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No unmanned level crossing under NFR


Maligaon, September 14, 2018: NF Railway has taken a quantum jump towards safety on September 12 by eliminating all Unmanned Level Crossings through various means.  As on April 1 total 151 Unmanned Level Crossings elimination were planned and despite very stiff target and ongoing monsoon, all 151 Unmanned Level Crossings have been eliminated. 

Out of the total 151 numbers eliminated, were 136 Unmanned Level Crossings eliminated by Manning, 10 Unmanned level Crossings were eliminated by construction of Road Under Bridge and 5 Unmanned Level Crossings eliminated by direct closing.

It is to be mentioned that under the direction of Minister of Railways, Shri Piyush Goyal all the zones were to eliminate Unmanned level crossing by 31st March 31 2019.  By yesterday’s feat N.F. Railway becomrs one of the 1st railways to achieve this target ahead of the stipulated time. 

Unmanned Level Crossings are considered one of the weakest links in the safety preparedness of Indian Railway as a considerable percentage of accidents have occurred due to carelessness of road users at these unguarded crossings.  This is the reason why N.F. Railway had targeted the elimination of Unmanned Level Crossings on mission mode.

Nagaland University digitized


Kohima, September 14, 2018: Deputy Registrar (Acad.) has issued a notification of Vice Chancellor, Nagaland University directing the Deans and Heads of the Academic Departments to upload attendance of students and Internal Marks Assessment Result on the University website to make the administration fully digitized.

The order has directed all the concerned to forward the same to the System Administrator of the respective campuses at the earliest.  

PM Modi, Bangladesh PM, CMs of WB & Tripura dedicate 3 projects


Agartala / New Delhi, September 11, 2018: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, and the Chief Minister of Tripura Biplab Kumar Deb jointly inaugurated three projects in Bangladesh, via video conference.External Affairs Minister of India, Ms. Sushma Swaraj, and the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, also joined the video conference from Delhi and Dhaka respectively.

These include: (a) 500 MW additional power supply from India to Bangladesh, through the existing Bheramara (Bangladesh) - Baharampur (India) interconnection. (b) Akhaura – Agartala Rail Link (c) Rehabilitation of the Kulaura-Shahbazpur section of Bangladesh Railways. 

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister began by recalling that he had met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina several times in the recent past, including at the BIMSTEC meeting in Kathmandu, in Shanti Niketan, and during the Commonwealth Summit in London.

He reiterated his view that leaders of neighbouring countries should have a relationship like neighbours, talking and visiting frequently, without getting bogged down by protocol. He said this closeness is evident in the frequent interactions between him and the Bangladesh Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister said that Akhaura-Agartala rail connectivity will provide another link in the cross-border connectivity between the two countries. He thanked the Chief Minister of Tripura, Shri Biplab Kumar Deb, for his facilitation in completion of this work.

Prime Minister Modi appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s development goals of transforming Bangladesh into a middle income country by 2021, and a developed country by 2041. He said that closer relations and people to people links between the two countries would take our development and prosperity to new heights.

BJP MLA, wife attacked in Takarjala home


Agartala, September 10, 2018: A groop of hooligans attacked house CPI(M) MLA from Golaghati constituency Birendra Kishore Debbarma in Takarjala police station area on Monday night. They assaulted Debbarma and his wife before security force reached the spot to rescue them. 

BJP blamed workers of its coalition partner IPFT for the incident which was latest to aggravate tension between the two parties.

The incident occurred at Shyamnagar village in Takarjala.

Chief Minister and BJP state President Biplab Kumar Deb reviewed the incident at party office. Deb sent a high senior leaders to the spot to assess prevailing situation.

BSF in Civic Action programmes for Youths


Agartala, September 10, 2018: BSF Tripura Frontier to empower youths of the State initiates various skill development and Job oriented programmes under civic action programmes, in bordering areas of the State, to educate and train the youths and ladies in various skills and to promote the sense of nationalism and patriotism amongst them. The active participation of proud countrymen in contribution towards progressive, secure and strong nation up to the remotest area of the State is the prime motto of BSF.

On September 10, a Skill Development Centre and Civic Action programme was organised by Commandant 03 Bn BSF in the area of BOP Reang Basti, in the far flung border belt. The programme was attended H K Lohia, IPS, IG Frontier HQ Tripura along with BWWA president Frontier HQ Tripura, Commandant 03 Bn BSF and BWWA President 03 Bn BSF. The programme was inaugurated by Smt Madhu Lohia, BWWA President Frontier HQ Tripura amidst the cheerful presence of local women and children. The programme was attended by 100 people and 60 school children, in which, 6 Sewing machine and various sports items were distributed to the bordering people.

Earlier on Septmber 5, a civic action programme was organised at Jalaya Adm Base, 34 Bn BSF under presence of Burbo Mohan Tripura, MLA Karbook and R K Choudhary, 2IC, 34 Bn BSF, Manimoy Chakma, SDPO Karbook and other local Administration Officials. During the programme, a cultural programme also represented by local school boys and girls. Many water filters, footballs, volleyballs, Plastic chairs, Plastic tables, Music systems, Ceiling fans, Carrom Boards, Water motor Kirlosker, Water storage tank and other items were distributed to Basi Chand Para High School, Pathcheri High School, Kastorba Gandhi Balika vidyalaya and the Facilitation Centre for recruitment in CAPF.

On September 6, a civic action programme was organised by 71 Bn BSF at Senior Secondary School, Gandachera in presence of Commandant, 71 Bn BSF, in which Competitive Exam books, Pre-recruitment awareness flexi banners with iron frame distributed.

On September 7, a civic action programme was conducted at Sports Complex Deshram Para under Kalyan Singh ADC village in area of responsibility of BOP J C Para, 71 Bn BSF, in presence of  Gunodhar Reang, Chairman of D P Para, Jayanto Reang, Sarpanch of village Deshram Para along with BSF officials and 300 civilians. Various sports items including footballs, football shoes, shocks, Goal post etc were distributed to the Sports Complex.

Train services affected due to bandh and rain


Maligaon, September 10, 2018: Nine mail and express as well as passenger trains had to be detained and were delayed by 20 to 80 minutes due to picketers obstructing tracks at various stations in Lumding and Tinsukia division of NF Railway. Seven other trains had to be cancelled, two trains short-terminated and four trains had to be diverted because of damage to tracks due to heavy rain last night in Alipurduar Division.

Picketers had resorted to blockade of railway tracks at Silchar, between Kalkalighat and Baraigram, between Moranhat and Sibsagar Town, at Digboi, and between Nakachari and Mariani. However, these blockades were lifted later and train services resumed.

In another unrelated incident, incessant rain resulted in damage to railway embankment at km 92/3-4  and km 83/2-3 between Carron and Banarhat stations of Alipurduar division last night. As a result the following trains had to be cancelled or short terminated.

Agartala – Agartala rail project inauguration on Monday


Agartala, September 9, 2018: Work for ambitious Agartala with Akhaura rail link project will be formally inaugurated on September 10. India is funding the 15-km long railway project at a cost of Rs 968 crore. 

Indian railway officials said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina expected to inaugurate the project through video conferencing. Programmes to mark the occasion has been arranged both in Agartala and Akhaura which is one oldest railway junction in the region.

The project which was had 2018 deadline could take another year to complete. Officials cited land acquisition hurdles on both sides responsible for the delay.

“Indian Railway's construction company (IRCON) is implementing the 15-km long rail track laying project”, Pranav Jyoti Sharma, CPRO of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), said. IRCON is a sister organisation of Indian Railways, he added.

Tripura government on behalf of Indian Railways acquired 67 acre land for 5-km route on Indian part and Bangladesh availed land for rest 10-km on its side. India has earmarked Rs 968 crore of which DoNER Ministry allocated Rs 580 crore. 

India has assured a fund Rs 388 crore for the work in Bangladesh.

Ganja seizure continues in Tripura


Agartala, September 9, 2018: In a major success, Tripura police have seized around 3500kg Ganja (Cannabis) concealed in two oil tanker trucks in north Tripura. Use of oil tankers in smuggling of the drug substance surprised security establishments engaged in unyielding drive against narcotics in the state.

The authorities are under instruction from Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb to eradicate all round drug menace within a reasonable time. A few hundred seizures have already taken place in the state since BJP-IPFT coalition government came to power in March last.

Police said latest seizures occurred after they intercepted an oil tanker truck on Thursday night and another on Friday afternoon. 2100kg Ganja recovered from the first vehicle at Bagbasa on the Assam Agartala National Highway and 1359kg from the second tanker in Dharmanagar town.

“Together the Ganja consignments could fetch at least rupees 3.15 crore in market. The oil tanker trucks were on their way to Bihar state”, Benu Madhab Dey, Officer In Charge of Dharmanagar police station, informed.

He informed driver and his two accomplices were arrested under The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act after Friday’s seizure. He said the raids were conducted in coordinated operation of security agencies. 

In another success police seized Ganja weighing 428-kg worth Rs 28 lakh from a truck in Srinagar police station limit in west Tripura. A youth from Uttar Pradesh arrested in connection with confiscation. 

BJP, IPFT to contest Panchayat by-poll separately


Agartala, September 8, 2018: BJP and its partner in coalition government in Tripura, IPFT, have deiced to contest ensuing Panchayat by-poll separately. Both parties were submitting nomination for the poll which would also be fought by main opposition parties – CPI(M) and Congress.

The by-poll in vacant Panchayat segments is slated for September 30.

Huge enthusiasm for NE Students Fest at New Delhi


Agartala / New Delhi, September 8, 2018: Thousands of students participated in the colorful musical cultural programme – Nest FEST 2018, organized  by My Home India (MHI) as it’s annual event to welcome the fresher students of Northeastern region living in and around Delhi. 

This year’s programme was organized at the Talkotara stadium here on Saturday and which coincided with the birth anniversary of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, legendary singer, musician and composer of the Northeast region.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the fest in presence of Dr Harsh Vardan, Union Minister for Science and Technology, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, MoS Civil Aviation Dr Jayanta Sinha, Secretary North Eastern Council Ram Muivah, founder of MHI and National Secretary BJP Sunil Deodhar and former football captain of India Bhaichung Bhutia.

The program started with traditional felicitation of the guests in Northeastern manner by shri  Sunil Deodhar founder of My Home India who on the occasion welcomed the gathering and praised the Union Home Minister for bringing peace to the once turbulent Northeaster region of India. 

Deodhar also praise the young Chief Minister of Tripura and viewed that the state will see transformation under his able leadership. 

Meantime, the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the gathering said that Northeast is the heart of India and without its development the all-round development of India is not possible.

He recalled former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpaye and said that it was only during Vajpaye’s tenure that a separate Ministry DoNER, dedicated for the development of the NE region was formed.

Singh also viewed that after Vajpayee, the present Prime Minister Narendra Modi, under his Act East Policy has prioritized for the development of the eight Northeastern states, and which he declared as ‘Asta Laxmi’.

Mentioning names of few sports personnel’s like Hima Das, Dipa Karmakar and few other the Union Home Minister said that the Northeastern region is full of multi-talents and which need to be explored.

Praising the role of MHI for its various activities in nation building through various programs including today’s colorful fest, the Union Home Minister assured the students of Northeaster region against any type problems and for which his door shall always remain open.

Speaking on the occasion the Tripura Chief Minister also praised the role of MHI for its various social services especially for the people of the Northeastern region.

Adding to Deb, the MoS Civil Aviation Dr Jayanta Sinha said that the present government at the centre is emphasizing on better infrastructure and connectivity of the Northeastern region and which are basics and necessary for the development.

He also informed about the coming up of various new airports and resuming of services in old airports in the NE region beside the UDAN project which aims at air connecting all NE states to other states of India. 

The last speaker at the inaugural program former footballer Baichung Bhutia, who belong the Northeaster Sikkim state, thanked MHI founder Sunil Deodhar and his team for their continuous support towards the people of the NE region and asked the gathered students to approach MHI in case they face any type of problem.

The second part of the program started with the dance and songs , highlighting the rich cultural diversity of various tribes of NE region.

More than fifteen cultural troupes performed various dances of NE region including the famous Bihu dance of Assam, Hazagiri of Tripura, Wangala of Meghalaya, Rai Haraba of Manipur and Cheru of Mizoram those mesmerized that huge gathering with their performances beside star performer Zubeen Garg, former India Idol Surabhi Debbarma and Nagaland’s renowned band Alobo Naga also performed in the program which is the biggest of its type here organized by My Home India.