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RB competitions on Vigilance Awareness Week


Agartala, November 3, 2017: The Rubber Board has conducted elocution competition for its employees and for students of higher secondary schools in and around Kottayam on the subject ‘My vision – Corruption Free India’.  A poster competition was also conducted for college students on the subject.

In the English elocution competition for students of higher secondary schools Merlin Sarah Mathew (Girideepam Bethany Central School, Kottayam), Ben Varghese Cherian (Baker Vidyapeeth, Kottayam) and Nadha Sunil (Girideepam Bethany Central School, Kottayam) won the first, second and third prizes respectively.  In the competition for the Board employees P.V. Suresh Babu, G. Sunil Kumar and A.R. Jayakumar won first, second and third prizes respectively. 

In the poster competition for college students A. Abhirami (BCM College, Kottayam), Samson Jose (Devamatha College, Kuravilangad) and Master Muhammed Sirajudheen (Baselius College, Kottayam) won first, second and third prizes respectively.

A debate was also held on the theme “Are the present anti-corruption measures, sufficient enough to achieve our vision- Corruption free India or not?” for employees of the Board and other central government offices in and around Kottayam.   

Awareness programme for rubber growers


Agartala, November 3, 2017: National Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited in association with Rubber Board, Agartala will be conducting an Awareness Programme for the Rubber Growers of Tripura at Nucleus Rubber Estate & Training Centre in Agartala on November 6.

The program is meant for creating awareness among the RPS Office Bearers/Growers, as to, how the Exchange mechanism can be used for better price discovery and hedging. The Exchange will share its Kerala experience where Farmers, Traders and Co-operatives have been benefitted from hedging through NMCE.

The farmers need protection against the vagaries of price in the market, which they can get through hedging mechanism. While large farmers can directly participate on Exchange Platform, the smaller farmers can participate through their Rubber Producing Societies, which act as aggregators for them.

The programme will highlight how the Exchange mechanism can be best used by the Rubber Growers though their Rubber Producing Socialites.

The program will be attended by RPS Office Bearers/Growers, Rubber Board officials, Banks & CWC Officials and Traders so that the farmers get the inputs from all the sections of the stakeholders at one platform. Therefore the program will also highlight the benefit for Exchange mechanism to traders and consumers of the product without loss to farmers.

Using Exchange mechanism for price discovery and price risk management is a win-win situation to all the stakeholders, a press release from the National Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited, has stated.

Golden Pagoda gets precious Buddha relic from Thailand


Namsai (Arunachal Pradesh), November 2, 2017: Initiating a people-to-people connect between the South East Asian nations and India, the Tai Khamti people in the eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh received a Buddha Relic from Thailand’s Sangharaja. 

The Buddha relic was presented to the Kongmu Kham (Golden Pagoda) in the Namsai district of Arunachal Pradesh by Somdet Phra Mahamuniwong, the Sangharaja of Thailand. The Holy Relic was received by the people of Namsai as thousands gathered to welcome the delegates from Thailand on Monday.

Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein received the relic from the airport at Mohanbari in Dibrugarh. The deputy chief minister and the Abbot of Golden Pagoda Ven. Vimalatissa Mahathero had earlier written to the Sangharaja for blessing the region.

A delegation from Golden Pagoda had earlier on October 19 received the relic from the Sangharaja in Bangkok. It has been brought by a 13-member Thai delegate team.

Sponsored by chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu and patronized by deputy chief minister Chowna Mein, the permanent enshrining of the Holy Relic at Kongmu Kham opens doors for a spiritual relationship between the people of the two countries. “People following Buddhism in eastern Arunachal share a strong spiritual connect with those residing in the South East Asian region.

The gifting of the Relic by none other than the Sangharaja puts focus on the scenic Kongmu Kham. We believe that this will now lead to many people from the ASEAN visiting the Kongmu Kham,” said Chowna Mein, deputy chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh who was present on the occasion. 

DoNER sanctions Rs 200 cr for flood affected NE


New Delhi, November 2, 2017:  The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) has sanctioned Rs 200 crore for flood affected reconstruction works in the four North Eastern States of Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. 

Pertinent to mention that during his visit to Northeast in August this year to review the flood situation in the four States, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a flood relief package of Rs 2,000 crore. 

Dr Jitendra Singh said, this year had witnessed unprecedented floods and the rainfall was more than 100% higher than that in the preceding months during the same period of time. As a result, he said, the damage was colossal and the relief and rehabilitation operations also got disrupted. 

Dr Jitendra Singh said, a high-level committee has also been constituted to monitor the flood related operations and plan for future roadmap to avoid such situations. 

Referring to the keen interest and priority shown by Prime Minister Narendra Modi Dr Jitendra Singh recalled that not only the Prime Minister began monitoring the flood situation right from day one, but he was also personally calling up the Chief Ministers of the concerned States for the latest feedback and also offered important tips and advice. 

Governor greets Zeliang community


Kohima, October 30, 2017: Governor of Nagaland PB Acharya has extended warm greetings to the Zeliang community on the occasion of Chaga Gadi and Langsimnyi festivals. He said the festivals were celebrated to invoke God’s blessings and bring good harvest and health.

He called on the Zeliang’s to take time and thank Almighty for His unwavering love and blessing. 

In his message the Governor also reminded the community to thank the farmers for their hard work. He said that the Central and State Governments have welfare projects for farmers such as soil testing, Kisan credit card, National Food Security Mission etc to help in production and productivity.

‘It should be our responsibility that these welfare projects are made known to them and motivate them to avail the services for their benefit’ the Governor stated. 

Governor Acharya hoped that the Zeliang community would continue to preserve and promote their age-old traditions and showcase the rich cultural heritage as they celebrate their premier festival.

Rajdhani Express finally connects Agartala with Delhi


Agartala, October 28, 2017: The Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain on Saturday flagged off 20501/20502 Agartala – New Delhi (Anand Vihar) Rajdhani Express at a ceremonial function held at Agartala Railway Station making Agartala the 3rd Northeastern Capital city to be connected to National Capital. Governor of Tripura, Tathagata Roy, Ministers in Tripura Government - Badal Choudhury and Manik Dey, Members of Parliament (Lok Sabha) - Shankar Prasad Dutta and Jitendra Chowdhury among the dignitaries present at the function. 

Senior Railway officers led by General Manager Chahatey Ram and hundreds of enthusiastic people attended the function.

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain said that since the new government took charge at the Centre three years ago, the northeastern region has been given special attention and at present a number of railway construction works are simultaneously being undertaken in the entire Northeast. He said, funds were never a constraint for realising developmental works in the region and the Central Government believes in a holistic approach for development which is not narrowed down by region-specific consideration.

Gohain said, among all the north-eastern states Tripura got best of rail connectivity under the current government. He also said that he had intervened personally to provide the shortest possible route for the new Rajdhani Express so that the people of the state get faster connectivity with the national capital.

The new Rajdhani Express train will leave Agartala at 18.30 hrs on every Monday and reach Anand Vihar (New Delhi) at 11.20 hrs on Wednesday. During the return journey, the train will leave Anand Vihar at 19.50 hrs of Wednesday to reach Agartala at 12.30 hrs of Friday. The train will cover a distance of about 2457 km in about 41 hours.

The train will have 01 First-Class AC coach, 02 Two-Tier AC coaches and 08 Three-Tier AC coaches besides one Pantry Car and two Generator-cum-luggage vans. The train will have Flexi-Fare in AC 2 Tier and AC 3 Tier. The train will have commercial stoppages at Dharmanagar, Badarpur, New Halflong, Hojai, Guwahati, Kamakhya, Rangiya, Barpeta Road, New Jalpaiguri, Katihar, Barauni, Patliputra, Mughal Sarai and Kanpur. Commercial stoppages would be also provided at New Karimganj after completion of certain formalities very soon.

Many injured in CPI(M) and BJP clash


Agartala, October 27, 2017: Around 15 people were injured, some critically, in police baton charge and fight between supporters of CPI(M) and BJP in Dharmanagar town in north Tripura on Friday afternoon. The rival political parties clashed after tension escalated at the Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) with Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) and CITU logging head over selection of transport routes. 

The BMS called 12 hour general strike from 6 a.m. tomorrow in Dharmanagar, headquarters of the North Tripura District, to protest ‘unprovoked attacks’ on BMS and BJP supporters. BJP which condemned spate of attacks on party ranks in the state extended support to the bandh call.

Two women passengers and a journalist Ayon Bhowmik were wounded as ISBT turned into a battle field. Bhowmik who is working for a local television channel ‘Tripura Vision’ sustained injuries in his head and legs. 

Children saved from devastating fire


Agartala, October 27, 2017: A huge fire damaged a large portion of an orphanage in Agartala city on Friday evening. Fire tenders doused fire and rescued children safe from the centre. 

An official said they were yet to conclude on cause of fire first noticed at 6pm. “It could be from kitchen or electricity fault, but we are not exactly sure at this point of time”, he said.

Police said office bearers of ‘Shrestha Adoption Agency’ which runs the centre at Abhoynagar locality would be questioned to know if they put in place fire safety and emergency measures.

A large portion of the orphanage was damaged in the fire. No inmate was hurt.

Senior fire service, district administration and police officials are currently visiting the orphanage. District administration is arranging makeshift arrangement to shelter the inmates. 

Rajdhani Express from Agartala


Maligaon, October 27, 2017: When Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain flags off the Agartal Anand Vihar  (New Delhi) Rajdhani on October 28 Agartala will become the third NE Capital  after Guwahati  and Itanagar  (Naharlagun)  to have  a Rajdhani service connecting it to the National capital.

The train will cover the distance of 2413 KM in duration of 41 hours. It will leave Agartala at 18.30 hrs every Monday and reach Anand Vihar at 11.20 hrs every Wednesday. On the way back, the train will leave Anand-  Viharat 19.50 hrs on Wednesday and reach Agartala on Friday at 13.30 hrs.

Major stoppages include Dharmanagar, New Karimganj,    Badarpur, New Halflong, Hojal, Guwahati, Kamakhya, Rangiya, Barpet a Road, New Jalpaiguri, Katihar, Barauni, Patliputra, Mughalsarai and Kanpur.  While New Karimganj is also a stoppage, the train will presently not stop here. The stoppage here would become operational  within  next one month after completion of certain clearances.

The fares in 151 AC, 2nd AC and 3rd AC Will be Rs 7060/-, Rs 4330/- and Rs 3200 respectively. AC 2 tier and AC 3 tier fares will be of the nature of flexi fare. Passengers will be offered all Rajdhani class amenities including meals, linen etc during the journey.

NFR to celebrate vigilance awareness week


Maligaon, October 26, 2017: Vigilance Awareness Week will be observed throughout Northeast Frontier Railway from October 30 to November 4, 2017 with the theme “My Vision- Corruption Free India”. 

During Vigilance Awareness Week, various programmes will be held across N.F.Railway. The programmes include administering “Integrity Pledge” to all the employees of N.F. Railway at HQ and Divisions, distribution of pamphlets / handouts on preventive vigilance activities, organising interactive session and seminar with officers of all departments, holding inter college debate competition amongst the students of various colleges, essay/drawing cartoon and poster competition.