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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.

IJU welcomes amendment of WJ Act


Agartala / Itanagar, May 12, 2017: The Indian Journalists Union (IJU) welcomed the amendments to the Working Journalists and Other Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service and other Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, popularly known as Working Journalists Act (WJA), making the punishment more stringent to the newspaper managements for violating the provisions of the Act by the Kejriwal government in Delhi. 

The amendments were notified by the Government of Delhi on Thursday after receiving assent from the President. The amended Act applies to media establishments in Delhi. The bill amending the Act was passed by the Delhi Assembly in December 2015.

In a statement Indian Journalists Union (IJU) President S N Sinha, Secretary-General Amar Devulapalli said enhanced punishment for not implementing the Wage Board scales and other provisions of the Act would certainly work as deterrent if implemented strictly.

“The IJU welcomes the provision for recognising the journalists employed on contract basis as working journalists, which would give them some security of employment and statutory wages as the Act would also apply to them on par with other working journalists. We feel the amendments if implemented strictly would prevent the managements from evading the wage board scales to the journalists working on contract”, the statement said.

The IJU leaders demanded the Union government to bring a bill in the ensuing monsoon session of the Parliament to amend Working Journalists, enhancing the punishment for non-implementation of the wage board recommendations and violating other provisions of the Act. They called on the state unions affiliated to the IJU to launch a vigorous campaign within their own states demanding the state governments to bring in state specific amendments to the Act for effective implementation of the wage board scales and other provisions of the Act and to recognise the journalists working on contract basis as working journalists.     

Central observers assigned for Lok Sabha by-poll


Kohima, May 11, 2018: The lone Lok Sabha seat which fell vacant after the present Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio resigned on February 17 to contest the Assembly election is scheduled to go for bye-poll on  May 28.

In this connection, the General Observer from Central Government, Dr. J. Ravi Shankar, IAS, headquartered in Kohima has been deployed to look after Kohima, Dimapur, Pughoboto, Phek, Peren, Zunheboto and Wokha districts.

General observer, Manebendra Chakraborty, stationed in Mokokchung has been deployed to look after Mokokchung, Mon, Tuensang, Longleng and Kiphire districts till the election process is over. 

PAC for early solution to Naga political problem


Kohima, May 11, 2018: A meeting of the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) with the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) Legislators and Tribal Hohos was held on Friday attended by the Tribal Hoho leaders: Angami Public Organisation; Ao Senden; Chakhesang Public Organisation; Chang Khulie Setshang; Konyak Union; Khiamniungan Tribal Council; Lotha Hoho; Phom People Council; Puchury Hoho; Rengma Hoho; Sumi Hoho; United Sangtam Likhum Bumji; Yimchungru Tribal Council and Zeliangrong Baudi.

As an outcome of the meeting, the following resolutions were adopted:

1.      The House conveys its deep gratitude to the Government of India, NSCM IM and the NNPG working group for the sincere efforts made in the Peace Talks.

2.      The House strongly urges upon the negotiating parties of the Indo-Naga political dialogue to expedite the peace process and bring the negotiations to a logical conclusion through a political solution that is inclusive, honorable and acceptable to the people whilst upholding the unique history and political rights of the Nagas. The House endorses the wish and desire of the people for early solution to the vexed Indo-Naga political imbroglio and the aspiration of the masses for lasting peace, which will pave the way for progress and development. The House is of the opinion that 21 years of ceasefire and dialogue is more than sufficient for the negotiations to be concluded in an acceptable manner.

3.      The House appeals to all sections of the people to come together under a spirit of unity and oneness in order to strengthen the peace process and create an atmosphere that is conducive to make the implementation of the peace accord successful for ensuring growth and development.

4.      The House while appreciating the positive approach of the NNPGs, further appealed to all the other Naga national political groups to come together under the spirit of unity and join the political negotiations in the greater interest of the people. The House further appeals to the NSCN (K) to return to the negotiating table and restore its ceasefire with the Government of India to enable an all-inclusive peace process and work towards an early solution in the interest of all Nagas.

5.      The House appreciates the stand of the State Government to pave way for any alternative arrangement that may come about as a result of the political solution. 

BSF facilitates another surrender


Agartala, May 11, 2018: BSF in statement reported surrender of a militant of NLFT and claimed his return was a significant jolt to militancy. The joint  operation planned by field “G”set up, Sector HQ BSF Udaipur with Special Branch Tripura Police forced Self-Styled 2nd Lieutenant namely SadhanmaniJamatia @ Bukchapa @Lakhu, 40, to surrender.

He however did not deposit any weapon. BSF statement added that he cme along with his wife and tow minor children. The surrender was materialized and made possible due to prolonged and relentless efforts with constant motivation of the field “G”set up,

Sector Headquarters BSF Udaipur and Special Branch of Tripura Police under the inspiration and able guidance of H K Lohia, IG BSF Tripura Frontier achieved the success, it further stated.

Biodiversity writing contest


Agartala, May 11, 2018: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) on 22 May every year to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme for this year is Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity.

To mark IDB this year, ICIMOD is organizing a writing competition for students and young researchers from its regional member countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan.

We invite you to submit a write-up based on your research in 750-800 words. Your writing may take a personal tone, reflecting on experiences that were part of the research process. Please choose one of the below listed categories of focus:

Biodiversity and sustainable development

Equitable access and benefit sharing

Sustainable use of biodiversity

All submissions should include two representative photos with captions and credits in your article, and can be submitted using the online form here.

The deadline for submission is 15 May 2018. Participating authors should be no older than 30 years old. All submissions must be the authors’ original work.

A panel of ICIMOD judges will select three winners based on content, readability, originality, and relevance to the IDB 2018 theme. Winners will be awarded certificates of recognition and USD 100 each as prize money.

Additional details on the competition and other activities to mark IDB 2018 is available here.

PMO seeks info on GPF beneficiaries


Agartala, May 10, 2018: Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has approached all states and union territories to furnish details on total number of IV employees who are on GPF as on March 31 2017 and March 31, 2018, under their respective departments. 

The information has to be forwarded to the Ministry of Finance, Government of India.

3 TSR men suspended after massacre of a family


Agartala, May 9, 2018: Authorities have suspended three personnel of Tripura State Rifles (TSR) for failing to prevent stealing of a weapon which was used to massacre an entire family. State DGP A.K. Shukla informed that commandants of all battalions of the TSR and armed police have been directed to conduct on spot inspection of their facilities and camps to prevent recurrence of such incident.

TSR Naik Manik Lal Ghosh stole an Incass rifle from a TSR camp and rode back home at Subhasnagar here on Tuesday morning and shot dead wife and two children. He later committed suicide with same weapon.

NFR in touch with families of Drivers for greater safety


May 8, 2018: Adequate safety of train operation has been the most pivotal issue concerning running of trains. It is the train drivers who run the train during day and night carrying thousand of passenger to various destinations. So, their mental as well as physical fitness is of great importance for observing all safety aspects. In order to boost the morale of drivers who are called Loco Pilots, a safety seminar cum awareness programme was held at the ZRTI (Zonal Railway Training Institute) located at Alipurduar May 3.

Safety seminars are held quite regularly for the counselling of train drivers. But this time, in a unique gesture, the families of the drivers were invited. Wives and children of drivers attended in large numbers, discussed their problems and shared their experiences. Authorities gave a patient hearing to all issues like need for improvement of staff quarters, better children education etc. 24 families participated in the seminar and more are expected in similar seminars planned in the future. Several positive suggestions as well as feedback were also received during the course of discussion.

It may be mentioned here that, Indian Railway has crew changing lobbies at various important stations, where drivers handover and take over duties at the beginning and end of their scheduled trips. There are also running rooms at many locations with provision of lodging and food facilities are provided. Here they can take adequate rest before taking up their next train operation duty.

The ultimate objective is to ensure a stress free working condition for drivers, because it is their judgement that the safe operation of train depend.