25 - 01 - 2021

Degree & Technical College’s exam likely to held on June

Agartala, May 03,2020: Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath on Saturday  said the department is planning  to conduct annual examinations in all the degree and technical colleges in next month.

The education department  is  planning to conduct annual examinations in all the degree and technical colleges in June and a decision to intensify online class for the students, he said after holding a high level meeting with the authorizes of Tripura University and MBB University.

In the meeting it appeared that attendance in on-line class by Hons students is quite satisfactory with 90 to 70 percent during the lockdown period. Attendance by pass course students is relatively less with 40/50 percent. "We decided to intensify online class from Monday and if the Corona situation remains the same, annual examination could be held in June. But it all depends on the situation", he said.

 

Nath further said MBB University plans to introduce three professional courses- GST, Retail & Sales, Insurance Risk Management from the next academic session scheduled to begin in September. Besides, it was decided that Integrated Masters degree on Commerce and Chemistry would be offered by MBB University from next session.

 

 

 

Coronavirus: Two BSF jawans tested positive, medical staffs in Kulai hospital quarantined

Agartala, May 03,2020:Two BSF jawans posted in Dhalai district suspected  as COVID-positive shifted to GBP hospital , Agartala.The information about two BSF jawans having been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive was revealed by a tweet from the chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb at 2-30 in the afternoon today.

Highly placed sources in the BSF who refused to part with names of the affected jawans , their battalion number and other details said that one  jawan had returned from leave in Assam on March 11 but was in good shape then. He had gone to Gandacherra subdivisional hospital on April 25 but he was sent to Dhalai district hospital in Kulai yesterday along with another BSF jawan who was attendant. When both of them were found to be in suspicious condition they were sent to GBP hospital last night . All the BSF jawans and their controlling authority in the Gandacherra camp of BSF range in Ambassa have been sent on quarantine already.  

Having studied symptoms after test the doctors in GBP hospital  became convinced that the jawans are suffering from COVID-19 positive symptoms . The doctors treating them refused to speak to the media but the administrative authority of GBP hospital said that the jawans had been institutionally quarantined and treatment was on . All test results have already been sent outside for further analysis and and confirmation .

Meanwhile, the entire medical and para-medical staff of Dhalai district hospital in Kulai as well as the auxiliary employees have been quarantined . Even though the state health department is yet to take a decision on the issue, it is believed that the hospital may have to be closed down for the time being , further deepening the crisis in backward and tribal dominated Dhalai district. Out of Tripura's eight districts six were in green zone while only two , Gomati and North Tripura districts, were in orange zones till this morning but now the status of Dhalai district may have to be changed from 'Green Zone' to 'Red' . So far Tripura has had four Corona-positive patients two of whom were released in April after quarantine and treatment and two more remain in hospital.

 

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.