12 - 04 - 2021

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. 


Massive sample collection begins in Dhalai district

Agartala, May8,2020: The health department has undertaken massive sample collection in Dhalai district to check the ground reality of sudden spike of coronavirus positive cases among BSF jawans.

"Over 900 samples have been collected from Dhalai district, which has been declared as Red Zone following the outbreak. Tests are going on. More samples will be taken to see if other people came in contact with the deadly disease", said Addl Chief Secretary SK Rakesh.

Speaking to the media here today, he informed the samples of health staff of Kulai district hospital (Ambassa) and Gandacherra have been tested negative.

Rakesh also cleared the fear about visiting GBP hospital after it housed the Covid patients. "There is no need to get panic visiting GB Hospital even as Covid patients are treating there. The Covid-19 virus doesn't spread through air. More so, the place where Covid-19 patients are kept is completely isolated from the main hospital", he said when his attention was drawn on a section of doctors reservation over converting a full-fledged hospital at GBP hospital", he said.  

Rakesh made it clear that the government doesn't plan to set up dedicated Covid hospital in the state as of now. "It will be costly and time consuming venture. Ailing people could visit IGM or other hospitals to get treatment. The government can't shut down a hospital like of GBP Hospital here critical treatments are being offered", he added. 

Meanwhile all the 22 BSF personnel and their family members tested Covid positive on Thursday were taken to Agartala from Ambassa and admitted 21 patients to GBP hospital.

One patient- a two and half year old child who was diagnosed with Covid positive was admitted in BSF run hospital at Salbagan. Interestingly, in course of first test, parents of the infect child was found negative. They will be tested again today.


Teacher Marries Minor Student, Booked

Agartala, May 7, 2020: A 40-year-old school teacher married a 16-year-old student. The illegal marriage held on Wednesday  at Manik Bhander in Kamalpur sub division. Police said after getting information, SDM of Kamalpur Sushanta Sarkar went to the residence of the teacher and recovered the underage student. The student was handed over to her parents. A complaint was filed against the teacher stating Sushanta Sarkar for marrying  an underage  girl and could be booked under Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006. The teacher is absconding.

Locals informed Sushanta Sarkar @ Varun , biology teacher of Harchandra HS school of Manik Bhander used to give tuition to the student. Both feel in love and yesterday a  Kali Puja was organized  at teacher’s house. On the occasion of the puja he married the underage student.   


Coronavirus: Govt to bear expenses to bring back stranded people, says CM

Agartala, May 6, 2020: Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday in video message announced that 50,000 poor APL families, who got free ration, would now receive one-time assistance of Rs. 1000 each- total Rs. 5 crore from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.

In another announcement, Deb said that the state government would provide Rs. 10 lakh in case of death of any frontline worker- Doctors, nurse, health workers, Paramedics, Police personnel, Journalists, sweeping staff, ICP staff, ASHA workers including the civil administration and line departments along with all the citizens. The ex-gratia of Rs. 4 lakh, earlier declared by the state government, would be given from SDRF and the remaining Rs. 6 lakh to be given from Chief Minister's Relief Fund.

Speaking about migrant workers he said  that the state government has made arrangement for train bookings to send back 33,000 migrant workers to their respective states. All the expenditures (around Rs. 2.50 crore) would be borne from CMRF. 

Besides, the state government has decided to bring back Tripura's citizens now stranded in other parts at government expense. Two trains would run to Tripura-one from Bangalore (expenditure Rs. 14.50 lakh) and another from Chennai (expenditure around Rs. 16 lakh), the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also announced COVID19 tests for all the media personnel who are now working on the ground. He said the samples would be collected in special arrangements step by step. The media persons move from one place to another- there is nothing to worry, but the state government doesn't want to take any risk, he added.

Coronavirus : Dhalai district declared as “ Red Zone”

Agartala, May5,2020: After fresh  poistive cases of corona virus  cases  detected in Ambassa and Gandacherra BSF camp, the centre on Monday declared the  the entire Dhalai district  as 'Red Zone' a prescribed protocol under Disaster Management Act.Besides, three localities- 138 Bn BSF headquarters at Jawharnagar, Gandacherra BSF  BOP have been designated as containment area..

While speaking to the media, Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath tonight said three km radius of the three containment areas have been sealed as part of precautionary measures. “However, there is no need to get panic as there was no community transmission even if 14 BSF jawans of 138 Bn were tested positive”, he said. The people living in the containment areas are not allowed to step out of homes or camps and the local administration will deliver essential items for them.

Nath said the BSF jawans, who were tested Covid 19 positive cases were asymptomatic, a latest development in the Coronavirus.As many as 203 persons today entered into the state through Churaibari in North district and out of whom 18 came from Covid hotspots. The persons who came back from hotspots were sent to facility quarantine for two weeks. Altogether 167 samples were collected at Churaibari and sent them for Covid test.

As on today, a total of 572 individuals are home guarantied while 128 are put under institutional quarantine. Of the total collected samples 5611, 5394 tests have been carried out.