Under Agartala Smart City Limited (ASCL) project, Tripura has begun its first plastic road construction by using non-recyclable plastic waste. Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb inaugurated the road by unveiling the plaque along with a few other projects of the ASCL during a program held at Agartala on Feb 22. Deb said this project is an initiative to make the state plastic-free through sustainable use of plastic waste. Dr Shailesh Kumar Yadav, District Magistrate of West Tripura district, who also is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ASCL said that on a trial basis, a stretch of 680-meter road at BK road has been constructed by mixing waste plastic with bitumen at a cost of around Rs70 lakh. He added further that in the coming days, more such plastic roads will be constructed to reuse the plastic waste generated. Under Agartala Smart City projects, 40 smart bus stops with CCTV cameras have also been constructed at various places in Agartala.
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.
President Ram Nath Kovind performed a 'Narmada Aarti' dedicated to Maa Narmada on March 06. Governor Anandiben Patel, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan also performed the aarti. Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel were also in attendance. Leaders performed all the rituals were performed to pay respect to the sacred river. Scores of devotees also participated in the 'Narmada Aarti'.
Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra met ambassador of Denmark to India Freddy Svane. Guv Mishra met him at Raj Bhavan in Rajasthan's Jaipur on March 06. Freddy Svane also met CM Ashok Gehlot. According to the information of Chief Minister's Office, A Center of Excellence in dairy sector will soon be set up in Rajasthan with the help of Denmark. Freddy Svane is currently the Ambassador at Royal Danish Embassy in New Delhi.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on March 05 paid floral tribute to his father and former CM Biju Patnaik on his 105th birth anniversary at BJD headquarters in Bhubaneshwar. Biju Patnaik served twice as the Chief Minister of Odisha. He died on April 17, 1997.
Students and teachers from various schools, colleges and educational institutions held a march in Tripura's Agartala. They held a long march to mark the International Mother Language Day on February 21. International Mother Language Day recognizes that languages and multilingualism can advance inclusion and the sustainable development goals' focus on leaving no one behind. International Mother Language Day is observed every year to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
Along with the rest of the country, the northeast region celebrated the 72nd Republic day. Northeast tableau was displayed in India's capital New Delhi during the annual parade. In Manipur, Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla graced the 72nd Republic Day celebrations as chief guest and unfurled the national flag and also took the salute of the march past at the historic Kangla in Imphal. In Assam, Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi unfurled the national flag on the occasion of 72nd Republic Day at Veterinary College Playground, Khanapara. In Nagaland, the 72nd Republic Day was celebrated at the DDSC ground in Dimapur. 5 contingents took part in the parade. Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) speaker, Sharingain Longkumer graced the event. Meanwhile in Tripura, Governor Ramesh Bais unfurled the national flag at the Assam Rifles parade ground. Chief Minister of Tripura Biplab Kumar Deb, CS Manoj Kumar, MP Pratim Bhowmik, and other dignitaries were also present. In Mizoram Governor, PS Sreedharan Pillai unfurled the national flag at Aizawl Lammual.