17 - 01 - 2019

Agartala – Udaipur: CRS inspection of railway track on Sept 25

Agartala, Sept 24 (TVN):The CRS inspection on the newly built Agartala-Udaipur railway would be conducted  on September 25 ( Sunday) ending a long speculation. Commissioner of Railways Safety (CRS) Sailesh Kumar Pathak has already arrived here to conduct the inspection, said a NFR official.

“The inspection will kick start from Agartala railway station tomorrow at 9 am and the train will move towards Udaipur stations.Senior NFR officials will also joined the important train journey”, he said.

As per the procedure, the CRS would submit a detailed report before the Railways Ministry after conducting on-spot inspection. If the inspection report appears okay, passenger train service would begin within short period of time.

Construction of 44-km BG railway track connecting Udaipur, district headquarters of Gomati was started way back in 2009-10 FY. Initially, construction work had not gained ground due to various reasons. Later, the work has gained pace and got completed around three months back.

Now, the NFR is planning to extend BG track up to Garji by next year while Sabroom would be connected with the railway track by March 2020.

Three day legislative session begins

Agartala, Sept 22 (TVN):Three day long  autumn session of Tripura legislative assembly started on Thursday. The house observed two minute silence in memory of former MLA and late chief whip of Left Front Samir Deb Sarkar and former  MLA of CPI  Prasantha Kapali  speaker adjourned the house for the day. The session would also be held on September 23 and September 26 next. This time assembly session started without any leader of opposition. However, separate seating arrangement was made for the six  Trinamool Congress MLA’s who left Congress.  

CM inaugurates three day long business summit

Agartala, Sept 21 (TVN): Chief Minister  Manik Sarkar on Wednesday inaugurated the three day long business summit on connectivity of North-East and opportunities in international trade and commerce at Pragna Bhawan.

Speaking in the summit, Sarkar strongly criticized the  BJP led government for abolishing Planning Commission. He  said the Northeastern states are facing tremendous problem due to the decision.

“The Centre must play a key role to develop infrastructure to harness the potential of the Northeast region. Nothing is going to happen unless infrastructures like road, rail, telecommunication and electricity is not improved”, chief minister pointed out.

Asserting that Northeast is not like Maharashtra or Tamilnadu, the Chief Minister said the entire region is suffering due to lack of development. Poking at the much-hyped Act East Policy, Sarkar said North Eastern Council (NEC) is very weak due to financial constraint.

Highlighting objectives of the NE Connectivity Summit, Ranjit Barthakur, Chairman, FICCI NE Advisory Council stated, "It is not only about connectivity in the physical plane, the Summit also focuses upon people to people connectivity, cross border trade and energy connectivity.

 Exuding confidence, he stated the North East Connectivity summit has emerged as a platform for expressing views and connecting people. Industries Minister Tapan Chakraborty, Chief Secretary Yaspal Singh and Principal Secretary M. Nagaraju also spoke on the occasion.

The summit is jointly being organized by Tripura government and Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FICCI).

Cabinet approves creation of 621 posts

Agartala, Sept 21 (TVN): State cabinet have approved the creation of  as many as 621 posts soon in various government departments . Finance minister Bhanu Lal Saha while briefing the media on Wednesday  said, the  cabinet  has  approved  to create 161 technical posts for direct recruitment under Agriculture department including eight posts of Work Assistant, six posts of Junior Store Keeper, 36 posts of driver ( Power Tiller), 35 posts of Junior Mechanic ( Workshop), Assistant Marketing (Secretary/ Senior Computer/ Investigation), 20 posts of Investigation/ Junior Computer/ Agri Assistant Marketing.

The minister said that the cabinet had also decided to regularize 324 permanent labourers in the post of Farm Worker under Forest department. They will get regular pay scale as Group-D worker. For that purpose 444 posts were already created under the department. Besides, 14 posts of Group-C under Food and Civil Supplies department will also be created.

The cabinet decided to regularize 26 DRW workers working at different hostels under Education department during last 10 years. The state government will also appoint in two posts of Technical Assistant of Pharmacy under Health and Family Welfare department through TPSC.


T Vaiphei sworn in as Chief Justice of Tripura

Agartala, Sept 21 (TVN): On Wednesday afternoon, Justice T Vaiphei took over the charge of Chief Justice of High Court of Tripura. Justice Vaiphei replaced former Chief Justice Deepak Kumar Gupta who held the position since a separate High Court for the State had been created in March 2013.

Justice Tinlianthang Vaiphei took oath as the Judge of High Court of Tripura on May 16, 2016 and was thereafter appointed as the Chief Justice (Acting) of the High Court of Tripura on the same day.Vaiphei was born in March 1956, is the first judicial officer from Mizoram to reach the position of Chief Justice.

Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya have had separate High Courts from 2013 after the Parliament amended North East Areas (Re-organisation) Act of 1971.Earlier the states were under judicature of the Guwahati High Court which was common for all the northeastern states.

LoP: Assembly speaker rejects TMC demand

Agartala, Sept 12 (TVN):Trinamool Congress' (TMC)  demand for the status of main opposition party in the assembly was rejected by the  Speaker of the Tripura Assembly on Monday. Talking to reporters, Ramendra Chandra nath, assembly speaker said, “ After studying the  TMC Pradesh chairman Ratan Chakraborty's two fresh letters demanding recognition of the party as main opposition party in the state assembly. According to the Supreme Court verdict, Lok Sabha's act and Tripura Assembly's rules, the TMC cannot get the opposition party status in the house," .
TMC leader Chakraborty in his letters to the speaker requested him to recognise the TMC as main opposition party and to grant status of Leader of Opposition (LoP) to the party's newly-elected legislature party leader Diba Chandra Hrangkhawl as the party has the "required strength in the assembly".

According to the same procedures, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan had rejected the Congress' demand for recognition of the party as main opposition party and offering the post of Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Lok Sabha to Mallikarjun Kharge." Kharge is the Congress' floor leader in the Lok Sabha.

The six MLAs, led by former opposition leader Sudip Roy Barman, quit the Congress on April 7 and joined the TMC on June 7 in protest against the Congress' alliance with Left parties ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections in April-May.

Constitutional experts here said that G.V. Mavalankar, the first Lok Sabha Speaker, had said that the main opposition party's strength must equal the quorum -- which is 10 per cent of the total strength -- required for functioning of the House.

This point was later incorporated in Direction 121 (1) of the Directions by the Speaker, Lok Sabha, and The Leaders and Chief Whips of Recognised Parties and Groups in Parliament (facilities) Act of 1998, the experts said.

Like the current Lok Sabha, in 1980 and 1984, when Congress was in power, there was no recognised Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha.