25 - 04 - 2019

TCA administrator resigns

Agartala, Feb 1,2019: Retired Justice Alok Baran Pal is reported to have resigned from the position of Administrator of the Tripura Cricket Association.

Retired Justice Pal, who had been appointed bythe High Court to look after the TCA affairs, got beleaguered soon after assumption of the position with unsavory controversies relating to financial and other matters. Some of his decisions became highly controversial and large section of cricket loving community as well as members of the association went up in arms against him. They were demanding immediate resignation of Pal. The matter ultimately went to the High Court.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice ArindamLodh heard the case in several sittings and they also made no bones in expressing their displeasure at the way Pal as TCA administrator functioned.

The Division Bench heard the case today also and, according to sources, was about to pass an order in the evening when Pal was reported to have sent his resignation via an affidavit. His resignation, as reported, though wasnot surprising but it came in an unexpected manner.

According to sources, Pal had been reluctant to quit the position even at the forenoon today. He reportedly took the decision all of a sudden in the evening just before the verdict of Division Bench justices who had heard the case Thursday.

Manik visit remote areas of LNV

Agartala, Jan 30, 2019: Former chief minister Manik Sarkar today  visited  various tribal hamlets at    Govindabari and Longtarai Valley . He talked with the locals. The locals, seeing   the former chief minster amongst them, narrated their problems and hardship they are facing.              

He was accompanied by CPM leaders including MLAs Ratan Bhowmik, Mabasar Ali and Jasbir Tripura. CEM of TTAADC Radhacharan Tripura was also present.   Sarkar also visited the house of Japan Da Tripura, who allegedly died of starvation.  

The former chief minister also addressed two  party workers  gathering  during his visit.    Speaking in  both gathering  Sarkar said , “when  I was chief minister opposition used   raise slogans against me. Now I am no longer the chief minister  than what’s the need  of   raising  slogans against me”          

Meanwhile, again today also on way to Longtarai Valley the convoy of Sarkar was again blocked by protestors in two places. The first was at Chailengta and the second at Chawmanu . The blockade was to prevent him to enter remote areas so that he cannot interact with locals.

Sources in CPM said  that in spite protests  Manik Sarkar  was in no mood to yield, he asked the police to make arrangement so that he can carr on with  his  schedule programme.    

Yesterday also  his convoy was blocked twice in Ambassa by   protestors.   

Two dog smugglers arrested

Agartala, Jan 29,2019:Two dog smugglers were arrested  Tuesday carrying four Indian breed dogs tied tightly inside gunny bags  while they were being taken to Mizoram.

Officer-in-charge of East Agartala police station, Debashish Saha said that the dogs were recovered from a vehicle  at 3 in the early morning today at Buddhamandir area in Agartala. Policemen on patrol  halted a vehicle carrying dogs in suspicious conditions. Prima facie evidence suggests that the animals were being smuggled”,

The official also said that an FIR is being registered against the accused under Prevention of Cruelty against Animals Act, 1960 of the Indian Penal Code. The detainees identified as Johnunsanga, Lalthanmuia are residents of Kanhmun, a Mizoram village bordering Tripura in the north district.

Republic Day Parade: Tripura wins best tableau award

Agartala, Jan 28,2019:The tableau from  Tripura  depicting the egalitarian, inclusive and divisive social and ethic culture linked to the Gandhian principles besides splendid attraction of tourism and heritage at the Republic Day Parade at the Rajpath, Delhi won the first prize. Earlier the state won runners up trophy twice consecutive time in  year 2016 and 2017.

 Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the awards to the winning teams at an event in Delhi today  to team leader Bhaskar Dasgupta, who is assistant director of ICA department.

Tripura is one of the 16 states of the country including Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim of North East took part in the Republic Day Parade on Delhi Rajpath. A 10 – member team of artists of Tripura along with the professional tableaux experts had worked round the clock in Defence Colony  for past two weeks for the mission .

Meanwhile, Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb congratulated the team for bagging the best tableau award.

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.