North-East

  • COVID-19 situation in Guwahati may worsen if restrictions not followed seriously: Assam minister
    Guwahati, July 5 (PTI): The COVID-19 situation in Guwahati, where 2,741 fresh cases were reported in the last 10 days, is alarming and may worsen if the restrictions imposed are not followed seriously by the people, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Sunday. Assam recorded its biggest single-day spike in COVID- 19 cases on Saturday, with 1,202 new infections, of which Guwahati accounted for 777 cases. The state has reported 11,001 cases so far.   Guwahati
  • 3 more test positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya, total active cases 28
    Shillong, July 5 (PTI): Three more persons, including a BSF personnel, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya, raising the number of active cases in the state to 28, a senior health official said. The two others, who tested positive in the past 24 hours, are in Ri-Bhoi district, he said.   While one person is a high risk contact of a COVID-19 patient, another is a returnee from Bihar who tested positive at Umroi town, the official said.   As many as 1
  • Assam's flood situation improves
    7 lakh people in 17 districts still affected   Assam, July5 (PTI): The flood situation in Assam improved on Sunday, even though nearly seven lakh people across 17 districts continue to suffer from the deluge, officials said. According to the daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), more than 6.8 lakh people are affected due to the floods in Dhemaji, Biswanath, Chirang, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalp
  • Quake rocks Mizoram again, no damage, casualties
    Aizawl, July 5 (IANS):  A moderate earthquake of 4.6 on the Richter scale hit Mizoram's Champhai district on Sunday afternoon, the seventh tremor to jolt the northeastern state in two weeks, officials said.   According to officials of the Mizoram state disaster control center, there is no report of any damage in the state due to the tremor, which occurred at 5.26 pm on Sunday afternoon. India Meteorological Department officials said that the tremor had its epicentre
  • 4 Assam Rifles personnel, 10 NDRF staffers among 22 new COVID-19 cases in Mizoram
    Aizawl, July 5 (PTI): Twenty-two more people, including four Assam Rifles personnel and ten NDRF staffers, tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, taking the state''s tally to 186, an official said on Sunday. Of the fresh cases, 14 were reported from Aizawl district and four each from Siaha and Lawngtlai, he said.   "A total of 22 people, including three women, tested positive for the disease in the past 24 hours and all of them have travel history,"
  • Assam flood affects 11 lakh people, death toll rises to 37
    Guwahati, July 5 (IANS) With two more fresh deaths on Saturday, the toll in the ongoing current wave of Assam floods has increased to 37. The situation, however, has largely improved in seven districts even as 11 lakh people in 18 of the state's 33 districts have been affected, officials said.   The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said that in the current wave of floods in the past two weeks, at least 22 persons have died in Morigaon, Tinsukia
  • Assam Raj Bhavan campus declared containment zone after 2 COVID-19 cases
    Guwahati, July 4 (PTI): The Raj Bhavan campus and its surrounding areas in Guwahati were sealed and declared a containment zone on Saturday after two persons of the Governor''s Office tested COVID-19 positive, an official said. To maintain public hygiene and prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading in the area, it has been declared a containment zone and the Guwahati circle officer has been directed to seal the area immediately, Kamrup Metropolitan District Deputy Comm
  • NFR transports more than 2144 inbound freight trains
    Says maintaining supply of essential and other commodities in its jurisdiction   Guwahati, July 4 (MExN): The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has transported more than 2144 inbound freight trains from March 25 to June 30, an official release informed today.  Out of this, 844 freight were unloaded during the month of June and 770 were in May, showing a “significant increase of about 10%,” stated the release issued by NFR’s Chief Public Relations O
  • Mizoram: Opening of schools postponed for indefinite period
    AIZAWL, July 4 (PTI): The Mizoram government has postponed the opening of schools for the 2020-21 academic session for an indefinite period as a part of the containment measures to curb the coronavirus outbreak, a minister said. The government had earlier decided to open educational institutions for the current academic session from July 15. "We would not be able to open schools during this month as the Union Ministry of Home Affairs directed all the states not to open educat
  • Manipur official allays fears of COVID-19 community transmission
    Imphal, July 4 (PTI):  As reports of 27 policemen testing positive for COVID-19 triggered panic in parts of Manipur''s Jiribam, a senior official allayed fears of community transmission and said all of them had come in contact with a colleague who was recently diagnosed with the disease. Talking to reporters on Saturday, K Rajo, the director of Manipur health and family welfare services, said there had been "no instance of COVID-19 community transmission in the s
  • Flood situation: West Garo Hills dist admin announces 3 days of Gratuitous Relief
    Shillong, July 4 (NNN): The West Garo Hills district administration announced 3 days of Gratuitous Relief (GR) for the many villagers of the plain belt of the district that have been affected by the current deluge. As per reports available, more than 660 households from 25 villages, all of who are currently from the Selsella C&RD Block, have been affected with the administration informing that relief camps have been set up to accommodate those that have been displaced. Wa
  • Manipur CM launches portal for sharing COVID-19 related stories
    Newmai News Network Imphal | July 4 Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Saturday launched a web portal manipurcovidstories.org, a platform to share Covid-19 related stories and track volunteering activities in the State, at a function held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat, Imphal. The web portal features crowd-sourced stories collected from people who have been Covid-19 positive and recovered, volunteers who have worked at quarantine centres, selfless work carried o
  • Assam govt allows certain relaxations during lockdown in
    Guwahati, July 4 (PTI): The Assam government has allowed certain relaxations during the ongoing lockdown in Kamrup (Metro) district, under which Guwahati city falls, from July five to 12, Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna said on Saturday.   A complete lockdown has been imposed in the district for 14 days since June 28 following a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in Guwahati city.   Guwahati city has reported 2,114 COVID-19 cases. According to the relaxati
  • Tripura serves Vit C-enriched fruit juices to fight corona
    Agartala, July 4 (IANS) The Tripura government started free distribution of vitamin-C-enriched pineapple and lemon juice among the people in urban areas to increase their immunity against Covid-19, here on Saturday.   Launching the month-long Mukhyamantri Corona Pratirodh Abhiyan, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb announced one-day total lockdown in Tripura on Sunday.   The number of Covid-19 cases in the state has increased to 1,534 with one death. Of this, 324 are
  • Arunachal seeks ''special consideration'' for its power sector under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan
    Itanagar, July 4 (PTI): The Arunachal Pradesh government has urged the Centre for "special consideration" for the state''s power sector under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein sought consideration in the implementation of system upgradation for generation, transmission and distribution of power, saying heavy rains, landslides and snowfall in the hilly state damage the power infrastructure.   Mein, who also holds the pow
  • 20 fresh COVID-19 cases in Arunachal; tally 252
    Itanagar, July 4 (PTI): Twenty more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday, taking the state''s tally of coronavirus patients to 252, a senior health official said.   Of the fresh cases, eight were reported from West Kameng district and six each from the capital complex and Changlang, Surveillance Officer Dr L Jampa said.   "All the cases were reported from quarantine centres. Sixteen of them were asymptomatic, while four
  • Mizoram postpones opening of schools for 2020-21 academic session
    Aizawl, July 4 (PTI): The Mizoram government has postponed the opening of schools for the 2020-21 academic session for an indefinite period as a part of the containment measures to curb the coronavirus outbreak, a minister said.   The government had earlier decided to open educational institutions for the current academic session from July 15.   "We would not be able to open schools during this month as the Union Ministry of Home Affairs directed all the stat
  • Assam fire: NGT defers deposit of Rs 25 crore fine by OIL
    New Delhi, July 3 (IANS): The National Green Tribunal has deferred its direction for deposition of Rs 25 crore interim fine by the Oil India Ltd, following the gas well leakage and fire in Assam, till the actual amount and its disbursement plans are worked out. The incident happened in Baghjan in Assam's Tinsukia district. Enormous volume of inflammable natural gas which was leaking from the Baghjan-5 oil well of the company since May 27 caught fire on June 9, claiming lives of two
  • Moderate quake rocks Mizoram, no report of damage, casualty
    Aizawl, July 3 (IANS): Northeastern state of Mizoram on Friday recorded another moderate earthquake, measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale, though there were no reports of damage or casualty, officials said.   The mountainous state had recorded successive quakes last week, which damaged many buildings and structures.   The tremor at 2.35 pm had its epicentre 25 km deep in eastern Mizoram's Champhai district bordering Myanmar, an India Meteorological Department of
  • Assam making all-out efforts to provide best healthcare services to COVID-19 patients: Sonowal
    Guwahati, July 3 (PTI): Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday said that his government is making all-out efforts, including setting up of COVID-19 hospitals, to ensure best healthcare services for the patients. Sonowal visited COVID care centres at IIT Guwahati and Maniram Dewan Trade Centre here to view the arrangements made for patients following a recent surge in the number of cases in Guwahati, an official release said.   Health and Family Welfare Minist