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IPFT lifts highway & raiwayl blockade agitation


Agartala, July 20, 2017: After an 11-day long agitation, Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) has lifted the highway and railway blockade this morning. Demanding separate state (Twipraland) for Tripura’s 33 percent indigenous population the agitation was held by IPFT. Party President NC Debbarma and senior leaders of the party convinced hundreds of party workers to end their agitation, who were in Khanpingbari, 40km south of Agartala.

At the same time, NC Debarma announced that the Union Government is contemplating ‘Twipraland’ issue on the basis of a letter by the Governor, Tathagata Roy.
On the other hand, West Tripura district magistrate imposed section 144 in the area and the officials also announced in the area with loudspeakers urging the protesters to disperse in the morning. Large number of security personnel was deployed in the area. 
However, IPFT called off the blockade before any security intervention was initiated.

NERAMAC helps farmers to linkup with market


New Delhi, July 19, 2017:  North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (NERAMAC), inter alia, facilitates processing of horticulture produce; assists processing units to market their products; and helps in developing linkages of farmers with the market. 

The data related to total number of farmers being provided support by the said corporation is not centrally maintained. NERAMAC in pursuance of the objectives mentioned above, has provided support to large number of farmers, particularly those growing pineapple, ginger and large cardamom. 

NERAMAC has engaged with some Self-Help Groups and farmers groups to serve as an aggregator and provide marketing support to them. It has also undertaken marketing of processed items sourced from local entrepreneurs. 

This was stated by the Minister of State Dr. Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question by Janak Ram and Vishnu Dayal Ram in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. 

Congress strike total in Tripura


Agartala, July 19, 2017: Though Congress in Tripura has been crippled owing to spate of exodus of rank and fine in recent months, party’s 12 hour general strike on Wednesday evoked complete response in the state. 

The opposition party called the strike to protest indefinite highway and rail blockade agitation of the IPFT which is demanding a separate state for indigenous people who constitute 33 percent of total population in Tripura.

Congress alleged that the blockade stir launched on July 10 was conspired by the tribal party in connivance with BJP and the ruling CPI(M).

Business establishments and education institutions remain closed while vehicular movement was not visible.  Several picketers were arrested.

No untoward incident was reported from anywhere.

Nagaland political crisis, Guv directs for CM’s floor test Wednesday


Kohima, July 18, 2017: Governor of Nagaland PB Acharya directed Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly to summon an emergent Special Session of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly on July 19 2017 at 09:30 A.M. to test the majority support of the present cabinet led by Chief Minister Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu. 

This directive comes following the dismissal of the writ petition filed by Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu on July 14 2017 at Kohima Bench Guwahati High Court vide Judgment and Order dated July 18 as well as vacation of the earlier interim order passed by the same Court on  July 14.

Kohima Bench of the Guwahati High Court observed that the Governor had taken the right decision to ask the Chief Minister to have a Vote of Confidence on the floor of the House to see which out of the two contesting claimants of Chief Minister had a majority in the House.

The Court further stated that there was no merit in the writ petition filed by Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu and the same was accordingly dismissed.    

 Earlier the Governor had requested the Chief Minister to prove his majority support on the floor of the Assembly on or before July 15.

BJP calls off gherao of Tripura CM, Ministers' residence


Agartala, July 18, 2017: City dwellers in Agartala city received a sigh of relief after BJP called off gherao stir of residence of Chief Minister and other ministers.

Party supporters launched squatting stir outside ministers’ residences since 5AM to protest state government’s reluctance to end ongoing national highway and railway blockade agitation of the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) began on July 10.

IPT is demanding Tipraland or a state of tribal that constitutes 33 percent from 4million population in Tripura.

BJP announced decision at 7.40PM after a meeting of senior leaders following a request from Governor Tathagata Roy. 

IPFT's highway blockade impact, BJP supporters gherao CM’s residence


Special Correspondent

Agartala, July 18, 2017: Hundreds of BJP supporters are staging squatting stir at different directions around official residences of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and other ministers in Agartala on Tuesday to protest their alleged apathy to end ongoing national highway and railway blockade agitation of the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT). State BJP President Biplab Kumar Deb and central observer (Pravari) Sunil Deodhar are leading the protests since 5AM.

The main opposition party in Tripura earlier set 48 hours deadline to clear the blockades of IPFT, else it warned to disrupt movement of Chief Minister without specifying time and place. After expiry of deadline BJP announced it will start agitation against Manik Sarkar from Tuesday.

It complained the ruling CPI(M) and Chief Minister have clandestine nexus with the IPFT leadership to linger the blockade to press demand for ‘Tripraland’ or a separate state for 33 percent indigenous population of the state. CPI(M) countered with a reverse allegation against BJP and even went to extent to blame the PMO for instigating unrest in state ahead of assembly elections in February 2018.

Paramilitary troops have been deployed in strength at scenes of stirs and other areas in city. Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and some of his cabinet colleagues could not move out of their respective residences since morning due to gherao.

Some government offices and a few schools could not function due to protests while vehicular traffic was disrupted. Top leaders of BJP are leading their supporters to continue Gherao till a specific announcement is made on clearing blockade agitation of IPFT which is demanding ‘Tipraland’.

The highway blockade agitation has entered 9th day on Tuesday. Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju would hold talks with IPFT representatives in the afternoon.

Chief Minister Sarkar earlier requested Home Minister Rajnath Singh to intervene as IPFT leaders insisted on talks with the MHA. They rejected requests of state government to call off blockade agitation launched since July 10. 

Tripura govt, BJP create confusion on Delhi meeting with IPFT


Agartala, July 17, 2017: Tripura’s left front government and state’s main opposition party BJP are busy to confuse media and general public through their rhetoric aiming at extracting political mileage on continuing highway and rail blockade agitation of the IPFT. 

A day after Chief Minister Manik Sarkar sought intervention of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh after a meeting between senior state officials and IPFT leaders failed, the state government issued a statement to inform that union state minister for MHA Kiren Rijiju would discuss with issue with leaders of the tribal party in New Delhi.

IPFT is demanding a separate state or Tipraland, for state’s 33 percent tribal population.

The statement claimed Rijiju called up Chief Minister on Monday morning to let the latter know about Rajnath Singh’s advice to take up the issue with visiting leaders of IPFT.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday afternoon, the statement added.

But BJP’s central observer for Tripura Sunil Deodhar called a press conference in party office here to claim none from MHA would sit with IPFT till it calls off the blockade. He even said he and state party president Biplab Kumar Deb discussed the matter with Rijiju and PMO’s state minister Jitendra Singh and both were convinced to stay away from talks in present situation.

Deodhar also warned off blocking movement of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar for his failure to restore normalcy on Assam Agartala national highway and railway. BJP earlier set 48horus for Chief Minister for action. 

59 Nagaland MLAs vote for Presidential election


Kohima, July 17, 2017: Elections to vote India's 14th President took place on Monday at the Nagaland Assembly Secretariat, Kohima. Facing off candidates are the BJP-led NDA's candidate Ram Nath Kovind and the joint Opposition candidate Meira Kumar.

Members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly participated in the electoral process at the Nagaland Legislative Assembly from 10:00 AM onwards. The election process was carried out smoothly in accordance with the norms and procedures laid down by the Constitution of India

In general, the total strength of the electoral college is 10,98, 903 votes, with each Parliamentarian carrying a vote value of 708. The vote weight of a member of a State Assembly is calculated keeping in mind the population of the state he or she represents. A candidate needs 50 per cent-plus votes to win the poll which translates to 5,49,452 votes.

The counting of votes will take place on July 20 in Delhi. President Pranab Mukherjee's term is expiring on July 25. 

IPFT rejects CM’s appeal to end blockade agitation, meeting fails


Agartala, July 16, 2017: IPFT has rejected appeal of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar to end the highway and railway blockade agitation and suggested the union home ministry can only settle their separate state demand. The tribal party has been paralyzing Assam Agartala national highway and the railway services since morning of July 10 to press demand for Tipraland or land of tribal. 

Manik Sarkar broke his silence on Sunday to speak on indefinite agitation and its usual consequences. He said the IPFT should withdraw the protests as its causing sufferings for people of the state.

Sarkar informed he had a talk with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to apprise him about the situation. Earlier on Sunday top leaders of IPFT including President Narendra Chandra Debbarma joined a meeting at civil secretariat where Chief Secretary and Director General of Police requested them to end the blockade.

IPFT said they would not relent to Chief Minister’s advice or approach of state officials as the separate state demand is very much genuine, legitimate and justified to protect 33 percent minority tribal of the state. It informed two senior leaders of the party are in Delhi to discuss the issue with junior home minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday. 

NF Railway offers help for flood affected areas


Maligaon, July 15, 2017:  In view of ongoing flood situation in Northeast region especially Assam, Ministry of Railways under the guidance of Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has offered all sorts of possible help to the affected State Governments. A special meeting was held on the flood situation of Assam at Railway Board which was attended by Railway Board members apart from Director General (Health) and Director General (RPF).

After having talks with the Chief Ministers of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, Railway Minister instructed officials to ensure that drinking water supply, food grains, medicines, healthcare facilities and food grain movement for North East should be given priority transportation by Railways. He also directed the officials to extend possible assistance in repairing roads so that smooth connectivity may be provided for rescue & relief.

Prabhu also emphasised upon coordination with the National Disaster Management teams working in Assam. Chahatey Ram General Manager, N.F.Railway alongwith other senior officials of NF Railway is also monitoring the situation closely. It may be mentioned here that, Additional General Manager of N.F.Railway along with other senior already have had discussion with the Commissioner and Secretary (Revenue & Disaster Management), Assam and offered all sorts of help from NF Railway including relief and restoration apart from food items, drinking water bottles and cattle feed.

NF Railway has also deputed Doctors and Medical staff with materials at North Lakhimpur and Dhemaji.