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Congress to organise march across Tripura


Agartala, October 12, 2017: Despite dismal organisation shape after exodus of most of party rank and file Congress will launch Padayatra in all 60 assembly constituencies in Tripura from October 26. Party has adopted a set of decisions in a meeting chaired by AICC observer Bhupen Bora here on Thursday.

State Congress President Birajit Sinha said the march is to focus gimmick and falsehood in ‘Achhe Din’ slogan of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ‘Swarna Jug’ of Manik Sarkar. He said party has endeavoured to revive organisation ahead of elections due in February 2018. 

Several hurt in BJP – CPI(M) clash


Agartala, October 11, 2017: Several injured in a clash between supporters of BJP and CPI(M) at Mirza in Gomati district on Wednesday. Security forces were deployed in strength in the area though police claimed situation was under control.  

Tension triggered clash occurred during hearing of revision of electoral rolls at Mirza Tehsil office. The injured persons included a local leader of DYFI, CPI(M) youth front. 

2 dozen IPFT supporters hurt in road mishap


Agartala, October 8, 2017: Two dozens of IPFT supporters were wounded, some of them critically, when a truck carrying them faced an accident at Santirbazar in south Tripura. 

They were returning after attending a party programme in Natunbazar area.

Critically wounded patients shifted to GBP Hospital in Agartala while rest are admitted in government hospital at Santirbazar.

BSF seizes huge Ganja, cattle and saree


Agartala, October 7, 2017: Acting on specific intelligence inputs provided by BSF intelligence branch Gokulnagar troops of BSF seized huge quantity of Ganja, Garments (Sarees), and Cattles in Sector Gokulnagar, having market value Rs11 lac while being smuggled to Bangladesh.

On specific information of BSF intelligence Branch, troops of BOP Kalamchera 74 Bn and police party of PS Kalamchera carried out joint ops in the general area of village Kalamchera under Kalamchera police station in Sepahijala district. During search BSF seized 144 Kgs dry Ganja (Cannabis) kept for smuggling to Bangladesh is hidden in an abandoned house.

Market value of seized Ganja is about Rs. 7, 20,000. .

In an another operation, on 6th October 2017, troops of BOP Boxanagar, 74 Bn BSF seized 130 nos of Sarees while smugglers were trying to smuggle these garments (sarees) from India to Bangladesh, having market value Rs 2,60, 000.

On specific information of BSF intelligence, troops of BOP Boxanagar, Ex-74 Bn BSF seized 15 cattle heads having market value Rs 1,06,750 from Boxanagar kept in jungle area for smuggling to Bangladesh by using wooden plank. 

NBSE cautions against online games


Kohima, October 6, 2017: The Nagaland Board of School Education in a notification has informed for the information of Heads of Registered Institutions that very disturbing news is in the media about children falling prey to certain online games. The Board thereby has appealed to teachers, parents and elders to watch out for abnormal behaviour of children which could be attributed to playing certain games like the "Blue Whale Challenge" game.

There have been instances of young children committing suicide across the country, apparently after having played this game. There have been successful interventions by parents, teachers and friends in preventing some children from taking the extreme step of committing suicide, the release stated.

The dynamics of evils lurking in the virtual world can never be underestimated. Children's usage of internet should be monitored so that they do not succumb to cyber-bullying, online predators, identity theft, viruses & malware and other activities damaging the reputation of one.

The controllers of destructive online activities exploit children's gullibility and inquisitiveness. Parents, teachers and children should therefore be sensitized on the abuse of modern technology which could make youngsters draw psychological sustenance from such addictions.

The Government of India has taken measures to ban the "Blue Whale Challenge" game. However, all heads of registered institutions are informed to keep a close watch for abnormal and erratic behaviour of children and seek immediate intervention for behavioral or mental problems.

Report of such incidences in the school can be made known to the parents and also report such incidence on Childline at telephone number 1098 and get necessary assistance.

NBSE has requested all heads of institutions to share this information with the teachers and parents so that they can all work together to curb this menace.

Internet services restored in Tripura


Agartala, October 5, 2017: Internet and cellular services which were suspended second time in a month on Wednesday after fresh violence rocked Khumulwng, headquarters of TTAADC, restored on Thursday evening. The measure preceded arrest of Balendra Debbarma one of accused persons wanted in connection with disappearance of driver of a private vehicle which was attacked on September 20 the day young television journalist Santanu Bhowmik was murdered at Mandwai, 24km east of here. 

Though whereabouts of Jiban Debnath was yet not known, police believed he was killed on the same day and his body was dumped in forests. Soon after arrest, a large crowd mostly women, gathered outside local Radhapur police station and started agitation to press demand for release of Balendra Debbarma.

Within an hour the protestors went on rampage forcing troops to lob tear gas shells, resort to baton charge and blank fire. Some protestors were injured.

After protestors dispersed Balendra was shifted to another police station to contain situation. He was sent to police remand for five days for questioning after produced in a court.

Fearing escalation of violence, state government suspended internet and cellular services from 6.20pm on Wednesday for 24 hours. Situation in Khumulwng is under control, police said. 

Nearly 70% long distance train restored


Maligaon, October 5, 2017: Out of 71 pairs of long distance trains, running of which had to be suspended during second week of August owing to heavy flood damage of railway tracks; 48 pairs have already been restored. Remaining services are also going to be restored in a planned way. So the news coming out in a section of media about 80% train remaining cancelled in not based on facts.

After the damage at multiple locations caused by unprecedented floods, railway officials worked 24x7 to restore the breached rail communication in various sections spreading a vast area. And as a result of their effort the direct train services from Northeast to rest of India could be started again with introduction of Goods train since August 29 and Passenger carrying trains from September 3.

Thereafter, with gradual improvement of situation, trains are being restored step by step. A detail list of trains already restored and another list of trains yet to be restored are attached for ready reference. NF Railway is trying its best to restore services of all the cancelled trains as early as possible.

Photo journalist bereaved


Agartala, October 3, 2017: Father of Abhisek Debbarma, a promising photo journalist in Tripura, has breathed his last on Tuesday morning. Paritosh Debbarma was, 76, was suffering from throat cancer.

The deceased is survived by wife, daughter Madhumita and son Abhisek. 

Journalist unions and forums offered condolences to the bereaved family. 

BJP team of MPs to visit Tripura


Agartala, October 3, 2017: Central leadership of BJP would send a parliamentary team to Tripura to assess security situation in wake of recent murder of a young television journalist and prevailing tension in some interior areas. State chief of the party Biplab Kumar Deb said the team was expected this week.

He said central leadership agreed to their proposal to nominate a team of parliamentarians to take stock of situation in Tripura “After visit the team would submit its report to Home Minister Rajnath Singh ji”, Deb told newsmen.

He held the state government responsible for current unrest in the state which left a journalist killed, a civilian driver kidnapped and scores of people injured in sporadic clashes. He alleged ruling party cadres flouted the prohibitory order under Section 144 had imposed in sensitive areas inviting tension and subsequent clashes.

Journalist Santanu Bhowmik was murdered at Mandwai, 24km east of Agartala and Jiban Debnath, driver of a private vehicle, was kidnapped by an angry mob in Khumulwng as tension escalated on September 20. Police said the driver remained untraced despite vigorous search and they were not even sure whether they could rescue him safe.

“None from government visited destitute family of Jiban Debnath in past 13 days. We will support the family as its sole bread earner is lost”, Biplab Deb who led party leaders in house of Debnath announced.

Meanwhile places like Mandwai, Khumulwng and Jampuijala remained cutoff as security forces imposed restrictions on movements. No outsiders are allowed to cross check posts citing intensified security measure.

Governor hurries back to Agartala, but why?


Agartala, September 29, 2017: PMO has made Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy to cancel his trip to the United States for now and return to Agartala. Such rare involvement of the PMO fuelled all round of rumours with colours mainly directed at possible central intervention in Tripura.

With BJP desperately campaigning and displaying vigour to dislodge left front government in February 2018 assembly election, cancellation of one month long US trip of the Governor attains questions. Tathagata Roy has indicated that he received advice from the PMO to cancel the trip hours before he was to fly out of the country on Friday.

Tripura has been witnessing ethnic flare-ups and political clashes specifically between IPFT and CPI(M) at regular interval. A young television journalist killed, a private vehicle driver kidnapped and around 150 injured in recent cycle of violence.

Tension still gripped at least three districts that cast gloom in many interior locations. Massive security deployment, required to maintain peace and harmony, also added fear in minds of people.

Sources said the centre may choose to replace Tathagata Roy with someone in view of current unrest and there might be a visit of a strong team of Ministry of Home Affairs in Tripura to take stock of situation.

Nevertheless strong arguments of the insiders the central government was no ready to allow Governor Roy to take 30 days leave in dry run of assembly election which is marred by frequent violence.