21 - 02 - 2019

Thanga Darlong gets Padma Shri

Agartala,Jan 27,2019;Thanga Darlong (96), a famous Rosem artiste of Tripura, has been conferred the prestigious Padma Shri Award, the Union ministry of home affairs announced on Saturday.

The music maestro, who hails from Kailashahar in Unakoti district, received the fourth highest civilian award of the country in the 'centenarian' category for contribution in flute-based music.

Earlier, Darlong received the National Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 2014, Academic Fellowship Award in 2015 and state-level Vayoshresta Samman in 2016. He is also the recipient of Centenarian Award.

Meanwhile, chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb congratulated the famous artiste on his achievement. Taking to Twitter, Deb wrote: “Heartiest greetings to Shri Thanga Darlong ji on being conferred the Padma Shri Award. An exceptional musical genius from Tripura, Shri Darlong has made exemplary efforts for nurturing the indigenous culture of NorthEast especially the art of playing Rosem musical instrument.”

Steps taken to develop Kokborok: CM

Agartala, Jan 19,2019: Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said  government wants to develop Kokborok  along with other languages in state and in this regard education and tribal welfare department taken initiatives. He was speaking in a colourful rally at U K Mini stadium on the occasion of 41st Kokborok Day.

In state 23 percent of total population speaks Kokborok language, steps are taken to develop the language of other tribal groups in the state. The ministry also passed a resolution to include Kokborok language in 8th Schedule of the constitution.                 

Education minister  Ratan Nath said two awards would be instituted in honour of late Radhamohan Thakur and late Manindralal Tripura from this year on for excellent literary works in Kokborok language.

Radha Mohan Thakur is the noted pioneer in Kokborok grammar who wrote ‘Kokborokma’ – a Kokborok grammar book in 1900 AD.

Kokborok is the common language of most   tribal communities of the state . As many as one third of Tripura’s 27 lakh population are from 18 tribal communities. Most of them live in Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), which is spread across 7,132.56 square km and covers nearly 68% of the state’s geographical area.

E – service a boon for PDS: Deb

Agartala, Jan 18,2019:  With the introduction of e – service in PDS, the food department   has detected a total of 60, 000 ration cards and identified 2, 90,776  fake  PDS  consumers in this state, said food minister  Manoj Kanti  Deb  while speaking in National Consumer s Day here today.

"This perhaps has come up after conducting methodical verification through digitalisation. The state government is committed to render transparent governance by   e – service," he said..

 The Minister said, "A total 9,62,046 ration cards were registered during the tenure of erstwhile Left Front government. But after the BJP-IPFT government is being formed this year only 8,99,706 cards among them were found genuine."

After omission of fake ration cards the department will now save lakhs rupees each month, said the minster.     

Pradyot visits Madhav Bari

Agartala, Jan 17,2019:Senior Congress leader Pradyot Kishore Manikya on Thursday visited Madhav Bari. Significant about his visit he was accompanied several youth leaders of IPFT including general secretary Shuklacharan Noatia.  Besides surrendered militants Ranjit Debbarma and Suran Debbarma also accompanied the congress leader.  During his visit he talked with the affected people and assured them of constructing the shops which was burn if government does not assist them.

Opposition leader  Manik Sarkar, Pradesh Congress president  Birajit Sinha  few days back also visited Madhav Bari separately. Both also urged people to maintain peace and harmony. Reiterating his Party’s demand, Sarkar once again demanded Judicial probe in Madhav Bari firing incidence.

Madhav Bari witnessed violence on January 08 last during a Bandh protesting against Citizenship  (Amendment ) Bill. As trouble broke out, administration imposed Section 144 and urge agitators to disperse. However, as situation continued to be tensed police had to fire after lathi charge, tear gas firing and water canon proved futile in dispersing agitators. In the firing, six persons were injured.






CM launches JICA phase – II

Agartala, Jan 16,2018: Importance should be given to environment protection and employment generation while implementing various projects through  forest department, said chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb. He was addressing after launching the Phase –II of JICA project here at forest management building, Gandhigram today. 

The state government took number of projects for preserving forest, water bodies along with employment generation for improving the socio – economic forest areas, Deb said.

 Under the second phase  1,447 check dam will be built mostly in hill areas. Through these, scope for earning will be opened like fishery,  rearing ducks and   agriculture among the tribal people. Besides these check dam can be used for storing water for agriculture activities. It will also be helpful in preventing floods during rainy season  at plain areas, he said.

Chief minister said under this project  special drive will be taken by forest department for Agar plantation, which will generate permanent source of income. Besides importance will be given for ginger, pineapple etc and other plantation crops.

For development of dairy, government has also already taken  decisions. It has been decided to give two cows among five thousand families.For this soft bank loans will be given to through NABARD. He also informed for maintaining transparency in government – e tendering, e PDS, e challan, e gazette already started n state.

Forest minister Mewar Kumar Jamatia in his address said  by second phase of JICA importance will be given for development of forest and preserving forests. All concerned should keep in mind for proper utilization of the project. The forest department is working in direction of providing source of income to people through development of forests.




Bus falls in gorge, 1 killed 23 injured

Teliamura, Jan 16,2019:One passenger was killed and 23 others were injured after the mini bus they were travelling fell in a gorge. Among the injured condition of 16 was reported to serious and shifted to GBP hospital. Six others to Teliamura hospital. Police said the ill fated bus ( TR 011C 1490)was heading towards Agartala from Teliamura. Around 2 pm afternoon the bus fell in gorge near Bankumari temple at Baramura. The deceased passenger is identified as Kishore Das ( 47) from Tushindraibari of Teliamura