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Manik Sarkar CPI(M) face in 2018 assembly poll

Correspondent

Agartala, September 10, 2017: CPI(M) has shifted from its tradition of choosing leader of legislature party after election only to project four time Chief Minister Manik Sarkar as party’s face in 2018 assembly election. Bijan Dhar has been speaking about party decision to rely on Sarkar, 67, but he has not yet uttered which forum in the party approved the decision and whether this has assent of party’s apex bodies like Politburo and the Central Committee. 

CPI(M) is undoubtedly is under pressure owing to surge of BJP and collapse of covert ally Congress in the state and nationally, and a level of anti incumbency factor. There has been a beeline of rank and file of Congress and Trinamool Congress at door of saffron party which also threw its weight to dislodge the left front government.

Its still not clear whether Manik Sarkar who has now been routinely inspecting development activities in and around Agartala ahead of election could sail through party in the hugely contested election battle. On the other BJP is confident of triumph in February 2018 election. 

Left front govt enters social media circle to propagate success

Correspondent

Agartala, September 8, 2017: Tripura’s left front government headed by veteran communist Manik Sarkar has finally entered social media circle to take advantage to its huge reach across the globe. Sarkar on Thursday inaugurated “Government of Tripura Social Media Accounts’ in Face Book, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram at a function in civil secretariat. 

Official tag name of all accounts in social networking sites was given ‘My Govt Tripura’ something Chief Minister did not like. “Change the name to Our Govt Tripura”, he directed officials in presence of information minister Bhanu Lal Saha who silently consumed the diktat.

Sarkar also displayed exception when he told Bhanu Lal Saha to release 68 page Bengali scripted book titled ‘Egie Cholechi Amra’ (We are marching ahead) in his place. The book outlines pro people policies and achievements of incumbent government.

“People across the globe through of social media can now check what exactly we are doing, our policies and initiatives in Tripura. The accounts would benefit them to access proper and correct information”, Chief Minister said told the audience.  

MEA rescues captive Tripura man in Saudi Arabia

Correspondent

Agartala, September 7, 2017: 37 year old Gopal Das reunited with family at Agartala airport on Thursday evening after he returned from Saudi Arabia where he was forcefully detained by his contractor. 

A driver by profession Das narrated ordeal in the oil rich gulf country where he went three years ago to make fortune by an immigration broker who promised a lucrative salary.

Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) facilitated the return within few days it was approached by Tripura state leadership of BJP to free the man from unlawful captivity in Abha district of Saudi Arabia. BJP took up the effort after Babita Das, wife of stranded driver by profession, visited its office here.

A beaming Gopal Das thanked BJP and the MEA for ensuring his safe return. 

Manik attends important PB meeting

Correspondent

Agartala, September 6, 2017: Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar attended meeting of CPI(M) Politburo at New Delhi on Wednesday. The one day meeting attained importance as he joined the meeting after Tripura CPI(M) officially declared to continue with him as Chief Minister if wins assembly election due in February 2018. 

With barely six months left for the poll which is expected to be fought fiercely by the communist party and the BJP, Politburo reportedly discussed prospects and problems of party organisation in Tripura. It took stock of activities of IPFT which made a dent in tribal areas with separate state demand for 33 percent tribal population.

From all aspects upcoming elections to be toughest for CPI(M) which has been in power in state since 1978 except a break between 1988 and 1993 as BJP threw all weights to dislodge incumbent government. BJP has made surge by accommodating ranks of Congress and Trinamool Congress, looking for allying with regional tribal parties.

Manik Sarkar would return to state on Thursday. 

Gauri Lankesh assassination, journalists in street protests

IJU News  

Hyderabad/New Delhi, September 6, 2017: Thousands of journalists came out on streets across the country on Wednesday to protest against the assassination of the warrior for freedom of expression and Editor of Lankesh Patrika Gauri Lankesh in Bangalore on Tuesday night by unknown assailants following the call given by the Indian Journalists Union (IJU). She was shot dead at close range outside her house by suspected hatemongers from the communal fringe against whom she waged a relentless fight all her life.  

The journalists staged dharnas and noisy demonstrations at several state capitals including Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Imphal and Bangalore. They raised slogans against hate crimes and attacks on freedom of expression. They demanded that Karnataka government should mount a massive manhunt to catch the killers of Gauri Lankesh. They also demanded that the Parliament should enact Safety of Journalists Act as recommended by the Press Council of India (PCI).

In Hyderabad, the Telangana State Union of Working Journalists (TUWJ) and Hyderabad of Union of Journalists (HUJ) held a massive protest demonstration at BabuJagjivan Ram Statue at Basheerbagh to protest against the brutal murder of Gauri Lankesh on Wednesday. They demanded for immediate arrest of culprits and those who abetted such crimes. It demanded that serious measures should be takento prevent such attacks on Journalists in the future.

Hundreds of journalists from print and electronic media participated in the demonstration. The demonstration was led by Indian Journalists Union (IJU) Secretary-General Amar Devulapalli, senior IJU leader and Editor of Mana Telangana daily K Sreenivas Reddy and K Ramachandra Murthy, Editorial Director of Sakshi.

Earlier the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) strongly condemned the dastardly murder of Gauri Lankesh, Editor of  Lankesh Patrika on Tuesday night. In a statement issued on Tuesday late night, the President S N Sinha and Secretary- General Devulapalli Amar of the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) said the murder of Gauri Lankesh was an attack on independent journalism in the country."We hold the forces of hate responsible for the cowardly act”, they said and demanded stringent action against the culprits. 

Arunachal Minister Kena dies, PM expresses grief

Correspondent

Itanagar, September 5, 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi led nation to express grief on the demise of Jomde Kena, Health Minister of Arunachal Pradesh and extended condolences to his family. 

Kena died of cardiac arrest at Guwahati on Tuesday morning. His body was flown to Naharlagun helipad at Itanagar where hundreds of people turned out to pay homage.

Last rites were performed at his native place Gensi. The departed leader was given gun salute at the funeral site. 

NF Railway restores four more trains

PR

Maligaon, September 5: Four more passenger carrying trains are going to be introduced shortly as per details given below. 

SN

Train no.

Starting From

W.E.F.

1

15647 Lokmanya Tilak- Guwahati Express

Lokmanya Tilak Terminus

08.09.2017

2

15648 Guwahati - Lokmanya Tilak Express

Guwahati

12.09.2017

3

22411 Naharlagun – New Delhi AC Express

Naharlagun

12.09.2017

4

22412 New Delhi – Naharlagun AC Express

New Delhi

10.09.2017

5

14019 Tripura Sundari Express

Agartala

14.09.2017

6

14020 Tripura Sundari Express

Anand Vihar Terminus

11.09.2017

7

15905 Vivek Express

Kaniyakumari

14.09.2017

8

15906 Vivek Express

Dibrugarh

23.09.2017

It may be mentioned here that the flood damaged portion of track on the UP line along with bridge no 133 between Sudhani and Telta station was certified fit for train running on August 29.  While the first goods train in the restored section to run from 29th, passenger services have started plying from September 2 with resumption of Rajdhani Express, North East Express, Kamrup Express and Kolkata – Radhikapur Express. Kanchanjungha Express will also to be restored from September 7.

It is to be mentioned that restoration work is in progress and situation being monitored. With the aforesaid resumptions North East will be linked to South India, Mumbai and Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh will have service to Delhi.

Flood menace returns, 29 camps opened

Correspondent

Agartala, September 4, 2017: Torrential rains have once again caused havoc in Tripura with flood situation resurfacing in many places of west Tripura. At least 3000 people rendered homeless over past two days. 

Water is flowing above danger level in most of rivers including Howrah along Agartala city. Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and senior engineers inspected embankment on River Horawh.

Department of Relief and Rehabilitation opened 29 camps to accommodate displaced people. Food and relief materials are being distributed. 

LK Gupta next Chief Secretary

Correspondent

Agartala, September 4, 2017: Senior IAS officer LK Gupta will be new Chief Secretary in Tripura. He would replace Sanjiv Ranjan who will be joining as Secretary of the Union Government at New Delhi.

Gupta is presently serving in a rank with the Union Government. He will take charge end of this month, official sources said. 

LK Gupta is 1986 batch IAS. 

CCTNS marks a huge jump in national security

PIB

New Delhi, August 31, 2017: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has said the MHA recently launched the robust Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS), which will mark a huge jump in national security. Shri Rijiju was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the 10th Annual Summit on Cyber and Network Security here. 

He said in our country we have the rule of law, and not ruled by law. Unlike authoritarian countries where enforcement is easy, here citizen awareness is very important, he added.

Encouraging the private sector to partner with the Government in Cyber Security, Rijiju said the digital age has dawned upon us. There is no escaping the digital economy, he said adding, every aspect of modern life is dependent on the cyber world, be it health, banking or taxation. Cashless economy is a reality, the Minister said, adding that the more we become exposed to the cyber world, the more vulnerable we become to the looming cyber threats and malwares, which may even lead to the economy crippling in the wake of a cyber attack.

Rijiju said that we will have to live in this cyber world; at the same time we have to protect our national security and identity. 

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