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CM launches new tourism logo


Agartala, September 25, 2018: Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Tuesday launches new official Logo of Tripura Tourism.

In a tweet Chief Minister opined that the launching was “Govt vision of #TransformingTripura aims at transforming our beloved state of #Tripura into one of the foremost tourist destinations”.

Governor stresses on spreading Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas


Agartala, September 25, 2018 : Governor of Tripura Professor Kaptan Singh Solanki stressed on the need of introducing value based education where head, heart and hand act in tandem- as envisaged by Mahatma Gandhi in his ‘Nayi Talim’ for making a complete human being dedicated to the ‘nation’. 

The Governor, while launching the Weeklong Swachchta Saptaha and Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birth Centenary Celebration, delivered a highly inspiring speech in the fully packed Maharaja Bir Bikram Auditorium of the Tripura University on Tuesday morning.

As he delivered the speech as Chief Guest of the function, the Governor felt that it had always been imperative to understand Mahatma Gandhi to build the country after independence.

“But, it was not forthcoming.  However, after the new government came to power in 2014 the focus was on building new India in the line of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas”, he said.

It may be mentioned here that Tripura University would start a one month long course on Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas on Education for the faculty members- which happened to be first of its kind in the country..

“This course on Mahatma Gandhi’ education ideas, I am confident, will bring about a change in the outlook and life of not only the faculty but also will in turn influence the students to a great extent”, opined the Governor.

It was Prof Solanki’s first visit to Tripura University after assumption of gubernatorial position in the state.

Dr WG Prasanna Kumar , Chairman of Mahatma Gandhi National Commission for Rural Education in his speech also stressed on building education system in the country based on Mahatma Gandhi’s Nayi Talim.

“It is time that we give due importance to learning by working concept”, said Dr Prasanna Kumar.

Dr V L Dharurkar, Vice Chancellor of the Tripura University in his welcome address gave a brief idea about Mahatma Gandhi’s idea about education and Nayi Talim. Dr Dharurkar said, Tripura University happened to be the first in the country to kick start Swachchata Saptaha one day ahead as the entire country would launch it from tomorrow.

“Tripura University is also, perhaps, the first institution to have planned for a one month course of Mahatma Gandhi’s education for the faculty of the varsity”, he said.

Goods train faces accident near Lumding


Agartala, September 24, 2018: A Goods train met with an accident between Daotuhaja and Phiding on Lumding-Badarpur Hill section route at around 11.15 am on Monday.

According to officials of Northeast Frontier Railway no injury or casualty was reported in the incident. They said accident relief trains from Lumding and Badarpur have left for the accident site.

Further details are awaited.

BSF seizes narcotics, ganja, in huge quantity


Agartala, September 20, 2018: The State is witnessing increased smuggling, transportation besides Ganja of synthetic Narcotics substances like Yaba, Heroin and Brown sugar. The enormous profit margin in the smuggling of Yaba and Heroin, easy method of concealment and transportation, attracting the misguided elements towards these profitable trades. BSF is guarding the border of the State as sentinels of the nation assisted by intelligence cells and other sister agencies to make all out efforts to curb this menace. 

On September 19, specific information was received by Field ‘G’ team of Sector Panisagar, BSF about a consignment of Heroin/Brown sugar, being transported from Assam to Agartala by Passenger train. Accordingly, the information was shared with 166 Battalion of BSF and a team personnel led by Uma Shankar, Assistant Commissioner along with including member of Field ‘G’ team, Sector Panisagar boarded the Train in coach, where the suspected items were informed to be kept.

On thorough search of bogie, one carrying bag with suspected Heroin/Brown sugar in a Polythene medium sized hidden inside empty Nokia mobile packet wrapped in a plastic was recovered. Quantity of suspected Heroin/Brown sugar – 1 packet of 175 gms @ 20000 worth Rs.3500000 recovered. The passengers travelling by the said train were enquired about the ownership of bag, but no one claimed its possession. Seized items handed over to GRP Dharmanagar Railway Station and FIR lodged with PS Dharmanagar.

In another case, today, on September 20 at about 9AM on specific information of Field ‘G’ team, Sector Teliamura, BSF, regarding movement of a suspected truck, troops of Field ‘G’ team, Sector Teliamura and Quick Reaction Team of 130 Battalion of BSF, detained above mentioned truck bearing near gate No.4 of 130 Battalion of BSF, Ambassa alongwith driver and two others, while moving on NH-08 and approaching towards Guwahati from Agartala side.

Subsequently, local Police and Magistrate were informed and on their arrival, above detained truck was thoroughly checked leading to recovery of Ganja – 81 Nos Bundle, of assorted size approx. 965kgs in weight worth Rs.4825500 Indian currency 49500 and 2 Mobile phones by BSF and Tripura Police joint Ops party.

IFJ condemns Bangladesh ‘draconian’ Digital Security Act


New Delhi, September 20, 2018: The draconian Digital Security Bill 2018 has passed the Bangladesh Parliament with provisions curtailing the freedom of expression and independent journalism. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum (BMSF) in expressing serious concerns over the legislation which has scope to harass media and journalists.
On September 19, Telecommunication and Information Communication minister Mustafa Jabbar placed the bill for immediate passage and the 350-member parliament passed the bill by voice votes with only 11 lawmakers opposing the bill. The formulation of the law was initiated in 2015 with the cabinet approving the draft on January 29, 2018 and placing in the House on April 9, 2018.
The Editors’ Council on September 16 in a statement rejected the bill stating that Sections 8, 21, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32 and 43 of the bill posed serious threats to freedom of expression and media.

Paswan to help Tripura


Agartala, September 19, 2018: Union Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ram Vilas Paswan assured Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb to render all possible help to procure Paddy from Tripura during coming harvest season by the Food Corporaiton of India.

Chief Minister on Wednesday met Paswan in his last of series of meetings with central ministers.

27 Bru refugee families return Mizoram


Agartala, 19 September, 2018: The Repatriation Process of the displaced Bru persons got a big fillip today with the repatriation of 27 families comprising of 137 people who left for their home state of Mizoram. All the 27 families came from the Lunglei district 20 years back and they will be settled in the same district and villages that they had come back from. 

According to Mahesh kumar Singla Advisor to Ministry of Home Affairs the repatriation process has gone well on the first day and he added that more displaced Bru persons will be going back Mizoram very soon.

Mahesh Kumar Singla further added that there will be two night halts on their way back to the Lunglei district and the security will be taken care of by the respective state police. The Security of the displaced Bru persons who had gone back today will be taken care of by the Tripura Police till they are in Tripura and the security after crossing the Tripura border will be taken care of by the Mizoram police.

On Wednesday displaced Bru persons from Hazacherra Camp under Kanchanpur Sub-division were repatriated and all will be settled in the Lunglei District of Mizoram and all will be given packages as per the agreement signed between the Government of India, Government of Mizoram and Government of Tripura and Bru Displaced Peoples forum (MBDPF) on 3rd July 2018


In a major breakthrough on repatriation of displaced Bru persons from Mizoram since 1997, an agreement has been signed by Government of India, Governments of Mizoram and Tripura and Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF)   in presence of Union Home Minister Shri  Rajnath Singh, Chief  Minister of Mizoram Shri Lalthanhawla,  and Chief Minister of Tripura Shri Biplab Kumar Deb on 3rd July 2018.

 5,407 families comprising of 32,876 persons presently in temporary camps in Tripura will repatriate to Mizoram before 30th Sept., 2018.  The agreement was signed by Rina Mitra, Special Secretary (Internal Security), MHA, Sanjeev Ranjan, Chief Secretary, Tripura,  Shri Lalnunmawia Chuaungo, Principal Secretary, Mizoram and A. Sawibunga, President, MBDPF.

Government of India will provide financial assistance for rehabilitation of Brus in Mizoram and address their issues of security, education, livelihood etc. in consultation with Governments of Mizoram and Tripura.

A Committee under Special Secretary (Internal Security) will coordinate the implementation of this agreement.  

Countdown Begins for Pakyong Airport’s Inauguration


Gangtok, September 19, 2018: Sikkim is soon going to feature in India’s aviation map with the commissioning of the state’s first and the country’s 100th functional airport coming Sunday. Spread over 206 acres and sitting snugly at a height of 4,500 ft between the Himalayas, Pakyong airport is an example of stellar engineering at an estimated cost of Rs 605.59 crore. State-of-the-art geotechnical engineering including soil reinforcement and slope stabilisation techniques has gone into the making of the Greenfield project that is becoming functional almost a decade after it was approved by the Union Cabinet.  

Since Pakyong is located less than 30 kilometers from the state capital Gangtok, tourists as well as local travellers will now be spared of the 4-5 hour harrowing journey uphill from the other nearest airport Bagdogra.

Press Information Bureau (PIB), Gangtok, facilitated a press tour to the airport site to let the media get first hand information on the ongoing preparations for the Prime Minister’s visit for the inauguration of the Airport on September 23. Present at the site were Sikkim’s Minister of Civil Aviation and Tourism department, Ugen T Gyatso Bhutia, Minister for Building and Housing Department and Transport D T Lepcha, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Sikkim S C Gupta, Pakyong airport MLA Hemendra Adhikari, and officials of the Airport Authority of India.

“Greenfield airports have their own beauty and merits. You will experience them when flights start operating. Moreover, the airport will have multi-dimensional benefits for Sikkim which will gradually come to the fore with time,” Ugen T Gyatso Bhutia, Minister of Civil Aviation and Tourism department, Government of Sikkim, told the media persons.

With an eye on the Puja holiday travel, SpiceJet is set to start operating daily flights to and from Kolkata and Guwahati from the October 8 contingent to the official inaugural. SpiceJet will operate Bombardier Q400 aircraft with 78 seats on this sector. As the airline has been granted permission to operate from Pakyong under the Union Civil Aviation Ministry’s UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme for enhancing regional connectivity, the cap on fares for the routes is Rs 2,600.

Indian Air Force’s Dornier 228 was the first aircraft to be tested from Pakyong on March 5 this year. Following this, SpiceJet conducted the successful test flight of the 78-seater Bombardier Q400 from Kolkata to Pakyong on March 10 leading to security clearances for commercial operations.  

PM reciporcates birthday wishes from Tripura


Agartala, September 18, 2018: Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and people of Tripura for the birthday wishes. He praised the whole country to get new heights with the blessing of Ma Tripursundari. 

Modi reciprocated Deb’s tweets to greet him on his birthday. Deb made the tweets in Bengali,  Kokborok and Hindi.

US Consulate General meet TU officials


Agartala, September 18, 2018: Jamie Dragon, US Consulate General, Public Affairs Officer & Director,American Centre visited Tripura University. He held a meeting with Vice Chancellor Dr. V.L.Dharurkar.

He also interacted with the Registrar, Deans, HODs and other Officers on matters relating to academic  exchanges and cooperation related to Library manuscripts preservation etc. between concerned USA Universities, institutes and Tripura University.