North-East

  • Meghalaya: Rescue personnel using hooks, ropes and crane to reach trapped miners
    Umpleng (Meghalaya), June 2 (PTI): With hooks, ropes, and a crane, rescuers on Wednesday tried to reach out to five miners trapped for the last three days inside an illegal coal mine that was flooded after a dynamite explosion in Meghalayas East Jaintia Hills District. Deputy commissioner E Kharmalki said, attempts were made to fish out the miners to safety, from the bottom of the pit, but the efforts were in vain. "As of today, our team has managed to reach the bottom of th
  • Tripura govt abruptly transfers Manoj Kumar, appoints Alok Kumar as new CS
    Agartala, June 2 (IANS): Tripura government has appointed senior IAS officer Alok Kumar as new Chief Secretary after abruptly transferring the incumbent Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar as Special Chief Resident Commissioner of Tripura in New Delhi, official said on Wednesday. A Tripura cadre 1990 batch IAS officer Alok Kumar (also known as Kumar Alok), who is currently posted as Additional Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat of the central government, would join his new assignment next
  • 18 wild elephants killed in Assam due to lightning, confirms post-mortem exam
    Guwahati, June 2 (PTI): The 18 wild elephants, found dead in Nagaon district of Assam last month, was killed due to accidental electrocution by lightning, the post-mortem examination confirmed. Various other test reports such as forensic, toxicology and meteorological also suggested the absence of any foul play and pointed towards the electrocution death of the elephants at the Kondoli proposed reserve forest, also known as Bamuni Hills. The six-member team of experts, formed to
  • BJP MP asks Centre to relax IPS minimum height requirement for Arunachal Pradesh candidates
    Itanagar, June 2 (PTI): BJP Lok Sabha MP Tapir Gao has asked the Centre to relax the minimum height requirement for the Indian Police Service (IPS) for candidates from Arunachal Pradesh. He said candidates from Arunachal Pradesh be given the height relaxation as given to people belonging to communities eligible for height relaxation. In a letter to Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension, Jitendra Singh on Tuesday, Gao, the MP from Arunachal Pradesh E
  • Assam prepares for better managing floods at Kaziranga
    Guwahati, June 2 (PTI): A coordinated effort is being made by the different departments to formulate plans to mitigate flood and erosion in the Kaziranga National Park, Assam's Environment and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya said on Wednesday. A high-level meeting was held between the ministers and officials of the Environment and Forest, Water Resources and Agriculture, and Veterinary Departments as a follow-up of the flood preparedness meeting chaired by Chief Minister Him
  • Collective efforts of people, govt helping Mizoram overcome COVID-19 challenges: CM
    Aizawl, June 2 (PTI): Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Wednesday said collective efforts of people and the government are helping the state in overcoming the COVID- 19 challenges despite lacking adequate manpower and facilities. Highlighting how the state is battling COVID-19, Zoramthanga, in his 12-minute-long video-recorded speech, said the way the government and the people are collectively fighting the Covid-19 is quite interesting as all communities, organisations and peopl
  • Tripura man, accused of raping daughter, found dead: Police
    Agartala, Jun 2 (PTI): The body of a man was found hanging from a tree in the North Tripura district, days after his family accused him of raping his 17-year-old daughter, police said on Wednesday. The man, a daily wager, was found hanging from a tree near his house on Tuesday, they said. "According to preliminary investigation, it is a case of suicide," Superintendent of Police Bhanupada Chakraborty said. His family members lodged a complaint on Monday, accusing him
  • 24 held in Assam doctor assault case: CM
    Guwahati, June 2 (PTI): Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Wednesday that 24 people have been arrested for allegedly assaulting a doctor at a medical facility in Hojai district following the death of a COVID-19 patient there. The police said that it will submit a "strong chargesheet" in the case in a short period of time to punish the people involved in the alleged attack on Dr Seuj Kumar Senapati at the Udali Care Centre on Tuesday. "Twenty-four
  • Mizoram logs 235 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths
    Aizawl, June 2 (PTI): Mizoram on Wednesday reported 235 new COVID-19 cases, taking the state's tally to 12,634, official sources said. The state also reported four more COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, which took the death toll to 44 on Wednesday, the state information and public relations department said in its official Twitter handle. At least 3,752 new samples were tested for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours and 6.26 per cent of them came out positive for COVID-19, the department
  • Former IGAR (N) Nagaland now Director General of Assam Rifles
    Lt Gen Pradeep Chandran Nair takes charge as DGAR Dimapur, June 1 (MExN): Lieutenant General Pradeep Chandran Nair, AVSM, YSM, the former Inspector General Assam Rifles (North), Kohima in Nagaland has assumed the charge as the 21st Director General of the Assam Rifles (DGAR) on June 1.  According to an official release, Lt Gen Nair has vast experience of Assam Rifles and the North East, having served earlier as IG and a Company Commander of the oldest paramilitary force of I
  • Meghalaya govt begins magisterial inquiry 
    Newmai News Network Shillong | June 1 The Meghalaya state government has ordered for a magisterial inquiry into the mining accident where at least five labourers are feared trapped inside an illegal coal mine in the East Jaintia Hills district. “We have constituted a magisterial inquiry into the matter and the report is being awaited,” Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui informed on Tuesday. Rymbui informed that the search and rescue operation teams from the State Disast
  • Miners still trapped in Meghalaya coal  mine, rain hampers rescue efforts
    Shillong, June 1 (PTI): Heavy rainfall on Tuesday hampered operations to rescue at least five miners trapped for two days deep inside an illegal rat-hole coal pit in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, officials said. The district administration has identified five miners four from Assam and one from Tripura who were trapped at the coal pit in the remote Umpleng area of Sutnga Elaka since Sunday when a dynamite blast had led to the flooding of the coal mine. Superinten
  • ICFAI University Tripura hosts online workshop
    Tripura, June 1 (MExN): The faculty of Management and Commerce, ICFAI University Tripura organized three-day online international workshop on ‘Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) with AMOS’ from May 24 to 26. Dr Pratyush Banerjee, ex- faculty of BITS Pilani, IBS and IUT as the resource person covered topics related to structural equation model such as fundamentals of SEM, orientation to AMOS Graphics Interface, Validity testing, Structural model Analysis with AMOS. He al
  • Manipur extends closure of schools
    Imphal, June 1 (PTI): The Manipur government has extended the closure of schools until further orders due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation, officials said on Tuesday. The state government had declared summer vacation in the schools from May 1 to May 31 to tackle the surge in coronavirus cases. Commissioner Education (Schools) T Ranjit in an order said, there is still a need to close down all schools in public interest after due consideration of the prevailing COVID-19 positive c
  • Manipur: 4 curfew violators test COVID-19 positive
    Newmai News Network Imphal | June 1 On day one of the “aggressive mass COVID-19 testing” drive launched in the worst affected Imphal West district of Manipur, four persons who were detained by police for defying curfew were tested positive for Coronavirus on Tuesday. An official source said that the four persons were among 29 curfew violators who were tested after the police on duty at Singjamei Super Market along Imphal-Moreh section of NH-102 detained them. The
  • CBI books Guwahati-based auto dealership firm, promoters in Rs 168 cr bank fraud case
    New Delhi, June 1 (PTI): The CBI has booked the Guwahati-based Ghosh Brothers Automobiles and its promoters in an alleged bank fraud of over Rs 168.62 crore in IDBI bank, officials said Tuesday. The CBI has alleged that the firm, based in Guwahati's Betkuchi, submitted false and fabricated documents to secure over Rs 64 crore bank loan to purchase vehicles. In the FIR, the investigative agency has named as accused four company promoters -- Pranab Kumar Ghosh, Pratul Kumar Gho
  • Sikkim reports 309 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths
    Gangtok, June 1 (PTI): Sikkim reported 309 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 15,626, as per the Health Department bulletin issued on Tuesday. The toll rose to 257 as the Himalayan state reported four more deaths, it said. At present, Sikkim has 3,992 active cases. In all, 11,163 patients have recovered from the disease and 214 others migrated out of the state. Of the new infections, East Sikkim reported 210 cases, followed by West Sikkim (50), South Sikkim (27), and
  • Meghalaya registers 467 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths
    Shillong, June 1 (PTI): Meghalaya on Tuesday recorded 14 COVID-19 related deaths, which raised the toll to 592, while 467 new cases raised the tally to 36,065, a senior official said. Accordingly, the number of active cases rose to 6,606, Health Services Director Aman War said. Of the 14 fatalities, 12 were reported from East Khasi Hills, and one each from South West Khasi Hills and West Jaintia Hills, War explained. At least 769 more people recuperated from the infection, tak
  • Rescue ops underway to trace migrant workers trapped in Meghalaya mine
    Shillong, Jun 1 (PTI): Rescue operations were underway on Tuesday to trace at least five migrant workers from Assam and Tripura who were trapped inside a rat-hole coal mine in Meghalaya''s East Jaintia district, officials said. The incident took place in Umpleng area on Sunday when water gushed in and inundated the mine after a dynamite explosion. A manhunt has been launched to arrest the ''sordar'' (mine manager) who fled the scene and threatened others a
  • 322 fresh cases push Arunachal's COVID-19 tally to 27,272
    Itanagar, Jun 1 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally soared to 27,272 on Tuesday as 322 more people tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said. The state''s coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 115 as no fresh COVID-19 fatality was 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 49, followed by West Kameng (37) and Changlang (29)