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IFJ says attack an attempt to silence Patricia


Shillong, April 19, 2018: Two masked men on a motorbike threw a ‘petrol bomb’ (an improvised explosive device) on the wall of the house of Patricia Mukhim, the editor of The Shillong Times daily, in Umpling area in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya state in India’s north-east on April 17. 
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns the attack as an attempt to intimidate the editor; and demands an urgent investigation in order to arrest and prosecute the attackers.
Mukhim heard an explosion and saw flames rising outside her home and found the wall below her bedroom window charred on April 17 evening. No one was injured in the incident. The award-winning editor posted a photo and wrote on her Facebook wall: “Those who did this ugly deed need to be arrested. I heard the explosion and saw the flames rising. It’s a terrible feeling.”
Mukhim had reportedly received death threats on Facebook some months back and had complained to the police and Facebook, but no action was taken. The editor said that someone unhappy with her editorials might have tried to silence her. She has written on issues like unregulated mining and the culture of violence and impunity around illegal mining.
The IFJ said: “The attack at the residence of The Shillong Times editor Patricia Mukhim is a clear attempt to intimidate and silence her voice. The IFJ condemns the attack and urges the authorities for an urgent investigation and punishment to the attackers. Such attacks, if not investigated properly, give rise to imounity for violence against journalists, thus threatening the independence of journalism and the lives of the journalists.”

Miss India Tripura Mamita Debbarma felicitated


Agartala, April 18, 2018: Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Debbarman felicitated Fbb Colors Femina Miss India Tripura 2018 Mamita Debbarma at a function in Bisramganj, a town located on south Tripura. 

Mamita Debbarma was crowned as Fbb Colors Femina Miss India Tripura 2018 during the West Bengal auditions of Femina Miss India 2018, which took place on March 18in Kolkata. Mamita Debbarma succeeds Rinky Chakma as the new Femina Miss India Tripura

She will now represent Tripura at Femina Miss India 2018, hoping to succeed Manushi Chhillar as the next Miss World India.


State Winner: Tripura

School: St. Xavier’s High School, and St. Andre High School.

College: Tripura Institute of Technology, and Gulzar Group of Institute

Profession: Student

Interests: Singing

Crowned: fbb Colors Femina Miss India Tripura 2018

Favourite quote: 
Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be open to you. 

Attack on Patricia Mukhim condemned


Agartala, April 18, 2018: Regional, national and international media organisations and rights groups on Wednesday vehemently condemned bomb attack on highly respected media personally of northeast India Patricia Mukhim. They appealed to Meghalaya state government to invoke law permitted actions to bring perpetrators to justice.

 A powerful patrol bomb was lobbed at her residence on Tuesday night. No casualties reproved in the incident, but panic lashed across Shillong, Meghalaya state capital.

Ms Mukhim claimed the attack was offshoot of her fearless journalistic work. She said the attack would further boost her resolve to cherish journalism and take up issues concerning people at large.

Groups demanded that the government ensures press freedom and security of journalists.

Indian journos return after friendship visit to BD


Agartala, April 18, 2018: A group of Indian Journalists from various print and electronic media from Delhi and Tripura returned to India through Belonia integrated check post in south Tripura on Wednesday after four days of friendship visit to Bangladesh. 

Senior BSF officials received the journalists on their arrival at ICP Belonia. Ajay Kumar Mishra, Officiating Commandant of 168 BN BSF was present.

The BSF organised the confidence building measure between the two Border Guarding Forces and friendly neighbouring countries.

The visit included introductory interactions with their counterpart Bangladeshi Journalists on various matters connected with Indo –BD relations and meeting points coupled with visit to shipping hub, religious places, tourist destinations, sightseeing and shopping facilities at Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar, amidst vibrant hospitality extended by Border Guards, Bangladesh (BGB), a statement issued by BSF’s Tripura Frontier Headquarters informed.

TTI returns lost purse, shows honesty


Maligaon, April 17 2018: In an exemplary show of dedication to duty and honesty Md. Jahid, a Travelling Ticket Inspector (TTI) of Katihar division of N. F. Railway found and returned a wallet full of cash to a passenger of 15959 Up Howharh – Dibrugarh Kamrup Express recently. 

Describing the incident Tarun Kedia of Kolkata, who was travelling in B-1 coach of the train, said that he had left the wallet in the toilet of his coach in the morning of 12th April unmindfully. Later, when he discovered that he had lost the wallet, he searched for it but could not find it. About an hour later when the train was standing at Telta station, the TTI Md. Jahid came to him and handed over the wallet with the entire amount of money in it intact.

There was Rs. 23,000/- in the wallet Kedia said and praised the TTI and Railways for the pleasant experience.

Nagaland ministers will not accept gifts, to remove VIP culture


Kohima, April 17, 2018: In a significant move with far reaching political and social ramifications, the Nagaland council of ministers taken some significant decisions to remove hitherto VIP culture and tag. In its last meeting issue of removing VIP culture was discussed at length and it has adopted unanimous resolutions to remove VIP culture.

The Cabinet also discussed and took decisions related to protection and preservation of wildlife, which is mentioned hereunder.

In its continued efforts on anti VIP culture, it was decided by the Cabinet that Members of the PDA (Peoples Democratic Alliance) would abstain from attending functions as Chief Guest. It has also been decided that all would refrain from making donations and announcement of monetary grants while attending public programmes and functions.

Members will attend public functions, inaugurations, launching programmes, etc and can deliver speeches and exhortations and give information on government programmes and policies of the State and Central government, however monetary announcements and donations at public programmes and functions will not be done.

Government officials and employees of the State Government are not to attend functions as Chief Guest and will be disallowed from donating funds nor will they be allowed to announce monetary grants at public functions, which is against service rules. Government officials can give information related to government policies, programmes and initiatives and participate in public functions as invitees and as resource persons but not as Chief Guests.

However, dignitaries and officials from outside Nagaland will be well received and hospitality extended as per protocols.

PDA Members will not receive gifts and presentations in public functions and events and it is advised that flowers and bouquets – preferably fresh – may be received at the time and point of arrival at the programme venue while alighting from and no manner of presents should be received during the functions.

On the matter of protection of wildlife, all members of PDA including government employees should make all-out effort to preserve and protect the environment, wildlife and fishes. No manner of presentations of wildlife and wild life produce should be received or prepared at functions for meals, feasts etc.

All efforts must be made by the entire government machinery to preserve and protect the environment and wildlife in all its activities.

ENVISION at Tripura University


Agartala, April 17, 2018: The students of the Department of Business Management have organized a farewell program for their seniors of MBA and BBA called ENVISION-Legacy of New start, at the Auditorium Hall No 11, Tripura University on Monday. This program is organized by the students every year.

The program was inaugurated by lighting the auspicious ceremonial lamp in the presence of respected dignitaries, Dean (Arts & Commerce), Prof. Satyadeo Poddar, Dean (Science), Prof. Sukanta Banik, Dean of Students Welfare, Dr. Indraneel Bhowmik, and the Head of the Department, Dr. Debarshi Mukherjee, faculty members, and students of the department followed by an inaugural song. Dignitaries delivered their respected speech and enlightened the students with their valuable words.

The event had a traditional folk group dance by the MBA 2nd semester students. The program continued with speech by the students of the MBA 2nd semester and 4th semester. The program continued with an advertisement making competition with participation from the MBA 4th semester students.

The students developed advertisements portraying the current social issues, commercial products as well as resources of Tripura. A soulful comedy genre drama was performed by the MBA 2nd semester students which created a mark of its own.

Post lunch program comprised of management games being conducted by the MBA 2nd semester students. MBA 4th semester performed group songs. The program ended with a vote of thanks.

Call for U.S. Visas this summer


Guwahati / Kolkata, April 17, 2018: The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi recommends travelers across India apply early for U.S. visas due to heavy demand.  At this time, applicants across India may wait 30 days or more for a visa interview appointment to become available and the Embassy expects this wait time to continue for at least the next few months.  Mission India’s nonimmigrant visa workload is one of the largest in the world, processing over a million visas a year.  In the last five years, the demand for visas to travel to the United States has increased by over 60 percent. 

The U.S. Embassy and our four Consulates are constantly working to improve service and meet demand, but applicants should be aware that the summer is a peak travel season and there will be delays in getting visa appointments.  Travelers should apply early to avoid potential delays.

Applicants are also reminded to beware of scams and fraud.  The only way to get a U.S. visa is through official channels.  Someone can either apply and have an interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, or if they have  had a visa before and meet certain criteria,  they may qualify to have  their visa renewed.  Anyone claiming they can guarantee a visa in exchange for a fee is attempting to defraud you.  Applicants should be smart and apply the right way.

Consular sections in Mission India are currently only able to expedite visa appointments for cases involving genuine emergencies.  To request an emergency appointment, contact them at, schedule a regular interview appointment, and then click “apply for an expedited appointment.”

For more information on applying for visas please see:

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Nearly 10% scribes vulnerable to heart diseases

 NJ Thakuria

A lipid profile screening camp, covering a group of working journalists, indicates the necessity of urgent medical attentions for at least one tenth of the participants as their cholesterol and triglycerides levels were found far above the permissible limits.

Almost half of them need life style modification (read more physical activities), added the health camp report. Among the participants (mostly male), who are members of Guwahati Press Club belonging to the age group of 25 to 65 years, 40% showed satisfactory outcomes they were reportedly maintaining good health.

Assam’s popular healthcare institution Dispur Hospital conducted the screening camp for five days (staring on 9 April 2018) free of cost, where over 130 scribes participated  and out of them  13 were diagnosed with  high triglyceride levels. Emphasizing on post-test consultations, the city based hospital had assigned an experienced physician on 19 April (between 2.30 pm and 5 pm) for counseling with the scribes about their blood reports.  Dr Jayanta Bardoloi, a practicing physician and the managing director of Dispur Hospital advocates for regular lipid profile (lipid panel) test after certain ages, as it helps identifying genetic diseases and determining  approximate risks for cardiovascular disease along with certain forms of pancreatitis.

As the doctors describe, the lipids are essential organic molecules found in blood and stored in tissues which play an important role in the functioning of a human body.  The triglycerides indicate the excess fat in the body, which is stored in the fat cells. For an absolute reading, the lipid profile test is conducted after few hours of fasting. In general, if the reading remains less than 200 mg/dL, the person is safe, but if it goes above 400 mg/dL, (s)he needs medical attentions as the high triglycerides may increase the risk of heart disease and may be sign of metabolic disease like diabetes and hypertension.

The low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), also known as bad cholesterol, may cause coronary artery disease if not treated for years. However, the high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL), commonly termed as good cholesterol, helps removing the LDL from blood vessels. It reduces the probability of heart diseases. A high level of cholesterol does not indicate the risk of heart disease as it night belonged to HDL. On the other hand, the very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) is also considered as one of the bad blood fat.

Lipid profile tests are essential for those who are overweight (or obese), regular alcohol consumers, chain smokers and having the family history of heart diseases. Moreover, who have suffered from kidney diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, hypothyroid etc, should go for the test at regular intervals. It helps monitoring a person’s risk for cardiovascular diseases.

The city press club has been taking the healthcare awareness initiative for many years. Now it runs a weekly out-patient department clinic at the club premises for the benefit of over 300 active members. Many scribes with high blood sugar, hypertension, thyroid, uric acid etc were diagnosed in various health camps and were advised accordingly.

Till date, it has organized over 100 free health camps providing benefits to hundreds of media persons. Guwahati, the virtual capital of northeast India with a population of 20 lakh, today supports hundreds of journalists who are engaged in over 25 morning daily newspapers, hundreds of  periodicals, five satellite news channels, few entertainment channels & FM radio along with a number of news portals based in the pre-historic city those disseminate news and other contents in Assamese, Hindi, English and other languages. The number of city based non-journalist media employees may go up to few thousands.

The club initiative has also been supported by GNRC Hospitals, Down Town Hospitals, Apollo Hospital (Chennai and Guwahati campus), SIMS Chennai Hospital, Manipal Hospital (Bangalore), Fortis Hospital (Bangalore), Medanta the Medicity Hospital (Gurgaon), Ayursundra Hospital, Barthakur Clinic, Wintrobe Hospital, Nemcare Hospital, Sun Valley Hospital, Excelcare Hospital, Rahman Hospital, Narayana Super-Specialty Hospitals, Swagat Super-Surgical Institute, Sight First eye-clinic etc. Guwahati, April 17, 2018. 

New English daily to hit stand


Agartala, April 16, 2018: Bhupendra Chandra Datta Bhaumik Trust which owns Tripura’s largest vernacular daily newspaper Dainik Sambad is set launch daily English newspaper. The new venture ‘North East Colors’ will hit the stand from May 1. 

Formal launching of the paper would take place on April 18 at Town Hall here. The Trust had invited former President Pranab Mukherjee for its inauguration, but he will not able to make it for some preoccupations.

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb would launch the compact eight page English daily at the programme to be graced by distinguished guests, a few from outside of state.

Dainik Sambad was founded as a sole initiative of legendary media icon late Bhupendra Datta Bhaumik. He established Trust at his lifetime to run the paper after his demise.