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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. 

BREAKING: 6 ex Congress turned TMC MLAs to join BJP on August 7

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Agartala, August 2, 2017: BJP would have first ever presence in Tripura assembly though by default after formal joining of 6 former TMC MLAs to the saffron party in Agartala on August 7. 

Union Power Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sharma, state BJP President Biplab Kumar Deb, party’s central In-charge Sunil Deodhar and national general secretary Ram Madhav would attend the rally here the legislators and scores of their supporters would switch over to their next political destination.

Only last year this group of MLAs deserted Congress and joined TMC after successfully evading anti defection law. They announced a strong resolution to organise an united fight to beat CPI(M) in February 2018 assembly polls.

 

Himanta Biswa Sharma, who is also Chairman of NDA affiliate Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA), would accompany Tripura legislators in meeting with BJP’s national President Amit Shah. The meeting is slated for 5pm on August 4. 

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Agartala, August 2, 2017: BJP would have first ever presence in Tripura assembly though by default after formal joining of 6 former TMC MLAs to the saffron party in Agartala on August 7.

Union Power Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sharma, state BJP President Biplab Kumar Deb, party’s central In-charge Sunil Deodhar and national general secretary Ram Madhav would attend the rally here the legislators and scores of their supporters would switch over to their next political destination.

Only last year this group of MLAs deserted Congress and joined TMC after successfully evading anti defection law. They announced a strong resolution to organise an united fight to beat CPI(M) in February 2018 assembly elections.

Himanta Biswa Sharma, who is also Chairman of NDA affiliate Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA), would accompany Tripura legislators in meeting with BJP’s national President Amit Shah. The meeting is slated for 5pm on August 4. 

BREAKING: Former Union Minister Santosh Mohan Dev dies at 83

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his grief in twitter 

Guwahati, August 2, 2017: Former Union Minister Santosh Mohan Dev passed away today at 6.06 am in morning. He was admitted at Valley Hospital and Research Centre, Silchar and was battling with multi-organ failure. Dev was admitted to the hospital with heart problems a few days back and was under constant observation of a team of doctors in the ICU. 

He was 83 and is survived by wife and four daughters Susmita, Tapati, Saswati and Bharati.

Born on April 1, 1934 in in Silchar, Santosh Mohan Dev was graduated from G.C College in Silchar and had an MBA from the Welsh College In Cardiff UK.

Popularly known as “Rana Da”, he was first elected to the Parliament in 1980, the first of his seven terms in office as the Member Of Parliament. Out of these seven, he represented Silchar, Assam five times and he was elected from Tripura twice. Dev had the rare distinction of being elected from two different states.

Santosh Mohan Dev was the eldest of three sons of the renowned Bengali North Eastern Freedom Fighter Satindra Mohan Dev. Satindra Mohan Dev was known as fierce opponent of British Rule and enjoyed the personal confidence of Jawaharlal Nehru. He was jailed a number of times by the British for his resistance activities.

In the mid Sixties in an independent India he was offered the governorship of Bihar, but he turned it down, preferring to stay in his hometown of Silchar. A member of the Dev family has occupied an elected office from South Assam for all but 10 years since Indian Independence.

Assam Pradesh Congress Commitee president Ripun Bora said that the loss of veteran leader Santosh Mohan Dev is an irreparable loss to the State. Bora also referred to the huge developmental works undertaken at the behest of the late Dev in the Barak valley, Assam and the NEregion. According to Bora, Congress vice- president Rahul Gandhi may visit Silchar to pay his last respect to the departed leader of the Barak valley.

Demise of one of tallest leaders in northeast India also cast pall of gloom in neighbouring Tripura from where he became member of Lok Sabha in 1989 and 1991. He was also play key role in installation of Congress TUJS coalition government in 1988 and virtually served as its guardian. 

Courtesy: time8.com

Patriotic forum appeals for saluting Tri-colour on I-Day

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Guwahati, August 1, 2017: As India approaches to 71st Independence Day, a patriotic forum based in the Northeast, appeals to citizens of the region irrespective of their caste, creed and religious backgrounds to hoist the National flag on August 15 and pay respect to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives to make India a sovereign nation. 

“Irrespective of who we are, how we come to become part of the Indian Union, it is our bounden duty to pay respect to them who laid down their lives to free us all from the clutches of British colonial forces,” said a statement issued by Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA) to media outlets.

This appeal has been sent without any prejudice whatsoever and without any disrespect to any individual or groups that have been fighting a battle of identity and self-determination, but is a reminder that we must not forget our common history, when we stood together to fight our battle for freedom, it added.

The PPFA feels that if we, who are composed of millions of individuals and organizations, keep demanding for our ‘rights’ to be given special concessions like reservation quota, grants, special area development funds and other forms of socio-political and economic advantages from New Delhi, would acknowledge the fact that if not for the martyrs we are not demanding these rights.

The likes of Moje Riba, Matmur Jamoh,  Kushal Konwar, Tilak Deka, Bhogeswari Phukanani, Kanaklata Barua, Mukunda Kakati, Nidhanu Rajbangshi, Kamala Miri, Lerela Boro, Madan Rauta, Hemoram Patar, Gunabhi Bordoloi, Sambhudan Phonglo, Beer Tikendrajit Singh, Paona Brajabashi, Tirot Singh, Shoorvir Pasaltha Khuangchera,  Rani Gaidinliu, Jitendra Chandra Paul and more of our region, who fought selflessly against the exploitative and abusive imperial power that ruled undivided India, must not be forgotten.

Online GPF Information System for Nagaland govt staffs

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Kohima, July 31, 2017: Online GPF Information System for Nagaland State Government Employees was launched by Chief Secretary Pankaj Kumar at Office of the Principal Accountant General (A&E) on Monday.

In his speech, the Chief Secretary highlighted on the online payment system that were developed in recent times like electricity billing in some districts, NPSC online application, online scholarship application and others.

He said online GPF system will help the state employees to quickly assess their account and for AG employees it will be much easier to efficiently and easily monitor the system in a better way.

The Office of Principal AG (A&E) launched the system in partnership with NIC, Nagaland NIC and Manipur NIC for the registered GPF subscribers of Grade C and above employees of the State Government.

BREAKING: Santosh Mohan Dev critical, in ICU

Silchar, July 31, 2017: The health condition of former Union Minister and Congress heavyweight from the Barak Valley Santosh Mohan Dev is crictical. According to doctors at the Valley Hospital and Research Centre, Silchar, the former Union Minister is battling with multi-organ failure and has been kept under ICU observation. 

Meanwhile, there has been a constant rush of Congress party workers and supporters at the hospital seeking updates on the health status of the former Minister.

Dev was admitted to the valley Hospital and Research Centre in Silchar with heart problems a few days back and has been under constant observation of a team of doctor in the ICU.

Meanwhile, special prayers are being organized by his well wishers and supporters at various places across Barak Valley for speedy recovery of the ailing leader.

Speaking to TIME8, Bijoy Mondol, general secretary, Silchar Zila Congress, said, “He condition has slightly improved today. However, he is still ïn critical condition and is on ventilation support. Presently all his four daughters Susmita, Tapati, Saswati and Bharati are with him.

Saswati and Bharati reached Silchar today from New Delhi.

Courtesy: time8.com 

S C Soni superannuates as ED-AM ONGC Tripura

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Agartala, July 30, 2017: S C Soni superannuates as Executive Director - Asset Manager ONGC Tripura on July 31, 2017 after 35 years of working in ONGC. He joined Tripura Asset in July 2015. G K S Roy, Executive Director, will assume charge as Asset Manager on August 1, 2017. 

As Asset Manager ONGC Tripura Mr. Soni led the team to new highs and successes. Tripura Asset achieved the highest ever daily gas production of 4.537 MMSCMD on February 7, 2017, a record among all onshore assets of ONGC. Tripura Asset supplied gas @ 3.07 MMSCMD to OTPC, which is more than the rate  of 2.65 MMSCMD as per Gas Sales Agreement, enabling OTPC to achieve highest ever instant power generation of 740 MW. 

His project management skills ensured completion of the long pending Sonamura GCS and beginning of processing of gas from December 14, 2016, continuously supplying 0.4-0.5 MMSCMD gas to NEEPCO Monarchak. His proactive approach has ensured commencement of work for Gojalia GCS in the state apart from making the ONGC Tripura self reliant through setting up of WSS Base and Cement Bulk Handling  Plant.

During his tenure ONGC adopted the village of Korbongpara, to protect the vanishing Korbong tribes of Tripura, built dining and hygiene amenities at Ablamban Old age home, supported entrepreneurship development of underprivileged women through catering training and supported the first FM station of the state ‘Friends FM’ apart from taking up various CSR initiatives in education, health, infrastructure and entrepreneurship development and women empowerment among the local population.

Land ready for India – Bangladesh rail project

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Agartala, July 29, 2017: West Tripura district administration will hand over land to Northeastern Frontier Railways (NFR) in last part of August to complete construction of ambitious Agartala – Akhaura rail project. 

The district administration has been conducting land acquisition work for past few months.

Officials said 66 acre land was being acquired for purpose of laying rail track on 5-km on Indian side (10 km of total 15-km fall in Bangladesh part).

India’s External Affairs Ministry is bearing cost burden of entire project.

Total 257 land owners have applied for compensation. 

123 Haj pilgrims from Tripura

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Agartala, July 28, 2017: 123 pilgrims from Tripura would undertake the Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia this year. Official sources said the pilgrims include 37 women who would start their journey from Agartala on August 6.

There has been increase in number of Haj goers from the state this year owing to rise in Haj quota from India. They will spend total 45 days in Mecca and Medina before returning home. 

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