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BSF catches currency smuggler in south Tripura

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Agartala, July 1, 2017: BSF has detained an Indian smuggler in south Tripura on Saturday and recovered 1,50,000 Bangladeshi Taka from his possession.

Based on specific information troops of 31 battalion of the BSF caught the man at Nalua area. He was later handed to police. 

NFR sportsperson creates national record

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Maligaon, June 30, 2017: General Manager, N.F.Railway Shri Chahatey Ram today felicitated Ms. Laimwn Narzary, who brought glory to N.F.Railway by winning  Gold Medal by creating a new National Record in High Jump in the recently concluded “15th Federation Cup National Junior Athletics Championship, 2017” held at Lucknow.

By jumping 1.77 mts she broke the 25 yrs old National Record of 1.75 mts of Bobby Aloysiuss from Delhi. Ms. Laimwn Narzary works as a Technician in the Signal & Telecom Dept of N.F.Railway HQ, Maligaon.

Prior to this, she also won Gold Medal during the 14th Federation Cup National Junior Athletics Championship held at Bangalore in 2016 and 12th National Youth Athletics Championship held at Panjim in 2015.

BREAKING NEWS: CBI grills Tripura Minister

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Agartala, June 29, 2017: A CBI team on Thursday grilled Tripura Social Welfare and Social Education Minister Bijita Nath in ongoing investigation against chit fund companies. 

CBI earlier noticed Minister Nath seeking her at her official residence at 10AM on June 29 to face questioning in matters of Rose Valley which duped thousands of people and tap hundreds of crores in Tripura till 2013.

Two officials of CBI accompanied by a female police officer grilled minister for an hour at minister’s office in the Secretariat. The venue was changed to avoid media. 

Rubber production on the rise in India

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Agartala, June 28, 2017: Production of natural rubber (NR) during the month of May 2017 shows an increase of 8.7 per cent as compared to that during the same period last year. Production during May 2017 is 50,000 tonnes whereas it was 46,000 tonnes in May 2016.  Production in the first two months of the current fiscal is 98,000 tonnes whereas it was 85,000 tonnes during the same period last year with an increase of 15.3 percent. Anticipated production for the current year is 8 lakh tonnes.

Rubber Board is continuing its activities to make rubber cultivation remunerative by increasing production and productivity and reducing cost of cultivation and production. The Board has been implementing several activities at regional and field levels, with the active cooperation of Rubber Producer’s Societies (RPSs). The annual mass contact programme of the Rubber Board this year was aimed at total excellence of the plantations.

There were about 50,000 participants in 800 meetings conducted at various rubber growing areas as part of the mass contact programme.  Practices such as weekly tapping, controlled upward tapping, rainguarding, online fertilizer recommendation, scheme for intercropping to be implemented in collaboration with Kerala state agricultural department and rubber tapper skill development programme under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) were discussed in the meetings.

The second phase for training for 22,000 persons in rubber tapping and processing in Kerala, Tripura, Assam, Tamilnadu and Karnataka, under PMKVY has already begun. In the first phase of the training programme, 10,000 persons were trained. Stipend has been paid to majority of the participants in the first phase.  The impact assessment of already conducted programmes shows positive effects in productivity.

Pending rubber plantation subsidy to the tune of Rs 60 lakh has been released and another Rs.40 lakh will be released shortly.

As part of the ‘Digital India’ campaign, the Board is promoting digital extension services that are novel among similar organizations. Earlier, the Board had set up facilities such as Call Centre, IVRS and ‘Online Rubber Clinic’ supported by WhatsApp and YouTube for the purpose, in addition to be a web based mobile app for giving fertilizer recommendations.

CPI(M) in street protests against rape accused expelled BJP leader

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Agartala, June 28, 2017: Women activists of CPI(M) staged protests to demand arrest of a BJP leader expelled from the party on moral turpitude charge. 49 years old Bidyut Ghosh, a practicing lawyer in the High Court of Tripura, is accused of frequent rapes and physical assaults in the complaint registered in the Teliamura police station which was subsequently shifted to Amtali police station as the alleged rapes occurred in jurisdiction of the latter.

She alleged the accused and his wife from first marriage contracted out professional killers to eliminate her. She also claimed Bidyut Ghosh secretly married her at a temple six years ago, but said the accused destroyed all evidence of marriage. 

State BJP President Biplab Kumar Deb expelled the leader from primary membership of party Tuesday night. He was state committee member of the party and contested 2013 assembly elections from Ramnagar segment in Agartala.

Political violence resurfaces in Tripura

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Agartala, June 26, 2017: Cycle of political violence which hijacked Tripura in later 80s and 90s have resurfaced in Tripura with change of principle characters. Earlier it used to be a fight between CPI(M) and BJP, this time BJP has replaced Congress.

At least 50 people mostly supporters of BJP injured and two  claimed to have been killed in a number of clashes between political rivals in Tripura over past a week. BJP which is engaged in whirlwind organisation activities mainly in process of accepting supporters and workers of other parties into its fold see the current tension as an occasion to seek central intervention.

The saffron party demanded imposition of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in view of ‘restive situation’ and failure of state government to ‘protect lives of people’. AFSPA, controversial for its unilateral and extra judicial powers, was imposed in Tripura in past on a few occasions to merely to combat insurgency.

So the demand and its implication bears special significance as AFSPA has been suggested to contain political disturbances. South Tripura, specially it’s home turf of powerful minister Badal Choudhury, has been witnessing trouble as fight is apparently to retain and capture CPI(M) bastion. 

Suman Ningthoujam is Men Mega Mister North East

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Guwahati, June 25, 2017: In the presence of approximately 700 spectators from all across the northeastern region, Suman Ningthoujam from Imphal, Manipur became the 8th Fair & Lovely Men Mega Mister North East 2017 at the ITA Cultural Complex, Machkhowa on Saturday evening.  Besides, Babul Koch from Guwahati, Assam and Soman Chetry from Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh became the 1st and 2nd runners up respectively. 

The contestants travelled to Guwahati for almost a week of activities which included grooming and training sessions conducted by Contestant Directors Piyush Sharma and Sadananda Meisnam, followed by rehearsals, leading up to the Grand Finale of the biggest manhunt of North East India. The pageant has been supported by Title Sponsor Fair & Lovely Men, Fashion Partner Trends, Hospitality Partner Radisson Blu, Digital Partner Vodafone SuperNet 4G and Co-Sponsored by Panasonic. 

Imphal-born Suman Ningthoujam is a civil engineering graduate from SVCET, Andhra Pradesh. Suman, who did his schooling from Eden Public School, Imphal, thanked everyone for the support and said that the title will enable him to live up his dreams. “I am very happy today. Thank you Mega Entertainment and the panel of judges… my parents will be proud today,” said Suman.

First Runner’s up Babul Koch, who hails from Guwahati, said that he was happy that his hard work was appreciated by the panel of judges. Babul is a BBA second year student at NEF Law College.. 

Guv Acharya greets people on Eid ul Fitr

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Kohima, June 25, 2017: Governor of Nagaland and Arunachal Prasdesh, and former Governor of Tripura PB Acharya has extended warm greetings to people at large on occasion of Eid ul Fitr. Here is full text of his message.

On the auspicious occasion of Eid Ul Fitr, I convey my warm greetings to the people of Nagaland, particularly to all Muslim brothers and sisters in the State. I hope that this sacred occasion will usher-in good will and harmony and further strengthen the values of composite society.

The festival of Idu’l Fitr marks the culmination of the Holy Month of ‘Ramzan’, the month of prayers, blessings and forgiveness.It reminds every members of the community their obligations and responsibilities towards other members of the society, especially the poor and downtrodden for peaceful coexistence and equitable progress of the State and the Nation.

On this Eid, I wish that Allah’s blessings light up the path oneness and lead to happiness and success.

CBI finally coming, to grill minister

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Agartala, June 24, 2017: CBI which is actively probing chit fund scams in West Bengal, Assam and Odisha, has finally awaken up to expand net to Tripura which has been worst hit. 

It has sent notice to Tripura Minister Bijita Nath making a her party in multi-billion ponzy scams. A special team from Kolkata would quiz Nath at her Agartala residence at 10AM on June 29.

Meanwhile Nath said she is ready to face CBI probe.  

Assam tribal woman dragged into lies and cruel politics

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Agartala, June 23, 2017: A tribal woman who was subject to mass molestation, brutal assault and public humiliation in Assam’s capital Guwahati a decade ago once again became subject to insult and outrage. This time she is victim of cruel politics. 

 

The girl who was paraded naked after chauvinist lumpens attacked a tribal rally in streets of Guwahati in 2007 is a woman now in 2017. But the horrific time when she lost her modesty and ethnic identity is again haunting her.

Pictures showing her being stripped and beaten were used in a Facebook post to condemn Congress as a party. But information incorporated are either wrong or calculated lies to express venom against Congress.

The post claimed the ‘Hindu girl’ faced fury of Congress for shouting pro Narendra Modi and pro BJP slogans. The rally in which she participated was apolitical organised by a tribal group to press demands, but unfortunately some participants became violent only to pave law mongers attack them in complete collaboration of Assam police.

Second, in 2007 Narendra Modi was not in national political scenario nor BJP was a party with reckon with in Assam. Thus the arguments made in FB page are far from truth.

The posting made in personal account of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. His saffron attired photo also pasted in the page.

Senior politicin and senior minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma who interacted with newsmen in Agartala on Friday questioned authenticity of the FB page. He commented that Assam BJP is trying to contact Yogi over the matter.

There is an extreme possibility that Sarma is right to reject the posting  as the writings of the page began with slang words targeting the Congress. Thus its for sure that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister was unaware of June 13 posting which created a huge controversy in northeast India and someway puzzled the BJP.

But its likely that the FB posting came out from BJP circle in name of Yogi Adityanath. None has heard of any inquiry to know the truth.

Nevertheless the hapless woman who had no option but to move a court in Assam to seek redress has everything to loose. Justice has not been rendered to her in long 10 years, yet she is now locked in second battle in search of her dignity. 

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