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Agartala medical college student found dead

A 19-year-old first year medical student of Agartala Government Medical College has been found dead inside his hostel room, official sources said.


Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.

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One killed, 36 injured in police firing in Tripura

At least one person was killed and 36 were injured, including a Congress MLA, when Tripura State Rifles (TSR) jawans opened fire to quell a marauding mob here today.

Official sources said the incident flared up when a Congrees rally, taken out to protest the alleged assault on the party workers yesterday by police, suddenly turned violent.

The jawans, in a bid to ward off the irate workers, resorted to lathi-charge before opening fire, in which one person was killed. A party MLA was also seriously injured during the lathi-charge.

Deputy Superintendents of Police Kamal Chakraborty and Harimohan Das, besides OC of West Agartala Police station Manindra Debnath along with several people suffered injuries in the incident.

Sources said prohibitory orders under Section 144 Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) had been promulgated in the area following the incident. All the injured were shifted to Agartala Government Medical College and Hospital, where the condition of two was stated to be critical, said Inspector General (Law and Order) K Nagraj. 

The mob set a police vehicle on fire in front of West Agartala police station, sources said adding the police station was also ransacked by the violent mob.

"We shall investigate the entire incident and appropriate action will be taken against the guilty," said Mr Nagraj. Tension was running high in the area and a posse of police force had been stationed to ease the volatile situation.

The Congress demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident.

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Chidambaram unveils foundation stone for Integrated Check Post at Agartala

Union Home Minister, P. Chidambaram unveiled the Foundation Stone for the construction of an Integrated Check Post, in Agartala on May 17, 2011. Chief Minister of Tripura, Manik Sarkar is also seen.
Union Home Minister, P. Chidambaram unveiled the Foundation Stone for the construction of an Integrated Check Post, in Agartala on May 17, 2011. Chief Minister of Tripura, Manik Sarkar is also seen.

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram unveiled the foundation stone for the construction of an Integrated Check Post (ICP) here today in the presence of Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and other dignitaries.

Among others, the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India and the High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh were also present on the occasion.

The setting up of ICPs along India’s internal border is a major initiative which the Government of India has taken as part of a Plan scheme with an initial outlay of Rs. 635 crores during the 11th Five Year Plan. The estimated cost of the Agartala ICP Project is Rs. 73.50 crore.

An official press release said Rs. 42.17 crore had been approved for the civil construction of this ICP. The schedule for the completion of the project is around 14 months. The project is likely to be completed by July, 2012.

The Department of Border Management has finalized the Detailed Project Reports for all the 13 ICPs to be initially set up on the borders between India and Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Myanmar.

The construction work of ICPs at Attari on the Indo-Pakistan border and Raxaul and Jogbani on the Indo-Nepal border has already started.

The ICPs are envisaged to overcome the infrastructural bottlenecks at the various entry and exit points on the land borders of the country. They are expected to provide facilities for the effective and efficient discharge of sovereign functions such as security, immigration, customs, quarantine and so on while also providing support facilities for smooth cross-border movement of persons, goods and transport.

The Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI) Act, 2010 has been notified in the Official Gazette on 1st September, 2010 and will be functional very shortly. This body will be vested with powers on the lines of similar bodies like the Airports Authority of India.

LPAI has been envisaged as a statutory body for the planning, construction, maintenance and management of these ICPs.

Till the LPAI comes into existence, an Empowered Steering Committee has been constituted under the Secretary (Border Management) to undertake the functions that will be ultimately discharged by the LPAI.

The salient features of the ICP are a modular design, dedicated lanes for each process, separate gates for traffic across the border, least traffic conflicts, self-evident routes, guide signage and administrative and facility area.

Facilities which will be available at the ICP include passenger terminal building, currency exchange, internet, cargo process building, cargo inspection sheds, warehouse/cold storage, quarantine laboratory, clearing agents, banks, scanners, CCTV/PA systems, isolation bay, parking, cafetaria and other public utilities, the release said.

The Government of Bangladesh has also been apprised to create similar infrastructure and facilities to bring about proper synergy, the release added.

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Chidambaram to unveil foundation stone for Integrated Check Post at Agartala

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram will unveil the foundation stone for the construction of an Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Agartala tomorrow in presence of Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and other dignitaries.


The setting up of ICPs along India’s internal border is a major initiative, which the Government of India has taken as part of a Plan scheme with an initial outlay of Rs. 635 crores during the 11th Five Year Plan. The estimated cost of the Agartala ICP Project is Rs. 73.50 crore.


An official press release said Rs. 42.17 crore had been approved for the civil construction of this ICP. The schedule for the completion of the project is around 14 months. The project is likely to be completed by July, 2012.


The Department of Border Management has finalized the Detailed Project Reports for all the 13 ICPs to be initially set up on the borders between India and Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Myanmar.


The construction work of ICPs at Attari on the Indo-Pakistan border and Raxaul and Jogbani on the Indo-Nepal border has already started.


The ICPs are envisaged to overcome the infrastructural bottlenecks at the various entry and exit points on the land borders of the country. They are expected to provide facilities for the effective and efficient discharge of sovereign functions such as security, immigration, customs, quarantine and so on while also providing support facilities for smooth cross-border movement of persons, goods and transport.


The Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI) Act, 2010 has been notified in the Official Gazette on 1st September, 2010 and will be functional very shortly. This body will be vested with powers on the lines of similar bodies like the Airports Authority of India.


LPAI has been envisaged as a statutory body for the planning, construction, maintenance and management of these ICPs.


Till the LPAI comes into existence, an Empowered Steering Committee has been constituted under the Secretary (Border Management) to undertake the functions that will be ultimately discharged by the LPAI.


The salient features of the ICP are a modular design, dedicated lanes for each process, separate gates for traffic across the border, least traffic conflicts, self-evident routes, guide signage and administrative and facility area.


Facilities which will be available at the ICP include passenger terminal building, currency exchange, internet, cargo process building, cargo inspection sheds, warehouse/cold storage, quarantine laboratory, clearing agents, banks, scanners, CCTV/PA systems, isolation bay, parking, cafetaria and other public utilities, the release said.


The Government of Bangladesh has also been apprised to create similar infrastructure and facilities to bring about proper synergy, the release added.


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Celebrated researcher Ramaprasad Datta passes away in Tripura


Ramaprasad Datta, a renowned columnist, researcher and historian of Tripura, died in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Agartala Government Medical College and G B Pant Hospital early this morning. He was 85.


Datta, a bachelor, had been suffering from old age-related ailments for the past few months and was shifted to hospital last week.


Datta had set up a library, an archive of two hundred years history and research centre with his own resources in 1980s soon after his retirement as the librarian from Bir Chandra State Public library.


Besides editing several books, he had penned as many as 67 books on the history and development of the state.


Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, who is in Kerala for election campaign, condoled the death of Datta and said, "The state has lost a living encyclopaedia and an advocate of development communication."


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Transport disrupted in Tripura by those displaced by border fence


Traffic to Agartala was disrupted on National Highway (NH) 44 in Tripura for a major part of the day today following blockades at two places in eastern and southern parts of the city.


Police restored traffic by late afternoon.


Tripura Shimanta Bhoomi Suraksha Committee, an organisation of those affected by the fence along the Indo-Bangladesh border, had organised the blockade.


Deputy Inspector General of Police Nepal Das said no arrest was made, neither was there any untoward incident as the agitation was peaceful. He said since the blockade was pre-scheduled the administration was well-prepared to handle the situation.


Hundreds of displaced villagers from all the nine border sub-divisions of the state demanded adequate compensation and proper rehabilitation due to erection of barbed wire fencing along the Indo-Bangla border.


Committee president and Congress MLA Subal Bhowmik said the decision to block the road was taken to press for their 19-point charter of demands, including proper rehabilitation of those affected.


"More than 9,500 families were displaced due to erection of fence along the border. But the state government always turned a blind eye to their problems," Mr Bhowmik said.


Of the total affected families, only 3453 families had received rehabilitation package. The rest were deprived due to political reasons, he alleged.


A huge area of farm land, markets, temples, mosques, public utilities and permanent constructions in Tripura were fenced out due to "wrong alignment of the barbed wire fencing", he alleged.


However, the state government had sent a Rs 95 crore project to the Central government long ago for economic rehabilitation of those affected. New Delhi is yet to respond favourably, said Revenue officials.


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Tripura Governor Patil suffers cardiac arrest, shifted to Mumbai


Tripura Governor D Y Patil was shifted to a hospital in Mumbai early this morning in a chartered flight following a severe cardiac arrest last evening.


Dr Amlan Datta, Medical Officer of the Governor, told UNI that initial investigations at Mumbai revealed some problem in his heart but the intensity would be ascertained only after a thorough investigation.


Dr Patil was first shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Agartala Government College after he complained of chest pain.


Later, physicians said it was a massive heart attack. By that time, his family, which runs several medical colleges in Maharashtra, had flown down to Agartala.


He was flown out of Agartala in the wee hours of today and a group of specialists had examined him in Mumbai.


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NIT student's body recovered from hostel in Agartala


The body of a final year student was found hanging in his room at a hostel of the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Agartala, last night.


Police today said the deceased, identified as Abhisek Sarkar, was a resident of Ranaghat of West Bengal and pursuing Bachelor of Transport Engineering in the institution.


Abhisek was missing since March 17 and it was reported to police by the hostel superintendent yesterday. The police conducted a search and recovered his body from the room. Investigations were on, the police added.


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Two injured in militant firing in Tripura


Two people were injured when the banned militant outfit National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) opened fire on a passenger jeep in the remote Chaplingcherra area of Amarpur in South Tripura ahead of the Republic Day celebrations, police said here today.


They said the jeep was proceeding towards Raishyabari when suddenly the militants fired upon the vehicle.


As a result, two passengers--Maran Debnath (50) and Dipen Kumar Tripura (24)--received serious bullet injuries. However, the driver managed to reach Raishyabari somehow.


Operations to nab the militants have been launched but nobody has been arrested so far, police said.


The NLFT, along with six other militant outfits of North-East, had given a boycott call for the Republic Day celebrations and the incident had triggered tension in the state.


Meanwhile, Tripura Director General of Police K Saleem Ali told reporters that security had been stepped up for Republic Day celebrations though there was no potential threat.


Some security camps were set up along the border as a second line of defence to foil any intrusion bid from across the border, police added.


The Border Security Force (BSF) has already sealed the 856-km-long Indo-Bangladesh border while night patrolling and surveillance have also been intensified to ensure foolproof security along the border.


The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has tightened security on the National Highway (NH)-44 and train services between Silchar-Agartala, Badarpur-Lumding and Agartala-Dharmanagar have been suspended till January 27 next.


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Tripura civil resistance force stages fast unto death

Special Police Officers (SPOs), the civil resistance force set up for fighting terrorists, has resorted to a "fast-unto- death" in a hundred camps across the state demanding an increase in wages.

Official sources said here yesterday that SPOs had launched the demonstration demanding an increase in wages from Rs 3,530 to a minimum of Rs 6,000 per month and regularisation of their services.


Altogether 3,662 SPOs were engaged in 150 camps and police stations of the state in 2001 for facilitating anti-insurgency operations.


The agitators alleged as many as 37 SPOs lost their lives during the combat operations with insurgents, but their families were not compensated by the government till date despite several meetings with Finance Minister Badal Choudhury and the police chief.


"The four district committee leaders have been sacked from the services for their alleged involvement in the movement in the last one week and yesterday five others were terminated," Secretary of SPO Movement Committee Swadesh Roy alleged.


He also stated that the administration threatened to dismiss them from service unless they stayed away from the agitation.


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Four NLFT activists surrender to police in Tripura

Four activists of the banned outfit National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) surrendered before police last evening at Kamalpur in Dhalai district.

Police said preliminary investigations revealed that the activists fled their hideout in Bangladesh following severe resource crunch, adding the outfit was not getting cooperation from its unit in the neighbouring country.


Those who surrendered were identified as Mantu Kr Tripura (25), Malendra Reang (25), Daliram Reang (21) and Duluram Reang (26), all from Dhalai district, police added.


They were allegedly involved in several criminal activities like extortion and murder over the past few years, according to police.


Meanwhile, Border Security Force (BSF) officials said a chopper would be pressed into service to guard the bordering areas that were yet to be fenced, adding rubber bullets would be used to repel the intruders.


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Arrow-hit tribal girl from Tripura operated in Kolkata

A group of neurosurgeons has extracted an 11-inch-long arrow, made of iron, from the left eye of an 18-year-old girl of West Tripura in a private nursing home in Kolkata.

Iturani, from a poor tribal family, was hit by an arrow shot by her younger brother on January 6.

Former MLA and senior Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) leader Nagendra Jamatia, who made all arrangements for her treatment, said here today that the doctors, led by neurosurgeon A K Bhattacharya, had extracted the arrow after a six-hour long operation.

Soon after operation, Iturani had gained consciousness, but doctors said they could not say anything for seven days.

The doctors said the arrow went about 11 inches inside the eye and touched the girls central nervous system.

Quoting Dr Bhattacharjee, Mr Jamatia said since the iron arrow was left for 48 hours inside her head, there was a possibility of infection and her left eye needed to be removed in the next operation.

Iturani was rushed to the State Referral Hospital IGM at Agartala within an hour, but unfortunately the arrow could not be removed. Subsequently, she was shifted to Agartala Government Medical College from where she was referred to Kolkata.

Mr Jamatia had arranged for the travel and treatment of Iturani in Kolkata after 24 hours of the incident and following him, some other individuals also made contributions for her treatment.

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Cold wave grips Tripura, fog hits rail, air traffic


A cold wave has gripped Tripura for the past two days with the north-weasterly wind coupled with deep fog affecting rail and air traffic.


The maximum temperature in Agartala during the last 48 hours was 20 degrees Celsius, about 4.5 degrees below normal, while the minimum was recored at nine degrees with 100 per cent humidity.


"Though the minimum temperature in the state is almost normal, the maximum temperature shows a downward trend with north-easterly cold wind blowing over the state from Himalaya," the Agro-met advisory


service of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Tripura unit said, adding that the weather condition will continue for rest of the week.


Thin attendance was reported in schools, colleges and government offices in past two days. People stayed off the streets and markets wore a deserted look in the mornings and evenings.



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