• Three truckers among 8 new COVID-19 cases in Mizoram
    Aizawl, August 8 (PTI) Eight persons, including three`truckers who came to the state to deliver goods, tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram on Saturday, officials said. The state's total number of cases rose to 566 with the detection of the new infections. The three drivers and the handymen were among those stranded on National Highway-306 between Aizawl and Vairengte due to repairing work on the road, an official said. One of the new patients contracted the infection f
  • Three truckers among 8 new COVID-19 cases in Mizoram
    Aizawl, August 8 (PTI): Eight persons, including three truckers who came to the state to deliver goods, tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram on Saturday, officials said. The state''s total number of cases rose to 566 with the detection of the new infections. The three drivers and the handymen were among those stranded on National Highway-306 between Aizawl and Vairengte due to repairing work on the road, an official said. One of the new patients contracted the infec
  • Mizoram employees to get full salary from August as govt curtails deferment period
    Aizawl, August 8 (PTI): The Mizoram government has curtailed the period of deferment of employees'' salary from three months to two in view of a slight improvement in the financial condition of the state and all staffers will be paid in full from August, according to an order. The state government had earlier decided to defer a portion of the salary of a large number of employees for three months from June to ease the financial constraints caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Wild boar strays into heart of city, gets killed by locals
    Guwahati, August 8 (PTI): A wild boar strayed into the heart of the city and was killed allegedly by local people after it injured five persons on Saturday, police said. The animal had strayed into Ambari area which houses the Guwahati Press Club, state Archaeology department and the Assam Textile Institute and attacked five persons injuring them. After this it moved to a residential colony near Guwahati Railway station and local people allegedly attacked it with sharp weapons and ston
  • Infant kidnapped for ransom in Assam found murdered, 3 held
    Silchar, August 8 (IANS): A five-month-old baby was kidnapped for ransom and later murdered, following which three persons have been arrested, police said on Saturday. Police said that Dhrubajyoti, whose father Debojyoti Nath is a motor mechanic, was abducted from their house at Kazidahar in southern Assam's Cachar district late Tuesday night while he was asleep beside his parents. The infant was constantly crying in the custody of the kidnappers, who then strangulated him an
  • ACCI threatens to go on 72-hour shutter down strike
    Itanagar, August 8 (PTI): The Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has threatened to go on a 72-hour shutter down strike from Monday over its demand for automatic renewal of trade licences and gap funding of traders through bank loans, officials said. ACCI president Tarh Nachung and general secretary Toko Tatung on Friday told reporters that they had submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Pema Khandu on April 27 and to chief secretary Naresh Kumar on July 31 about the
  • Arunachal's COVID-19 tally crosses 2,000-mark with 101 fresh cases
    Itanagar, August 8 (PTI)" Arunachal Pradesh''s coronavirus tally crossed the 2,000-mark on Saturday as 101 more people, including 46 security personnel, tested positive for the disease, a Health Department official said. With the fresh infections, the total number of cases rose to 2,049, State Surveillance Officer Dr L Jampa said. Of the new cases, 11 were reported from the Capital Complex region, 34 from East Kameng district, 21 from East Siang, 12 from Changlang, s
  • Manipur celebrates 6th National Handloom Day
    Newmai News Network Imphal | August 7 The Directorate of Handloom and Textiles celebrated the 6th National Handloom Day on Friday at the Conference Hall, Manipur Secretariat in Imphal with Textiles, Commerce and Industry minister Thongam Biswajit Singh as the chief guest. According to an official statement, the National Handloom Day is being is celebrated in commemoration of the formal proclamation of the Swadeshi Movement and passage of the Boycott Resolution to boycott the Man
  • Meghalaya to allow home delivery of liquor
    Shillong, August 7 (PTI): The Meghalaya government on Friday decided to issue licenses to wine shops for home delivery of liquor. Minister James K Sangma said the state cabinet has approved a proposal regarding this and decided to introduce a new regulation under the Meghalaya Excise Rules on license for home delivery of liquor. Not more than 3 litres of foreign liquors or wine, and 4 litres of beer can be delivered per order, he said. The customer must provide a document that he or
  • Assam flood situation improves further; over 12,000 affected
    Guwahati, August 7 (PTI): The flood situation in Assam further improved on Friday as the water receded from four more districts and currently 12,528 people and 5,375 hectare of cropland across six districts are affected, a government bulletin said. Flood water ebbed from Bongaigaon, Goalpara, Kamrup and Nagaon districts since Thursday when 84,100 people in 177 villages of 10 districts were hit by the calamity. Goalpara has been the worst-affected district for the last several day
  • Mixed response to relaxed lockdown in Manipur
    Newmai News Network Imphal | August 7 People have started coming out in the market places in Imphal on Friday following relaxation of total lockdown in some sectors. Shops dealing in essential commodities were allowed to operate from today. However, with the rising cases of COVID-19 in the state, many shops dealing essential commodities were seen closed on Friday, probably due to apprehensions. It may be noted that, taking into account the increasing cases of COVID-19 among t
  • RPF personnel arrest 7 for various crimes
    Maligaon, August 7 (MExN): Railway Protection Force personnel of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) arrested several persons involved in various illegal activities in railway premises, NFR spokesperson Subhanan Chanda informed on Friday.  According to the official, on the night of August 6-7, RPF personnel from the RPF Post, New Tinsukia conducted an “ambush check” at New Tinsukia station yard and detected extraction of HSD oil from a stabled engine in the yard. T
  • NIA court rejects peasant leader Akhil Gogoi''s bail plea
    Guwahati, August 7 (PTI): A special NIA court on Friday rejected the bail application of peasant leader Akhil Gogoi, who was arrested for his alleged role in a violent protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in Assam. "The court rejected the bail application. We are yet to study the detailed judgement and find out the cause of rejection. Accordingly, we will move the High Court in next seven days," Gogoi''s advocate Santanu Borthakur told PTI here. The K
  • Arunachal Pradesh''s COVID-19 tally rises to 1,948
    Itanagar, August 7 (PTI): Ninety-three more people including 68 security personnel have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, taking the northeastern state''s tally to 1,948, a senior health official said on Friday. Of the total 1,948 COVID-19 cases, 700 are active as 1,245 have recovered from the disease and three have died, he said. The fresh cases were reported from Namsai district (55), Lohit (10), East Kameng (8), Capital Complex and Tawang six each, two
  • Meghalaya''s COVID-19 tally crosses 1,000 mark
    Shillong, August 7 (PTI): Meghalaya''s COVID-19 tally crossed the 1,000 mark as 13 more people tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Friday. The fresh cases pushed the state''s COVID-19 tally to 1,003 and the number of active cases to 587, they said. Of the 13 new cases, eight were reported from East Khasi Hills district, two in Ri-Bhoi district and one each in West Garo Hills, West Khasi Hills and East Jaintia Hills district, Director of Health Servi
  • Mizoram Governor writes 13 books including collection of poems during lockdown
    Aizawl, August 7 (PTI): Mizoram Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai did not let the coronavirus induced lockdown go in vain, but made use of his free time at the Raj Bhavan by writing books and poems. He has written at least 13 books, which include collections of poems in English and Malayalam since March. Speaking to PTI, Pillai said the coronavirus induced lockdown gave him more free time for reading and writing books. "No visits are allowed inside Raj Bhavan. My communicati
  • Tripura's COVID-19 caseload rises to 5,743; death toll mounts to 36
    Agartala, August 7 (PTI): Tripura registered the highest single-day spike in COVID-19 deaths on Friday as six more patients succumbed to the infection, a health bulletin said. The fresh fatalities have pushed the state''s coronavirus death toll to 36, it said. The northeastern state''s COVID-19 caseload shot up to 5,743 as 128 more people tested positive for the infection, the bulletin said. The fresh infections have taken the number of active cases in the stat
  • Army conducts flag march in Assam’s Sonitpur after clashes over Ram temple celebration
    Tezpur, August 6 (PTI): The Army conducted a flag march in the troubled areas of Sonitpur district, which witnessed clashes between two communities following a bike rally by Bajrang Dal activists to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ram temple in Ayodhya, officials said. An indefinite curfew has been clamped in areas under the jurisdictions of Thelamara and Dhekiajuli police stations in the district, they said. Sonitpur Additional Superintendent of Police, Numal Mahat
  • Total lockdown in Manipur extended till August 15
    Newmai News Network Imphal | August 6 COVID-19 induced total lockdown in Manipur has been extended till August 15 after a cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister N Biren Singh reviewed the worsening situation of the pandemic in the state on Thursday. Manipur has been under total lockdown since July 23. First, the state government imposed the total lockdown for one week, till July 30, but it was extended for another week, till August 6, as the situation did not improve with mor
  • ATSUM dissatisfied over nomination of Delimitation Committee members
    Newmai News Network Imphal | August  6  The All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM) is irked on how members of the Delimitation Committee are nominated in Manipur. In a press statement issued on Thursday, the ATSUM alleged that the sentiment of the hill people was ignored while nominating members of the Delimitation Committee. According to the apex tribal student body of Manipur, the Delimitation Committee was constituted vide notification of Ministry of L