North-East

  • Myanmar's Chin state CM taken shelter in Mizoram: Officials
    Aizawl, June 17 (IANS) Chief Minister of Myanmar's Chin state, Salai Lian Luai has taken shelter in India's Mizoram from the military coup hit the neighbouring country while 9,250 Myanmarese, including women and children, have already took refuge in the bordering state, officials said on Tuesday night. Bordered with Bangladesh, Chin, a state in Western Myanmar, shares its Western border with the northeastern state of Mizoram. A senior official of Mizoram Home Department s
  • Assam double rape-murder accused injured after cops open fire during escape bid
    Kokrajhar (Assam), June 17 (PTI): One of the prime accused in Assam's recent double rape-murder case was grievously injured after being fired upon by policemen during his escape attempt in Kokrajhar district on Thursday, police said. One constable was also injured after being attacked by the accused during his bid to flee, a senior officer said. The incident occurred when the policemen took the man to a forest in Bedlangbari area to recover the mobile phone of one of the two
  • Do not slacken vaccination drive and conduct  vulnerability mapping in blocks: Assam CM to DCs
    Guwahati, June 16 (PTI): Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has asked the deputy commissioners not to slacken the vaccination drive and also conduct vulnerability mapping at the block level in view of the spread of COVID-19 to rural and semi-urban areas of the state. The number of fresh cases in the state has shown a gradual decline, Sarma said, while virtually reviewing the COVID situation with DCs and Superintendents of Police on Tuesday night. The chief minister asked th
  • Manipur cancels board exams
    Imphal, June 16 (PTI): The Manipur government on Wednesday cancelled class 10 and 12 board examinations in the state-run schools in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was made separately by the Council of Higher Education Manipur (COHSEM), which conducts the class 10 board examinations, and the Board of Secondary Education (BOSEM) that conducts the class 12 exams. "In view of the uncertain conditions due to Covid-19 pandemic and the feedback obtained from variou
  • Covid: IIT Guwahati develops low-cost sterilization box based on combined heat, UV radiation
    New Delhi, June 16 (PTI): Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati have developed a low-cost sterilization box to disinfect small household items by combined heat and UV radiation to prevent COVID-19. The results of their investigation have also been recently published in Environmental Research (2021). According to the team, the products available in the market use only UV-C irradiation facilities to disinfect items at a cost between Rs 13,000 and Rs 15,000, while
  • Assam Cabinet against conducting board examinations for Classes 10, 12: Minister
    Guwahati, June 16 (PTI): The Assam Cabinet on Wednesday recommended against conducting the Class 10 and 12 board examinations in the wake of the COVID-19 situation in the state. A final decision in this regard would be taken on Friday at a meeting between the education department and various other stakeholders. "The cabinet suggested it would not be possible to conduct the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC), High Madrassa and Higher Secondary final year examinations, kee
  • Central BJP team in Tripura to take stock of organisation
    Agartala, June 16 (PTI): A team of central BJP leaders, led by its national general secretary BL Santosh, arrived in Agartala on Wednesday on a two-day trip to hold organisational meetings with the party's state leadership. In the team are BJP's organisational secretary for Assam and Tripura Phanindranath Sharma, Northeast general secretary (organisation) Ajay Jamwal and state observer Vinod Sonkar. During the day, they met state BJP chief Manik Saha and party presidents
  • Rare white deer spotted in Assam s Kaziranga National Park
    Nagaon, June 16 (PTI): Spotting of a rare white hog deer in Kaziranga National Park has created widespread interest among wildlife conservationists and nature lovers with many flocking to the world heritage site to catch a glimpse of the animal. After spotting the deer, locals had informed nature photographer Jayanta Kumar Sarma who managed to capture the white deer on his camera in the Burapahar Range of the park. Sarma spotted the animal at a grassland near the 12 line area of
  • First body retrieved from flooded Meghalaya coal mine
    Shillong, June 16 (PTI): A body was retrieved on Wednesday afternoon from the flooded coal pit in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district where five miners were trapped since May 30, an official said. The body was retrieved from the bottom of the 152- meter-deep pit by divers of the Indian Navy and NDRF, the district's Deputy Commissioner E Kharmalki told PTI. It is yet to be identified but suspected to be of one of the trapped miners, he said. The Navy on Tuesday dete
  • Assam will try to replicate Gujarat model in power sector: CM
    Guwahati, June 16 (PTI): Assam government will try to replicate the success stories of the Gujarat model in the power sector along with its state-of the art technological interventions to turn three power companies in the state to profitable ventures, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. A delegation of the Assam Power department, led by Power Minister Bimal Bora will soon visit the western state to understand its best practices, the chief minister said while holding a virtual m
  • Micor-blogging site Koo launches Assamese service
    Guwahati, June 16 (PTI): Micro-blogging platform Koo launched the app in Assamese with Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday releasing the first message in Koo in the language. The Chief Minister in his message in Assamese said, "I am delighted that Koo App has launched it in Assamese language with me joining the platform. The app is enabling the people of Assam to voice their thoughts and opinions in their mother tongue." "Looking forward to engagi
  • MSCW directs Manipur DGP to arrest administrator of FB page 
    Newmai News Network Imphal | June 15 Manipur State Commission for Women (MSCW) has asked the Director General of Police (DGP) of Manipur to arrest the administrator of a Facebook page for allegedly sharing vulgar content. MSCW, in a statement, stated that it took cognizance of a gross immoral activities perpetrated by one Yumnam Piba bearing facebook profile link https//www.facebook.com/yumnam.piba by creating a private group on Facebook with 27.1k members under the vagarious ti
  • Manipur government continues to address the key challenges of agriculture: CM
    Newmai News Network Imphal | June 15 Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has said that the government continued to address the key challenges of agriculture in the State and the North East (NE) region, including low productivity, small holdings, under utilization of irrigation potential and inadequate infrastructure along the supply chain. He was speaking at the inaugural session of a national virtual workshop organized by ICAR NEH Region, Manipur on the topic, ‘Potential
  • Probe ordered into Mizoram wall collapse that killed 4 children
    Aizawl, June 15 (PTI): The Mizoram government has constituted a magisterial inquiry in connection with the collapse of a retaining wall which swept away a building resulting in the deaths of four children, an official said on Tuesday. Four children were killed and two injured when an Assam-type building in which a seven-member family lived, was swept away by the retaining wall that collapsed due to a landslip triggered by rains here on Friday. The government order issued on Monda
  • More waterway link to boost NE India, B'desh trade: Experts
    Agartala, June 15 (IANS): Experts, lawmakers, academicians and traders have advocated for more waterway connectivity and development of related infrastructures to boost trade and economy between India's northeastern states and the neighbouring Bangladesh. There are more than 300 rivers in Bangladesh of which 57 are transboundary rivers. Out of the 57 transboundary rivers, 54 rivers, including Ganga, Brahmaputra and Teesta, are common with India and the remaining three with Myanm
  • NE states fare worst in Covid-19 recovery rate
    Guwahati/Agartala, June 15 (IANS): In terms of recovery of Covid patients, the eight northeastern states fare the worst even as the country's recovery rate is rising regularly and touched 95.43 per cent on Monday. According to the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry's Covid-19 data on Monday, the recovery rate in Mizoram is the lowest in the country, at 76.46 per cent, while Sikkim has 79.18 per cent, Nagaland 83.27 per cent, Manipur 84.14 per cent, Meghalaya 87.22 per
  • Device deployed by Navy in Meghalaya mine rescue effort detects 2 suspicious objects: Official
    Shillong, June 15 (PTI): A sophisticated machine deployed by the Indian Navy to explore the flooded shaft of a coal mine in Meghalayas East Jaintia Hills district where five miners remain trapped for over two weeks Tuesday detected two suspicious objects at the bottom of the 152-metre deep pit, an official said. District deputy commissioner E Kharmalki told PTI, "We are analysing the footage taken by the ROV (remotely operated vehicle) to verify if the objects are indeed human
  • NE states fare worst in Covid-19 recovery rate
    Guwahati/Agartala, June 15 (IANS): In terms of recovery of Covid patients, the eight northeastern states fare the worst even as the country's recovery rate is rising regularly and touched 95.43 per cent on Monday. According to the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry's Covid-19 data on Monday, the recovery rate in Mizoram is the lowest in the country, at 76.46 per cent, while Sikkim has 79.18 per cent, Nagaland 83.27 per cent, Manipur 84.14 per cent, Meghalaya 87.22 per
  • Assam logs 3,678 new COVID-19 cases, 43 deaths
    Guwahati, June 14 (PTI): Assam reported 43 more COVID-19 deaths and 3,678 new cases taking the caseload to 4,63,175 on Monday, National Health Mission bulletin said. The death toll in the state increased to 3,994 while the number of active cases is currently is 39,362. Five deaths each were reported from Golaghat and Tinsukia, followed by four in Dibrugarh, three each in Barpeta, Cachar, Kamrup Metro, and Karbi Anglong while Baksa, Chirang, Darrang, and Kamrup Rural reported two dea
  • Take steps to ensure doctors are not attacked in future, HC asks Assam govt
    Guwahati, June 15 (PTI): The Gauhati High Court has asked the Assam government to submit a detailed report on steps taken to ensure that no attacks on doctors and medical staff take place in future. A bench of Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia and Justice Manash Ranjan Pathak passed the order after filing a suo motu public interest litigation (PIL) based on a letter by advocate Sneha Kalita about the recent attack on a doctor at a government hospital in Hojai district. The court als