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Manik Sarkar may not avail government house after SC verdict


Agartala, May 7, 2018: The landmark judgment of the Supreme Court delivered on Monday might come in way of former CPI(M) Chief Minister Manik Sarkar from availing a government bungalow. Though the case before the apex court dealt with state of Uttar Pradesh, but the ruling of the court prohibited ex Chief Ministers from occupying government premises anywhere in the country. 

Tripura’s iconic communist leader Manik Sarkar who was Chief Minister for 20 straight years reportedly wrote to assembly Speaker Rebati Mohan Das requesting him to sanction a suitable house for his stay and a car for his travel.

Supreme Court set aside provisions created by the states to provide house to former Chief Ministers. It said after eschewing office they become an ordinary citizen and cannot claim extra ordinary facilities.

Phase 1 of demolition drive successful


Agartala, May 7, 2018: First phase of demolition drive against illegal structures accommodating party and trade union offices on public land completed without any hindrance. Some nine brick and RC made constructions were razed at Old Motor Stand area in Agartala before dawn on Monday.

Authorities have identified 104 illegal structures of different political parties in west district and 110 in south Tripura. The demolition drive would continue despite all odds, asserted officials.

Opposition CPI(M) and Congress criticised the action while BJP hailed it as a pro people civic action. Beating all apprehensions situation in Agartala remained completely peaceful.

Amit Shah downplays hullabaloo on Tripura CM


Agartala, May 6, 2018: BJP’s national President Amit Shah on Sunday downplayed controversies surrounding Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb. In an interview with India Today TV’s Managing Editor Rahul Kanwal, he said BJP led incumbent coalition government in Tripura has been trying to work for benefit of the state and people. 

Shah alleged the erstwhile left front government headed by CPI(M) caused havoc in the state and the new government was trying to set things right. On repeated questions to react on recent statements of Biplab Deb, he avoided direct reply, but said things will start taking shape soon.

About Biplab Deb he used the words ‘young chief minister’ in an apparent intend to downplay controversies.

4 BSF soldiers killed in border camp


Agartala, May 6, 2018: A BSF constable went into berserk and shot dead three colleagues at Magruli camp in Irani police station limit of Unakoti district before dawn on Sunday. He later committed suicide by shooting himself. 

Some media reports are using derogatory words to suggest a dispute over money matter led to shocking incident. Police and BSF are investigating into the incident to know the motive.

Thus decided to use statement issued by the Tripura Frontier Headquarters of the BSF to maintain dignity and standing of the glorified force. It goes below.

“In an unfortunate incident of fratricide, in the wee hours of 06 May, 2018, CT Shishupal, 28, of BSF fired upon Head Constable Vijay Kumar, 45, Kote NCO apparently in a tiff. He reportedly also fired at sentry, but missed him.

Subsequently, he also fired upon at Constable/Driver Rakesh Kumar Yadav, 20 & Constable Rinku Kumar, 30 and later shot himself dead. Constable Rakesh Kumar Yadav and Constable Rinku Kumar were taken to Civil hospital Kailashahar, where Constable Rinku Kumar succumbed to his injuries. Constable Rakesh Kumar was evacuated in Civil ambulance to ILS hospital, Agartala where at about 060830 hrs, he breath his last.

In incident 04 BSF personnel of 55 Bn BSF, deployed at BOP Magroli, unfortunately lost their life and their mortal remains are being dispatched to their respective native places.

Inspector General Frontier Tripura and other Senior BSF Officers have rushed to the spot for detailed enquiry. Further details will be provided later on.

The formation Tripura frontier has expressed deep shock, at the incident and has offered their condolences to the Next of Kins. Arrangements are being made to send mortal remains, by Air to their respective home towns at Jammu and 24 Parganas.”

Police break ‘mafia barricade’ at Corporation


Agartala, May 5, 2018: With specific assurance of ‘no interference’ from BJP –IPFT coalition government, police on Saturday acted tough against Tender mafia elements at the Agartala Municipal Corporation.  While some got taste of police baton, rest ran to safety before being caught.

Taking cue of previous regime, a large number of Tender mafias laid a seize at the engineering section of the corporation to prevent bonafide contractors from filling bids to contest for four public works in the capital city. Some of the contractors even left the premises amidst threat to life.

When situation went out of control, top brass of corporation called in police. Police officers and a large contingent of security personnel rushed to the spot and swung into action.

Some of the ruffians were caned while others ran out to escape action. The premises were vacated of the bad elements within a short time.

Officials said the incumbent government would not allow anti socials to break law even if they owe allegiance to ruling parties. Police have been given free hand to maintain public order and take tough stance against the law mongers.

CM bats for STPI in Tripura


Agartala, May 5, 2018: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb requested Union Minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad to sanction a ‘state of art’ complex of STPI (Software Technology Park of India) in Agartala.

Chief Minister also sought from the union minister Prasad other communication facilities issues like BPOs in all Rural Development Blocks and Wi-Fi internet connectivity for all the Panchayats.

Deb asserted that the measures would be first step towards making Agartala future IT hub of northeast India. 

Judicial Conclave tomorrow


Agartala, May 5, 2018: Annual Conclave of judicial officers at initiative of the High Court of Tripura would be held here on Sunday. Chief Justice of the high court Ajay Kumar Rastogi would inaugurate the programme. 

The day long conclave would be a brain storming session where issues pertaining problems of litigants and trial process, irritants in justice system and ways to cope with piles of pending cases besides other relevant issues would be discussed at strength,  high court registry informed.

The high court has presently 3000 pending cases. The number stands at altogether 85,000 in subordinate courts across the state.

Hundreds attend ONGC medical camp


Agartala, May 5, 2018: A Medical camp under the aegis of AISCSTEWA ONGC, Tripura Asset was held on Saturday at Paschim Fatikchara colony for the benefit of needy poor people from areas surrounding Bamutia viilage near Agartala. .

ONGC ED-Asset Manager G.K. Singha Roy thanked the villagers for their massive participation in the camp and also for their continued support for ONGC activities. He emphasized that ONGC believes in improving the quality of life of people around its operational areas.

Therefore, to ensure better health of the people ONGC regularly organizes medical camps. He further said that ONGC is committed to the cause through its CSR function and working in the areas of Health, Education, Entrepreneurship skill development, promotion of art & culture.

Elected representatives from village Panchayats and the villagers participated in large numbers in making the event a grand success.

More than four hundred people of the area took advantage of the camp. 

NLFT cadre surrenders


Agartala, May 4, 2018: BSF on Friday reminded people about underground outfit NLFT which is completely lying low by informing surrender of a militant. It said one militant Subrata Debbarma @ Junior, 32, surrendered without arm before its officers.

He was accompanied by his wife.

Tripura Frontier Headquarters informed that the return of the above listed important cadre of NLFT, into the mainstream of our society will spread massage of peace, tranquility and prosperity amongst all citizen of the state.                          

Poonam to attend BJP youth convention


Agartala, May 3, 2018: Poonam Mahajan, national President of Yuba Morcha and MP, would attend a convention of the group here tomorrow. The programme is organised at grand new indoor stadium in Netaji Subhas Regional Coaching Centre (NSRCC).

Ahead of slated journey to northeast India she drove to her memory lane by sharing a old family photograph in a twwet @poonam_mahajan 

She's the little girl in the picture in the arms of her father Pramod Mahajan. The boy is her brother Rahul, with their mother Rekha.

Pramod Mahajan was a charismatic BJP leader who was shot by his brother Pravin in 2006 over a dispute. He died as a result of his injuries shortly thereafter.