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TU now Green Campus owing Solar Energy


Agartala, January 22, 2019:  A solar power plant of 500 KWP started functioning in Tripura University campus today. This project was assigned to Tripura University under mega project undertaken by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) which functions under MNRE. Tripura University with this happens to be the first university to install solar power project in NE region in the assigned period.

Developing solar energy cluster is major project initiated by Hon’ble Prime Minister PM Narendra Modi and all the central universities. IITs and NITs will also be the beneficiaries of this initiative.

TSECL will assist the university by mapping the energy through net meters. Dr. M S Kele CMD of TSECL has assured Vice Chancellor Prof V L Dharurkar to help the University for setting the ne metering system.

 “These panels have a capacity of generating 7 lakhs units per annum, which will save TU and amount worth Rs. 36 lakh annually approximately’ and Tripura University will become a green campus by producing its own clean and green energy”, said Prof. V L Dharurkar, Vice Chancellor

He shared, “the whole energy project i8s under PPA that is Power Purchase Agreement model and the varsity has not spent a single penny in this project”.

Prof Dharurkar and R K Singh, MD of M/s. Wattplus Energy have inspected the rooftop plant installed on the university buildings. At this time Er. Nakshatra Tripura JE, Mr. Subrata Nandi, Security inspector and University’s outsourced staff Shri Tapas Sarkar and Shri  Raju Chaudhury were also present at this occasion.

This PPA was signed on September 20, 2018 after arrival of new VC on July 16, 2018. The VC has also thanked M/s Wattplus Energy for taking this initiative in establishing the solar system in TU campus. In near future the university is also thinking to extend this project on further heights.

Registrar Sanit Debroy and administrative staff also assisted by taking keen interest in the project. 

Nagendra Jamatia passes away


Agartala, January 21, 2019: Nagendra Jamatia, a leading face of tribal politics in Tripura, passed away before dawn on Monday. He was 71. 

Jamatia served as Cabinet Minister in Congress- TUJS alliance government from 1988 to 1993. He held important portfolios like Agriculture and Fisheries.

Besides politics he had a sheer interest in writing and social activism. After dissolution of TUJS he joined INPT and was its top figure.

Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb joined scores of leaders and others from different sections of society to express grief. His remains were taken to state assembly and party office before cremation.

Nagaland govt says worried about Citizenship Bill


Kohima, January 21, 2019: In view of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 being passed by the Lok Sabha and the adverse impact on Nagaland and other North Eastern States, the State Cabinet met and deliberated on the matter in detail. Earlier also the State Cabinet had discussed this issue on June 5, 2018 and January 7, 2019. 

The Cabinet discussed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and re-iterated the earlier decisions taken on 5th June, 2018 and 7th January, 2019. The Cabinet decided to adopt a Resolution re-affirming all provisions of Article 371 (A) and to strengthen the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) as per Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, (BEFR) of 1873 that will also be taken up in the next Session of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly.

The Cabinet also decided to refer the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to the Standing Committee on Article 371 (A) under Nagaland Legislative Assembly to examine the issue in its entirety.        

The Cabinet was of the unequivocal view that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is not applicable to Nagaland and we stand protected under the provisions of Article 371 (A) and the Inner Line Permit (ILP) as per Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, (BEFR) of 1873, affirmed under Clause 16 of the 16 Point Agreement,. The Cabinet also decided to further appeal to the Government of India to have wider consultations with all North Eastern States to ensure that the rights of indigenous people are fully protected.

As per the Cabinet decision Chief Minister has also written a letter to Union Home Minister conveying the concern and apprehension of people of Nagaland with regard to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. It has been clearly mentioned that the Bill, even if enacted, will not be applicable to Nagaland in view of the Constitutional ecosystem  contained in Article 371 (A) of the Constitution of India that guarantees the Nagas their Way of Life un-interfered  by any Parliamentary enactment, unless the Legislative Assembly of Nagaland by a resolution so decides. This is necessary to ensure that the historic and unique cultural traditions and customary practices of Nagas are protected and safeguarded for which special constitutional provisions under Article 371(A) have also been incorporated in the Constitution of India.

Agartala SAKSHAM Cycle Day held


Agartala, January 20, 2019: Education Minister of Tripura Ratan Lal Nath, who was the Chief Guest of Saksham Cycle Day celebrations organised by ONGC Tripura Asset on January 20, 2019 at the Swami Vivekananda Stadium of Agartala, paddled himself to spread the message of eco-friendly mode of transport among the citizens. Among cheers of media-persons, cyclists and ONGCians alike, the septuagenarian minister smilingly saddled the cycle like a teenager and rode through VIP road of Agartala. 

Puneet Kishore, GM (P), Officiating Asset Manager of ONGC Tripura Asset and around one thousand likeminded individuals , who volunteered for and cycled the length of the VIP road of Agartala, the capital city of Tripura covering a distance of more than six kilometres.

In order to enhance mass awareness of using eco-friendly mode of transport, ONGC Tripura Asset, partnered with Petroleum Conservation and Research Association (PCRA), organised SAKSHAM Cycle Day Cycle rally on 20th January 2019 at Agartala.

The Cyclothon was flagged off by Education Minister, along with Asish Kumar Saha, honourable MLA, in the presence of officiating Asset Manager, Tripura Asset Puneet Kishore, GM (P) at Vivekananda Stadium, Agartala. The event mobilised over thousand participants – cyclists and volunteers, from different walks of life, including sports enthusiasts, cyclic clubs, School students, civil society and various companies.  ONGC’s senior executives & Representatives of Collectives, Mahila Samiti members of ONGC were also present on the occasion.

The SakshamCycle Day rally started from the Vivekananda Stadium and the cyclists followed a route especially designed to allow them to cycle freely, passing through various junctions reaching New Secretariat Complex and thereafter, returned to the starting point via the same route covering a distance of more than 6 kilometres. All the participants ranging from age group of 10 to 75 years completed the stretch within 45 minutes and were applauded by passer-by during the full stretch of the journey.

The Cyclothonists spread awareness on fuel conservation, drew mass attention in the city, reaching out to the citizens of Agartala, a crucial dimension of its strife to inspire immediate action on the need and benefits of conservation of petroleum products. The SakshamCycle Day at Agartala achieved the purpose of encouraging masses to use public transport and non-mechanised mode of transport in a unique and memorable way.

CM visits Madhav Bari, announces compensation


Agartala, January 19, 2019: Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb visited Madhav Bari near here which was recently rocked by violence during a strike called by NESO against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Chief Minister was accompanied by Forests Minister Mebar Kumar Jamatia and local MLA Sushanta Choudhury as well as senior officials. 

Deb interacted with local residents and local shop owners who were victim of violence. He assured them full protection and issued a stern warning of not sparing lawn mongers. 

Chief Minister assured the victims of monetary support after completion of fact finding report of the Magisterial Probe. 

In the morning Biplab Deb visited GBP Hospital to see tribal activists who were injured in police firing at Madhavbari. He announced compensation of Rs 1 lakh each to the injured. 

BSF strikes down BGB claim on Rohingya pushing

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Agartala, January 19, 2019: BSF Authorities strongly denied allegation as published in Bangladesh media claiming it was pushing Rohingya nationals into Bangladesh. In harsh statement it described the whole gamut and countered with blame on Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB).

On January 18 at about 8.30 PM, Lt Col Gomal Kabir, Commanding Officer of BGB, made a telephone call to Ratnesh Kumar, BSF Commandant and informed that they have detained 31 Rohingya Muslims near BP No.2029/3-S at International Border.

CO 25 BGB insisted BSF Commandant to take over those Rohingya inside the Indo-Bangladesh Border (IBB) Fencing. Commanding Officer BGB also alleged that BSF have been pushing Rohingyas into Bangladesh Territory. However, BSF Authorities strictly denied any such attempt and refuted the allegation as published in Bangladesh media.

During the search of area and spot verification, no tell-tale signs of any such type of illegal crossing of Rohingyas from Indian Territory to Bangladesh side were found. Further, information received from the reliable sources indicate that Border Guards Bangladesh have brought group of Rohingyas from the interior side of Kasba Upazila and falsely shown them to have been apprehended and detained near border pillar NO 2029/3-S under a specific strategic plan.

Raj Bhasa Sammelan at TU


Agartala, January 18, 2019: Akhil Bharatiya Raj Bhasa Sammelan held at Tripura University on Friday. The event was inaugurated by Governor Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki. 

The programme was organized by Hindi Department of the Varsity in collaboration with the Jagadambi Prasad Yadav Smriti Prathisthan and Kendriya Hindi Nerdashalaya, New Delhi.

Eminent literary personalities like Kalyanbrata Chakrabarty, Rameswar Bhattacharjee, Debabrata Deb, Kalicharan Jha and Dr Anupam Mathur were felicitated in the programme.

Bir Bikram statue at Airport


Agartala, January 18, 2019: The statue of Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya will be installed outside Agartala airport which has been named after the visionary king of Tripura. Top artisans of the state prepared two statues for final selection by state government. 

The Ministry of Aviation had accepted a proposal mooted by the state government for installation of full figure statue of Maharaja Bir Bikram. Renowned artisans Harekrishna Paul and Shyma Prasad Bhattacharjee sculpted the statues.

NFR plans airport like illumination in 11 railway stations


Maligaon, January 18, 2019: As per directives of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, railway administration is all set to improve illumination levels at selected railway stations of Northeast Frontier Railway to upgrade them upto Airport standards. Eleven railway stations of N.F. Railway; Guwahati, Katihar, Purnea, Kishanganj, Barsoi, Kamakhya, Lumding, Dimapur, New Tinsukia, Dibrugarh and Agartala have been identified for improvement along with 200 stations throughout the country.

Under this ambitious plan, it is proposed to improve the illumination level in various locations of these stations with provision of better illumination for better ambience and passenger benefits. Under this plan, Lux levels will be raised to 160 in concourse area, 115 in circulating area, 150 in waiting hall, 100 in open platform areas, 200 in covered platform areas, 150 in Enquiry -cum- Reservation office counter, 150 in Foot Over Bridge / Sub-way areas, escalators, near lifts and stairs and 50 in outdoor parking areas.

It is to be mentioned that NF Railway has already achieved better illumination by 100% fitment of LED lights in all its stations. The provision of said illumination of stations and its surroundings will help to reduce energy consumption. Improved lighting will not only provide efficient surveillance mechanism by addressing the security concern of passengers, it will also add an element of better aesthetics and cleanliness in stations. N.F. Railway plans to complete the work by February 15 2019.

15th FC says Tripura on positive growth path


Agartala, January 17, 2019: The 15th Finance Commission headed by N. K. Singh had detailed a discussion with the State Government of Tripura headed by the Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.

The State Government made a strong pitch for increased devolution for setting up of better infrastructure especially in the health, IT, Power, Education, Tourism, Disaster mitigation and other sectors.  Among their major demands, they have asked for 50% devolution of the Divisible Pool, non-tax revenues like spectrum auction, oil and gas royalty to form part of Divisible Pool, increased devolution to manage Tripura’s forest cover as 60% of its land is under forest management of its very long international borders with Bangladesh and other issues.

 A detailed memorandum was also received by the Commission from the State for the improvement of the indigenous people of Tripura. The Commission has assured to do what best could be done for them within the frame work of rules.

Overall the Commission felt that the growth trajectory of Tripura was positive. It had done quite well in several important indices of human development in the recent past, while it still has a number of challenges which has been handed down from the past. The Commission felt that the decisive new leadership with its focus on development would be able to realize its dream of making Tripura a model State. The Commission would like to support its endeavour and efforts to harness private capital and not rely on State funding for the development of the State.   

Earlier the Commission had a most lively interaction with all political parties in Tripura. There were high commonalities beyond seeking significantly higher devolution.  Four points were forcefully made,

The Commission also met the representatives of the trade bodies of the State and noted their concerns.