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2 more die in mudslide, toll now 6


Agartala, May 20, 2018: Two more people including a young girl killed in mudslides in Tripura. Deaths in incessant rain triggered landslips have risen to 6 in past three days.

With heavy pre monsoon rains continuing unabated, 550 more families were marooned since last night. They have been given shelter in temporary relief camps opened by the district administrations.

On Friday four people including three of a family died in landslides in Mohanpur area, north of Agartala. Latest casualties were reported from Gomati and Khowai districts.  

Huge attendance in 3rd NEDA Conclave


Guwahati, May 20, 2018: 3rd conclave of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), which is a regional offshoot of the BJP, turned out to be a successful event with huge attendance of leaders and key office bearers of BJP and regional parties from the region. BJP national President Amit Shah gave key note address at the programme at Guwahati in which he urged upon regional leaders to work towards creating a unified opinion against menace of extremism and separatism. 

NEDA has 14 constituents from all eight northeastern states including Sikkim. Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling however skipped the meeting without citing any reason.

BJP led NEDA has been in power in six northeastern states barring Mizoram and Sikkim. In some states BJP has absolute majority and in rest are junior partners of regional parties.

Chief Ministers of six of the eight northeastern states where BJP is ruling on its own or in coalition are attending the conclave. They are Assam’s Sarbananda Sonowal, Arunachal Pradesh’s Pema Khandu, Manipur’s Nongthombam Biren Singh, Meghalaya’s Conrad Sangma, Nagaland’s Neiphiu Rio and Tripura’s Biplab Kumar Deb.

BIS organises national conference on LVDC power distribution


Shillong, May 19, 2018: Bureau of Indian Standards, BIS, organized a National Conference on the theme "Low Voltage Direct Current (LVDC) Power Distribution Systems at North Eastern Council Auditorium, Shillong on Friday, 18th May, 2018. The Conference was attended by large number of delegates from government departments, state utilities, premier educational institutions entrepreneurs and academicians. Inaugurating the conference, Surina Rajan, Director General, BIS emphasized that India is one of the largest economies and has one of the highest growth rate amongst all major countries of the world. In order to sustain the growth rate of the Indian economy, electricity generation both from conventional and non-conventional sources alongwith transmission and distribution has to grow at a brisk pace. 

However, owing to the vast geographical spread, there are many remote and far flung areas in the country especially in the North East where grid connectivity is either not feasible or it is not cost effective. Since electricity access has the potential to improve livelihoods and raise the standard of living, there is an urgent need to provide electricity access in such areas.

Convergence of communication and energy, IoT, smart grid and other new emerging technologies will have profound impact on the way the energy sector would grow in the future. Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is driving the work relating to formulation of Indian Standards on Low Voltage Direct Current (LVDC) Power Distribution Systems and its promotion. BIS is also in the process of formulating National Standards in the field of grid integration of renewable energy.

Constable murdered in PS


Agartala, May 19, 2018: In a sensational incident a constable was found murdered in premises of a police station in west Tripura. Deceased identified as Rabindra Debbarma was deployed in Sidhai police station.

The body had multiple injury marks. Police officers are investigating the incident.

Ex- Servicemen to hold rally at Dhalai


Agartala, May 18, 2017: A rally for Ex-Servicemen will be conducted at Dhalai District Polytechnic College, Ambassa from 8 AM to 4 PM on coming Sunday (May 20 May).

During the rally, issues pertaining to welfare of Ex-Servicemen will be addressed in presence of officials from Army, Rajya Sainik Board/ Zila Sainik Board and Civil Administration.

 An update from Military establishment received on Thursday.

 Ex-Servicemen and Veer Naris from Lonthorai, Gandachera, Ambassa and Kamalpur Sub- Divisions and wishing for Ex- Servicemen from other parts of the state are requested to attend the rally.

This year, apart from Regular Counters/ Cells of CSD, ECHS, CIMS, Digital Life Certificate, Dental & Medical Cell, Pension & Grievances Cell, additional Counters/ Cells of PM Employment Generation Programme, National Skill Development Corporation, PM Vikas Yojana, United Rural Self-employment Training Institute, Tripura Rural Livelihood Mission, Border Area Development Programme will also be established for the welfare of the Ex- Servicemen.

With the Army commemorating the year 2018 as ‘Year of Disabled Soldier,’ the special focus will be on sensitising disabled soldiers from these areas about their entitlements and benefits besides addressing their grievances, the military establishment stated.

All Ex-Servicemen are requested to come with copy of PPO, bank passbook and other essential documents required for addressing their grievances. 

5 minor boys rescued from rail station


Guwahati, May 16, 2017: Railway Protection Force (RPF) rescued five minor boys and detained two traffickers from Rangiya station in Assam.

Ashok Das, Inspector RPF, Rangiya, informed that after receiving intelligence inputs about the movement of traffickers with minors, constables were deployed in plain clothes as decoys that approached the suspects, conversed with them. When it was found that the minors could not reply satisfactorily to their questions, the forces swung into action and arrested the traffickers.

Later the traffickers along with the rescued minors were handed over to GRP (Government Railway Police) for further action.

The northeast is a popular hunt for traffickers from where vulnerable minors are taken to places like Nepal and other parts of India for use as child labours. RPF of N.F. Railway has been instrumental in rescuing minors from the hand of traffickers. During the year 2017 RPF rescued 515 minor children and arrested 11 traffickers.

This year RPF so far rescued about 170 children from railway premises across northeast India.

Vice President to attend TU Convocation


Agartala, May 15, 2018: Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu would grace 11th Convocation of the Tripura University slated for May 23. He would participate in the programme as Chief Guest.

132 PhD recipients would be conferred recognition certificate in the Convocation. Besides, 383 students would be awarded medals in the ceremony, a statement issued by the university said.

NEC calls for job applications


Shillong, May 14, 2018: The North Eastern Council Secretariat is looking for the services of suitable officers for filling up the posts of  01 (one) post of Draftsman Grade I and 13 (thirteen) posts of Upper Division Clerk on deputation basis. The details of the posts, eligibility criteria, job requirement and experience required for the posts are indicated in Annexure - I. The pay and other terms and conditions of deputation will be regulated in accordance with DoPT O.M. No. 6/8/2009-Estt. (Pay-II) dated 17.06.2010 as amended from time to time. Cadre authorities/ Heads of Departments are requested to forward applications of eligible and willing candidates whose services can be spared on deputation immediately on selection so as to reach the undersigned within 60 days from the date of publication of this advertisement in the Employment News.

List of enclosures to be accompanied with the application/certificates to be given by the office/department while forwarding the application.

1.      Application in prescribed format-Annexure II duly completed, signed by the applicant and countersigned by the Cadre/Appointing authority.

2.      Attested copies of ACRs/APARs for the last five (5) years duly attested on each page with seal by an officer not below the rank of Under Secretary to the Govt. of India or equivalent.

3.      Integrity Certificate.

4.      Vigilance Clearance.

5.      Cadre Clearance Certificate.

6.      Major or minor penalty certificate for the last 10 years of service.

7.      A certificate to the effect that the particulars furnished by the applicant have been verified and found correct as per service records.

Tension between BJP – IPFT intensified


Agartala, May 14, 2018: Tension between Tripura’s ruling coalition partners BJP – IPFT intensified over sharing of posts at block level institutions. Tussle between the two parties over spreading area of influence also added fuel to the crisis.

Intervention of Chief Minister Biplab Deb and constitution of a five member coordination committee under Chairmanship of Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Debbarman seems to have little impact to end the imbroglio. Supporters of both the parties are frequently getting involved in violent clashes over past week.

Several people injured, vehicles damaged and shops shut after BJP and IPFT workers clashed at Mungiakami  in Khowai district. IPFT workers continued protests against denial to their leaders as Chairman of Block Advisory Committee (BAC) in some areas.

Congress Bhavan demolished in Agartala


Agartala, May 13, 2018: The authorities demolished an old office of Congress here on Sunday morning. The measure occurred amid street protests unleashed by different political parties against ongoing drive to dismantle political and trade union offices erected in public land in Tripura.

Demolition of illegal structures is taking place in Agartala and district headquarters. The latest action occurred at Math Chowmuhani locality here where an old office building of Congress was razed to ground.

The action preceded heavy deployment of security forces.