North-East

  • Village bids emotional adieu to Spaniard stranded in Assam during the lockdown
    Guwahati,September 24 IANS): Men, women and children of the entire village had tears in their eyes as Spanish cyclist Manuel Arribas Rodriguez left Bokotial village in eastern Assam's Sivasagar district. The 41-years-old Spanish national had intended to stay a week at Bokotial village in connection with a festival but ended up spending more than seven months owing to the lockdown and other Covid-19 related travel restrictions. All the men, women and children of our Bokotial v
  • Three Manipur ministers dropped amid reports of cabinet rejig
    Imphal, Septenmber 24 (IANS): Amidst reports of a cabinet reshuffle, Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla on Thursday accepted Chief Minister N. Biren Singh's proposal to drop three cabinet ministers, officials said. Officials from Raj Bhavan and the Chief Minister's secretariat said that the CM on Wednesday recommended to the governor to drop Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister V. Hangkhalian, Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Nemcha Kipgen and Education,
  • Rs 85 lakh cash seized in Assam's Dibrugarh airport, 4 held
    Guwahati, September 23 (IANS): Four youths, carrying Rs 85 lakh in cash, were arrested from Assam's Dibrugarh airport on Wednesday, just before they boarded a Delhi-bound flight, police said. Police said that the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) troopers, during the security check, detected the large amount of cash in two cartons carried by the four youths, who had come from Khonsa in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh by road. The youths and the seized cash were handed o
  • Sikkim cut off as major landslide hits NH10
    Gangtok, September 23 (PTI): A major landslide, triggered by heavy rains, on the National Highway 10 cut off Sikkim from the rest of the country on Wednesday morning, officials said. The landslide happened at the 29 Mile area in West Bengal, they said. The NH-10, which is considered the lifeline for the people of Sikkim, is maintained by the General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) and the PWD of West Bengal, they added. Officials at the site said that it will take at least a day
  • Mizoram MP seeks compensation for people affected by earthquakes
    Aizawl, September 23 (PTI): Rajya Sabha MP from Mizoram K Vanlalvena has urged the Centre to give compensations to people affected by earthquakes in Mizoram and to send a team to investigate the cause of frequent earthquakes in the state, an official said on Wednesday. The MP has asked the Earth Science Ministry and Ministry of Home Affairs Disaster Management Division to immediately send an investigation team to Mizoram, to provide compensation to the earthquake victims, and to pro
  • Assam to cull 12,000 pigs as African swine fever spreads
    Guwahati, September 23 (PTI): Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday ordered to cull nearly 12,000 pigs in the areas affected by the deadly African swine fever and asked officials to compensate the owners adequately. So far, 18,000 pigs have died after contracting the virus across 14 districts of the state, a senior official of the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department told PTI. "Chairing a meeting with department officials, the chief minister said that in
  • Sikkim CM's wife tests positive for COVID-19
    Gangtok, September 23 (PTI): Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang''s wife Krishna Rai and some of her family members have tested positive for COVID-19. In a Facebook post she said: "We made all possible efforts to keep corona at bay but unfortunately we got infected. I appeal to those who came in contact with us to get themselves tested and my close contacts to go into quarantine." She said that on doctors advice she along with her family members have quarant
  • Arunachal reports record 249 new COVID-19 cases, 1 fresh fatality
    Itanagar, September 23 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh registered its highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as 249 people, including seven security personnel, tested positive for the infection, a health official said. One more patient has succumbed to the infection, taking the northeastern state''s coronavirus death toll to 14, he said. The fresh infections have pushed Arunachal Pradesh''s caseload to 7,844, State Surveillance Officer Dr L Jampa said.
  • 22 new COVID-19 cases in Mizoram, tally rises to 1,713
    Aizawl, September 23 (PTI): At least 22 people including 16 BSF jawans have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, taking the state''s virus caseload to 1,713, an official said on Wednesday. Sixteen Border Security Force (BSF) jawans posted at Lunglei and Serchhip, one non-state resident construction worker and the five state residents tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24-hours, the official said. Eleven cases were reported from Lunglei district, six from Serchhi
  • One dead, five missing as jeep washed away by strong river current in Meghalaya
    Shillong, September 23 (PTI): A woman drowned and and five others were missing after their vehicle was swept away by strong currents when crossing a river in Meghalaya''s South West Khasi Hills district, an official said on Wednesday. The incident took place at remote Mawjai village of the district on Tuesday when a jeep was crossing the swollen Tihiang river, officials said. A rescue operation has been launched to trace the missing persons, district deputy commissioner C
  • Educational institutions partially reopen in 4 NE states
    Guwahati, September 22 (IANS): Educational institutions in four of the eight northeastern states partially re-opened on Monday after a gap of six months with strict COVID-19 guidelines, officials said. Many schools in the four states witnessed low attendance on the first day of reopening while some students were sent back for coming without consent letters of the parents or face masks.  Officials in Guwahati said that thousands of schools re-opened across Assam for stud
  • Sikkim Assembly passes bill to set up Buddhist University
    Gangtok, September 22 (PTI): The Sikkim Assembly has passed nine bills, including one seeking to set up a Buddhist university in the state, in a one-day session. The supplementary demands for grants amounting to Rs 45,123.63 lakh were also passed by the House on Monday when the session was held just for a day in view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic situation. The media was not allowed to attend the session and an official statement on the proceedings of the House was issued o
  • Shutdown in Tripura's Kanchanpur over tribals' resettlement
    Agartala, September 22 (IANS): Normal life was crippled in northern Tripura's Kanchanpur subdivision on Tuesday as the Joint Movement Committee called a 12 hour shutdown in protest against the state government's decision to rehabilitate thousands of tribal refugees, who fled adjoining Mizoram 23 years ago following ethnic strife, in the area. According to the police, there was no untoward incident in view of the dawn-to-dusk shutdown. Government offices, markets, shops an
  • Rhino poaching in Assam has reduced by 86%: Minister (World Rhino Day Special)
    Guwahati, September 22 (IANS): Poaching of rhinos in Assam for the animal's precious horns has reduced by more than 86 per cent in the past three years, Environment and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya said as the World Rhino Day was celebrated on Tuesday. With an estimated Rhinoceros population of 2,640, Assam has the largest number of Indian one-horn rhinos in the world. Talking to IANS, Suklabaidya said one of the biggest challenges faced by the species in Assam is poachin
  • Time to be future-ready, future-fit: PM to IIT grads
    New Delhi, September 22 (IANS): Pointing out that a nation's future depends on what its youths think today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said it was time for them to be future-ready and future-fit. "I firmly believe that the future of the nation is what its youths thinks today. Your dreams are going to shape the reality of India. The time now is to be future-ready and future-fit," the Prime Minister said while addressing the 22nd convocation of IIT-Guwahati.
  • Congress's 12-hour Tripura shutdown evokes mixed response
    Agartala, September 21 (IANS): The 12-hour shutdown called by the opposition Congress against the Tripura government's alleged misgovernance and failure to curb Covid-19 spread evoked a mixed response in the state on Monday. Social distancing and other Covid-19 restrictions were blatantly violated as huge gatherings of bandh supporters and ruling Bharatiya Janata Party workers were seen in many places across the state. Police officials said that around 1,000 Congress workers
  • Logo & song for ‘Destination North East 2020’ revealed
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 21 (MExN): Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh today unveiled the logo and song for the “Destination North East-2020” festival through a video conference. A press release from the PIB informed that the 4-day event will be formally inaugurated by Union Minister for Home Affairs, Amit Shah on September 27 with Dr Jitendra Singh as guest of honour. The chief guest for the closing c
  • NFHRCC updates on progress of Foothill Road
    DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 20 (MExN): The Nagaland Foothill Road Coordination Committee (NFHRCC) held a meeting on September 19 and updated on the progress of the road works till now, while seeking cooperation from all stakeholders. The meeting acknowledged the Government of Nagaland for funding the project to the tune of Rs 6,700 lakhs under SPA during 2013-14 and 2014-15 including construction of a 2 lane 134.80 m span RCC Bridge over Doyang River at Governor’s Camp, Liphanyan. It i
  • Railways replacing level crossings with ROB/RUB
    Maligaon, September 20 (MExN): The Ministry of Railways proposes to replace Level crossing (LC) gates in the country with Road Over Bridges (ROB) on a cost-sharing basis with the respective State Govt if Train Vehicle Unit (TVU) of Level crossing gate is more than one lakh per day. Road under bridges (RUB) is also provided to replace the level crossing gates, wherever technically feasible. This information was given by the Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goy
  • Another earthquake occurs in Mizoram
    Newmai News Network Aizawl | September 20 Earthquakes continue to occur in Mizoram after the state experienced its first one in this series on June 18. Reports said that people in Champhai district of Mizoram felt 80 to 100 tremors including aftershocks since June 18, 2020. The latest one occurred on Sunday morning in the state. However, the exact number of earthquakes which have occurred since June 18, 2020 was not officially confirmed. According to the National Centre for S