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Tripura parties begin announcing candidates for July 27 Gram Panchayat polls

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    AGARTALA | June 28, 2019 (IANS):

    Hours after the announcement of the July 27 Gram Panchayat elections, political parties in Tripura begun announcing their candidates and started campaigning on Thursday.

    The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), however, announced it would not forge any alliance in the local bodies’ elections with their junior partner Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT).

    The BJP and opposition parties – Communist Party of India-Marxist-led Left Front and the Congress – also announced to field candidates in all the 6,646 seats in three tiers — gram panchayats (6,111 seats), panchayat samitis (419) and zilla parishads (116).

    Senior BJP leader and State Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath said that over 60 per cent of their candidates are women, educated persons and social activists.

    “A large number of BJP candidates in the panchayat elections would belong to Muslims and other backward communities,” Nath said.

    Various district and sub-divisional committees of BJP from Thursday started announcing their candidates.

    “There would not be any alliance in the elections with the IPFT. The IPFT can field their candidates in the panchayat polls,” said Nath, who is also the Chairman of the BJP election committee.

    Left Front convenor Bijan Dhar said their candidates would soon started submitting nominations in all the three tiers of gram-panchayats.

    Tripura Pradesh Congress Vice-President Tapas Dey said that their candidates would start filling nomination papers from Saturday

    “We would not disclose anything now whether Congress and CPI-M would field their candidates jointly in the panchayat elections,” Dey told IANS.

    The Tripura Election Commission here on Wednesday announced elections to 591 gram panchayats, 35 panchayat samitis and eight zilla parishads.

    According to the election schedule, the filing of nominations would start on Monday.

    The last date of withdrawal of candidatures is July 11. Counting of votes will take place on July 31.

    Tripura: CM Biplab Deb plans to turn Agartala into world class city

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      AGARTALA | June 19, 2019:

      Plans are on to elevate the status of Tripura capital to that of a world class city by providing it with modern amenities, Chief Minister Bipalb Kumar Deb has said.

      The city now has integrated intelligent traffic signal system, wide roads, well maintained parks and better parking services, Deb said.

      “At present, we are working on projects for better sewage water management system, rain water drainage system and beautification of urban water bodies,” Deb, also the state’s urban development minister, said.

      He was speaking to reporters after laying the foundation stone for five new projects under the ‘Agartala Smart City Mission’ here on Tuesday.

      Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the Smart Cities Mission across the country in 2015 and Agartala was included in the first list of 100 cities to be turned into smart cities, the chief minister said.

      The budget for the city’s modernization is Rs 2,063 crore and the Centre and the state are sharing funds equally, he said.

      The state government’s 50 per cent will come with the support of HUDCO and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

      “After the project is complete, we will have to maintain it, but Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) does not have that amount of money. So, you should be ready for a hike in taxes within the next three years,” he said.

      In course of time, the city dwellers would automatically develop a mindset to pay taxes for better civic amenities, he said.

      Tripuras legendary king Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur had dreamt of making Agartala a smart and modern city, he said.

      Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, who immortalized the princely state through his writings, had visited the kingdom seven times, the chief minister said.

      Deb laid the foundation stones for upgradation of Maharaja Bir Biikram College Road, facelift of three ponds including Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) College lake, development of Ranir pukur pond, development of Dimsagar-II pond and installation of modern bus stops and shelter for passengers at 20 locations of Agartala city.

      (PTI)

      Tripura | Man who posted against CM Biplab Deb sent to police custody for 2 days

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        AGARTALA | June 17, 2019:

        A man who had been arrested for allegedly posting “fake news” on Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s personal life was Sunday remanded in police custody for two days on charges of forging documents.

        Anupam Paul, who had been on the run since April 26, was arrested by the crime branch of Tripura Police from New Delhi on Wednesday.

        The police had registered a First Information Report against Anupam Paul for forgery, cheating and conspiracy after the April 25 Facebook post went viral on social media.

        He was produced before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Sharmistha Mukherjee on Sunday who remanded him in police custody for two days.

        Paul will again be produced before the court on Tuesday, Sub-divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Sadar, Dhruba Nath told reporters here.

        The chief minister has described the post as a “deep rooted conspiracy” to tarnish his image.

        “It is a baseless and motivated post which is in bad taste,” Mr Deb has said. The state BJP has demanded strict action against the guilty.

        A journalist and a police constable were arrested on April 28 for sharing the Facebook post. Both of them are now out on bail, a police officer said.

        Tripura: CM Biplab Deb urges new waterways with Bangladesh to boost trade, tourism in NE

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          AGARTALA | June 16, 2019:

          To boost trade and tourism in the Northeastern region, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has requested Centre to make new waterways between the state and Bangladesh said an official on Sunday.

          In a NITI Aayog meeting in New Delhi on Sunday, the official said, that Tripura would be a gateway for the Northeastern states if the waterways are created between state and Bangladesh. The proposed waterway project using the Gomati river must be expedited.

          He said that to boost tourism in Tripura, the Union Tourism Ministry might help construct ropeways connecting the historic “Matabari” Tripura Sundari Temple and Chhabimura, the mountain wall on the banks of Gomati famous for its rock sculptures.

          Deb also demanded more financial support from the Centre’s PSUs and autonomous bodies Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fund for creation of new infrastructure in the northeast.

          “The public sector companies and undertakings should be allowed to spend at least 10 per cent of their CSR funds in the northeastern states. This will help in early implementation of ‘HIRA’ (Highways, Inland Waterways, Railways and Airways), the grand initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The initiative would not only boost tourism but also many other sectors in the region,” he added.

          The Chief Minister also asked for amending of the existing aviation guidelines to facilitate private operators to increase flight frequency to the Northeast.

          Asserting that Tripura was a flood-prone state, he also demanded an increase in the State Disaster Response Fund from the existing Rs 38 crore at present.

          Tripura: Around 5 lakh postal with “Jai Shri Ram” chants sent to Mamata Banerjee

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            AGARTALA | June 13, 2019:

            In a political war, Tripura BJP women’s wing sent 5 lakh post cards to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with “Jai Shri Ram” written on them.

            On Thursday noon, the members of Mahila Morcha had assembled at Post office Chowmuhnai where they wrote chants on the cards before posting them to Mamata Banerjee.

            “The Bengal CM has hurt the sentiments of the whole nation by disrespecting the chant; We have decided to send 5 lakh post cards with ‘Jai Shri Ram’ written on them to the chief minister’s residence,” Mahila Morcha members stated.

            According to a media report, Chanting Jai Shri Ram in West Bengal has become a controversial political issue as Mamata Banerjee has reacted time and again to those who have chanted these words in her presence. In a recent video, she is seen getting down from her SUV and instructing policemen to arrest those who chanted Jai Shri Ram, terming them as criminals. She is heard telling policemen to search every house in the locality and arrest those who have chanted Jai Shri Ram.

            Bomb recovered at Kailashahar -Fatikroy Road in Tripura

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              AGARTALA | June 9, 2019:

              A bomb was recovered by Tripura police after being informed by local people residing in the area.

              The bomb was wrapped with a tape and was recovered at Kailashahar -Fatikroy Road along with a bag at Hattare Bazar area in the early morning today.

              The bomb was first spotted by a labourer working in a rubber plantation owned by Mati Karmakar while he was collecting rubber at Gabtali area of Belonia subdivision in the morning.

              Police sources said that the bomb is not so powerful and the Bomb Squad from Agartala will arrive here to diffuse the bomb.

              Police sources said that the bomb is not so powerful and the Bomb Squad from Agartala will arrive here to diffuse the bomb.

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