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Children saved from devastating fire


Agartala, October 27, 2017: A huge fire damaged a large portion of an orphanage in Agartala city on Friday evening. Fire tenders doused fire and rescued children safe from the centre. 

An official said they were yet to conclude on cause of fire first noticed at 6pm. “It could be from kitchen or electricity fault, but we are not exactly sure at this point of time”, he said.

Police said office bearers of ‘Shrestha Adoption Agency’ which runs the centre at Abhoynagar locality would be questioned to know if they put in place fire safety and emergency measures.

A large portion of the orphanage was damaged in the fire. No inmate was hurt.

Senior fire service, district administration and police officials are currently visiting the orphanage. District administration is arranging makeshift arrangement to shelter the inmates. 

Rajdhani Express from Agartala


Maligaon, October 27, 2017: When Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain flags off the Agartal Anand Vihar  (New Delhi) Rajdhani on October 28 Agartala will become the third NE Capital  after Guwahati  and Itanagar  (Naharlagun)  to have  a Rajdhani service connecting it to the National capital.

The train will cover the distance of 2413 KM in duration of 41 hours. It will leave Agartala at 18.30 hrs every Monday and reach Anand Vihar at 11.20 hrs every Wednesday. On the way back, the train will leave Anand-  Viharat 19.50 hrs on Wednesday and reach Agartala on Friday at 13.30 hrs.

Major stoppages include Dharmanagar, New Karimganj,    Badarpur, New Halflong, Hojal, Guwahati, Kamakhya, Rangiya, Barpet a Road, New Jalpaiguri, Katihar, Barauni, Patliputra, Mughalsarai and Kanpur.  While New Karimganj is also a stoppage, the train will presently not stop here. The stoppage here would become operational  within  next one month after completion of certain clearances.

The fares in 151 AC, 2nd AC and 3rd AC Will be Rs 7060/-, Rs 4330/- and Rs 3200 respectively. AC 2 tier and AC 3 tier fares will be of the nature of flexi fare. Passengers will be offered all Rajdhani class amenities including meals, linen etc during the journey.

NFR to celebrate vigilance awareness week


Maligaon, October 26, 2017: Vigilance Awareness Week will be observed throughout Northeast Frontier Railway from October 30 to November 4, 2017 with the theme “My Vision- Corruption Free India”. 

During Vigilance Awareness Week, various programmes will be held across N.F.Railway. The programmes include administering “Integrity Pledge” to all the employees of N.F. Railway at HQ and Divisions, distribution of pamphlets / handouts on preventive vigilance activities, organising interactive session and seminar with officers of all departments, holding inter college debate competition amongst the students of various colleges, essay/drawing cartoon and poster competition. 

Poll preparation, first set of VVPAT arrives


Agartala, October 26, 2017: With days left for announcement of assembly poll schedule in Tripura, preparations have started taking shape. Election Commission of Indian has sent 80 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) for their use with EVM in the election exercise in the state.

Apart from this the commission has further extended time for revision of electoral roll. November 30 is the deadline it has fixed.

The current consignment of VVPATS machines would be used for training of officials to be involved in the election process. Use of the machines which confirms correct impression on button of a desired candidate was sought by most the political parties.

Assembly elections in Tripura are due in February 2018. 

Apex court appointed border inspection team visits Tripura


Agartala, October 24, 2017: Supreme Court appointed border inspection committee headed by former IAS officer A.K. Mangotra on Monday inspected some unfenced border locations in Tripura. The committee which included former Director General of BSF D.K. Pathak and Abdul Mannan, retired Professor of Guwahati University as members also took stock of situation at disputed Muhuri Char – only piece of land in south Tripura left out from implementation process of historic land boundary agreement between India and Bangladesh.

This was first spot visit of the committee overseeing fencing work on the India – Bangladesh border after the apex court constituted it on July 31. Division Bench of the court comprising Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R.F. Nariman later replaced former Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai with A.K. Mangotra as Chairperson of the committee at the persuasion of the central government.

A senior BSF official said Supreme Court ordered formation of the committee after admitting a writ petition relating to the fencing of border with Bangladesh. The committee will submit its final report to the court within stipulated three months, he said.

Additional Director General of BSF R.P. Singh arrived from eastern headquarters in Kolkata to accompany the committee during inspections. Senior officers of BSF’s Tripura Frontier, state’s top civil administration and police officials of Tripura were also present during its visits.

On first day the committee mainly travelled to unfenced border locations in South Tripura district. 9.3km in the district has not been fenced so far, sources said.

Chairman and members of the committee also review 1.73km unsettled boundary in disputed Muhuri Char in Belonia. Bangladesh has been staking claim on this piece of land and the contentious issue remained unresolved for decades.

Tripura shares 856km boundary with Bangladesh. Fencing has been completed in 90 percent of the border, officials said.

Tripura Chess Club formed


Agartala, October 23, 2017: An association in the name of “TRIPURA CHESS CLUB” has been constituted by some of the parents of Chess Players of Tripura with a vision to develop the game of Chess in the state. 

As a part of the activities TRIPURA CHESS CLUB has decided to organize an All Tripura Open Prize Money Chess Tournament at Tripura Student’s Health Home, Near Bidurkarta Chowmuhani, Agartala on October 28 and 29.

Newspaper resists censorship in Arunachal: IFJ


New Delhi, October 21, 2017: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) expresses concerns over the act of burning copies of The Arunachal Times newspaper in Arunachal state in northeastern India. The IFJ urges the Indian authorities to ensure that those responsible are brought to book, and to respect the principle of free flow of information.
The Adi Baane Kebang Youth Wing (ABKYW), the youth wing of the organization for the indigenous Adi people, destroyed  and burned  copies of the daily newspaper recently at the Indira Gandhi Park; and uploaded a video of it on social media. The ABKYW has also ‘banned’ the distribution of the daily in East Siang district and issued what it calls a ‘show cause notice’ on September 28. The ABKYW has been critical of the daily for ‘ignoring their voice’ and ‘not backing their demands’ while the newspaper maintained that it had remained neutral and covered all sides.
The publication has lodged a complaint with police following a meeting of the Arunachal Press Club (APC), Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) and Arunachal Electronic Media Association (AEMA). The press bodies termed the action against the press freedom and demanded that ABKYW immediately lift the so-called ‘ban’ on distribution and also tender a public apology.
APC President Chopa Cheda is quoted as saying: “Any attempt to dictate functioning of press bodies by using communal tools will not be tolerated. The community based organizations should understand that a media organisation does not belong to any community, and rather stands for the voiceless people.”
The IFJ said: "The IFJ is concerned by the actions of a local community organization against a newspaper in Arunanchal state that undermine press freedom, independent journalism and editorial judgment. While condemning the burning of the newspaper and banning of its distribution, the IFJ urges all to respect and ensure free flow of information and protect press freedom.”



Agartala, October 20, 2017: The Embassy of India is presenting the third edition of Sarang - Festival of India in Korea, a particularly meaningful event this year as it marks the 70th anniversary of India's independence, which is the exact same day that Korea obtained its independence. Sarang will introduce a range of India's culture and diversity through music, dance, film, food, and art in various cities such as Seoul, Busan, Seosan, Miryang, and Gimhae.

Following the enthralling performance of the Rattle and Hum Music Society during the Handshake Concert held in Gwangju last year, the Embassy of Korea has invited the Society, an empanelled organization of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), to participate in this year’s edition of the Sarang Festival. The inaugural programme of the Festival has been endowed onto to the Society, for which the Society has carefully handpicked an array of musicians and artists from different States of the North East. Altogether, 11 artists hailing from Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram along with 5 officials will be participating in the Festival.

The artists includes the new pop sensation 5FEET, COLORED KEYS, RENBENI ODYUO and ETHNIC FUTURE.

This year’s Sarang will see the colours of the North East India as the performers are all geared up to give the Korean crowd a taste of our culture and talent. The artists will be performing in three different cities starting with the KBS Art Hall, Seoul on the 20th , Seoul Grand Park on 21st and 22nd, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul on 23rd, Seosan City on 25th and 26th, and finally Busan Cinema Centre on 28th.

The purpose of this festival is not only to showcase the range and diversity of the Indian culture to the friendly Korean people, but also to raise recognition and branding of Indian culture in the vibrant and competitive cultural world in Korea, as well as showcasing similarities existing between the two countries.


Heritage train rolls in Darjeeling


Guwahati, October 17, 2017: Northeast Frontier Railway has partially resorted world heritage train service in restive Darjeeling in north Bengal after a halt of 127 days. Arson and destruction of railway properties during violent protests forced the authorities to suspend the narrow gauge train popularly known as ‘toy train’. 

NFR CPRO Pranav Jyoti Sharma informed that a special train has been launched between Siliguri and Sukna forests following repair, maintenance and restoration of track. “Restoration work in remaining 87-km section is going on and train running would resume in a few days”, he added.

On journey schedules he said the daily service of UNESCO declared world heritage train to leave Sukna at 10.45am and to arrive at Siliguri at 10.50am. The train under Darjeeling Himalayan Railway division is equipped with three first class coaches catering mostly domestic and international tourists.

Only commercially existing narrow gauge train which featured in many Indian and global cinemas was stopped on June 11 this year after damages caused to the train and railway properties during violent agitation in Darjeeling area to press local issues.

NFR officials said suspension of train service entailed a loss of Rs 3.8 crore while loss owing to damages was not assessed yet. The restoration work got underway after indefinite strike in hills was withdrawn on September 27. 

Naga student wins national painting contest


Kohima, October 17, 2017: Ruopfüzhazo Class X of Northfield School, Kohima, was adjudged winner in the National Level painting competition on the theme “Exploring New Worlds in Space” held at Earth Station, Shadnagar, Hyderabad, on October 8.

Altogether 28 students, representing different institutions from across the country, took part in the contest.

Winner of the state level quiz completion from Northfield School Kohima participated in the National Level Quiz completion.

The event was organized by the National Remote Sensing Centre, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) celebrating the World Space Week.