21 - 02 - 2019

Feni Bridge tagged with NH – 44, funds likely to be sanctioned soon

Agartala, March 18 (TVN):Union  Ministry of Road Transport and Highway (MoRTH) will now implement the construction of Feni bridge at Sabroom, South Tripura district, said an official. Speaking to reporters at secretariat, Deepak Das, chief engineer, PWD ( NH) said the detail project report (DPR) of the bridge has been submitted to MoRTH, it’s likely funds for the bridge will be sanctioned soon.

On March 10, last a meeting was held at Delhi with officials of MoRTH regarding Feni bridge, attended by Sanjeev Ranajn, additional secretary of the ministry, KC Barkyachand, DGM and officials from the state government, Das said.

“It was decided now the construction of the bridge will be tagged with Agartala – Sabroom national highway.  India and Bangladesh officials had earlier finalised the alignment of the bridge which, according to the official, would have a construction cost of over Rs. 100 crore, all sorts of problems, including land acquisition, have been resolved on either side of the border," the chief engineer said.
 The 150-metre (490 feet) road bridge over the Feni river will connect the Sabroom border town (135 km south of Agartala) of southern Tripura with Ramgarh town in Bangladesh.After completion, the bridge, located north of the Chittagong international sea port, would provide a significant road link to India's northeastern states and facilitate greater trade and exchanges between the two countries.



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AGMC: High Court orders termination of asst. professors

Agartala, March 17 (TVN): The High Court of Tripura on Thursday  in a judgment ordered   termination   34 Assistant Professor of Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC). The order was given by Justice S.C. Das after  two doctor - Ashit Debbarma and Monaranjan Debbarma filed a writ petition against the recruitment policy in the year 2012 alleging discrepancy into the recruitment policy of 34 assistant professors appointed in AGMC and hospital.

Justice  Das while delivering the order  also  fresh recruitment in the post as the jobs of the 34 assistant professors.However, all the terminated  faculty members will be termed vailid till June 30 and will be termed invalid fromJuly1. The 34 Assistant professors were appointed in the year 2012 under the notification of adhoc recruitment from the state.

Earlier last year, the High Court terminated the jobs of 10,323 teachers citing flaws in recruiting the teachers, the case is now pending in the Supreme Court

   

Panchabati Massacre: High Court uphelds lower court verdict , a jolt for the govt

Agartala, March 17 (TVN):In a major setback for state government, the High Court of Tripura on Wednesday upheld the verdict of Additional Sessions Court, West district relating to Panchabati market massacre.

Chief Justice Deepak Gupta expressed his unhappiness over the role of state government for ‘illegally withdrawing’ the case against six out of seven arrested ATTF extremists during the trial of the case in the year 2005. The High Court  in its order  stated it was unfair on the part of the government  by withdrawing the case against six militants was unfair.

A group of 30 to 35 All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) militants had gunned down altogether 18 people including policemen, injured 11 persons and kidnapped 6 persons at Panchabati market on November 14, 1999.After investigating the case vide-  Sidhai  PS 57/2001, the cops had charge-sheeted a total of 10 extremists including two absconders. Altogether 21 witnesses were examined at the court of the then Additional Sessions Judge, West district- Udit Chowdhury.In the year 2005, the state government had filed a petition before the Additional Sessions Court praying for withdrawing the case against six amongst the seven arrested militants.

On the other hand, Dulal Pandey amongst the arrestees was acquitted from the charges on the ground of lack of evidence on November 05, 2005.After that, the state government filed a supplementary charge-sheet along with statements of some new witnesses against ATTF supremo Ranjit Debbarma in connection with the Panchabati market massacre on January 01, this year. In their statements, the witnesses, also the members of ATTF, mentioned that Ranjit in a sitting with them had designed the conspiracy of Panchabati market attack.

However, the Additional Sessions Judge, West district- Udit Chowdhury rejected the supplementary charge-sheet on January 19, this year saying that if Ranjit was guilty in making the conspiracy of Panchabati market then the new witnesses, who gave statements, were equally guilty for the same.

Challenging the trial court’s order, the state government  appealed  the High Court of Tripura and filed a petition.The petition today appeared before the High Court of Tripura.

During the course of hearing, Justice Deepak Gupta, the Chief Justice of the High Court of Tripura expressed his dissatisfaction over the role of state government and upheld the order passed by the trial court. Besides, the High Court in its order said that if the state government wants to proceed against Ranjit Debbarma, all the persons, who gave statements, have to be brought under trial.

 

Truck driver murdered

Agartala, March 16 (TVN):Sujit Biswas (35), a truck driver of body was recovered with injuries marks on head from a truck bearing registration number AS-01-DD5057 which was standing near the FCI Godown at Nandan Nagar. The deceased is from  Pecharthal village under Pecharthal police station.He is stated to be the driver of the vehicle in which dead body was found. The assistant of the vehicle is missing. Dog squad and forensic team visited the spot. The dead body has now been shifted to G.B. Hospital for PM examination. The matter is under investigation.

 

Tripura govt expected to constitute pay commission

Agartala, March 16 (TVN): Left Front government of  Tripura, expected to constitute a pay commission for employees and pensioners after the union government implements recommendation of Seventh Pay Commission. Speaking to media person on Tuesday, Finance Minister Tapan Chakraborty  said once the  centre  implements the pay commission report, then we will decide on constituting a pay commission for state's employees and pensioners.

It is mentionabel here that as much as Rs 70,000 crore has been provisioned in the Union Budget 2016-17 for implementation of Seventh PayCommission for government employees. While the Budget did not provide an explicit overall provision number, the government had said the 7th Pay Commission hike has been built in as interim allocation for different ministries and Budget numbers were credible.Implementation of the pay commission report in toto is to cost the government Rs 1.02 lakh crore.

The government in January set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.

 

Son kills inebriated father

Agartala, March 16(TVN): Enraged over their father   inebriated behavior two son allegedly murdered the former on Tuesday morning. at East Kuchainala village, under Kamalpur police station.Police said the victim, Rajendra Malakar(45)  came home in an inebriated state and started  beating his wife. On hearing  scream both  brothers - Raj Kumar Malakar (18) and Bijoy Kumar Malakar (16) came from  nearby field. Enraged by the behavior both killed their father by strangulation. Thereafter, they hanged the dead body in their house. After that both the accused persons surrendered before officer – in – charge of Kamalpur police station. The matter is now under investigation.