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Tripura road, rail blockade called-off

Agartala, July 20 (IANS) A Tripura tribal party demanding a separate state on Thursday called-off a blockade of the state's key national highway and the lone railway line, officials said here. The blockade was called by the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) on July 10 that led to serious shortage of essential items, including food grain. The blockade was withdrawn this ...

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Congress sponsored shutdown cripples life in Tripura

Agartala, July 19 (IANS) A 12-hour shutdown called by the opposition Congress against a tribal party's indefinite road and rail blockade demanding separate state for the tribals crippled life in Tripura on Wednesday. The Congress also accused the central government and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for conspiring in Tripura, like in Manipur, to get political and electoral mileage befo...

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BJP members gherao residences of Tripura CM, Ministers

Agartala, July 18 (IANS) BJP supporters on Tuesday laid siege to the official residences of the Tripura Chief Minister and four Ministers over the road and rail blockade in the state even as the tribal party behind it indicated lifting of the blockade. A state Bharatiya Janata Party delegation later met Governor Tathagata Roy, who urged them not to lay siege to the official residences as...

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BJP members gherao Tripura CM's, Ministers' residences

Agartala, July 18 (IANS) The BJP on Tuesday gheraoed Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and other ministers' residences demanding removal of road and rail blocks put up for over a week by a tribal party demanding a separate state, police said. Around 1,500 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members put up barricades in six different places encircling the residences of Sarkar and four minister...

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Congress calls 12-hour Tripura shutdown over 'BJP conspiracy'

Agartala, July 17 (IANS) Opposition Congress on Monday night called a 12-hour shutdown in Tripura on Wednesday to protest what it called conspiracy of BJP ahead of state assembly elections and to instigate tribal parties to create chaos in the state. The Congress also accused the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-led Left Front government for remaining silent over the eight...

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Rijiju to talk to Tripura tribal party on separate state

Agartala, July 17 (IANS) Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday informed Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar that he will hold talks with a tribal party on Tuesday regarding the demand for a separate tribal state, an official said. The Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) has been blockading National Highway-8, the lifeline of Tripura, and the lone railway line since July 10, leadi...

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Seven Tripura legislators vote for Kovind

Agartala, July 17 (IANS) A rebel Congress legislator and six sacked Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLAs on Monday voted for NDA's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind. As per our previous announcement, we the six MLAs have cast our votes in favour of Ram Nath Kovind, Sudip Roy Barman, leader of the six axed TMC legislators told the media immediately after casting the votes for the presidential...

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Tripura CM raises road, rail blockade with Rajnath, protesters refuse to budge

Agartala, July 16 (IANS) Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Sunday said that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured him that the central government would look after the issue of the ongoing road and rail blockade by tribal party IPFT to push their demand for a separate state. However, the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) refused to withdraw its week-long blockade.

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Tripura tribal party to continue road, rail blockade

Agartala, July 16 (IANS) The Tripura government on Sunday held an inconclusive meeting with the leaders of the IPFT, who rejected a plea to call-off the week-old blockade of the state's key national highway and the lone railway line over their demand for a separate state. The seven-day-old blockade has led to serious shortage of essential items, including food grains. Responding ...

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Congress to launch stir if Tripura blockade continues

Agartala, July 15 (IANS) The opposition Congress in Tripura on Saturday threatened to launch a state-wide agitation if the Left Front government does not intervene to stop the road and rail blockade by a tribal party that has led to shortage of essential items in the state as it entered the sixth day. A 12-member Congress delegation led by former Minister Laxmi Nag on Saturday met the st...

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Enemy's enemy is my friend: BJP, CPI-M target Mamata

On the eve of the May 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections, Arun Jaitley shared his campaign experiences with some editors. When he attacked Mamata Bannerjee and the Left-Congress front in equal measure, the crowd's response was tepid. When he attacked the Trinamool for 60 percent of his speech, there was some applause. But when his speech was 75 percent invective against the Trinamool, the applau...

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Tribal party's road, rail blockade affects life in Tripura

Agartala, July 14 (IANS) Causing serious hardship to people and leading to a crisis in essentials and food grains, a Tripura tribal party continued its blockade of the state's main national highway and the lone railway track for the fifth day on Friday to push for a separate state. The blockade continues as a delegation of the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), which has been b...

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Tribals' unique, traditional 'Ker Puja' to begin in Tripura

Agartala, July 14 (IANS) The unique and traditional Ker Puja of the tribals will begin in Tripura on Friday night for the well-being of the people and to ward off evil spirits. Sponsored by the state government, Ker Puja is one of the important events in Tripura's cultural calendar. Elaborate arrangements are made to ensure that the event passes off peacefully and with all traditional ri...

6 days ago
Tripura tribal party to hold talks with Centre over separate statehood

Agartala, July 13 (IANS) A Tripura tribal party delegation is to hold discussions with the central government over its demand for a separate state even as the party has been blockading a vital national highway and the state's lone railway track for the past four days, causing hardship to people. The Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), a tribal dominated party, has been blocking ...

7 days ago
Tribal party demands talks to end blockade in Tripura

Agartala, July 12 (IANS) A Tripura tribal party, which has blockaded the national highway and the lone railway track in the state to push its demand for a separate state, has sought tri-partite talks with the central and state governments over its demand. We have sought the Governor's intervention and a tri-partite meeting between us, the Centre and state governments to resolve the matte...

8 days ago
Tribal party's road, rail blockades continue in Tripura

Agartala, July 11 (IANS) A Tripura tribal party, demanding a separate state, on Tuesday continued an indefinite blockade of the National Highway and the lone railway line in the north-eastern state. The Tripura government again urged the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) to withdraw the blockade, imposed since Monday, which could create a serious crisis of essentials, food grai...

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Tripura tribal party begins road, rail blockade for separate state

Agartala, July 10 (IANS) A Tripura tribal party, demanding a separate state, launched an indefinite blockade of the National Highway and the lone railway line in the north-eastern state on Monday. The move comes after a two-month-long campaign and counter-movement. Braving rain, thousands of members of the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), a tribal-based party, blockaded Natio...

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Student held at Agartala airport with Swiss knives

Agartala, July 9 (IANS) A Kolkata-bound engineering student was nabbed at the airport here on Sunday evening after he was found to be carrying two Swiss knives in his shoes, police said. Central Industrial Security Force officials detained Prasenjit Ghosh, 21, after they found two Swiss knives concealed in his shoes while frisking, police official Kantilal Baidya told IANS. Ghosh...

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Northeast traders embrace GST despite digital challenges

Agartala/Guwahati, July 8 (IANS) Amid confusion and initial reluctance, traders in the northeast seem to have finally accepted the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime and officials are hopeful that teething troubles will be resolved soon. The Federation of Industry and Commerce of North Eastern Region (FINER), the Northeast Chapter of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and...

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No-detention policy to go from next academic session: Minister

Agartala, July 6 (IANS) Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Mahendra Nath Pandey on Thursday said the no-detention policy will be removed from the next academic session as almost all states are opposed to this policy. No-detention policy will be removed from next academic session as almost all states have expressed their concern over the falling quality of education si...

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