North-East

  • Two-day investigative journalism training held at ADBU
    Guwahati, July 26 (MExN): A 2-day online capacity building training on investigative journalism for journalists and journalism students was organised on July 25 and July 26. The training was a collaborative effort of Department of Mass Communication, Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU); Guwahati Press Club; Centre for Investigative Journalism (India) and DataLEADS, a press release informed.  The key objectives of the training programme, among others, were to increase the under
  • Meghalaya MDC opposes to draft notification on Environment Impact Assessment
    Newmai News Network Shillong | July 26 Member of District Council (MDC) from Rambrai Jyrngam, Bajop Pyngrop has expressed his strong objection against the draft notification of Environment Impact Assessment (EIA). Pyngrope said that the draft EIA notification issued by the Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) on March 23, 2020 dilutes the EIA process and encourages environment violations. Stating that the draft notification results in an environmental c
  • Six more locally transmitted cases of COVID-19 reported in Manipur
    Newmai News Network Imphal | July 26 Six locally transmitted cases of COVID-19 are among the 59 fresh cases of the disease reported in Manipur in the last 24 hours. With these new cases, the tally of COVID-19 cases in Manipur rose to 2,235 on Sunday, an official press release of the COVID-19 Common Control Room said. Of them, 714 are active cases and the number of recovered cases is 1521.  The press release further said that only one case was discharged on Sunday. Of the
  • 2 more COVID patients die in Assam; mortality rate at 0.25pc    
    Guwahati, July 26 (PTI): Two COVID-19 patients died in Assam on Sunday, taking the toll to 79, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Both the patients -- a 53-year-old woman from Tinsukia and a 50-year- old man from Dibrugarh -- succumbed at the Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh, he said. "Two more #COVID19 patients succumbed to their infections. Both of them were admitted at AMCH, Dibrugarh. Deeply saddened. May God provide enough strength to their familie
  • Sikkim reports first COVID-19 death    
    Gangtok, July 26 (PTI): Sikkim reported its first COVID-19 death on Sunday after a 74-year-old man succumbed to the disease at a state-run hospital here, a senior health official said. The man was a resident of Rongli sub-division of East Sikkim district, the official said. The man died due to COVID-19 early in the morning, Director General-cum-Secretary, Health, Dr Pema T Bhutia said. He was admitted to Sir Thutob Namgyal Memorial (STNM) Hospital on Saturday night after he te
  • Manipur COVID-19 situation grim, chief minister’s secretariat declared as containment zone
    Newmai News Network Imphal | July 26 The COVID-19 situation in Manipur is grim as more and more areas have been declared containment zones by the Health department. The Health department has also declared Chief Minister’s Secretariat and state Police headquarters as containment zones after a staff of the state Health department deputed at the COVID-19 Common Control Room was tested positive for COVID-19. According to an official report, a staff of the National Health Missi
  • Indian Railways reviews steps to promote Make in India products
    Railways to ensure its goods and services procurements are made through Government e-Market  Guwahati, July 26 (MExN): The Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal reviewed the steps to promote Make in India products in procurement process of Indian Railways as well as Government of India, an official release informed today.  During a recent meeting, Goyal urged to take measures to generate confidence in industry of corruption free and transparent p
  • 5 more die as flood situation in Assam remains critical
    Guwahati, July 26 (PTI): The flood situation in Assam remained critical with five more persons losing their lives, while nearly 25 lakh people have been affected by the deluge in 23 districts, an official bulletin said on Sunday. Barpeta and Kokrajhar districts reported two deaths each and one fatality was reported from Morigaon district, according to the daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA). With this, the total number of people losing thei
  • Father-son duo held with heroin worth Rs 1.54 cr in Mizoram's biggest haul
    Aizawl, July 26 (PTI): A man and his son were arrested with 1.9 kg heroin in Mizoram''s Serchhip district near the Myanmar border, police said on Sunday. The heroin, worth around Rs 1.55 crore in the local market, was smuggled from Myanmar, they said. Duhkima (62) and his son Remthangpuia (33) were arrested with the drugs on Friday night from Ngharchhip village, police said. They also dropped about Rs 280 grams of heroin, worth Rs 15 lakh, while swimming across a river
  • PM lauds value addition of bamboo products in NE
    Agartala, July 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday highlighted the value addition to bamboo products in Assam, Tripura and Manipur with the aim of making the country 'Atmanirbhar'. "Skilled artisans are making bottles, tiffin boxes and various other essential products with the bamboo in Assam, Tripura and Manipur. These products made with bamboo are of high quality and very useful," said Modi during his monthly 'Mann ki Baat' Radio programme.
  • 70 fresh COVID-19 cases in Arunachal; count rises to 1,126
    Itanagar, July 26 (PTI): Seventy more people, including nine security personnel, tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday, taking the northeastern state''s tally of such cases to 1,126, a senior health official said. Thirty-seven fresh cases were reported in the Capital Complex region, 12 in Changlang district, six in Tirap, four each in Tawang and Papum Pare, two each in East Siang and Lohit and a case each was registered in Lower Siang, Siang and West Si
  • Rajya Sabha polls: Congress issues notices to two Manipur MLAs for cross-voting
    Imphal, July 26 (PTI): The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee has issued show-cause notices to two of its MLAs for allegedly cross-voting in favour of the BJP candidate in the recently-concluded election to the state''s lone Rajya Sabha seat. The notices were served to Wangkhei MLA Okram Henry Singh and Sagolband MLA Rajkumar Imo Singh on Friday. "You have deliberately breached and acted against the decision of the Indian National Congress (INC) by indulging in cross
  • Assam floods: 1 more dead, 26.38 lakh affected in 27 districts
    Guwahati, July 25 (PTI):  The flood situation in Assam remained grim as one more person died and 26.38 lakh people are affected in 27 of the states 33 districts on Saturday, a government report said. With the death of one person in Morigaon district, the toll in this year''s flood and landslides has risen to 123. While 97 people died in flood-related incidents, 26 were killed in landslides, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said. The ASDMA said
  • Cabinet Secretary reviews Covid management in 9 states, including Assam
    New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Saturday held a virtual meeting with the Chief Secretaries and Health Secretaries of nine states that are driving the present spurt of the active Covid-19 caseload in the country. The meeting was part of the coordinated Centre-state strategy for effective containment and management of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has, as on Saturday, reached a tally of over 13 lakh cases in the country. The nine states that participated i
  • COVID-19: Tripura''s toll rises to 11, tally mounts to 3,778
    Agartala, Jul 25 (PTI): One more person succumbed to COVID-19 in Tripura, taking the northeastern state''s toll to 11, while 106 fresh infections pushed its case count to 3,778, a health official said on Saturday. The latest fatality was reported from Gomati district. A 70-year-old man from Gomati''s Udaipur died due to COVID-19 on Friday, the official said. The man, who was suffering from cardiac ailments and high blood pressure, was admitted to Agartala Government Med
  • Indian Railways to cover all wagons under RFID by 2022 
    So far 23000 wagons have been covered under radio-frequency identification tags (RFID) project   Guwahati, July 25 (MExN): Indian Railways is on a mission fitting radio-frequency identification tags (RFID) in all wagons and would complete by December 2022, an official release informed today. These tags would be used for tracking all wagons. So far 23000 wagons have been covered under RFID project, informed the issued by the Northeast Frontier Railway’s Chief Public
  • Senapati district hospital sealed
    Newmai News Network Imphal | July 25 After a doctor was tested positive for COVID-19, the district hospital in Senapati district has been sealed from Saturday after the district administration declared the hospital premises as a containment zone. The doctor was tested positive for COVID 19 on Friday and following the confirmation, contact tracing for both the primary and secondary contacts have been started by the Rapid Response Team of the district as a measure to check the s
  • Mizoram giving shape to new tourism policy to boost livelihood
    Aizawl, July 25 (PTI):  The Mizoram governnment is working on a new tourism policy, which will aim at enhancing livelihood of people and make way for more funding support from the Centre and other stakeholders, a state minister said. A draft of the new policy will be circulated among the various government departments for an in-depth study, and it is expected to be laid in the next assembly session after approval from the state cabinet. "Though the government has an exi
  • Sealdah – New Alipurduar Jn spl trains cancelled 
    Guwahati, July 25 (MExN): In view of the declaration of complete lockdown on July 29 announced by the by the Government of West Bengal, the Ministry of Railways has decided to cancel the following special trains as per details given below: 1)    02377 Sealdah – New Alipurduar Jn spl scheduled to leave from Sealdah on 27.07.2020 and 29.07.2020 will remain cancelled between Sealdah – New Alipurduar Jn. 2)    02378 New Alipurduar Jn – Seal
  • Manipur VDF threatens to intensify ongoing agitation
    Newmai News Network Imphal | July 25 The agitating Village Defence Force (VDF) personnel in Manipur have threatened on Saturday to further intensify their ongoing agitation if their demands are not met by the State government by July 30, 2020. The VDF personnel are on "arms down-pen down" cease-work strike since July 16 under the aegis of All Manipur VDF Welfare Association. They are demanding regularisation of their service, keeping service security and payment of 13 m