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Agartala – Bangalore Humsafar Exp inaugurated


Agartala, January 5, 2018: The Union Minister of State of Railways Rajen Gohain flagged off the 12503/12504 Agartala – Bangalore Cantonment Weekly Humsafar Express at ceremonial function held at Agartala railway station on Friday. Minister of Transport, Power, Urban Development, Rural Development (Panchayat) Manik Dey, Lok Sabha MP Sankar Prasad Datta, Member of Tripura Legislative Assembly Dilip Sarkar, General Manager, N. F. Railway Chahatey Ram, General Manager, N. F. Railway Construction M. K. Prasad, senior railway officials and other state government officials were present at the inaugural ceremony besides hundreds of eager audience. 

Addressing the gathering, the Union Railway Minister of State of Railways Rajen Gohain said that railway infrastructure development in Northeastern region has got an impetuous in the last three years and all the projects are progressing in full steam. He said, problems like shortage of funds have been taken care of and there are a lot of new plans for the region.

Gohain said, connectivity of the region is priority of the present government and railway is executing several projects for bringing in better connectivity and economic development for the region. Speaking at the function, the Minister said that Railway Ministry had decided to introduce DEMU train in Tripura soon. He also promised to look into possibility of increasing frequency of the Agartala – Anand Vihar (New Delhi) Rajdhani Express and introduction of a train connecting Tripura with Jharkhand.

Ethnic tension in Nagaland's Kiphire eased

Correspondent Kohima, December 4, 2018: Nagaland Home Commissioner Abhisek Singh informed on Thursday that situation in Sitimi under Kiphire district remains tense, but under control. He said for the last few days, District Administration has been taking all necessary steps to ensure that the situation remains peaceful and cordial relations between Sumis and Sangtams is not disrupted. “In order to prevent rumour mongering, necessary steps have been taken to restrict the use of social media for spreading rumours. Any attempt to create mischief or promote discord by circulating mischievous messages on Social Media will be dealt with severely”, Singh warned. Additional forces have been deployed in Sitimi for ensuring peace and normal law and order situation. District Administration has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC to prevent any untoward incident. IRB units and Assam Rifles are also on standby to ensure peaceful situation. Senior leaders from both communities have appealed for peace and normalcy. Government is also appealing to all concerned to maintain peace and not do anything that disrupts normal life.

CPI(M) rubbishes rumours on allying with Cong

Correspondent Agartala, January 4, 2018: CPI(M) ruled out possibility of an electoral alliance with Congress in Tripura. Party spokesperson and Central Committee Member Gautam Das said the arrangement which was made in West Bengal was not possible in the state. Das was asked to react on media reports that were doing round over a possible understanding between CPI(M) and Congress in assembly election due next month. He cleared the air saying the Central Committee of the party had vehemently criticised the decision of West Bengal party committee. He was speaking at a news conference to counter allegations of top BJP leaders against Chief Minister Manik Sarkar for not allowing Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police to meet Governor Tathagata Roy. BJP’s state in-charge and party’s national executive member Sunil Deodhar earlier alleged that Chief Minister Manik Sarkar purposefully prevented top officers to meet Governor fearing ‘disclosure of actual facts on matters of dismal law and order situation’. Gautam Das however defended action of Chief Minister stating summoning of Chief Secretary and DGP bypassing the state government was unconstitutional. He said BJP has adopted nasty politics to demean the left front government. Meanwhile BJP state President Biplab Kumar Deb held CPI(M) cadres responsible for murder of its activist Amulya Malakar at Rajnagar assembly constituency in south Tripura. Body of the octogenarian was found this morning with his throat slit by a sharp cutting weapon. He said Malakar was seventh BJP worker murdered in past 13 months while scores were injured in targeted attacks by CPI(M). He warned that BJP will block movement of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar if the latter does not allow police to act against perpetrators of crimes against saffron party workers and supporters. Deb accused local CPI(M) MLA Sudan Das and his aides of barricading house of Amulya Malakar and not allowing others to enter. “Family members of the victim were also threatened to stay away from speaking in public”.

Police notice to journalist angers media groups

Correspondent Agartala, January 2, 2018: Media groups in Tripura expressed anguish and shock after the Special Investigating Team (SIT) probing murder of crime reporter Sudip Datta Bhowmik served notice on to a senior media activist. The SIT asked Debahish Majumder to appear before them to justify his article in a vernacular daily that allegedly blamed former DGP K. Nagraj for instigating a security officer to conspire against the journalist who was shot dead at headquarters of 2nd battalion of Tripura State Rifles (TSR) near here on November 21. Tripura Working Journalists Association (TWJA) has vehemently condemned the SIT for delivering the notice to its state General Secretary Debasish Majumder with malicious intention to harass journalists who have not yet given up agitation to press demand for CBI probe into incidents of murder of two journalists in Tripura over a period of two months. Tripura Journalists Union (TJU) and nine other organisations who are constituents of Forum for Protection of Journalists - Tripura (FPJT) echoed the same. A FPJT delegation earlier met President of India Ram Nath Kovind, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh to request them to peruse the Tripura government to seek probe by the CBI. Family of young television journalist Santanu Bhowmik who was murdered while covering a political agitation at Mandwai on September 21 already moved the High Court seeking CBI and the matter will come up for hearing again on January 24. The high court noticed state government and sought copy of charge sheet of the SIT in the case relating to murder of Santanu. In case of Sudip Datta Bhowmik, battalion Commandant Tapan Debbarma and three riflemen of TSR were arrested and they are currently lodged in judicial custody. They were booked under IPC Sections 302, 109 and 27 of the Arms Act. Reports suggested that Commandant Tapan Debbarma forced his personal guard Nandulal Debbarma to fire shots from his AK 47 automatic rifle on Sudip Datta Bhowmik after the victim was called in his office for a news related discussion. The senior crime reporter who fell prey to fatal gun attack in a security establishment had written 11 articles in daily Syandan Patrika against massive financial irregularities in 2nd battalion of TSR under nose of Commandant Tapan Debbarma.

NEC working on 628 projects

PIB New Delhi, January 3, 2018: A total number of 628 projects at approved cost of Rs.5427.24 crore have been undertaken by North Eastern Council (NEC) in all the 8 States of North East. An amount of Rs.1725.41 crore has also been approved for 157 projects, which have been undertaken under agencies other than the State Governments of the North East States. Budget allocation of Rs.3394.10 crore has been made in the last three years and the current financial year and the total expenditure incurred is Rs.2936.09 crore in these years (till November, 2017). A total number of 284 projects at an amount of Rs.2011.03 crore, undertaken by NEC, have been completed in last three years and the current financial year, till November, 2017 and total 430 numbers of projects for an amount of Rs.3210.39 crore have been sanctioned in these years. A total number of 126 projects at an amount of Rs.2992.12 crore have been sanctioned under Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) scheme of Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region during the last three years and current financial year. An amount of Rs.2549.67 crore has been released and Utilization Certificates for an amount of Rs.2668.05 crore have been received during these years. Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), and PMO Dr. Jitendra Singh said this in a written reply to question in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

CM bars CS and DGP from meeting Guv, alleges BJP

Correspondent Agartala, January 2, 2018: In a die hard charge, BJP on Tuesday alleged that Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar prevented state’s Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police from meeting the Governor. BJP’s state In-charge and national executive member Sunil Deodhar claimed that the behaviour of Sarkar established certain loopholes in matters of law and order situation in the state. Here is full text of statement of Sunil Deodhar. “According to a report published in Dainik Sambad (Tripura’s largest Local Daily) Dated January 2 Chief Minister of Tripura Mr Manik Sarkar opted for confrontation with Hon’ble Governor of Tripura. He barred Chief Secretary Mr. Sanjib Ranjan and Director General of Police Mr. A.K Sukla from calling on Hon’ble Governor at Rajbhavan recently. Governor Shri Tathagata Roy wanted them to meet with him whereas Chief Minister personally prohibited them. So far, this is a rare instance in Tripura. Still, Rajbhavan has not reacted to this. A source close to State Secretariat says that Hon’ble Governor has taken the issue to the notice of the Union Home Ministry. Immediate after returning from Kolkata on 29th Dec, 2017, Chief Minister met Hon’ble Governor at Governor House. It was part of the normal practices to update the Governor with the current situations of the State. During the meeting, Governor had queries regarding BJP-CPI (M) clash at Bishalgarh, murder of journalists like Shantanu Bhowmik and Sudip Datta Bhowmik, martyrdom of BSF officer Dipak Mandal etc. Besides, he had some other questions on law & order situations. Answers of CM failed to satisfy Governor. Thereafter, Governor desired that CS and DGP meet him again. Though no official communication in this regard has been made but administrative source informed that Chief Minister became puzzled at this development. He apprehended that officers, if met with Governor, may disclose any such information that will embarrass ruling party. Thereafter, CM barred officers from going to Governor House. He said that whatever needed he himself informed Governor and Officers need not go. This sudden development created uproar in the administrative as well as political circles of the State. Being appointed as Governor Shri Tathagata Roy has been taking interest in different issues concerning this State. On several occasions he expressed displeasure over the issues. So, Left Front government never remained comfortable with him. Barring officers is the extreme consequence of this. Commenting on it Shri. Sunil Deodhar (State In charge & National Executive Member) Said, CM Manik Sarkar is frustrated on the rise of BJP in the state and hence taking such steps out of frustration. He added, if Manik Sarkar do not have anything to hide, than why this undemocratic and authoritarian attitude. it clearly violates the constitutional provisions and protocol.”

19 mm Indians in Assam resident list 1


Guwahati, January 1, 2018: The controversial and sensitive list aims to split genuine residents and illegal infiltrators have been released at start of New Year.

First part of the draft prepared National Registrar of Citizens (NRC) made public at midnight recognises 19 million people out of a total 32.9 million applicants as Indian citizens.

Rest of the names is under various stages of verification, Registrar General of India Sailesh said at a press conference.

Sinking Congress in Tripura sees RG as savior


Agartala, January 1, 2018: Congress in Tripura which has been crippled due to spate of exodus of leaders, MLAs and workers over past a year, hopes to become a party to reckon with after visit of Rahul Gandhi in the state next month. AICC(M) member and party observer for Tripura Bhupen Bora last week chaired an extended meeting at Congress Bhavan here on Saturday to discuss preparations on visit of newly appointed party President to campaign for Congress nominees and that of its allies ahead of February 2018 assembly election.

“We will fight the election after forging an alliance with a few tribal based parties. We have held discussions with them and more to follow in coming days”, a leader said. .

Congress has been either in power or in main opposition since Tripura merged with Indian union in October 1949, last time it won in 1988. But its principal opposition party status started eroding and political scenario fast started changing after NDA led by Narendra Modi came to power in 2014.

Congress now left with two MLAs from 10 it won in 2013 assembly poll, negligible number of leaders and functionaries who made a beeline to BJP. The defectors after joining in the saffron party alleged of a tactical understanding between Congress High Command and the CPI(M) leadership that will ‘never allow change of left regime in Tripura’.

The leader denied the blame and said key leaders who have ‘betrayed’ in fact back stabbed the party and spoiled winning chance of Congress in 2003, 2008 and 2014 assembly elections. “Some of those left already returned to our party fold, and many will follow the suit in run to the election”, he claimed.

PCC(I) Chief Birajit Sinha said Rahul Gandhi is attaching importance to elections to be held subsequently in three northeastern states – Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura. He said Congress leaders and supporters in Tripura are rejuvenated over ‘photo finish contest’ in Gujarat assembly poll.

Congress turned BJP MLA Ashish Kumar Saha however contested Sinha and said Congress will be nowhere in the assembly fray as people of the state for first time got a scope to dislodge CPI(M) from power. “There will be no match fixing this time”, he asserted. 

BJP engineers defection in Congress in Meghalaya


Shillong, December 29, 2017: With barely two months left for Assembly election BJP on Friday engineered a defection in ruling Congress in Meghalaya though its ally National People’s Party (NPP). NPP is headed by Conrad Sangma, son of late P. A. Sangma, former Speaker of Lok Sabha.

As many as 8 MLAs - 5 from Congress and one from UDP and two independents reigned from state assembly to make their way in NPP. NPP is part of NDA and also Northeast Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by Assam stalwart Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Earlier another Congress MLA P N Syiem resigned from Dr Mukul Sangma government and with latest resignations strength of the Congress in the 60-member assembly has now reduced to 24. However some independents and a few smaller parties are still supporting the government.

BJP is solely depending on the NPP as it failed to make headway in the Christian dominated state. Cow slaughter and beef meat issues are attributed as main stumbling block for the saffron party in northeast India. 

Railway staffs awarded for exceptional duty

PR / Correspondent

Maligaon, December 29, 2017: Seven railway staff namely Rakesh Kumar, Pallab Panja, Ramen Modak, Dhruba Ranjan Paul, Satyendra Bharati, Libna Beck, Manjesh Kumar were awarded today by Lokesh Narayan, Additional  General Manager, NF Railway for showing exceptional devotion towards duty during the month of November 2017.