Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava during the weekly press briefing, on Rohingya refugees said that were stranded on a boat, and the government is in discussion with Bangladesh for their safe and secure repatriation. Explaining the incident, Anurag Srivastava said, "On 11th February, a boat sailed from Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh carrying 90 people. The engine of the boat failed on February 15, since then it has been drifting. 8 occupants have died and 1 occupant was missing since February 15. 47 occupants have 'displaced Myanmar nationals' IDs issued by UNHCR."
The political dynamics of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) is constantly taking new twists with swinging alliances. Only a week back, ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ally IPFT (Indigenous People's Front of Tripura) forming an alliance with the newly formed The Indigenous People's Regional Alliance (TIPRA) party under the leadership of former Congress chief and royal scion Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman on the demand of 'Tipraland'. However, on Friday, IPFT kept itself away from the rally on demand of 'Greater Tipraland.' In fact, a new ally Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) president Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl was seen accompanying Deb Barman who sometime back had resigned as the Congress party chief of Tripura. Demand for 'Greater Tipraland' is for every indigenous area or village outside the TTAADC area and through integration for preserving the identity and culture of Tipra community.
To promote and popularize bamboo for industrial and domestic application, a workshop was organized at Pragna Bhavan in Agartala on March 1. The workshop was organised by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Advanced Materials and Process Research Institute CSIR-AMPRI, Bhopal, and Tripura State Council for Science and Technology organized the workshop. Deputy Chief Minister of Tripura Jishnu Dev Varma inaugurated the workshop by lighting the lamp in presence of other dignitaries. During the workshop, scientists and researchers interacted with bamboo growers and producers beside various entrepreneurs. Demonstrations were given on sustainable utilization of bamboo through the integration of the environment, society, and economy. Tripura is one of the major growers of bamboo that has tremendous untapped potential for transforming the rural economy. The state under the Tripura Bamboo Mission (TBM) has been working on propagation, cultivation, processing, value addition, and product development from bamboo.
A science centre worth Rs 6 crore under the Scheme for Promotion of Culture of Science (SPOCS) was launched in Udaipur in Tripura. Tripura Governor Ramesh Bais in presence of Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (IC) Prahlad Singh Patel, Deputy CM Jishnu Dev Varma, Tourism Minister Pranajit Singha Roy, MP Pratima Bhowmik, and other dignitaries inaugurated the Udaipur Science Centre on Feb 28. The primary objective of the centre is to engage, educate and entertain the visitors, especially students, through thematic exhibitions, interactive educational activities, and outreach programme through hands-on-approach which can understand the basic principle of science. It is the 22nd centre in the country and is a unit of the National Council of Science Museum under the Ministry of Culture of the government of India.
An Air France flight en route from Paris to New Delhi made an emergency landing at Sofia Airport in Bulgaria on Friday at about 5 pm because of a disruptive passenger. The passenger, an Indian citizen, began to act up soon after take-off, quarrelling with other passengers, assaulting a flight attendant and pummeling the cockpit’s door.
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On International Women's Day, meet the elite all-women forces of Delhi Police who are trained to swing into action in the event of a terror attack in the national capital. While the SWAT team has their guns, on the other hand, the all-women band of the Delhi police's choice of instrument is the bagpipe. Tough and talented, these women show that one can be all that one wants to be.
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A bus conductor in Tamil Nadu, who has planted over 3 lakh saplings in the last 30 years using his own money, is garnering appreciation on social media. Marimuthu Yoganathan is a bus conductor in the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation. Yoganathan in Coimbatore distributes saplings for free of cost to passengers travelling in his bus. He spends 40% of his salary to take care of these plants. Seeing his dedication, a friend from US donated 3 acres of land to Marimuthu where he works daily after duty. A known eco activist, Yoganathan has been awarded "Eco Warrior" award by Vice-President of India, 'Unsung Hero' award by wildlife film-maker Mike Pandey and film actor John Abraham in "Timberland" function held in Delhi.
Following the recent military crackdown on pro-democracy supporters in Southeast Asian country, some activists of civil society members held a demonstration in front of Myanmar Embassy in Nepal. Protestors were seen demanding in front of embassy calling for incumbent military- government of Myanmar to stop brutal killing of its people. No less than 38 people were killed in Myanmar on Thursday as the military tried to control demonstrations by pro-democracy campaigners against last month's coup.
Tens of thousands of people came out on the streets in Myanmar on Sunday to demonstrate against last month's coup despite overnight raids by security forces in the main city Yangon to crack down on protest leaders.