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Train services affected due to bandh and rain


Maligaon, September 10, 2018: Nine mail and express as well as passenger trains had to be detained and were delayed by 20 to 80 minutes due to picketers obstructing tracks at various stations in Lumding and Tinsukia division of NF Railway. Seven other trains had to be cancelled, two trains short-terminated and four trains had to be diverted because of damage to tracks due to heavy rain last night in Alipurduar Division.

Picketers had resorted to blockade of railway tracks at Silchar, between Kalkalighat and Baraigram, between Moranhat and Sibsagar Town, at Digboi, and between Nakachari and Mariani. However, these blockades were lifted later and train services resumed.

In another unrelated incident, incessant rain resulted in damage to railway embankment at km 92/3-4  and km 83/2-3 between Carron and Banarhat stations of Alipurduar division last night. As a result the following trains had to be cancelled or short terminated.

Agartala – Agartala rail project inauguration on Monday


Agartala, September 9, 2018: Work for ambitious Agartala with Akhaura rail link project will be formally inaugurated on September 10. India is funding the 15-km long railway project at a cost of Rs 968 crore. 

Indian railway officials said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina expected to inaugurate the project through video conferencing. Programmes to mark the occasion has been arranged both in Agartala and Akhaura which is one oldest railway junction in the region.

The project which was had 2018 deadline could take another year to complete. Officials cited land acquisition hurdles on both sides responsible for the delay.

“Indian Railway's construction company (IRCON) is implementing the 15-km long rail track laying project”, Pranav Jyoti Sharma, CPRO of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), said. IRCON is a sister organisation of Indian Railways, he added.

Tripura government on behalf of Indian Railways acquired 67 acre land for 5-km route on Indian part and Bangladesh availed land for rest 10-km on its side. India has earmarked Rs 968 crore of which DoNER Ministry allocated Rs 580 crore. 

India has assured a fund Rs 388 crore for the work in Bangladesh.

Ganja seizure continues in Tripura


Agartala, September 9, 2018: In a major success, Tripura police have seized around 3500kg Ganja (Cannabis) concealed in two oil tanker trucks in north Tripura. Use of oil tankers in smuggling of the drug substance surprised security establishments engaged in unyielding drive against narcotics in the state.

The authorities are under instruction from Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb to eradicate all round drug menace within a reasonable time. A few hundred seizures have already taken place in the state since BJP-IPFT coalition government came to power in March last.

Police said latest seizures occurred after they intercepted an oil tanker truck on Thursday night and another on Friday afternoon. 2100kg Ganja recovered from the first vehicle at Bagbasa on the Assam Agartala National Highway and 1359kg from the second tanker in Dharmanagar town.

“Together the Ganja consignments could fetch at least rupees 3.15 crore in market. The oil tanker trucks were on their way to Bihar state”, Benu Madhab Dey, Officer In Charge of Dharmanagar police station, informed.

He informed driver and his two accomplices were arrested under The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act after Friday’s seizure. He said the raids were conducted in coordinated operation of security agencies. 

In another success police seized Ganja weighing 428-kg worth Rs 28 lakh from a truck in Srinagar police station limit in west Tripura. A youth from Uttar Pradesh arrested in connection with confiscation. 

BJP, IPFT to contest Panchayat by-poll separately


Agartala, September 8, 2018: BJP and its partner in coalition government in Tripura, IPFT, have deiced to contest ensuing Panchayat by-poll separately. Both parties were submitting nomination for the poll which would also be fought by main opposition parties – CPI(M) and Congress.

The by-poll in vacant Panchayat segments is slated for September 30.

Huge enthusiasm for NE Students Fest at New Delhi


Agartala / New Delhi, September 8, 2018: Thousands of students participated in the colorful musical cultural programme – Nest FEST 2018, organized  by My Home India (MHI) as it’s annual event to welcome the fresher students of Northeastern region living in and around Delhi. 

This year’s programme was organized at the Talkotara stadium here on Saturday and which coincided with the birth anniversary of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, legendary singer, musician and composer of the Northeast region.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the fest in presence of Dr Harsh Vardan, Union Minister for Science and Technology, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, MoS Civil Aviation Dr Jayanta Sinha, Secretary North Eastern Council Ram Muivah, founder of MHI and National Secretary BJP Sunil Deodhar and former football captain of India Bhaichung Bhutia.

The program started with traditional felicitation of the guests in Northeastern manner by shri  Sunil Deodhar founder of My Home India who on the occasion welcomed the gathering and praised the Union Home Minister for bringing peace to the once turbulent Northeaster region of India. 

Deodhar also praise the young Chief Minister of Tripura and viewed that the state will see transformation under his able leadership. 

Meantime, the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the gathering said that Northeast is the heart of India and without its development the all-round development of India is not possible.

He recalled former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpaye and said that it was only during Vajpaye’s tenure that a separate Ministry DoNER, dedicated for the development of the NE region was formed.

Singh also viewed that after Vajpayee, the present Prime Minister Narendra Modi, under his Act East Policy has prioritized for the development of the eight Northeastern states, and which he declared as ‘Asta Laxmi’.

Mentioning names of few sports personnel’s like Hima Das, Dipa Karmakar and few other the Union Home Minister said that the Northeastern region is full of multi-talents and which need to be explored.

Praising the role of MHI for its various activities in nation building through various programs including today’s colorful fest, the Union Home Minister assured the students of Northeaster region against any type problems and for which his door shall always remain open.

Speaking on the occasion the Tripura Chief Minister also praised the role of MHI for its various social services especially for the people of the Northeastern region.

Adding to Deb, the MoS Civil Aviation Dr Jayanta Sinha said that the present government at the centre is emphasizing on better infrastructure and connectivity of the Northeastern region and which are basics and necessary for the development.

He also informed about the coming up of various new airports and resuming of services in old airports in the NE region beside the UDAN project which aims at air connecting all NE states to other states of India. 

The last speaker at the inaugural program former footballer Baichung Bhutia, who belong the Northeaster Sikkim state, thanked MHI founder Sunil Deodhar and his team for their continuous support towards the people of the NE region and asked the gathered students to approach MHI in case they face any type of problem.

The second part of the program started with the dance and songs , highlighting the rich cultural diversity of various tribes of NE region.

More than fifteen cultural troupes performed various dances of NE region including the famous Bihu dance of Assam, Hazagiri of Tripura, Wangala of Meghalaya, Rai Haraba of Manipur and Cheru of Mizoram those mesmerized that huge gathering with their performances beside star performer Zubeen Garg, former India Idol Surabhi Debbarma and Nagaland’s renowned band Alobo Naga also performed in the program which is the biggest of its type here organized by My Home India.

BREAKING: Agartala – Kolkata Kanchanjungha train derails


Agartala, September 6, 2018: Agartala – Sealdah 'Kanchanjungha Express' derailed near New Haflong station between Badarpur and Lumding at around 2 pm on Thursday. Railway officials said no passenger or crew was hurt in the accident.

In a release Northeast Frontier (NFR) informed that two rear wheels of the parcel cum luggage van next to the engine got derailed.

Unaffected 20 coaches of the train were removed from the site. Accident relief trains from Lumding and Badarpur immediately started towards accident site.

Normal running of the trains affected due to the derailment. NFR unleashed work to restore services.

BSF captures huge contraband goods


Agartala, September 6, 2018: During the month of August 2018 goods like Sarees, Garments, Vehicle, Cattle, Phensidyl, Forest produce, Medicines, Fish, Yaba Tab, liquor, Cracker,  Ganja and other items worth Rs.5,25,37,580 were seized by BSF from the bordering areas of Kamlasagar, Ashabari, N C Nagar, Belardeppa, UNC Nagar, Kullubari, Nirbhoypur, Srimantapur,Rangamura,Dhanpur (Dist. Sepahijala), Kathalcheri, Hrishiyamukh, Beltoli,Srinagar, Hasrbatoli,Chitabari (Distt. Tripura South), Lathiapura  (Distt.Unakoti), Yakubnagar Sahib, Sartiong, Mangroli (distt Tripura North)   Khan, Khangrabari, Katlamuar. Bogabil  (Dist- Khowai). 

Out of the above, goods worth Rs. 5,19,44,285 were being smuggled out to Bangladesh and goods worth Rs. 5,93,295 were coming into the Indian territory illegally from Bangladesh.  BSF troops also apprehended 16 Indian, 4 Myanmar and 1 Bangladeshi Nationals while they were illegally crossing the India-Bangladesh border of Tripura.  

BSF is maintaining vigil round the clock and committed to guard the borders with utmost zeal.

2nd CBI team in journos murder


Agartala, September 5, 2018: Another team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is expected to visit Tripura next week to expedite investigation into murder of two journalists in last leg of 2017. Sources said the new team would be headed by an officer to the rank of superintendent. 

The first team of CBI investigated circumstances leading to murder of young television journalist Shantanu Bhowmik while covering political protest at Mandwai, 25km east of Agartala. The other team would specifically probe whole gamut surrounding fatal gun attack of crime reporter Sudip Datta Bhowmik at office of Commandant of 2nd battalion of Tripura State Rifles. 

IJU condemns imprisonment of journalists


Agartala, September 5: The Indian Journalists Union (IJU) strongly condemned the imprisonment of two Myanmar journalists for exposing the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in the country. The journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who worked for Reuters news agency, were sentenced to seven years in jail on Mondayunder the archaic Officials Secrets Act for their investigative reports on the massacre of Rohingya Muslims by the military.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, IJU President S N Sinha, Secretary-General Amar Devulapalli and Vice-President Sabina Inderjit demanded that the journalists should be released immediately and unconditionally as it was frame up by the officials. They said that the two reporters were doing their job with integrity by exposing the systematic military operations against the Rohingya Muslim dominated villages in Rakhine state of Myanmar which amounted to ‘ethnic cleansing’.

The IJU statement said, “It is most unfortunate and tragic that the government of Aung San Suu Kyi, who fought against the military junta in the country to restore democracy is now resorting to most undemocratic acts by stifling the free media and independent journalists. She should understand that her victory against the military junta was possible only because of the support she received from the free media and independent journalists world over.”

The Union demanded that the Government India should condemn the undemocratic acts of the government in the neighbouring country and impose sanctions against it if refuses to release the imprisoned journalists. It called on the international journalists professional and trade union movement to mount a powerful a movement to secure the release of incarcerated Myanmar journalists.

5 Day Long Silk Mark Expo begins


Guwahati, September 5, 2018: A five day long Silk Mark Expo, organised by Silk Mark Organization of India(SMOI) and sponsored by Central Silk Board, Ministry of Textiles was inaugurated on Wednesday by Ranjit Dutta, Minister of handloom, Textiles and Sericulture, Government of Assam in NEDFi House, Guwahati.  In this Expo 44 Authorised Users will be show casing the entire range of pure silk products affixed with Silk Mark Labelsfrom all over the country.

Inaugurating the Expo Dutta said Silk Markis mark of purity and it helps buyers to purchase the genuine silk products. He also said that to ensure that silk mark gains further credibility and popularity, it is very much needed to create enough publicity and awareness among the consumers to buy only Silk Mark Labelled silk products.

The  Minister also added that, Government of Assam will set up a Yarn Bank in Sualkuchi, where the the raw materials will be available in market price with 20% subsidy and the local weavers will be benefited from this. This Yarn Bank will be inaugurated on September 15,2018 by Sarbananda Sonowal, the Chief Minister of Assam.

Mamta B Sharma, Executive, SMOI, Guwahati Chapter said that this event is an ideal platform not only to popularize Silk Mark labels and provide valuable linkages to all the stake holders in the silk industry, but also to encourage the local entrepreneurs to start business in Silk.

In this five day long Expo silk products will be showcased by 44 Silk Mark members and authorised users from across the country. Vanyasilk such as Muga, Eri, Tasar etc. will also be showcased here to generate awareness about the new possibilities of Vanya silk product development.