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Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar assures to protect more than 10,000 Teachers’ future after Supreme Court verdict

The Chief Minister said that making selections through the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) is a big challenge for all states since the set eligibility criteria are tough for aspirants

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Agartala, April 5, 2017: Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Wednesday assured of all-out efforts to protect the interests of more than 10,000 teachers affected by the Supreme Court verdict regarding termination of their jobs.

He also assured that his government will approach the Centre on the issue.

“We follow Supreme Court orders… (but) we cannot wash away the future of 10,323 teachers. We will take all steps to protect their interests,” Sarkar told reporters here.

He was speaking after chairing a meeting of the Council of Ministers that reviewed the March 29 apex court order.

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Dubbing the Supreme Court order — which upheld the Tripura High Court order in the case — as “unexpected”, the Chief Minister said : “The Cabinet decided that the state is committed to ensuring there is no disruption in educational endeavours and educational institutions function smoothly….”

Accompanied by Education and Law Minister Tapan Chakraborty and Information Minister Bhanulal Saha, Sarkar said his government will approach the Human Resource Development Ministry for relaxation in age and other criteria under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, for the affected teachers.

“The Council of Ministers reviewed the Supreme Court judgement and decided to comply with the court directions,” Sarkar said.

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The Chief Minister said that making selections through the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) is a big challenge for all states since the set eligibility criteria are tough for aspirants.

The Supreme Court on March 29 upheld the Tripura High Court order to terminate the jobs of 10,323 teachers, but allowed them to continue till December 31.

The court asked the state government to frame a new Employment Policy by April 30.

Quoting the apex court’s order, the Chief Minister said his government had been directed to initiate fresh recruitment by May 31 and complete it by December 31.

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“The Supreme Court allowed all serving teachers, candidates not selected and others to participate by relaxing age limit but subject to possession of other required qualifications,” Sarkar added.

The Supreme Court order came on three special leave petitions filed by the Tripura government, terminated serving teachers and aggrieved job seekers.

“We gave some jobs based on need and economic conditions of families, but the court turned down these criteria,” Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty said.

The Tripura High Court ordered the state on May 7, 2014, to frame a new Employment Policy within two months. (IANS)

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  1. Not surprised with Supreme Court verdict. CPIM have been destroying Tripura through organized corruption and nepotism with proven track record (1678 cases in High court and 157 cases in Supreme court under trial against Tripura Govt). Time for BJP to replicate UP performance (targeting all 60 assembly seats) in Tripura now. Urging all esteemed leaders and youths of Tripura channelize their decade long discontent of Left misrule by joining and supporting BJP for a thumping WIN.

    Trend says it will be BJP Govt in Tripura in 2018 as Left do not hold any moral right to continue in power after betraying people of Tripura with massive unemployment, gross nepotism and rampant corruption.

    CPIM under its incompetent leadership have destroyed Tripura leaving 8 lakhs unemployed poor youths languishing day in and day out. Left have been a champion in hardcore nepotism and corruption. Left govt in Tripura have been slapped by high court numerous number of times (1678 cases in High court and 157 cases in Supreme court under trial against Tripura Govt – major one being 10,323 teacher recruitment cancellation case being upheld by Supreme court) with nepotism and corruption charges.

    Can a report card be issued on public interest on performance of CPIM led Govt in Tripura please? Massive 8 lakh unemployed youths languishing day in and day out, nepotism in Govt sector recruitment (e.g. 10,323 teacher’s recruitment cancelled by High and Supreme court citing corrupt practices by Govt), corruption in pwd and healthcare (e.g. looting crores of central funds meant for state’s infrastructure development, poor quality of healthcare stuffs and massive negligence leading to regular deaths of patients in leading Govt hospitals) and many more..

    Hope BJP have a well drawn up plan for a thumping win in Tripura polls. People of Tripura have had enough of incompetent Govt who have failed miserably in all the sectors including failure to provide mass employment to 8 lakh youths who have been languishing day in and day out, with no action taken on the responsible non-performers.

    Having CPIM’s Manik ji under his decades of rule as CM, Tripura have only seen massive unemployment, suicides of youths,corruption, nepotism. He calls himself poorest CM and by action ensure Tripura remains poor – irrespective of its people lives or dies. Manik ji enjoys more and more central fund without any Central monitoring. Forget inviting industries, Manik ji leaves no opportunity to call industry as mean of exploit infront of them inspite of having 8 lakhs unemployed. Manik ji believes in continuous criticizing of Center with anti-national barbs, even though it is only BJP led Center who have taken all the initiatives so far for Tripura’s good. Manik ji feels comfort of moral right to continue in power even after continued non-performance. Manik ji feels comfort of controlling vote bank purchase in the name of social security schemes (with Central funds) during elections to hide his incompetency to provide mass employment to the concerned sections of the society. Manik ji feels comfortable to remain ignorant in making efforts to improve state’s GDP but makes all the attempt to demand funds to Center and put the blame on Center for financial crunch to hide his own incompetency in generating state’s income. Manik ji believes secularship just before election would help to hide decades of his incompetency and suffering of people from every section of society. Manik ji believes having CPIM cadre Sudip Barman and family as blacksheep in opposition camp would continue to help CPIM to stay in power. Manik ji believes social harmony card would continue to help CPIM to stay in power inspite of continued non performance in most critical matters for people of Tripura. Manik ji believes painting clean image and imaginary (misinformative) rosy picture of Tripura to outside world keeping reality as disgusting as it can be (with proven track record of 1678 cases in High court and 157 cases in Supreme court under trial against Tripura Govt) would continue to help CPIM to mislead people and win elections. Manik ji believes scholarly lectures, building and park inauguration just before election would help to stay in power with 8 lakhs unemployed hungry poor youths languishing only due to severe incompetency and misrule of CPIM led Left Govt.

    Time is ripe now. Would BJP be able to out-think Left in Tripura please? Current CM Manik ji has been an absolute incompetent in bringing industries and mass employment for 8 lakhs unemployed – which can be capitalized upfront and be a major thrust to win hearts of people of Tripura.

    An urge to Amit shah ji ..Any plans (both A and B) to conquer Tripura please ? It would be a real test of character and commitment for BJP to make a mark in national interest considering shrewd Left winning every election by hooks and crooks contributing to backwardness of country.

    Keeping 2018 assembly election in mind, Can BJP take initiatives to make Tripura free from clutch of jungle raj please ? Lack of high end Industry, Unemployment and poor economic state of affairs can be few areas to be capitalized upfront. Let incapable old and fragile left leadership take retirement and dynamic BJP leadership take control of Tripura’s economic growth journey. People of Tripura have had enough of sufferings. Time for a change now.

    Left have always been associated with incompetency, lackluster, backdated, anti growth, nepotism, corruption – and unwilling to improve or learn from mistakes. They thrive on funds allocated from Center meant for state’s development.

    Wondering if Mr. Yechury could explain reason behind please ? Has there been any introspection and resolve for improvement ? They keep destroying ruled state Tripura with continuous display of incompetence in tackling most of the burning issues including unemployment (8 lakhs educated unemployed youths – a glaring highest rate in India). How ? Example: Capital city Agartala has become 3rd Internet gateway and with a lame-duck unwilling leadership having poor understanding of Industry and technology, Tripura and its Youth’s future have been continuously ruined leaving a record 25.2% (highest in India) unemployment.

    There are many instances of youths committing suicide out of utter frustration and hopelessness.

    Left ruled Tripura and its youths continues to suffer everyday from chronic unemployment and concerned folks are just happy to mint Govt salary month after month with an excuse of unemployment is throughout country or no infrastructure. At whose cost please ?

    Left ruled Agartala have been declared a smart city. What transformation is being done in Agartala when city corporation tenders only include creating concrete drains ? This attempt being made to keep city backdated at whose cost please ?

    e.g. Telengana CM aims to make capital an world class city, whereas Tripura CM with his all might aims to take the capital backward (current state of affairs is the evidence) by 10 years.

    With a record (highest in India) 25.2% of unemployment Left ruled Tripura continues to bite dust of under-development and non-performance due to state’s outdated policies of being anti development and industry without realizing world and India’s economy driven by Business and technology.

    So far it has been about Govt job, massive nepotism in Govt recruitment , salary, subsidy – on tax payers money and mediocre plastic industry for name sake being the focus – which still fails to show hope to lakhs of educated unemployed youths!

    Need is to bring high end industry and jobs at Agartala having follow up with Industry leaders and setting up required infrastructure on a war footing.

    With high speed internet and 24/7 power, Can capital Agartala look forward in 2017 to being an IT hub with high end IT jobs for 8 lakh educated unemployed youths of Trpiura ?

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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Raja Chari. Twitter.
  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

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Over 5,000 Plant Varieties in Last 3 Years sent in by Tribal Farmers to protect the species : Minister

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tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years (representational Image). Wikimedia

New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday said tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years through Krishi Vigyan Kendras for registration at the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Authority.

It will play an important role in the development of climate resilient and sustainable varieties in future, he said at the National Workshop on Empowerment of Farmers of Tribal Areas here.

“New technological innovations in agriculture must reach to the fields of tribal areas but before taking such steps we must keep in mind the unique conditions of these areas, which are the gift of nature and therefore, we should promote natural farming in those areas,” he said, as per an official release. (IANS)

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