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Northeast: New digital system hits India-Bangladesh trade


AGARTALA | Aug 19, 2019(IANS):

Due to introduction of a new online trade management system – Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) – the India-Bangladesh trade through Tripura has been hugely affected for the past two weeks, traders and officials said on Monday.

A custom official said that the EDI was introduced on August 5 in all the border trade centers in the Northeastern states along the India-Bangladesh border to improve efficiency, ensure transparency and for online payments of trade between the two countries.

Traders in the Agartala-Akhaura checkpost said that on account of the introduction of the new system (EDI), trade between India and Bangladesh has come to a stop since August 5.

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“Both the custom officials and the traders are completely unfamiliar with the new system, causing ineffective operation of the EDI system. Before introduction of the new system the authorities must trained, both customs officials and traders,” Haradhan Roy, a spokesman of the Indian exporters, told mediapersons here.

The second-largest trading point between India and Bangladesh after Petrapole (India)–Benapole (Bangladesh) along the West Bengal border, the Agartala-Akhaura check post is doing average annual trade of around Rs 350 crore.

“The EDI has been introduced in the Northeastern states of late, and we are hopeful that the current hitches would be resolved soon. The slow network of BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd) and other private operators are also causing the ineffective operation of the EDI,” a custom official said.

Local newspapers and several reports in the Bangladeshi media said that around a hundred goods trucks have been stranded on the Bangladeshi side due to these technical issues.

Prices of fish in Tripura markets are rising fast owing to stoppage in imports of fish from Bangladesh during the past fornight.

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In the EDI system, submission of trade related documents and papers and payment of various duties have to be made online using the digital system.

Traders at the Agartala-Akhaura check post and six other Land Customs Stations (LCS) said that they are completely unfamiliar with the EDI system causing stoppage of border trade.

There are a total 39 LCS in the seven Northeastern states. Of these, 32 LCS are on the India-Bangladesh border, three are on the India-Myanmar border, and four are located on the India-Bhutan Border.



Tripura | One-day state-level training program organized for dental surgeons in state

Dentist examines the teeth of patient

AGARTALA | Aug 19, 2019 (ANI):

A one-day state-level training program for dental surgeons was organized in Agartala.

The training was organized by the National Oral Health Program under the National Health Mission.

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More than 50 dentists across the state took part in the training program.

State’s Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb was the chief guest of the program.



Tripura | Sub-inspector suspended for not completing 6 drugs case


AGARTALA | Aug 18, 2019:

A sub-inspector of Tripura police M Darlong has been suspended on Friday for not completing investigation of six drug cases on time.

This development comes within a month of a policewoman being sacked in the state for negligence of duty.

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Darlong was posted at Kanchanpur Police Station since May last year.
Earlier He was with Panisagar police station .




Tripura | Bangabandhu museum to build in state

Biplab Kumar Deb, tripura, Amit Shah, Hindi,

Agartala | Aug 17, 2019 (UNI):

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb today announced to set up Bangabandhu Museum, dedicated to founding leader of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rehman.

The Museum will be in the ground floor of the upcoming IT park in the old jail complex.

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The museum will display the history of 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh and Sheik Mujibur Rahaman besides, century old relationship of the people.



88 militants belonging to banned outfit NLFT surrender in Tripura


TRIPURA | Aug 13, 2019 (AIR):

In Tripura, 88 militants belonging to banned outfit NLFT (Sabir Deb barma faction) has surrendered in Ambassa in Dhakai district. The militants surrendered in presence of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and his deputy Jishnu Debbarma.

Earlier, on Sunday, a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed among the NLFT (SD), Tripura Government and the Central Government. As per the memorandum, NLFT (SD) has agreed to abjure the path of violence, join the mainstream and abide by the Constitution of India.

Welcoming them, the Chief Minister assured that all the commitment given to them will be fulfilled. He also said that Tripura government is trying their best for welfare of tribal people of state.

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The surrendered cadres will be given surrender benefits as per the Surrender-cum-Rehabilitation Scheme, 2018 of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The State Government of Tripura will help the surrendered cadres in housing, recruitment, education etc. Government of India will consider the proposals of Tripura State Government regarding economic development of tribal areas of Tripura.



Tripura government approves Right to Education Act 2009


Tripura | Aug 12, 2019(PTI):

Tripura government has approved the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, which allows no detention up to class four. The act, which was earlier passed by parliament, provides for a regular examination in classes fifth and eighth and if the child fails, he or she shall be given additional opportunity for re-examination in two months’ time.

Tripura’s Education Minister said, “The council of ministers in Tripura in its meeting on Thursday has approved the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. We have accepted the act, which was passed by the parliament earlier,” said Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath.

Parliament had passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in January this year to amend a law to abolish the ‘no-detention policy’ till class VIII by enabling state governments to allow schools to fail students.

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“There will be no detention up to class four, but there will be examinations before promoting students from class 5th to 6th. Similarly, examination will be conducted before promoting any student from class 8th to class 9th, Nath said.

“If students cannot clear the test in class V and VIII, they would be given the opportunity to appear the examination again in two months’ time. If students cannot clear the test for the second time, they would be detained in the respective classes,” Nath added.

Five marks as grace could be given to a student having 85 per cent of attendance; Nath said adding headmasters of the schools will have a special power for giving relaxation to specially-abled students and promoting them.



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