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Irate father kills boy on crave for girl child

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Agartala, August 12, 2017: While infanticide of girl child has been a common phenomenon in Indian society, a reverse yet bizarre incident occurred in Tripura. A poor tribal man who had a long crave for girl child killed his infant son in a hysterical expression. 

The tragic incident occurred at remote Nalchari village in Sabroom subdivision of north Tripura district, on Tuesday, police said in a belated report on Saturday. They said killer father named Swadhin Tripura has been arrested.

Swadhin Tripura had two sons and his wife Annalaxmi gave birth to their third son three months ago. She told police that her husband had a long desire to have a daughter and he became very upset after birth of another boy.

On Tuesday Swadhin suddenly became furious and murdered his three month old son. Witnessing disheartening occurrence, Annalaxmi fled to forests to save her two other sons. She later appeared to police station to inform the incident and lodge a complaint.

A police team rushed to the spot and arrested Swadhin Tripura from his home. The killer has confessed to committing the crime and blamed his wife for not delivering a girl child. 

Worse flood situation in Agartala, 6000 marooned

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Agartala, August 11, 2017: Agartala has been witnessing unprecedented flood situation in decades with residential and commercial areas submerging owing to incessant rains on Friday. Situation also worsened in other areas of west Tripura district and elsewhere in Tripura. 

Officials said at least 6000 people have been shifted to makeshift camps across the state. They reported two drowning incidents, but gave no details.

Flowing of water above danger level in most of rivers caused severe concern. River Howrah in Agartala is flowing 1.2 meter higher than danger mark which forced the district administration to alert people through public address system.

West Tripura District Magistrate Dr Milind Ramteke informed that they have opened 26 makeshift camps. 17 of them in Agartala to accommodate flood affected people.

In west district (including Agartala) roughly 1200 people have taken refuge in camps. More are coming as NDRF and other forces deployed in rescue operation.

The state government has issued a general alert across the state in view of continual rains. It is also in touch with Ministry of Home Affairs for necessary assistance. 

Bicycle contest on ‘ONGC Day’

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Agartala, August 11, 2017: To commemorate the foundation day and to promote healthy mode of transportation caring the environment ONGC Tripura Asset is organizing a state level bi-cycle championship on August 14 for boys and girls separately. The race will be flagged off by Executive Director- Asset Manager of ONGC Tripura G.K. Singha Roy at 6AM from ONGC Main Gate, Agartala. 

It may be recalled ONGC was founded on August 14 1956.

The race has been divided into two categories. 30 kilometers for boys and 15 kms for girls with separate routes earmarked for them. A prize money of Rs. 10,000/- has been kept for winners in both the categories, while the 1st runners up and 2nd runners up will get Rs. 5000/- and Rs. 3000/- respectively.

Last date of entry for the event is August 13, 2017.

Arrangement for food and lodging of outstation participants has been made.

Speaking on the occasion G.K. Singha Roy said, that ONGC Group of companies, as a committed corporate entity regularly promotes culture for sports and Health Care within and outside the organization for development of Human Capital. Keeping up with that spirit, ONGC Tripura Asset organizes the state level bi-cycle championship every year.

It also strives to bring about excellence by tapping latent talent and promoting games in which Tripura State has potential for success and competitive advantage. 

Pradhan launches PMUY for Tripura

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Agartala, August 8, 2017: Minister of State (I/C) - Petroleum & Natural Gas laid the foundation stone for a New grass-root Bottling plant at an event in Agartala today. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was also launched for the state of Tripura by Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (I/C) - Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt. of India; in the august presence of  Bhanulal Saha, Minister of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Finance, Govt. of Tripura;  Ashutosh Jindal, Joint Secretary (Marketing), MOP & NG; B S Canth, Director (Marketing), Indian Oil; Gurmeet Singh, Executive Director (LPG), IndianOil and Dipankar Ray, Executive Director (IndianOil AOD State Office), IndianOil. 

The proposed Plant of 60 TMTPA capacity will be setup at an estimated cost of Rs.143 Crores. The plant is to be built on 40 acres of land in Budhjongnagar Industrial Park, Khayerpur and is expected to be commissioned by June, 2019. This new plant will increase the LPG Bottling Capacity of Tripura from 21 TMTPA to 60 TMTPA and thus will be able to cater to the rising demand of LPG in the state. Further, Capacity Augmentation of Silchar Bottling Plant, (by 60 TMTPA) was also announced which is expected to be complete by December 2017 and will also aid is ensuring smooth supply of LPG in the state of Tripura.

Elaborating on the ambitious plans of Central Government to improve upon Petroleum Infrastructure in state, Minister of State (I/C) - Petroleum & Natural Gas announced that Rs.550 Crores will be invested to increase Oil Tankage and Supply in Tripura by augmenting the capacity of Dharmanagar Depot and other facilities in the state. Pradhan also mentioned that 40 new LPG Distributors and 40 new Retail Outlets will added to bolster the product supply in the state. Pradhan mentioned that the new LPG Distributorships and Retail Outlets would also contribute in Job creation within the state. 

In a symbolic launch of the PMUY in Tripura, 20 beneficiaries from ‘Below Poverty Line’ (BPL) families was handed over with connections by Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C) - Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt. of India; and Bhanulal Saha, Hon’ble Minister of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Finance, Govt. of Tripura. This marked one more step in the direction of providing LPG connections during the three financial years commencing 2016-17 to 5 crore families who are Below Poverty Line (BPL). As Tripura, as on 01.08.2017, has 9.22 Lakh households with an LPG coverage of 48.9%. The Oil Marketing Companies would strive to achieve 100% penetration in days to come. The OMCs will be organizing “Melas” and “Camps” at various locations for releasing of connection to BPL families.  

Petroleum Minister lauds ONGC Tripura

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Agartala, August 7, 2017: Minister of State (Independent Charge), Petroleum & Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan, reviewed the E&P operations of Tripura. He lauded the untiring efforts of Tripura Asset to enhance its gas production and encouraged the Asset led by ED-Asset Manager G.K. Singha Roy under the guidance of Director (Onshore) V.P. Mahawar to strive assiduously for the people of Tripura. 

Both Director (Onshore), ONGC and ED-Asset Manager, Tripura Asset committed  that Tripura Asset, ONGC will work relentlessly in the interest of the one the stellar jewels among the seven sisters.

Minister was accompanied by Jt. Secretary, Marketing (MoPNG), Asutosh Jindaland PS to Minister B.S. Pradhan among others. They were given a warm reception by V.P. Mahawar, Director (Onshore) and G.K. Singha Roy, ED-Asset Manager and his team of senior executives.  S. Ganguly, MD of OTPC was also present on the occasion. 

103 year old Sharbati Devi ties Rakhi on PM

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New Delhi, August 07, 2017:  Sharbati Devi, a 103 year old widow, today visited the PM's residence and tied a Rakhi on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's wrist on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. 

Sharbati Devi lost her brother about 50 years ago, and would always miss him, especially on Rakhi. Her son wrote to the Prime Minister and subsequently, the Prime Minister invited her and family to his residence on Monday.

She was extremely delighted to meet the PM and tie a Rakhi. They had a wonderful interaction. 

5 ex TMC MLAs meet Amit Shah in Delhi

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Agartala, August 5, 2017: 5 former Trinamool Congress MLAs made a courtesy call on BJP’s national President Amit Shah at New Delhi. The meeting took place on Tuesday evening. 

The meeting was facilitated by Assam strongman and finance minister Himanta Biswa Sharma who was also present when MLAs and others went to see Amit Shah. MLA Dilip Sarkar could not reach Delhi owing illness.

The six MLAs would join BJP on Monday at a rally in Agartala to be attended by Union Power Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and party’s national secretary Ram Madhav. Six Congress turned TMC turned independents MLAs have chosen BJP as their next political destination to dislodge CPI(M) led left front government from power.

3 policemen suspended for duty dereliction

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Agartala, August 4, 2017: Authorities suspended 3 police constables on charge of duty dereliction after an accused fled from their custody in Dhalai district.

Officials said the constables were posted at police station in Chailengta which recently witnessed clashes between tribal supporters of CPI(M) and BJP which left two people dead.

Two officers including station in-charge were showcased in connection with the incident. The accused Ranjit Debbarma was detained for instigating violence.

Security deployment continued in the restive area. 

Ousted CM Dr. Shurhozielie wins bye-election

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Kohima, August 3, 2017: Counting of votes for the bye-election conducted Thursday for the 10 Northern Angami-I Assembly Constituency was held at the Deputy Commissioner’s Office. 

According to the Returning Officer, Kohima, the number of votes recorded from all the polling stations was 12656 while, the number of tendered votes and votes on postal ballot papers was recorded at 3 and 23 votes respectively. 72 votes were recorded under the NOTA category. The total votes polled from the 25 polling stations Assembly Constituency was 12679.

NPF Candidate, Dr. Shurhozielie Liezietsu, with a margin of 3473 votes, was declared elected from the 10 Northern Angami-I Assembly Constituency.

1 kg gold seized from Bangladesh passenger at Agartala airport

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Agartala, August 3, 2017: In a major success the CISF seized gold bars from a Bangladeshi national at the Agartala Airport on Thursday. CISF and Customs Department sources said they have identified the man as Shah Alam, a resident of Brahmanbaria district of Bangladesh. 

The detection and detection occurred when the accused was passing through frisking procedures. 40 gold bars weighing 1-kg were recovered from his possession.

Alam was to board a Spice Jet flight to travel to Kolkata where he is believed to have connection with a smuggling racket. Security officials said he arrived in Agartala with a valid passport and visa.

Police and Customs are investigating the case. The accused has been remanded to Airport Police Station. 

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