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    Tripura: Seven students punished, five suspended at NIT, Agartala over ‘ragging’, Arunachal human rights body demands removal of Dean

    By Our Correspondent

    AGARTALA | March 15, 2018

    In an effort to uphold its anti-ragging commitment, the National Institute of Technology, Agartala has issued punitive measures against seven students including five who were suspended, over allegations of ‘ragging’ on a first year civil engineering student from Arunachal Pradesh.

    Dui Doji, 17, a student from West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh was allegedly beaten by a group of senior students over a hot altercation on March 09 in the institute’s hostel. A FIR was later lodged with the police though nobody was arrested till date.

    Speaking to this correspondent, Dean of Student Welfare Dr. Rajsekhar Panua said that punishments were laid out for seven ‘senior students’ from fourth year, third year and the like. They include former vice president of the Institute’s student council – Ritu Raj Tiwari. The council was dissolved immediately after allegations of ragging came to the fire, Dean Dr. Panua said.

    READ | Tripura Ragging case update: NIT- Agartala sets up fact-finding committee; 5 suspended, 2 barred from exams

    The Dean informed that seven two students including Ritu Raj Tiwari were suspended from academic activities and the hostel for six months, which means they would not be able to write their final year papers and appear in institutional placement interviews. Three other students were suspended from hostel and were slapped a fine; two more were simply imposed with a fine based on their gravity of involvement. A security personnel who was on duty at the hostel on March 09 when the incident occurred as also suspended for negligence of duty.

    Meanwhile, a delegation from an Arunachal Pradesh-based human rights group – International Human Rights and Crime Control Organization, left the state this morning after visiting Doji and other first-year students at NIT, Agartala.

    “There is an organized ragging going on there. The authorities are sort of silent. We have collected details and shall write to the National Human Rights Commission and Ministry of HRD seeking intervention shortly”, Taya Taksing, general secretary of the human rights body, told TNT.

    He also demanded removal of the Dean of Students Welfare and other personnel in positions in-charge of hostels for fair enquiry into the case.

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    Tripura: Dy CM wins Charilam Assembly constituency with huge margin

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      By our Reporter | Agartala 15, 2018

      Decimating all previous records of Tripura’s assembly poll results, Deputy Chief Minister and BJP candidate Jishnu Devvarma today emerged victorious with a whopping margin of 26,580 votes at Charilam assembly constituency, where poling was countermanded on week before the Feb 18 elections due to death of a candidate.

      Additional Chief Electoral Officer Tapas Roy told this correspondent that Jishnu Devvarma received 89 percent of all valid votes cast in the constituency this year. A total of 29753 valid votes were cast.

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      CPIM candidate Palash Debbarma received 1030 votes and lost deposit, followed by Congress candidate Arjun Debbarma who bagged 775 votes. Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT) received 685 votes and 198 votes went to an independent candidate.

      Counting started at 8 AM this morning and final results were out by 1 PM. No incident of violence was reported.

      ‘Maharaja’ of Tripura Pradyot Kishore Manikya congratulated Jishnu Devvarma, who also happens to be from the Tripura royal family. “I congratulate kaka (uncle) on his victory. I hope he is allowed to work to his full potential for the welfare of people”, he said.

      Meanwhile, with CPIM facing dust for the first time in 25 years, BJP state in-charge Sunil Deodhar has claimed that all chances of revival of the communists are lost now. “CPIM can’t survive if they are in opposition. They lose everything as soon as they lose power. The loss of deposit has proven beyond doubt that they don’t have any public support”, he claimed.

      CPIM state secretary Bijan Dhar, however, claimed his party had already withdrawn candidate at the seat due to ‘widespread post-poll violence’. “We are not calculating the results, let alone speculate about reasons of defeat. This was no fair election”, he said.

      The communists earlier sought CEO’s intervention to defer polls at Charilam and claimed the party’s candidate was unable to enter the constituency area to campaign, even with police protection. The party and its three Left Front partners – CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc announced to pull out of the fray two days before polls. However, since last date of withdrawal was past by Feb 26, elections continued as per schedule.

      Pradesh Congress spokesperson Tapas De said that the victory was a ‘goal in empty football field’. He said rampant violence had forced all opposition parties down and nobody dared vote against the BJP.

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      Congressmen in Tripura enthused by Sonia Gandhi’s intervention, prepare to swing into action!

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        By TAPAS DEY 

        We Will Not Let Modi Come Back To Power: Sonia Gandhi

        Sonia Gandhi said that the promise of “achhe din” will work against the Modi government


        Agartala | March 14, 2018

        With the former UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi taking an initiative to bring together opposition parties to fight the BJP menace in the upcoming loksabha polls of 2019 , it is now more or less clear that Congress as well as other non-BJP parties will come on a single platform to fight the misrule, vendetta politics and attempts of BJP to rewrite Indian history in its own image . The dinner party thrown by Gandhi was well attended and it was a good beginning for an opposition alliance to put up a fight for the loksabha polls to save India from looming disaster. Many distortions and perfidies have intruded into the national discourse on politics ever since the BJP under Modi came to power in 2014 and it is high time an initiative was taken to offer an alternative to the people.

        What strikes people most is that national discourse on politics has stooped to a new low under the BJP dispensation and because of their patronage . Many national leaders including great freedom fighters of yore are being daily abused , striking at the very root of the concept of common decencies. This attempt at vilification is clearly designed to rewrite history and reshape politics. The prime minister Narendra Modi never takes opposition parties and media into confidence but directly addresses meetings and gives vent to his feelings in so-called ‘Maan ki Baat’, his monthly monologues broadcast over radio. More over the parliamentary majority enjoyed by the BJP is being used to bulldoze opposition and stifle principled dissent which are quite alien to democratic ethos.

        What has become a matter of major concern is that the erstwhile UPA government had brought in and passed RTI act-2005 to usher in an era of transparency in the matter of governance. The people and media have benefited from this but the Modi led government has already sent the RTI act to cold storage as people seeking innocuous information are routinely denied access to information even as RTI activists continue to be killed in different parts of the country. Needless to say, this is happening under the direct patronage of Modi-led centre and BJP-run state governments the most. A similar thing is likely to occur in Tripura, a leftist citadel , which has fallen to BJP recently . But it is more or less certain that the ruling BJP, already rent by dissensions, will never be able to fulfill the recklessly populist promises made by it to hoodwink people in the run-up to the polls and will soon start losing popularity. The Congress in Tripura stands to gain from it because the left here is so thoroughly discredited that people are unlikely to repose their trust again in the left.

        No amount of vilification has been able to dent the Congress’s popularity and acceptability , not even the propaganda against Rahul’s visits abroad. He had gone abroad to meet his octogenarian grand mother but he had completed his campaigning before leaving Indian shores. So this is a non-issue. In Tripura also Congress is trying to shake off the post-election blues and begin afresh through agitational programmes . Our thousands of party workers and supporters including the vast majority of minorities are preparing to launch agitation against the new government whenever it falters and fails to honour promises which they will never be able to fulfill.

        The loksabha election is drawing near and Gandhi’s intervention has come at the right time .It is a great morale-booster for our workers , specially her pronouncement that some day any competent leader or man from outside will take over as Congress president. The people in Tripura , specially the Congressmen feel convinced that they have an important role to play in acting upon the guidance shown by Madam Gandhi. In 2004 the BJP leadership had thought that their ‘India shining ‘ rhetoric will win them the loksabha polls but they exited the scene and this time Modi’s ‘Achhe Din’ will hit the last nail on BJP’s coffin . Tripura, along with the rest of the country , is eagerly awaiting this.


        The writer can be reached at dey.tapas@gmail.com

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        TRIPURA DAILY: Poll question of the week

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          Do you think CPI(M) will merge with the Congress in Tripura to regain its position?

          • YES (58%, 7 Votes)
          • NO (42%, 5 Votes)

          Total Voters: 12

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          Tripura: Deputy Chief Minister’s victory in Charilam constituency almost certain after CPI(M) bails out

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            From Our Correspondent

            Agartala | March 14, 2018

            Security measures across Charilam constituency in Tripura have been tightened as the counting and the result of the by-poll elections will be declared tomorrow on March 15. The counting will be conducted in 12 counting places and it will begin from 8 am. The rooms are under strict vigilance and protection under the observation of Central Armed Forces and the security of the whole area has been geared up.

            “80.79% voting was completed at the Charilam Constituency, a total of 29750 voters have cast their votes at Charilam”, informed Chief Electoral Officer, Taranikanti.
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            The victory of BJP candidate and the newly appointed Deputy Chief Minister of the state Jishnu Devvarman is almost confirmed as the main opposition party CPI(M) has withdrawn their candidate from the election as a mark of protest against the post- poll violence that occurred in the state.
            Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Devvarman has taken the charge of Finance, Rural Development and Power portfolio’s.

            SBI closes 41.2 lakh savings accounts for not keeping minimum balance

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              March 14, 2018

              State Bank of India has closed as many as 41.16 lakh savings accounts between April-January in the current fiscal year for not maintaining the average monthly balance, reveals an RTI query.

              Last April, the nation’s largest lender had re-introduced the penal charges on non-maintenance of average monthly balance after a gap of five years. Later in October, it had revised down the charges to some extent.

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              “Due to provisions of penalty on non-maintenance of minimum balance, the bank has closed 41.16 lakh savings bank accounts between April 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018,” the bank replied to an RTI query filed by Chandra Shekhar Gaud from Neemuch in Madhya Pradesh.

              Even though the reply was furnished by the state-run lender on February 28, 2018, the bank today steeply reduced the penal charges on not maintaining the minimum balance.

              The reply was to a specific query on the number of accounts being closed after introduction of charges on non- maintenance of minimum balance from April 1, 2017.

              The State Bank has 41 crore savings bank accounts. Of that, 16 crore are under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana/basic savings bank deposit (BSBD) and of pensioner, minors, social security benefit holders which are all exempted from the penalty for not maintaining of the minimum balance.

              Between April and November 2017, the bank had netted a windfall of Rs 1,771.67 crore, more than its second quarter profit, from customers for non-maintenance of minimum balance, according to the finance ministry data.

              On Tuesday, the lender reduced its charges for non- maintenance of average monthly balance by up to 75 per cent.

              The bank has reduced the penal charges for non- maintenance of AMB in the metros and urban centres from a maximum of Rs 50 per month plus taxes at 18 per cent to Rs 15 a month and taxes. For urban and metro customers average monthly balance is of Rs 3,000 per month.

              For semi-urban and rural centres, the charges have been reduced from Rs 40 to Rs 12, and Rs 10 per, respectively. The MBA requirement for semi-urban area is Rs 2,000, while for rural centres is Rs 1,000.

              The bank offers its customers the option to shift from regular savings accounts to BSBD accounts on which no charges are levied, he added.

              Source: Times of India

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