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A relatively calm year for Tripura

By The Assam Tribune
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AGARTALA, Dec 25 � Insurgency, which plagued Tripura for more than three decades, was on the wane in 2011, a year that also saw lot of movement on trans-border trade with neighbouring Bangladesh.

A new complex of the State Assembly, a fire in a Reang refugee camp killing 16 people, bumper agricultural yield, Deepa Karmakar�s emergence as a prominent gymnast of the country were some other highlights.

Chief Minister Manik Sarkar in his address at the internal security conference in New Delhi said that the State witnessed a steady decline in insurgency in the past four years.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram laid the foundation stone for the construction of an Integrated Check Post (ICP) here in May to facilitate movement of goods and people to and from Bangladesh.

In another development, Bangladesh agreed to allow erection of barbed wire fencing along the zero line at the frontier in some disputed locations of the State.

The Centre sanctioned six more border outposts besides additional BSF personnel along the difficult terrain of Tripura.

Though the wane in insurgency-related incidents, the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act was extended in Tripura for six months. The State-level coordination committee after reviewing anti-insurgency operations and overall situation of the State, suggested extension of the AFSPA�s term.

Census data put Tripura�s current people count at 36,71,032, a growth of 9.12 per cent in urban population since 2001. Rural population went down to 73.82 per cent from the earlier 82.94 per cent.

Successful implementation of literacy programmes like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan helped the State achieve an overall literacy rate of 87.75 per cent.

To ensure prompt action delivery mechanism against crime, Tripura Police launched �Complaints on SMS� service as part of their community policing programme.

An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale rocked the State in February but there was no damage.

Bird flu hit the State triggering large scale culling of poultry.

Gymnast Deepa Karmakar, who led the Indian women contingents in Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and Asian Games in China, bagged five gold medals in the 34th National Games in Jharkhand.

In one of the worst fires in the State, 16 people were burnt to death in a Reang refugee camp at Gachhirampara in North Tripura district in March. Thirty-seven thousand displaced Brus and Reangs had migrated to Tripura following ethnic clashes with Mizos since 1997.

The police were rewarded with the �President�s Colour� for their success in combating militancy in the State and virtually ensuring that there were no human rights abuse.

Tripura secured first position in agriculture production, a categorisation made on the basis of soil condition and proportional crop-yield. Around 7.12 lakh MT crops were produced in the State during the past one year.

Governor D Y Patil inaugurated the new building of the Tripura Assembly on July 22. The present Assembly in the Royal Palace will be made a museum. � PTI

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A relatively calm year for Tripura

AGARTALA, Dec 25 � Insurgency, which plagued Tripura for more than three decades, was on the wane in 2011, a year that also saw lot of movement on trans-border trade with neighbouring Bangladesh.

A new complex of the State Assembly, a fire in a Reang refugee camp killing 16 people, bumper agricultural yield, Deepa Karmakar�s emergence as a prominent gymnast of the country were some other highlights.

Chief Minister Manik Sarkar in his address at the internal security conference in New Delhi said that the State witnessed a steady decline in insurgency in the past four years.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram laid the foundation stone for the construction of an Integrated Check Post (ICP) here in May to facilitate movement of goods and people to and from Bangladesh.

In another development, Bangladesh agreed to allow erection of barbed wire fencing along the zero line at the frontier in some disputed locations of the State.

The Centre sanctioned six more border outposts besides additional BSF personnel along the difficult terrain of Tripura.

Though the wane in insurgency-related incidents, the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act was extended in Tripura for six months. The State-level coordination committee after reviewing anti-insurgency operations and overall situation of the State, suggested extension of the AFSPA�s term.

Census data put Tripura�s current people count at 36,71,032, a growth of 9.12 per cent in urban population since 2001. Rural population went down to 73.82 per cent from the earlier 82.94 per cent.

Successful implementation of literacy programmes like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan helped the State achieve an overall literacy rate of 87.75 per cent.

To ensure prompt action delivery mechanism against crime, Tripura Police launched �Complaints on SMS� service as part of their community policing programme.

An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale rocked the State in February but there was no damage.

Bird flu hit the State triggering large scale culling of poultry.

Gymnast Deepa Karmakar, who led the Indian women contingents in Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and Asian Games in China, bagged five gold medals in the 34th National Games in Jharkhand.

In one of the worst fires in the State, 16 people were burnt to death in a Reang refugee camp at Gachhirampara in North Tripura district in March. Thirty-seven thousand displaced Brus and Reangs had migrated to Tripura following ethnic clashes with Mizos since 1997.

The police were rewarded with the �President�s Colour� for their success in combating militancy in the State and virtually ensuring that there were no human rights abuse.

Tripura secured first position in agriculture production, a categorisation made on the basis of soil condition and proportional crop-yield. Around 7.12 lakh MT crops were produced in the State during the past one year.

Governor D Y Patil inaugurated the new building of the Tripura Assembly on July 22. The present Assembly in the Royal Palace will be made a museum. � PTI

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