20 - 09 - 2019

Mizo people’s convention visits Jampui Hill

Agartala, March 22,2019:In a landmark development, the Mizo People's Convention (MPC) which is the apex body of the Mizo cummunity in Manipur,  visited Jampui Hill on the 20th March 2019. Interestingly, the Mizo Convention (MC) of Jampui Hill plays host for the four member visitors: Vanlalrinliana, President; LZ Fanai, Secretary Home; Lalzuithanga, Secretary I&P; and Paul Lalchhanhima, Secretary External. 

The MC and the MPC had bilateral discussions on various subjects ranging from organisational learning, sharing of best practices and benchmarking. The two parties also discussed about their respective activities, achievements and challenges faced by each of them and how to help each other in mitigating those challenges using the SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) principle. 

The discussion focused strongly on building up of greater integration of the Mizo tribes living in Myanmar, Bangladesh and in different states of India, through the use of various common platforms. 

LZ Fanai, Secretary Home, MPC, reaffirms that, "These geographical international and state boundaries become irrelevant for the Mizos across the globe as long as we are united by a common goal of creating an economically, politically and culturally strong Mizo society. For that matter, the security and progress of our brethrens in Jampui Hill is vital in order for them to continue fulfilling their share of contributions to the community". 

Dr Zairemthiama Pachuau, General Secretary of Jampui Mizo Convention thanked the MPC team for their visit and specifically for extending their unreserved support of the Mizo Convention's longstanding demand of Jampui Mizo Autonoumous Regional Council as per the provision of the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution. 


Three held for poaching migratory birds in Rowa

Dharmanagar, March 19, 2019: After getting information from locals, a joint operation by police and forest department arrested  three persons from Tilthai area near Rowa wild life sanctuary  under Panisagar police station  for allegedly poaching migratory birds.   

Three bird poachers were held while they were hunting different types of migratory birds. The team also seized some birds from their possession and hunting weapons and instruments were also seized from their possession.   The accused poachers have been identified as  Moinul Haq ( 35), Rafiq Uddin ( 40) and Abul Taher ( 26).

A case has been registered against them and further investigation into the incident is underway, the officials said.

Notably, every year migratory  birds arrives  in Rowa wild life sanctuary, who spends the entire winter in its winter. It’s noticed that this time of the season there is rise of bird’s poachers in the area. They catch or kill the birds  by using air guns, catapult as well as poison balls.

According to official sources, some  anti-poaching camps, including a mobile party, have been set up in  Rowa to ensure the safe stay of the migratory birds, who spend the entire winter in its waters.Moreover, the forest officials are taking routine patrolling to curb illegal poaching in the area.

A source said poaching continues to be a problem despite attempts by forest and wildlife officials to sensitise people. However, the formation of bird protection committees, including local people, succeeded in bringing down cases of poaching.

Arm holders told to surrender weapons

Agartala, March 13,2019:  The district administration has asked all licensed gun owners to deposit their    firearms with the police ahead of the election of  two parliamentary seat on April 11 and 18.

A notification in this regard was issued by DM & Collector of West Tripura today directing to submit all kind of firearms by March 22.  This would be kept safe till the completion of the elections.   

However, security guards involved in escorting vehicles carrying cash to banks and ATMs have been exempted from the order.     

The election code of conducts mandates arms license holders to deposit  their weapons at the police station. Stern action would be taken against those who violate the rule, state the press release.     

Source in secretariat said the Home Department has already compiled a database of arms licence holders in the State. This was done in accordance with directive from the Centre to prepare nationwide catalogue of arms licence holders.   

Govt orders minor reshuffle

Agartala, March 13,2019:   The State Government on Wednesday ordered   minor reshuffle in state administration. An order issued here by General Administration Department (Personnel and Training) said: "In the interest of administration, the following transfers and postings are hereby ordered with immediate effect:"

Shri Ram Taranikanti, Chief Electoral Officer and Principal Secretary, Election Department is relived from additional charge of DG, SIPARD.

Dr. Debasish Basu, Secretary, Food and Civil Service Department will also hold the charge of DG, SIPARD.

Meanwhile in another notification issued by the General Administration Department extended the term of re – employment on contract basis of Manik Lal Dey as Secretary, for period of six months. He will continue to hold the charges of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Department, ICA department.                                  


State agrarian production to be doubled in 2022

Agartala, March 9,2019:  Pranajit Singha Roy, minister holding the portfolio of agriculture, transport  and  tourism today highlighted the achievements of his departments in last one year.

Addressing a press conference today at secretariat minister said   from March 9, 2018 to March 8, 2019  major achievements in agriculture was  procurement of paddy at  MSP ( Minimum Support Price), declaration of pineapple as state fruit  and its marketing in domestic and aboard, distribution of soil health card,  introduction of crop insurance, giving crop loans etc.  He informed under Kishan Samman Niddhi project 1,54,838 farmers were included. Under the scheme Rs 2000 had already been disbursed among 60,100 farmers.

The minister also informed, various department  of agriculture is working to double the state agrarian products by 2022 as directed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Speaking about  achievement of tourism department, the minister said  previous government did  nothing for development of tourism in the state. From 2007 to 2011 -12 financial year the previous government returned back Rs 22.91 crore failing to utilize the  money. Besides various initiatives was taken for development of Neer Mahal, Agartala check post, Chouthakhala Maitra Park etc. Two visa office was also started in Bangladesh Brahman Bari and  Comilla by central government. This will help Bangladesh tourists to visit the state and will increase the foot falls. For development of temples in the state a project of Rs 46.49 crore was send to centre.

The minister speaking about transport department  said the government took initiatives for making the department people friendly. For goods transportation steps taken to connect Gomati river with Meghna river of   Bangladesh. Very soon joint technical team will be visiting the state. Last   financial year revenue collected by transport department is Rs 69.67 crore.


Saju Vaheed appointed Director, Higher Education

Agartala, March 6,2019: Saju Vaheed, IAS is appointed as Director, Higher Education. He was earlier SDM of Sonamura.  This was stated in a notification issued by department of General Administration (Personnel & Training) today.

 U K Chakma, TCS, SSG is relieved from the post of director, Higher Education. However he will remain as director, elementary education and secondary education.     

Subrata Mazumder, deputy state election commission with additional charge of Dy Director of Panchayat is transferred and posted as SDM of Sonamura