Enewstime Desk, Agartala, June 27, 2020:
Kharchi puja sans fun fare begins today
One of the largest festivals of Tripura Kharchi Puja will be a low key affair this year – the Puja will begin from Sunday. Kharchi Puja is a strong depiction of cultural and ethnic unity. Both the tribal and non-tribal people take part in the fest amidst loads of fun fare. However, this year Covid19 restrictions have spoiled the spirit of the Puja. Kharchi Puja is being held at Chaturdash Devta Mandir near Agartala. To avert the spread of Covid 19, organizers has decided to allow any public gathering this year in the temple premises. In addition, people belonging to the age group such as children below 10 years and aged people (more than 65 years of age) had been suggested not to come in the temple as they were most vulnerable to the contagion.
Bored at Q-centre, 5 flee
Bored and frustrated, five youths fled away from an Institutional Quarantine Centre at Ambassa under Dhalai district in Tripura on Friday. Along with 60 others, these five came to Tripura in trains on June 18 and 19 – as usual all of them were sent to institutional quarantine. Things were as per schedule so long. Problem started after 55 of them were released from the Q-centre after reports of their Covid19 tests were found negative. However, remaining five persons’ report did not arrive even after 7-8 days. This made them frustrated. So they took decision to flee and actually ran away. As police and administration swung into action, these five were traced – they agreed to return the Q-centre on Sunday.
Saffron activist farmer: A victim of politics
Septuagenarian Abdul Barik – a seasoned farmer is still to get enlisted in any farmers’ welfare scheme just because of his political affiliation. The sole mistake of the farmer, who hails from the Hamidpur locality in Kailasahar under Unakoti district in Tripura, is that he is a BJP Pristha Pramukh. It may sound weird that a ruling BJP worker is facing deprivation – but the catch point is that, the Gram Panchayat in which he lives is being run and controlled by Congress. Abdul Barik is deprived of several agri-related government schemes. Abdul Barik is a victim of political vindictiveness.
Covid test must for incoming air passengers
Swab test for all incoming flight passengers has been made compulsory on arrival at Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport, Agartala from Saturday. For sample collection, a kiosk has been installed by the state government at MBB airport. On the first day, total 444 samples have been collected from the passengers of four flights.
Steps for Model Vegetable village
A comprehensive programme on “Development of Model Vegetable and Fruit Villages in NEH Region” has been sponsored in all states of NEH region by ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi, said a press communiqué. The objectives of the programme, the statement said, are to popularize vegetable and fruits cultivation in homestead of adopted villages, organize awareness cum training programme importance of vegetables and fruit plants in nutritional security and also the distribution of small farm tools and implements.
Miscreants vandalize Mandal leader’s vehicle, State BJP leaders demand action
A State BJP delegation led by president of State unit Dr Manik Saha met the BJP activists on Saturday whose vehicle was vandalized by some miscreants while he was attending a party programme at a house of a BJP supporter on Friday night. The delegates also met the OC of the local Police station and demanded stern actions against the miscreants.
Some unidentified miscreants attacked at a house in Takarjala in Tripura on Friday night where BJP’s organizational programme was going on. Before fleeing from the spot, miscreants vandalized vehicle of BJP Mandal President of Takarjala assembly constituency, Nirmal Debbarma. Today, a delegation of BJP State.
Ujan Maidan at it again
Ujan Maidan—a remote small tribal hamlet in Khowai subdivision had in mid 1980s hit the headlines all over India over an allegation of mass rape by central forces. The incident rocked the entire country and became a major political tool at the hand of the opposition. The government had also constituted a commission to look into the incident. Decades later the same village Ujan Maidan is once again in news and again for the same old wrong reason –rape.
Two minor girls were reported to have been raped by four youths on June 23 last when they went to visit a falls in deeper parts of the village. The matter came to light and a case was filed by the family members of the girls yesterday. Immediately police swung into action and launched a massive search for the four rapists. For the whole night and also today morning the police carried out relentless raids and ultimately nabbed the quartet.
Sand Mafia affecting river health