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Holy Cross pioneer Fr. Thomas buried

Correspondent / PR

Agartala, August 10, 2018: Fr. Thomas Thengumpally, a pioneer of Holy Cross in Tripura has been laid to rest on Friday. He passed away on Wednesday at Holy Cross Community House, Durjoynagar,  here. 

The 79 years old priest was ailing for sometime. He arrived in Tripura in the year 1968 and spent his life in the state till the end.

He had great love for the poor and needy and worked for their upliftment. Fr. Simon Fernandes, the Chairman of Holy Cross Society expressed great shock at his demise with words “We lost an elder brother who has been an inspiration to all of us, a vacuum has been created at his loss”.

Bishop Lumen Monteiro, the Bishop of Agartala grieving the loss of the great missionary said, “He was truly a spiritual person and cheerful giver, a great loss for the people of Tripura”. The funeral service will be held at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Durjoynagar at 11am on Friday before his burial.

CM graces A+ graded college on graduation day


Kohima, August 10, 2018: “Hope lies on our youth, particularly the educated youth”, stated Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio while addressing the graduates and students on the Graduation Day at St. Joseph’s College, Jakhama on 10th August, 2018.   

Chief Minister while congratulating the graduates, exhorted them to build holistic right values, maturity in emotions and right attitude to face challenges ahead. Commending the institute for providing quality education to about 3600 students and  being one of the best colleges under Nagaland University, he lauded the college for recently been graded A+ by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council(NAAC).      

Stating that Naga society was under pressure and terming the economy as ‘salary economy’ he stressed on the need for venturing into private sector.  Citing the example of Japan, South Korea and Singapore, Rio said that the development of a country does not depend on the natural resources but on human resource.

Neiphiu Rio conferred various awards and certificates to meritorious students in the presence of Speaker, Nagaland Legislative Assembly, Vikho-o Yhoshü, Youth Resources & Sports Advisor, Er. Zale Neikha, other dignitaries, students and parents present.

Funds allocated to North Eastern Council


New Delhi, August 09,  2018:     An amount of Rs.1156 crore has been allocated to North Eastern Council for the year 2018-19. The disbursement of funds by the North Eastern Council (NEC) is made project-wise on the basis of progress of the implementation of the projects and receipt of Utilization Certificates. Rs.168.77 crore, of which Rs.76.92 crore to NE States & Sikkim and Rs.91.85 crore to other Agencies, have been released as on July, 2018. 

NEC has received funds under the following schemes;

NEC Schemes – Rs.906.00 crore and North East Road Sector Development Scheme – Rs.250.00 crore.     

The scheme of NEC - Special Development Project is now changed to be a Central Sector Scheme with 100% grant, instead of the earlier block grant on 90:10 basis.

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh informed Rajya Sabha on Friday.

The NEC Secretariat had included the draft revised Guidelines (as an agenda item) in the 67th Plenary of NEC held in Shillong on the 9th & 10th July, 2018. The guidelines provide, inter alia, that the projects having regional character, requiring Inter-Ministerial intervention be taken up and total funds available to NEC would be bifurcated in two components (State component-60% and Central component-40%).

The priority sectors have been identified as Bamboo; Piggery; Regional Tourism; Higher Education, Tertiary Healthcare & Special Intervention in backward areas; Livelihood project; Science & Technology Interventions in North Eastern Region (NER); Survey & Investigation and NER Promotion.

A mechanism on the pattern of Standing Finance Committee with representatives from the concerned line Ministries and Ministry of DoNER would be constituted under the chairmanship of Secretary, NEC for approval of the projects costing between Rs.5-15 crore. This is aimed at bringing synergy with programmes of other Union Ministries.

Repatriation of Bru migrants by Sept


New Delhi, August 7, 2018: In a major breakthrough on repatriation of displaced Bru persons from Mizoram since 1997, an Agreement has been signed by Government of India, Government of Mizoram,  Government of  Tripura and Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF) on July 3 last. 5407 families comprising of 32,876 persons presently in temporary camps in Tripura will be repatriated to Mizoram before September 30 2018.

Government of India will provide financial assistance for rehabilitation of Brus in Mizoram, such as Financial Assistance @ Rs. 4 Lakh per family, Cash Assistance @ Rs. 5000 per month per family for 2 years,  Housing Assistance @ 1,50,000 per family, Free Ration @ 600 gm  / 300 gm, adult / minor for 2 years, utensils & blankets @ Rs. 3,500/ per family and security cost, and address their issue of security, education, livelihood, etc in consultation with Government of Mizoram and Tripura.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to question in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

School Principal caught on child molestation charge


Agartala, August 7, 2018: Principal of a primary school has been arrested on Tuesday on charge of molesting a 8 year old girl child. The bizarre incident occurred at Kamalpur in Dhalai district.

Police on Tuesday said the Principal outraged modesty of the girl inside the school premises. He was arrested after the girl narrated her ordeal to parents.

Fake Phensydel factory busted


Agartala, August 7, 2018: Police have busted a fake manufecturing unit of cough syrup Phensedyl  here on Tuesday. They arrested nine connected kingpins.

Phensedyl is widely smuggled to Bangladesh where it has huge demand. People specially youths of the country take it as a substitute to liquor.

Police seized chemicals and equipments used to fake the cough syrup during the raid at A.D Nagar area. The replica could be hazardous to health if consumed, police said.

Bypasses in NE cities


New Delhi, August 6,  2018: The Government is contemplating construction of bypasses in important cities of the country under Bharatmalain order to avoid congestion. 28 Ring Roads, 125 Choke Points and 66 Congestion Points have been identified in the entire country under Phase-I of Bharatmala Pariyojana, where interventions have been planned.

The major cities in the North Eastern states  where such intervention have been planned are Guwahati, Imphal, Silchar, Shillong, Dibrugarh, Dimapur and Aizawl.           

A total budget outlay of Rs 5,35,000 crore has been earmarked for Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase-I proposed to be executed over a period of five years i.e. from 2017-18 to 2021-22.

Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizers Mansukh L Mandaviya informed in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.  

BSF seizes contraband goods


Agartala, August 6, 2018: During the month of July 2018 goods like Sarees, Garments, Vehicle, Cattle, Phensidyl, Forest produce, Medicines, Fish, Yaba Tab, liquor, Cracker,  Ganja and other items worth Rs. 3,70,50,534 were seized by BSF from the bordering areas of Kamlasagar, Ashabari, N C Nagar, Belardeppa, UNC Nagar, Kullubari, Nirbhoypur, Srimantapur,Rangamura,Dhanpur (District Sepahijala), Kathalcheri,Hrishiyamukh, Beltoli,Srinagar,Hasrbatoli,Chitabari (District Tripura South), Lathiapura  (District Unakoti), Yakubnagar Sahib, Sartiong (DistrictTripura North)   Khan, R K Para, Bogabil  (District Khowai). 

Out of the above, goods worth Rs. 3,59,11,451 were being smuggled out to Bangladesh and goods worth Rs. 11,39,083 were coming into the Indian territory illegally from Bangladesh.  BSF troops also apprehended 14 Indian, 2 Myanmar and 6 Bangladeshi Nationals while they were illegally crossing the Indo-BD border of the Tripura State. 

BSF is maintaining vigil round the clock and committed to guard the borders with utmost zeal.

DG BSF visits Tripura Frontier


Agartala, August 5, 2018: Director General of BSF K K Sharma visited Frontier headquarters at in Agartala on Saturday and Sunday and interacted border related matters with senior officers. He also inspected Border Out Posts (BSF) in Area of responsibility under Sector BSF Panisagar. 

A release from BSF informed that while visiting Border Out Posts (BOPs) he interacted with Officers and Jawans at field formations and witnessed Kho-Kho match, at Tilla Bazar in north Tripura. He also oversaw historic rock curve sculptures at at Unnakoti in Kailashahar.

Sharma ensured technical advancement in the force and connected BOPs through television using the services of BISAG for conducting live Sainik Sammellans upto remotest part of the country, using same. He emphasized integrated technical surveillance to guard against the challenging border threats, to supplement manpower efforts, by using high definition video cameras, sensors, alarm system on optical fibre cable.

During his stay, DG BSF called on Governor Tathagata Roy and Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.

Rousing welcome to Sunil Deodhar for his elevation


Agartala, August 5, 2018: BJP leader Sunil Deodhar who was elevated to a party position was accorded a rousing welcome at the airport in Agartala on Sunday. BJP National President Amit Shah recently appointed him as National Secretary as the party and also attached him with poll bound Andhra Pradesh as party’s central Co-Incharge. 

Sunil Deodhar in a tweet clarified that he would continue to act as Tripura state In-charge of the party. “There should not be any confusion on this of my continuation in Tripura”, he asserted.

Hundreds of party supporters greeted Deodhar at the Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Airport. Flowers were showered on him.

Later he was felicitated at the BJP party headquarters here. Chief Minister and state party President Biplab Kumar Deb and senior leaders were present.