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Rail-road blockade over Kokborok script issue called off in Tripura

Agartala, February 12: The indefinite rail-road blockade in Tripura was called off on Monday evening after the state government assured that students would be allowed to write Kokborok papers in the Madhyamik and higher secondary exams in both Bengali and Roman scripts, a state minister said. The blockade was called by Tipra Indigenous Students Federation (TISF), the students wing of Tipra Motha, the main opposition party in the northeastern state. “The government decided to allow students to write Kokborok papers in Madhyamik and higher secondary exams in both Bengali and...
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Kokborok script issue: Opposition party threatens to change Tripura education board chief

Agartala, February 5: The Tipra Motha, the largest opposition party of Tripura, on Monday threatened that heads will roll in the state education board, if students appearing for their upcoming class 10 and 12 exams are not allowed to write their papers on Kokborok language in either Roman or Bengali script. Kokborok, an indigenous language spoken by nearly 24%t people of the northeastern state, does not have a script. Students generally write papers for the language in the Bengali script. The Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) President Dhananjoy Gonchowdhury,...
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Tripura: Estimation of animals at Trishna Sanctuary to begin on Feb 19

Agartala, January 30: Estimation of animals at the Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary in the South Tripura district will begin on February 19, an official said on Tuesday. The last estimation at the sanctuary was conducted by the state Forest Department in 2021. That exercise, which went on for over a month, estimated the number of gaurs in the sanctuary at 105-140, he said. The estimation is conducted every three years to know the actual population so that corrective measures can be taken, he added. A Mumbai-based agency has been roped in...
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PM Modi greets people on statehood day of Manipur, Tripura, Meghalaya

New Delhi, January 21: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted people of three northeast states -- Manipur, Tripura and Meghalaya -- on their statehood day. In a post in X, Modi said, "On Manipur's Statehood Day, my best wishes to the people of the state. Manipur has made a strong contribution to India's progress." "We take pride in the culture and traditions of the state. I pray for the continued development of Manipur," he said. Modi also greeted the people of Tripura on their statehood day, wishing that may...
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8 NLFT militants surrender before security forces in Tripura

Agartala, January 15: Eight militants of the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) surrendered before security forces on Monday, police said. With this, a total of 26 NLFT militants have laid down their arms since last year, they said. “Five hardcore NLFT militants surrendered before DIG (Intelligence) Krishnandu Chakraborty at the state police headquarters. They deposited one each Chinese pistol and rifle with 17 live rounds, Bangladeshi SIM cards and walkie-talkies,” a police officer said. “They crossed the border deserting their camps in Bangladesh recently. Today, they surrendered to lead...
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Tripura govt yet to take any ‘policy decision’ on Roman script for Kokborok language answer papers

Agartala, January 8: The Tripura government is yet to take any ‘policy decision’ on allowing students to write Kokborok language answer papers in Roman script, in-charge Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath told the assembly here on Monday. Shortly after the question hour, opposition leader Animesh Debbarma asked whether the government had taken any ‘policy decision’ on the issue and recalled Chief Minister Manik Saha’s assurance in the last session that a committee would be formed to look into it. “There are around 5,000 Kokborok-speaking students who are scheduled to appear...
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Study needed on cultural ties between former princely states of Manipur, Tripura: Union minister

Agartala, December 16: There is a need for a study on the cultural ties between the former princely states of Tripura and Manipur, Union MoS for Education Rajkumar Ranjan Singh said on Saturday. Addressing the convocation programme of the Tripura Central University, Singh said a large number of Manipuri people have been living in Tripura for long, and efforts should be made to promote the Manipuri language in the state. "Being a member of the (erstwhile) ruling dynasty of 'princely' Manipur, I would like to pitch the idea of a...
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Tripura: Sold by poor parents, newly born girl rescued

Agartala, November 25: Days after a newly born girl of a remote tribal habitation in Tripura's Khowai district was sold by her impoverished parents to a couple, the administration rescued the baby from a house in Gomati district's Karbook area, an official said on Saturday. Ushani Debbarma, the wife of Khokan Debbarma, a resident of Bangshibari in Khowai district gave birth to a girl at their home on Wednesday. The baby was sold to the childless couple the next day. ''The mother, who is suffering from post-delivery complications, was admitted...
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Most drugs entering Tripura through Mizoram border: Police

Damcherra (Tripura), November 13: Tripura’s 107 km long boundary with Mizoram is a cause of major concern for law enforcement agencies as most of the drugs from Myanmar enter the state through that border. Vigil has been stepped up along the border between the two northeastern neighbours to prevent drug trafficking, said Bhanupada Chakraborty, Superintendent of Police of North Tripura district which shares the boundary with Mizoram. “Law enforcement agencies are working hard to curb drug trafficking menace but smuggling of drugs especially heroin continues along the inter-state border”, Chakraborty...
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