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CPI(M) smells conspiracy to halt Tripura election

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Agartala, December 23, 2017: CPI(M) smacked off a ‘conspiracy’ to defer assembly elections in Tripura sated for February 2018 to facilitate imposition of President’s rule. The party warned that it would call for massive street protests if poll schedule was put off. 

“There is a conspiracy to halt election on schedule time. If it happens there would be huge street protests in the state”, party spokesperson and central committee member Gautam Das old newsmen.

Mr Das claimed CPI(M) led left front would further add to existing 51 member of 60 member assembly in ensuing assembly poll. The vote share would also go up in favour of the front in comparison to 2013 assembly election.

“We will beat conspiracies amid routine attempts of BJP to break peace to win big in assembly poll. We will install 8th left front government”, he added.

When asked why they were so confident, Gautam Das said spate of development activities, successful welfare programmes, poverty eradication and restoration of peace as well as ethnic harmony have helped ruling regime to gain support of people at large. 

He said the left front would release its list of candidates after announcement of poll schedule in early January. Leaders of left front constituents would jointly release the list. 

Himanta made BJP poll incharge in Tripura

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Agartala, December 23, 2017: National President of BJP Amit Shah has appointed two election incharge for Nagaland and Tripura states. Assembly elections in these states are slated for February next. 

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has been given charge as election in charge in Nagaland. Assam Minister and Chairman of Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA) Himanta Biswa Sarma is to hold same position in Tripura. 

Centre to reuse abandoned airport in Tripura

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Agartala, December 23, 2017: Airport Authority of India (AAI) has chosen Tripura to introduce UDAN – an air connectivity expansion scheme introduced by the central government. AAI Chairman Dr Guruprasad Mahapatra recently visited Tripura to check feasibilities to reuse abandoned Kailashahar airport in the state.

Tripura government, political parties and citizen forums have long been demanding renewal of flight operation at far reached Kailashahar for easy movement of passengers and cargo shipment. Union Minister of State for Aviation Jayant Sinha during his visit to the early this year assured to expand air connectivity Tripura though viable left out airports.

Erstwhile Indian Airlines and Vayudoot had operated flights in Kailashahar sector till late nineties. The British era airport was connected with Agartala, Silchar (Assam) and Kolkata.

Dr Mahapatra had held separate meetings with state’s Chief Secretary Sanjeev Ranjan and local officials of AAI to discuss reuse of Kailashhar airport and other aviation related issues. He also enquired about ongoing Rs 438 crore project to upgrade Agartala airport to international standards.

Ministry of Aviation and AAI have not yet come out with proposal to use Tripura’s other abandoned airports at Kamalpur in north Tripura, Khowai in West and Santirbazar in south Tripura. Vayudoot used to operate small flights out of Kamalpur airport in 1990s.

Saffron wave sweeping Tripura, claims Deodhar

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Agartala, December 21, 2017: Saffron wave is sweeping all over Tripura. BJP’s victories in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh have given the people final direction to oust the Left Front government from Tripura, said BJP's National Executive Member and Tripura State In-Charge Sunil Deodhar in a statement on Thursday.

“People are fed up with decades of rule of inefficient Manik Sarkar led communist government in Tripura and are looking for an alternative. The BJP is confident of winning elections and are activities are geared up for that” he asserted.

Sunil Deodhar has added following in the statement:

People, who were in perplexed mode earlier, are now joining BJP. 6 TMC MLAs have already joined BJP in August this year. Congress MLA Ratan Lal Nath along with his thousands of supporters will be joining BJP tomorrow in esteemed presence of statre president Biplab Kumar Deb and national General Secretary Ram Madhav.

Now congress is left with his 2 MLAs in 60 MLAs assembly. Virtually there is no opposition left. First time, it will be direct contest between BJP and CPI(M). 

Students from Manipur meet Rijiju

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New Delhi, December 21, 2017: A group of 18 students from Bishnupur district of Manipur attending the National Integration Tour, organised by the 42nd Assam Rifles, called on the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju here on Thursday. The tour is being organized from December 14-26, 2017 to the National Capital and Agra. 

Speaking on the occasion Rijiju complimented the Assam Rifles for organizing the National Integration Tour under the Operation Sadbhavna, giving children from the remote region an opportunity to visit the national capital and other historic cities to discover the grandeur of India.

While interacting with the students Rijiju said that the National Integration Tour is a good initiative taken by the Assam Rifles since this is the first visit outside the state for a majority of these students. He called upon the children to share their experiences with family and friends back home.

The aim of the National Integration Tour is to promote harmony and awareness. The tour is aimed at integrating the students with the nation and promoting concept of unity in diversity. The students are visiting landmarks like the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, forts in Agra and Delhi, Rajghat, India Gate, National Museum, Pragati Maidan and Delhi Metro.

Arunachal and Mizoram oppose Chakmas

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New Delhi, December 20, 2017: Presence of Chakmas in Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram is being resented by local population who hold them not to be original inhabitants of these States. While in Arunachal Pradesh their inclusion in electoral rolls and conferment of citizenship on them are being opposed, the Mizos are wary of the growth in Chakma population in Mizoram.

There is no plan at present to resume Indo-Bangladesh dialogue on repatriating Chakmas from North-East States.

 A Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 proposing amendment in the definition of ‘illegal migrants’ u/s 2(1)(b), reducing the residency period from 11 to 6 years under the Third Schedule of Section 6 and giving enabling powers to the Government to cancel the OCI card of such persons who are found to have committed offences u/s 7D of the Citizenship Act, 1955 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 19.07.2016 and has been referred to the Joint Parliamentary Committee.

The Committee has held meetings with stakeholders and have visited States of Gujarat and Rajasthan. The Bill intends to enable minority communities of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, viz. Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who entered India on or before 31.12.2014 due to religious persecution or fear of religious persecution to obtain Indian citizenship. The Committee is yet to submit its report.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in written reply to a question by Ronald Sapa Tlau in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. 

ONGC organizes 1st Para Games

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New Delhi, December 20 2017: The first edition OF 'ONGC Para Games' kicked off today at Thyagraj Stadium, New Delhi. Were 3-Day Event- A FIRST OF Its Kind Corporate Initiative, Will Witness participation from 120 Employees-100 men and 20 women with Disabilities from 16 work centers from across the country. The 1st ONGC Para Games is majorly focused on Athletics, badminton and table tennis. The participants belong to different categories of disabilities , namely, articles (Visually Impaired), (Hearing Impaired) and Oh (Orthopedically Handicapped).

The events are categorized into 8 sub categories- Gendervise, age wise and Disability WaijkA total of 46 Events will be held in the 3 days extravaganza, which comprises of 5 categories in Badminton, 3 categories in Table Tennis, 4 Categories in Wheelchair and 34 in athletics Including 100 Mtr, 200 Mtr, 400 Mtr, 2 Km Walk, Long jump and Discuss throw.

Inaugurating this special event, Nrk Shashi Shanker, Cnd-ONGC said, "ONGC is committed to ensure social inclusiveness and providing Equal Opportunities in Employment for the specially abled, in line were with Government of India Men's mandate, for Which Various Measures Hey Being Put place in." Oh, I also added that ONGC currently employs 282 Persons with disabilities with more likely to join the organization.

ONGC has been at the forefront of promoting sports among various sections of the society with a dedicated corporate sports function that caters to the requirements of sportspersons at grassroot level. Many world-class sportspersons in different game disciplines have been spotted, nurtured and supported by ONGC through its structured initiatives. Today ONGC has more than 170 international sportspersons on its rolls representing the country in various sports. ONGCians have brought laurels to the country in Olympics, Commonwealth Games and various International stages of individual games.

Prominent ONGC sportspersons include Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma ( cricket), Pankaj Advani (billiards and snooker), Shiva stalled (boxing), Koneru Humpy (chess), Rashmi Kumari (Crrom), MR Poovamma, Kavita Raut (athletics) , Ashwini Ponnappa (badminton), Heena Sidhu (shooting), Yuki Bhambri (tennis) and Many More.

DIPR celebrates advent Christmas

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Agartala, December 20, 2017: Department of Information & Public Relations celebrated its pre-Christmas at IPR Citadel, Kohima. Secretary, Information & Public Relations, Lithrongla G. Chishi graced the occasion while Rev. Dr. Tseibu Rutsa delivered the Christmas message.

Director IPR, Limawati Ao in his greetings highlighted the achievements of the Department and said that by God’s grace 2017 has been an eventful year. He said that Christmas is a time to rejoice and share love with family and friends while also counting one’s blessings.

Secretary, IPR, Lithrongla G. Chishi IAS in her exhortation said that Christmas is about giving, sharing, love and joy. She added that we should have a spirit of love not only during Christmas but throughout the year. She called upon the gathering to let Christ be born in their hearts everyday and let 2018 be a year to commit oneself as a Christian and be a channel of peace, love and help the needy. She also said that work is worship and as a Christian one should try to be better government employee.

Rev. Dr. Tseibu Rutsa while delivering the Christmas message said that Christmas is a reason/time to forgive one another and show one’s care and love for our near and dear ones in Christ. He said Christmas is confined not only to merry making but it means the repentance of one individual from our past iniquities. He said the best gift to our parents during Christmas season is to accept Jesus Christ as our personal savior and live in His righteousness. He urged all the officers and staff to be sincere and dedicated in their official assignments and work with renewed vigour.

Other highlights of the programme included an inter-section choral competition, which was followed by entertainment session, karaoke, bonfire and Christmas feast.

6 new ministers inducted in Nagaland

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Kohima, December 16, 2017: Governor of Nagaland PB Acharya administered the oath of Office and Secrecy to 6 Cabinet Ministers at a function held in Kohima on Saturday.

New ministers inducted are SI Jamir, P Longon, Kuzholuzo Nienu, CL John, P Paiwang Konyak and Y Vikheho Swu.

Bangla minister to join memorial inauguration

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Agartala, December 15, 2017: Bangladesh health minister and ardent Awami Leaguer Mohammad Nasim has arrived in Agartala on Friday to join inauguration of 1971 war of liberation memorial park at Chottakhola in south Tripura on Saturday. The sprawling park is located on the border with Bangladesh was used for raining of training and operational purposes by the Bengali liberators.

Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and a host of ministers will attend the ceremony of the park work of which was started in 2010. Indian and Bangladesh planners designed the main theme of the memorial park.

December 16 is marked as Vijay Diwas was observed in a big way in Tripura where the memories of the 1971 war are still vivid in the minds of the people who shouldered the burden of nearly two million refugees from across the border.

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