Agartala, Dec 2: Tripura Director General of Police, KTD Singh, has said that Harkat-ul-Jihadi-e-Islami (HuJI) is helping militants to creep into the country via Indo-Bangladesh porous border, as inflitration from the western border has become very difficult.
“With the western border of India getting difficult, Islamic fundamentalist are now using the long porous border of Indo-Bangladesh to sneak into the country, Singh told reporters here.
He further said that despite of the changing scenario in Bangladesh, militants are still taking shelter in that country.
Agartala, Dec 29 : The horror and ghastly impact of militancy is well portrayed in the 12-minute film titled 'Bhalo Rakhoni Bhoy', directed by Raikishori Ganguli of Tripura.
Young filmmaker Ganguli, a victim of militancy, has brought out the agony wrought by the mayhem and violence very powerfully in the film.
"This is a topic which has universal appeal because it has relevance all over the world and also specifically in Tripura. Although the situation in Tripura is much better now, militancy has not been rooted out completely," said Raikishori Ganguli, Director, "Bhalo Rakhoni Bhoy"
Agartala, Jan. 14: At a time when the Indian Armed forces are facing a shortage of new recruits, youngsters in the north east are eager to join national cause. This was evident during a recently held recruitment drive by the Indian Air Force here.
Thousands of youth from across the north east region arrived here for the two-tier Indian Air Force’s week-long recruitment programme.
Aspirants said that their basic motivations were employment, the prevalence of wide scale insurgency in their region, and an opportunity to serve the motherland.
Agartala, Jan 17 : Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswami and the other two Election Commissioners, S Y Qureshi and Navin Chawla, will review poll preparedness in Tripura today.
During their day-long visit, members of the Commission will hold discussions with representatives of political parties separately.
A single-phase Assembly poll in Tripura will be held on February 23. Out of 60 seats, 20 seats are reserved for the Scheduled Tribes and seven for the Scheduled Castes.
Agartala, Jan 17: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswami and Election Commissioners, S Y Qureshi and Navin Chawla review poll preparedness in Tripura on Thursday.
During their daylong visit, members of the Commission will held discussions with representatives of political parties, Chief Secretary Shashi Prakash, DGP KTD Singh and four District Magistrates and Superintendent of Police separately.
CEC Gopalaswami informed that the Election Commission would take all necessary measures, including deployment of additional central forces in order to ensure free and fair elections.
Agartala, Jan 22: The Border Security Force (BSF) has initiated an innovative plan, called "Intensified Malaria Action Plan," in the wake of increasing number of jawans falling ill due to malaria in Tripura. The action plan includes the provision of facemasks to jawans posted on the border.
Nineteen sentinels posted on Tripura-Mizoram sector have lost their lives due to malaria in the last three years.
The BSF and the CRPF jawans deployed to man the border and contain the extremist activities, fall prey to the dreadful disease. In most of the cases, the affected personnel are given treatment at local health centres.
Agartala, Jan 25: Security in the northeastern region has been tightened in the wake of Republic Day boycott call given by four militant groups.
The militant groups have also announced a general strike on Saturday.
This was stated in a joint statement issued by- the Tripura People's Democratic Front (TPDF), the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), the Manipur People's Liberation Front (MPLF) and the Kamatapur Liberation Organization (KLO) - trough email.
Agartala, Jan 25: The Forward Bloc, a key constituent of the ruling alliance in Tripura, on Friday decided to quit the Left Front after being denied the preferred number of seats to contest in the upcoming Assembly election in the State by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).
In 1978, the CPI-M, the Forward Bloc and the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) came together to form the Left Front in Tripura. Later, the Communist Party of India (CPI) also joined the Front.
Agartala, Jan 30: The Election Commission (EC) will today issue formal notification for a single-phase Assembly poll in Tripura to be held on February 23.
The filing of nomination papers will close on February 6 and scrutiny of nominations will take place on February 7. The last date for withdrawal of candidature is February 9.
The counting of votes will take place on March 7.
Meanwhile, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswami and Election Commissioners S Y Qureshi and Navin Chawla have reviewed the poll preparations.
Agartala, Feb 6: Today is the last day for the filing of nomination papers for a single-phase Assembly poll in Tripura, which is scheduled to be held on February 23.
As many as 642 nomination papers were filed till February 5. Scrutiny will be held on February 7 and the last date for the withdrawal of nominations is February 9.
The Election Commission (EC) has decided to appoint ten micro observers for each constituency in the ensuing election.
The EC has already finalised 527 micro observers. Another 150 micro observers are to be short listed soon.
Agartala, Feb 18 : Campaigning for the forthcoming Tripura Assembly elections, Congress party President Sonia Gandhi here today slammed the Communist Party India-Marxist (CPI-M)-led Government for failing on various fronts in the State.
Criticising the CPI-M led Government, Sonia Gandhi said that the Centre is giving adequate funds to the State, but development in Tripura did not take place as it should have been.
She said Rupees 500 crores sanctioned by the Centre has not be utilised by the Tripura government.
Agartala, Feb 23: Voting in the single-phase elections in Tripura began amid tight security early on Saturday morning.
At stake for all contesting candidates are 60 Assembly seats.
The Union Government has deployed 20,000 paramilitary personnel from the Border Security Force (BSF), the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to keep a check on insurgency and maintain security in violence-prone areas of the State.
A record 60,000 security personnel have been deployed backed by air surveillance to ensure free and fair polls.
Agartala, Feb 23: Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Saturday said that the casting of votes in the singlephase elections in the remote north eastern state has so far been peaceful and transparent, and a key highlight of it was that women voters are coming out in large numbers to exercise their franchise despite tight security.
Agartala, Feb 23 : Voting for the Tripura State Assembly ended today without any reports of violence.
In the past, Tripura has witnessed a contest between the ruling Left combine and the opposition Congress, which has forged an alliance with the pre-dominantly tribal party, the INPT.
The Left, led by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, has been in power since 1993 and is going all out to retain power in the state.
Agartala, Feb 23 : Around 70 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the election to the 60-member Tripura Assembly. Voting for State Assembly in Tripura has ended today without any reports of violence.
Election department officials said that 85 per cent votes were cast in the state capital. Long queues were seen, particularly in rural areas, even after 4 p. m. at the close of voting.
The state has an electorate of 20,35,877. A total of 313 candidates, including 28 women, are contesting the elections.
Agartala, 26 Feb: Police clashed with hundred of protestors in Agartala when they came to evacuate an illegal settlement on government land on Tuesday.
Hundreds of police personnel armed with batons, shields, tear gas and guns started gathering in the Kunjaban area right from dawn.
Police said the demonstrators were initially warned and police tried to solve the matter peacefully, but when the illegal occupants attacked, police were compelled into baton charging them.
Agartala, Mar 1: With the western border getting fenced and movement during winter becoming impossible due to snow in the Kashmir valley, the outlawed anti-India groups based in Pakistan are now trying to enter India through the comparatively easy porous border with Bangladesh, said Additional Director General (ADG) of Border Security Force (BSF), U K Bansal.
Speaking at a press conference at Tripura Frontier Headquarters of BSF at Salbagan here, ADG Bansal said there are reports that Muslim fundamentalist and terrorist organisations had contacted elements in Bangladesh to infiltrate into India.
Agartala, Mar 3:The first ever train service to Agartala is all set to begin by the end of March as the Indian Railways in the region is working overtime to meet the deadline.
Tripura, which currently has only 67 kms of rail tracks, shall very soon be connected to the nation-wide rail network.
According to railway officials, the construction work of the station, the tracks and the tunnels are in a state of completion.
Agartala/ Shillong, Mar 7: Counting of votes for the single-phased Tripura and Meghalaya Assembly elections have begun this morning, amidst tight security.
The counting is being underway in 19 centres in Tripura. The results are likely to be officially announced in the afternoon.
Besides, 700 observers and 2,500 counting personnel, a three-tier security arrangement has been made around each counting hall of the state.
Agartala, Mar7: The Assam’s Minister for Forest, Rockybul Hussain told the State Assembly today that he had the Border Security Force (BSF) and the State Police to remain alert to the possible entry of Jehadi groups from Bangladesh.
“The Government has definite proof of Jehadi groups setting up their headquarters in Bangladesh and all their activities were being directed from there. The State Government has decided to increase the number of police stations and out-posts in the border belts to counter the threat posed by these Jehadi groups,” Hussain said.
Agartala, Mar 7: The Left Front in Tripura has marked a come back to power for the fourth consecutive term winning an absolute majority in the 60 member Assembly.
On the other hand in Meghalaya, Congress emerged as the single largest party bagging 25 out of 59 seats for which polling was held on 3rd March.
The ruling Left Front has secured two-third majority in the 60-member Tripura Assembly winning 44 out of 53 seats.
The Forward Bloc, which was part of the Front in the outgoing assembly, did not fight the election following differences with the CPI-M over seat sharing.
Agartala (Tripura), Mar. 7 : Hailing the Left Front’s fourth consecutive win at the Assembly hustings in Tripura, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said on Friday that his mission would be to continue the process of development and peace in the insurgent-hit state.
Interacting with the media after the Left Front achieved a landslide victory in the polls, winning 49 of the 60 Assembly seats up for grabs, Sarkar said: “The Left Front has won because they want to continue the process of development and peace in the state.”
“My priority is the upliftment of the downtrodden,” he added.
Agartala, Mar 8: The CPI (M)-led Left Front Government in Tripura in expected to assume office for a fourth consecutive term on March 11.
CPI (M) spokesperson Goutam Das told reporters at the state secretariat that a state committee meeting of the party would be held today and the new Government would be formed in consultation with the CPI and the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) within next three-four days.
Agartala, Mar 10: Manik Sarkar will take oath as Chief Minister of Tripura for the third consecutive time here today.
The swearing-in of the 12-member Council of Ministers will also be held at Raj Bhavan. Of the 12 ministers, ten ministers including Sarkar will be from CPI (M) and the rest two from RSP and CPI each.
CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat and Politburo member Sitaram Yechury are likely to attend the ceremony.
CPI (M)-led Left Front pulled off an emphatic victory for a fourth consecutive term, winning 49 seats in the 60-member legislature.
Agartala, March 10: Communist
Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Manik Sarkar on Monday took oath
as the Tripura Chief Minister for the third consecutive time.
Dinesh Nandan Sahaya administered the oath of office and secrecy to
Sarkar and 11 others at a function at the Raj Bhavan here.
shall continue our efforts to uplift the standard of living of the
people, specially those living below the poverty line and make Tripura
a model state in the country," Sarkar told reporters.
Agartala, Mar 11: Senior member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) politburo, Sitaram Yechury, today said that the UPA Government at the Centre is unlikely to fall over differences on the India-US civil nuclear deal.
"We do not want to destabilise the government, but simply wanted to stop the nuclear deal with the US" he added.
Yechury was on a two-day visit to participate in a rally to celebrate the landmark victory of the Left Front in the Tripura Assembly poll in.
Agartala, Mar 16 : Once they shed blood in the name of independent Tripura, but today they are donating blood to save lives.
Ishuk Debbarma, a returnee from the banned National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) in an apologetic tone says: “I am sorry if I did something wrong under the command of my leader when I led an underground life, but now after rejoining the mainstream, I have thought of doing something for my nation. I do not have enough money to donate for others, so I am giving my blood in the hope that it will save a helpless life.”
Agartala, Mar 17: The first session of the newly formed tenth Tripura Assembly will begin at the historical Ujjayanta Palace this afternoon.
Governor D N Sahaya will address the House on its first sitting of the year.
''Since the new Government assumed office only last week, the full-fledged Budget is not possible at this moment but we will pass the vote on account for next three months and subsequently a separate Budget session will be convened,'' newly appointed Finance Minister Badal Choudhury said.
Agartala, Mar 17: Ramendra Debnath was elected as the new Speaker of the tenth Tripura Assembly, which began today.
Debnath was elected unopposed as there was only one nomination paper. He has held the post of Speaker for the past ten years
The Budget session, which began at the historical Ujjayanta Palace, is likely to be held for some more days.
Sonamura (Agartala), Mar 24 : The Border Security Force (BSF) organised a health camp under its civic action programme in Putia area of West Tripura recently.
A K Sharma, the Commandant of the 22 battalion of the BSF, said the BSF had the responsibility of looking after the prosperity and development of the border population, besides protecting it.
Over 1000 patients attended the health camp.
Arshad Ali, a resident praised the BSF for its healthcare activities.
Such camps are very helpful for poor people who do not get government heath amenities, said Bakula Khatun, another resident.
Agartala, Mar 29 : Thousands of book lovers are coming every day at the ongoing 25th Agartala book fair in search of books written by their favourite writers.
The ten-day fair which will conclude on April 4, is being held at the Sishuniketan ground of Agartala.
They consider the fair to be a golden opportunity as over 150 publishers of the state along with some from Kolkatta and even few from Bangladesh are participating in the fair.
The Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (ICAT) Department of Tripura with cooperation of the state publishers have organised the fair.
Agartala, Apr 8: About 40,000 birds will be culled in Tripura today after the presence of bird flu was confirmed in the Kamalpur sub-division of the state.
Principal Secretary to the Government of Tripura U. Venkateswarlu said that blood samples of dead birds from the two villages of this sub-division were tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus.
According to the Animal Resource Development sources, the culling operations are being carried out from today with the help of 15 rapid action teams.
The culling is likely to be completed in three days.
Agartala, Apr 14: Hundreds of Chakma tribal youth, dressed in their traditional attire, are participating in the Bizhu festival here.
Bizhu is the most important socio-religious festival of the Chakmas. This three-day festival is signified by the Bizhu dance, which welcomes the new year.
“We are organizing this festival to keep alive the Bizhu-centric Chakma rituals and customs,” said Niranjan Chakma, an organiser.
Agartala, Apr 22 : The Chairman of India' has said that domestic production in India is not sufficient to meet its future energy requirements, and therefore, finalisation of the Indo-US civil nuke deal is important for India.
He also said that through this deal India would be able to function in an autonomous manner.
“Those who are trying to instil fear in the minds of the people about the nuke deal, have a lack of knowledge,” he said at a cancer awareness programme in Tripura.
Agartala, Apr 22 : Following the spread of bird flu, more than 10,000 birds will be culled in villages which falls within five kilometers radius in West Tripura District, official sources said on Tuesday.
“The State Administration has decided to cull 10,000 birds in eight Gram Panchayat areas which falls within five kilometres radius of the affected villages,” said official sources.
Agartala, Apr. 23 : Bird flu has resurfaced in Tripura, a little more than a week after the culling of thousands of chickens was completed to contain the spread of the disease.
Laboratory tests confirmed the presence of the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus in dead chickens in Tripura, which borders Bangladesh.
"This is the second time that the deadly bird flu virus has been detected in the state," Ashish Roy Barman, the director of the state's animal resource development (ARD) department, told ANI on Wednesday.
Health officials are visiting homes to check people for symptoms.
A recent report has disclosed that the bird flu has gripped Tripura into its jaws.
The laboratory confirmed that the blood and faecal extracts sent from backyard poultry in Tripura were infected with the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of bird flu virus, which in turn infecting birds in a village, 130 km from the state capital Agartala.
The virus was detached from Kalachari village in Mohanpur block just before it began to cause large scale mortality among birds.
On April 19, Bhopal’s High Security Animal Disease Laboratory reported that the samples sent on April 16 were infected with H5N1.
Agartala, May 8 : Residents in Tripura capital Agartala are celebrating the 147th birth anniversary of poet Rabindranath Tagore.
On Thursday, the main programme was organised at the Rabindakana Park and at the Rabindra Centenary Hall Ground here.
Young and famous artists from schools, colleges, clubs, NGOs and other social organisations took part in the programme. Artists from Kolkata were also present on the occasion.
Agartala, 9 May : 40 militants belonging to the banned All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) and National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) laid down their arms and came back to normal life at two places in Tripura on Thursday.
The first surrender comprising of 35 cadres of the ATTF militants laid arms before Commandant of 14 Assam Rifles, Colonel Pratik Seth at Kanchanpur. The militants also handed over a SLR and 100 live cartridges.
Agartala, May 13: North Eastern Council (NEC) Chairman and the Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Minister Mani Shankar Aiyyar has said the government is planning to start a dedicated regional airline for the eight northeastern States to boost interstate connectivity.
"We are giving a serious thought at having an exclusive regional airline for northeastern area of our country and are trying to bring the private sector airlines," Aiyyar told reporters after inaugurating the 56th plenary session of North Eastern Council at Agartala.
Agartala, May 15 : The Left parties in Tripura today held rallies and marches across the state to protest against the “'failure of the ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government”' to check the rising prices of essential commodities.
The CPI and CPI (M) activists in the state shouted slogans, demanding immediate steps by the Centre to reduce the prices of essential commodities.
Local leaders, Member of Parliaments along with hundreds of Left activists attended a rally at Agartala.
Agartala, May 15 : Controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen has said that she would like to stay in Tripura when she returns to India if not allowed to stay in Kolkata, before the expiry of her Swedish visa in August.
Talking to 'Ajker Fariad', a leading Bengali daily here over telephone from Sweden, Nasreen said she felt like being “buried alive” in that country and as she writes in Bengali so she want to stay in a Bengali inhabited place.
Agartala, May 20 : Buddha Purnima, the day Lord Buddha was born, was celebrated with full devotion here on Monday.
On the auspicious occasion, hundred of devotees gathered at the Buddha monastery in Agartala to light candles and offer prayers.
"Buddha Purnima is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar and is celebrated on the full-moon day of Vaisakh (April - May) blessed by the birth, enlightenment and passing way of the Buddha," said Rajendra Bikhu, a Buddhist priest.
Agartala, May 30 : Sericulture has emerged as a profitable employment avenue for rural folk, particularly women in Tripura.
Various government schemes for sericulture, which involves growing of mulberry trees for the leaf (which is the only food for silk worm), rearing of the silk worms and spinning of cocoon for the silk thread, are in operation in the state.
Agartala, May 30 : A six-member team of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce visited the Akhaura Land Custom station here and met with officials and the business community.
The team, including seven MPs led by former Minister and Convenor of the Committee, Kashiram Rana, arrived here from Guwahati to inspect the flow of border trade between India and Bangladesh and to review infrastructure in Tripura, including the Agartala airport.
Kolkata/ Thiruvananthapuram/ Agartala, June 5 : A 12-hour shutdown called by Left parties in West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura against the hike in fuel prices began today.
In West Bengal, the opposition Trinamool Congress announced state-wide shutdown tomorrow.
The Central Government's decision to hike fuel prices, the biggest hike in fuel prices in 12 years, led to strong reactions from across the political spectrum.
Trinamool Congress chief Mamta Banerjee lashed out against the Central Government demanding that it should quit.
Left disapproved the government's decision to hike the fuel prices. They have planned to call a massive strike on August 20 against the price hike.
Agartala, June 20 : Tripura Chief Judicial Magistrate court has ordered a ten-day police remand to a suspected Bangladeshi militant Mamun Mia, alias Suman Majumdar to probe into the matter of his links with state Food and Civil Supplies Minister Sahid Choudhury in anti-Indian activities and trafficking in arms and explosives.
Mian was arrested by the West Bengal Criminal Investigation Department on March 27 from Agartala following the arrest of two Bangladeshis, Alamgir Hussain and Shamim Akhtar, from Howrah along with some arms and exlosives.
Agartala, July 11 : Rubber planters in Tripura have welcomed the establishment of the rubber thread industry in the outskirts of Agartala.
The unit is a sister concern of the eminent tobacco and beverage group Dharampal Satyapal Ltd. (DS Group).
The industry will consume the entire latex produced by the farmers of the state, for making value added commodities. It has brightened the prospects for the rubber planters, who were practicing shifting cultivation earlier.
Agartala, Aug. 13 : Leaving behind the turbulent times, Tripura is now steadily moving towards development.
New factories are coming up in the State. R. K. Nagar, located 10 to 12 kilometres from Agartala, previously a hotbed of militancy, now reverberates to industrial sounds instead of fire shots.
People here are participating enthusiastically in the process of development.
Agartala, Aug. 29 : Christian in Tripura brought out a silent rally Friday to protest the continued violence against the community in Orissa, where at least 11 people have died in sectarian violence.
All Christian schools and institutions across the state remain closed.
The United Christian Forum of Tripura brought out the rally from RMS Choumhuni and went to the Raj Bhavan to place a deputation to the Governor.
Hundred of protestors including women and young children wearing black badges walked through the streets of Agartala in silent.
Agartala, Sept 13 : Necessity is the mother of invention. The necessity to lead a normal life and earn a livelihood made Nikhil Mahaja of South Tripura District to experiment with broken glasses and today he has created a new art from what was considered useless pieces of broken glasses.
Nikhil has become an inspiration for many unemployed youth in the State who want to make a name for themselves in the world.
Anchorage (Alaska), Sept. 19 : Sarah Palin wasn’t the only target of an online hacker.
Law enforcement officials are claiming that her family and staff were also compromised.
Justice Department spokeswoman Laura Sweeney said on Thursday that the FBI and Secret Service have launched a formal investigation into the hacking of one of Palin’s Yahoo E-mail accounts.
Yahoo declined to comment Thursday on the details of the investigation, citing Palin’s privacy and the sensitivity of such investigations, Fox News reports.
Agartala, Sept 20 : Education is the key that opens up many doors. To a great extent it is true, and the people of Jirania block in West Tripura firmly believe in this adage. This is evident from the fact that the block has registered a record 97 per cent literacy rate and has set an example for the entire northeast region.
New Delhi - One person was killed and 50 injured in serial bomb blasts in Agartala, capital of the north-eastern Indian state of Tripura on Wednesday, news reports said.
Four blasts occurred in the space of about 45 minutes in busy areas of the city, including markets and bus stops within a two-kilometre radius, Times Now television reported.
All the blasts were of low intensity, local police official Shreeyash (Eds: one name only) was quoted as saying. He said a fifth bomb had been found and defused.
All the injured had been taken to hospital. Twenty of them were in critical condition, reports said.
Agartala, Oct 2 : Terror struck Agartala, the capital of Tripura on Wednesday evening when five bombs went off within 30 minutes in crowded market places and a bus stand.
Two persons were confirmed dead and about 76 injured in the five blasts of which at least two of the blasts were powerful.
The injured were taken to the nearby hospital. According to sources in the hospital some of the injured are in critical condition.
Agartala, Oct 3 : The Tripura Police on Friday said that highly explosive devices and a mobile phone were used to trigger Wednesday''s low intensity bomb blasts in Agartala.
Deputy Inspector General (Police Control) Nepal Das said, “Samples collected from the blast sites by a team of the National Security Guard (NSG) from Delhi along with forensic experts from Kolkata have prima facie revealed that the explosives used were of most recent vintage.”
Das said the terrorists used a mobile phone as a timer device and batteries of nine volts, which enabled the serial blasts to take place within a short span of time.
Agartala, Oct 4 : Militancy hasn’t deterred the masses of Tripura to work for social causes, for the people of the State overwhelmingly welcomed the ''traveling film festival'', which was on its three day stint in Agartala, the state''s capital.
The film festival is on a five month journey, to raise awareness about environment and wildlife.
The traveling film festival was organized by Centre of Media Studies, a non-governmental organization.
Agartala, Oct 4 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh on Saturday claimed that Bangladeshi Muslim fundamentalist (HuJI-B) supported by ISI are involved in recent serial blast in Agartala.
He was on a days’ visit to the State during which he visited the injured of the blasts at G. B. Panth hospital. He also went to some of the blast sites to take note from the eyewitnesses.
Agartala, Oct 5 : One more live bomb was recovered from Radhanagar area of Agartala on today, which was later defused by the bomb squad of National Security Guard (NSG).
The Additional Superintendent of Tripura Police, Bijoy Nag, said highly explosive which was connected to a mobile phone with a nine-volt battery.
The bomb inside a plastic bag was lying in a drain, which was first noticed by the locals of that area and they informed the police.
Police immediately rushed to the spot and tried to defuse the bomb but was not successful and so called the NSG bomb squad.
Agartala, Oct 14 : It''s calm after the storm. The serial blasts in Agartala have not only left a mark on the ground, it has left a deep scar on the psyche of the people and dented the people''s confidence that has been built up in the last few years.
People were quite happy to retrieve peace after years of violence in the state but the recent blasts have again brought the memories of the past. They are trying to understand, who might be trying to disturb the new found peace in the state.
Agartala, Oct 20 : The saying ''Labour never goes in vain,'' explains the achievement of Tapan Pal. He made his first miniature clay craft at the age of seven and today Tapan is a maestro.
Hailing from a poor family of western Tripura, Tapan is making micro-clay-images, which is unique. Tapan has become an inspiration for many youngsters in the state, who want to create a niche for themselves in the world.
Using clay as the main component for his work, Tapan uses seeds, glasses and paints to make his creations more attractive.
Agartala, Oct 25 : The serial bomb blasts in Agartala few weeks ago came as a severe jolt to the people of the state, who were basking in the atmosphere of peace for some time. Who is behind the attack? This is the often-repeated question in every body’s mind. Another question that dominates is that of the blasts being a sign of urban terrorism.
Agartala, Nov. 3 : Young children in Tripura capital Agartala have adopted a unique way of protesting against militancy, especially the bomb blasts – through a painting exhibition.
The children, aged between 10 and 15 years, see their imaginative creations as an effective way to challenge the subversive activities of the militants and send out a message of peace and unity among the people.
While one painter said that without peace there could no development, another said people should unite against the evil and work for development.
Agartala, Nov 10 : Hundreds of Buddhists congregated at Agartala''s historical Buddhist monastery here on Sunday to participate in the 32nd ''Kathin Chibor Dan'' Festival, one of the main religious festivals of the Buddhist community.
Devotees said the festival is celebrated throughout the world within a month of the conclusion of the ''Prabarana Purnima'', the full moon of the Hindu month of Ashwini.
Agartala, Nov 15 : At least nine people died and 30 critically injured following a road traffic accident on the national high 44 on Saturday in Tripura.
The incident occurred at around 12 p. m. when three vehicles had a head-on collided at a tri-junction near Gakulnagar, 17 kilometre south from here.
The incident happened when two jeeps had a head-on collision and another speeding jeep coming from the back banged the two jeeps.
Agartala, Nov. 19 : ‘Oneness through drama'' was the central message of a group of Bangladeshi theatre artistes, who were on a cultural trip to Agartala recently and left an indelible mark on various theatre lovers.
It was a delightful and emphatic performance of “Ebong Aswamedh Jagna", by a group of 19 artistes from Bangladesh, which performed the epic Ramayana at the central auditorium of Tripura University here recently.
Agartala, Dec. 1 : Thousands of people in Tripura pledged Monday to step up the fight against HIV by spreading awareness about the dreaded virus.
School children, health workers, different non-government organizations, people from different walk of life, including sex workers marched through the streets in Agartala - to mark World AIDS Day and educate the public about prevention and treatment for the HIV-positive.
Agartala (Tripura), Dec. 14 : Tripura capital Agartala recently played host to a two-day conference on Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR).
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Tripura Government organized the conference jointly, which was attended by representatives from the government, engineers, army, paramilitary, police personnel, students, teachers and NGOs.
Agartala, Dec. 17 : A dawn-to-dusk strike in Tripura, called by the Congress supported Youth Congress and Seva Dal demanding arrest of two Leftist Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Sahid Choudhury and Partha Das during a protest rally, paralyzed normal life in the Left-ruled state Wednesday.
Most markets, shops and business establishments remained closed in this northeastern state while roads wore a deserted look.
Agartala, Dec 19 : Hundreds of people displaced due to border fencing took to the streets in Tripura demanding rehabilitation.
However, opposition Congress which under the banner of ''Tripura Simanta Bhumi Suraksa Committee'' (Tripura Border Land Protection Committee) organised the rally claiming that the people in the border area are not being rehabilitated due to the State Governments, apathetic attitude.
Shah Alam, a protestor demanded compensation and rehabilitation from the government and believes that no one is against the border fencing.
Agartala, Dec. 23 : The implementation of various schemes under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) has given a reason to smile to the people in Tripura, especially the poor in the State's rural areas.
The poor are happy to notice that under the NREGA, they are getting employment in the various developments schemes.
For instance, the road connectivity in Panisagar Block of north Tripura is likely to transform the lives of a lot of people, mostly of the tribal farmers.
Agartala, Dec. 31: Oddissi, one of the eight Indian classical dance forms, which originated in Orissa State, is now being initiated in Tripura.
A Kathak dancer of Padmabibhusan Kelucharan Mahapatra Gharana of Bubanaswas, has taken upon herself to popularise the Oddissi dance form through fusion in remote Tripura, a place where this dance form was practically unknown till recently.
Sarbani Nandi, an accomplished Kathak dancer from the Lucknow Gharana, holding a national scholarship, is popularizing the Oddissi dance form. She has given solo performances across the country and later acquired a degree in it. She gives fusion performances.
Agartala, Jan. 12 : Twenty-eight hardcore militants of the outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) officially laid down arms during a surrender ceremony at the 21 Assam Rifles range head quarters in Agartala with arms and ammunition.
The militants informed that they had fled from their camps in the forest of neighbouring Bangladesh mainly for two reasons - food crisis in Bangladesh camps and non-payment by the leaders of the militant outfits to the down rang cadres.
They also feared that with the forming of the new democratic government in Bangladesh there are every possibility of raids and anti-insurgency operation against Indian militants harboring in Bangladesh.
Agartala, Jan 20 : Flower lovers thronged the Tripura Legislative Assembly Garden in Agartala to witness the annual colourful Winter Flower Show.
The four-day long event has been organised by the Flower Lovers Association, Agartala. It started on Sunday.
Flowers those blooms in cold weather were displayed at the show.
Agartala, Jan. 23 : The 113 th birth anniversary of revolutionary leader Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was celebrated in Agartala today with residents paying tribute to the martyrs of the November 2008 Mumbai terror attack.
The main programme was organized by the students of Netaji Subhash Vidya Niketan School.
Debadutta Mazumder, a participant, said: "We are saluting the martyrs of Mumbai attack who have sacrificed their life to save us. Today on the birth day celebration of a great hero we are also paying tribute to other heroes."
Agartala, Jan. 29 : With a civilian government in Bangladesh in place, a ray of hope has emerged about a revival of bilateral business relations between India and Bangladesh.
On Tuesday, a 25-member business delegation from Bangladesh, led by Indo-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (IBCCI) President Abdul Mutlab Rahaman, arrived here through the Akhwara checkpost with the objective of strengthening trade relations between the two countries.
Imphal/Guwahati/Agartala, Feb. 3 : As the nation celebrated the 60th Republic Day recently, the occasion witnessed a wave of cheer and celebration mood in the northeast as well.
The significance of celebrations in the northeast deserves special mention since the residents in the northeast States opted to join official celebrations, defying threats by militants.
In Manipur's capital Imphal, people joined the celebrations at various places despite the boycott call given by some underground groups. Residents opted to be a part of the Republic day revelry.
Agartala, Feb. 3 : Many farmers in west Tripura are taking to growing cashew nut, as it offers better prospects to earn bigger profits.
Farmers get good returns for their produce. The ''Maa Tara Cashew Processing Industry'' initiated by Parimal Chanda Saha has been encouraging.
The unit has given employment to over a hundred people. Ninety-five per cent of them are rural women coming from the lowest strata of the society.
New Delhi/Siliguri/Agartala, Feb 26 : External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said that the mutiny by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) soldiers was an 'internal matter' of Bangladesh.
"This is the internal matter of a sovereign country. There is a regularly elected government, they are in full command of the situation. They know how to deal with it and they are dealing with it. We wish them all success. It is not our practice to make any comment on the internal matter of any sovereign country including our friendly neighbouring country. So far our border is concerned, it is totally safe and secure," Mukherjee told reporters here on Wednesday.
Agartala, Mar 22 : Puppets on strings, rods and hands enthralled hundreds of enthusiastic spectators at an event organised on the occasion of World Puppetry Day here on Saturday.
World Puppetry Day is celebrated with an objective to preserve and popularise the art of puppetry.
Several professional puppeteers and some new artistes in the field participated in the event.
The show enchanted the children and adults with interesting stories, endearing characters, colourful sets, lively music, songs and choreography.
Agartala, Apr. 16 : Senior Congress leader and External Affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday refuted the allegation of the BJP that the Congress was ''''soft'''' towards Pakistan and failed to contain terrorism in the country rather he claimed that his party is more strongly dealing with the militancy issue and particularly the Pakistan sponsored cross border terrorism than the BJP.
Agartala, Apr 23 : Polling for two Lok Sabha seats in Tripura began Thursday morning amid tight security and air surveillance by military helicopters.
"Over 30,000 central paramilitary troopers accompanied by state security forces have taken positions across the state to deal with separatist outfits before and during the polling. There is an air surveillance particularly in the bordering areas", Pranay Sahay, Director General of Police told ANI.
Agartala, July 24 : The Tripura government today launched a special employment guarantee scheme, designed on the lines of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), for the urban poor.
After the success of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) which was launched in 2006, Tripura is the first state in the country which launched such a project for urban areas and ambitious Tripura Urban Employment Programme (TUEP) proposes to provide at least 50 days work to each urban BPL family at Rs 100 per day.
Agartala, July 30 : Floods continued to wreak havoc in Tripura with continued heavy downpour dislodging hundreds of villagers from their houses in low-lying areas.
In Agartala and outskirts, rising waters of the Howragh and Kathakhal rivers swamped large swathes of farmland, submerging homes and disrupting road transport.
About 50,000 people have been forced into relief camps, while hundreds more are wading in water in and around their homes after intense downpour last two days.
Agartala (Tripura), Aug. 10 : Hundreds of photo lovers gathered at the Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhavan here on Sunday to witness rare moments capture by lense men of different parts of the world.
The three-day long international photo exhibition, titled “Moments”, organized by the Tripura Photojournalists Association, saw the participation of 45 photojournalists from countries like America, Nepal, Bhutan, states like Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura and cities like Dehradun, Kolkata and Delhi.
Agartala, Aug. 15 : CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat on Saturday said the UPA Government is moving closer to the United States, and forgetting its electoral promises made to the common man.
“The UPA Government has been expanding its strategic alliance with Washington, purchasing arms from the US and thus providing Pentagon (ground) to inspect India''s arms depot," Karat said in his address to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the CPI-M mouthpiece, the daily Desher Katha.
Agartala, Aug. 15 : As the nation celebrated the 63rd Independence Day with a joyous mood on Saturday, the I-Day function was held under tight security in Tripura.
Security had been beefed up in the State while anticipating a possible attack by militant organizations of the region, who had given a boycott call of the Independence Day celebrations in the northeast.
Agartala, Aug 22 : The northeastern states are importing bricks from neighboring Bangladesh to meet growing demand in the infrastructure development sector.
According to sources the first lot of brick laden 20 trucks entered Agartala through the Akhaura check post at Indo-Bangladesh border on Thursday.
The infrastructure development sector feels that the bricks from Bangladesh are of good quality.
Agartala, Sep. 6 : Thousands of tribal families turned out to participate in a financial outreach camp organized by the Reserve Bank of India in Pitra village of Tripura.
The camp was organised with the objective of bringing awareness among villagers about banking norms.
“Bank wants to lend for projects which would generate economic activity will lead to development of north east.
Agartala, Sep. 14 : Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly was felicitated by the Tripura Cricket Association here on Sunday.
This was Ganguly’s third visit to state after 15 years.
Ganguly after visiting the MBB Cricket Stadium said that there has been rapid infrastructure development of cricket in the state and with it in the coming days the state can go for conducting national and international matches.
The former Indian captain also met budding cricketers and coaches and gave them useful tips, which were welcomed.
Agartala, Sep 14 : Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is being used as a source of energy and fuel in industry, transportation and domestic sectors in Tripura with the objective of maintaining a pollution free and clean environment.
It is the only state in the entire northeast region, using CNG as an alternative to fossil oil.
Agartala, Sep, 16 : A 16- year- old juvenile, who fled from custody with five other Bangladesh nationals, was arrested by Agartala Police on Wednesday.
Police have recovered three American pistols and ammunition from him.
West Tripura District Superintendent of Police K V Sreejesh said: “Based on the information last night we arrested one person from the Battala area and recovered two loaded pistols from his position.”
Agartala, Sep. 21 : With the security situation improving and insurgency showing signs of abating, the Tripura Government has scrapped the convoy escort system along the 70 kilometre stretch of the Assam-Agartala National Highway 44.
Since 1993, vehicles have not been allowed to ply without security escorts through the Assam-Agartala national highway 44 due to militant activities.
The highway lies between Chakmaghat in West Tripura District and Manu in Dhalai District.
Agartala, sep 27: Tripura, the second largest rubber-growing state after Kerala, is fast becoming an industrial hub in the northeast. Locals visualize both business and employment opportunities.
A rubber wood factory plant was recently set up in Tripura’s Anandanagar area, which is the first in the northeast and the second largest factory in the country.
Tripura Forest Development and Plantation Corporation (TFDPC), a State Government owned PSU, has commissioned the factory at a cost of more than Rs. 6 crores and has created direct employment for over 300 employees besides another 1500 more who are indirectly involved with it.
Agartala, Sept 30 : At least 20 persons, including children and women, were injured when a makeshift Durga puja tent collapsed due to strong wind here last night.
The incident took place when the tent was full of devotees who had come to seek blessings from Goddess Durga at the end of the Durga Puja festival.
According to the eyewitnesses, hundreds of people were inside the tent, which was a replica of Mumbai''s Taj Hotel tragedy, the site of terror attacks, when the bamboo scaffolding collapsed.
Agartala, Sep 30 At least 22 Durga Puja revellers, including women and children, were injured when a makeshift pandal (marquee) collapsed due to strong winds here, police said Wednesday. Eight people have also died in road accidents during the puja festivities.
"The 65-feet high Durga Puja pandal, which was made of bamboo and wood, collapsed Tuesday night when the marquee was full of devotees who had gathered there to see the idols at the end of the five-day long festivities," said police spokesman Nepal Das.
Agartala, Oct 2: Militants from the outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) are demanding a ransom of Rs. 56,000 for three tribals they had abducted two days ago, police said here Friday.
The separatist guerrillas had Wednesday kidnapped six people from Raishabari village in Dhalai district, 180 km from here, but subsequently released three of them. The members of the village, police said, had not been paying the group the regular extortion money for the last six years.
Agartala, Oct 6 : Uttar Pradesh is a victim of short-sighted politics as "narrow-minded" politicians have hampered its development over the years, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi said here Tuesday.
"I have a relation with the people of Uttar Pradesh. I would do whatever possible for the development of this state, especially for the rural masses," Gandhi told reporters during his day-long visit to the northeastern state of Tripura.
The Congress leader was scheduled to visit poll-bound Arunachal Pradesh to address election rallies but his helicopter could not fly there due to bad weather.
Agartala, Oct 10 - After a three-month impasse, the Supreme Court has okayed admission of students to a 100-seat medical college in Tripura that was opened as the first case of public-private-partnership (PPP) in health care education, an official said Saturday.
Tripura Health Minister Tapan Chakraborty said a division bench of the apex court, comprising Chief Justice K. G. Balakrishnan and Justice B. N. Agarwal, Friday granted special permission to enroll students in the Tripura Medical College and B. R. Ambedkar teaching hospital.
Agartala, Oct 12 The Indian Building Congress (IBC), an apex body of the construction professionals and institutions, has asked the governments in the northeastern region to undertake massive retro-fitting and other measures for old buildings to make them earthquake resistant.
"We have specially asked the state governments of the northeastern region to carry out the retrofitting (modification to make structures earthquake resistant) of the old buildings and constructions on an urgent basis considering that the region is in a high risk seismic zone," said IBC president S. K. Vij.
Agartala, Oct 13 -Tripura's Left Front government has extended for another six months the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), a controversial anti-terror law enacted 50 years ago that gives sweeping powers to the security forces deployed in the region to counter insurgency, an official Tuesday said.
"Though militancy has come down in Tripura, the state government is averse to taking any chances for some more time," a state home department official said.
Agartala, Oct 15 : Kamla Beniwal, a former deputy chief minister of Rajasthan, took oath as the new governor of Tripura here Thursday.
The oath was administered by senior judge of Guwahati High Court Amitava Roy at Raj Bhawan.
"Dr. Beniwal is the first woman governor of any northeastern state," a senior Tripura government official said.
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, his cabinet colleagues, leaders of different political parties, and top civil, army and police officials were present in the brief oath taking ceremony.
Agartala, Oct 19 : Maoists are not only affecting development in the states they dominate but are also making an impact in other states, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said Monday.
"Maoist rebels have been upsetting development in Chattisgarh, Bihar, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. Their (Maoists') violent activities are indirectly also disturbing other neighbouring and smaller states," Sarkar said while addressing a meeting of security personnel here.
Agartala, Oct 26 : Troopers of the Tripura State Rifles (TSR), who played a key role in curbing terrorism in the state, have bagged all the 14 top positions in the Police Commando Instructor Course (PCIC) at the National Security Guards (NSG) campus in Manesar, Haryana.
"The daredevil TSR troopers bagged all 14 top positions in the 75-day course held earlier this month at the NSG academy in Manesar," Deputy Inspector General Nepal Das told IANS Monday.
Agartala, Oct. 29 : The successful implementation of the system of rice intensification (or SRI) technique in Tripura has greatly benefited farmers of the State.
Tripura is one of the States in the country, which has successfully adopted and popularized the system of rice intensification (or SRI) technique, also known as the Madagascar method.
Agartala, Oct 31- Cuban Ambassador to India Miguel Angel Ramirez Ramos has urged the US to withdraw the embargo on Cuba and release five of its citizens, who have been in American jail for the past 11 years.
"My country has lost more than $92 billion in trade and commerce since the embargo started in the early 1960s," Ramos said while addressing a seminar here Friday night on 50 years of Cuban revolution.
Agartala/Shillong, Nov 2 : Pre-paid mobile telephone services will continue in northeast India though the union home ministry has banned it in Jammu and Kashmir over "serious security concerns", officials said here Monday. Like Kashmir, many areas of the northeast are also beset with insurgencies.
Agartala, Nov 3 : Over 400 Congress activists were arrested in Tripura Tuesday as they tried to enfore a 12-hour shutdown in parts of the state to protest an alleged attack on their legislator by cadres of the ruling the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), police said.
Many shops and businesses establishments, government offices and educational institutions remained closed, while traffic was thin in Sabroom and Sonamura sub-divisions in south and western Tripura, according to police.
Agartala, Nov 4 : To tackle guerrilla groups operating in India's northeast more effectively, a Regional Cooperation Mechanism (RCM) would soon be set up under which the police of the eight states, the central paramilitary forces and intelligence agencies would work in close coordination, a senior official said here Wednesday.
The proposed RCM will be of help to the security agencies since guerrilla groups have developed links with each other and were using each other's territory to move about easily.
Agartala, Nov 6 : Border Security Force (BSF) troopers have detained two senior United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) leaders along the India-Bangladesh border in Tripura, officials said here Friday.
"Top ULFA functionaries Chitraban Hazarika and Shashadhar Chowdhury were detained by our patrol party Thursday night along the Bangladesh border in western Tripura," an official said on condition of anonymity.
"The ULFA leaders are being interrogated," the official added.
Agartala, Nov 9 - Six tribal separatists from the outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) have surrendered to security forces after fleeing their camps in Bangladesh, police said here Monday.
"The Bangladesh-trained militants led by their self-styled captain Bhidhanjoy Reang, 28, surrendered before senior officers of the Tripura State Rifles (TSR) and Assam Rifles late Sunday," a police spokesperson said.
The surrendered militants, aged 19 to 28, fled from their camps in Satchari in Sylhet district in northeastern Bangladesh.
Agartala, Nov 10 - At least six villagers were killed and another injured by tribal separatists in a daring raid Tuesday in India's northeastern state of Tripura, officials said.
A police spokesperson said heavily armed militants of the outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) attacked Bhandirama village early Tuesday, about 140 km north of state capital Agartala.
The victims were all family members of some NLFT militants who had surrendered before authorities in the past few days.
Agartala, Nov 11 : Life was paralysed in parts of northern Tripura Wednesday following a strike called by political parties to protest a terror attack on the families of surrendered militants that claimed eight lives.
The attack came even as peace had begun to prevail in the state. Police say the attackers may have come from and escaped back into Bangladesh.
Agartala, Nov 12 - The railway authorities are about to be bombarded with 5,000 postcards urging better train services in Tripura, courtesy the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI).
"Over 5,000 young men and women from across Tripura will soon send letters in postcards to Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) general manager demanding upgradation of railway services between Tripura and rest of the country," said DYFI state president Tapas Datta.
Agartala, Nov 13 - There was tension along the India-Bangladesh border in southern Tripura after Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) troopers threatened to open fire if labourers did not stop repair work on an Indian highway, officials said here Friday.
"The Public Works Department (PWD) labourers were working Thursday to repair a 100-year- old highway in southern Tripura, when BDR troopers asked them to stop the work. The BDR troopers threatened to open fire if the work was not stopped," an official of the district administration said.
"The workers and PWD officials followed the BDR troopers' firing threat and ran away from the spot," the official told reporters.
Agartala, Nov 14 - A 40-year-old man killed his parents and wife in presence of his five-year-old daughter following a domestic quarrel in Tripura, police said Saturday.
Arjun Biswas killed his 70-year-old father, 60-year-old mother and 35-year-old wife at their residence in Maubazar township, about 130 km south of here, late Friday.
"Biswas killed his father Niranjan Biswas, mother Subha Biswas, and wife Kana Biswas, following heated squabbles," south Tripura district police chief Krishnendu Chakraborty said.
Agartala, Nov 14 : Area under rubber cultivation in the north-eastern region would be doubled to make India the number one natural rubber growing country in the world, rubber board chairman Sajen Peter said here Saturday.
Kottayam, Kerala-based Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) has identified 450,000 hectares as being suitable for rubber cultivation in the north-east region, he said.
Aizawl/Agartala, Nov 15 : Mobs have set fire to over 225 huts of Reang tribals in Mizoram, displacing several thousand people as tension escalated following the gunning down of a Mizo youth, officials said here Sunday.
"The mobs have set ablaze more than 225 houses of Reang tribals in seven villages under Mamit and Kolashib districts in southern Mizoram since Saturday, displacing over 5,000 people," a Mizoram home department official said.
The displaced tribals have taken shelter in adjacent south Highlakhandhi areas of southern Assam and Jampui in northern Tripura.
Aizawl/Agartala, Nov 17 : The Mizoram government has issued shoot-at-sight orders to control violent mobs in the southern part of the state after over 355 houses of Reang tribals were set ablaze following the gunning down of a Mizo youth last Friday, an official said Tuesday.
An uneasy calm prevailed in the trouble-torn southern region of the mountainous northeastern state Tuesday.
Agartala, Nov 18 : A Tripura State Rifles (TSR) trooper was killed and another shot at and injured during a gunfight with separatists from the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) Wednesday, police here said.
"During a counter-insurgency operation, the outlawed NLFT militants started firing at the security forces, who immediately retaliated. In the ensuing gunbattle, TSR rifleman Somendra Debbarma, 29, and his colleague Subash Debbarma, 26, were seriously injured," police spokesperson Nepal Das said.
Agartala/Aizawl, Nov 19 : The central and Tripura governments have asked Mizoram to resolve the long-standing deadlock on the repatriation of 35,000 Reang refugees to the state, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said Thursday.
The Reang tribal refugees, locally called Bru, have also sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's intervention to solve the 12-year-old ethnic crisis in Mizoram, bordering Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Agartala, Nov 20 - The government's allocation for the natural rubber sector is not enough for expanding the area under cultivation or enhancing production, according to Rubber Board of India chairman Sajen Peter.
"The allocation of funds by the union commerce ministry is too low for increasing cultivation and executing various schemes," Peter told IANS in an interview.
Agartala, Nov 24 - The Border Security Force (BSF) is ready for joint operations with state security forces to battle terrorists in the northeast, BSF Director General Raman Srivastava said Tuesday.
"If the governments of northeastern states want, the BSF is ready to carry out joint anti-insurgency operations to curb militancy in the region," Srivastava told reporters.
Agartala, Nov 24 : To tighten security along the Indo-Bangla border, the Border Security Force would set up nine more Border Outposts (BOPs).
The locations of 17 BOPs would also be changed along the 856 km long border in Tripura to prevent insurgents from sneaking into the Indian Territory.
Talking to reporters here, Director General of BSF Raman Srivastava said, "We are looking for new lands near International border for setting up of 26 BOPs so that insurgents cannot sneak into Indian Territory."
Agartala, Nov 25 - A youth Congress leader was shot dead late Tuesday in this Tripura capital, police said Wednesday.
"Tripura youth Congress vice president Mantu Das was shot dead by some people at his house," West Tripura district police chief K. V. Sreejesh told IANS.
"Armed miscreants stormed Mantu Das' house Tuesday midnight and fired at him from point blank range. Another friend of his was also injured in the incident. The injured person has been admitted to the hospital in a critical condition," the official said.
Agartala, Nov 25 - Reservation for economically backward classes is not possible without constitutional amendments, members of the commission looking into the issue said here Wednesday.
Agartala, Nov 26 : The opposition Congress-sponsored dawn to dusk shutdown Thursday in the Tripura capital to protest the killing of a Youth Congress leader two days ago saw many shops and business establishments remaining closed and attendance in offices thin.
"Around 50 Congress activists were arrested in the capital city when they tried to enforce the 12-hour shutdown," said Deputy Superintendent of Police (central) Harimohan Debnath. The shutdown call evoked only partial response, officials said.
Agartala, Nov 26 : The Tripura government has decided to introduce a home-based education programme (HBEP) for the disabled children, who are unable to attend schools, an official said here Thursday.
"The HBEP would be launched as part of the government programme to bring all children (aged 6 to 14 years) in learning process," Banamali Sinha, principal secretary education, told reporters.
Agartala, Nov 26 : Leading educationist from Maharashtra Padmashree Dr Dnyandeo Yashwantrao Patil who arrived here today will be sworn-in as the twelfth Governor of Tripura tomorrow.
Dr Patil will succeed Dr Kamala, the first woman governor of the Northeastern region, who was administered oath only 42 days ago.
Dr Patil arrived here this morning and was received by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and other Cabinet members and top officials at Agartala airport where he also inspected the guard of honor.
Agartala, Nov. 27 : Dnyandeo Yashwantrao Patil on Friday took oath as 12th Governor of Tripura as he was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Guwahati High Court Chief Justice Jasti Chelameswar at the Darbar Hall of Raj Bhavan.
D. Y. Patil, 74, who has been awarded a Padma Shri and has founded several educational and health institutions in Maharastra, replaces Dr. Kamla, the first woman Governor of Tripura. .
However, Dr. Kamla held office for only 43 days and has been transferred to Gujarat for remaining period of her term.
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, his cabinet colleagues, leaders of different political parties and top civil, army and police officials were present at the brief oath taking ceremony. (ANI)
Agartala, Dec 3 : Bangladesh has been taking action against terrorists from India's northeast, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said here Thursday, a day after top ULFA leader Ababinda Rajkhowa was reported to have been taken into custody there.
"Setting their base in Bangladesh, the outlawed guerrillas continue to carry out violent attacks in northeastern India. In view of the Bangladesh government operation, the strength of the northeast militants has been gradually reducing," Sarkar told reporters.
Agartala, Dec 5 : Ahead of the India's gigantic 2011 census operation, data collection for creation of the National Population Register (NPR) along with house listing and housing census will be taken up in May next year, officials said here Saturday.
"In the first phase of Census 2011, collection and compilation of facts and figures, house listing and housing census is likely to be taken up May 15, 2010 across India," senior census official Dilip Acherjee said.
Agartala, Dec 7 : The Tripura government will set up 25 more industrial training institutes (ITIs) in the state to provide career-oriented training to jobless youth, Industries and Commerce Minister Jitendra Chowdhury said Monday.
"To solve the gigantic unemployment problem, vocational training and job-oriented teaching would be given through these proposed ITIs," Chowdhury told reporters here.
Agartala, Dec 10 : State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) Thursday said workers of a private telecom company cut off its huge underground cables here, disrupting its communication network between Tripura and the rest of India.
"We (BSNL) have filed an FIR (first information report) with the police against a private service provider whose workers cut off huge underground cables in Agartala," BSNL general manager Deb Kumar Chakraborty said.
He added that the telecommunication network between Tripura and other states had been temporarily restored Thursday afternoon after initiating "measures on war-footing".
Agartala, Dec 14 : The central government may amend the North-Eastern Areas (Reorganisation) Act, 1971, to set up a separate high court in Tripura, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said here Monday.
All the seven northeastern states, excluding Sikkim, come under the jurisdiction of the Guwahati High Court. Sikkim has a separate high court.
All parties in Tripura have been demanding a separate high court in Tripura for the past three decades.
Agartala, Dec 15 : Proceedings in the Tripura assembly were disrupted Tuesday and the house finally adjourned for the day without transacting any business as opposition members vehemently protested Chief Minister Manik Sarkar's comments on a nexus between outlawed terror groups and political parties.
Slogan shouting Congress legislators led by Leader of Opposition Ratan Lal Nath demanded withdrawal of the chief minister's comments and sought an apology from him for his "baseless, unfounded and false allegation against the Congress (party)".
Agartala, Dec 16 - West Bengal has undertaken an ambitious Rs. 12,000 crore project to protect and develop the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest and a World Heritage site, a senior official said here.
"The detailed project report (DPR) of the project would be ready by March next year," said West Bengal Green Energy Development Corporation (WBGEDC) chairman-cum-managing director Shanti Pada Gon Chaudhuri.
Agartala, Dec 16 : The Congress, the main opposition party in Tripura, Wednesday announced its boycott of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar until he withdraws his comments or apologises for his "baseless, unfounded and false allegation against the party (Congress)".
The Congress announcement was followed by an unprecedented bedlam for the third day Wednesday in the state assembly, which is meeting in its winter session here now.
Agartala, Dec 17 : Seven more tribal separatists from the outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) have surrendered to security forces after fleeing their camps in Bangladesh, police said Thursday.
"The Bangladesh-trained tribal guerrillas led by their self-styled captain Ramsai Reang, 34, surrendered before senior officers of the Tripura State Rifles (TSR) and Assam Rifles Wednesday," a police spokesperson said.
Agartala, Dec 19 : State-owned exploration major Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) will provide funds for conservation, renovation and restoration of the monuments of Ahom kings in Sibsagar in eastern Assam, an official said here Saturday.
''ONGC would fund and collaborate with Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in the conservation works,'' an ONGC official said.
Agartala, Dec 22 : The Tripura Gramin Bank (TGB), one of India's 84 Regional Rural Banks (RRB), is appointing business correspondents and opening mobile bank branches to provide banking services in villages and far-flung areas, officials said here Tuesday.
"We have already engaged 25 farmers' club as business correspondents and engagement of 20 retired bank officers as business facilitators is under process," TGB chairman Nilmani Gangopadhyay told reporters.
Agartala, Dec. 22 : The Meitei Manipuri people in Tripura, who have settled and made this State their homeland, celebrated Lai Haraoba recently with pomp and show after a gap 30 years since peace has started returning to Tripura.
The objective of the celebration was to keep alive the cultural heritage of Manipuris who are living away from their home State and let the new generation know about their cultural heritage.
A team from Manipur was invited to conduct this special programme.
Agartala, Dec. 24 : With Tripura gradually moving towards normalcy and peace returning, local people here are in a joyous mood on the occasion of Christmas, the biggest festival of the world commemorating the birth of Lord Jesus Christ.
People irrespective of their religious identities were busy on Thursday evening with last minutes purchasing of gifts and greeting cards to wish their near and dear ones while a lot of them were interested in buying X-Mass Cakes.
Agartala, Dec 26 : Paramilitary troopers have apprehended eight heavily armed tribal guerrillas including a young woman in Tripura, officials said Saturday.
"During a counter-insurgency operation, Assam Rifles troopers Friday night detained eight dreaded terrorists of banned National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) in north Tripura's Kanchanpur area," said Assam Rifles spokesman Dinesh Thakur.
A large cache of arms and ammunition including US-made carbines and revolvers were recovered from the eight.
Agartala, Dec 28 - As part of its rectification efforts, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) will form an inquiry body at the central level to identify "non-Communist behaviour and fraudulent acts of party men" and give a report to the politburo for taking action, party sources here said Monday.
"More or less most of the party men have non-Communist behaviour. We want to rectify those non-Communist acts," said CPI-M central committee member Bijon Dhar.
Agartala, Dec 29 - Public sector exploration major Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has found a huge gas deposit in the northeastern state of Tripura, officials said here Tuesday.
"The new gas pool was discovered at Sundalbari structure in southern Tripura," a senior ONGC official told IANS.
"On initial testing, the low resistivity sand perforated in the interval of 2164-68 metre produced gas at the rate of 160,000 million cubic metre per day."
Agartala, Dec 29 - The wife of Tripura assembly speaker Ramendra Chandra Debnath's brother and her paramour have been arrested for killing the woman's husband, police said here Tuesday.
"Tripura assembly speaker's brother Sushil Debnath, 46, was murdered by his wife and her lover, a police constable, Saturday at Kumarghat in northern Tripura," said police official Sudeshna Bhattacharjee, who is investigating the sensational murder.
Agartala, Jan 1 - The central government will provide 90 percent of the amount required to enroll and educate high school students in the northeastern states, a minister said here Friday.
The students in the age group of 15-16 years will be enrolled under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA).
Agartala, Jan 01 : A week-long film festival organised by Cinedelve Film Society ended here on Thursday.
A cultural extravaganza marked the ending of the festival that showcased 27 films from across the globe, including three productions of Tripura.
The organizers opined that the film is one of the strongest mediums in the world, and it not only reflects the society, but also plays a vital role in moulding it.
"In Agartala, a good number of films are produced these days. People are not only interested in watching good movies but also are involved in making them and in this process, we are just lending a helping hand by giving a platform to showcase their films in this film festival," said Tapan Dey, one of the organizers.\
Agartala/Kohima, Jan 4 : A section of Congress leaders and legislators in Tripura and Nagaland have revolted against their state party chiefs and have demanded their immediate removal, party sources said Monday.
The Congress is the main opposition party in Tripura and Nagaland and is in power in the remaining five northeastern states -- Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.
Agartala, Jan 6 : A two-day business summit on north-east India will begin in Kolkata Friday to attract investment to the region, Tripura Industry and Commerce Minister Jitendra Choudhury said here Wednesday.
The ministry of development of north-eastern region (DoNER) and the Indian Chamber of Commerce are jointly organising the summit, where investors from Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia are expected to participate.
Agartala, Jan 8 : The Mizoram government will begin a fresh initiative to take back the 35,000 Reang tribal refugees from Tripura, refugee leaders said Friday after meeting the Mizoram chief minister in Tripura.
Reang tribal refugees have been sheltered in six north Tripura camps since 1997 after they fled Mizoram following ethnic clashes with the majority Mizos.
Agartala, Jan 9 - With Bangladesh continuing its crackdown against militants active in northeast India, 10 more terrorists, including four women, have fled from that country and surrendered to Indian authorities this week, officials said here Saturday.
Four All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) guerrillas fled from their camps in Khagrachari in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in southeast Bangladesh and surrendered to the Border Security Force (BSF) in west Tripura Friday, the officials said.
The four surrendered tribal guerrillas include publicity secretary of the banned ATTF Raj Kumar Debbarma, 38, and ATTF supremo Ranjit Debbarma's private secretary Biswajit Debbarma, 36.
Planning to introduce solar energy in the state capital, Tripura government is making a report to make use of the alternate form of energy and thus making it mandatory for usage.
Joy Gobinda Debroy, Tripura Science, Technology and Environment Minister said, "We have decided to make solar energy provision mandatory in buildings to make Agartala a solar city to keep it free from environmental pollution".
The low-fare private airline firm, Spicejet has announced that the airline is going to introduce the Kolkata-Agartala flight next month. This has been a part of company’s plans to expand its presence in the north east of the country. This has been announced by the Chief Commercial Officer of the company Mr. Samyukth Sridharan. The airline has just over 12% of the market share in the Indian aviation industry.
Agartala, July 11 : Consumer and home products direct marketing company Amway India, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the US-based Amway Corp, expects to do business worth Rs. 25 billion in India by 2012, an official said here Monday.
"After starting commercial operations in 1998 with a business of Rs. 9.1 million, Amway has invested more than Rs. 2 billion in India," company vice-president (East) Diptarag Bhattacharjee told reporters.
Amway India posted a turnover of Rs. 1,790 crore last year - up from Rs. 1,407 crore in 2009.
Agartala, Aug 26: A transit route between the mountainous northeastern states and the rest of India via Bangladesh, use of sea and river ports and border-related issues will be discussed during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Sep 6-7 visit to Dhaka.
"The prime minister's Bangladesh visit (is) expected to be a historic milestone in terms of economic prosperity of the land-locked northeastern states," Tripura Industries and Commerce Minister Jitendra Choudhury told IANS.
Agartala, Sep 28 : The forest research and development department of Tripura has come up with micro propagation technique that facilitates the supply of a large number of bamboo saplings in a short time.
Scientists of Van Gaveshana Sadan located at Gandhigram near Agartala, in collaboration with The Energy and Resource Institute of New Delhi, have achieved a significant breakthrough in bamboo tissue culture process.
Agartala, Jan 7 : Tripura Police Monday warned of strict action against owners of the vehicles with tinted glasses in order to curb crime in moving vehicles.
"The police would not allow pasting of any material, including films of any VLT (visual light transmission) on the safety glasses, side windows and windscreens (front and rear) of any vehicle," an official release of Tripura Police said.
It added that following a Supreme Court directive, police have intensified the drive against users of black films or any such substance in the vehicles across the state.
Agartala, Jan 9 : Tripura and adjoining areas of the northeastern region Wednesday shivered through the coldest day in 18 years, the minimum temperatures dipping to 4.6 degrees Celsius.
India Meteorological Department director Dilip Saha told IANS that the chill was due to unusually cold northerly winds.
He added that there would be respite from the "unusual chill" within two to three days.
The maximum temperature in Agartala Wednesday was 22.2 degrees Celsius.
In Tripura, the last minimum temperatures of four degrees Celsius was recorded Jan 6, 1995.(IANS)
Agartala, Feb 12 : He washes his clothes every morning, has just over Rs. 10,000 in his name and owns neither house, mobile nor car. Tripura's Manik Sarkar is probably India's poorest chief minister and that rare politician whose honesty is extolled by his staunchest political opponents.
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader, described by political pundits as the defender of the last red bastion, says his wife's pension sustains both of them. His wife, Panchali Bhatacherjee, a retired central government employee, declines the use of a government vehicle and commutes by rickshaw or walks.
Agartala, Feb 13 : The electoral fate of 249 candidates, including Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and TPCC President Sudip Ray Barman, will be decided on Thursday when Tripura goes to polls.
An electorate of 23,52,505, including 11,64,656 women, would exercise their franchise in the election belonging to 16 political parties and independents.
The main contest here is between the Left Front and its allies, and the Congress and its partners.
Agartala, Feb 14 : Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, who was
among the early voters to cast his vote here on Thursday, said the Left
Front is going to get more seats with more percentage of votes it
actually garnered during the last assembly elections.
Sarkar, who has served as the Chief Minister of Tripura since March 1998, said there is no tension at all.
Agartala, Feb.14 : An estimated 40 percent of voting was recorded till noon in a so-far peaceful Tripura assembly elections on Thursday.
Voting was stopped at some polling booths in West Tripura and South Tripura districts following some technical problems in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). However new EVMs were installed and voting resumed thereafter.
An electorate of 23,52,505, including 11,64,656 women, are exercising their franchise in the election being contested by 249 candidates belonging to 16 political parties besides independents.
Agartala, Feb 21 : With thousands of people from either side of the border gathering at colourful functions to commemorate the "language martyrs", India and Bangladesh jointly organised the International Mother Language Day.
The day was first declared a special day for celebrating linguistic and cultural diversity by UNESCO in 1999. On Feb 21 each year, Bangladesh remembers the students who were killed when they demanded introduction of Bangla as state language while the country was still part of Pakistan, in 1952.
Agartala, March 16 : India's borders with China and Myanmar are stable and peaceful and there are no immediate threats on these frontiers, Lt. Gen. A. K. Sahni, General Officer Commanding 3 Corps, said here Saturday.
"There are no immediate threats along these borders. These frontiers are stable and peaceful," Lt. Gen. Sahni told reporters.
"We take corrective measures when we find any deficiencies along the borders. Some patches of border with Myanmar in Manipur are being fenced," he said.
Agartala, March 20 : An Agartala-Kolkata-Delhi IndiGo flight with 177 passengers on board Wednesday suffered a bird hit and returned shortly after take off from Agartala.
"All the passengers and six crew members are safe," an airport official told IANS.
The left wing and the engine of the plane appeared to have been hit when the aircraft began picking up speed. (IANS)
Agartala, April 2 : With the aim of radically improving air connectivity in India's northeast, fresh bids have been invited for a dedicated airline in the region, a senior official said here Tuesday.
For some time, the North Eastern Council (NEC) and the union ministry of development of north eastern region (DoNER) have been trying to operate a regional airline to connect selected airports in eight northeastern states.
Agartala, April 24 : The Gauhati High Court's senior lawyer Bijan Das has been appointed the advocate general of Tripura, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said here Wednesday.
Das, a resident of Assam, replaced Dipak Prakash Kundu, who resigned on health grounds.
"Bijan Das has been practising law at the Gauhati High Court for the past 40 years," Sarkar told reporters. (IANS)
Agartala, April 29 (IANS) Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) general secretary Prakash Karat has said that the formation of a Third Front at the centre is no easy task as some political parties frequently change their allegiance.
"Third alternative front is not an easy task and it cannot be formed hastily. To form the third alternative front, the strength and political base of the CPI-M and Left parties must be strengthened," Karat said, addressing an extended meeting of the CPI-M state committee here Sunday night.
Agartala, Sep 24 : In realisation of a century-old dream, the country's biggest royal mansion in the northeast, the Ujjayanta Palace, would now be home to the biggest museum in the region.
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari will formally open the museum Sep 25.
The museum would showcase northeast India's art, culture, history, tradition and ethnic diversity.
Ujjayanta Palace was built by the then maharaja Radhakishore Manikya Bahadur in 1899-1901. It was the command centre for the Tripura kings until the northeastern state joined the Indian union in October 1949.