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1st Anniversary of slain Dipak Kumar Mandal


Agartala, October 17, 2018: Dipak KumarMandal, served in different capacity in the elite forces and got posted in 145 Bn BSF, in year 2016. On October 16 2017 at about 01:40 AM, one year back, the Officer in charge of Commandant, left BOP Belardepaalong with two guards towards Sonamura, for spot verification of a BSF vehicle accident near Sonamura. 

On his way to Sonamura, from BOP Belardeppa, D K Mandal, observed 25-30 smugglers herding 15-20 cattle heads on the road for smuggling towards Bangladesh. Dipak Kumar Mandal with guards tried to stop smugglers/miscreants but they did not pay any heed and encircled them.

The miscreants started pelting stones/ bricks on them. Meanwhile, some henchmen of the miscreants came from Belardepa side in vehicles and tried to run over Sh D K Mandal, 2IC/OffgComdt but failed. They keep on using vehicular movement dangerously and one vehicle with high speed hit D K Mandal,from back side causing grievousinjuries to him.

Sensing graveness of situation, the guard with D K Mandal fired 4 rounds from his personal weapon AK-47 to ward off the threat. Immediately, ShD K Mandal was evacuated to Dhanpur Hospital for first aid then to Govt Hospital Melaghar and further to Kolkata. The injured Officer was evacuated and was admitted at Medica Super Specialty Hospital in critical coma condition. On 20 Oct, 2017, at 11:35 AM, he breathed his last and attained martyrdom.

The nation will always remember his courage, valor and supreme sacrifice for the country. This Frontier to mark the beginning of Police Commemoration day and his first anniversary of Martyrdom, proudly remember this Bharat-ke-Veer, and pray for all prevailing peace.

Another drug mafia leader detained


Agartala, October 17, 2018: After capture drug ‘king’ Shyam Manik Debnath, police on Wednesday lifted another leader in drug smuggling racket. 

Police said they have arrested Billal Miah of Sonamura. They claimed he ran Phensedyl business in the state with other associates.

It's the biggest catch so far in anti drug drive, police attributed.

Billal was arrested from Dharmanagar bound local train at Teliamura station in the morning at about 8 am police and GRP.

Notorious Phensedyl smuggler in police dragnet


Agartala, October 14, 2018: Police got shot in arm with arrest of a notorious drug smuggler from a location south Tripura. Shyam Manik Debnath who was in most wanted list was picked up from his den on Sunday.

Shyam Manik Debnath was a leader in Phensedyl cough syrup smuggling to Bangladesh. His arrest occurred amid “Nesha Mukt Abhiyan’ spearheaded by Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb in April this year.

Over one hundred people arrested and three police officers terminated from service for hobnobbing with drug mafia in anti drug menace drive in the state. Hundreds of kilograms of drug substances were seized.

‘Still have future for Indian newspapers’


Guwahati, October 13, 2018: Alternate media may be growing in India, but the conventional and mainstream medium including the newspapers still have future in the populous country. India today emerges as a land of millions of smart phone & internet connected computer users, but there is a sizable population which lacks access to the new medium and continues to depend on the print media outlets.

Alan Gray, editor cum proprietor of the highly followed news portal ‘’, while interacting with scribes at Guwahati Press Club through video conferencing from Jerrabomberra in south Australia on 12 October 2018, pointed out that the Indian newspapers in various languages will continue to serve a huge population with news, views and analytical pieces.

Starting his speech with a big Namaste, Gray however asserted that the basics of journalism in all media forms remain the same. The aspiring journalists must do proper groundwork before writing a story, whatever in the format, otherwise they might lose themselves in the crowd, he added.

In this context, Gray said that journalists in Australia strive to maintain high professional standards, and enjoy a fair degree of job security and good pay package. He also pointed out that the Australian press is quite nationalistic, but it is issue-based and scribes do not shrink from constructive criticism. He also revealed that various media forms in Australia, including the press, radio-television and alternative media, all coexist in their own space in a dynamic landscape.

India’s media implicated in second #MeToo wave


New Delhi, October 13, 2018: Indian journalists speaking out against sexual harassment have reignited India’s #MeToo movement. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliates the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) and the National Union of Journalists, India (NUJI) in expressing solidarity with any journalists subjected to harassment in India’s media and calls on media companies to conduct urgent investigations into claims and strengthen sexual harassment policies.
Accusations have been levelled at reporters, senior editors and public officials over sexual misconduct on social media in the past week. At least two newspapers have launched investigations, while Hindustan Times’ chief of bureau and political editor Prashant Jha stepped down from management roles after screenshots of alleged text messages with a colleague were posted online.
Seven women wrote to the Times of India with allegations of sexual misconduct against its Hyderabad resident editor, KR Sreenivas, for unwanted touching, explicit messages and sexual propositions. According to the New York Times, Sreenivas is on a leave of absence to allow a free and fair inquiry and an independent committee has been set up to look into the matter.
Another seven women journalists are on record accusing former journalist and editor and now Minister of State for External Affairs, M J Akbar, of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior during his time in the media. Many other journalists have followed in the wake of these stories to name other reporters and editors with accusations of sexual misconduct.
IJU president S N Sinha, in a statement, said: “We extend our support and solidarity to the women journalists, who went through harrowing experience at their work place and gathered courage now to expose the skeletons in the media cupboards. They brought into open long whispered information in the newsrooms about the unbecoming and at times criminal behavior of those in senior positions.” 
The Network of Women in Media in India (NWMI) condemned ‘the rampant sexism and misogyny in Indian newsrooms’, demanding media organisations probe the allegations and take appropriate actions.
The Editors Guild of India also extended “its total support to all women journalists, who suffered a disadvantage in their careers, physical or mental trauma, as a result of any sexual predation” while calling upon media organizations to hold unbiased inquiries into all reported cases.

British Council and NEC sign MoU on education and culture


Shillong, October 11 2018:  Alan Gemmell, OBE, Director British Council India and Kh. Siile Anthony, Director (HRD & E), North Eastern Council (NEC), today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation, to support the knowledge ambitions and economic growth of the eight States of the North East.

The overarching MoU celebrates the British Council’s 70th anniversary in India, in particular the rich cultural connections the Northeast has had with the UK, and seeks to strengthen the relationship for the next 70 years. The MoU will support the higher education, English language, skills and cultural aspirations for the young people from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.

The MoU will work towards improving English communication of State civil servants, developing capacity-building initiatives in State Governments, supporting improvements in the teaching of Mathematics and Science, capacity-building programmes for faculty and senior administrators of higher education institutions and it will seek to increase student and academic mobility, for all 8 states of the region.

The British Council has worked continuously with the various states from the North East, the most recent example being Alan Gemmell’s meeting with Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu to discuss British Council’s support in the state's English language teacher education, skills development for young people, and greater collaboration with the UK in arts and culture, last month. Also, British Council presented London-based musician Nubya Garcia at this year’s Ziro Festival of Music in Arunachal Pradesh. In 2016, British Council presented two leading bands from the UK at the NH7 Weekender festival in Shillong.

British Council had provided technical support to the Asian Development Bank-funded ‘Supporting Human Capital Development in Meghalaya initiative’ of the state government to enhance the employability of its youth.

Earlier this year, British Council launched Mix the City Northeast which gave 14 musicians access to an international platform and audience. To strengthen employability and promote gender inclusion, British Council had launched Premier Skills Guwahati earlier this year, in which UK Premier League coaches trained 48 football coaches from the Northeast, including a coach from Meghalaya. British Council initiative Crafting Futures gives artisans from the Northeast access to national platform, Lakme Fashion Week. In the sphere of education, British Council works with the Sikkim government in the primary school sector; and has offered scholarships to 6 women from the North East to pursue higher studies in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Regional Conference on "Good Governance Initiatives" ends


Agartala / Kohima, October 11, 2018: The two-day Regional Conference on ‘Good Governance Initiatives’ with the sub-theme: Capacity Building/Technology/Best practices by Aspirational Districts concluded at Hotel Vivor on Thursday.

Addressing the participants at the valedictory session, Chief Secretary of Nagaland, R. Binchilo Thong said that South East Asia begins from the North East states of India as such the ethnic composition of the people of the North east region can make trade and commerce interface smoother. He said that the proposed four lane highway between Dimapur and Kohima should be extended to cover the Kohima-Imphal link by 2022 and the proposed rail link between Dimapur and Zubza should be further extended beyond to enable Nagaland to assimilate into the expected trade with Myanmar and the other ASEAN countries via road and rail.

Besides that, he also mentioned some reasons as to why Nagaland is backward like lack of connectivity covering roads, power, IT and Telecom, lack of capital formation and poor banking culture, lack of environment for investment starting with peace, law and order and poor access to markets of India as a result of remoteness isolation and a land locked situation with poor connectivity stressing on the problem of unemployment he said that the greatest challenge is to ensure that the young people are educated and trained at part with their western peers so that they can compete on a global stage for jobs and initiate start-up and social enterprises.

NAAC awareness programme in TU


Agartala, October 10, 2018: For the first time in the state Tripura University on Wednesday organized a one-day Awareness programme in collaboration with the NAAC.

Principals of colleges from across the state, Deans, officers, faculty and HoDs of Tripura University departments participated in the programme which aimed at making all concerned aware of the procedures for improvement of  quality as well as  other related issues for higher NAAC gradation of their respective institutions.

Though similar programmes are held in other states at regular intervals, this is, however, for the first time that such event has been organized in Tripura.

Deputy Advisor to NAAC Dr. D Kawday attended the programme as Chief Guest.

Vice Chancellor Dr V L Dharurkar presided over the programme.

Conference on Good Governance in Kohima


Agartala, October 10, 2018: A Two Day Regional Conference on ‘Good Governance Initiatives,’ got underway at Kohima today. The Conference, held on the theme ‘Capacity Building, Technology, Best Practices by Aspirational District’, is being organized by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) in collaboration with the Nagaland Government. Addressing the inaugural function as the Chief Guest Neiphiu Rio, Chief Minister of Nagaland, said that Good Governance is not an option of the Government, but a basic right for all citizens and the government is duty bound to provide it.

He said clean and accountable government is a basic necessity. Pointing out that expectations and aspirations of the citizens have risen over the years and today citizens demand the best services, he said we need to learn from each other, adopt the best practices and ensure that successful models are replicated. Chief Minister Rio reminded the need to focus more on initiatives that are sustainable and can be scaled up.

Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog addressed the participants through Video Conference.

The two day event is the 30th such Regional conference held across the country and is being organized to create a common platform to share experiences in the formulation and implementation of best practices in citizen centric governance, improved public service delivery through e-governance, transparent, accountable and citizen-friendly effective administration.

In today’s technical session, 11 presentations followed by panel discussions were made in five sessions covering the topics of Technology for Good Governance, Transforming Aspirational Districts, Citizen Centric Services, PM Awarded Initiatives and Capacity Building. The two-day Regional Conference on Good Governance Initiatives would continue tomorrow.

US Ambassador in Tripura


Agartala, October 10, 2018: United Nations Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster arrived here on Wednesday in a regular familiarisation visit. He called on Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb at Secretariat to discharge his first assignment in Tripura. 

Chief Minister accorded reception to the foreign dignitary and presented him a bamboo made artifact. Ambassador reciprocated with a set of books.

On his first trip to northeast India Juster's visit is a testament of the strengthening bilateral relations between India and the United States of America, officials said.