North-East

  • UNC welcomes formation of Core Committee on Indo-Naga Political issue
    Senapati, June 21 (MExN): The United Naga Council (UNC)  has appreciated and welcomed the formation of Core Committee on the Indo-Naga Political issue by the Nagaland government under the initiative of the chief minister Neiphiu Rio to “resolve and to strengthen the ongoing negotiations between the government of India (GOI) and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN).” In a statement, the Council also expressed hope and prayers that the Core Committee woul
  • IIIHM Kolkata ‘global ambition’ started
    Kolkota, June 21 (MExN): The IIIHM department in the University of Engineering and Management, Kolkata (UEM-Kolkata) has started its global ambition “without wasting any time,” the institute maintained in a press release.   Going international is an absolute necessity, for the hotel and hospitality educational institutions and the IIIHM under the IEM – UEM group has “been going top gear, to ensure that no stones are unturned from its inception” wit
  • Mizoram minister announces cash prize for having maximum number of children
    Aizawl, June 21 (PTI): A Mizoram minister has announced a cash incentive of Rs 1 lakh to a living parent with the highest number of children in his constituency to encourage population growth among the demographically small Mizo communities. Sports Minister Robert Romawia Royte did not mention the minimum number of children. The declaration came at a time when several Indian states are advocating a population control policy. On the occasion of Father's Day on Sunday, Royte
  • Fee concession of 50 per cent for SC, ST, Tea Tribe students by Ajmal Foundation
    Guwahati, June 21 (PTI): Ajmal Super 40, an initiative of AIUDF Lok Sabha MP Badruddin Ajmal's foundation, on Monday announced a special concession of 50 per cent in fees for students belonging to the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Tea Tribe communities. The concession will be available to all students of these three categories, irrespective of their economic background, who enroll themselves for the coaching programme offered by the institution for getting into top engine
  • Assam may impose stricter COVID curbs in high-incidence districts
    Guwahati, June 21 (PTI): The number of COVID-19 cases is declining in some districts of Assam but the overall situation is "still precarious" in the state for which adequate measures are still necessary in both rural and urban areas to contain the pandemic, a government order said. The Assam government is closely monitoring districts with high COVID-19 prevalence and may enforce stricter curbs if there is no improvement, the order issued by Jishnu Baruah, Chief Secretary i
  • Arunachal reports 158 new COVID-19 cases
    Itanagar, June 21 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh reported 158 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking the tally to 33,081, a senior health official said. The death toll in the frontier state remained at 159 with no fresh casualties reported in the last 24 hours, State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The Capital Complex Region reported the highest number of fresh cases at 52, followed by Kurung Kumey (14) and Changlang (11), the official said. Of the fresh infections, 155 we
  • Record 662 new COVID cases detected in Mizoram, positivity rate over 35%
    Aizawl, June 21 (PTI): Mizoram's COVID-19 situation worsened on Monday as the state reported 662 new cases, its highest single-day spike, an official said. Of the new cases, 528 were detected in a mass screening at an orphanage and de-addiction centre, he said. The single-day positivity rate was 35.26 per cent as the fresh cases were detected after testing only 1,877 samples, said ZR Thiamsanga, the chairperson of the Mizoram medical operational team. The private orphanage
  • IIT-Guwahati team recommends Virtual Water analysis for better water management policies in India
    New Delhi, June 21 (PTI): Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati have paved the way for better water management policies in India using Virtual Water analysis. According to IIT-Guwahati professor Anamika Barua, who led the study, Virtual Water (VW) is the water involved in the production and trade of food and non-food commodities and services. It is that "invisible" water that has been consumed throughout the lifecycle of the product or service. The
  • 13 pairs of Mail Express Train services to resume in June–July
    Two pair special trains to run from Guwahati Maligaon, June 20 (MExN): Several passenger train services are planned to be restored in Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) area by mid of July, an official release said.  At present, 62 pairs Specials Mail/Express trains and 5 pairs Local Passenger trains are running per day as on June 20 and running of 10 more pairs of Specials Mail/Express trains have already been notified, it said.  Three more pairs would be be notified
  • NEHU to host Toy Hackathon grand finale
    New Delhi, June 20 (MExN): The North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong has been selected by MIC/AICTE for hosting Toycathon 2021 Grand Finale, an event conducted by Government of India to promote indigenous toy industry.  Around 10 teams from different parts of India have confirmed their participation at the grand finale from June 22-24, a press release informed.  Stressing upon PM Modi’s ‘Vocal for Local’ in Toy Industry, the Ministry of Education moo
  • Assam village lights 4,444 earthen lamps for COVID-19 victims
    Dibrugarh (Assam), June 20 (PTI): In a unique prayer ceremony for the people who have succumbed to COVID-19, nearly 4,500 earthen lamps were lit by residents of two villages in Assam's Dibrugarh district. The Sonowal Kachari community in Naharkatia area organised the event with villagers of Na-Khotiya Sonowal gaon and Mathawoni gaon lighting the earthen lamps on both sides of the road passing through the two villages. The total 774 families in the two villages lit 4,444 lamps
  • Assam among top 5 in Life on Land category of SDG India Index1
    Guwahati, June 20 (PTI): Assam's Environment and Forest Department has emerged as a front-runner in the Life on Land category of the 2020 edition of the Niti Aayog's Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) India Index. The index for SDGs, launched in 2018, evaluates the progress of states and union territories on social, economic, and environmental parameters. Among the 17 broad-based global SDG goals with 232 indicators, Assam ranks fifth in the category 'Life on Lan
  • 231 fresh cases push Arunachal's COVID-19 tally to 32,923
    Itanagar, June 20 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rose to 32,923 on Sunday as 231 more people tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said. The coronavirus death toll in the northeastern state remained unchanged at 159 as no fresh fatality was reported, State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The Capital Complex region registered the highest number of fresh cases at 56, followed by Changlang and East Siang (27 each) and West Kameng (26)
  • Fifth black fungus case detected in Assam
    Dibrugarh (Assam), Jun 20 (PTI): One more case of mucormycosis or black fungus was detected in Assam, taking the total number of such cases in the state to five, an official said. The latest case was reported on Saturday night from Dibrugarh and it is the first such case in Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH). AMCH Principal Dr Sanjiv Kakati said that a mucormycosis case has been detected on a patient from Lakhimpur district, who was admitted to the hospital with post-COVID
  • 3 lynched in Tripura on suspicion of cattle theft: Police
    Agartala, June 20 (PTI): Three people were allegedly lynched in the Khowai district of Tripura on suspicion of cattle theft in the early hours of Sunday, police said. Villagers of Namanjoypara spotted a mini-truck heading towards Agartala, carrying five cattle, around 4.30 am, Superintendent of Police Kiran Kumar said. They chased it and managed to stop the vehicle near North Maharanipur village, he said. The villagers started thrashing the three people on the mini-truck with
  • Tiger population in Assam's Manas jumps to 46 from 30 last yr
    Barpeta, June 20 (PTI): The tiger population in Assam's Manas National Park increased to 46 in 2021 from 30 last year, bringing cheer among forest officials and wildlife enthusiasts amid the pandemic gloom. In 2010, there were only 10 tigers in Manas but its population increased to 30 last year and in this year's census by camera-trapping, 46 big cats were spotted, Park Director Amal Chandra Sarma said on Sunday. "A rise of 16 tigers, which is over 50 per cent, in a
  • Assam's women borrowers face `dark day'as usurious micro-loans, Covid, hit them hard
    Guwahati, June 20 (PTI): Surobhi and her husband Jintu Kalita had to sell their tempo, the only source of a steady income they had, to pay instalments of the microfinance loan taken to set up a poultry. The poultry business had started bleeding as COVID-19 restrictions on transportations set in, hitting their ability to reach markets and repay loans. A member of a local Self Help Group (SHG), 33-year-old Surabhi Gogoi Kalita of Nazira told PTI that everything seemed "dark&qu
  • Covid awareness campaign through puppetry in NE India
    Agartala, June 20 (IANS): The Tripura Puppet Theatre (TPT) group, which has performed in many countries and in states in India, is educating people about Covid-19 through the traditional "Putul Nach" (puppet dance), garnering peoples attention and appreciation. The TPT, a 47-year-old folk cultural body, since March 21 last year, the World Puppet Day, has started a unique endeavour to make people aware about the danger of novel coronavirus and how to be protected from this
  • Seven govt employees suspended for negligence of duty in Assam
    Guwahati, June 19 (PTI) Seven employees of the Inland Water Transport Directorate of the Assam government were placed under suspension on Saturday for "gross negligence of duty" over partial submersion of a pontoon at Gobardhan ghat in Chandrapur, near here. Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary ordered the suspension of the employees deployed at Chaulkhowa-Aparia- Gobardhan ferry service in Bongaigaon district, an official release said. The employees are sectional
  • Assam rocked by 4.2-magnitude quake, fifth tremor to hit region in 24 hours
    Guwahati, June 19 (PTI) A 4.2-magnitude earthquake struck Assam in the early hours of Saturday, the fifth such tremor to hit the northeastern region during the past 24 hours, officials said. A National Center for Seismology report said the latest quake was recorded at 1.07 am, with its epicentre near Tezpur, the headquarter of Sonitpur district, at a depth of 30 kms. There was no immediate report of injury or damage to property. The state was rocked by two more quakes, includi