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BREAKING: Agartala – Kolkata Kanchanjungha train derails

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

India Rubber Meet from October 30

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Agartala, September 5, 2018: India Rubber Meet which was deferred due to unprecedented flood situation in Kerala would now be held on October 30 and 31. The venue of the meet is slated at Hotel Grand Hyatt at Kochi Bolgatty

The Meet is jointly organised by the Rubber Board and the stakeholder associations in rubber and allied sectors. 

The Meet was earlier scheduled for August 30 and 31, in Kochi, had to be postponed owing to the grim situation caused by heavy rain and floods in Kerala.

Nomination process for Panchayat by-poll starts

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Agartala, September 4, 2018: Tripura State Election Commission has issued notification over holding by-eleciton in vacant segments of three tier Panchayat. The notification facilitated submission of nomination papers. 

Main opposition CPI(M) alleged that its aspirants were prevented from joining nomination process in Bamutia of north of Agartala. It claimed party leaders and cadres were threatened and intimidated by ruling BJP workers.

BJP rubbished the claim and countered with evidence that CPI(M) candidates filed nomination at different places.

By-poll is slated to hold on September 30 next. 

Media Workshop on Measeles & Rubella Vcaccinaiton

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Agartala, September 4, 2018: National Health Mission organised state level sensitize media workshop in Agartala ahead of formal launching of Measles & Rubella vaccination campaign. The programme was aimed at sensitizing all wings of media about preparedness for the vaccination campaign and its importance.

Measles & Rubella vaccination campaign aims to cover around 41 crore children across India between 9 months to 15 years of age. It would be largest ever immunization campaign of its kind.

Representatives from the UNICEF, senior officials of NHM of different northeastern states and journalists attended the day long sensitization workshop.

Militants scare residents in remote villages

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Agartala, September 4, 2018: Though insurgency in Tripura has virtually wiped out, a small band of extremists scared residents of Raisyabari in Dhalai district through distribution of tax notice. Police confirmed activities of outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) in the area.

Reports said residents of three tribal villages have received notice over past few days. There has been variation of amount in demand notice distributed to them.

Police officials said they have directed Tripura State Rifles (TSR) units to intensify patrol and conduct search operation in the area. BSF has also been alerted as Raisyabari is a border location. 

Quick watering system for trains

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Maligaon, September 4, 2018: Northeast Frontier Railway is going to install a smart watering arrangement for filling water in passenger trains. The newly proposed quick watering arrangement have been planned to be installed in New Jalpaiguri, Guwahati and Lumding stations by March 2019.

In the present arrangements, as soon as a train is placed in the platform line, individual coaches are watered by connecting hoses through audco valves which in turn are connected to a central hydrant pipeline. Feeding is done under gravity. So simultaneous watering of all coaches is not possible as there is substantial loss of pressure.

The new system will comprise of many high performances smart pumps which will be controlled from a centralized location. Once the train is placed in the platform, the system will be put into operation which will enable complete watering of the entire train in just 10 minutes and that too without wasting water.

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