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Zakia wins King Chilli eating race


Kohima, December 9, 2017: 18th Hornbill festival Naga King Chilli Eating Competition was held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which was organised by the department of Horticulture and XL event management Division with the support of Oking Hospital and Research clinic. 

Prem Zakia from Kohima won the first place by eating 6 king chilli whereas Akhou tetseo and Nusole bagged the second and third position respectively. The winners were given Rs. 30000, Rs.20000 and Rs. 10000 each.

In the tourist category, Prashant Pandey from Gujarat won the first place by eating 4 king chilli and pocketed a sum of Rs. 20000. 

Axed teachers run havoc, block Rajdhani Exp


Agartala, December 8, 2017: Groups from 10323 teachers terminated by the Supreme Court for their unlawful recruitment ran havoc in north Tripura and Dhalai districts on Friday. With December 31 being last day of their job, the teachers announced vigorous agitation plan to seek their rehabilitation in government service. 

From morning they started staging road and railway blockades resulting in disruption of traffic. A group forced Agartala bound Rajdhani Express to take a halt at Kumarghat station causing immense trouble for the passengers.

Another passenger train was also force stopped at Manu. Security personnel despite their large presence in all agitation spots did not intervene to clear blockades citing non-availability of order from the top. 

NFRWWO celebrates world disability day


Maligaon (Guwahati), December 7, 2017: Northeast Frontier Railway Women Welfare Organisation (NFRWWO) celebrated the World Disability Day today at Luitgarh club, Nambari, Maligaon. Students of “Sneha school” which is a school run for Dibangya child by NFRWWO performed various programme on the occasion. 

Sunita Singh, President of NFRWWO and other members were present. President of NFRWWO gave away prizes to winner of Drawing, Painting and Essay competition which was held on September 10 and 17.

There are altogether 13 Dibangya child in the school between age group 3 to 15 yrs. President of NFRWWO also distributed mementos to Railway staff for showing efficiency and sincerity in connection with NFRWWOs work during last year.

PCI Chairman in Agartala to probe journos’ murder


Agartala, December 6, 2017: Press Council of India Chairman Justice C.K. Prasad is currently on a fact finding mission in Tripura in connection with subsequent murders of journalists Santanu Bhowmik and Sudip Datta Bhowmik within parameters of security forces. 

Justice Singha met representatives of media organisations and senior government and security officials to know their version in unprecedented horrific murders of scribes. 

Tripura journalists call on Rajnath Singh


Agartala / New Delhi, December 5, 2017:  A delegation of journalists from Tripura representing the "Forum for Protection of Journalists" on Tuesday called on Union Minister of Home Rajnath Singh at his office in New Delhi. The Journalists demanded that the the centre institutes a high-level inquiry by the central government against violence and oppression on the journalists of the State in aftermath of subsequent murders of two journalists. 

The delegation elaborated recent daylight killing of journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik and the killing of another young television journalist Santanu Bhowmik two months earlier. 

Home Minister received a memorandum from the journalists and gave a patient hearing to them. Rajnath Singh assured that the centre would do its best to dispel their grievances. 

21 Sector organised swachhta rally


Agartala, December 5, 2017: As part of swatch bharat abhiyan and swatchta pakhwara, 21 Sector Assam Rifles organised an awareness rally in Kunjaban area of Agartala. In pursuance of its efforts to spread social message and for educating people towards cleanliness.250 Assam Rifles personnel and 780 students of Assam Rifle Public School, Agartala participated in the event. 

The event received an enthusiastic response and was highly appreciated by local populace. The rally culminated into a "Pledge” Ceremony where students of ARPS and Assam Rifles Jawans took "Swatchata Shapath".

Four ‘kidnapped’ bank staffs return safe


Agartala, December 1, 2017: Kidnappers freed unharmed four employees of the Tripura Gramin Bank at a desolate location in south Tripura on Friday. The release however failed to solve the mystery of their alleged kidnapping at Taidu in Gomati district on November 24. 

Earlier police found their vehicle and two wheeler parked abandoned at two locations in Dhalai district.   

Tanmoy Bhattacharjee, 31, branch manager of the bank at Taidu in Gomati district, and two assistant managers Raktim Bhowmik, 28 and Sujit Dey, 28 besides office assistant Subrata Debbarma, 35, were kidnapped on their way back home after office duty.

Director General of Police A.K. Shukla and other senior officials supervised search operation, but yielded nothing.

Main opposition BJP had set a 24 hours deadline for the government to ensure safe return of the employees.

All four employees did not detail anything except that they were kept in a forest location blindfolded and chained.

Tripura Gramin Bank is one of two state run banks which have banking operation even in remote areas. State financial matters and salaries-wages of state government employees were carried out through these banks.

Disappearance of four bank personnel reminded days of insurgency in Tripura where kidnapping and holding people to ransom was a regular phenomenon. However no extremist related abduction reported over a decade. 

Rohingya arrest; Tripura police flout UN Convention


Agartala, November 30, 2017: Flouting United Nations convention and declaration Tripura police have arrested two Rohingya refugee families comprising eight members including three children after they arrived at Khayerpur, near here, on Wednesday. The families were residing at Jammu for past seven years after they escaped sectarian violence in Myanmar and recently moved out of the region to reach Tripura which has a huge boundary with Bangladesh on its three sides.

“They were registered with the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) and found carrying valid photo identity cards issued by it. We are waiting for instruction from the top to carry out our course of action”, a police officer said.

Early last month a detained Rohingya family was sent to a government shelter in Agartala. Ruling CPI(M) has been demanding that India should grant refugee status to displaced Rohingyas.

Two families carrying weighty luggage first reached Guwahati and then boarded a passenger bus to reach Agartala. They however mistakenly got off at Khayerpur where plainclothes policemen detected them and escorted them to local police post.

CEC in Nagaland


Kohima, November 27, 2017: Chief Election Commissioner of India A. K. Joti along with Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat, Election Commissioner Sunil Aorora, Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain and Director General Dilip Sharma arrived at Kohima on November 27 to review Poll Preparedness for the forthcoming Assembly Election. 

The Commission had a meeting with all the recognised Political Parties, DCs & SPs. The CEC of India will have meeting with Chief Secretary, DGP at Hotel Japfu on November 28 which will be followed by a Press Conference at Conference Hall at Hotel Japfu.

Nagaland urges centre not to fix state as disturbed


Kohima / Agartala, November 24, 2017: Nagaland government has urged the union government not to use provisions of AFSPA to issue fresh notification to declare the state ‘disturbed’ after expiry of current term on December 31. It said security situation in the state is stable and all extremist groups are in truce with the central government except NSCN(K).

The request has been made to the Union Home Secretary after the latter sough opinion from the state government on the issue.

The entire State of Nagaland by was declared within the enabling provisions of Section 3 of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The areas, which today constitute Nagaland State, have effectively been under the purview of AFSPA since 1958.

Meanwhile Governor of Nagaland P.B. Acharya welcomed the signing of agreement between the Central Government of India and the working committee of the six Naga Political Groups on November 17 at New Delhi.

Acharya said that the peace talks were heading in the right direction, and was hopeful for an early settlement. He said that the Central Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister, Modi, has a strong political will to bring an honourable solution to the Naga issue.