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21 AR celebrates Army Day


Agartala, January 15, 2018: 21 Assam Rifles under the aegis of 21 Sector Assam Rifles organized a weapon display cum Know Your Army event for the students and general public of Udaipur in south Tripura January to mark occasion of Army Day. 

Students of KBI Institute Udaipur, Balika Vidyalaya Udaipur, English medium High School, Don Bosco, Udaipur and Assam Rifles Public School Udaipur benefitted themselves from the event. A locum presentation to motivate students to join Army was also conducted at the venue.

The turnout was tremendous & 1160 people/ students saw the display. The students and locals enjoyed the event and appreciated and complimented the Assam Rifles and Army for their sacrifice in the service of the nation.

Himanta oversees Tripura BJP manifesto


Agartala, January 12, 2018: Poll manifesto of BJP for Tripura assembly elections is being prepared under stewardship of party’s poll in-charge Himanta Biswa Sarma. Party’s state President cum Chairman of Election Campaign Committee Biplab Deb confirmed that Assam stalwart is supervising preparation of the manifesto. 

BJP General Secretary and northeast observer Ram Madhav earlier stated that the manifesto would be multi lingual. It would have editions in English, Bangali and Kokborok- dialect of local tribal people who make up 33 percent of total population in Tripura.

Sources in BJP said the book would be released here after election commission promulgates notification on poll schedule in three northeastern states Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland. The commission is likely to hold simultaneous poll in the states. 

IPFT's conditional 'YES' to BJP


Agartala, January 10, 2018: The IPFT poured water on all speculations that were doing round over possible electoral alliance with the BJP in assembly elections slated for February. Two day meeting of central executive of the tribal party has resolved to negotiate alliance with the saffron party only if the latter gives recognition to its demand for a separate state named Tipraland.

IPFT President N.C. Debbarma and senior functionaries on Wednesday evening declared its willingness to contest election together with BJP to out seat CPI(M), but ‘there would be no compromise on Tipraland issue’.

BJP already clarified that its ready to negotiate all issues, but not anything that would create division the state and its people. Party’s state President Biplab Deb repeatedly said ‘no and never’ on Tipraland. 

Railway using new technology to tackle fog

PR / Correspondent

Maligaon, January 10, 2018: To help in timely running of trains during foggy season, a new GPS based system for auto warning to train drivers has been put to use by NF Railway. An equipment called FogPASS (Fog Pilot Assistance system for Safety) consisting of an inbuilt battery and GPS antenna with magnetic base has been installed in all locomotives in NF Railway.

The device which weighs 1.5 kg is carried by the loco pilot at the time of assuming charge of the locomotive. It is placed on the consul of the pilot and as the train moves, it displays short description and remaining distance of next two landmarks in geographical order on LCD screen. Landmarks include signals of various types, level crossing gate etc.

This means that as a train approaches a station the device will flash the distance left for the home signal of that station. Thus even if the pilot is unable to physically see the signal, he would be aware of how far train is from the signal and would be alert to notice the aspect of the signal (red, green or yellow) and act accordingly. There is also provision of voice announcement in speakers attached with the device for attention of drivers. The new device has proved to be greatly helpful to drivers in the foggy weather.

A total number of 1101 numbers of such devices have already been allotted to all Divisions for fixing in locomotives.

Besides, Railways has also deployed Fogmen to place detonators on the tracks to alert the loco pilots about approaching signals. Senior railway officials are undertaking night foot plate inspection and track patrolling to detect cases of rail fracture.

Railways have also provided sufficient walkie-talkie sets to the crew and station staff. Signal indication booklets have been provided to loco pilot and counselling on working during fog is also being done.

It is to be mentioned here that, during intense fog situation, railways normally face problem of shortage of crew resulting from longer working hours due to slower mobility, heavy crowing of waiting list passengers and non-availability of track maintenance slots due to reduced capacity apart from complete disorientation of timetable.

So the new GPS based system named FogPASS is proving to be a boon to speed up train during intense fog situation.

Amit Shah confident to dislodge left in Tripura

PR / Correspondent

Agartala, January 8, 2018: BJP National President Amit  Bhai Shah on Sunday addressed two public rallies-one in  Ambassa and another in Udaipur in Tripura, followed by a gathering of intellectuals in Agartala. 

While addressing the rallies he stated that uprooting the CPIM led govt has become inevitable as the incumbent government had failed on many fronts. He specifically pointed out that central allocation to Tripura has increased from about Rs. 7,000 crore to Rs. 25,000 crore under Modi government but the Manik Sarkar regime has failed to utilise the amount for the development of the state.

In the last 25 years of Communist misrule in Tripura, the situation has gone from bad to worse. The Communists have unleashed poverty, unemployment and violence, wherever they are in power. The Tripura govt is neck-deep in corruption. The countdown has begun and in March, BJP will form the govt in Tripura

He added, presently State employees are getting 4th pay commission. He promised that 7th pay commission will be granted after formation of BJP government in Tripura. We will work towards increasing the income of farmers too, will offer them opportunities to grow organic products with special emphasis on Bamboo, rubber and jute.

Shah stated 7 Tripura BJP Karyakartas have been killed in one year. The vicious cycle of violence will not work as the people of Tripura have woken up and will give a befitting reply to the CPM.

He highlighted facts and figures of crimes against women and unemployment. he said The rate of crimes against women is very high, the rule of law does not exist. Crime has become synonymous with the CPM rule

Reacting to media on Amit Bhai Shah’s tour Sunil Deodhar (BJP’s National Executive Member and Tripura State In-Charge) said: “The BJP does not want a change for the sake of it ... it wants to bring about a qualitative change in governance so that the condition of the lives of people improve, Seeing the huge gathering here, I can sense that the change has become inevitable in this state”. 

AR holds Raising Day cycle rally


Agartala, January 8, 2018: To commemorate the Sixth Raising Day of IGAR (East) a cycle rally from Agartala to Silchar, consisting of twelve Assam Rifles personnel under the aegis of HQ 21 Sect AR was flagged off by Brig Ashwini Nayyar on chilling winter morning of Monday. 

Apart from instilling sense of adventure, the rally would pass through remote areas of the state and meet School Children and locals. It is basically attempt to spread the message of peace, unity and harmony.

ONGC sponsors tribal cultural heritage meet


Agartala, January 7, 2018: 4th Tripura Tribal Cultural Heritage Meet is inaugurated today by V.P. Mahawar, Director (Onshore), ONGC along with G.K. Singha Roy, ED-Asset Manager, ONGC Tripura Asset and other dignitaries. The two days colourful event organised by ONGC, in association with the NGO Kwtal Langma Bodol at Town Hall, Agartala will showcase the costumes and dance forms of all the 19 tribes from the 8 districts of the state. 

The meet is open to the public on both days. It showcases the various traditional dance forms of the state such as Hojagiri, Garia, LebangBumani and Mamita which today have gained popularity outside the state as well.

Director (Onshore), ONGC V P Mahawar said that the aim of such meet is to promote, preserve and encourage the rich traditional culture of the tribal communities of Tripura. He said that ONGC regularly supports various initiatives to preserve indigenous culture under CSR and this initiative will provide a platform to the local performers of the state to hone their skills.

Tripura Tribal Cultural Heritage Meet is held every year and immensely popular among local people. 

35000 voters deleted in Tripura


Agartala, January 6, 2018: The final electoral roll published here on Friday saw deletion of nearly 35 thousand voters in Tripura. With new voters slipping into the roll, a total 25,69,216 electors are eligible to exercise franchise in state’s assembly election due in February. 

Chief Electoral Officer Sriram Taranikanti informed that the final publication of list has been made in all designated locations for inspection of general public. Of 63,219 new voters, 47, 803 are from 18 to 19 age group.

Taranikanti said that the roll witnessed 2.5 percent increase from previous evaluation. For the first time it incorporated 11 transgender voters in the list.

34,845 voters who figured in the draft roll were dropped in the final list. The CEO said those deleted not essentially were foreigners.

He said people can registrar claim on any aspect of final electoral roll in ‘routine updating process’ till last date of filling of nomination by the candidates.

“We are working to ensure snag free poll exercise in Tripura. Returning Officers (DMs) to junior level officers connected with the poll process are being imparted training as VVPAT and other means of technology would be introduced to conduct free and fair poll”. Sriram Taranikanti stated.

He said they have received adequate number of EVMs and VVPATs for their use in election. He conceded inadequate awareness campaign by the election department on VVPAT and its utility especially in rural areas and said measures would be taken to educated maximum number of voters in coming days.

Replying to a query, Mr. Taranikanti said he was unaware of election schedule for Tripura and received no indication from the Election Commission of India. He said he would not know anything before formal announcement by the Commission. 

Agartala – Bangalore Humsafar Exp inaugurated


Agartala, January 5, 2018: The Union Minister of State of Railways Rajen Gohain flagged off the 12503/12504 Agartala – Bangalore Cantonment Weekly Humsafar Express at ceremonial function held at Agartala railway station on Friday. Minister of Transport, Power, Urban Development, Rural Development (Panchayat) Manik Dey, Lok Sabha MP Sankar Prasad Datta, Member of Tripura Legislative Assembly Dilip Sarkar, General Manager, N. F. Railway Chahatey Ram, General Manager, N. F. Railway Construction M. K. Prasad, senior railway officials and other state government officials were present at the inaugural ceremony besides hundreds of eager audience. 

Addressing the gathering, the Union Railway Minister of State of Railways Rajen Gohain said that railway infrastructure development in Northeastern region has got an impetuous in the last three years and all the projects are progressing in full steam. He said, problems like shortage of funds have been taken care of and there are a lot of new plans for the region.

Gohain said, connectivity of the region is priority of the present government and railway is executing several projects for bringing in better connectivity and economic development for the region. Speaking at the function, the Minister said that Railway Ministry had decided to introduce DEMU train in Tripura soon. He also promised to look into possibility of increasing frequency of the Agartala – Anand Vihar (New Delhi) Rajdhani Express and introduction of a train connecting Tripura with Jharkhand.

Ethnic tension in Nagaland's Kiphire eased

Correspondent Kohima, December 4, 2018: Nagaland Home Commissioner Abhisek Singh informed on Thursday that situation in Sitimi under Kiphire district remains tense, but under control. He said for the last few days, District Administration has been taking all necessary steps to ensure that the situation remains peaceful and cordial relations between Sumis and Sangtams is not disrupted. “In order to prevent rumour mongering, necessary steps have been taken to restrict the use of social media for spreading rumours. Any attempt to create mischief or promote discord by circulating mischievous messages on Social Media will be dealt with severely”, Singh warned. Additional forces have been deployed in Sitimi for ensuring peace and normal law and order situation. District Administration has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC to prevent any untoward incident. IRB units and Assam Rifles are also on standby to ensure peaceful situation. Senior leaders from both communities have appealed for peace and normalcy. Government is also appealing to all concerned to maintain peace and not do anything that disrupts normal life.