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CEC in Nagaland

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Kohima, November 27, 2017: Chief Election Commissioner of India A. K. Joti along with Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat, Election Commissioner Sunil Aorora, Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain and Director General Dilip Sharma arrived at Kohima on November 27 to review Poll Preparedness for the forthcoming Assembly Election. 

The Commission had a meeting with all the recognised Political Parties, DCs & SPs. The CEC of India will have meeting with Chief Secretary, DGP at Hotel Japfu on November 28 which will be followed by a Press Conference at Conference Hall at Hotel Japfu.

Nagaland urges centre not to fix state as disturbed

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Kohima / Agartala, November 24, 2017: Nagaland government has urged the union government not to use provisions of AFSPA to issue fresh notification to declare the state ‘disturbed’ after expiry of current term on December 31. It said security situation in the state is stable and all extremist groups are in truce with the central government except NSCN(K).

The request has been made to the Union Home Secretary after the latter sough opinion from the state government on the issue.

The entire State of Nagaland by was declared within the enabling provisions of Section 3 of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The areas, which today constitute Nagaland State, have effectively been under the purview of AFSPA since 1958.

Meanwhile Governor of Nagaland P.B. Acharya welcomed the signing of agreement between the Central Government of India and the working committee of the six Naga Political Groups on November 17 at New Delhi.

Acharya said that the peace talks were heading in the right direction, and was hopeful for an early settlement. He said that the Central Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister, Modi, has a strong political will to bring an honourable solution to the Naga issue.

BJP team meets full EC bench on Tripura

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Agartala, November 24, 2017: A 3 member delegation of BJP headed by party’s national spokesperson and MP Meenakshi Lekhi held a meeting with full bench of the Election Commission of India at New Delhi on Friday to place certain demands important of which was sealing off Tripura’s international border much ahead of assembly elections slated for February 2018.

The team also demanded extensive revision of electoral rolls before the poll to ensure the lists do not contain fake or bogus voters.  It argued that last such revision was made in 2004 and henceforth only summery revisions were conducted.

“CPI(M) is used to manipulate and rig elections in Tripura through various means mainly false franchise. This needs to be stopped with extensive revision exercise”, said BJP state leader Dr Ashok Sinha who was part of the delegation.

BJP state in-charge Sunil Deodhar was the other member of the team. They requested commission to make use of local media – print and electronic – while advertising election related information on Tripura. 

IAS officers to abstain from duty

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Kohima, November 23, 2017: Nagaland Civil Service Association (NCSA) in its executive meeting Thursday resolved to abstain from official duty on November 24 in protest against the decision of the State Government to induct Non -SCS into IAS cadre.   

A release from the President NCSA has, therefore, informed all the NCS officers to strictly adhere to the decision.

IJU condemns Scribe’s murder in Tripura

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Hyderabad/New Delhi, November 21: The Indian Journalists Union (IJU) strongly condemned the cold blooded murder of a senior journalist working for Syandan Patrika, a leading Bengali daily of Agartala, Sudip Datta Bhowmik by a jawan of the Tripura State Rifles at R K Nagar, a short distance from Agartala on Tuesday. 

He was shot dead by a jawan outside the office of the Commandant of the 2nd Tripura State Rifles (TSR) at RK Nagar, about 20 km from Agartala. He went there to meet the Commandant after obtaining an appointment. The jawan who was on guard duty at the office accosted him and shot him dead before the reporter had the chance to tell that he had an official appointment. He was killed instantly.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) President S N Sinha and Secretary-General Amar Devulapalli condemned the cold blooded murder of Sudip Datta Bhowmik by a jawan of an armed force. They said “he is the second journalist to be killed in the last two months in Tripura. On 20 September Santanu Bhowmik working for a local TV, Din Raat was killed by a mob while covering an agitation of the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) at Mandwai in Khowai district of the state”.  

“We are very much concerned over the murder of two journalists who were discharging their journalistic duty in the last two months sending shivers down the spines of working journalists in the state. The IJU demanded that the state government should take immediate steps to instil confidence among the journalists that they are safe to discharge their duty without fear,” they said.

Sinha and Amar urged the Press Council of India to take suo motu cognizance of the murder of Sudip Datta Bhowmik and take suitable steps to bring the murders of the journalists to the book.  

Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi’s demise condoled

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Agartala, November 20, 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi leads nation to condole passing away of former Union Minister and popular Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi. He is also being remembered for his contribution in world of football. 

Dasmunsi who died at 72 was in comma since 2008. He was admitted after falling in Delhi and breathed last at the same vicinity.

One of the best-known speakers from Bengal, Dasmunsi was the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Minister of Information and Broadcasting during the first term of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Dasmunsi made his Parliament debut in 1971 and for two years he helmed the Indian Youth Congress. In 1985, he was made MoS of commerce. Dasmunsi was an avid football enthusiast and served as the president of All India Football Federation for almost two decades.

Political ambition leads militant chief in jail

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Agartala, November 19, 2017: Self-styled President of All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) Ranjit Debbarma who was acquitted from all charges by the trial court after his arrest in 2013 was now facing sedition charge. The leader of almost nonexistent tribal militant outfit is currently lodged in jail at end of two subsequent remand in police custody after his arrest on November 11. 

Debbarma known for his die-hard ‘anti Bengali refugee’ posture which was more evident in series of massacre of nontribal residents ATTF committed between 1996 and 2002 was detained for speaking against ‘national unity and ethnic harmony’ at a tribal convention in Duski of west Tripura on November 7. The programme was convened under banner Tripura United Peoples Council (TUPC) – a political platform he created last month along with mostly surrendered extremists.

Ranjit Debbarma, 56, whom Bangladesh security forces picked up and handed over to Indian authorities in 2013 was first held under National Security Act with sheer intention to keep him in custody without trial at least for a year to enable investigators to frame charges against him. His spouse Kajal Debbarma and daughter are still in Bangladesh.

Chief Minister Manik Sarkar in a statement in recently held state assembly justified arrest of Debbarma who allegedly tried to create discord between tribal and non tribal communities. While speaking he revealed that Ranjit Debbarma in a letter informed him about longing of his wife and daughter to give in to Indian authorities and lead a normal life.

Manik Sarkar received the letter in May last and he immediately sought advice from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), but latter did not respond. Ranjit Debbarma made a separate appeal to the MHA on the issue, sources said.

Number of surrendered extremists representing several militant groups is quite a large and Ranjit Debbarma was hectically trying to unite them under TUPC. Political quarters were alarmed over its sudden appearance ahead of assembly elections due in February 2018.

“TUPC is the only reason for current plight of our leader. His arrest is completely politically motivated”, a close aide of ATTF leader alleged.

Indo-Bangladesh Exercise ‘SAMPRITI 2017’ ends

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Guwahati, November 18, 2017: Closing ceremony for the seventh Indo-Bangladesh joint exercise SAMPRITI was held at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Vairengte in Mizoram. Exercise SAMPRITI is an important bilateral defence cooperation endeavour between India and Bangladesh. Major General Md Moshfequr Rahman of Bangladesh Army and Major General M S Ghura of the Indian Army presided over the ceremony.

The exercise is aimed at strengthening and broadening the aspects of interoperability and cooperation between the Indian and Bangladesh Armies while working together in a counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism environment under the UN mandate. Exercise was conducted under the aegis of the Red Horns Division of Gajraj Corps and had two distinct components which included Command Post Exercise (CPX) and Field Training Exercise (FTX).

Troops from 38 East Bengal Regiment of Bangladesh Army and Mahar Regiment of Indian Army had represented respective Armies in the exercise. The CPX was conducted at recently created Joint Training Node, Umroi, Meghalaya from 06 November to 11 November 2017 over six days whereas FTX was conducted at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Vairengte, Mizoram from 06 November, over a period of 13 days.

The CPX focused on planning of counter-terrorist operations whereas during FTX focus was on company/platoon level tactical drills. A tactical exercise was also conducted during the FTX.

18th meeting SLSC with banks in Nagaland

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Kohima, November 15, 2017: 18th meeting of State Level Security Committee (SLSC) for Nagaland was held on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Abhishek Singh, IAS, Home Commissioner, Nagaland. The participants in the meeting included K P Raghuvanshi, IPS (Retd), Security Advisor, Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai, B K Mishra, Regional Director for North-Eastern States, RBI Guwahati, police officers, representatives of CRPF, BSNL and representatives of all Banks in Nagaland.

The meeting reviewed the security and guarding arrangements for all Bank branches, currency chests and security arrangements during movement of Treasure.

Home Commissioner Abhishek Singh observed that the guarding arrangements of currency chest branches was done by CRPFs and Nagaland Police as per the requirement of RBI.  He also stated that there are sufficient security arrangements done during the movements of treasure. 

Singh expressed satisfaction that there have been no reports of any crimes at any of the bank branches nor there has been incidents of pilferage or stealing of currency notes from ATM machines. There has been no instance of seizure of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) also. The meeting also reviewed the monestisation of Bank branches in the State of Nagaland post demonestisation.

It was observed that post demonetisation almost Rs 3044 Crores of Specified Bank Notes was deposited in the currency chests of Nagaland. Against this RBI has sent new currency notes of various denominations amounting to almost Rs 4483 crores in the currency chests of the State. Thus there is no shortage of currency notes in the State.

RBI informed that Final Approval for opening of Currency Chest at Longleng has been accorded to SBI and SBI was asked to take necessary steps to operationalise the same.

Home Commissioner asked Banks to ensure operationalisation of temporary ATMs at Kisama for Hornbill Festival. Further Banks were requested to ensure sufficient liquidity in the ATMs and Bank Branches in view of the enhanced needs of Tourists during Hornbill Festival. Banks should also install additional PoS machines and encourage Digital Payments during the Hornbill Festival.

Abhisek Singh directed all the banks to submit the details of pending security bills of all branches not covered under Special destination scheme.  All banks are directed to submit these details on or before 14.12.2017.  Further a committee was constituted under Special Secretary (Home) to review the security requirements of the 177 Bank branches in the State and to determine which branches would need security fee waiver.

Normally branches in commercial locations are expected to meet the security costs themselves. Home Commissioner also directed BSNL to see the functionality of hotline communications in 4 (four) chest banks immediately.

BJP MLAs ‘independent’ in assembly!

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Agartala, November 14, 2017: Entity of six MLAs who earlier joined BJP from Trinamool Congress hangs in balance with refusal of Speaker of Tripura assembly to recognize them as of saffron party. The MLAs led by Sudip Roy Barman last year deserted from Congress to join TMC and again defected for BJP on August 9 last were demanding fresh recognition.

But Speaker rejected the plea of the legislators who were supposed to mark first presence of BJP in state assembly.  However the matter created huge confusion whether the six deserters whom state’s Health Minister Badal Choudhury mocked as ‘Aya Ram Gaya Ram’ anymore enjoys party status or they would be taken as independents.

Roy Barman himself turned the question to Speaker during a heated exchange with Badal Choudhury on second day of last session of assembly on Tuesday. Speaker confirmed of receiving representation from them, but announced his inability to recognize them as forming a separate BJP block as matter requires response from Trinamool Congress and opinion of legal experts.

Agitated MLAs then rushed to the well of the houses and staged protests in front of Speaker. They even blamed him of working at behest of ruling CPI(M). 

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