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Air Deccan to start ops in NE


Agartala, April 28, 2018: The UDAN scheme of the NDA government at the centre would have its fist footprint when Air Deccan would launch its operation on May 1. It would operate a 19 seat aircraft between Kolkata – Agartala – Shillong and Dimapur on a daily basis except Sundays. 

Booking of tickets can be made online from official website of Air Deccan. The fare per sector is within reach of the common people.

Theft in Tripura court, no clue


Agartala, April 28, 2018: Police have failed to solve mystery over daring raid incident at the record room of West Tripura District and Sessions Court. Several case files and incriminating documents preserved as evidences were stolen in the incident occurred on Friday night.

Lockers were found broken when the incident was noticed in the morning. Police said the raid committed by yet to be identified elements was not a simple theft incident, but something motivated to destroyed certain documents.

Police officers did not rule out involvement of insiders. They hoped to crack the mystery within couple of days.

RPF security helpline 182


Maligaon, April 27, 2018: Indian railway’s toll free security Helpline number 182 is actively helping travelling passenger whenever they are in need of help. This toll free security Helpline number is active 24 x 7 throughout Indian Railway for rendering any type of security related help to train passenger.

During the period from January to March, 2018 about 50 complaints were received through this helpline number in NF Railway. Of which 31 complaints were related to theft of mobile, purse, bag etc. In 26 of the 31 cases passengers were rendered immediate help to lodge FIR with Government Railway Police.

While assistance were provided in 19 other cases to passengers which includes case like disturbance caused by Eunuch, intoxicated passengers, creating nuisance by co-passenger, harassment of lady passenger, occupation of seats by other passenger, blocking of railway track etc. There are also cases of providing emergency medical help, rescue of kidnapped minor boy, recovery of left behind luggage etc.

It may be mentioned here that, within NF Railway any call made to this toll free number is received by the concerned Divisional Security Control within whose jurisdiction the area falls. Immediate assistance is provided by informing the nearest available Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel to attend the location. One can even lodge FIR on any incident by using this Help Line number at ease. This toll free number is rendering immense help to passenger in distress while travelling by train.

KV ONGC celebrates annual day


Agartala, April 27, 2018: The 34th Annual Day of Kendriya Vidyalaya ONGC , Agartala was celebrated on Friday at Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhawan, with traditional fervour  and solemnity . ED- Asset Manager of ONGC Tripura was the Chief Guest and M. Singha Roy, President of the ONGC Mahila Samity, was Guest of Honour in the function.

G.K Singha Roy, ED-Asset Manager, ONGC  in his brief and motivating address said he was glad to know that KV, ONGC Agartala is the only School in Tripura which imparts the UDAAN Skill Development Programme  to provide free preparatory training for  engineering entrance exam for girl students .

He also congratulated the school for successfully conducting the Digital India programme as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  In his inspiring address ED- Asset Manager of ONGC Tripura Motivated them to stick to the motto of KV “Come to learn, Go to Serve” and tailor their lives accordingly.

Several students of the school got 10 out of 10 CGPA in their class 10 exam and five students of the class 12 received more than 90 % in their board exam all this students were felicitated. Beside that some of the students scored good ranks in National Science, Maths and English Olympiad. Four students have shown excellent performances in National level Sports related events

The event was well co-ordinated by Principal Sanjay Kumar Jaiswal and his team.

Indian HC in Dhaka Shringla in Tripura


Agartala, April 27, 2018: Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Shringla arrived here on a visit to discuss with government leaders of Tripura over issues pertaining trade and bilateral cooperation between the state and Bangladesh. He met Governor Tathagata Roy and Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb which was described as courtesy calls. 

Indian High Commission at Dhaka tweeted that High Commissioner @HarshShringla paid a courtesy call on the Hon'ble Governor of #Tripura Tathagata Roy

In a separate tweet it stated High Commissioner @HarshShringla paid a courtesy call on the new Chief Minister of Tripura Biplab Kumar Deb, in presence of Chief Secretary & senior officials. Meeting with Hon'ble CM provided opportunity for review of areas of cooperation between state of Tripura & Bangladesh.

Ex CPI(M) ministers face CBI


Agartala, April 26, 2018: Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI has questioned two former ministers of CPI(M) led left front government in connection with several thousand crore worth Rose Valley scam. 

The agency questioned Bijita Nath and Badal Choudhury on Wednesday and Thursday respectively at MLA Hostel No 2 here. Despite CPI(M)’s massive defeat to BJP-IPFT coalition in assembly elections held in February last, the duo got elected to the assembly.

BSF receives ultra-marathon runner Samir at Kohima


Agartala, April 26, 2018: 93 Battalion BSF gave a warm welcome to the ultra-marathon runner Samir Singh, 45, of Kanaheda Village in Madhya Pradesh at Kohima. Samir has been running the marathon from Wagha border since December 1 2017 which was flagged off by K.K. Sharma, DG BSF and sponsored by Bollywood actor, Akshay Kumar.

Singh covered the coastline and the entire borders of the nation in commemoration of martyrs of BSF “Bharat Ke Veer”.

BSF officials said DG BSF has decided to support the run and provided necessary assistance, boarding and lodging, to Samir Singh and his team of 5-6 members enroute, wherever BSF is located. Samir will be running 80-100 kms per day including night hours. He has covered Amritsar, Ferozepur, Fazilka, Abohar, Sriganganager, Sirsa, Hissar and Rohtak, till Delhi in one week.

He reached Aizawl on April 16 evening and further reached Tuvai under Churachandpur district on April 21 and then to CC Pur town on April 23, Imphal on April 24 and reached Kohima on Wednesday. His next destination will be Itanagar, Guwahati, Gangtok, Patna, Bareilly, Dehradun, Shimla, Manali, Leh, Kargil, Srinagar, Jammu and will culminate at Wagha after five months.

NDMA conducts mock earthquake exercise in NE


Guwahati, April 26, 2018:  A multi-State mock exercise on earthquake was conducted by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in three North Eastern States of Tripura, Nagaland and Mizoram today for assessing the preparedness and response mechanism of the State Governments in a disaster situation. The exercise was conducted in collaboration with the respective State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMAs).

The exercise simulated the 1897 Shillong earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale, which had devastated the entire Shillong plateau and affected the whole of northeast.

The simulation exercise was conducted simultaneously in all districts across the three States at select locations, including hospitals, shopping malls, schools and high-rise residential buildings to assess and improve the administration’s capacity in mobilising resources and reaching out to the affected communities swiftly.

The exercise started with sirens indicating the occurrence of tremors. Everybody ducked under the tables while covering their heads. Once the tremors stopped, evacuation drills were conducted. Soon afterwards, State Emergency Operation Centres (SEOCs) were activated.

Simultaneously, EOCs at the districts also got activated, assessed the damage, formed rescue teams under Incident Commanders and dispatched them to the respective locations. Rescue drills were conducted in coordination with various agencies, such as Traffic control, Fire Fighting department, Ambulances, Police and Civil Defence. People buried under the rubble were rescued and sent to hospitals after administering first aid and triage.

Afterwards, NDMA experts carried out post-exercise analyses, wherein independent observers from the Army shared their feedback and suggested ways to further streamline response mechanisms.

"Mock exercises strengthen the capacity and response mechanisms of all stakeholders. These also help improve coordination among various agencies, which is the key to a successful post-disaster response," said Lt. Gen. N.C. Marwah (Retd.), Member, NDMA.

Today’s exercise was preceded by orientation-cum-coordination conferences and tabletop exercises in all the participating States to ensure the smooth facilitation of the exercise.

This exercise is significant as the entire North East is located in the seismic zone V. n earthquake can cause major damage in terms of lives and infrastructure. This mock drill will ensure better response in the event of a disaster to reduce loss of lives. It will also generate awareness among the local population who are the first respondents in case of any disaster.

Measures to promote heritage hill railways


Maligaon, April 26, 2018: The Railway Ministry has decided to give more powers to Divisional Railway Managers and Directors of the five iconic Heritage Hill Railways of Indian Railways for enhancing their tourist potential and scientific preservation. In a directive issued by Executive Director/Heritage of the Railway Board, Subrata Nath has said that local communities within the operational area of these railways should be encouraged to participate in promoting tourism by providing them opportunities to showcase their art, culture, cuisine etc.

The five Hill Heritage Railways are - Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR), Kalka Shimla Railway (KSR), Kangra Valley Railway (KVR) and Matheran Light Railway (MLR).

According to the new directive, the respective Divisional Railway Managers (DRMs), under whom the concerned Hill Railway operates, can treat these Hill Railways as separate activity and profit centres of the Division concerned. The DRMs are empowered to approve all regular and seasonal train services  i.e. Joy Ride trains, Charter trips and Holiday Special train trips etc. to meet tourist and local demand.

The division concerned can engage any suitable agency for designing, packaging and marketing of tourist packages on these hill railways.

It may be mentioned that, the Chariman Railway Board Ashwini Lohani during his visit to Darjeeling Himalayan Railway last month had instructed for empowering Directors of Hill Railways to process and grant permission for film shooting and publicity of these railways for attracting more tourists.

CBI grills ex Minister Bijita Nath


Agartala, April 25, 2018: CBI interrogated former CPI(M) Minister Bijita Nath – second in past four months – in connection with Rose Valley chit fund scam. A team of the agency grilled her at the MLA Hostel No 2 on Wednesday afternoon. 

Nath faced the questioning for almost two hours. Her advocate Haribol Debnath was present.

The former minister was earlier questioned in January this year. CBI would grill CPI(M) stalwart and former PWD Minister Badal Choudhury tomorrow in connection with same case.