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TCCI angry with trade sanctions from Bangladesh


Agartala, March 30, 2018: Tripura Chamber of Commerce & Industry (TCCI), highest body of traders in the state, expressed utter dismay over Bangladesh government’s reluctance to expand export of commodities from Tripura. It said disapproval and imposition of hefty custom duty are hindrance to improve state’s share in export. 

Detailing the trade imbalance TCCI President ML Debnath told newsmen on Friday said Bangladesh is exporting items to Tripura worth Rs 350 crore annually and its importing materials of only Rs 80 lakh. He appealed Bangladesh government to end the disparity and relax imposed sanctions for mutual benefit and reduction of trade imbalance.

New govt acts tough, 2 police officers axed


Agartala, March 30, 2018: BJP-IPFT coalition government in Tripura suspended two police officers sending message across the board on clean governance and eradication of corrupt practices.

Officer in Charge of Sonamura police station in Sepahijala district Dipak Das and his subordinate Mohammad Suifuddin were put under suspension on Friday for collaborating with cattle and Phensedyl smuggling.

They were also accused of not depositing confiscated smuggled items to concerned authorities.  The move preceded a probe by senior police officers. 

Tripura police get crime branch


Agartala, March 29, 2018: Tripura government has sanctioned creation of Crime Branch to deal with heinous crime issues like drug trafficking. Council of Minister in its meeting on Thursday resolved to crate the elite wing in line with Mumbai and Delhi. 

Senior Minister Ratan Lal Nath flanked by Minister Pranjit Singh Roy informed media at civil secretariat in the evening.

TV news channel attacked


Agartala, March 29, 2018: Office of Duranta TV, a ground news channel aired from Udaipur in south Tripura, was attacked by miscreants on Thursday. The miscreants vandalised furniture, equipments and computers in the incident.

Chief Editor of the channel Ayub Sarkar blamed nee entrants in ruling BJP responsible for the attack. The attack was captured on CCTV cameras.

Sarkar lodged a complaint with police that so far failed to arrest the culprits. Media organisations of the state deplored the attack.

Bank holiday on April 2


Kohima, March 29, 2018: In partial modification to Home Department’s earlier notification of even No. dated October 10 2017 the Government of Nagaland has declared April 2 2018, Monday, as Bank holiday on account of Annual closing of Bank Accounts under Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881 (Act, XXVI).

This was informed by the Home Commissioner, Nagaland, Abhishek Singh in a corrigendum issued on 29th March, 2018.

NFR using drones for inspection of bridges


Guwahati, March 29, 2018: Taking technology application a step further.  NF Railway has started the use of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) for the detailed inspection of bridges in NFR system.  Given the kind of terrain that the Railway Operates in, there are a large number of bridges in the zone, many of them unique in dimension and specification.  Inspection of bridges is a very evolved and detailed process, often made difficult by the continuous movement of traffic.

Inspection by drone mounted cameras which would chase anything between 1 to 4 lakh, depending on the size and location of the bridge, would facilitate a much detailed view of the bridge, its super structure and substructure (pillars) portions, otherwise inaccessible could be examined in detail.

Accordingly, NF Railway has taken a pro-active approach to up-grade the method of Inspection of Bridges.  Survey of two Major Bridges (Br. No. 91, span-3x30.5m and Br. No. 93, span-6x45.7m) on Guwahati-Lumding section by using Drone has been successfully completed.

Inspection of as many as 28 important bridge are to be done by Drone mounted cameras.  This includes, the iconic Saraighat bridge, the Naranarayan Setu and the famous Dayang bridge of Lumding-Badarpur hill section.  It is to be mentioned that NFR has already started the underwater inspection of major and important bridges in which experienced divers use special equipment to assess the condition of bridge foundations.

'No political preference on rule of law'


Agartala, March 28, 2018: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb clarified that there will not be any consideration to preserve rule of law. Speaking at state assembly session on Wednesday he informed that the state government will not allow any political party or trade union to construct office on public land. 

“There will not be any preferential treatment. Be it CPI(M) or BJP, rule will be applicable for all and has to be adhered by all”, he stated.

61 kg Ganja recovered in Belonia


Agartala, March 28, 2018: Police seized 61 kg Ganja during a raid in Belonia of south Tripura on Wednesday. SP(South) Manchak Ipper along with Belonia PS staff conducted raid at Sukantanagar and recovered dry ganja from the possession of one Bijoy Paul of Sukantanagar.

The accused was about to carry the dry ganja by a maruti van bearing No.TR-03-A-0491. Bijoy Paul has been arrested and a case has been registered.

Municipal, village bodies changing side in Tripura


Agartala, March 28, 2018: Huge victory in favour of BJP – IPFT alliance in assembly elections lashed municipal, local and village bodies across the state. Resignation of elected members and switching sides in the institutions are continuing since formation of the new government headed by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.

In the latest nine Councilors of Bishalgarh Municipal Council in west Tripura tendered resignation on Wednesday. They cited personal reasons for quitting in the resignation letters submitted to council’s Chief Executive Officer Joydip Chakraborty.

With resignations of majority members, CPI(M) lost control over the Bishalgarh Municipal Council. The Chairman and Vice Chairman have now left with no option, but to give in paper.

Its not clear if there will be a new board or it will be run by the administrator. Despite massive win, BJP lost Bishalgarh constituency to CPI(M) in February 18 assembly elections.

Elsewhere CPI(M) lost two more village councils under tribal autonomous district council within Charilam assembly constituency limit. All members of the councils joined BJP.

BJP lauds state on 7th pay commission


Agartala, March 28, 2018: BJP on Tuesday in Tripura lauded the state government for making considerable progress in implementing recommendations of 7th pay commission. It said the government has taken a historic move to fulfill assurance ruling party made before assembly elections held on February 18.

BJP-IPFT alliance government on Monday constituted a three member expert committee to prepare concrete recommendations for awarding the benefits in 90 days.