21 - 11 - 2017

JFA condemns Tripura scribe’s murder

AGARTALA, Nov 21: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has strongly condemned the repeated murder of scribes in Tripura and urged the Manik Sarkar led government in Agartala to take serious note of the development. The scribe’s forum expressed utter dismay that the tiny State of northeast India has lost one more journalist on Tuesday (21 November 2017) noon.
As reported  by the local media outlets, Sudip Dutta Bhowmik, who used to work for a Tripura based Bengali newspaper, was gunned down by the soldiers belonged to the  Tripura State Rifles.  The incident took place  in front of TSR 2nd Battalion office at Khayerpur Bodhjung locality.
“Tripura lost a young journalist (Shantanu Bhowmik) to assailants on September 20 and within two months the State has reported one more journo-murder. It is shocking and the State chief minister, also in charge of home portfolio, must take the call seriously,” said a JFA
With Sudip’s killing,  India has lost ten  journalists in eleven months of the year. The  largest democracy in the globe earlier witnessed the murder of journalist Rajesh Mishra in Uttar Pradesh on October.  The string of journo-killings began with Hari Prakash (killed on January 2) and the trend continued with the murders of Brajesh Kumar Singh (January 3), Shyam Sharma (May 15), Kamlesh Jain (May 31), Surender Singh Rana ( July 29), Gauri Lankesh (September 5), Shantanu Bhowmik (September 20) and KJ Singh (September 23).
India is ranked 136th among 180 countries in its RSF’s  World Press Freedom Index (2017), which is just ahead of its neighbors Pakistan (139th), Sri Lanka (141) and Bangladesh (146). The populous country
lost six journalists to perpetrators in 2016, which was preceded by five cases in 2015.
“It is alarming that the number of journo-murders has increased drastically this year. The Union government in New Delhi must not buy more time for formulating a strict policy to safeguard the media
persons and ensure justice to the victim families,” added the statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria.

BJP protest march in Aralia

AGARTALA, Nov 21 (TVN):  In political clash five BJP supporters was injured at Aralia, claimed state BJP minority morcha president Jasimuddin.

Addressing a press meet in BJP party office on Monday, he said CPI(M) cadres  attacked the house of Jiban Mia of Loknath Para on Sunday night. In the attack Jiban Mia and his wife Menu Begum was injured.

Minority Morcha president also claimed more two houses was also attacked on some night and injured three BJP supporters. A case was registered in East Agartala police station.

Meanwhile, BJP organized  a protest march in Aralia demanding the arrest of miscreants involved with the attack.          

Auto passenger dies in accident

AGARTALA, Nov 21 (TVN):  A passenger died in collision with bolero and auto. The deceased was identified as Biplab Deb ( 32), resident of Matri Pally under Amtali police station. The tragic  incident happened in early morning near Hapania area.The bolero was going to Bishalgarh from Agartala and the auto was coming from opposite side. Around 5.30 am morning both had head to head collision. The auto passenger Biplab Deb died on the spot.       

Free medicine in civil hospitals from December

AGARTALA, Nov 21 (TVN):  Patients admitted in civil hospitals will no longer have to purchase medicines.  From next month free medicine will be given to patients from hospitals.

Sources in  health department  said each CMO will be given Rs 2 lakh each month to procure medicines for admitted patients. The state government has approved a standard treatment  protocol. Under the protocol the 333 types of medicines will be supplied in civil hospitals. If required additional medicines can also be procured on emergency basis.

That means after getting admitted in civil hospitals, now patients have not to rush to drugs and chemists shops with prescription. It will be free for BPL, APL, SC, ST and general patients.   


Camels are smuggled to Bangladesh

DHARMANAGAR, Nov 18 (TVN): Along with ganja, cows, banned cough syrups, foreign liquor now smuggling of camel to Bangladesh have started. A gang of smugglers have diverted their attention in smuggling camels.

It fetches more money than other cattle’s. A camel is sold around Rs 3 to Rs  4 lakh in Bangladesh. Camels are brought from Rajasthan by road to Assam, by crossing Barakh river they are send to Sylet district of Bangladesh.In first week of November, two camels was seized by locals near Haflong here.   

Reports say camel meat is of huge demand in Arab countries. From Bangladesh packaged meats are sent to Arab countries. Its learnt from reliable sources that camels are smuggled through borders of Barak and North Tripura.  

Eng, Beng and Kok will be written in govt signboards

AGARTALA, Nov 18:  All government departments, offices, courts, school, colleges and university sign boards along with English, Bengali from now  will be written in Kokborok also. The decision was taken by department of Kokborok and other minority langauges.

Not only sign boards, even  name plates of officers of  in offices, courts, schools, colleges and university  should written in Kokborok.

In 1979 Left Front government gave recognition to Kokborok language. Not only Kokborok for development of other minority languages –Manipuri, Chakma, Mizo, Bishnu Manipuri , a directorate   was also formed.

The new decision is seen as another step for development of Kokborok language.