North-East

  • 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
  • Tripura cancels 62K fake ration cards
    AGARTALA, JULY 7 (IANS): The Tripura government has cancelled 62,340 fake ration cards identified after computerisation of the PDS system, officials said here on Tuesday.   Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department Director Tapan Kumar Das said that after the cancellation, the number of ration cards has come down to around nine lakh that benefit 36 lakh people in the state.   "After the computerisation of the Public Distribution System (PDS) in Tri
  • 112 fresh COVID-19 cases in Tripura; count rises to 1,693
    Agartala, July 7 (PTI): As many as 112 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura, taking the northeastern state''s tally to 1,693 on Tuesday, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has said. Gomati district registered the highest number of fresh cases at 41 followed by Khowai (40), West district (14), Sepahijala (9), Dhalai and South district (three each) and Unakoti and North districts (one each), he said.   "Alert ~112 people found COVID-19 positive today i
  • Arunachal Pradesh reports second COVID-19 death
    Itanagar, July 7 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh reported its second COVID-19 fatality as a 40-year-old man died at the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences at Naharlagun, a senior health official said on Tuesday. The man from Dirang in West Kameng district died in the states lone medical college and hospital on Monday, he said.   The man, suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), was under week-long dialysis at TRIHMS, State Surveillance Officer L Jampa said.
  • Total lockdown affects normal life in Arunachal's Capital Complex
    Itanagar, July 7 (PTI): Normal life has come to a standstill in Arunachal Pradesh''s Capital Complex due to a week-long total lockdown imposed in the region in the wake of a spurt in COVID-19 cases, police said on Tuesday. The lockdown was imposed at 5 pm on Monday in the Capital Complex region comprising Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli, Banderdewa and Doimukh areas. It will remain in force till 5 am on July 13.   All shops and business establishments remained clo
  • Assam invites textile firms to invest in state, assures customised support to ventures
    Guwahati, July 7 (PTI): The Assam government has invited textile companies to invest in the state, assuring customised support to their business ventures. With the advancement of the Act East policy, Assam is now the centre of Southeast Asia with access to eight crore people, Industry and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said.   Participating from Assam in the ''Exclusive Investment Forum'' webinar organised by the Union Ministry of Textiles in c