Body of the Border Security Force(BSF) jawan , killed in landmine blast in Jammu and Kashmir was cremated at his native Pratapgarh town with full honours.

Shambhu Satmura’s body was brought to his home today and then was taken to crematorium ground for the last rites as his family and relatives bid him adieu with tearful eyes.

Apart from his near and dear ones, leaders of different political parties visited his home to pay last respect to him.

Shambhu was killed in a landmine explosion while he was patrolling along the bordering area on Tuesday evening. His body was supposed to arrive on Wednesday, but failed as the flight could not take off due to foggy weather.

His body was first brought from the explosion site to Srinagar and then to Delhi before reaching his hometown.

Shambhu’s father was also a BSF jawan. Later, in 2007, Shambhu followed his father’s footsteps.

He had joined BSF Battalion no. 107 was first posted in Rajasthan before transferring to Kashmir.

The BSF jawan is survived by his mother, wife and two sisters.

He had visited his home last June this year and was planning to meet his family on November 28.

Source: TNT

Skipper Parvez Rasool led bowling attack put J&K in strong position against Tripura after JK posted 315 runs in their first inning on the second day of the Group-C Ranji trophy tournament match at Sharad Pawar Cricket Academy BKC, Mumbai on Tuesday.

At the end of day’s play, Tripura were 193 for the loss of six wickets, trailing J&K by 122 runs. Opener BB Ghosh was still at the crease for Tripura on defiant 86.

For J&K, Parvez Rasool took two wickets while as Ram Dayal, Samiullah, Zahoor Sofi and Harmeet Singh took one wicket each.

Earlier J&K were all out for 315 runs in their first inning. The lower order resistance from Aditya Pratap and Samiullah helped team to post 315 runs in first inning. Pratap got out after scoring 74 while as Samiullah scored 54. Among others who contributed in J&K posting 314 on board were, Pranav Gupta 55 and Ian Dev 59.

For J&K there is an excellent chance of pushing for the first inning lead points by bowling out Tripura before 315 run mark. They will need to get wicket of Ghosh early on third day to control the match.

Source: Greater Kashmir

Spiked Indian currency notes amounting to Rs 7 crore, mostly in Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denominations, have been smuggled into India from Bangladesh via Tripura for exchange in Indian banks.

Intelligence inputs received by Karimganj police suggested that some extremist groups or unscrupulous traders based in Bangladesh may have sent these spiked notes, following the demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes by the Indian government, through their agents based on both sides of the India-Bangladesh border.

Sources in Karimganj police informed that Rs 1 crore out of Rs 7 crore sent from Bangladesh for exchange in India is now being kept somewhere in the district for exchange. The rest of the notes are believed to have been sent to other places of the country for exchange.

Meanwhile, the authorities concerned in Karimganj district have been put on high alert following this input. Central intelligence agencies have also been asked to keep their eye on tracking any such suspicious transaction anywhere in the country.

Along the India-Bangladesh border, the problem was not only the sheer number of fake Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes pumped into India on a regular basis, but also the high quality of these notes which replicated vital security features.

However, the Centre has been closely working with the Bangladesh government since December 2015, training its security agencies to contain the cross-border smuggling of counterfeit notes.

In another interesting development, due to high demand by Indian drug addicts, the Bangladeshi notes are now being smuggled into India for its durability, a media report from Bangladesh said.

Sources said drug addicts use this note to roll into a pipe to inhale smoke from yaba, a powerful addictive stimulant, and heroin, added the news report. This bizarre use of fake notes from Bangladesh was discovered recently after police arrested two Indian nationals with a large amount of such currency at Benapole port in Jessore district.

Source: TNT

Now Agartala city would be connected with ‘City of Joy’ through railway service soon.

The direct train service to connect Agartala with Kolkata is likely to be introduced onOctober 8 next as Durga Puja bonanza. Durga Puja in Tripura would be celebrated fromOctober 8.

Union Railways Minister (state) – Rajen Gohain informed this to BJP state president Biplab Kumar Deb recently.

Tripura entered into India’s railway map with Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagging off the Agartala-New Delhi broad-gauge railway on last July 31.

He also laid foundation stone for broad-gauge railway service from Agartala (India) to Akhaura (Bangladesh) along with Bangladesh Minister Mohammad Mujibal Haque on the very day.

Source: TNT

The Tripura government on Monday gave a rousing reception to ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar, the first Indian to take part in an Olympic gymnastics final, missing out on the bronze by a whisker. Hundreds of fans, officials, followers, admirers and well-wishers received Dipa and her coach Bisheshwar Nandi at the Agartala airport on their arrival from New Delhi.

A motorcade of hundreds of vehicles and two-wheelers took to the streets here before a huge colourful reception ceremony was held at a city stadium to honour the “pride of the state”. ”I will try extremely hard to get gold medals in the forthcoming Asian Games (2018 in Jakarta), Commonwealth Games (2018 in Australia) and 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I shall try to deliver my best in future,” said Dipa, who set a record by becoming the first Indian gymnast to qualify for Olympics in 52 years.

“I would have been happy if I had got a medal at the Rio Olympics for the country. I will try heart and soul to get medals at the Tokyo Olympics and other future international events,” she told the media. Later, at the reception, the 23-year-old Tripura girl, who at the final event scored 15.066 points, a mere 0.150 less than eventual bronze winner Giulia Steingruber (15.216) of Switzerland, said: “I apologise to my countrymen for not getting any medal in the Rio Olympics. But I’ll definitely get medals in future international meets.”

Praising her coach Nandi, she told the gathering to great applause: “Foreign coaches are not always the best; Indian coaches are also capable of delivering the goods. ”The government and every one must take forward the initiative of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao and Beti Khelao’ to motivate girls to develop themselves,”

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, who led the reception for Dipa and her coach, announced her promotion from sports officer to assistant director and of Nandi from assistant director to deputy director of the Tripura government’s sports and youth affairs department. Demanding an immediate announcement of sports and youth affairs policies by the central government, Sarkar said that if the Centre does not support the state by providing funds, the state, from its limited resources, would build an international-standard gymnastics coaching centre in Tripura.

Tripura Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty declared a holiday on Tuesday at all educational institutions in the state in honour of Dipa. ”In independent India, Dipa is the first Indian woman to take part in the Olympics and also, in the final event, do the risky Produnova vault in artistic gymnastics. Not getting medal is not a big issue, it is historic that she took part in the final event,” Sarkar said.

“Dipa is cool-minded, energetic, hard-working, sincere. She will sit for her MA examination from Tuesday. I believe she will do better in this test too,” said Sarkar, himself a sports lover. He urged the central government to announce sports and youth policies, build sports infrastructure to find hidden talent in the country.

Tripura Sports Minister Sahid Chowdhury reminded the gathering that just as Dipa was preparing to qualify for the Rio Olympics, the Gymnastics Federation of India had split into two groups due to an internal feud. The Tripura government had sought the intervention of the union sports ministry and it was only then that Dipa’s trip to Rio was cleared, he said.

“The Tripura government would arrange all international-standard apparatus and infrastructure for Dipa and other upcoming gymnastic and sports talent in Tripura so that they bring laurels for the state and the country at national and international events,” he said. ”We want to make many more Dipas in Tripura. Already, two young gymnasts from the state — Asmita Paul and Avishek Saha — have won medals at various national and international meets,” the minister added.

Agartala municipal corporation mayor Prafullajit Sinha, coach Nandi, Dipa’s father Dulal Karmakar, first coach and Nandi’s wife Soma Nandi, and her mother Gauri Devi, among others, attended the ceremony. Over 300 school students performed a dance and drill at the packed Swami Vivekananda Stadium.

Source: IANS

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