With Independence Day around the corner, the business of flag making in Agartala is adversely affected this year due to COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown.
Flag makers from Agartala who used to get bulk orders ahead of Independence Day said that this year, they have received no orders and retail sales have also taken a hit.
Talking to ANI, Swapan Saha, a flag maker and seller said, "For last 30 years, I have been making flags and there were four to five persons who were also engaged with me in the work but this time due to the corona and lockdown, I am working alone and could make around 500 flags.
Earlier, I used to do the entire work in my shop but now it is closed due to the lockdown and so I made them in my house."
A massive protest along with a torch rally was held in Tripura's Agartala on Sep 24. The youth Congress protestors are agitating against the new agriculture reforms bills. The protestors raised slogans against the government and new farm bills. Supporting the farm bills, government said, this will bring revolutionary changes in lives of farmers.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb performed 'puja' at Tripura Sundari Temple on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 70th birthday on September 17. CM Deb prayed for PM Modi's good health and long life in Agartala. He also performed 'yagya' on this occasion and was accompanied by state minister Pranajit Singha Roy. The entire nation is celebrating PM Modi's birthday with different kinds of activities.
People purchased vegetables at a market in Agartala amid COVID-19. 'No mask, no vegetable' boards were set up at the market. Civil Defence volunteers are also deployed to ensure that social distancing norms are followed. As per Union Health Ministry, active cases in Tripura stand at 7584. '
Indian Army dogs Vida and Sophie were awarded with the Chief of Army Staff Commendation Cards on the 74th Independence Day this year, for their role in different operations. Vida of an Army Dog Unit located in Northern Command and Sophie of Special Frontier Force (Bomb Disposal Squad) were awarded with COAS Commendation Cards. According to the Indian Army, Vida was instrumental in detection of five mines and one grenade buried underground and Sophie, an explosive detection dog sniffed out the presence of initiator/accelerant which could have been hastily used to fabricate an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), thereby saving precious lives.
'Mazhab nahi sikhata, aapas mein bair rakhna, hindi hain hum, watan hai hindustan hamara' meaning Religion does not teach us to bear ill-will among ourselves; we all are Indians and our homeland is Hindustan. These words from a patriotic song turned into reality when leaders of various faiths assembled at The India Imam Organization's office in New Delhi on the occasion of 74th Independence Day. They together chanted slogans awakening national spirit and then hoisted the national flag, spreading the message of unity and universal brotherhood.