A third of Tripura votes

A third of Tripura votesAgartala, April 12 - A third of the electorate cast their ballot in the first few hours of voting for the second Lok Sabha seat in Left ruled Tripura, an official said.

Around 30 percent electorate cast their ballot till 10 a. m. Saturday, an official said.

According to Election Commission officials, balloting took place in tribal reserve Tripura East constituency with no untoward incidents reported so far.

On April 7, over 86 percent of the 1.2 million voters cast their votes in the Tripura West constituency.

Trinamool alone fighting Congress-BJP-CPI-M covert alliance: Mamata

mamata-banerjeeAgartala, April 1 : The Congress, the BJP and the CPI-M have formed a covert alliance to capture power at the centre and her Trinamool Congress is the only fighting against them, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Tuesday.

"The Trinamool Congress alone has been fighting against the Congress, BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist). CPI-M would soon be voted out from Tripura," she said while addressing an election rally in southern Tripura's Santir Bazar, 100 km south of here.

Country going forward, Left-ruled Tripura backwards: Rahul

Country going forward, Left-ruled Tripura backwards: RahulAgartala, March 25 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday said while the rest of India is moving ahead, the Left-ruled Tripura is moving back.

"The Congress-led central government has been providing hundreds of crores of funds for the development of children, women and all sections of people besides the state, but the Left Front government is siphoning off these funds," Gandhi said.

ONGC agrees to supply gas to Tripura power project

ONGCAgartala, March 9 : State-owned ONGC has finally agreed to supply natural gas to 101-MW capacity Monarchak power plant that is being set up by government-run NEEPCO in western Tripura, senior officials said here Sunday.

"We would start supplying gas to Monarchak power plant from this year end. We need seven to eight months to complete the technical works to provide the gas," said Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) group general manager V. P. Mahawar.

Left will join secular parties to defeat Congress, BJP: Karat

Left will join secular parties to defeat Congress, BJP: KaratAgartala, Dec 15 : To defeat both the Congress and the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls of 2014, the Left parties will join hands with other secular parties, Communist Party of India-Marxist general secretary Prakash Karat said in the Tripura capital Sunday.

"The CPI-M in alliance with other parties would launch a massive movement across the country to protest rising price rise, unemployment and corruption," Karat said, while addressing a mammoth gathering in the only state in the country where his party is now in power.

Tripura's royal mansion to house northeast's biggest museum

Ujjayanta-PalaceAgartala, 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.

ONGC's dithering delays Tripura gas power project

Monarchak-101-MW-GasMonarchak (Tripura), Sep 10 : The state-owned ONGC's repeated dilly-dallying on supplying gas has delayed the state-run NEEPCO's second biggest thermal power project in northeast India and resulted in huge losses, an official said Tuesday.

The Rs. 9.50 billion (nearly $150 million) power plant is being commissioned by the state-run North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) at Monarchak, 70 km south of Tripura capital Agartala and eight km from the India-Bangladesh border.

NIT Agartala to confer D.Sc on CERN chief

rolf-dieter-heuerAgartala, June 17 : National Institute of Technology (NIT) Agartala will confer an honorary Doctor of Science degree on CERN Director General Rolf-Dieter Heuer and eminent scientist Bikash Sinha later this week, an official said Monday.

President Pranab Mukherjee will be the chief guest at the fifth convocation ceremony at the institute, the official said.

"The president would give the convocation speech at the NIT on Friday and award medals and degrees to the students. He would also confer the honorary Doctor of Science degree on Heuer and Sinha," NIT registrar Sumanta Chakrabarti told IANS.

Planning Commission approves Rs 2,500 crore plan for Tripura

Planning Commission approves Rs 2,500 crore plan for TripuraThe Planning Commission of India has approved a plan size of Rs. 2,500 crore for the north eastern state of Tripura for the current financial year, 2013-2014.

The plan size, which is 11.1 per cent higher than the previous year, was discussed when Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia met Chief Minister of Tripura Manik Sarkar for a meeting.

Third Front no easy task, can't be rushed: Karat

Third Front no easy task, can't be rushed: KaratAgartala, 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.

Bijan Das new Tripura advocate general

Manik-SarkarAgartala, 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)

Dedicated airline for northeast: Fresh bids invited

airlineAgartala, 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.

IndiGo flight bird hit, lands at Agartala

IndiGo-flightAgartala, 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)

India's borders with China, Myanmar peaceful: Army

India's borders with China, Myanmar peaceful: ArmyAgartala, 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.

Border breached as India, Bangladesh remember 'language martyrs'

mother-language-dayAgartala, 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.

Tripura polls: 40 percent voting recorded till noon

Tripura-VotingAgartala, 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.

Tripura CM Sarkar confident of winning more seats, hopes to script history

Tripura CM Sarkar confident of winning more seats, hopes to script history 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.

Tripura goes to polls tomorrow

Tripura goes to polls tomorrow 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.

As Tripura goes to polls, spotlight on 'poorest CM'

Manik-SarkarAgartala, 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.

Tripura has coldest day in 18 years

coldest-day.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)

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