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BSF leads observance of International Yoga Day


Salbagan, June 22, 2018: 4th International Yoga Day was observed across the world as well as in State of Tripura on June 21, 2018.This day, troops of Border Security Force, took part in the initiative of the Government of India to dedicate the day to inner and outer well-being of human body with people across the world in practicing Yoga in groups. The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing Yoga, a physical, mental and spiritual practice.

To observe the occasion, BSF Tripura Frontier was assigned as Nodal agency to liaise with all CAPFs deployed in the State of Tripura to participate in mass Yoga demonstration in State level function. More than 1000 personnel comprising of Officers, SOs and Other ranks from various CAPFs including BSF, CRPF, Assam Rifle and CISF along with 600 children from various schools participated under the aegis of BSF Tripura Frontier at Khumulwng Stadium, Jirania, and Agartala.

Anupriya Patel, Union Health & Family welfare accompanied with Shri Biplab Kumar Deb, Chief Minister of the State, were the distinguished Chief guests, to grace the occasion and lead the mass Yoga demonstration. The ceremony also have the presence of Manoj Kanti Deb, State Sports & Youth affair Minister, Sanjeev Ranjan, Chief Secretary Tripura State, H K Lohia, IPS, IG BSF Tripura Frontier. In addition, many other dignitaries including MLAs, State Govt. Officials and CAPFs marked their presence on the occasion.

The day was celebrated at all hundreds of BSF locations in Tripura along the entire stretch of Indo-Bangladesh Borders Battalions and Sector Hqs, with increased enthusiasm in organized and disciplined manner. At ICP Agartala, Border Guard Bangladesh troops willingly jointly part-take in International Yoga day celebrations, with their BSF brothers in arms, amidst presence of encouraging spectators and media representatives, truly portraying the theme adopted for this year – “Yoga for Peace.

Shillong to become 100th Smart City


Shillong, June 21, 2018: Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya, has been selected as 100th Smart City after evaluating the proposal submitted by it. Till now, 99 smart cities had been selected in four rounds of competition. The latest announcement, selection of 100 cities has been completed under the Smart Cities Mission.

Previously, 20 cities were selected in January 2016, 13 cities in May 2016, 27 cities in September 2016, 30 cities in June 2017 and 9 cities in January 2018. With the selection of Shillong, the total proposed investment in the finally selected 100 cities under the Smart Cities Mission would be Rs.2,05,018 crores.

Against fake news G Plus launches #FakeMat


Guwahati, June 20, 2018: In a bid to increase awareness about the prevailing dangers of fake News on the digital media space and the rate at which it spreads using various applications, G Plus launched the ‘FakeMat’ campaign across the city. 

The campaign will be executed using various means such as digital media, social media, outdoor & print media and on-ground activations with an aim to reach over a million people within the city and outside as much as possible.

The ‘Fake Mat’ initiative is aimed to engage with the youth who are largely active users of the internet and social media. Owing to the large amount of ‘content’ surfacing on the internet, unverified news has also found its way among readers which also included the recent misinformation case of the ‘xopadhora’ incident on digital media.

Extending support to the campaign, Finance Minster of Assam, Dr.Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “I request people not to spread fake news in our society as we have seen negative impact of such news in recent days which can turn into a tragic situation. So I request everyone not to spread fake news.”

Sunit Jain, MD and Publisher of G Plus said, “It is tragic that two lives were lost and the situation here in Assam became so tense simply because of the spread of misinformation on digital media. Being a publisher and having the trust and confidence of people from the city, it puts us in a position of immense responsibility and we want to do our bit to make people extremely aware about spreading incorrect information on the digital media space.”

The campaign has already seen support by artists such as Zublee Baruah, Utpal Das, Nishita Goswami with other eminent personalities joining the campaign.

ONGC hails TSR Bn for road restoration


Agartala, June 20, 2018: ONGC has lauded officers and jawans of the 6th battalion of Tripura State Rifles (TSR) for repairing a road connecting to a drilling site in north Tripura. ONGC has officially acknowledged the good work extended by the paramilitary troops. 

The connecting road was badly damaged due to recent rains and subsequent floods. The drilling site is located in Dharmanagar in north Tripura.

CM assures action in CPI(M) leader’s murder


Agartala, June 20, 2018: Chief Minister Biplab Deb on Wednesday assured that the murder of a local CPI(M) leader Tapas Sutradhar would be impartially and properly investigated. Sutradhar, 52, was murdered with sharp cutting weapons near his house at Padmabill in Panisagar of North Tripura district on wee hours of Tuesday.

Chief Minister made the assurance in state assembly after CPI(M) MLAs raised the issue. He said he has already instructed the DGP to take action against the perpetrators.

Former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and Member of Parliament Jitendra Choudhury visited Panisagar and met grieving family of Tapas Sutradhar. The 12 hour strike called in Padmabil Block area in protest against the brutal murder evoked mixed response and passed off peacefully.

Attack on life of photo journalist, critical


Agartala, June 19, 2018: A camera journalist was critically wounded when miscreants attacked him with sharp cutting weapons at Dharmanagar in north Tripura on Monday night. The attack left him critically wounded and the victim is struggling for life in a hospital.

Police said Suman Debnath, 31,was targeted after he started chasing a report on a crime syndicate in the town. He was stabbed in different parts of body.

Police arrested one of suspects, Mihir Deb, in connection with the attack. Tripura journalist organisations condemned the incident and demanded stern action against the perpetrators.

Train running affected due to land slide


Maligaon, June 18, 2018: Normal running of train has been restored in Lumding – Badarpur and Badapur - Agartala sections after completion of restoration work. But traffic is still suspended between Silchar and Badarpur as some portion of railway track at Km 8/7 – 9/1 between Panchgram - Katakhal stations is still under flood water.

Accordingly, 25658 DN Silchar – Sealdah Kanchanjungha Express will leave from Badarpur at 17-45 hrs instead of Silchar to clear stranded passenger.

Efforts are on to restart the train services as early as possible once the flood water recedes.

2 SDMs suspended for negligence amid grim flood situation


Agartala, June 15, 2018: Floods have affected almost entire Triprua. Seven of eight districts of the state are adversely affected. Tripura Chief Minister on Thursday and Friday took aerial survey and also visited relief camps mostly in the worst hit Unakoti district.

During visit Mr Deb suspended Sub Divisional Magistrates of Kailashahar and Kumarghat. They are Keahab Kar of Kailashahar and Jayanta Debbarma of Kumarghat.

Meanwhile additional NDRF contingents arrived last night after CM requested Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the expert team of NDRF. 120 NDRF companies already reached and are pressed into rescue and relief operations besides TSR and Assam Rifles troops.

Floods; Amit Shah cancels trip


Agartala, June 14, 2018: National President of BJP Amit Shah has cancelled his forthcoming visit to Tripura in view of dismal flood situation in the state. 

“Amit Shahji cancelled visit slated for June 18 and sent us an instruction to rush to provide relief to flood hit people”, a state BJP leader said on Thursday.

He said office of the national President would soon prepare his next itinerary for Tripura.

Floods havoc in Tripura, army help sought


Agartala, July 14, 2018: As a result of consistent heavy rainfall in many parts of Tripura, flood situation especially in Unakoti (Kailashahar) South Tripura, Dhalai, North Tripura, Khowai and Gomati District became grim. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb discussed the flood situation with Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister, on Thursday over phone and requested the latter for immediate assistance from Army for rescue and evacuation operation.

Chief Minister also requested Union Home Minister to increase number of NDRF in Tripura urgently. Chief Secretary Sanjeev Ranjan informed the status of flood situation to Cabinet Secretary and Secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs.

The Center has assured all the necessary support to the State of Tripura to tackle the flood situation. It has informed the Army Chief to take necessary action.

Chief Minister has appealed all the people of Tripura to  cooperate and assist  the Administration  as the Government is taking all the possible measures to tackle the flood situation.

An official of state emergency operation centre said a total 16 people died in past two months in drowning, tree fall and mudslides in past two months. Numerous others have sustained injuries.

Meanwhile national President of BJP Amit Shah has cancelled his forthcoming visit to Tripura in view of dismal flood situation. “Amit Shahji cancelled visit slated for June 18 and sent us an instruction to rush to provide relief to flood hit people”, a state BJP leader said.