North-East

  • 151 additional trains proposed to be run by private operators
    Maligaon, July 9 (MExN):  Ministry of Railways has recently invited Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for private participation for operation of passenger train services over 109 Origin-Destination (OD) pairs of routes through introduction of 151 modern Trains (Rakes). These 151 trains would be over and above the already existing trains, a press statement from Subhanan Chanda, CPRO Northeast Frontier Raileay said on Thursday.  These trains are going to run on the routes w
  • Heavy rainfall triggers landslides, flood-like situation in Arunachal Pradesh
    Itanagar, July 9 (PTI): Continuous rainfall in the past four days has triggered landslides and a flood-like situation in Arunachal Pradesh, damaging roads, houses and inundating low-lying areas, officials said on Thursday. Massive landslides have been reported in many parts of the state capital since Wednesday, a senior government official said. A report from East Siang district said the landslides and flash floods have left a trail of destruction in the district. The Siang r
  • Meghalaya govt approves amnesty scheme for pre-GST tax payers
    Newmai News Network Shillong | July 9 The Meghalaya cabinet has approved an amnesty scheme which would encourage and help pre-GST tax payers who have outstanding dues to be paid to the government by availing 30 percent waiver. Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma informed after the cabinet meeting on Thursday that the amnesty scheme will benefit the taxpayers as they can avail the 30 percent waiver and will also benefit the government by way of getting revenue. He then appea
  • Cong leader Dev tests Covid positive in Assam, tally 14,032
    Guwahati/Silchar, July 9 (IANS) While former Congress Lok Sabha member Sushmita Dev has tested positive for coronavirus, the Assam government refuted the media reports that Akhil Gogoi, jailed top farmers leader, tested Covid-19 positive.   On Thursday, Covid-19 death toll rose to 24 and number of cases jumped to 14,032 in the state.   All India Mahila Congress (AIMC) chief and the party's national spokesperson Dev, daughter of former Union Minister Santosh Mo
  • Quake jolts Mizoram again, no damage reported
    Eighth tremors to jolt the northeastern state in 18 days Aizawl, July 9 (IANS): With a fresh moderate earthquake of 4.3 on the Richter scale on Thursday, mountainous Mizoram continues to be hit by mild and moderate tremors since June 22, officials said.   India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the quake hit eastern Mizoram's Champhai district on Thursday afternoon, the eighth tremors to jolt the northeastern state in 18 days.   According to offic
  • PIB webinar on disaster management and crisis communication today
    Guwahati, July 8 (MExN): With Assam battling COVID-19 as well as nature's fury in the form of floods which has affected lakhs of people across the state, the role of the government gains far more significance much beyond providing relief to the affected people, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) stated on Wednesday. With this perspective, the PIB under the aegis of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India has scheduled a webinar on disaster management and crisi
  • NFR enhances safety measures for passengers
    Maligaon, July 8 (MExN):  The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) is in the process of installing automatic fire detection and suppression systems in the power cars and pantry cars to address the issue of any fire hazard and provide enhanced safety to passengers. According to a press note from Subhanan Chanda, CPRO NFR, in recent years there were some incidents when fire broke out from either pantry car or generator car of passenger trains causing damages. Such fire has the potential
  • Manipur hill based political party on delimitation
    Newmai Network IMPHAL | JULY 8 The People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA), a “recognized hill based political party” welcomed the delimitation exercise in Manipur on the basis of 2001 census. In a press release issued by its president L Seth, delimitation exercise is a nationwide democratic exercise taken up under the provisions of Delimitation Commission Act of 2002. The PDA also said that the Delimitation Commission had completed delimitation exercise in 24
  • NSCN (IM) demands release of ‘arrested’ kilonser
    DIMAPUR, JULY 8 (MExN): The NSCN (IM), on July 8, issued a press statement demanding the release of an NNC-Non Accordist (MK) functionary, who was allegedly “arrested” by one group and handed over to the GRPN/NSCN.   The release, issued by the organisation’s Ministry of Information & Publicity, claimed that the unnamed functionary, a kilonser, was arrested for supporting the Framework Agreement.  Terming it a matter of concern and highly condem
  • Senior medical officer arrested in Manipur for procuring substandard N95 masks
    Imphal, July 8 (PTI): A senior medical officer has been arrested in Manipur for procuring substandard N95 masks for supply to a district hospital, police said on Wednesday. Dr M Dinesh Singh, posted at the Central Medical Store of the Directorate of Health Services, Manipur was arrested on Tuesday, a statement issued by the Vigilance and Anti- corruption wing of the state police said.   During preliminary investigation, it has come to light that the accused, also the st
  • Capital Complex SP office in Arunachal sealed after woman constable tests COVID-19 positive
    Itanagar, July 8 (PTI): The office of the Superintendent of Police in Arunachal Pradesh''s Capital Complex region, where a week-long total lockdown is underway, has been sealed after a woman constable deployed there tested positive for COVID-19, a top police officer said on Wednesday. Director General of Police (DGP), R P Upadhaya, said that the Capital Complex SP office was sealed on Tuesday evening and its 80 staff members will be tested for COVID-19 during the day. &
  • Assam reports five more COVID-19 fatalities; death toll rises to 21
    Guwahati, July 8 (PTI): Assam reported five more COVID-19 fatalities on Wednesday, taking the state''s death toll due to the disease to 21 while the total number of cases stood at 13,336, Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Four patients died at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and one succumbed to the infection at Tezpur Medical College and Hospital (TMCH), he said.   All the four men who died at GMCH were aged above 60, with the oldest be
  • BSF asked to reveal number of quarantine centres
    Newmai News Network Shillong | July 7 With a number of BSF personnel who have returned to Meghalaya testing positive for COVID-19 of late, Mawryngkneng MLA, David A Nongrum has informed on Tuesday that a joint inspection of the quarantine centers within the BSF camp at Umpling will be held on Wednesday. “We have discussed this matter with the Block Development Officer including the village authority and we have asked for the list of quarantine centers within the BSF
  • NFR to generate about 3000 KWp of additional Solar Power by year end
    Maligaon, July 7 (MExN): The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has informed that by the end of the current financial year, NFR will be generating an additional 3000 Kwp of solar power. According to a press release from CPRO NFR Subhanan Chanda, many other projects are on hand in NFR to augment the solar power generation capacity, which once completed will generate clean and green electricity with savings of about Rs 4.73 crore from annual conventional energy bills. Guwahati station
  • Manipur COVID-19 cases increase to 771
    Newmai News Network Imphal | July 7  With the discharge of 37 persons in the last 24 hours, the number of recovered cases of COVID-19 in Manipur has increased to 771 on Tuesday. The number of active cases in the State is 659. The 37 persons were discharged after they were found free from COVID-19 during the latest RT PCR test, according to the Health department. The cumulative number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the State is now 1430 with 659 active cases.
  • Medical team rushes to Jiribam after reports of ‘cluster level transmission’
    Newmai News Network Imphal | July 7 A medical team from Imphal with rapid antigen testing kits was airlifted to Jiribam district bordering Assam where "cluster level transmission" of the COVID-19 pandemic was reported for the first in Manipur. The team was airlifted by a chopper to the district headquarters and soon after they reached there, field works of investigation into the origin of the spread at cluster level had started, an official source here said.
  • SBI's Northeast HQ's three floors regional biz office sealed as 30 employees test positive
    Guwahati, July 7 (PTI): The State Bank of India''s Northeast head office''s three floors and the entire regional business office were sealed on Monday after at least 30 employees in the two buildings tested positive for COVID-19, officials said. Kamrup Metropolitan Deputy Commissioner Biswajit Pegu declared the offices of the country''s largest public sector bank as "containment zones" and ordered to seal them with immediate effect to prevent furt
  • Door-to-door COVID-19 testing launched in Guwahati
    Guwahati, July 7 (IANS): A door-to-door COVID-19 testing programme has been launched here on Tuesday following a surge in COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks. Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is personally monitoring the programme in the Pandu area of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), and is asking people to cooperate, not panic. "In the state, 786 new cases were detected on Monday night. Of this, 598 were from Guwahati alone. We aim to conduct 3,000 tests in
  • After travelling 400 km for treatment, baby dies within hours of testing COVID-19 positive
    Shillong, July 7 (PTI): An eight-month-old baby who travelled around 400 km from Arunachal Pradesh to Meghalaya via Assam for treatment died within hours of testing positive for coronavirus, officials said on Tuesday. The baby boy was referred to the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) here from Arunachal Pradesh''s Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences for treatment of some ailment, they said.  
  • 5 NDRF personnel test COVID-19 positive in Mizoram; tally rises to 197
    Aizawl, Jul 7 (PTI): At least six people, including five National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel, have tested positive for novel coronavirus in Mizoram, taking the states COVID-19 tally to 197, an official said on Tuesday. Of the 49 samples tested, these six people were found infected with novel coronavirus on Monday night, he said.   Five of them were NDRF personnel posted at Lungverh, about 15 km from Aizawl, and they have travel history to Madhya Pradesh, A