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PM Modi to inaugurate 2nd unit of Palatana power project in Tripura

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The inauguration is scheduled for December 1

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the second unit of 726 mw gas based thermal power project at Palatana in Gomati district of Tripura on December one.

"Prime Minister will inaugurate the second unit of Palatana project on December one. We'll start its generation from November 28 as trial," ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTPC) Chairman cum Managing Director S K Dubey said today.

"The generation of power from the second unit will continue for seven to eight days and then it will be closed for cooling. The commercial production will be started from January next," Dubey told reporters here.

The north eastern states would get its share and the rate of selling power would be decided by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), he said.

Press Trust of India | Agartala
November 26, 2014 Last Updated at 14:56 IST
BHEL commissions 363 MW power project in Tripura

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With this commissioning, BHEL has commissioned nine modules of Frame 9FA gas turbines in the combined cycle mode in the country

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has successfully commissioned the second module of the 2 x 363.3 MW gas-based combined cycle power plant (CCPP) of ONGC Thermal Power Corporation (OTPC) in Tripura. BHEL had commissioned the first module of the Palatana project in January 2013.

Located at Palatana, around 50 kms from Agartala, the CCPP comprises two modules of 363.3 MW each equipped with fuel efficient advanced class frame 9FA gas turbines. BHEL had won the contract for selling up the CCPP on EPC (engineering, procurement & construction) basis.

With the commissioning of this module, BHEL has commissioned nine modules of Frame 9FA Gas Turbines in the combined cycle mode, in the country.

BHEL has so far commissioned 911 Mw of gas-based and hydro sets in Tripura, which accounts for 100 per cent of the state's generating capacity. BHEL had earlier commissioned 14 gas turbines of smaller rating upto 21 Mw in Tripura as the sizes were limited by logistic constraint. The Palatana project is the first and the largest of its kind in the entire North-Eastern part of India. BHEL is also presently executing another gas-based project of 100 MW of NEEPCO at Monarchak in Tripura.

BS B2B Bureau | Agartala, Tripura November 18, 2014 Last Updated at 19:38 IST​
 

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Automatic modern rice mill in Tripura to benefit farmers, generate employment

An automatic modern rice mill at East Champamura, 15 km east from Agartala, has recently been inaugurated by Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.

The facility will not only help transform the lives of local farmers, but provide employment to many youth.

It has a capacity to crush 180 tons paddy everyday and produce five varieties of rice.

East Champamura was once the hotbed of militancy. But, with the return of peace, rapid development is taking place.

"Tripura is the most peaceful area in the Northeast that is why people are keen to invest here. Through this we will be able to provide employment to local people. At present we have employed around 20-25 people. In the future, as our plant grows, we will employ more people," said Rakesh Saha, owner.

The mill has been set up under the Government of India's food mission programme to attract investors in the northeastern region.

Earlier, rice was imported from other state but now people can get fresh and fine quality rice in the local market and also farmer can sell their total paddy production here at good price.

"This will benefit the farmers a lot. Earlier as they used to sell their paddy at the husking mill at around Rs.12/13 per kg, they didn't make much profit. Now when they sell their crop at the mill they will make profit of around Rs.13/14 per kg. And they can directly sell their crops to the mill," said Bholanath Bhuiya, Mill Engineer from West Bengal.

"It is beneficial because poor laborers like us get a chance to work. I have come from Bihar to work here," added Govind Choudhury, a worker.

The government has been focusing on promoting the Northeast region as a potential investment hub by improving connectivity, developing infrastructure and providing incentives to investors.

The overall development in Tripura is proof that peace is essential for progress. (ANI)

source:the big news network
 

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Insurgency-hit Tripura tea industry flourish once again

AGARTALA: The three decade old insurgency which nearly ruined the century old tea industry in Tripura, is recovering with the restoration of peace and harmony.

Tea Association of India secretary P K Sarkar said, “All 58 tea gardens in the state now operate at the optimum level producing one crore kg of tea per year.”

Sarkar thinks that if substantial capital investment is made in the industry, the State will scale up the list of 14 tea-producing states. Tripura at present holds the fifth position after Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.

Painting a bright future for the State’s tea industry, Sarkar said, “6,400 hectares of land are now under cultivation while the total granted area for tea cultivation is 14,000 hectares.”

Tea production in the State is also supplemented by small growers, who mostly grow tea in small holdings measuring one hectare or more and add to the production.

“There are also hundreds of small gardens, either privately run or run by some organisations. The Tripura Tea Development Corporation, a state government organisation, runs 14 gardens. An estimated 20,000 people are employed in small gardens”, Sarkar said.

The tea gardens were the target of insurgent organisations like the National Liberation Front of Tripura(NLFT) and the All-Tripura Tiger Force(ATTF).

As the tea gardens are mostly located near the 856-mile-long Indo-Bangla border, it was an easy prey for the ultras, who killed or kidnapped tea garden official workers at will and returned to their bases in either Sylhet or Chittagong.

“Under these circumstances, it was not simply possible to run the gardens. The employees did not agree to work in the gardens,” Shantibrata Chakraborty, the vice-president of the state unit of the Tea Association of India, said.

Tripura tea is now exported to Iran, Russia and America, Chakraborty said, adding that in August next green tea would be exported to Banga Sammelan at Houston in America.

“Besides green tea, organic tea and bio-tea also have good prospect in the foreign market,” Prabir De, spokesman of Luxmi Tea company Ltd in North Tripura district, said.

The Manu Valley tea garden exported 58,000 kg of tea, named Jewel Tips, to Iran and also got orders from Russia as well a few years ago.

“We exported 58,000 kg of Jewel Tips tea to Iran a few years ago and we are sending almost the same amount every year,” D C Das, manager of Manu valley tea garden, had earlier told reporters.

Manu Valley’s success inspired young entrepreneurs who are now planning to invest in tea along with rubber in a big way.

The State government has recently requested the central government and the Indian Tea Council to revive the sick tea gardens in order to increase tea production in Tripura. At present five tea gardens are found sick in the state, officials of the Tripura Industrial Development Corporation said.

The TTDC, set up in 1980, for development of tea industry in the state, now manages these five sick tea gardens.

Keeping in mind the sharp downfall in the demand for CTC tea worldwide, a prominent tea garden has focussed on manufacturing of Orthodox tea.

The orthodox tea, which is processed with utmost care and special technique, has tremendous demand in the countries like Iran, Syria and UAE.

The price of CTC tea has come down drastically in the auction markets after Kenya registered bumper CTC tea production this season.

In fact, Indian tea planters are in trouble after the abundant supply of Kenya’s CTC tea in the auction markets.

“We have already sent a consignment of 30,000 kg of orthodox tea to Iran. And more such consignments will be sent to the Middle-East countries,” the general manager of the Chatterjee Group of Gardens, J C Das, said.

While the CTC tea is sold at Rs 120-125 per kg, the price of orthodox tea is Rs 460 per kg at the auction market.

Source:The North East today
 

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Queen pineapples headed for Dubai




The Queen variety of pineapple from Tripura, which has got a GI tag, will be exported for the first time to Dubai next month.

Sources said a meeting, organised by the state government, was held in Agartala recently. It was attended by officials from APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority)...

The Tripura Queen pineapple got the GI tag in 2015 and was helped by North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation, a central public sector unit, in getting it. The Queen pineapples are spiny, golden yellow in colour and have a pleasant aroma and flavour. The sweetness and unique aroma differentiates it from pineapples of other states of the Northeast. Tripura is one of the largest pineapple growing states in the country and there are more than 100 commercial scale pineapple plantations spread throughout the state. APEDA had earlier helped export the Kew variety of pineapples from Tripura to West Asia...
 

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Tripura to set up international Buddhist university to attract students from South East Asian nations
The International Buddhist Confederation is hoping to set up a Buddhist university in Tripura shortly to attract students from South East Asian countries like Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Sri Lanka.

Dhammapiya founded Dhamma Dipa (Buddhist) Foundation at Manubankul in South Tripura district, 130 Km from Agartala several years back. He said there are a lot of students interested in studying Buddhist culture in South East Asian studies but academic institutions set up so far have failed to sufficiently attract them. He also said such a university can work perfectly if set up in Northeast India since the region shares cultural affinity with adjoining South East Asian nations.

Preliminary estimates say around Rs 100 crores might be spent for the project. The entire expenditure would be borne by the Buddhist community. “We hope to have top planners from Malaysia to do the planning for this institute. So, final expenditure is yet to be estimated. We shall request our Buddhist high community to bear the expenses”, he said.

The university, if built, would offer Buddhist education along with courses in other disciplines of modern education as well.

Sabroom MLA Shankar Roy, who joined the Buddhist leaders during discussion with the CM, said such a university would help in gaining greater cultural exchange and tourism in Tripura.
 
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