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Tripura: Polling for Charilam seat begins, 78.01 percent turnout till 4pm

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    AGARTALA, March 12, 2018:

    Election for Charilam constituency of Tripura begins today. Check this space for live updates:

    Tripura: Polling for Charilam seat begins today, CPI(M) withdraws candidate

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      AGARTALA, March 12, 2018: Election for Charilam constituency of Tripura begins today, 16 percent turnout till 9:00am.

      Tripura: Arunachal student ragging case- NIT Agartala authorities claim ‘not a case of ragging’

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        From Our Correspondent

        AGARTALA, March 11, 2018

        In a brazen attack of alleged ragging in college campus, a first year civil engineering student of National Institute of Technology, Agartala, was reportedly hospitalized after he was assaulted by a group of senior students this afternoon.

        The student was identified as Dui Doji, 17, from West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh.

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        On the issue, Associate Dean of Students Affairs Dr. Uttam Kumar Bera told TNT- The Northeast Today that the student was beaten by 12-13 senior students at a techno cultural fest two days back.

        “A senior student slapped him during techno cultural fest over some altercation and he punched back. In the clash that ensued, he received minor injuries”, Bera said. He claimed Doji was treated at the NIT Hospital and later referred to ILS Hospital in Agartala.

        However, the Associate Dean claimed the incident was not a case or ragging. The institute would, nonetheless, initiate stern action on the senior students.

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        A meeting of the anti-ragging committee was held today. It would recommend punitive steps against the students who attacked Doji tomorrow, which might include suspension from hostel, denial to join placement interviews, financial fines etc.

        However, a student of the institute informed this correspondent that the clash occurred this afternoon itself after the Doji started laughing amidst interaction with the institute’s student union vice president.

        “They felt Doji was on drugs since he was laughing hysterically. Senior students beat him and he slapped back, following which the clash started”, the student said on condition of anonymity.

        Doji was later hospitalized with a bleeding ear and swollen right eye.

        SP (Control) Pradip De said he was not aware of any such complaint being filed with the police.

        Arunachal student allegedly assaulted by seniors at NIT Agartala; left with multiple fractures

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          ITANAGAR, Mar 11, 2018

          Though the government has come up with anti-ragging laws but still there are cases heard from various educational institutes; latest, probably, being the physical assault meted out to NIT Agartala first-year student Dui Doji by his seniors.

          Doji, a 17-year-old boy from West Siang district, who is currently pursuing civil engineering at NIT Agartala was assaulted by his seniors during the wee hours of Saturday within the hostel.

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          He is currently undergoing treatment in an Agartala based hospital and has suffered multiple fractures and one of his eardrums has also got ruptured due to the assault.

          Speaking to a leading Arunachal English Daily, Doji’s elder sister Preeti Doji informed that his brother and others were called out by their seniors at around 1 am and that around 15-20 seniors started assaulting him after finding out that he is from Arunachal Pradesh.

          She informed that most of the assaulters were from mainland India and that Doji has mentioned names like Ritu Raj (4th Year), Alok (4th Year), Rahul Chowdary (3rd Year), Ankur Pal (2nd Year), and few others who were leading the assault.

          She added that the assaulters left Doji after he fell unconscious and that they also snatched away his phone. However, they returned the phone in the morning and it is when Doji informed about the assault on his family.

          Preeti informed that they have also talked to the dean of the institute over the matter but besides verbal assurances, the dean is yet to take any actions. She added that the dean has also asked them to refrain from lodging FIR fearing that institution’s reputation would be maligned.

          “There were anti-ragging signboards installed within the institute’s campus but still this incident happened”, said Preeti who landed at Agartala this evening along with her family members to take care of Doji.

          Doji was among the top 10 students from the state in the NIT entrance related examination. NIT Agartala dean (Academic) Dr Alok Kumar Das could not be contacted over the phone for his comment.

          Source: Dawnlit Post

          Meet 32-yr-old Santana Chakma, the only woman in Tripura’s ministerial cabinet

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            By SOMJIT NAHA | March 11, 2018

            Santana Chakma (32), an ordinary women from a very humble background is now a member of the ministerial cabinet of Tripura. She is a perfect example of the adage, “dreams do come true”.

            Santana, who holds a Masters Degree in Social Science has fought her whole life with poverty. Her father (Chandradhan Chakma) gave private tutions at her village in Pecharthal but is suffering from paralysis after a celebral attack. She has two elder brothers who are staying with them at Pecharthal.
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            After completion of her Masters Degree, all she wanted was to support her family and had tried her best to get a job but was rejected. She says she was pretty much influenced by BJP’s slogan of ‘Cholo Paltai ‘ (Let’s Change) so she became part of BJP and started to work day and night rigorously towards giving her best in whatever she did.
            When she was selected as a candidate from Pecharthal constituency, she at first rejected her name citing that she had no money to contest the election. Only after the persuasion of the senior leadership of the party and the people in her area who were even willing to raise funds for her election, she agreed to fight the elections.
             In the recently concluded Tripura Assembly Election 2018, she has defeated veteran CPI(M) leader and multiple time MLA from Pecharthal constituency Arun Kr. Chakma with a margin of 1373 votes. After her win, there was demand from the Chakma community for their representation in the state cabinet since there has never been a Chakma minister.  Prior to this, she had worked for an NGO after completion of her Masters Degree and wanted to do much more for the people. She has only visited Guwahati once, that to for the work of the NGO.
            “I had came to Agartala by morning train with my elder brother on the day of the swearing-in ceremony to witness the event but did not know that I was also going to swear in. Biplab Da, the present CM of Tripura told me few hours before the ceremony that I have been selected as a minister. I still could not believe it. I do not know where am I going to stay in Agartala as the driver told me that I cannot have anything from outside and my brother has also left for our village by the evening train. It is like living a dream, ” said a worried Santana.
            Currently, Santana Chakma holds the portfolio of social welfare & social education as well as animal resource development.
            People of her community are very happy as their daughter has became the daughter of the whole state and are hoping that she will work for the betterment and welfare of her community as well as for the whole state.

            Tripura Journalist murder case referred to CBI

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              AGARTALA, March 11, 2018: In the first cabinet meeting of BJP government which was held on Saturday, it was decided that the investigations into the murders of local journalists Shantanu Bhowmik and Sudip Datta Bhowmik to the CBI.

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