North-East

  • 84 constables test positive for COVID-19 while undergoing training in Arunachal
    Itanagar, September 25 (PTI): Eighty-four newly-recruited constables undergoing training at the Police Training Centre in Banderdwa in Arunachal Pradesh have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past three days, officials said on Friday. The recruits who have tested positive are all male and belong to the D, E and F companies of the state police, superintendent of police (SIT) Hemant Tiwari said. They were living in separate barracks, he said. The recruits arrived at the traini
  • 283 new COVID-19 cases in Arunachal Pradesh, tally rises to
    Itanagar, September 25 (PTI): At least 283 more people, including 19 security personnel and four health care workers, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, pushing the northeastern state''s tally to 8,416, a senior health department official said on Friday. Of the fresh cases, 153 were reported from the Capital Complex region, Longding (26), Tirap (22), Papaumpare (21), Upper Subansiri (11), East Siang (10) and nine each from Changlang and Lower Subansiri d
  • Tripura''s COVID-19 tally rises to 24,130
    Agartala, September 25 (PTI): Tripura''s COVID-19 caseload rose to 24,130 as 341 more people tested positive for the virus on Friday, an official said. The death toll climbed to 262 with five more people succumbing to the infection, he said. West Tripura district, of which state capital Agartala is a part, has accounted for 144 of the 262 COVID-19 deaths, the official said Tripura currently has 6,381 active coronavirus cases, while 17,464 people have recovered from the
  • Mizoram's COVID-19 tally rises to 1,786
    Aizawl September 25 (PTI): Twenty-six people, including five Assam Rifles personnel have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, pushing the state''s virus caseload to 1,786, an official said on Friday. Of the 26 cases, 24 were reported from Aizawl district and one each from Kolasib and Mami districts, the official said. He said that 23 cases were confirmed at Zoram Medical College (ZMC), 2 at Kolasib and Mamit district hospitals with the help of TrueNat machines and one
  • BJP MLA asks Mizoram govt to send him outside for COVID-19 test
    Aizawl, September 25 (PTI): Lone BJP MLA in Mizoram Dr BD Chakma has asked the state government to refer him to some hospital outside the state for COVID-19 testing after his re- test sample tested positive despite him being asymptomatic for more than a week. Chakma wrote to Mizoram Health minister Dr R Lalthangliana and Health and Family Welfare board vice chairman Dr ZR Thiamsanga urging them that he should be referred to either Kolkata or Guwahati to cross check his swab sam
  • One killed, 5 missing as landslide buries several homes in Meghalaya
    Shillong, September 25 (PTI): One person was killed and five others were missing when their homes were buried in a landslide triggered by incessant rainfall in Meghalaya''s East Khasi Hills district on Friday, officials said. The landslide took place at around 6 am in Mawnei locality of the district, they said. Body of Razia Ahmed, a woman cricketer who has played for Meghalaya in several national tournaments was retrieved from the debris, they said. "The body of
  • Assam govt develops new mobile app for air passengers
    Guwahati, September 25 (PTI): The Assam government has developed a mobile app through which air passengers can download forms, fill it up, and show it at airports to avoid delay in completing formalities for COVID-19 tests, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Himanta Biswa Sarma said here on Friday. The app named ''visitassam'' has been developed to ensure that proper social distancing is maintained and passengers are not delayed as filling up necessary forms at t
  • Manipur CM drops 6 Cabinet Ministers
    Inducts five new faces as major reshuffle takes place Newmai News Network Imphal | September 24   The much speculated cabinet reshuffle in the three and a half year old N Biren Singh led BJP coalition government in Manipur took place on Thursday. Chief Minister N Biren Singh dropped six cabinet ministers from his council of ministers and inducted five new faces.  The five new faces who were inducted to the council of ministers are Okram Henry Singh, O Lukhoi Sing
  • Torrential rains wreak havoc in South Garo Hills
    Newmai News Network Shillong | September 24  Two wooden bridges, one in Dumnikura which was washed away this morning and another in Lower Gasuapara on the verge of collapse, both in South Garo Hills district amidst heavy rains left residents of the district in a miserable state. As per reports, the bridge on the River Daldam near Dumnikura, which was already in a weakened state, broke into many parts before eventually being washed away by the surging river waters. Another w
  • Mizoram Assembly serves show cause notice to MLA
    Aizawl, September 24 (PTI): The Mizoram Assembly on Thursday served a show-cause notice to an independent MLA following demands for his disqualification by the ruling MNF which alleged that he joined the opposition Zoram People's Movement (ZPM) violating the Constitution and the anti-defection law. Assembly Secretary H Lalrinawma told PTI that a show-cause notice was issued to independent legislator Lalduhoma, asking him to clarify why he should not be disqualified from the House.
  • Railways to allow advance bookings for parcel vans
    Maligaon, September 24 (MExN): The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has informed that in view of the regular demand from transporters, the Indian Railways has now decided to allow advance booking of parcel space in SLRs, parcel vans attached to passenger carrying trains, and time-tabled Parcel Special trains.  “This will also help in bringing more traffic to Railways apart from enabling parcel loading parties and transporters to plan their logistics in advance in a better
  • Nehru's policies, Ayodhya dispute, land reforms out of Assam Class 12 syllabus
    Guwahati, September 24 (PTI): Policies of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, anti-Sikh riots, Ayodhya dispute, empowerment of women and minority rights are some of the topics that have been excluded from the Class 12 syllabus of the Assam state board to lessen the academic load of students due to the pandemic, an official said on Thursday. The chapters were dropped by the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) for the 2020-21 session, as part of the 30 per cent reducti
  • Tarun Gogoi in ICU after oxygen level falls in post-COVID complications
    Guwahati, September 24 (PTI): Veteran Congress leader and former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi was on Thursday admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a state-run hospital after his blood oxygen level drastically went down in post-COVID-19 complications, a senior doctor said. The 85-year-old leader tested positive for the virus on August 25 and was admitted to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) the next day. He tested negative recently but remained in the hospit
  • Village bids emotional adieu to Spaniard stranded in Assam during the lockdown
    Guwahati,September 24 IANS): Men, women and children of the entire village had tears in their eyes as Spanish cyclist Manuel Arribas Rodriguez left Bokotial village in eastern Assam's Sivasagar district. The 41-years-old Spanish national had intended to stay a week at Bokotial village in connection with a festival but ended up spending more than seven months owing to the lockdown and other Covid-19 related travel restrictions. All the men, women and children of our Bokotial v
  • Three Manipur ministers dropped amid reports of cabinet rejig
    Imphal, Septenmber 24 (IANS): Amidst reports of a cabinet reshuffle, Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla on Thursday accepted Chief Minister N. Biren Singh's proposal to drop three cabinet ministers, officials said. Officials from Raj Bhavan and the Chief Minister's secretariat said that the CM on Wednesday recommended to the governor to drop Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister V. Hangkhalian, Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Nemcha Kipgen and Education,
  • Rs 85 lakh cash seized in Assam's Dibrugarh airport, 4 held
    Guwahati, September 23 (IANS): Four youths, carrying Rs 85 lakh in cash, were arrested from Assam's Dibrugarh airport on Wednesday, just before they boarded a Delhi-bound flight, police said. Police said that the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) troopers, during the security check, detected the large amount of cash in two cartons carried by the four youths, who had come from Khonsa in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh by road. The youths and the seized cash were handed o
  • Sikkim cut off as major landslide hits NH10
    Gangtok, September 23 (PTI): A major landslide, triggered by heavy rains, on the National Highway 10 cut off Sikkim from the rest of the country on Wednesday morning, officials said. The landslide happened at the 29 Mile area in West Bengal, they said. The NH-10, which is considered the lifeline for the people of Sikkim, is maintained by the General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) and the PWD of West Bengal, they added. Officials at the site said that it will take at least a day
  • Mizoram MP seeks compensation for people affected by earthquakes
    Aizawl, September 23 (PTI): Rajya Sabha MP from Mizoram K Vanlalvena has urged the Centre to give compensations to people affected by earthquakes in Mizoram and to send a team to investigate the cause of frequent earthquakes in the state, an official said on Wednesday. The MP has asked the Earth Science Ministry and Ministry of Home Affairs Disaster Management Division to immediately send an investigation team to Mizoram, to provide compensation to the earthquake victims, and to pro
  • Assam to cull 12,000 pigs as African swine fever spreads
    Guwahati, September 23 (PTI): Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday ordered to cull nearly 12,000 pigs in the areas affected by the deadly African swine fever and asked officials to compensate the owners adequately. So far, 18,000 pigs have died after contracting the virus across 14 districts of the state, a senior official of the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department told PTI. "Chairing a meeting with department officials, the chief minister said that in
  • Sikkim CM's wife tests positive for COVID-19
    Gangtok, September 23 (PTI): Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang''s wife Krishna Rai and some of her family members have tested positive for COVID-19. In a Facebook post she said: "We made all possible efforts to keep corona at bay but unfortunately we got infected. I appeal to those who came in contact with us to get themselves tested and my close contacts to go into quarantine." She said that on doctors advice she along with her family members have quarant