Tripura News for TCS/ TPS Examination

  • In Tripura, ‘My Pad, My Right’ project has been initiated by NABARD and NABFOUNDATION at Killa village in Gomati district on 28thof August 2021.

Objective

  • To ensure menstrual hygiene for rural women, better health, better livelihood. Women empowerment and employment through setting up of a sanitary pad making unit by active participation from Self- Help Groups.
  • The sanitary pad making machines under the project are being supplied by Padmashri Shri. Arunachalam Megagnathia, the Padman of India, who foresees India as ‘model country’ to the world in managing menstrual hygiene.

Why “MY PAD, MY RIGHT” is needed?

  • More than 40,000 rural women die every year on account of cervical cancer due to lack of access to clean pads during their menstrual cycle.
  • Nearly 2.3 crore young girls leave school for the same reason.
  • Hardly 10-15% rural women can afford and access sanitary pads in the country. Hence, the project is quite essential to deal with potential health hazard.

Additional Information:

NABARD(National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development)

NABARD was established on 12 July 1982 by transferring the agricultural credit functions of RBI and refinance functions of the then Agricultural Refinance and Development Corporation (ARDC)

Objective:To promote sustainable and equitable agriculture and rural development through participative financial and non-financial interventions, innovations, technology and institutional development for securing prosperity

The Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman flagged off a mobile ATM van of Tripura State Co-Operative Bank Ltd. at Killa village in Gomati district on the occasion of the 7thanniversary of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (28thAugust,2021).

Features:

  • The mobile ATM van will cover all gram panchayats/village committees of South Tripura District.
  • It supports ATM cards of all banks.
  • It is fitted with an LED TV for demonstration of digital financial literacy related videos and promotion of different banking products.
  • The van not only demonstrate the latest banking technologies but also spread financial literacy messages in the remotest corner to promote financial inclusion.

December 12, 2002 – ICICI Bank Launched ATM on Wheels”- India’s first Mobile ATM Van, in Mumbai. 

  • All Tripura Open Prize Money Chess Tournament 2021 has started on 23rd October, 2021 at NSRCC, Agartala organized by All Tripura Chess Association.
  • Arshiya Das(8-year-old girl of Tripura who clinched the only gold medal for India at the Asian School Chess Championship in Uzbekistan,2019)participated this tournament.
  • Tripura government is going to start Solar Study Lamp (SSL) Scheme 2021 for students.
  • SSL Inauguration- ByTripura Deputy CM Jishnu Dev Varmaat Bishramganj in western Tripura held last year on 11 March 2020.
  • Implemented by-Tripura Renewable Energy Development Agency (TREDA)

Objective:

  • To provide Saur Urja Lamps to school students for their intense study and ensuring students to have access to lighting in the evening hours for their studies during this monsoon.
  • To empower women financially and most importantly, to curb kerosene dependency and stop indoor pollution.

 Features:

  • In this Tripura Solar Study Lamp Scheme, the state govt. will provide 6,00,000 environment friendly solar study lamps to students belonging to poor families.
  • Each student can get these Saur Urja Lamps at token amount of just Rs.10

Benefits:

  • Solar lamps provide a viable solution to households who are traditionally dependent on kerosene lamps and suffer from regular power cuts.
  • Per unit cost of lighting under SSR is quite affordable.
  • High efficiency for light bulb and mobility ensures a long range of light.

Additional Information: The solar study lamp consists of a photovoltaic module which converts sunlight into electricity

Main focus of the scheme –

  • To provide free nutrition kits to pregnantwomen & lactating mothers to tackle malnutrition.
  • To curb problems like an infant, maternal mortality, and malnutrition in pregnant women, the Tripura government has come up with the scheme’s initiative

[Launching Date- 25 June 2020 by Tripura Government]

Features 

  • Free Nutrition Kits
  • periodic check-ups for pregnant women at a nearby Primary Health Centre (PHCs)
  • Around 40, 000 women will be benefited under the Tripura Mukhyamantri Matri Pushti Uphaar Scheme.

Objective:

  • To enable free distribution of sanitary pads to girl students.
  • To normalize public debates about menstrual hygiene.
  • To conduct awareness camps in various schools for boys to create a healthy mindset on menstruation in the opposite sex.
  • To make sanitary pads easily accessible to the girls in the schools.

Benefits:

  • This Free Sanitary Napkin Scheme will help to raise the awareness about the need for menstrual hygiene.

Tanisha Das has been selected in Team-A for U-19 Women’s One-Day Challenger Trophy 2021-22

Maitri Setu-Gateway of Northeast, is a 150-metre bridge on Feni River which links Tripura in India with Chittagong port in Bangladesh.

Inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on March 9,2021

Benefits:

  • It provides a shorter and more economical alternate land route between India’s eastern and western states compared to the longer route through Assam.
  • Tripura is set to become the Gateway of North East with access to Chittagong Port of Bangladesh, which is just 80 Kilometres from Sabroom.

Key Points:

  • The name Maitri Setu symbolizes growing bilateral relations and friendly ties between India and Bangladesh.
  • The construction was taken up by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limitedat a project cost of 133 Crore rupees.
  • The 9 Kilometres long bridge joins Sabroom in India with Ramgarh in Bangladesh.
  • Researchers have found a species of snake hitherto Eastern Cat Snake Boiga gokoolin Khowai district, Tripura.
  • Boiga gokool is a south Asian species having definite distribution records from northern and eastern India, Bangladesh, and Bhutan.
  • It has been listed as Schedule IV species under the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 (whereas under IUCN Red List category, it stands as ‘Not Evaluated’.
  • So far 21 species of snakes under 19 genera and six families have been reported from Tripura.

Among the seven NE states Tripura has the highest coverage of single- dose vaccination among the population in the 18-plus age group, while Manipur is at the bottom of the list.

In Tripura-

  • 97% of the total population have received the first dose
  • 67% have been fully vaccinated

The culling of pigs began in Uricherra of Suvashnagar, Kanchanpur, North Tripura, on 17th October, 2021.

Because Northeastern Regional Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory, Guwahati, tested tissue samples of suspected pigs positive for African swine fever-Informed by Director of Animal Resource Development K. Sashi Kumar.

Additional Information:

African Swine Fever (ASF) is a highly contagious and deadly swine disease that can affect both farm-raised and feral (wild) pigs. ASF doesn’t infect people, but it is readily passed from one pig to another by direct contact with bodily fluids from an infected pig.

  • Born-1930
  • Spouse-DurgamatiJamatia
  • BenichandraJamatia, breathed his last on 14 December 2020 at his home in Maharani, Udaipur, Tripura.
  • He was a Tripuri Indian writer and litterateur, known for his contribution to the fields of literature and education in Tripura.
  • He was the first person to introduce the Baul singing tradition of West Bengal in Kokborok language.
  • He was awarded the Padma Shri [The fourth-highest civilian award in India ] on 20 June,2020
  • Notable works: Dormo Lam Bay KokborokBaul (English: The path of Dharma and KokBorok devotional songs)
  • Tripura State AIDS Control Society (TACS) has launched a three-month-long extensive free HIV testing across 17 stations, including railway and bus stands.
  • This step has been taken because the statistics of last five years have shown an exponential growth of HIV positive cases in Tripura.

Additional Information:

  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection and acquired Immune Deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is a spectrum of conditions caused by infection with the Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), a retrovirus. It is primarily a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
  • World AIDS Day – 1st December
  • The Tripura Government decided to settle 32000 Brus in 20 selected locations of the state in 2020.
  • The resettlement process began as part of the agreement signed between the Union Government, Governments of Tripura and Mizoram and the Bru leaders in January,2020 to provide over 32,000 Brus permanent resettlement in Tripura
  • Present Status (September,2021)- Tripura, has already started with granting permanent addresses at Dhalai district to 426 Bru families from Kanchanpur in April 2021.

Additional Information:

Who are Brus?

  • The Brus, also referred as the Reangs, are spread across the North Eastern states of Tripura, Assam, Manipur, and Mizoram.
  • In Mizoram, they have been targeted by groups that do not consider them indigenous to the state.
  • Twenty-three years after ethnic clashes in Mizoram, which forced 37,000 people of the BruReang community to flee their homes to neighbouring Tripura.

In Tripura, they are recognised as a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group.

On October 5, 15 judges of 11 high courts have been transferred. The transfers were recommended by the Supreme Court. This is the 1st set of transfers of High Court Judges.

In the 2nd set of transfers of High Court Judges, seven judges were transferred on 11th October,2021 to different high courts.

Additional Information:

  • Article 222 of the Constitution makes provision for the transfer of a Judge (including Chief Justice) from one High Court to any other High Court.
  • The proposal for the transfer of a Judge is initiated by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) and the opinion of the CJI “is determinative”.
  • Consent of a Judge for his first or subsequent transfer would not be required.

Pratima Bhowmik, became the first Tripura resident and second woman from North East to be a Union Minister (on 8th July). Earlier She was an MP, who won 17thLok Sabha election from West Tripura Seat. She is currently serving as the Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

Additional Information:

Pratima Bhowmik has been a BJP activist and leader since 1991. She was elected from the West Tripura Lok Sabha seat in 2019 and defeated MP Shankar Prasad Dutta . She comes from a farming family in remote Dhanpur village.

The first Kisan Rail train from the Northeastern region, carrying consignments of fruits produced by the farmers of Tripura, was flagged off on 11th June,2021, from Agartala railway station.

The train is carrying 8,990 kg of pineapple to Adarshanagar of Delhi and 1,145 kg of pineapple and jackfruits to Guwahati.

Objective:

1.To increase the income in the farm sector by connecting production centres to markets and consumption centres.

2.To reduce the transport cost of agricultural products.

Additional Information:

Indian Railways started running ‘Kisan Rail’ in the country in August last year to transport perishable goods and Agri-product, including milk, meat and fish providing a wider market to farmers and enabling them to increase their income

On 2nd July, 2021, Tripura government has appointed a veteran lawyer K.N Bhattacharjee, as the new Lokayukta of Tripura to deal with the complaints of corruption against public servants and functionaries under Tripura Lokayukta Act, 2008. He is the third Lokayukta of the state and the first lawyer to be appointed to the post.

Wheat shipment from Tripura exported to Bangladesh via Agartala land through Agartala integrated check post. The consignment of 1300450 MT wheat has been exported to Bangladesh in 21289 bags by 87 trucks which was transported from Uttar Pradesh by Indian Railway.

Benefits:

  • Export through Agartala land port has reduced the transportation cost and journey time considerably.
  • Now the consignment gets delivered within 4 hours while earlier it used to take at least 12 hours.

High Court of Tripura admitted a Suomotu Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on Karbong and instructed government to make an assessment on Karbong Community’s (a sub-tribe of Tripura’s Halam community/Tripuri Tribes) needs and submit the information by November 9,2021.

Key Points:

  • A division bench of the high court comprising newly appointed Chief Justice IndrajitMahanty and Justice SubhashishTalapatra admitted this PIL on the Karbong community facing extinction.
  • The bench appointed advocate HarekrishnaBhowmik as amicus curiae for the court

On Mother Language Day (February 21) this year,Tripura felicitated Rabi Mohan Karbong, representative of the endangered ethno-linguistic tribal group, and announced that steps would be taken to rename different places in indigenous tribal dialects as a sign of respect and recognition to the communities.

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