• 'COVID safety protocols not followed in Assam jails'
    Rights panel seeks report from government Guwahati, July 21 (PTI): The Assam Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has ordered the chief secretary and inspector general of police (prisons) to submit a report on the alleged violation of COVID-19 safety guidelines for prisoners in the state. The AHRCs order came after Leader of the Opposition in Assam Assembly, Debabrata Saikia, lodged a complaint in this regard. In a letter to the Commission on July 14, the Congress leader had also al
  • 116 animals perished in flooded Kaziranga park so far, 143 rescued
    Guwahati, July 21 (IANS): With over 90 per cent of land and forest areas in Assam's Kaziranga National Park flooded by rainwater, at least 116 wild animals have been killed so far due to drowning or vehicle-hits even as 143 animals have been rescued, officials said on Tuesday. Officials of the Forest Department and Kaziranga Park, a World Heritage site, said many tigers and rhinos had strayed into nearby villages and higher locations due to flooding of their habitats. Park an
  • Assam records 1,093 fresh COVID-19 cases; infection tally crosses 25,000-mark
    Guwahati, July 20 (PTI): Assam breached the 25,000-mark in COVID-19 cases with 1,093 fresh cases reported on Monday, while one more person died due to the disease in the state, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. The state, at present, has 7,936 active coronavirus patients, who are being treated in different hospitals and COVID care centres, he said on Twitter. "Alert ~ 1093 new #COVID19 ve+ patients in Assam today with 448 cases from Guwahati City. With 20000+ tests c
  • 50 fresh COVID-19 cases in Arunachal; count rises to 790
    Itanagar, July 21 (PTI): Fifty more people, including nine Army jawans and six police personnel, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, taking the northeastern state''s tally to 790 on Tuesday, a senior health official said. Thirty-four fresh cases were reported in the Capital Complex region, 10 in the border district of Tawang, five in Lower Subansiri and one in West Siang, he said. Nine Army jawans are among those infected in Tawan district situated alo
  • Amit Shah dials Meghalaya CM after flood ravages state
    NEW DELHI, JULY 21 (IANS): Faced with the raging flood situation in the North East India which has now affected Meghalaya as well, killing at least 5, Union Minister Amit Shah spoke to the state Chief Minister, on Tuesday. "Loss of lives due to the floods in West Garo Hills, Meghalaya is very disturbing," Shah said. He added that he has spoken to Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to assure him "all possible help" from the Central government. "Nation stands
  • Medical team traverses muddy roads, crosses flooded river to home quarantine woman in remote Arunachal hamlet
    Itanagar, July 21 (PTI): A medical team traversed landslide-prone muddy roads and crossed a flooded river to home quarantine a woman and her contacts in a remote hamlet in Arunachal Pradesh''s Papum Pare district, officials said on Tuesday. The woman had recently sneaked into neighbouring Assam''s Sonitpur district to meet her relatives without informing authorities of either state and returned to her Karbi Colony hamlet on July 18, sparking fears among her neighbour
  • Tripura CM apologises for statement comparing Bengalis with Jats and Punjabis
    Agartala, July 21 (PTI): Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Tuesday apologised for his statements comparing Punjabis and Jats with Bengalis, and said he did not intend to hurt sentiments. Deb had stirred a controversy by saying Punjabis and Jats are physically strong but less brainy while Bengalis are known to be very intelligent. In a series of tweets in Hindi on Tuesday morning, the chief minister sought forgiveness for his remarks and said many of his friends were Punj
  • Tripura's COVID-19 tally crosses 3,000-mark; toll mounts to 7
    Agartala, July 21 (PTI): Over 200 more people, including 19 BSF personnel, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura, taking the total number of cases in the state to 3,094, officials said on Tuesday. The state also reported two fresh deaths due to the disease in the last 24 hours, they said. Two women, aged 80 and 62 years, died at the Agartala Government Medical College on Monday. They both were suffering from heart ailments, the officials said. The state had registered i
  • 11 BSF jawans, one Army personnel test positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram
    Aizawl, July 21 (PTI): At least 13 more people, including 11 BSF jawans, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, pushing the total tally in the state to 297, a senior official said here on Tuesday. One of the 13 patients is an Army personnel, who recently returned to the state from Kashmir, he said. A statement issued by the information and public relations department said the new cases were reported from Zoram Medical College (ZMC) near here. A total of 133 samples were
  • ANSAM condemns killing of NSCN (IM) cadres
    Newmai News Network Senapati | July 20  The All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM), while condemning the killing of six NSCN (IM) cadres near Nginu village in Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh by the security forces on July 11, has alleged that there has been a “constant attempt from the Government of India to limit the extent of the Indo-Naga ceasefire agreement by giving it a territorial interpretation when the ceasefire is between two entities
  • Jan Shatabdi Express to remain cancelled
    Maligaon, July 20 (MExN): In view of the ban on Inter district travel imposed by the Government of Assam to restrict the spread of COVID-19, it has been decided to continue with the cancellation of the 02067/02068 Guwahati – Jorhat Town - Guwahati Jan Shatabdi Express till August 2. A press release from the NFR said that services of the train was earlier cancelled with effect from Jume 29 in view of the imposition of complete lock-down in Kamrup Metropolitan district.  &nbs
  • Floods kill scores in India's tea-growing Assam; nine rhinos drown
    GUWAHATI,India, July 20 (Reuters) - Intense rain and floods in the Indian state of Assam have killed at least 84 people and displaced more than 2.75 million since May, authorities said on Monday, as they tried to collect the bodies of nine rare rhinos drowned in the past 10 days.   Rescue teams were facing a double challenge of rising flood waters amid the novel coronavirus as villagers driven from their homes huddle in shelters.   "It's hard to enfo
  • Tripura scientist's 'Warbot' helps in Covid care
    Agartala, July 20 (IANS): The first of its kind in northeast India, a robot developed by a scientist from Tripura University has been deployed in a government Covid care centre to deal with the patients.   Scientist Harjeet Nath has made the robot from locally available material, including scrap. He has named it as 'WARBOT' to fight the war against the COVID-19 pandemic. Nath's aim was to assist the frontline health workers, including doctors, in taking care of t
  • Assam flood situation little better, 85 deaths so far
    Guwahati, July 20 (IANS): The flood situation in Assam further improved on Monday, even though one more person's death was reported in Kamrup (Metro) district, taking the death toll due to the deluge in the state to 85, while around 24.30 lakh people in 24 of the 33 districts continue to be distressed.   Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said that of the 24.30 lakh persons still affected, around 15.77 lakh are in Goalpara (459,010), Barpe
  • Sikkim to remain under complete lockdown from July 21 to 27
    Gangtok, July 20 (PTI): The Sikkim government on Monday decided to impose a complete lockdown in the state from July 21 to July 27 in view of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, officials said. The decision to impose the lockdown was taken after reviewing guidelines for the management of the COVID-19 situation in the state, a notification issued by Chief Secretary S C Gupta said.   There shall be complete lockdown in Sikkim from 6 am on July 21 to 6 am on July 27, it sa
  • Second policeman dies of COVID-19 in Assam
    Guwahati, Jul 20 (PTI): Another policeman succumbed to COVID-19 in Assam on Monday, taking the death toll due to the disease in the state to 58, according to the state police. NK Rajesh Narzary is the second person in the force to die of coronavirus infection after Hareswar Nath who lost his life on July 10.   "We are saddened to inform that NK Rajesh Narzary, 9th APBn, who was battling #Covid19, made the supreme sacrifice today. Our deepest condolences are with th
  • Psychologists, doctors in Mizoram's quake-hit areas to assist people deal with mental trauma
    Aizawl, July 20 (PTI): The Mizoram government is sending psychologists and doctors to the remote villages of the state near the Myanmar border, hit by a series of earthquakes, to assist the people to deal with the mental trauma following the natural calamities. Twenty-two earthquakes have hit the state since June 18 with three within a span of seven hours only on Friday, forcing hundreds of people to live in the open amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   Three teams, each consi
  • Over hundred BSF personnel among 223 new COVID-19 cases in Tripura
    Agartala, July 20 (PTI): Tripura has detected 223 new cases of COVID-19, taking the state''s tally to 2,892, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said. Of the new cases, 101 were detected among BSF personnel, he said.   There are 1,114 active cases in the state at present, while 1,759 people have recovered.   Five people have so far died and 14 patients have migrated to other states.   Among the new cases are six people who returned to the state
  • Record 90 fresh COVID-19 cases take Arunachal''s tally to 740
    Itanagar, July 20 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh on Monday recorded its biggest single-day jump of 90 COVID-19 cases, taking the state''s tally to 740, a senior Health Department official said. Capital Complex reported the maximum number of the new cases at 56, followed by 14 in Papum Pare district.   Seven cases were reported in Upper Siang, five in Namsai, three each in East Siang and West Siang, one each in Leparada and Lower Dibang Valley districts, State Surveill
  • Floods in India, Nepal displace nearly 4 million people
    GUWAHATI/KATHMANDU, July 19 (Reuters):  Nearly four million people in India's northeastern state of Assam and neighbouring Nepal have been displaced by heavy flooding from monsoon rains, with dozens missing as deaths rose to at least 189, government officials said on Sunday. The overflowing Brahmaputra River, which flows through China's Tibet, India and Bangladesh, has damaged crops and triggered mudslides, displacing millions of people, officials said. More than 2.75