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Durga puja festival ends with traditional fervor

BY Ramananda Roy Acharjee
Agartala, October 17, 2010: Bijoya Dashami marks the end of grand festival of Durga Puja. Though the big budget Pujas are to remain for one more day or two, pujas organized at the household and those of the small

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Mejen Rongpang released

A Correspondent
Kohima, October 14, 2010: Mejen Rongpang, a book on the tales and myths of the Aos was released in Kohima by Chairman NIDC, Nüklutoshi. Speaking on the occasion as the Chief Guest, Nuklutoshi said that the forefathers handed down oral history to the generation and in the process the community must have lost some good record over the years. At such, he said the Ao Students' Union Kohima, ASUK has come out with a noble thought to keep the oral stories of the forefathers documented and said it is a great effort made by the younger generation to preserve the legend and tradition of the community.  

He expressed hope that the legendary storybook will act as a good source and a great benefit for the future generation to get closer to knowing their history and roots. He encouraged the young scholars to take full advantage of the literature which would pave the way to flourish Ao literature not only in the State but to try and take the effort a step further for others to learn through means of technology. The Chief Guest categorically expressed his appreciation to the Kohima Ao Students' Union for bringing back the legend and tales to the new age and expressed hoped that this would bridge the gap between the past and the present.  

Vice President, Ao Senden Martsungba, also spoke on the occasion appreciated the effort of the publisher and said that the release of the book speak volumes of the vision the young generation has for the community and urged the youth to continuously keep themselves updated with learning the history and ideologies of the forefathers.

Top cop says extremists still hiding in Bangladesh

A Correspondent
Agartala, October 11, 2010: Pranay Sahay who has been elevated to the special director general of the Border Security Force (BSF), eastern region, on Monday claimed that the extremists from Tripura are still operating from Bangladesh though their strength considerably lessened. The outgoing director general of police of Tripura said the extremists are not having a good time in the neighbouring country due to positive approach of the present government there.  

“They (extremists) are still in Bangladesh, but not enjoying hitherto support from the authorities”, Sahay told newsmen before hading over charge to new DGP K. Salim Ali. Pranay Sahay would assume charge as special director general of BSF at Kolkata Tuesday.  

“The mandatory Monday report sent to the DGP shows movement of mere six to seven extremists somewhere along the border on Bangladesh side. This is sharp in contrast to the situation when insurgency in the state was in its peak”, Sahay stated.  

Giving details of the extremists' presence in Bangladesh He said in 2003 45 camps of All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) and the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) were counted in Bangladeshi soil. But now it has come down to only 18 - 13 of NLFT and the rest of ATTF.  

Moreover the existing camps which were located 3 to 4 kilometers from the border have been shifted to some 12 kilometers from the border.  

Providing security for extension of railway track up to Agartala through hills and terrains braving insurgency was one of biggest achievements of Tripura police. Many security men, construction staffs and labourers laid down lives in attacks by the extremists for this precautious work ran for several years.  

When asked if ATTF chief Ranjit Debbarma and NLFT  president Biswamohan Debbarma are still present in Bangladesh Pranay Sahay said “we are very clear about this and Bangladesh government should hand them over to India”.

The IPS officer who served in Tripura more than two decades said he would have a serious responsibility as special DG of the BSF understanding easterner frontier is little tougher than that of western frontier.

Pranay Sahay said extensive security measures including elaborate deployment of security men, watch towers, door frame metal detectors in selected pandals and makeshift police booths are in place for the ensuing Durga puja festival in Tripura.

Sajen Peter elected as Chairman of ANRPC

Kochi, October 8 2010: Rubber Board Chairman Sajen Peter has been elected as the new Chairman of the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) by its Assembly held here today.  After joining the Indian Administrative Service in 1982 and serving Government of Kerala in several senior posts, he is currently the

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City bus service is now a reality

A Correspondent
Agartala, October 8, 2010: Just five days before the biggest festival of Tripura, Durga puja, the Agartalites got their gift as City Bus service started plying in its capital from today.

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Depression over Westcentral Bay to Intensify

Fisherman on Eastern Coast States Advised Not to Venture into Sea
New Delhi, October 7, 2010: Under the influence of depression developed over west-central Bay of Bengal, widespread rainfall with scattered heavy to very heavy falls would occur over coastal areas of Orissa and West Bengal during next 48 hours and isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur over coastal Andhra Pradesh

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Nagaland CM opens road show

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Kohima, October 5, 2010: “To preserve the Naga identity, the DAN Government and the public is organising the Road Shows” said Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio while gracing the Tsokum festival cum State Road Show as the Chief Guest. The festival of Khiamniungan, Tsokum cum State Road Show is being held under the theme

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Tribal party reiterates demand for a separate state

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Agartala, October 4, 2010: The Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) which performed badly in recently held elections has declared that its demand for a separate state for the tribals would continue to be top of the agenda. The party leaders, most of whom are deserters from other parties, spoke out that the issue will

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Mobs continue to stage protest over murder after rape

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Agartala, September 28, 2010: Tension sparked off in different several tribal villages north of Agartala following murder of a tribal woman after rape. Incidents of violence have been reported from different tribal localities on Monday night and Tuesday which prompted paramilitary Tripura State Rifles (TSR) jawans get deployed in

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NE states reservoir of traditional knowledge, President

By Ramananda Roy Acharjee
Agartala, September 25, 2010: President Pratibha Devisingh Patil during her speech at the 8th Convocation of Tripura University today said the northeastern states are known for their reservoirs of traditional knowledge in many areas. She urged to document and conserves it.  

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