12 - 04 - 2021

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.

No positive cases of Covid – 19 reported in last 14 days in state

Agartala, April 28,2020: Additional  Chief Secretary SK Rakesh who is in charge of health  department  on Monday  said  in the state with no positive case reported during the past 14 days. So far, a total of 4445 tests have been carried in the state and out of which only two positive cases were detected. Most importantly, the two Covid patients have already released from the hospital and they are now on the way to cure.

While briefing the media, Rakesh said inter-state movement is permitted during the second phase of lockdown. "It means the persons who are stranded outside the state due to the lockdown can return to the state. If they want to return home, the state government will ensure permission after taking up the matter with the concerned state", he said.

The Addl Chief Secretary said the government would soon unveil a protocol for those who want to return home during the lockdown period. So far, 167 persons who have got stranded outside the state have returned to the state. The government will not provide transportation charge to them.

He said the government is mulling to kick start normal economic activities as the state has already entered into green zone. "We have to begin normal economic activities because Coronavirus is not only the problem", he said.  

Rakesh further said the antibody test has been suspended after instruction from the ICMAR. "We have stopped antibody tests after the directive from ICMAR. The kits for rapid antibody tests appeared faulty. We will collect the unspent kits and send them back to Delhi", he said. 


Middle aged woman murdered after rape, two arrested

Agartala, April 28,2020: A middle aged widow was brutally murdered allegedly after gang rape. The body was  thrown into a  abandoned  well, packed in a sack. Police have detained two youths suspected to be involved in the murder, one of  them is a BJP worker.

The name of the widow is Krishna Bala Das (55) staying at Murabari near SDM office of Bishalgarh.Two  detained Suman Das ( 32)  and  Chandan Das ( 30) according to locals used to disturb her every now and then. Locals after catching them handed over to police. The deceased was safai karmi of Bishalghar Municipal Council. She used to stay alone in the house after death of her husband. Only son  after marriage started staying in his  in law house.

For last few days, the widow was not seen in house. Neighbours thought  she might have gone to visit her son. But on Monday morning  some one saw a sack floating in a well near the house of the widow. Police was informed and the body was taken out from the well, later sent to autopsy.                    

Another member of 10323 passes away

Agartala, April 27,2020: Another member of 10323 passed away on Saturday. Mithun Debnath a former teacher of Hadra S B school, Udaipur.He was 32 and left behind widow mother, wife and two years old baby. He was on depressed after 31st March worried about his future. Few days back he fell seriously ill and was admitted in Udaipur hospital. On Saturday in the hospital while undergoing treatment he passed away. A pale of gloom descended in the locality of the deceased former teacher.