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Govt officials in walkathon on clean election


Kohima, February 10, 2018: Senior government officials are leading clean election campaign walk under the banner of ‘Walkathon’ in different places of Nagaland which would have assembly election on February 27.

The school children, Government officials and church leaders, besides other are participating in the walk. Theme music on clean election were played in the walk with banners reading ‘clean election is our priority.”

Notorious gun runner in security net again


Agartala, February 9, 2018: A notorious gun trafficker carrying small arms and ammunitions has been arrested from a train at Agartala railway station on Thursday. The incident caused sensation as Tripura was on a high security alert in view of ensuing assembly election.

“Three .22 pistols, 500 rounds and a large dagger were found in his possession after his capture from a compartment of Kanchanjangha Express after it reached Agartala. The pistols were made in Italy”, a police officer said.

Senior police and intelligence officials were interrogating him as his arrested occurred on a day of visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to campaign for his party candidates in assembly election. Detainee Naresh Chakma is a resident of Natunbazar in south Tripura.

Chakma who has a nexus with arms syndicates operating in northeast India, Bangladesh and Myanmar was last arrested at Badarpur railway station in Assam on August 12 2017. 305 live cartridges of automatic weapons including AK-47 recovered from him at that seizure.

He was also arrested in 2012 and 2015 at diffident places in Tripura and each time arms and ammunitions were recovered from his possession. He however was lucky to obtain bail within few months of his arrests.

Informed sources said Naresh who was bailed out from jail last year was under constant watch from the day he procured 305 live cartridges from an arms kingpin at Dimapur in Nagaland last year. He was already into intelligence scanner for his frequent visits at different destinations in northeast India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. 

Intelligence officials believed Chakma had a close liaison with Jumma extremist outfits in Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh put him under constant watch even after he was released on bail last time. “His interrogation will definitely help us to get insight of his entire network and people connected with it”, one official said. 

Nagaland election, 253 candidates file nomination


Agartala, February 8, 2018: Chief Electoral Officer Nagaland Abhijit Sinha informed 253 candidates including substitute candidates from different political parties filed their nomination papers for the February 27 Nagaland Assembly Election.

There are five women candidates- Smti Rekha Rose (Ind) from A/C Chizami, Smti Awan Konyak (NDPP) from A/C Aboi, Smti Rakhila (BJP) from A/C Tuensang Sadar-11, Smti Wedie-u Kronu (NPP) from A/C Dimapur –III and Smti (Dr) K Mangyangpula (NPP) from A/C Noksen.
Various political parties who filed their nomination includes NPF, NDPP, NPP, BLP, INC, JD(U), LJP, NCP, AAP and Independent
Substitute candidates are expected to withdraw nomination by the last day of withdrawal, 12 February 2018.

The polling for 60 seats will take place on 27 Feb.and votes will be counted on 3rd March 2018. The highest nominations are under Mokokchung district with 48 candidates.

Modi speaks at election rally in Tripura


Agartala, February 8, 2018: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Tripura to campaign for his party. He is currently speaking at the first venue in Sonamura of West Tripura. (Speech began at 12.30pm)

"Poor of Tripura were looted through the Rose Valley Chit Fund scam. More than 14 lakh people, half of Tripura's population lost their hard earned money. Everyone guilty for stealing from the poor will be punished. Voters will teach them a lesson," says PM Modi.

From Sonamura he will travel to Kailashahar in north Tripura to address his second election rally.

He would again visit the state on February 15 to address a central rally in Agartala.

IPFT eschews ‘Tipraland’ demand


Agartala, February 7, 2018: The belated joint statement issued on Wednesday dispelled confusion over terms of understanding between BJP and the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT). IPFT appears to have eschewed demand for Tipraland – a separate state for 33 percent tribal people. 

The joint statement spoke on fulfilling aspirations of indigenous people through sustained efforts in socio-economic and cultural sectors. It also pledged to work for all sections of people irrespective of community identity.

BJP’s Election Incharge in Tripura Himanta Biswa Sarma who released the joint statement expressed hope that it would dismiss confusion over the conditions of the electoral understanding.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar had demanded an explanation from Prime Minister on conditions of deal with IPFT. 

Neiphu among 22 file nomination in Nagaland


Agartala, February 6, 2018: 22 candidates from 17 Assembly Constituencies filed nomination of their candidature on February 6 for the February 27 assembly poll in Nagaland.

Intending candidates who filed their nomination are 8 Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party, 7 Naga People's Front Party, 6 from Saffron Party and 1 Janata Dal (U). 

Home minister, Kuzholuzo Nienu was the first to filed the paper on the eve of the last day of nomination as declared by Election Commission of India, despite opposition to go ahead with the poll from the Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organizations (CCNTHCO) and the Naga Political groups who were on demand for 'solution and not election'. 

MP, Lok Sabha and former Chief Minister Neiphu Rio was among those who filed their candidature today.

Meanwhile, more than 200 intending candidates as per the candidate lists released by different Political parties, are yet to filed their nomination

Manik Sarkar in whirlwind campaign


Agartala, February 5, 2018: Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has been extensively touring the state to lead crucial campaign for February 18 assembly elections which is also fought by its main contender BJP. With Congress fading out of campaign trail, Sarkar‘s party CPI(M) is facing is facing a stiff the saffron party. 

The veteran leader has become main source of hope and inspiration for the communist party which is continuously in power for past 30 years if previous 10 years is not counted. The party understands the strength of BJP and solid stewardship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to

Sarkar is shouldered with responsibility of campaigning to bail out CPI(M) led left front from prevailing anti incumbency factor. A Chief Minister of five terms is however not left with many issues to take on BJP except BJP’s ‘communal and pro - corporate’ polices and its electoral alliance with the IPFT.

Chief Minister in his latest rhetoric at Dharmanagar and Panisagar in north Tripura lambasted two ‘reactionary forces’ BJP and IPFT. BJP is in awkward situation as IPFT has not yet clarified if it had eschewed demand for a separate tribal state called Tipraland which is aimed at curbing of three fourth land of Tripura. 

First electric - traction train in NFR


Maligaon (Guwahati), February 5, 2018: The much anticipated electric train service in NF Railway became a reality with running of 55704 Katihar – Malda Court Passenger train with Electric engines recently. The electrification work of Katihar – Kumedpur – Malda Court had been completed in December last year and Commissioner of Railway Safety had permitted running of passenger and goods train in the section.
Following the clearance, the first passenger train in the electrified section was run on January 24 2018. 

Till now, NF Railway was the only railway zone to be electrified though electrification was completed up to Katihar in 2017. The Katihar Yard was electrified in March 2017 and long-distance trains started changing engines and traction at Katihar station from 2017.

The work for electrification from Katihar to Kumedpur via New Jalpaiguri and Raninagar Jalpaiguri was sanctioned at a cost of Rs. 166 crore and the work for electrification of Kumedpur to Singbad via Old Malda was sanctioned for a cost of Rs. 43 crore.

NF Railway has taken up electrification of New Jalpaiguri – Bongaigaon – Guwahati section and the work is progressing well.

297 candidates in Tripura poll


Agartala, February 4, 2018: After closure of process of withdrawal altogether 297 candidates are contesting in 60 assembly seats in February 18 elections in Tripura. The number includes aspirants from national and regional parties, unrecognized parties and independents.

Each constituency with an average of five candidates would witness multi corner contest. CPI(M) led left front and BJP – IPFT alliance have put up candidates in all assembly segments.

Congress however fell short after one candidate withdrew from Salgarah – Kakraban constituency and joined BJP. Congress alleged foul play suggesting the candidate sold out to the saffron party.

Counting of votes would take place on March 3 along with that of Meghalaya and Nagaland states. 

Rajnath terms crime situation in Tripura grim


Agartala, February 3, 2018: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who arrived on Saturday on a hectic campaign in support of BJP candidates in Tripura assembly poll lashed out at left front government for failing to improve law and order situation specially crime against women.

Speaking at a rally he said Tripura has topped in the country in incidents of crime against women. “The left has no right to seek another term to govern the state as it failed in ever sphere of governance”, he added.

He ushered hope to install BJP government in Tripura with massive mandate in February 18 assembly poll.