North-East

  • 29 new cases push Mizoram''s COVID-19 tally to 4,612
    Aizawl, April 11 (PTI): At least 29 people, including three children and a CRPF employee, tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram on Sunday, taking the tally in the state to 4,612, an official said. Of the new cases, 28 were reported from Aizawl and one from Mamit district, he said. Eight new patients have travel history, while four were detected during contact tracing and it is yet to be ascertained how the remaining 17 people have contracted the disease, the official said. M
  • Arunachal Pradesh logs three more cases, tally 16,878
    Itanagar, April 11 (PTI): Three more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, pushing the tally in the northeastern state to 16,878, a senior health department official said on Sunday. The fresh cases were detected from Lower Dibang Valley, Changlang and the Capital Complex region. One more person recuperated from the disease on Saturday taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 16,790, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Jampa said. Arunachal Pra
  • Healthcare services in JNIMS paralyzed for second day 
    Newmai News Network Imphal | April 10 Healthcare services were hit severely at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) in Imphal, the second biggest government-run hospital after RIMS hospital, for the second day on Saturday. Apart from not admitting fresh patients, the OPD and emergency services in the hospital remained suspended since Friday after the striking employees had tendered resignation en masse on the previous day. The employees of the hospital are o
  • Mizoram to close schools for students of class 8 and below following spike in COVID-19 cases
    Aizawl, April 10 (PTI) Mizoram will close down schools for students of class eight and below following a spike in COVID-19 cases due to the second wave of the virus in the state, a new guideline issued by the state government which came into effect on Saturday said. Schools for students of classes five to eight were reopened on March 1 and for classes three and four on April 1. Public interview for ministers has been suspended, for the time being, the guideline issued on Friday n
  • 2 new cases take Arunachal's COVID-19 tally to 16,875
    Itanagar, April 10 (PTI) Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rose to 16,875 on Saturday as two more persons tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said. The fresh cases were reported in Lower Dibang Valley district, he said. One more person has recovered from the disease, the official said. Arunachal Pradesh now has 30 active cases, while 16,789 people have recovered from the disease and 56 patients have succumbed to the infection so far, State Surveill
  • ECI orders repolling in four Assam booths on April 20
    Guwahati, April 10 (PTI) The Election Commission of India on Saturday ordered repolling in four polling booths of Assam. Repolling will be held at the polling stations in Ratabari, Sonai and Haflong constituencies on April 20, the ECI said in a letter addressed to the Chief Electoral Officer, Assam. "The Commission declares void, the votes cast at these polling stations on April 1," it said. All the three constituencies went to polls in the second phase of Assam asse
  • Setback for BJP, new outfit captures key tribal body in Tripura
    Agartala, April 10 (IANS) In a very significant political development in BJP ruled Tripura, a newly formed tribal based party 'TIPRA Motha' is heading towards capturing power in the politically important Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) defeating the ruling party candidates. The outcome of the elections to the TTAADC is a major setback for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) alliance, which wrested the po
  • EC order re-polling in 4 polling stations in 3 assembly seats in southern Assam
    Guwahati, April 10 (IANS) The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday has ordered re-polling in four polling stations in three assembly constituencies in southern Assam, where normal balloting were held in the second phase of polling on April 1, officials said. The Election Commission Secretary Ajay Kumar Verma in a letter to the Assam Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khade said that considering all the reports and other circumstances, the EC has ordered re-polling in four polling station
  • 3 rhino calves rescued during 2019 Assam floods to be released into wild
    Golaghat (Assam), April 10 (PTI): Three rhino calves, including two females, rescued during the 2019 Assam floods will soon be released into the wild. The rhinos, rescued near the Kaziranga National Park, will be kept at a livestock enclosure for a stipulated period of habituation before their final release into the Manas Tiger Reserve in Barpeta district, a Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) statement said. They underwent two-year-long rehabilitation at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabi
  • Setback for BJP, new outfit captures key tribal body in Tripura
    Agartala, April 10 (IANS): In a very significant political development in BJP ruled Tripura, a newly formed tribal based party 'TIPRA Motha' is heading towards capturing power in the politically important Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) defeating the ruling party candidates. The outcome of the elections to the TTAADC is a major setback for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) alliance, which wrested the p
  • EC order re-polling in 4 polling stations in 3 assembly seats in southern Assam
    Guwahati, April 10 (IANS): The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday has ordered re-polling in four polling stations in three assembly constituencies in southern Assam, where normal balloting were held in the second phase of polling on April 1, officials said. The Election Commission Secretary Ajay Kumar Verma in a letter to the Assam Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khade said that considering all the reports and other circumstances, the EC has ordered re-polling in four polling statio
  • Cong, AIUDF send candidates to R'sthan to foil 'possible horse-trading' in Assam
    GUWAHATI, APRIL 9 (IANS): To avoid "possible horse-trading by the BJP", the Congress and its ally AIUDF on Friday sent at least 22 of their candidates in the just held Assembly polls to Congress-ruled Rajasthan in a chartered plane, party sources said. The leaders of the Congress and the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) unofficially told the media that so far 22 candidates of the two parties have been sent to Jaipur and they are now lodged in a private hotel there
  • 12 policemen who returned after poll duty in Assam among 36 new COVID-19 cases in Mizoram
    Aizawl, April 9 (PTI): Mizoram on Friday reported 36 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 4,558, an official said. Seventeen of the new cases were reported from the Aizawl district, 12 from Kolasib district, four from Champhai, two from Lunglei district and one case was detected in the Serchhip district, he said. Twelve policemen, who returned from Assam after election duty, and seven children were among the newly- infected people, the official said. In all, 23 people who r
  • UNC reiterates stance on district creation
    Newmai News Network Senapati | April 9 The United Naga Council (UNC) has asserted on Friday that it would not accept activities of the government to “legalize the new districts in Naga areas,” while referring to the March 27 cabinet decision that approved the conduct of Autonomous District Council elections in the state including 4 new districts—Kamjong, Tengnoupal, Pherzawl and Noney. In a press statement issued on Friday evening, UNC stated, “UNC Presid
  • NFR appeals to follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour
    Maligaon, April 9 (MExN): The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has appealed to all segments of railway passengers not to fall prey to rumors that are being spread in various media platforms about heavy rush in trains due to surge in COVID cases. Interacting with media persons at Malugaon on Friday, NFR Additional General Manager Rahul Gautam said that some old videos depicting crowds at various stations are making the rounds in social media platforms along with news reports that fal
  • Assam Health Dept notifies COVID guidelines for Bihu & other festivals
    Guwahati, April 9 (PTI): The Assam Health and Family Welfare Department on Friday notified COVID appropriate guidelines for the upcoming Bohag Bihu and other festivals in the state in view of the fresh spike of COVID-19 cases in many parts of the country. The notification stated that the guidelines to be strictly adhered to and followed by all the event organisers /visitors/participants of functions and other festivals in the state for the general safety and security of all particip
  • Manipur govt orders closure of schools for classes-VI to VIII
    Newmai News Network Imphal | April 9 Fearing a rise in COVID-19 cases, the Manipur government on Friday ordered indefinite closure of the schools for Classes-VI to VIII with immediate effect. However, the order issued by the state School Education department allowed online classes to continue. As per the order, the decision to close down all government and private schools for Classes-VI to VIII was in view of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic and to avoid any kind of unwanted
  • Assam official found with postal ballots, probe on
    GUWAHATI/SILCHAR, APRIL 9 (IANS): The administration in Assam's Cachar district is probing the incident in which two people, including a government employee involved in the election process, are seen in a social media video unauthorisedly carrying postal ballot papers, officials said on Friday. Election officials in Guwahati said that Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli is now inquiring into the incident and she would soon submit a report to the election authorities. Jal
  • BJP to get around 84 seats in Assam, claims Himanta Biswa Sarma
    AGARTALA, APRIL 9 (IANS): Assam Minister and top BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday said that the party would get around 84 seats against the earlier target of 100 plus in the 126-member assembly. Sarma, pointsman of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Assam, said that there is no doubt that the BJP-led alliance would retain power in the state. "Our earlier target was to win in 100 plus seats. But our present assessment is that the BJP would get in and around 84 seats. W
  • JNIMS agitating staff submit mass resignation
    Newmai News Network Imphal | April 8 Agitating doctors and nurses of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), Imphal, submitted their resignations en masse, following a failed talk with the state government on April 8. Employees of the only state-run medical college are agitating demanding implementation of 7th Revision of Pay (ROP) which the state government had already agreed as claimed by the former. They launched the agitations under the aegis of Teachers Asso