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Is there any ray of hope for TRIPURA ?
Lakhs of Educated Youths (and their families) of TRIPURA (2nd highest populous state in NORTHEAST) have been languishing in complete frustration for over a decade now (recent news on TRIPURA can be referred for details) due to lack of --> Progressive policies, Meaningful development, Best of the industries and quality professional employment opportunities, Best of the class healthcare, Proactiveness in being nationally and globally competitive.
Does anyone know why capital AGARTALA is not yet even an inch near to a tier-2 city like PUNE ?
Does anyone know what TRIPURA have achieved (in terms of giving its educated youth much needed professional career opportunities at par with other progressive states) till date by focusing only on natural resource (rubber, bamboo, plastic) based industry, which in progressive states (e.g. Karnataka, Maharashtra) is considered as intermediary industry, while IT and High Tech industry are the prime economy drivers !!
Does anyone know why poor and lesser educated people are still not able to live a life with self dignity - at par with those in other progressive states (e.g. An Healthcare firm or IT MNC firm not only employs Doctors, Engineers, Managers and other graduates - alongwith them there are many other supporting and maintanance staffs who get due trainigs, well paid and can make their own career as well !!).
Does any one know HOW LONG (and WHY) people of TRIPURA (Youths especially) have to languish in backwardness when rest of the progressive states are vying for attention from top IT MNCs and High Tech firms to set up their base ??
If tier 2 cities like PUNE, GURGAON can achieve same through right mix of people, policies, push and willingness to embrace technology and competition - why can't AGARTALA ??
Hope much needed ECONOMIC VIBRANCY (like Bangalore, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad) is created in AGARTALA (to emerge as new SMART CYBER CITY of India!) with best of the policies and setting up of World Class Infrastructures.
Really hope leadership in CENTER, TRIPURA Govt and Other Concerned DIGNITARIES takes a FUTURISTIC and PROGRESSIVE approach and goes BIG to put TRIPURA into national & international scheme of things and strives hard in making AGARTALA into an world class city signifying uprising India's growing prowess!
We really need to move forward by developing TRIPURA with world class infrastructures and bring it at par with best of the other Indian states in the shortest possible time!
Yes - we do have logistical issues in terms of connectivity,tough terrains - which slowly but surely being overcomed with multiple links opening up through Bangladesh,Myanmar!
Appreciating TRIPURA Govt and Center on the development works so far,would request to set higher goals and aim to make TRIPURA the new face of emerging India!
Some of the very important issues plauging TRIPURA badly:
1.INDUSTRY - Not a single High Tech corporate, Big MNCs - especially economy driving Service Sector (from IT, High Tech - source of higher disposable income - source of thriving economy) have a presence in TRIPURA - Need of the hour (with major connectivity projects on and due for completion in next 1-2 years) is to have many of these companies (e.g. IBM,Accenture,TCS, Infosys, Wipro,HCL,Cognizant, Tech Mahindra) set up Delivery & Consultancy centers (by facilitating them with setting up of necessary IT zones / parks - in the line of ITPL Bangalore, Electronics City Bangalore, HITEC Hyderabad, Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park Hinjawadi Pune, DLF IT Park Chennai - with due URGENCY) - Which is a must to open up window of professional opportunities (and mass employment) for bright (More than 6 lakhs UNEMPLOYED !!) youths of the state. TRIPURA is also home to massive talent pool with combination of huge number of working professionals (working in other Metros and abroad currently), local educated youths, youths (and working professionals) from neighboring NORTHEAST states and legal working professionals from Bangladesh and Neighboring countries! At the same time geographical proximity of AGARTALA to important BANGLADESH cities (and subsequently to other SE Asian countries) gives ample business opportunities for IT Majors to expand their client base across industrial domains (e.g. Digital Bangladesh project being envisaged by Bangladesh Govt).
2.LIFESTYLE - Not a single world class 5 star hotel (Taj, Leela, Oberoi, ITC), World class shopping mall (Phoenix Market city Mumbai, LuLu International Shopping Mall Kochi, Mantri Square mall Bangalore), multiplexes (PVR, Big Cinemas, INOX) , World class Retail chains (Walmart, IKEA, Pantaloons,Shoppers Stop, Croma, Reliance Retail etc) exists in TRIPURA - Need of the hour is to have many and which is a must for a better and modern lifestyle for both people of State as well as thousands of (domestic and international) tourists arriving in the state.
3.EDUCATION - Not a single higher education institute of national importance (IIM, IIT, IISc, AIIMS, Symbiosis management institutes, Xavier management institutes etc ...) exists in TRIPURA - Need of the hour is to have many (given the fact that a huge number of students from TRIPURA migrates to other states for pursuing Engineering, Medical and Management from best of the institutes) which is a must to bring youths at par to the ones in other part of India !! This will also help best of the brains from other parts of INDIA to know NORTHEAST (TRIPURA in particular) better!
4.HEALTHCARE - Not a single HOSPITAL of national importance (in terms of professionalism , proven quality and trusted brand) exists in TRIPURA which is a must for those helpless people of state who has to run around and rush to Chennai and other cities for treatment even during those critical hours of life! - Need of the hour is to go PROACTIVE and INVITE best of the brands available (e.g AIIMS, FORTIS, APPOLO, MANIPAL Hospitals) to set up their HOSPITAL CHAINS at AGARTALA, at the same time highlighting enormous business opportunities they can derive from Medical Tourism Market comprising of Tourists coming from other Northeast states, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan and other Neighboring countries.
5.RAIL - Really hope TRIPURA gets connected to Trans-Asian Railway (TAR) Network with individual lines to MYANMAR and BANGLADESH - in the earliest possible time. Given the huge prospect of being a important Rail hub (catering to domestic and international traffic) connecting NORTHEAST to SE Asia and further to Europe, Hope AGARTALA rail station gets transformed into a world class Rail station (with best of the technologies, equipments, infrastructure and amenities) in the line of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Maharashtra) and Chennai Central station (Tamil Nadu). Also, need of the hour is to have a seamless Rail connectivity between all the NE capitals (Mumbai-Chennai like network need to be put in place for people to move across NORTHEAST easily without any hassles/security issues). Does anyone know when first High Speed Train will arrive in TRIPURA ?
6.CITY TRANSPORT - Not the best of the Road Infrastructure and City Transport System is in place in AGARTALA! Need of the hour is to have world class technology (e.g. GPRS enabled systems) and equipments embedded in ROADS (e.g. Digital Sign boards, CCTV cameras, Automatic Traffic Signal Control System etc.) and PUBLIC TRANSPORT VEHICLES (e.g. High Tech VOLVO AC and Non-AC Buses, Double-decker Buses) ; and install a organized process (e.g. Daily, Monthly and Yearly Passes, Dress code for Bus operators) in place - with something like Ahmedabad Bus Rapid Transit system, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation, Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System! Does anyone know when AGARTALA METRO will be flagged off ?
7.AIRPORT - Really hope AAI comes up with an world class international terminal (in the line of Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore , Mumbai Airports) in AGARTALA with modern technology, infrastructure, equipments and best of the amenities! With growing economic linkage between INDIA and other ASEAN countries (latest being PM's visit to Japan and Thailand) as part of INDIA's LOOK-EAST POLICY,it hardly leaves any room for imagination - the role AGARTALA going to play in near future being the hub of international trade. And SMOOTH and AROMATIC flow of INTERNATIONAL and DOMESTIC travelers (includes businessman, tourists, patients, students) will hold key to fully realize potential of LOOK-EAST policy envisioned by INDIA's leadership.
8.WATER Ways - TRIPURA Rivers are connected to Rivers in Bangladesh. Need of the hour is to transform TRIPURA rivers into national waterways, set up World Class Inland ports (in the line of Kaladan Multi-modal Transit Transport Project) and connect them to Bangladesh River and Sea ports, which would ease TRIPURA's landlockedness to a significant extent and improve Supply Chain and Logistical delivery of goods and services!
9.HIGHWAY - Hope AGARTALA gets incorporated to have seamless access to SE Asia connectivity points (India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway and Kaladan Multi-modal Transit). Also Need of the hour is to have Multi-lane express highway (in the line of Mumbai-Pune expressway, Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway) connectivity among all NE capitals. Can there be a Express Highway (via DHAKA) connecting AGARTALA and KOLKATA ?
10.BUSINESS MEET - Not a single Global Investor Meet organised yet in AGARTALA (whereas in Karnataka, Gujarat and even Chattisgarh these are almost frequent affairs - Recent one being PUNJAB getting thousands of crores of investment out of a Investor Summit !!). Need of the hour is organize such event which would surely put TRIPURA in global map and radar of world class corporates!
11.SPORTS - Not a single International stadium exists in AGARTALA to hold national and international level football and cricket tournaments (ODI, T20, Test matches, IPL, ISL, Challengers League etc) !!! Need of the hour is to set up an World Class International stadium with latest technology, infrastructure, equipments and best of the amenities (to the level of Eden Gardens Stadium, M Chinnaswamy Stadium, M. A. Chidambaram Stadium) to facilitate football and cricket crazy fans of TRIPURA (2nd Populous NE state!!), fans from neighboring NE states and neighboring countries of Bangladesh & Myanmar, budding cricketers and footballers from NORTHEAST to watch their favorite STARS in action !! This would also be a huge boost to Tourism, Relationship build up with neighboring countries, Opening up of many other avenues in industry starved NORTHEAST TRIPURA! For an instance, even though INDIA will be hosting 2017 U-17 FIFA world cup, there seems to be no chance of having few matches played in TRIPURA - though that would be the nicest thing to bring WORLD much closer to NORTHEAST TRIPURA !! Does anyone know when first international cricket match will be played in AGARTALA ?
12.ECONOMIC ZONE - Really hope AGARTALA gets incorporated in the proposed BCIM (Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar) corridor project and BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) project. Having close geographical proximity with important cities like DHAKA and CHITTAGONG will surely help TRIPURA leverage it's strategic location of being India's Gateway to SOUTHEAST ASIA! Also there is a urgent need to build economic and industrial corridors connecting all NE capitals to leverage economic potential between Northeast India and Southeast Asia. Does anyone know when a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) will come up in AGARTALA?
13.TOURISM - There seems to be no concerted approach in Branding and Marketing TRIPURA TOURISM with a wider internet reach through Social Media network, Top travel and hospitality web sites (in the line of Maharashta Tourism, Tamilnadu Tourism, Uttar Pradesh Tourism, Kerala Tourism, Goa Tourism) even though there is a huge scope for TRIPURA in both National and International Tourism Market. Also hilly terrains can be transformed into a major hub for Adventure Tourism (in the line of Ladakh) in addition to existing eco, cultural and religious Tourism.
14.TECHNOLOGY - There seems to be no approach in promoting and using modern technologies e.g. Internet Of Things (Combination of Physical things, Sensors, Internet, Cloud, Big Data and Real time Analytics) - which allows to overcome day to day challenges and enhance quality of public life (e.g. Wireless sensors on Bridges and Buildings for precaution against earthquake and natural disaster; Smart farms to improve Agriculture productivity; Effective Monitoring of Healthcare for patients; Managing Rivers, lakes and flood situations; Managing Traffic Congestion; Managing Air Polution; Managing Forest Degradation; Maintaining Roads and Highways; Monitoring Goods Transportation; Monitoring vehicle speed and preventing Road Accidents).
15.SMART CITY - Hope AGARTALA gets incorporated in the SMART CITY project envisaged by NDA Govt.
Also urgent need of the hour is to complete all the existing infrastructure projects as soon as possible and identification and sanctioning of all other infrastructure projects fulfilling above infrastructure gaps without any further delay!!
Anything less than 'WORLD CLASS' would only defeat the very purpose behind infrastructure development of TRIPURA under LOOK-EAST Policy!!
IMPOSSIBLE - just means I AM POSSIBLE! If India need to catch up with developed part of the world,the most strategically placed Northeast (especially TRIPURA) need to be made into a developed region in the shortest possible time!
I strongly believe TRIPURA govt (in close co-ordination with Center, other concerned dignitaries & all corporate vissionaries) can certainly achieve this sooner rather than late, which would definitely give its people a better employment opportunities, a better healthcare, a better access to quality education, a quality lifestyle, and last but not the least a confident and connected TRIPURA leading India's charge towards contributing to a more stable and stronger global economy!!
Ridiculous and childish. Is wordplay from Modi the expectation of media and people ? A class 9 student can give a more relevant expansion for SMART.
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Coordinates: 26°15′43″N 88°45′06″E
Bangladesh–India borderGeography of AssamGeography of West BengalFencesBorder barriers
The border Fence close to the Hili Border station (West-Bangladesh)
The project has run into several delays and there is no clear completion date for the project yet. The barrier when complete will be patrolled by the Border Security Force. The fence will also be electrified at some stretches.
The BSF claims that the barrier’s main purpose is to prevent smuggling of narcotics.
Barbed wire fencing
India is constructing the Indo-Bangladeshi barrier, a 3,406 kilometres (2,116 mi) fence of barbed wire and concrete just under 3 metres high, to prevent smuggling of narcotics. Out of this, 2529 kilometres of fencing was completed at the cost of 28.81 billion (US$470 million) by November 2007. The deadline for project completion was set to 2008–09 By October 2009, about 2649 kilometres of fencing along with about 3326 kilometres of border roads were completed. The deadline for project completion was revised to March 2010. By March 2011, 2735 kilometres of fencing was completed and the deadline was revised to March 2012.
Assam shares a 263 km of border with Bangladesh out of which 143.9 km is land and 119.1 km is riverine. As of November 2011, 221.56 km of fencing was completed.
India has completed Flood lights installation for 277 kilometers in the West Bengal sector.
Sometimes between 2001-2006 Bangladesh Border security troops (BDR) clashed with the Indian Border Security Force when the fence were build beyond the no man’s land.
Indian Kashmir barrier
Dahala Khagrabari #51
Teen Bigha Corridor
2001 Indian–Bangladeshi border conflict
Main article: Indo-Bangladesh enclaves
The border area is dotted with many Indian territory exclaves within Bangladesh, and many Bangladeshi territory (enclave) within India. They result from pre-colonial treaties between the Maharajah of Cooch Behar and the Nawab of Rangpur, and were maintained at the time of partition between India and what was then East Pakistan in 1947. Residents of the exclaves generally live in miserable conditions, lacking access to basic services such as healthcare or electricity. These are not provided by their own government, as they are isolated from it by a strip of foreign land; nor are they provided by the surrounding state. They cannot visit their own country without crossing the international border surrounding the territory (enclave).
In September 2011, the two countries verbally agreed on land swaps and resolve the issue, but till November 2013 nothing were done from both side. The exclaves’ population, over 50,000 people, would have a say in the matter, and each person would ultimately be allowed to choose their nationality.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses BJP workers at Sarusajai stadium on Sunday. Picture by UB Photos n See Metro
• The India-Bangladesh land-swap deal was signed in 2011 between then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina but was opposed in Assam and Bengal
• Assam will get 397.50 acres of land from Bangladesh, while it has to part with 267.5 acres. Overall, India will part with 111 enclaves (17,160 acres) to Bangladesh and receive 51 enclaves (7,110 acres)
• States to be affected: Assam, Bengal, Meghalaya and Tripura
• The UPA-II government had introduced the amendment bill in December 2013 to facilitate land-swap deal amid strong protests by Trinamul Congress and the AGP
• The Constitution (119th Amendment) Bill, 2013, was subsequently referred to the standing committee on external affairs, headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor
• The panel has reportedly unanimously approved the bill, while recommending that interests of the states be kept in mind
• The bill is likely to be tabled in the ongoing session of Parliament sometime next week
• There was nothing on issues like NRC update, flood and erosion, big dams, ST status and talks with outfits though Modi said commitments made during the Lok Sabha poll campaign will be kept
• It was a full house (about 35,000) at the stadium but the crowd started thinning four minutes into Modi’s 20-minute speech. Most attributed it to his appeal to party workers to leave in a disciplined manner and not to leave behind any litter
• Focus on membership drive
• Leaders exhorted workers to get ready to throw out the Congress in the 2016 Assembly polls
AICC secretary Bhupen Kumar Borah said today’s developments reflect the BJP’s double standards — be it influx or big dam or the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Assam PCC chief spokesperson Mehdi Alam Bora said his party’s stand on the deal had been vindicated. “Modi’s statement shows that the BJP only misled people for political benefits. They only spread lies to win elections.”
AASU president Shankar Prasad Ray said not an inch of land of India and Assam should be given away or they would launch an agitation.
“Last evening, during our meeting with him (Modi), he assured us that he would look into the problems such as NRC update, influx and floods, but asked us to give him some time. Now he takes a U-turn. We request him to review any decision in favour of the deal, which should be scrapped,” Ray said.
Founding AGP president and MLA Prafulla Kumar Mahanta tweeted, asking the Centre to clear its stand on the land deal as well as matters related to issuing visas to Bangladeshis.
The rally was also used to sound the poll bugle for the 2016 Assembly polls where the BJP has emerged as the main challenger to the ruling Congress along with the AIUDF.
Senior leaders who spoke before Modi called on party workers to work towards voting out the Congress.
Modi also said in his speech, “The BJP doesn’t do politics of casteism, communalism or regionalism. We believe in the politics of nationalism, development.”
INDO-BANGLA BOUNDARY AGREEMENT CONUNDRUM
The BJP state unit had strongly opposed the land-swap deal inked by the erstwhile UPA-II government and had even made it an issue in the last Lok Sabha elections, saying the party would not allow even an inch of Assam land to be given away.
“Modiji only gave general assurances of solving the problems of Assam. He has not made his mind clear on the sensitive land-swap deal issue but the ‘short-term loss’ bit is enough to trigger a storm. He has left behind a massive problem. We will have a tough time dealing with the land deal issue. There was nothing on influx either. A time-bound plan to rid Assam of influx would have been great,” a senior leader said, articulating the concerns of the state unit.
Another leader, quoting a RSS pracharak sitting next to him, said the speech “lacked” substance. “We are focussing on our membership drive but how will our members motivate others without any clear-cut agenda?” he asked.
Even before Modi left for Imphal, the Congress, the AASU and the AGP pounced on the BJP on his views on the land deal.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi told The Telegraph, “I will react tomorrow.”
Like Modi, Gogoi had also tried to sell the deal as one beneficial to Assam. He had promised that the state’s security would never be compromised and that Assam would be able to fence off the India-Bangladesh border, if the deal was ratified. Unlike Gogoi, his party colleagues were only too eager to cash in on the opportunity provided by Modi to call the BJP’s bluff.
I got some of my own wordplay for Momo.
Modi’s Land Swap Mess
November 30, 2014
Modi leaves party in a quandary
PM ‘supports’ land-swap deal
Assam BJP leaders present a memento to Modi on Sunday. Picture by UB Photos
Guwahati, Nov. 30: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India and Assam’s interests would be protected while dealing with the sensitive India-Bangladesh land-swap deal.
Though Modi did not categorically spell out his views on the deal, he dropped broad hints about his government being in favour of the pact, which was opposed by the state unit of the BJP, the AGP and the AASU, among others, when the UPA-II government tried to get it ratified last year.
“I came before the Lok Sabha polls and gave certain assurances. I am telling you again that the government in Delhi is committed to solving your problems and would respect your sentiments. On the land-swap deal also, I will keep the interests of the country in mind and move ahead. I will also keep the interests of Assam in mind. Whatever we will do may appear to be a loss in the short term but ultimately will do things which will only benefit Assam in the long run. I have come to assure the people of Assam on this,” Modi said at a massive BJP workers’ rally held here this afternoon. Modi was on a two-day visit to the state since yesterday, his first as Prime Minister.
He had campaigned extensively in Assam during the Lok Sabha polls and used today’s rally to thank party workers for the good showing in the polls and exhorted them to work with the same zeal in the future. The BJP had won seven of the 14 Lok Sabha seats in the state, its best showing till date, at the cost of the ruling Congress.
The other sensitive issue Modi touched upon during his speech was the influx of Bangladeshis. “We will close all routes through which they come to Assam. You believe my words. I am saying it with full responsibility. I will see to it that no harm comes to Assam,” Modi said, while exhorting party workers and leaders to work hard to boost the ongoing membership drive, which will end in March.
Party insiders said Modi’s speech had to be cut short because of time constraints.
Modi’s views apparently did not enthuse a section of state BJP leaders/workers who had expected something more concrete from him on the state’s problems. They were also worried about attacks by political rivals on Modi’s views.
New slogans , new phrases are the catching phrases that attracts the people in every country and once the slogan dies with the stroke of Reality on ground new one has to be tossed constant use of this tactics will put ypu in the solid frame of a LIAR and you can not fool the people anymore.////By the time you have already enjoyed the fruits of power..Modi bhai Lage raho....Circuit in Kolkatta is attacking Mamata..
What india needs is MAJOR POLICE REFORM. As it stands, Police in India is ill-equipped, ill-trained, ill-led, ill-supported (by the politicians, who use them for their own ends), ill-paid (opening them up to rampant corruption), ill-motivated, and, for most part, ill-literate (or semi-literate). Law & Order needs to be THE main priority of a nation for development to maintain the Rule Of Law, or there can be no progress to allow us to compete globally. Towards this end the whole Justice System needs major reform. As it stands, the courts are over-whelmed with cases and defendants routinely postpone cases for years (Jayalalithaa's case took 18 years!). The justice system should be uniform all over the country - no local Khap Panchayats meting out medieval justice. India needs to move into the 21st Century, as the World laughs at our abysmal Law & Order situation. Jai Hind!.
If words could change things!!!!!! With all the feathers, Modi's back side would now resemble the headgear of a Red Indian Chief.
Red Indian? - could you be more insulting to the Native Americans!. Would you like to be referred to as a Brownie Hindu?.
Veracity of variegated verbose assertions of iconic Narenedera Modi are attentive captivating exemplary feasible practical treatise, patently befitting to pertinent imperatives of subjective & objective intended intents & purposes.
Alert agile Narendera Modi has the knack of driving home his point of view with masterly disarming ease .grace & grandeur, in almost all fora of public relation initiatives.
The moment 'SMART' parameter set by visionary Narendera Modi becomes reality check guiding factor for all investigative intelligence security forces Indians will feel more reassured to tread steadfastly on paths of peace progress & prosperity.
Why they missed CBI director sleeping while PM was speaking there? He should have been sacked then and there. Left over waste of UPA government. Modi is still following the same path of UPA by not bringing up any accountability to bureaucracy and the corrupt. Without accountability for bureaucracy nothing can be achieved. All he does is delivering false promises and fooling the public, Why no action against corrupt UPA leaders? Let us see how long the public will suffer his inaction and protecting the corrupt. So far he works only for corrupt corporations. Doing exactly what an American President does for corrupt and unscrupulous corporates, who funds their election - in the name of serving the country. Modi's Australian trip was to secure Australian mines for some Indian corporates. Japanese visits for the Gujarati business houses. All at the public expense. His blind one track minded fans are still busy insulting anybody who tells the truth.
He can add as many feathers he want's, but still he won't be a PEACOCK.
'Police achha kaam karti hai, Police ki image movies ne kharab ki' (??)
PM banane ke baad ye bhi Pappu ban gaya!
Speech...Foreign Trip...Election Rally...Speech...foreign Trip...Election Rally...
Dear PM, thoda kaam bhi karlo!
ABCD ... D stands for Daamaad... why is HT shy ?
He did not said anything about police reforms that are desperately needed.. like everytime specifics in this speech too are missing.. There is a lot of work which modi should do for better policing.Action on model police act based on Sorabjee panel reco's and its implementation in all BJP ruled states should be first step in this dir'n!!