24 - 06 - 2018

Senior police officer goes on voluntary retirement

Agartala, Sept 3 (TVN): The ADGP (administration) Rakesh Ranjan has gone on voluntary retirement. His petition seeking voluntary retirement has already been accepted by the state government.

Highly placed sources in state police said that Rakesh Ranjan , an experienced IPS officer of the state , had developed serious difference of opinion with the DGP, K.Nagraj over the issue of August 23 violence in the state capital on the occasion of IPFT's procession and meeting.

Sources said Rakesh Ranjan was disturb over the  comments  made by the DGP on the issue , personally targeting him and then he decided to go on voluntary retirement.  Rakesh Ranjan was 1989 IPS of Manipur – Tripura cadre.

Teacher termination case: Hearing postponed till Monday next

Agartala, Sept 02 (TVN):The termination case of 10,323 primary, graduate and post-graduate teachers has been postponed till next Monday. The case  cleared by Registrar's court for final hearing in a division bench of the Supreme Court  of Justices Joshthi Chalameshwar and Abhay Manohar.On behalf of the state government all papers including copies of notices and summons to parties and newspaper advertisements had been submitted to the Registrar's court. The papers were found to be satisfactory and the case was posted for final hearing in the apex court's division bench.

It may be mentioned here that on May 7, 2014 the division bench of Tripura high court comprising then chief justice Deepak Kumar Gupta and Justice S.C.Das had dismissed the services of 10,323 teachers from primary to higher secondary level recruited between 2010 and December 2012 on procedural grounds. The state government , aggrieved teachers and non-affected teachers had gone in appeal to the supreme court in July 2014. The appeals have been pending since then even though by this time the services of graduate and post-graduate teachers recruited in 2010 have been regularized by the state government with permission obtained in advance from the apex court

Bharat Bandh : Normal life disrupted in the state

Agartala, September 02 (TVN):A dawn – to - dusk strike  called by  CITU  today to protest against the NDA government's anti-labour and anti-people policies have total response and crippled normal life in Tripura. There was no report of any untoward incident  from any other part of the state as there was no resistance to the bandh.

Schools, colleges and business establishments, shops, markets, banks and financial institutions, government offices and educational institutions were remain closed while no vehicle plied on the roads. But, the flights services connecting the state capital with Kolkata and Guwahati remained normal till noon. Attendances in the government officers were virtually nil. In Agartala, all the big business establishments, banks and other private offices were remained closed.

Railway services within the state and with other states were disrupted as shutdown supporters organized picketing at the Agartala railway stations and Dharmanagar.

A CITU   leader claimed  the strike was total and successful. People from all walks of life spontaneously supported the strike to denounce the BJP led central government's anti-people labour policies and demanded increase of wages.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) led Left Front government in Tripura is supportive of the strike, which has been called to press the 12-point charter of demands submitted before the central government by the ten trade unions.

CPI-M affiliated CITU and Congress allied Indian National Trade Union Congress are among those 10 trade unions called the strike.

However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led trade unions have termed the strike uncalled for and urged the people to reject it.

Engineer absconding after attempting rape

Agartala, Sept 02 (TVN):A  49 – years – old  engineer Mrinal Mazumder  of PWD , posted in Kunjaban division tired to rape  a  university  going girl  . The victim was staying in the rented  house of the engineer near the TV tower here at Milan Chakra.

Police said  the accused  entered in the room  when the girl was preparing to leave for university after dressing,and tried to rape her after a bout of molestation. But the scared girl started screaming and yelling for help and Mazumder's own family members as well as a number of neighbours materialised on the spot.

 Realising trouble he fast fled his home and is as yet untraced. Later on the targeted victim girl filed complaints with the AD Nagar police station and West Agartala womens police station. A search operation by police is on to nab the absconding engineer.

BG train service up to Udaipur likely before Durga Puja

Agartala, Sept 01 (TVN): The CRS inspection upto newly- built BG track upto Udaipur would be conducted before September 22 next ,official sources said here.

As of now, the NF Railway will  strengthen the newly-built BG track from Agartala to Udaipur by running ballast trains which is a mandatory provision before going for CRS inspection.

The process of strengthening the track is expected to be completed shortly to pave the way for inspection on the newly-built track.

“If everything falls in right place, the passenger train service would begin up to Udaipur before Puja this year.We are hopeful of meeting target of opening BG train service up to Udaipur within the prescribed time-frame”, a railway official requesting anonymity said.

The BG conversion work upto Udaipur has already been completed while only a few things are left on the newly- built track.

Now, the NFR has been carrying out different works to meet the deadline for commissioning Udaipur-Sabroom railway extension project.

On the railway extension project from Udaipur to Sabroom, railway official  said the track linking work is supposed to be over by March 2018 and the entire BG track would be ready for passenger train service by March 2019.

Agartala – Kolkata train: Manik writes to rail minister

Agartala, Sept 01 (TVN):The state government  has demanded immediate  introduction of Agartala-Kolkata direct train service keeping in mind of the growing public demand.
In a letter addressed to Railways Minister Surdesh Prabhu, state transport minister Manik Dey  stated, “ Agartala-Kolkata direct  train service was promised   by you from  August during the flagging off programme of Tripura Sundari Express train between Agartala-Delhi. Now, it is time keep the promise by introducing Agartala-Kolkata direct train  service at the earliest”.
He  wrote in the  letter   “I hope you will understand the trouble facing by people of the state as BG train service yet to be connected Agartala with Kolkata. There is an urgent need to introduce direct train service between two cities as early as possible”,
In his letter, Dey also demanded introduction of special train service upto Agartala from Dharmanagar during the puja days as people of North, Dhalai and Unakoti will be able to see puja in the capital town.
Besides, he also sought Railways Minister’s intervention to introduce a pair passenger train service in between Agartala-Dharmanagar as this was in place when MG train service regime.
Dey also informed the Union Minister about non-availability of pantry cars in Tripura Sundari Express running between Agartala and Delhi.