06 - 07 - 2020

Chennai ambulance driver tests positive , five sent to home quarantine

Agartala, May1,2020: The Chennai ambulance  driver who brought  a group of five persons from Chennai by an ambulance  has been tested positive .While briefing media about the bizarre incident the principal secretary S.K.Rakesh said that on April 27 an ambulance carrying five Tripura patients had arrived from Chennai and delivered them at Udaipur, headquarter of Gomati district and Baikhora area of south Tripura district before leaving the state next day.

The health department had collected the blood samples of the driver and his assistant before letting them go but initial test conducted here confirmed the driver as Corona-positive even though his assistant was free from any infection . All five passengers of Tripura were also infection free though they were sent to home quarantine . When the initial test results came the driver and his assistant had reached Alipurduar in West Bengal and the state health department informed their counterparts in Alipurduar as also police authority there. "We have done our duty , now it is up to the West Bengal government" S.K.Rakesh said . Earlier a female passenger who had arrived in Tripura from Guwahati on April 5 and a TSR jawan who had come on April 8 had tested positive initially but after institutional quarantine in GBP hospital and treatment both of them were found negative and allowed to go home and place of duty respectively. Now the ambulance driver whose name was not disclosed has posed a new threat though all give passengers have been found to be free of any infection. 

S.K.Rakesh said that during the past five days more than 1500 Tripura people have returned to their home state, mostly by hired ambulances, through the Churaibari gate bordering lower Assam in the north Tripura district. Even on Wednesday 401 persons had returned to state by hired vehicles, mostly ambulances , driven by drivers and their assistants but this is the first time that a outside driver has been found to be Corona positive. He indicated that , given the situation, the lockdown in Tripura will continue in a slightly relaxed form beyond May 3 with possible opening of malls.  



AMC donates Rs 5.89 lakhs to CM’s relief fund

Agartala, May1,2020: An amount of Rs 5.89 lakhs was donated by the  Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) to the chief minister's relief fund for distribution of relief among poor people suffering from ongoing lockdown. A cheque drawn on State Bank of India (SBI), Agartala branch, bearing No-986722, Dated 30.04.2020 of the amount has been handed over to the chief minister's office. 

In a press note Dr Shailesh Kumar Yadav , municipal commissioner , said that in a meeting of the chair-person in council of AMC on 24th April it had been decided that the officers and employees of AMC including casual and on-deputation staff would contribute one day's salary to a consolidated amount for donation to the chief minister's relief fund.

 Accordingly , all the officers and staff members donated one day's salary and the total amount reached Rs 5.89 lakhs which was contributed to the chief ministers relief fund for anti-COVID relief work among poor people.



More than 30 injured in police lathi charge at Gol Bazaar

Agartala, April 30, 2020: Police-TSR jawans on Tuesday acted inhuman way at the vegetable market  in Gol Bazar area this morning has created serious resentment among businessmen , specially the vegetable sellers . Aggrieved by unruly police action the vegetable sellers had decided to launch an indefinite strike and boycott of the market from Wednesday,  but SDPO (sadar) persuaded the businessmen not to go on strike , promising to take action against errant police-TSR personnel.

Official sources said that around 10-00 AM a large number of people had gathered in the vegetable market under Gol Bazar to transact business . Some of them did not have masks also . Within a short while a group of police and TSR jawans had entered the market and started threatening people ,all of whom immediately put on masks . But the security personnel headed by DSP Sujit Das started blustering about the huge crowd but people  pointed out that presence of so  many policemen were adding to the congestion in the market . But then DSP Sujit Das ordered the police and TSR personnel to clear the market and at once a heavy lathicharge started indiscriminately . More than thirty people sustained injuries and five of them had to be admitted to hospital . The injured included a septuagenarian old man who lives alone and who had come to the market after fifteen days and the man had to be shifted to hospital.  

Provoked by the indiscriminate lathi-charge the vegetable businessmen had decided to start boycotting the market from tomorrow protesting against the atrocities of police-TSR jawans. Realising things would take a turn for the worse SDPO  approached the businessmen and requested them not to go on strike or boycott, promising to take action against the guilty police and TSR jawans . A final decision is yet to be taken but it seems the decision to strike has been put off . Senior Congress leader Subal Bhowmik has strongly condemned the police and TSR action against the vegetable businessmen and said that the matter should be investigated and the guilty punished.




Dr. Debasish Basu, former health secretary goes for long leave

Agartala, April 30,2020: Former health secretary Dr. Debasish Basu has gone for long leave after removed  unceremoniously from his post following allegations made by a section of political leaders regarding irregularities in purchase of medical equipments, PPEs etc.on by the National Health Mission (NHM).He has not emergency formally tendered his resignation but highly placed sources in the state secretariat said that Debasish Basu would not rejoin service. 

Having completed his tenure as IAS officer Debasish Basu was reappointed as secretary, Health department and was continuing in his post along with the charge of food department and sports. But as a result of recent allegations about highly-priced purchase of anti-COVID-19 medical kits he had been removed by the government from the post of health secretary and left only with the charge of food and sports. He quietly stomached this and filed an application for one month's leave and has left the office. Sources said that he is unlikely to rejoin government service again and will, instead, go on full-fledged retirement. He was given one year extension on 01.02.2020 and reappointed as Secretary again. 

Sources said that the government has assigned the responsibility for sports department to Shardindu Chowdhury and the food department to S.R.Kumar. Mr B.K.Sahu has been appointed as new principal secretary of the forest department.



Suspicious death of house wife, rise in crime against women during lock down

Agartla, April 29,2020: In lock down also there is no stopping of  crime against women in the state. Within five days, three women were allegedly murdered including two house wives. After recovery of the body of a middle aged widow alleged to be gang raped before in Bishalghar on Monday, next day a 22 – years old house wife committed suicide by consuming acid. However, parents of the deceases claimed it as  a murder  planned and orchestrated  by her in – laws. An FIR has been lodged in Udaipur women police station by deceased parents.

Police said, the deceased Saraswati Deb nath couple of years back tied knot with Pranab Deb nath near   of Bagma market. Both had a child. On Tuesday morning, in the kitchen room of in - laws the body of Saraswati was lying on the floor. She was taken to Udaipur hospital, as her condition was serious doctors on duty referred her to TMC in Agartala. While on way she breathed her last. Police have registered a case of unnatural death and the father of the deceased also filed an FIR in police station. There is no report of any arrest so far.



Corona virus pandemic: NSUI send demands by e- mail to edu dept

Agartla, April 29,2020:  Due to ongoing lock down in the state, for coronavirus pandemic  NSUI ( National Student Union of India) Tripura unit  wanted to meet Director, School Education   and discuss various important  issues related to students in the state. However, citing social distancing  officials in education department told NSUI leaders to send their demands by e –mail. Accordingly, the demands were mailed to the director of school education. This was informed by Samrat Roy, vice – president,  NSUI state unit in a press statement on Tuesday.

Following are the demands:-   

1.         Online Classes are a good opportunity towards students however, it has come to notice that in areas of ADC and other village areas many families are underprivileged and has no access to TV or smartphones thereby, there are unable to have access of online classes. Moreover, several other students are confused as they have no previous training on use of online class system.

2.         Students belonging to categories of SC, ST, OBC, minority and others who falls under the criteria of stipend must be given the amount in advance with regard to their studies as many of them belong to families who are poverty-stricken.

3.         Few booksellers across Tripura have indulged themselves in black-market sell and purchase of textbooks who must be immediately identified and necessary action must be initiated.

4.         The Helpline numbers available from several government sectors have failed to provide response towards people in need and those needful people are sidelined thereby, it is an appeal that those helpline numbers must be active hereafter.

5.         As per new academic year begins textbooks of students from classes 1 to 8 must reach the students without any delay and difficulty.

6.         The bus service initiated for teachers who are involved in correcting answer scripts of board candidate students are facing troubles while reaching the Centre’s as number of buses provided by state govt. is less in number and even after repeated request from the teachers they have failed to increase the number of buses, also, social distancing is not maintained in those buses.