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With best efforts, Tripura to be 'drug free state': Deb

Agartala, June 25 (IANS) The law enforcing agencies have maximised their insistent efforts to make Tripura a drug free state as declared by the BJP government, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told the Tripura assembly on Monday. During the first 100 days of BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) government, the law enforcing agencies, specially the police, have seized 12,035 kg dry 'ganja', variou...

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Amit Shah slams Assam's social media team

Guwahati, June 25 (IANS) BJP President Amit Shah has slammed the party's social media team in Assam for not being aggressive ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, a party leader said on Monday. Shah, who reviewed the Lok Sabha election preparations in Assam and other northeastern states during his recent visit to the state, asked the team and other party members to be more active on social ...

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Trinamool used Maoists to vandalise Syama Prasad's bust in March: BJP

Kolkata, June 23 (IANS) A The BJP on Saturday lauded the West Bengal government's decision to observe the death anniversary of Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, but accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of using Maoists to vandalise the leader's bust in March. West Bengal Ministers Firhad Hakim and Sovandeb Chattopadhyay on Saturday attended a government programme befo...

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CBI to probe two Tripura journalists' killings

Agartala, June 23 (IANS) Responding to the state government's requests, the CBI will probe the killing of two journalists in Tripura last year, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said here on Saturday. Following the state government's requests, necessary notifications were issued last week allowing the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) to probe the killings of two Tripura journalists, D...

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Mamata government to observe death anniversary of Syama Prasad Mookerjee

Kolkata, June 22 (IANS) For the first time, West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee government has decided to observe the death anniversary of Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee on Saturday, triggering a political storm in the state. While the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) saw this as yet another instance of the collusion between the Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya...

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Sarkar has mixed response to BJP-led Tripura government's first budget

Agartala, June 21 (IANS) Former Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, who is now Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, on Thursday appreciated some proposals of the BJP-led state government's first budget while slamming some of its other provisions. Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma, who also holds the finance portfolio, on Tuesday presented a Rs 16,387.21 crore tax-free, zero defici...

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Modi says yoga can unite conflict-ridden world; record set in Kota

Dehradun/New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) The Fourth International Yoga Day was enthusiastically observed on Thursday within the country and abroad, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who attended the main event at Dehradun, saying yoga has emerged as a major unifying force in a world facing conflicts. A Guinness world record was created at Rajasthan's Kota where over two lakh people performed ...

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Tripura Assembly lauds man, daughter for averting train accident

Agartala, June 21 (IANS) Cutting across party lines, members of the Tripura Assembly on Thursday praised Swapan Debbarma, 45, and his teenage daughter who last week averted a train accident saving the lives of over 2,000 passengers. Health and Science and Technology Minister Sudip Roy Barman raised the issue in Zero hour and requested Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and the House to exte...

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BJP's Sen elected Tripura Deputy Speaker

Agartala, June 21 (IANS) Congress-turned-BJP legislator Biswabhandu Sen was on Thursday was elected the Deputy Speaker of the Tripura assembly unopposed. After question hour, Speaker Rebati Mohan Das announced the election of Sen to the post as no other nomination was filed. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, Education, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ratan Lal Nath and Lead...

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Tripura celebrates Yoga Day with zeal

Agartala, June 21 (IANS) Thousands of people, men and women, young and old, VIPS and commoners, on Thursday observed the fourth International Yoga Day in Tripura by practising yoga across the state -- both in rural areas and cities. The main function was held at Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) headquarters in Khumulwng, 30 kms north of here. Prominent am...

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BJP-ally IPFT for separate state for Tripura tribals

Agartala, June 21 (IANS) The Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), the junior ally of ruling BJP, will hold demonstrations across the state in August to spearhead its demand for a separate state, a party leader said on Thursday. We will organise sit-in-demonstrations all over Tripura on August 23 in support of our demand for a separate state and withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amen...

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L&T Finance to venture into new geographies for micro loan growth

Kolkata, June 20 (IANS) L&T Finance, a subsidiary of L&T Finance Holdings, is focusing on venturing into new geographies to propel growth in its micro loans book, an official said on Wednesday. As on March 31, the micro loans book of the company stood at Rs 7,549 crore, with a customer base of about 38.2 lakh women across 57,500 villages. Our growth was fuelled by our wil...

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2,000 Tripura local bodies' leaders quit, CPI-M blames government

Agartala, June 20 (IANS) Tripura Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma on Wednesday said 2,133 seats in Zilla Parishad, Panchayat Samity and Gram Panchayat were vacant, as the CPI-M blamed the resignations on threats by the BJP and IPFT cadres. Communists Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) MLA Sudhan Das told the Assembly that after the BJP-IPFT alliance got a majority in the February Assem...

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Tripura to execute Smart City project with ADB loan

Agartala, June 20 (IANS) The Tripura government has taken a Rs 500 crore loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Hudco to execute the Rs 1,000 crore Smart City project here, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said here on Wednesday. The state government has taken Rs 500 crore as loan from the ADB and Hudco (Housing and Urban Development Corporation) to carry out the Rs 1,000 crore sm...

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Tripura to execute Smart City project with ADB loan

Agartala, June 20 (IANS) The Tripura government has taken a Rs 500 crore loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Hudco to execute the Rs 1,000 crore Smart City project here, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said here on Wednesday. The state government has taken Rs 500 crore as loan from the ADB and Hudco (Housing and Urban Development Corporation) to carry out the Rs 1,000 crore sm...

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Presented deficit free budget to make Tripura self-reliant: CM

Agartala, June 19 (IANS) Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said that the deficit free budget presented on Tuesday, his government's first, was intended to make the state self-reliant. Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for providing financial aid to the state, Deb told the media on Tuesday night that the previous Left Front government always presented deficit budgets. Co...

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Six more die in Assam floods, over 5.5 lakh still marooned

Guwahati, June 19 (IANS) With six more deaths reported from Cachar and Karimganj districts on Tuesday, the death toll in the first wave of floods in Assam has reached 17 as 5,64,074 people continued to be affected by the deluge in five districts on Tuesday. While the flood situation has improved in Golaghat and East and West Karbi Anglong districts on Tuesday, Nagaon Hojai, Cachar, Karim...

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Tax free, deficit less Rs 16,387 cr budget presented in Tripura

Agartala, June 19 (IANS) Tripura Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma on Tuesday presented a Rs 16,387.21 crore tax-free budget for financial year 2018-19. Tabling the budget on the first day of the assembly session, Dev Varma, who holds the Finance portfolio, said that there is no deficit in the budget. He, however, proposed increase of sales tax on petrol by two per cent and on diese...

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No breach of information: CBI on its mail leak

New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) The CBI on Monday said its email account of a particular department received malware last month but clarified there was no breach of information. The agency also said that the particular email account was non-functional for a moment after the suspicious activity was noticed. A news item to a certain media channel regarding blocking of a CBI mail is false...

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Tripura Gramin Bank ranks fifth in rural bank list

Agartala, June 18 (IANS) The Tripura Gramin Bank (TGB) has secured the fifth position amongst India's 56 regional rural banks (RRBs) in terms of its business and growth, an official said here on Monday. The 42-year old TGB posted s net profit of Rs 44.14 crore in the last fiscal (2017-18). The bank in which the Centre has a 50 per cent stake, United Bank of India (UBI) 35 per cen...

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