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Bir Bikram statue at Airport

Correspondent

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

PR

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

PIB

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.

2 peddlers with Heroin nabbed at Airport

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Agartala, January 16, 2019: Security agencies arrested two more drug peddlers at Agartala Airport and recovered contraband Heroin from their possession. The detainees were also found carrying cash worth nearly five lakhs.

Detection and detention were carried based on tip offs. The peddlers identified as Satendrya Ghosh and Mona Saha were caught before they could fly to Kolkata.

They were currently kept and interrogated at Airport Police Station.

1 killed as Bus faces accident

Correspondent

Agartala, January 16, 2019: One person killed and several injured after a passenger Bus faces an accident at Baramura Hills, east of Agartala, on Wednesday. The Bus had started from Teliamura and was moving towards Agartala when mishap occurred at a place called Narayan Bari. 

The dead has been identified as Kishore Das, 45. Several other passengers were injured and some of them admitted in hospital.

Planning commission team in Agartala

Correspondent

Agartala, January 16, 2019: Chairman and Members of the 15th Finance Commission arrived here on Wednesday to discuss plan and non play outlays with Tripura government leaders. The team is headed by Nand Kishore Singh, Chairman.

The 15th Finance Commission was set up to give recommendations for five years commencing on April 1 2020.

During two day stay, they will hold meetings separately with all stake holders in the finance and planning departments and agencies of the state. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb is expected to give a memorandum to the Commission on behalf of the state.

Opposition parties have also been invited to make their suggestions to the Commission.

2nd NE Conference to be held on Jan 16 -17

PIB

Guwahati, January 15, 2019: The Second North East Zonal Conference is scheduled to be held on 16th and 17th January at Bapuji Bhawan of Assam Khadi & Village Industries Board Complex, Chandmari, Guwahati. All the Media units of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting functioning in North East will be participating in the two day conference. The Director General of NE zone Kuldeep Singh Dhatwalia along with the Joint Secretary of Ministry of I&B Vikram Sahay will be taking review of the publicity programmes, financial and administrative matters with the media heads of the North East Zone offices.

In the two daylong conference, Indian Information Service officers working in the North East zone will be discussing about the publicity activities taken in their respective areas. Representatives of Press Information Bureau of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura will be participating in the meeting.

Likewise representatives of Regional Outreach Bureaus of Guwahati, Imphal, Itanagar and Shillong along with the representatives of 20 Field Outreach Bureaus in 8 North Eastern states will be present in the meeting. In addition the Additional Director General of Bureau of Outreach Communication, New Delhi, Smt. Ranjana Dev Sharma and the Additional Director General of Press Information Bureau, Imphal Region, Ms Jane Namchu will also be present in the conference.

As the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is also observing Swachhta Pakhwada from January 16 to 31 Swachhta pledge will be taken on January 16 2019 during the inauguration ceremony of the Zonal Conference. This will be followed by various Swachhta activities in all the offices under North East Zone.

Training in intercropping in rubber holdings

Correspondent

Agartala, January 15, 2019: The Rubber Board organizes training programme in intercropping in rubber holdings at Rubber Training Institute in Kottayam on January 22 2019. The course content includes guidelines for intercropping, commonly cultivated intercrops, planting and maintenance etc.

The fee for training is Rs. 500 (18% GST extra). SC/ST candidates will be given fifty per cent concession in fee on production of caste certificate.

Members of Rubber Producers Societies will get twenty five percent concessions in fee on production of membership certificate. For boarding and lodging facility, Rs. 300 will be charged extra per day per participant.

The fee can be paid direct to Account No.1450300184 of Central Bank of India (IFS Code-CBIN0284150).  Application can be sent by email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) along with the details of bank receipt.  For details, contact phone 0481-2353127, 2351313, 2353326.

Rajnath assures protection of NE States

PIB

New Delhi, January 14, 2019: A delegation from Assam led by the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal met the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi this weekend. The delegation included Himanta Biswa Sarma, Senior Minister in Government of Assam and some other BJP leaders of the State.  They discussed the issues related to safeguards for preserving the cultural and linguistic identity and heritage of Assam and implementation of Clause-6 of the Assam Accord and issues related to grant of tribal status to six communities. 

Several representatives of the Bodo groups including the Bodoland Territorial Council chief Hagrama Muhilary, Chandan Brahma, Minister from BPF in the State Government & Biswajit Daimary, MP also met the Union Home Minister over the weekend and discussed the various outstanding demands of Bodo community.

The Union Home Minister said that while introducing the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha on January 8, he had made it abundantly clear that the Bill is not meant for the individuals belonging to six minorities who have come from one particular country. It is also not meant for individuals who are living in one particular State. At the same time,  Rajnath Singh said, it is a fact that Assam has borne the disproportionate burden of migration due to religious persecution in our neighbouring countries.   

The Union Home Minister said he had therefore made it clear that Assam should not bear this burden alone.  It is the responsibility of the entire country and the burden should also be shared by the entire country, he added. 

Rajnath Singh said we are committed to helping the persons belonging to six minority communities, who have been compelled to come to India because of religious persecution in the three neighbouring countries.  Those who qualify for citizenship under the amended Citizenship Act would be free to reside and settle in any State, he added.

15th Finance Commission to visit Tripura

PIB

Agartala, January 14, 2019: Furthering its dialogues with the different states of the country, the 15th Finance Commission will be visiting Tripura from January 16 to 18 2019.  The Commission led by the Chairman, Dr. N.K. Singh will include its Members and Senior Officials.  This will be the 17th State of India that the Commission will be visiting.

Besides having a detailed meeting with the Chief Minister of Tripura along with the other Cabinet Ministers of the state, and the State Government officials, the Commission will also be meeting the representatives of the Panchayti Raj Institutions and the Urban Local Bodies of the States.

Meetings are also scheduled with the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council, the Representatives of the Trade Commerce and Industry Bodies of the State and with the Representatives of the various Political Parties in the State.

The Commission will also visit the Palatana Thermal Power Project in the State.

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