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IPFT – Tipraha's merger, big boost for BJP


Agartala, February 3, 2018: BJP got a shot in arm after a regional party merging with it marking a big political development. The leaders of IPFT – Tipraha announced their joining at the BJP headquarters here in presence of state election Incharge Himanta Biswa Sarma and organisation Incharge Sunil Deodhar. 

IPFT – Tipraha was creation of disgruntled young leaders of main IPFT which has forged an electoral alliance with the BJP in 9 of 20 tribal reserved seats in February 18 assembly election. The party was commonly known as Rajeshwar Debbarma faction of the IPFT as the former MLA from Takarjala assembly constituency engineered the exodus of rank and file following a feud.

“General Secretary of now dissolved IPFT – Tipraha Rajeshwar Debbarma raised two issues with us. One of them is empowerment of the tribal autonomous district council to meet aspirations of tribal people and the other is to outseat CPI(M) from power”, Himanta Biswa Sarma said at the joining programme.

He said the first issue is already on card of the NDA led central government working towards amending sixth schedule bill of the constitution and the ouster of left front government has been a diehard resolution of the BJP. He said despite past differences Rajeshwar Debbarma and his team would contribute much to support N.C. Debbarma headed IPFT to win all 9 seats they are contesting.

When asked how the merger of the regional party would help BJP in elections, he said this would definitely boost party. He said after impressive rallies of the party in all assembly constituencies during nomination filling yesterday, things would be ongoing in extreme favour of party which would further be ignited with visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sarma took the occasion to inform that party would get election manifesto released by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley here on February 12. He also informed that party President Amit Shah might not spend 7 or 8 days in Tripura as reported in local media, but definitely would stay for a couple of days on eve of election.

Former BJP President resigns


Agartala, February 2, 2018: Former Tripura state President of the BJP Ronajoy Kumar Deb resigned from the party accusing incumbent leadership of ignoring senior leaders of the party. He was denied nomination from Bagbasa constituency in ensuing assembly election schedule for February 18.

Mr Deb, 75, who held position of State President for 5 years lashed out at party President Biplab Kumar Deb and Organisation Incharge Sunil Deodhar for being guided by corrupt and racketeers. He further alleged that seniors are being insulted in the party. 

Folklore of eastern Nagaland book released


Kohima, January 31, 2018: A book published by the Department of Underdeveloped Areas (DUDA) titled 'Folklore of Eastern Nagaland' was released by Pankaj Kumar Chief Secretary Nagaland at hotel Vivor.

 The book Folklore of Eastern Nagaland is an insight into the poetry, songs, story, and life of six tribes of Eastern Nagaland (Konyak, Phom, Sangtam,Yimchunger and Khaimniungan) collected and translated  by Anungla Longkumer DUDA. The book was edited by Temsula Ao and illustrated by Vineizotuo Z Tase and Vithuse Temi.

Author Anungla Longkumer sharing a brief account on the book said that project was a blessing and an awesome experience to know her roots and how it was in the not so distant traditional past. She also said that the project started on Nagaland statehood day on December 1 during hornbill festival, where she met all the troupes of eastern Nagaland and collected all the information and insights needed for the book.

She said that throughout the project during date collection, editing and compilation the team faced many challenges. She thanked all the story tellers, singers, translators, guides, village heads, GBs because of their immense contribution and also for making the idea of a book into fact.

The programme was chaired by Dr Anungla Imdong Phom programme officer & Joint Director DUDA. Konyak folk song was presented by Angam Khong. Apong Yimchunger gave a short speech on behalf of ENSF. The book launched event was attended by Hohos of Eastern Nagaland, ENSF, ENPO, Department Directors and well wishers.

Impulse Press Lab to combat cross-border trafficking


Shillong, January 29, 2018: The Impulse NGO Network (INGON) has launched a project engaging media to counter human trafficking in and between the borders of India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal. The Impulse Model Press Lab will train journalists from the neighbouring countries to improve media coverage on human trafficking and bring informed, impactful reports to the public.

The project, evolved out of recognition of the media’s important role in driving information on the complex issue, aims to bridge the gap between journalistic training and sensitisation to human trafficking. INGON will partner with international media in the process to implement the Impulse Model Press Lab, building upon its collaborative relationships with the BBC, Thompson Reuters Foundation, France 2 and CNN News 18 and Sikkim Express.

The Impulse Model Press Lab will run a one-year fellowship program for early-career journalists from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar, who will receive training and mentorship to enhance their skills and understanding of human trafficking and become sensitised to the experiences of victims and survivors. The fellowship will focus on trends driving increasing rates of human trafficking across the porous border countries – an issue that mars region.

The project will also include a four-week fellowship for mid-career journalists from each country to conduct major in-depth reports on cross-border human trafficking in the neighbouring states.

An important feature of this initiative is that digital and social media will be harnessed to increase public understanding of the complex landscape of human trafficking, while training journalists to accurately and sensitively report on the issue, and to uphold the privacy and dignity of victims and survivors.

Chanu brings pride for Railway


Maligaon, January 29, 2018: Saikhom  Mirabai  Chanu has brought laurels for N F Railway when she has been selected for the  “Padma Shri” Award - one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, in sports discipline for the year of 2018. “Padma Shri” is awarded for distinguished service in any field which announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year. 

The award will be conferred to her by the President of India at ceremonial function in April next.

Chanu is presently working as Senior Ticket Collector in Lumding division of N F Railway. She is the 2nd player from India to have won Gold medal in the World Weight Lifting Championship 2017 held at USA after a gap of 22 years (after Karnam Maleswari in 1994 & 1995).

Chanu has several Gold medals in International level in her kitty i.e. in XII SAF Games held at Guwahati in 2016, 32nd Women Sr. National Championship held at Tamilnadu in 2016, Commonwalth Senior Men & Women Championship held at Australia in 2017, World Wet lifting Championship held at USA, All India Railway Weight lifting Championship held at kapurthala in 2017 and 33rd Women Senior National Championship held Mangalore, Karnataka in 2018 beside others.

She joined Railway in August 2015. She has been felicitated by Chahatey Ram, General Manager. 

New HC Judge for Tripura


Agartala, Justice Ajay Rastogi, Judge of the Rajasthan High Court, has been transferred to the High Court of Tripura. The high court of Tripura with strength of four judges has now two judges and was in need of augmentation. 

Justice Rastogi was appointed from bar to Rajasthan High court on September 2 2004. 

BREAKING: BJP declares 44 candidates for Tripura poll


Agartala, January 27, 2018: BJP has on Saturday night declared list of 44 candidates to contest assembly elections in Tripura. All seven Congress and Trinamool Congress MLAs who had joined BJP were given nomination. 

BJP state President Biplab Kumar Deb will be contesting from Banamalipur segment in Agartala. Party Vice President and former MLA Subal Kumar Bhowmik who was trying for Banamalipur has been given nomination at Sonamura constituency.

Central Minister and senior leader Jagat Prakash Nadda announced the list after parliamentary board meeting at New Delhi. Party’s state Incharge Sunil Deodhar and state President Biplab Kumar Deb flanked him at the news conference. 

HPCL’s merger to make ONGC 3rd major refining company


Agartala / Dehradun, January 26, 2018: Acquisition of 51.11% equity share of Government of India in HPCL is slated to make ONGC the third largest refining power in the country, said DD Misra, Director (HR), ONGC during the Republic Day celebrations at ONGC Corporate Headquarters, Dehradun. 

With this, ONGC is set to become India’s first fully vertically integrated Energy Company with presence across the entire hydrocarbon value chain, he said.

Misra was speaking in the capacity of officiating CMD, in place of Shashi Shanker, who is representing India as part of a high level delegation at the World Economic Forum in Davos. “We are geared up to contribute in achieving Prime Minister’s vision of 10% reduction in energy imports by 2022”, he said.

The capacity increase from acquisition of HPCL would contribute to ONGC’s downstream kitty of MRPL, that registered its highest ever throughput of 16.57 MMT. 

This combined with ONGC’s other value multiplier projects such as ONGC Petro additions Ltd (OPaL), ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals Ltd (OMPL) and ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTPC) that are all fully operational, would consolidate ONGC’s presence in the downstream hydrocarbon sector. 

Dr. T. AO’s 100th birth anniversary

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Kohima, January 26, 2018: The 100th birth anniversary of Dr. Talimeren Ao popularly known as Dr. T. Ao who was the first Naga Olympian and the Captain of the Indian Football Team in the London Olympics 1948, will be commemorated at Raj Bhavan, Kohima on Sunday next.

Governor of Nagaland P.B. Acharya will be the chief guest at the function. Highlights of the programme will include screening of a Documentary on Dr. T. Ao, unveiling of his portrait by the chief guest and speeches by Er. Lanu Toy and Dr. T. Ao’s family members among others.

A commemorative stamp will also be unveiled by the Governor P. B. Acharya on the same evening, simultaneously with neighbouring state Assam.

NLFT extremist surrenders


Agartala, January 26, 2018: Uttam Debbarma alias Uphil, self style Lieutenant of National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT), surrendered to the Border Security Force on Friday.

46 year old extremist fled from a NLFT hideout at Panchari in Khagrachari district of southeast Bangladesh.

He deposited one 7.62 Chinese Automatic Rifle during the surrender to officer of 10 battalion of BSF at Raishyabari in Dhalai District.