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EMFA expresses grief at Rima Sharma’s death


Guwahati, August 27, 2017:  Electronic Media Forum Assam (EMFA) expresses shock at the sudden demise of Rima Sharma, a cultural news presenter of Prag News, following an accident on Saturday night at Bhangagarh locality of the city. 

The forum also wishes fast recovery of another city based television scribe, who was admitted to GMCH after facing an attack from miscreants last night. Biman Kalita of News Live, who was stabbed at Dhirenpara locality, is still in the hospital.

“It is heart breaking that Rima went to the GMCH to meet Biman following his incident and on way back the young news presenter faced the accident. She was taken to the hospital, but the doctors declared her brought dead. May her soul rests in peace,” said a statement issued by the EMFA.

Prior to her last rites performed at Navagraha, Rima was paid rich tributes at her work place and Guwahati Press Club. Various media organizations along with a number of civil society groups and individuals expressed shock at her tragic death.

The EMFA also wishes early recovery of two other city based scribes namely Gautam Hazarika of DY365 and Kushal Lahan of Amar Asom,  who have been admitted to separate hospitals few days back following medical emergencies.

Palatana plant shut, Tripura buying power from outside


Agartala, August 27, 2017: Tripura government is procuring electricity from neighbouring states since production at 726MW gas based power plant in South Tripura ceased for maintenance work. OTPC (ONGC Tripura Power Company) announced closure of power generation at Palatana plant eight days ago and it would take another two weeks to restore production.

“Presently daily usage in Tripura is 270MW as heat wave continues in the region. We are buying power from outside at a higher rate”, an official of Tripura State Electricity Corporation Limited (TSECL) said.  

He said TSECL was taking utmost care to avoid load shedding anywhere in the state. Though they were bearing heavy expense for purchase of electricity from outside, the measure would continued till Palatana plant was resorted, the official added.

Even export of 150MW power to Bangladesh remained undisrupted due to transmission of power from outside sources. India agreed to supply power to Bangladesh for its help to transport turbines and heavy machineries through its soil to Palatana site.

Although OTPC is shut, small gas based plants and one hydro electricity project together producing 83MW on a daily average. Besides, TSECl is getting 85MW from NEEPCO power project at Monarchak in west Tripura. 

NUJ(I) condemns attack on media at Punchkula


New Delhi, August 26, 2017: The National Union of Journalists (India) and its state affiliate Delhi Journalists Association strongly condemned the attacks on the media persons and their OB vans in Punchkula and other parts of Haryana today. The NUJ(I) & DJA demands urgent action from the authorities to book the culprits. 

According to the inputs from state that  Dera followers targeted the media persons. One OB vans was set on fire and two others were damaged in Panchkula. Aajtak cameraman was hurt and his camera damaged.

NUJ(I) President Ras Bihari and Delhi Journalists Association (DJA) President Manohar Singh  have condemned the attack and said this is  failure of administration to give proper protection to the media person. The NUJ(I) reiterated its demand for a Journalists Protection Act to ensure safety and end impunity for attacks on journalists.

NUJ(I) Secretary General Ratan Dixit and DJA General Secretary Pramod Kumar said in a statement, “We demand adequate compensation to the injured journalist; and appeal to the state authorities to ensure that such incidents would not occur in future. In addition to demanding immediate arrest of the culprits,

NF Railway employees’ one day’s salary for flood relief


Maligaon, August 25, 2017: The employees of Northeast Frontier Railway have donated their one day’s salary amounting to more than Rs.1.92 crore towards flood relief for the people of Assam. The General Manager, N. F. Railway Chahatey Ram today handed over a cheque for Rs. 1,92,30,660 to the Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal at his office in Janata Bhawan in Dispur.

NF Railway had also run a number of special trains during the recent third wave of floods in Assam to carry man and materials for flood affected people of Assam.

Nigerian and 6 Bangladeshis detained


Agartala, August 24, 2017: A Nigerian and six Bangladeshis arrested at different places in Tripura over past two days. Men from the African nation have unlawfully been using the state as a corridor for movement to and from Bangladesh.

Innocent Sizuru was captured from Agartala railway station. No valid document was found in his possession. Police charged him under relevant sections of Passport Act and sent him to jail with an order from court.

Elsewhere six Bangladeshis were arrested.

Three Bangladeshi Chakma youths were arrested in Ganddachara subdivision. Police said they are residents of Panchari in Khagrachari district.

In Sonamura, three Bangladesh men were arrested in a separate raid. 

BSF seizes 333kg cannabis


Agartala, August 24, 2017: Based on specific intelligence input, troops of BSF along with local police and administration seized 333 kgs of Ganja worth Rs. 16, 65,000/- in two different drives on August 22.

The joint operation involving BSF, Civil Administration and Police comprising Md. Raja Alam, Assistant Commandant of BOP Mohanpur, 195 Bn BSF, Jayanta Bhattacharjee, SDM along with other officers and Sub Inspector Suman Majumdar of Sidhai police station seized 128 kgs of Ganja worth Rs.6,40,000. The Seized Ganja was handed over to Excise Department, Agartala. 

In another drive jointly carried out by BSF and Police Amul Chakroborty, SDPO of Sonamura police station and Inspector Brij Mohan of BOP Matinagar, 74 Bn BSF along with troops of BSF and Police seized 205 kgs of Ganja worth Rs.10,25,000. 

Demise of Dominic Yazokie condoled


Kohima, August 24, 2017: The Director, Officers and staff of the Department of Information & Public Relations condoles the untimely demise of Additional Director, IPR, Dominic Yazokie after a brief illness on Thursday (August 24, 2017) at Kohima. Dominic Yazokie joined the Department in the year 1985 and had notably served as PRO Delhi for several years before joining the Directorate as Deputy Director.

He was also posted as PRO, Raj Bhavan and Nodal Officer, Chief Minister’s Office, shouldering both assignments very capably.

With an amiable personality and wide knowledge and experience, Dominic Yazokie was a guiding force in the Department. Even during his brief illness, the Department had felt his absence greatly and the Department, as a whole, is yet to come to terms with his untimely demise. In his death the Department in particular, and the society as a whole, has lost a very capable officer.

At this time of grief the Department prays to the Almighty to grant solace to his bereaved wife Ako Nakro, his children, grand children and family members.

Hearing into Manik Sarkar moved defamation suit deferred


Agartala, August 23, 2017: The hearing into a deflation suit filed by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar against BJP’s central observer Sunil Deodhar could not be held on Tuesday as the latter not received notice for appearance. The case against Mr Deodhar was registered in court of West Tripura District & Sessions Judge R. Paul on August 7for making certain observations on personal life and politics of Chief Minister at a public rally in April last. 

“One of the respondents, Sunil Deodhar, did not appear in court today citing he was not served court notice. The Judge directed concerned to deliver him the notice immediately”, Public Prosecutor Ranada Prasad Roy told newsmen.

The court will inform them date of next hearing likely to hold later of this month, he added. On behalf of Chief Minister, Roy moved the criminal defamation case against BJP leader and Editor of a local vernacular daily for publishing the full content of speech.

The Editor was granted bail after she appeared in the court. Sunil Deodhar in his contentious speech lashed out at Chief Minister Manik Sarkar accusing him of maintaining a lavish life style and spending huge money towards cosmetics, branded shoes and specs. He also accused Sarkar of installing a costly gym in his residence at public exchequer and spending huge money in helicopter ride even in short distances.

Deodhar later claimed he did not utter lie a single word in his address at the party rally. “People should know what is going on….I wanted to dispel gossips about poorest chief minister claim”, he had said. 

CPI(M) had organised protests across the state to condemn Sunil Deodhar. The ruling party said the accusations against an ‘honest’ and ‘hugely popular’ Chief Minister were nothing but a political conspiracy to defame him in public.

PM condoles death of ex Manipur CM Keishing


Imphal, August 23, 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi led nation to condole death of former Chief Minister of Manipur and northeast's oldest politician Rishang Keishing. Keishing despite being a Naga rose to the position in Meiti dominated Manipur.

He was 97.

“The demise of Rishang Keishing leaves a great void in the politics of the Northeast, a region he served with great diligence”, Modi said in his condolence message.

He added: “My thoughts are with the family and well-wishers of Rishang Keishing in this sad hour”, he added.

Rishang Keishing was among the youngest MPs to get elected to India’s first Lok Sabha in 1952. Only recently in 2014, he retired as a member of the Rajya Sabha when he was 94.

He is survived by his spouse, Khatingla and six children. The youngest is a politician like him and is currently a MLA, representing Phungyar constituency of Ukhrul district, the same constituency Rishang had represented as the chief minister. 

Curtain Raiser of Swachhathon 1.0 in city


Guwahati, August 21, 2017: The Curtain Raiser of Swachhathon 1.0 took place in the city today which was organized by Mission Directorate Swachh Bharat Gramin (Assam). The event held at Assam Administrative Staff College, Khanapara was organized with the objective to crowd source ideas for some of the pressing problems related to Sanitation and Hygiene in Assam.

The event started with the lamp lighting ceremony by V B Pyarelal, Additional Chief Secretary, PHED in presence of Siddharth Singh, Mission Director, SBM(G). V.K. Pipersenia, Chief Secretary, Government of Assam also graced the occasion with his presence.

The state-level event received 98 participations from all over the state that were selected after the Swachhathon 1.0 contest happened at the district level. Participants presented innovative, novel and viable solutions on various topics such as Monitoring Usage of Toilets, Triggering Behaviour Change, Toilet Technologies in Difficult Terrains, Working Solutions for Maintenance and Operations of School Toilets, Technological Solutions for Safe Disposal of Menstrual Waste and Solution for Early Decomposition of Fecal Matter. All the participants were presented a participation certificate.

In his welcome address, Dr. Siddharth Singh, Mission Director, Swachh Bharat Mission (G) mentioned, “Swacchathon 1.0 is an initiative to bring different innovative ideas in order to make Assam an ODF state within this year. I am glad to announce that our target was to provide sanitation facilities to 8.5 lakhs families, but we have already exceeded our target by providing all the facilities to 10.4 lakhs families. Interestingly, we are heading towards the post ODF stage, that's called ODF+. We are happy that Nalbari and Kamrup Metro have been declared as ODF districts and very soon we expect Chirang and Sivsagar to be added among the same list.”

Additional Chief Secretary, V B Pyarelal added, “This is a great initiative by Mission Directorate (SBM-G). I hope this initiative will be able to give a sustainable solution to make Assam ODF by the estimated time frame. For achieving our goals, it is not sufficient to construct the toilets only; we also need to create awareness on its use and maintenance actively.”