North-East

  • 897 rakes of freight carrying trains unloaded in August: NFR
    Maligaon, September 3 (MExN): The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has transported more than 3723 inbound freight trains from March 25 to August 31. Out of this, 897 freight carrying trains were unloaded during the month of August only, a press statement from NFR CPRO Subhanan Chanda informed on September 3. This is an almost 20% increase in year on year basis as compared to 722 freight carrying rakes which were unloaded in NFR during August, 2019. Goods like FCI rice, sugar, salt, edi
  • UCM demands consultation before final agreement with NSCN (IM)
    Newmai News Network Imphal | September 3 The United Committee Manipur (UCM) on Thursday said that they should be consulted before the Centre and the NSCN (IM) sign the ‘final agreement’. President of the UCM, Sunil Karam said that the time has come for the “indigenous peoples of the Northeast India to unite and stand together for the sake of future generations”. Karam was talking to reporters in Imphal’s Kekrupat Memorial Complex where the UCM le
  • WAD condemns alleged rape & murder of minor
    Imphal, September 3 (MExN): The Women Action For Development (WAD) on Thursday condemned the alleged gang rape of a 14 year old minor in Imphal. The girl was reported missing on September 1 and found in an unconscious condition at a roadside pond at Mayang, Imphal on September 2, according to the WAD press statement. The girl was suspected to have been gang raped and was left to die the night before. She was found by some women and was rushed to the hospital. Unfortunately, the g
  • Meeting held on preparedness for reopening of educational institutes in Manipur
    Newmai News Network Imphal | September 3 Manipur Education minister Dr Thokchom Radheshyam on Thursday held a meeting with the representatives of students’ organisations to discuss the necessary steps of preparedness that need to be taken up with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic if the educational institutions in the state are to be re-opened. Attended by the Commissioner, Education (S)  T Ranjit Singh; Commissioner, Higher & Technical Education, M Harekrishna; Dir
  • Assam Assembly passes bill to protect tangible heritage
    Guwahati, September 3 (PTI): The Assam Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill to protect, preserve and restore tangible heritage, which are currently not covered under any national or state law. The passage of the Assam Heritage (Tangible) Protection, Preservation, Conservation and Maintenance Bill, 2020 was termed as historic by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who said it is a step towards implementing the Clause 6 of the Assam Accord. As per the clause, constitutional, legislat
  • 148 fresh cases take Arunachal's COVID-19 tally to 4,360
    Itanagar, September 3 (PTI): The total number of COVID-19 cases in Arunachal Pradesh rose to 4,360 as 148 more people, including 47 security personnel and two health workers, tested positive for the disease on Thursday, an official said. Of the fresh cases, 31 were reported from the Capital Complex region, 28 from Tirap, 20 from Leparada, 18 from West Siang, 14 from Tawang, six each from Papumpare and West Kameng districts, State Surveillance Officer Dr L Jampa said. Five new cas
  • In India's flood-prone Assam, hill settlers hold out hope for land titles
    As floods and erosion uproot more families in Assam, about 300,000 people in the Guwahati hills have no proof of land ownership   GUWAHATI, India, September 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Bankim Chakma wanted to build a home for his growing family in Guwahati in the eastern Indian state of Assam, he had few options. Land was expensive for poor migrants like himself, so he moved to the hills where it was cheaper and safe from floods. But, like the tens of thousands of
  • Bill on better use of NE water resources to be tabled in Parliament
    Shillong, September 3 (IANS): The Union Jal Shakti Ministry has prepared a bill which is likely to be tabled in the upcoming monsoon session of Parliament for better utilisation of the water resources of India's northeast region, which can provide 60,000 MW clean energy to the country, NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar said. Kumar said that the bill, which would facilitate the formation of the North East Water Management Authority (NEWMA), is ready in consultation with the
  • 11 security escorts of Ex-CM Ibobi Singh tests COVID-19 +
    Official quarter sealed Newmai News Network  Imphal | September 2 The official quarter of former Manipur chief minister O Ibobi Singh in Imphal has been sealed after 11 security personnel detailed as his escorts-cum-house guards were found infected by COVID-19 on Wednesday. The former chief minister and his family members were, however, tested negative for the disease after their swab samples were subjected to COVID-19 test following the development. The 11 personnel
  • COVID-19 : More containment areas identified in Shillong
    Newmai News Network Shillong | September 2 To restrict unregulated entry and exit movement in buildings, compounds and houses in Shillong which are vulnerable to COVID-19 and which have been affected by the virus, the District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills, Matsiewdor War Nongbri has issued an order, declaring them to be containment areas with immediate effect. The first floor of the building of Shanta Uriah at Streamlet Road in Laban, the house and compound of B. Nongrum at Lu
  • Drug menace is still a big issue in Mizoram
    Newmai News Network Aizawl | September 2 Drug menace continues to haunt Mizoram as the menace has claimed 45 lives this year alone. According to the Excise and Narcotics department of Mizoram, from January till August in 2020 (8 months), 45 people including 4 females have died of drug abuse in the state. The Excise and Narcotics department also said that 55 people including 13 females had died last year (2019). The department then informed that Mizoram had reported the first
  • Residents ban Loktak Lake development works 
    Newmai News Network  IMPHAL | September 2 All works related with development and conservation of Loktak Lake in Manipur was forced to suspend by residents of Thanga and Karang.  Thanga and Karang are located in the vicinity of the lake.  On Wednesday, as many as six organisations imposed the ban on the works of the Loktak Development Authority (LDA) responsible for implementation of various developmental and conservation schemes of the lake. They imposed the ba
  • Arunachal Assembly Speaker writes to Union Minister about ''erratic'' BSNL service in Shi-Yomi district
    Itanagar, September 2 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker Passang Dorjee Sona has apprised Union Communication and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad about the "erratic" BSNL network at Shi-Yomi his home district, and requested him for resolving the issue. The Speaker, in a letter to Prasad on Tuesday, said Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) service in Shi-Yomi district is "erratic" as a result of which people are facing problems. In th
  • Arunachal Pradesh''s COVID-19 tally rises to 4,212
    Itanagar, September 2 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh''s COVID-19 tally rose to 4,212 as 100 more people including 17 security personnel tested positive for coronavirus, a senior Health department official said on Wednesday. Of the 100 fresh cases, 35 were reported from the Capital Complex region, 14 from Papumpare, 10 from Changlang, 7 from East Kameng, 6 from East Siang and five each from West Kameng, Anjaw and Tawang districts respectively, the official said. Four cases were
  • Tripura reports record 566 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths
    Agartala, September 2 (PTI): Tripura on Wednesday reported its highest single-day spike of 566 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 12,722, an official said. Five more people died in the state, following which the toll rose to 118, he said. There are 4,667 active cases in the state at present, the official of the Health Department said. So far, 7,847 people have recovered from the disease and 20 patients migrated to other states, he added. Tripura has tested over 2.77 la
  • 8 new COVID-19 cases in Mizoram; tally rises to 1,020
    Aizawl, September 2 (PTI): Eight more persons including six security personnel have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, taking the state''s coronavirus caseload to 1,020, a Health department official said on Wednesday. Seven new cases were reported from Aizawl district and one case from Kolasib district, the offcial said, adding that five Assam Rifles and a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan were among the newly infected persons. Of the total 1,020 COVID-19 cases, 410
  • RPF/NFR arrest touts, seize contraband
    Maligaon, September 1(MExN):  The Railway Police Force (RPF) of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has apprehended touts involved in illegal selling of railway tickets during search and raids conducted within the jurisdiction of NFR. According to a press release from NFR CPRO Subhanan Chanda, on August 31, a team of RPF Guwahati with the help of local police conducted search in a shop- M/s P M Communication and Service located at Odalbakra, Guwahati. In course of the search,
  • NE CM, leaders condole demise of Pranab Mukherjee
    Guwahati/Agartala/Shillong, September 1 (IANS): The Chief Ministers and political leaders of eight northeastern states cutting across political lines remembered their personal experience and expressed deep grief for former President Pranab Mukherjee, who passed away on Monday evening in Delhi. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal tweeted: "The end of an era. My deepest condolences at the demise of former President of India, Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee. I join the nation in
  • 5 held for fraudulently withdrawing money from Assam CM's relief fund
    Guwahati, September 1 (IANS): Five persons were arrested in Uttar Pradesh for fraudulently withdrawing money from the Assam Chief Minister's relief fund, officials said on Tuesday. An official of the Assam Chief Minister's Special Vigilance Cell said that nearly Rs 4 lakh was fraudulently withdrawn through fake cheques in Uttar Pradesh by forging the signature of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. "With the help of Uttar Pradesh police, a seven member team of C
  • Erratic monsoon in NE: Four states receive excess, 4 deficit rainfall
    Guwahati/Agartala, September 1 (IANS): The four month long monsoon has so far been erratic in the mountainous northeastern region. Four of the eight northeastern states, including Assam, have received excess rain while the remaining four reported a deficit. According to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) scientists, the erratic monsoon is likely to affect both the kharif and rabi crops in the region. According to the records of the Indian Meteorological Department