25 - 05 - 2018

Outrage over Kathua, Unnao rape cases

AGARTALA, April 13,2018( Agencies): Eight-year-old Asifa was grazing the cattle owned by her nomadic Muslim herder family when she was kidnapped. A week later, her raped and mutilated body was found in the woods of Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir. Since the incident came to light less than two days ago, the country has been reeling from shock and outrage. 

Anger is also building over inaction against the accused in the Unnao rape case, with the Allahabad high court reprimanding the state government for ‘collapse of law and order’ and the Centre ordering CBI to take over the case. People from all walks of life have spoken out on the horrific crimes and demanded strict action against the culprits.

Asifa was kidnapped from near her home on January 10, 2018, kept sedated and gang-raped repeatedly for days by a group that included police officers before being killed. She was drugged and not given food the entire time. 

Just before her head was bashed in with a rock, one of the police officers asked the killer to wait so he could rape the child one more time, according to the charge-sheet. One of the rapists is a student who travelled all the way from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh after being invited to “satisfy his lust”. The child’s mutilated body was found in the forests on January 17. 

We have failed as humans: VK Singh

Union Minister VK Singh Thursday added his voice to the spiralling outrage over the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, which has jolted India. “We have failed Asifa as humans. But she will not be denied justice,” the junior foreign minister tweeted.

He is the first minister in the BJP-led central government to talk about justice for little Asifa. His colleague Jitendra Singh, who represents a part of Kathua in parliament, had last month appeared to back the accused when he said, “those who have not done anything wrong should be given justice”, and backed the demand of local BJP leaders for a CBI inquiry.

The comment of VK Singh contrasts with the sight of two state BJP ministers attending a rally organised in support of the accused.

Unnao case: Allahabad HC pulls up UP govt

Amid mounting outrage over the alleged gangrape of a minor girl over a year ago, the Allahabad High Court Thursday castigated UP government for delay in arrest of the accused BJP MLA, Kuldeep Singh Sengar despite an FIR against him, warning it may be forced to observe that “law and order has collapsed in the state”. FIR itself came days after the Unnao girl tried to self-immolate in front of UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s house on Sunday accusing authorities of inaction, and death of her father in custody the next day allegedly after being beaten up by the politician’s brother and their henchmen in front of policemen.

As the public outcry raged amid growing demands by political parties and civil society for the legislator’s arrest, protests were also held outside Adityanath’s house while the police put the onus on the CBI to arrest the MLA, who has remained defiant and has dubbed allegations as a political conspiracy.

FIR was registered against Sengar hours before the high court was to hear the matter, and so was the UP government’s decision on transferring the case to the CBI late last night.


Minor reshuffle in TCS level officers

AGARTALA, April 13,2018 (TVN): In a minor reshuffle of nine TCS  officers has been transferred by state government yesterday.

Sankar Debnath has been transferred as additional director of Land Records and  Settlements.

 Udhyan Sinha  is appointed as director of Sports and Youth Affairs.

 Pankaj  Chakraborty is transferred in Unakoti district DRDA.

 Tarun Debbarma is appointed as new labour commissioner.

 Dhananjoy Debbarma is made as additional director of panchayat department.

 Gourbindu Das is transferred and posted as DC of Gandacherra.

 Varun Debbarma is transferred as BDO of Jampuijala RD block.

 Anurag Sen is posted as Dc of Amabassa.

Harshita Biswas is posted as SDWO of Sardar.          

TBSE To Adopt NCERT Syllabus: Tripura CM

AGARTALA, April 12 , 2018 (Agencies):  Chief Minister Biplab will constitute a committee  for adopting  NCERT syllabus of Tripura Board for Secondary Education (TBSE).

 Over last 25 years  TBSE under the previous Left government  used for  spreading Marxist propaganda, Deb said.“My government wants to deliver  quality education and not quantity, considering Tripura’s literacy ratio of 95 per cent, which is among the country’s highest” he said in his addess in NITI Forum meeting.

 “When I say education, I mean quality education and not just numbers. The Communists only wanted the people of Tripura to study Mao (Zedong) and forget our Hindu kings. They removed  Mahatam Gandhi from textbooks in government-run schools. I am going to implement NCERT syllabus in all these schools which will also have chapters on Tripura’s history,” he said.

According to Deb, textbooks of Class IX-XII in Tripura featured the Russian and French revolutions, while some had pages devoted to the birth of cricket in England, Nazism and the rise of Adolf Hitler. “Students were being taught Karl Marx and Hitler but nothing about Indian freedom fighters,” he said. Officials also said that references to Rani Laxmibai and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose were also absent from textbooks as were chapters on the Constitution.

Alleging that many chapters on ancient history were not in the TBSE, Deb said he will set up a committee to make recommendations, but that he also plans to implement the NCERT syllabus which will include 10 per cent of the state board syllabus.


Arrogance, corruption and overconfidence defeated CPI(M): Bijan Dhar

AGARTALA, April 12, 2018 (TVN): CPI(M) lost the assembly election  mainly due to organizational weakness, arrogance, nepotism and corruption.  This was stated by state secretary Bijan Dhar while addressing press meet on Wednesday after completion of two days state committee meeting .  

Dhar said, the CPI(M) had underestimated RSS and BJP in this election. The party was overconfidence of winning the election, this overconfidence of CPI(M) is the main reason of election debacle on 3 March.

In the two day state committee meeting, causes of election debacle were analyzed. Even though the election result  was  unaccepted, CPI(M) respect the verdict given by people of the  state, he said.

The result of Tripura will affect communist movement in the country.  In this small state Left forces had direct fight with RSS – BJP, in which left lost. The corporate houses took control of the state, Dhar claimed.


New SP Of West Takes Charge

AGARTALA, April 12, 2018 (TVN): New SP of West Tripura district, Ajit Pratap Singh took charge on Wednesday. He replaced  Abhijit Saptarishi  who is transferred as SP in CID.  Singh earlier was SP of Unakoti district. He is 2012 batch IPS of Tripura cadre.       

CPI(M) state committee meeting begins

AGARTALA, April 11,2018 (TVN):State committee of CPI(M) is having meeting  second time after  assembly election defeat. The meeting started yesterday from 4 PM afternoon in party headquarter of Malermath.

The meeting will end today noon followed by a press conference. Besides politburo member Manik Sarkar another politburo member Prakash Karat is also attending the meeting.Sources party said  in the meeting issues related to post poll violence’s, organizational position of the party after CPI(M) election debacle.