonding with the trees. It will seek to raise awareness on how sustainably managed forests provide a wide array of contributions in this area.

Journalist Darryl D'Monte dies


Agartala, March 18, 2019: Darryl D'Monte, a senior journalist and an environmental crusader, passed away on Saturday March 16. Darryl was a member of the advisory committee of the Water Conflict Forum.

He was a pioneer in reporting on environmental issues and chaired the Forum of Environmental Journalists of India, founder-president of the International Federation of Environmental Journalists, former editor of Times of India and The Indian Express. Some of his popular books are, Ripping the Fabric: The Decline of Mumbai and its Mills, Oxford University Press, Mills for Sale: The Way Ahead, (edited) Marg Publications, Temples Or Tombs? Industry Versus Environment, CSE. 

Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India expressed condolences to all his near and dear ones. It said Darryl D'Monte would continue to inspire many in the environmental, socio-political and media fields. 

Tribal Culture Heritage Meet ends


Agartala, March 18, 2019: It was two days of scintillating performances, one better than the other. As the two days of extravaganza of 5th Tribal Cultural Heritage Meet ended in the evening of Sunday at Rabindra Bhawan, the audience was asking for still more. That was the charm and success of the ONGC Supported event, which left everyone spell bound.

Chief Justice of Tripura High Court Sanjay Karol who graced the concluding evening of the event, applauded Tripura Asset for providing a platform to the 19 tribes of the state to showcase their talent. He said that the lifestyle of indigenous/tribal communities is closer to nature.

Highlighting the fact that indigenous culture stresses on the importance of living as a community, Hon’ble Chief Justice said that most tribal dances are group dances because these dances display slices of their life & people live together in unity.

ED-Asset Manager of ONGC Tripura Asset G.K. Singha Roy in his address said artists who performed have their own costumes, own dance forms, own songs and above all a particular story related to that form. This is something unique in every Tribal culture here in Tripura.

The second day of the event experienced sparkling performance in Cheru, Tangbita, Wangla, Biju, MosekSulmoni, YakungKudima, LebangBomani, Tangbiti, Garia of Debbarma group and Kalsajaro dances, which took them to a enchanting world of delight for more than two hours.

N.K. Sonare, Working President, CWC, AISCSTEWA, and Subhash Payeng, General Secretary – CWC, AISCSTEWA, were present on the dais.

The two days event was coordinated by Ramesh Debbarma, Chairman, Sekhar Das, Secretary, R.S. Mondal, Member CWC and their team from AISCSTEWA, ONGC Tripura Asset, Agartala under the guidance of J. S. Negi, DGM (HR).

Rahul's rally: SPG team arrives


Agartala, March 17, 2019: A team of officers from the Special Protection Group (SPG) arrives in Tripura to oversee security arrangements connected with election rally of AICC(I) President Rahul Gandhi. The rally is slated for March 20 at Khumpui Academy Ground at Khumuluwng, 14kms east of Agartala. 

SPG officers inspected the venue on Sunday. PCC President Maharaja Pradyot Kishore Debbarma and senior leaders of the party were present.  

Baichung Bhutia Football School wins 2nd fraternity cup


Agartala, March 17, 2019: The football tournament was organised by MY HOME INDIA as Fraternity Cup 2019 in New Delhi involving players from North East India. In North East India, Football is a game which is very famous and loved by everyone. The Fraternity Cup inculcates the eternal bond of fraternity among the North Eastern people with the rest of India. 

MY HOME INDIA, an NGO works for people from North Eastern states has been conducting this tournament since last many years in several cities including Pune and Bangalore.  The organization aims at bringing emotional integration between people from different parts of the country by bridging the gap between the people of northeast India and the rest of India

The 2nd Fraternity Cup was started from 2nd March between 15 teams namely, Group A-Nirvana FC, Kuki FC, Bharti Vidyapeeth FC, AP Chakma Youth FC; Group B-Sikkim FC, United Delhi Brothers FC, Chakma Delhi NCR FC, Komrem Warrior FC; Group C-GWA FC, Y’Tamin Kalab FC, Nehsud, Rongmei FC; Group D- Baichung Bhutia FC, Gorkha United FC, Jumma Mizoram FC.

After interesting 21 league matches and 4 quarter-final matches, the semis were held on 14th March between Gorkha United FC & Baichung Bhutia FC where Baichung Bhutia emerged as a winner by scoring 2 goals. The second semifinal match was held between Y’Tamin Kalab FC and Rongmei FC which scored 3 goals against the opposite team.

The fight for the third position was held on  Saturday 16th March between Gorkha United FC and  Y’Tamin Kalab FC where  Gorkha United emerged as a winner.

After the match for the third position the Finale was held between Rongmei FC and Baichung Bhutia FC. In an enthralling match, the Baichung Bhutia FC team became the proud receiver of Fraternity Cup in the penalty shootout.

The prize distribution ceremony was held in the august presence of Mr Rajesh Malik, IPS Officer, Special Commissioner, Delhi Police; S.K Sinha, IPS Officer, D.G. Vigilance, Haryana Police, Pravin Agrawal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Heavy Industry, James, Additional Income Tax Commissioner (Range –Delhi), Vikas Singh Bagri, Income Tax Assistance Commissioner (Range- Delhi), Sunil Deodhar (Founder, My Home India) and Anil Mittal (My Home India).

The Best player of the tournament was Khaiminjon Haokip of the Y’ tamin kalab team, the top scorer Ngam Lenmang Lupho of the Kuki FC was felicitated by Ms Savita, the best goal keeper Gaurav Rawat was awarded by Ms Neha Yaduvanshi.

The champion of the 2nd Fraternity Cup 2019 Baichung Bhutia FC was awarded a cheque of Rs 1 lakh by Sahji Prabhakran, President & Director, DSA and the Ist runner-up Rongmei FC felicitated by BR Sachdeva, Corporate lawyer and businessman.

Prabhakaran congratulated My Home India for the success of this initiative and conveyed his happiness for the organization of such an event in Delhi.

IPFT to fight LS poll, troubles BJP


Agartala, March 16, 2019: Its now official. BJP has failed to convince IPFT to stay away from Lok Sabha elections and support its candidates in Lok Sabha poll.

‘Magic’ which BJP used to influence top leadership of IPFT earlier did not work this time around. IPFT on Saturday declared they will contest in both the seats as major partner BJP did not agree on 1:1 formula.

“We wanted to support BJP in west seat and expressed our desire to contest in East constituency. BJP did not accept our proposal and instead demanded two seats which is not acceptable to us”, an IPFT leader said.

Meanwhile BJP has reportedly threatened IPFT to break alliance in Tripura if the latter insisted on contesting Lok Sabha poll. BJP has majority on its own in 60 member assembly in state and can survive without any alliance.

BREAKING: BJP finalises candidates for Tripura


Agartala, March 16, 2019: BJP has finalised candidates for two Lok Sabha constituencies in Tripura. Party's Parliamentary Board meeting that held on Saturday afternoon confirmed first list of one hundred candidates. 

Sources said state General Secretary Pratima Bhowmik has been chosen for West Tripura constituency while Rebati Tripura will fight from East Tripura (Tribal Reserved) constituency. State Vice President Subal Bhowmik who was strong contender for the West Tripura seat has been denied due to intervention of a few senior leaders. 

JNU awards on freedom fighters from NE India


New Delhi / Agartala, March 16, 2019: “University education must be towards the service of society and Nation,” said P.B. Acharya, Governor of Nagaland in an award distribution ceremony held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. NAMASTE Governor Acharya Award 2018 in the honour of freedom fighters of North East India was organized by Special Centre for the Study of North East India, JNU.

The function was chaired by Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar, Vice Chancellor of JNU, who is instrumental in establishment of the special centre. Stating that such a programme is first of its kind in JNU, he expressed the need to promote and encourage multidisciplinary research on Northeast. “Five awards will be given every year in honour of freedom fighters of the states of North East India in rotation,” said Prof. Bhagat Oinam, Chairperson of the centre while welcoming the dignitaries. He appreciated the Governor P. B. Acharya for being the patron of this award. Shri Dinesh Kumar, Secretary to Governor of Nagaland informed the audience about the purpose of instituting this award in JNU.

The competition for the awards was based on MPhil and PhD researches being carried out by students of JNU in various issues and problems of the region. The five awardees were Aditya Bordalai, Gaithoilu Gangmei, Md. Chingiz Khan, Munmi Pathak and Sikha Dutta in the honour of U Tirot Sing of Meghalaya, Rani Gaidinliu of Nagaland, Bir Tikendrajit Singh of Manipur, Lokpriya Gopinath Bardoloi of Assam and Pasaltha Khuangchera of Mizoram respectively.

“The acronym NAMASTE stands for N-North/Nagaland, A-Assam, M-Manipur/Mizoram/Meghalaya, A-Arunachal Pradesh, S-Sikkim, T-Tripura, and E-East,” said the Governor. He further remarked that the award is a way to encourage and inculcate competitive spirit among students working on North East. It recognizes the students who have not only excelled in their academic pursuits but also developed all round skills and attained remarkable achievements in the domain they have a strong passion for.