09 - 08 - 2020

Air Asia stops operating from Agartala

Agartala, July 8,2020: Air Asia stopped operating flight service from Agartala.The service started on October 20 last year. The state government yet to issue any statement in this  regard, even though the government  is aware about stopping  of service, sources here in airport  informed.

Barely after nine months after inauguration, Air Asia stopped its operation from June 5 and from Friday it was  made official. Due to this  36 employee lost their job. Its mentionable here that on October 20, the flight service was inaugurated by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb in presence of both Lok Sabha MP, transport minister and local MLA by waving flags.

Now when the service  stopped, there is no statement from the state government. Sources in airport  informed letter was written to Ministry of civil aviation but no positive response came from the central ministry.

In 2018 Spice Jet and 2012 Jet airways too  had withdrawn from Tripura..The probable reason for airlines major shunning the state is lack of profit despite providing concessions. Indigo and Air India are two other airliners which are operating in Tripura. Indigo runs direct flights between Agartala and places such as Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Imphal, and Bangalore.

“Shramik Train” carrying 1160 stranded people arrives in Agartala

Agartala, May 14,2020:The frist  “Shramik Train” carrying 1160 stranded people based in Karnataka on Wednesday  reached at Agartala railway station at around 5 pm amidst tight security.

Soon after the train touched down the platform, security personnel cordoned off the entire trains and passengers were asked to proceed one after another towards health desks by maintaining social distancing. Passengers had boarded the train on Sunday evening at Banglaluru.

All the passengers came from Bangaluru were screened by thermal thermometers inside the railway station and those who are asymptomatic were sent to home quarantine for 17 days while those having symptom were pushed to facility quarantine.

The entire process was carried out smoothly under the supervision of District Magistrate (DM), West Tripura Dr. Sandeep Mahatme and Superintendent of Police (SP), GRP Pinkati Samanta.

Altogether 12,782 persons of the state have got stranded in different part of Karnataka and registered their names to return to the home state.

The 37,721 persons, who have got stuck in 11 states because of lockdown registered their names in the state government-run online portal till the date. As many as 8129 people have go stranded in Tamil Nadu, 6174 in West Bengal, 1470 in Assam, 1382 in Talengana, 1400 in Maharashtra and 801 in Delhi.

Another batch of 1400 stranded people staying in Bangalore would leave for the state by another special train on May 15/16 and 1400 people who have got confined in Maharashtra are scheduled to leave for home state on May 15/16. 


Governor to take control of ADC

Agartala, May 13,2020:The five years term of the present ADC's  ends on May 17,2020 leading to hectic political maneuverings.A meeting of the state cabinet on Tuesday  discussed the issue and decided to approach the governor to exercise power conferred on him by 6th schedule of the constitution and ADC act .

Briefing media persons on the issue in the state secretariat the education minister and cabinet spokesperson Ratan Lal Nath said that its not possible to hold election under the current situation of lock down,the governor can appoint an administrator to run the ADC affairs for a period of six months in consultation with the state government. "This appointment will have to be validated by the state assembly within six months and this can be renewed for a period of six more months by following the same procedure ; at the end of the second six-month period elections will have to be held mandatorily" said Nath.

Regarding the controversy over contributions to the chief minister’s relief fund, the minister  said that about Rs 16 crores had been deposited with the CM relief fund following the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis and out of this a lumpsum amount of Rs 6 crores has been spent. "We have also prepared a guideline on expenses from the fund deciding who will be beneficiaries from the relief fund ; many matters including income tax rebate etc are involved in this and our guideline has taken care of all these aspects" said Nath.

Meanwhile, the chief executive member of ADC Radhacharan Debbarma said that the state government is entitled to take a decision on the term of ADC and appointment of administrator in due time but there is another angle . "The state government can also extend the term of the ADC's elected council by a year and the decision may be ratified by the state assembly ; but what they will decide to do  is their matter ; I would not make any comment on this" said Radhacharan.


House wife beheaded; 71 – year old rapes 8 year old girl, accused arrested

Agartala, May 10, 2020:  With  rising coronavirus graph in Tripura,  graph  of crime against women  is also rising.  Inm a brutal act of domestic violence, a husband beheaded his wife in the early hours of Saturday after nightlong quarrel with his wife at Milanchakra area of Agartala under AD Nagar police station.

Police sources said that deceased woman was identified as Anima Chakraborty (41), a cleaning staff of Railway, attached with Agartala Railway station and on Saturday morning her minor son and other relatives noticed the brutal act as her beheaded body was lying in the bed.

Immediately, police forced led by SDPO(Amtali) Anirban Das rushed to the spot and recovered the body. Police also pressed dog squad to trace accused husband Goutam Chakraborty, who was managed to escape from spot after committing the crime.

Police added that based on the scene of the crime and allegation made by decease's relative, police launched a manhunt to arrest the accused husband. 

Meanwhile, in another incident, a eight years old girl was allegeldly raped by 71 years old man. The incident took place on Saturday in West Maoshali village under Fatikroy police station. The accused was Dewn Singh lured the victim and raped her, alleged the mother. A case was registered in police station and the accused was arrested.     



First special train from Bangalore carrying stranded people leaves for state on Sunday

Agartala, May 10, 2020:  A special train carrying 1200 stranded persons in various parts of Karnataka, is scheduled to leave for the state on Sunday.In the first phase, 1200 people would be arriving and later remaining stranded persons will be taken back. In Karnataka, a total of 8758 persons of the state are stranded due to the nation wide lockdown.

The state government is keeping close contact with the states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Assam to evacuate the stranded people, said Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath. Till date as many as 33,000 people have got stranded in 11 states due to the lockdown.

While speaking to the media, the Minister tonight said the government would bring back all the stranded people in phase manner. "We giving priority on the ailing persons, students and pilgrims while evacuating the stranded persons", he said.

Altogether 8809 samples have been collected for Covid test till the date while 8340 tests have been carried out till and 132 tested positive and 8221 are tested negative. Two Covid patients have already got cured in the state.

As many as 520 persons arrived at Churaibari, entry point to the state and out of whom 209 are drivers and 40 are patients are stranded individuals. Of the total arrival, 44 persons were sent to facility quarantine from Churaibari checkgate.

CRPF personnel on leave will not be allowed to return Tripura during lock down

Agartala, May9,2020: CRPF personnel who have gone on leave before or during the lockdown will not be allowed to return to Tripura for the time being. The CRPF state authorities have taken this decision from the very beginning in view of the fact that BSF jawans in the state are constantly being infected with Covid-19 or Corona virus.

 Sources in  CRPF Tripura  Sector, informed there are currently three battalions of CRPF in the state. Most of their jawans are basically working with the civil police to maintain the overall law and order and security of the state. So in most cases they have to go in contact with ordinary people too. Therefore, officers and jawans at all levels have been instructed to act with utmost vigilance to ensuring their own health safety during the Covid-19 crisis and advised not to go to close contact with ordinary people. Each of their camp authorities deployed in rural areas has also been told this.

Moreover, the movement of everyone reside inside the CRPF group center areas which is  not far from Shalbagan BSF head quarter has also been restricted. No one from outside is allowed inside the group center.

Moreover, some of their old camps in three isolated areas have been converted into earmarked quarantine centers. These are at Baikhora, NC Para and Ratachhara. In case of any special situation, their jawans will be treated there. Besides, they have a small hospital at the group center in Agartala too. CRPF physicians have already been properly trained and prepared to treat patients with Covid-19 or Corona-infected forces, the source said.