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AR celebrates 182nd Raising Day

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Agartala / Shillong, March 28, 2017: World’s oldest paramilitary Force Assam Rifles celebrated is 182nd Raising Day recently. The ‘sentinel of northeast’ however observed the day in a low key manner except that of required ceremonies. 

Assam Rifles has a rare distinction of having participated in WW I in Europe and Middle East, WW II in Burma, Indo China War of 1962, Indo-Pak War of 1971, Counter Insurgency Operations in Sri Lanka, Jammu & Kashmir and the entire northeastern region as well as participating in UN peace keeping mission at African Haiti.

Former Tripura and incumbent Nagaland Governor P.B. Acharya paid respects to the Veer Naris and their family members for bravely withstanding the supreme sacrifice of their head of family and their contribution in nation building. 

In a message Governor hoped that the Assam Rifles will continue to uphold the great traditions of the
Nation.

ONGC to boost ambitious Palatana power plant

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Agartala, March 26, 2017: ONGC ushered hope to augment capacity of 726MW gas based power project at Palatana in south Tripura with installation of another turbine. He reiterated commitment to supply exact gas required for complete commissioning of Neepco’s new 126MW plant at Monarchak near here. 

“Work for laying 52km pipeline will be completed by December next to connect Gojalia GCS with Palatana plant to make it capacitated for full load production”, V.P. Mahawar, Director (Onshore), said here. The official who earlier served as Asset Manager in Tripura was visiting the state to review exploration activities.

India had earlier assured Bangladesh of 100MW supply from Palatana to help the neighbouring country cope with power crisis. Bangladesh recently requested for another 60MW and the entire issue is expected to take a final shape during forthcoming visit Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in New Delhi.

Mr Mahawar flanked by incumbent Tripura Assent Manager S.C. Soni stated Palatana requires 32 lakh cubic meter gas per day for complete 726MW production, but at present it is restricting power generation at 560 to 570MW involving 26 lakh cubic meter gas.

Both the officials informed Palatana project, a joint initiative of ONGC and Tripura government, would have full load capacity after installation of Rs 132 crore worth pipeline from Gojalia GCS (gas connecting station) by December this year. They reminded Palatana plant is world’s most eco efficient project and has been a pride installation in the country.

V.P. Mahawar stated three news gas wells at Manu, Naksipara and Khubal – all in north Tripura – would go for production in next ten days. Exploration work in some other wells is also yielding result, he said.

He and Mr Soni assured that the 126MW plant of Neepco at Monarchak would get sufficient gas supply. They said ONGC has given commitment to the northeast based electricity generation company.

UGC directs universities on AADHAAR

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Agartala, March 24, 2017: The University Grants Commission (UGC) issued a directive to the universities
across the country to introduce identification mechanisms like pasting photograph and incorporating Aadhaar number in marksheets and certificates. 

According to UGC that measure will enhance verification and curb duplication. It is also hoped that this will bring about uniformity and transparency within and across the system of higher education in the country.

The universities have further been asked to inscribe the name of the students enrolled for a programme as well as the mode learning (regular, part time or distance).

Workshop on tobacco control laws held

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Kohima, March 24, 2017: Advocacy workshop for the Principals and teachers under Niuland sub division on tobacco control laws was held in ADC’s conference hall. Imkum, Psycologist NTCP gave a detailed presentation on the behavioral pattern of tobacco use in children. V. Lovitoly Sema, ADC Niuland and Piholi SDEO Niuland also addressed the gathering.

Dr. C. Tetseo oriented the teachers on the importance of creating awareness about the ill effects of tobacco consumption. He expressed apprehension that an epidemic is looming large over Nagaland because of the high consumption of tobacco and to spread awareness on the impacts of tobacco consumption and health issues associated with it.

AR refuses second autopsy of deceased Rifleman

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New Delhi/Aizawl, March 23, 2017: The Assam Rifles authorities refused to concede demand for second post mortem of Rifleman Kamal Mitra Chakma of the 36th Assam rifles (B Company) who was brutally assaulted by four of his colleagues including one Mr Satham on 10th March 2017 and later succumbed to his injuries at Jorhat military hospital in Assam on March 18 last.

The relatives of late Kamal Mitra Chakma were briefly detained at Lunglei Police Station by the Assam Rifles personnel on Tuesday who sought to forcibly handover the dead body of Mr Chakma currently lying at the Assam Rifles compound at Lunglei, Mizoram. The Assam Rifles Commanding Officer at Aizawl called up the relatives of late Kamal Mitra Chakma and threatened to block the pension and other facilities for not accepting the dead body.


The post mortem examination conducted at Jorhat without the presence of family members stated the cause of the death as “consumption of liquor”. The Commanding Officer of the 36th Assam Rifles (B Company) Colonel D N S Thakur has failed to take appropriate actions against the culprits and has been trying to protect them.

Sujana Devi Chakma, wife of Late Kamal Mitra Chakma is demanding second post mortem because “if Kamal Mitra Chakma fallen from a building or heights, he would have suffered injuries on his head but this is not the case. He has not suffered injury in his head but received fractures in leg, hand and thigh after being hit with blunt objects. The bladder of Kamal Mitra Chakma was removed without the knowledge and permission of family members”.

“The Assam Rifles authorities did not file any First Information Report (FIR) with the Nagaland Police after rifleman Kamal Mitra Chakma was assaulted on 10th March 2017 and they did not file any FIR even after his unnatural death at Jorhat, Assam on March 18. This establishes beyond any reasonable doubt that the Assam Rifles authorities acted to conceal/suppress murder of Rifleman Kamal Mitra Chakma by his own colleagues and protect the culprits.” Stated Mr Victor Talukdar, Deputy Secretary General of All India Chakma Social Forum (AICSF).

AICSF stated that the Assam Rifles personnel by refusing to conduct second post mortem and further threatening he family members are forcing the family members to move the Guwahati High Court seeking directions to register an FIR and conduct second autopsy by the doctors of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences or the Central Forensic Science Laboratory in New Delhi. 

IPFT lands in trouble, rebels sack President

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Agartala, March 23, 2017: Tripura’s main tribal based party Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) has landed in a serious trouble after a section of leaders on Thursday ousted party President Narendra Chandra Debbarma. They announced new party chief would be decided from a delegate conference within three months.

The ‘rebel’ leaders elected Aghore Debbarma as interim President. They however said party membership Narendra Chandra Debbarma has not been seized.

The octogenarian leader faced ire of his party leaders after a document surfaced on his receiving fund from the BJP. He has also been charged of acting against interests of party.

Debbarma however refuted the allegations and said some leaders are trying to detract the party from his thrust demand of a separate tribal state. He claimed to continue as party president as move by few individuals should not be taken seriously.

He also saw ‘political conspiracy’ in the latest development. Senior IPFT leaders are meeting on Friday to discuss the party affairs. 

ONGC says committed to enhance activities in Tripura

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Agartala, March 22, 2017: ONGC Tripura Asset has refuted recent media reports on ‘Shifting of Basin from Tripura to Assam’ and throw more light on existing and future activities of ONGC in Tripura state. It said ONGC has no plans of shifting its Agartala Forward Base office from Tripura to any other place. 

“In fact the Agartala forward base office is being strengthened with additional resources to take care of thrust in exploration activities in Tripura. Presently, ONGC is deploying three drillings rigs exclusively for exploration drilling operations in eastern part of Tripura i.e. Khubal, Manu & Dholai areas. Additionally a work station has already been established in Agartala for effective G&G interpretation studies”, it said in a statement. . 

ONGC Tripura Asset stated it is augmenting its gas processing capacity from 49.5 lakh cubic meters per day in 2015-16 to 57.5 lakh cubic meters per day in 2016-17 by commissioning of Sonamura GCS. Further it is setting up Gojalia GCS of 5 lakh cubic meters per day capacity, 25 km from Sabroom, which is expected to be operational by Apr’2019. Additionally it is enhancing processing capacity of ADB GCS from existing 22 lakh cubic meters per day to 27.5 lakh cubic meters per day, which is planned to be completed by 2018.

It is mentionable that ONGC launched operation in Tripura in 1972 and continues to be a proud partner in the progress and development of the state by exploring/ producing from available gas reserves in Tripura state. 

Army recruitment rally at Kohima

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Kohima, March 20, 2017: Army Recruitment Rally will be held at Indira Gandhi Stadium, Kohima from May 18 – 30 for candidates of all districts of Nagaland. Online registration will begin from March 19 till the May 12.

The details of Recruitment Rally have been pasted at the notice board of the office of the District Public Relations Officer's (DPRO) Mon.

Therefore, interested candidates of Mon have been directed to visit DPRO's office and avail information detail about online registration, physical Eligibility, Test at rally site, Syllabus, etc.

APFEJ urges New Delhi to be respectful to media

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Guwahati, March 19, 2017: Asia-Pacific Forum Environmental Journalists (APFEJ), in the backdrop of Indian government’s recent initiative to ban a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) scribe on filming in its tiger reserves, has urged New Delhi to be considerate to the global media outlets respecting the democratic spirit of the country. The Dhaka (Bangladesh)-based environment media forum also appealed to the Indian authority not to think of evoking the British scribe’s visa at any cost.

It may be noted that the controversy erupted after the  BBC’s south Asia correspondent Justin Rowlatt prepared a news feature on Assam’s well-known Kaziranga National Park where he claimed that forest guards of the abode of precious one-horned rhinos were indulging in extra judicial killings in the name of conservation.

Rowlatt pointed out that the park, which hosted UK’s Prince William and Katherine  in April 2016, witnessed the killing of almost two people per month under the brutal conservation policy since 2013. The year 2015 witnessed the encounter killings of 23 people in Kaziranga in contrast to 18 rhinos poached by the criminals.

“Innocent villagers, mostly tribal people, have been caught up in the conflict (between the poachers and forest guards) and the problem is mostly because the park rangers are indiscriminate in applying brutal force, and they are given immunity from prosecution,” said the BBC feature.

Rowlatt, who lives with his family  in New Delhi, also clarified that despite his initiative, both the environment ministries in New Delhi and Dispur (responsible for the protection of forest and wildlife), the National Tiger Conservation Authority and Assam forest department did not respond to his necessary queries.

Tripura to gain from organic farming

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Agartala, March 18, 2017: Agriculture officials of Tripura envisage to record first upshot from organic farming in 2018 as the state prepares a major plan to match Sikkim. “We have initiated organic farming only last year and would record an excellent result next year”, Agriculture Department Commissioner G.S.G. Ayyangar said at a seminar in Agartala organised by the Northeastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (NERAMAC).

He informed state government has earmarked 5000 hector land for organic cultivation mainly for horticulture produces. The official said traditional jhum (slash and burn) cultivation is an organic farming by default, ‘but we are trying to bring an end to this old process by encouraging scientific farming”.

Experts and delegates participated in the daylong ‘Seminar on Organic Cultivation’. DoNER sponsored the initiative of the NERAMAC, officials said.

Mr Ayyangar stated that 3 lakh hector land is available in Tripura for farming and mostly used for paddy crops. He said Sikkim achieved total organic farming target after 12 years of try and Tripura has same approach to match that state.

He said Tripura would be ready in 2018 for marketing organic vegetables and horticulture products. He suggested that curtailment in transport system involving fertilizer substances into the state would yield good result in way of attaining fast progress in organic farming.

NERAMAC Managing Director Pankaj Kumar Prasad assured to take burden of marketing organic agriculture and horticulture items produced in Tripura. He said his organisation has opened a stall for exclusive sale of organic produces.   

Speaking of measures of NERAMAC in the matter Mr Prasad said they were strengthening allocated soil for more produces and helping the farmers to take up organic cultivation. He said people across the globe are now showing interest in the organic cultivation as consciousness has grown up. 

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