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Meet Tripura’s fashionista mom who was crowned Mrs. East India Beauty Queen, Rakhi Debbarma


By Priyanka Deb Burman | November 25, 2017

AGARTALA: There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise and Tripura’s Rakhi Debbarma is a living example.This lady defied all obstacles and social taboos to be crowned Mrs. East India Beauty Queen, 2017. She was the lone participant from Northeast India to take part in the contest.

Rakhi is a homeopathic physician by profession, a dutiful wife and doting mother. But despite her hectic professional and domestic schedule, she kept her passion alive and worked tirelessly towards her goal. Even at 43, she is fit and a beautiful fashion diva.

Tripura polls – a fate changer, a curtain raiser!


By Debraj Deb | February 18, 2018

From universal health insurance to farm loan waiver and smartphone for youths to direct funding for ADC – 2018 Tripura assembly election already is a eye-catcher. Among three Northeastern states that goes to assembly polls this month, Tripura is the curtain raiser for more reasons than one. The state’s poll mandate will decide the fate of resistance to saffron politics, which has been rather feeble so far across India. But then again with 2019 general elections around the corner, it will also impact the way this nation’s politics is going to be, Debraj Deb writes

BJP was nothing but a political non-entity even two years back in Tripura. The party, which despite BJP’s nationwide growth during first NDA government, secured only 1.32 percent votes in 2003 assembly elections here, has emerged as a major challenger to the Left who have ruled consecutively for over two decades.

Communist politics spread influence in Tripura from homegrown anti-monarchy protests championed by ‘enlightened indigenous youths’ in late 1940s. From being a primarily indigenous-centered party, CPI, later CPI (M), went on to form the first Left Front government in alliance with two other left-inclined political parties – the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and All India Forward Bloc in 1978. Since then the only regime capable to dislodge them was in 1988 when a combine of Congress and Tripura Upajati Juba Samiti (TUJS) – an indigenous party born from autonomy rights movement, took on the communists.

Agartala airport gets sanitary napkin vending machines


From Our Correspondent

Guwahati, February 18, 2018

Three airports in Northeast India at Guwahati, Agartala and Imphal have installed sanitary napkin vending machines for women recently, along with at least 15 other airports in the country.

Kolkata, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar, Port Blair, Trivandrum, Mangalore, Tirupati, Vishakhapatnam, Vadodara, Aurangabad, Rajkot, Shimla, Varanasi and Surat are the other airports also to have installed sanitary napkin vending machines inside the terminal building.  These machines are easy to operate and require only a coin of Re. 1, 5 or 10 for a pack of three.

Indor airport was the first airport to install sanitary pad vending machine in October 2017, under the leadership of the then Airport Director, Aryama Sanyal.  Sanitary napkin vending machines were installed in female restrooms of arrival hall and departure security hold area. With accompanying instruction in English and Hindi, a lady attendant is also positioned in the area to assist women passengers in operating the machine.

Northeast India languages amongst forty languages heading towards extinction


NORTHEAST, February 19, 2018: India being a diverse country where more than thousand of languages are spoken is at the verge of extinction. Official said that more than 40 languages or dialects in India are considered to be endangered and is believed to be heading towards extinction as only a few thousand people speak them.

As per a report of the census directorate, there are 22 scheduled languages and 100 non-scheduled languages in the country which are spoken by a large number of people – one lakh or more.

However, there are around 42 languages which are spoken by less than 10,000 people. These are considered endangered and may be heading towards extinction, a home ministry official said.

Tripura Assembly polls 2018 : What are the portends for ides of March 3


By Tapas Dey | February 20, 2018

Setting at rest all speculations, fear and restiveness the election to the sixty member Tripura assembly came off  on February 18 as per schedule announced much earlier by the election commission. The most prominent feature of the election was the gross mismanagement in holding it as votes in many polling stations had to wait 6/7 hours before pressing the buttons on EVMs. What this proved was the lack of care and training on the part of poll officials and mishandling of  EVMs by untrained or poorly trained poling personnel. This suffering of the voters was avoidable and except in states where people live by politics and elections this could have caused serious problems , making a mockery of the sanctity of the poll process. A fodder for thought and decision by the election commission !

ALSO READ : Tripura Polls: Voters cast mandate in queues till 12:30 am in Tripura, 89.96 pc final turnout

Tripura: ECI orders re-poll in six polling stations with no reasons, CPIM says ‘criminal negligence’


By Our Reporter

AGARTALA, February 24, 2018: The ECI has ordered re-poll in six polling stations across six assembly constituencies of Tripura on February 26 including Chief Minister Manik Sarkar’s home turf – Dhanpur.

The ruling CPIM has accused electoral authority of ‘criminal negligence’ and threatened them saying “No one will be spared”.

In a letter to Tripura Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti, Election Commission of India (ECI) secretary Arvind Kumar said re-poll has been ordered in six polling stations in six assembly constituency seats – Sonamura, Teliamura, Sabroom, Ampinagar, Kadamtala-Kurti and Dhanpur.

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