North-East

  • Arunachal Pradesh reports 366 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths
    Itanagar, June 15 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh reported 366 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the coronavirus tally in the northeastern state to 31,648, a senior health official said here on Tuesday. The COVID-19 death toll increased to 151 with six more persons, including a woman succumbing to the infection in the past two days, the official said. Three persons from the Capital Complex region and one each from Lower Siang, Lohit and Lower Subansiri districts died while undergoing treatm
  • 268 new COVID-19 cases push Mizoram's tally to 15,631
    Aizawl, June 15 (PTI): Mizoram's COVID-19 tally rose to 15,631 as 268 more people tested positive for the infection, an official said on Tuesday. Of the 268 fresh cases, 200 cases were reported from Aizawl district and the rest from Kolasib, Lunglei, Siaha, Lawngtlai, Saitual, Mamit and Serchhip districts, he said. More than 71 children and two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were among the newly infected people, he said. Eleven patients have travel history a
  • 7 arrested in connection with rape, murder of Assam girls: Police
    Kokrajhar, June 15 (PTI): Seven persons have been arrested so far in connection with the alleged rape and murder of two girls in Assam's Kokrajhar district, police said on Tuesday. The girls, aged 14 and 16, belonged to the Rabha community and were found hanging from a tree on Saturday. Seven persons have been arrested so far in connection with the incident, police said. Those arrested are being interrogated and further investigations are underway, they said. A Special
  • Assam's 'vaccine man' goes door to door to create awareness on efficacy of jabs
    Dhubri, June 15 (PTI): With the Centre and the state having stepped up the COVID-19 vaccination drive, a 36-year- old man in Assam's Dhubri district has taken it upon himself to convince people, especially those from the underprivileged sections, about the efficacy of the jabs amid reports that many were hesitant to get themselves inoculated. Stating that he has taken a pledge to free Dhubri of coronavirus, Dipankar Mazumder, a medical representative by profession, is moving fro
  • Mizoram Presbyterian Church urges state govt to resolve border disputes with neighbouring states
    Aizawl, June 15 (PTI): Top leaders of Mizoram Presbyterian Church, the largest denomination in the state has urged the state government to take measure to resolve border disputes with neighbouring states, an official statement said. The church leaders called on Chief Minister Zoramthanga and urged him to resolve the border dispute with neighbouring states and to take measure for the inclusion of the Mizo language in the eighth schedule of the Indian constitution, the statement said
  • COVID-19: Schools in Assam to remain closed after summer vacation
    Guwahati, June 15 (PTI): The Assam government has said all schools will remain closed even after the summer vacation due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the state and asked authorities to take steps to conduct online classes, an official said on Tuesday. The Secondary Education Department's Principal Secretary B Kalyan Chakravarthy has ordered officials of district administrations to arrange for online classes so that there is continuity in students' learning process
  • Navy team completes mapping vertical shaft of flooded mine in Meghalaya, 5 trapped for 15 days
    Shillong, June 14 (PTI): The Indian Navy on Monday completed mapping of the 152-metre-deep vertical shaft of the flooded coal mine in Meghalayas East Jaintia Hills district where five miners remain trapped since May 30, an official said. The water level at the mine in Umpleng area was recorded to be 33 metres deep and the rescuers managed to dive up to a depth of 15 metres inside the flooded mine, district deputy commissioner E Kharmalki told PTI. The team of Navy personnel
  • Sikkim CM presents Rs 9852.85 crore budget for 2021-22
    Gangtok, JunE 14 (PTI): Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang on Monday presented a Rs 9852.85 crore budget for the financial year 2021-22, saying that the Covid-19 pandemic has damaged the backbone of small Himalayan state's economy. Of the Rs 9852.85 crore, the net outgo has been kept at Rs 9588.65 crore, Tamang said while presenting the budget on the inaugural day of the two-day assembly season. The differential amount of Rs 264.20 crore has been calculated as the recove
  • Sikkim reports 36 new COVID-19 cases
    Gangtok, JunE 14 (PTI): Sikkims COVID-19 tally rose to18,450 on Monday as 36 more people tested positive for the virus,  according to a health department bulletin. The new COVID-19 cases were reported from East Sikkim (29), followed by West Sikkim (six) and South Sikkim (one). The death toll remained at 281 as no new fatality due to the infection was reported in the last 24 hours, the bulletin said. The Himalayan state now has 3,306 active cases, while 14,615 patients hav
  • Assam power PSUs tasked to increase revenue, check losses
    Guwahati, Jun 10 (PTI): Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday directed the three power companies of the state to work to increase their revenue and and plug losses. The Chief Minister, at a review meeting with the Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL), Assam Power Generation Corporation Limited (APGCL) and Assam Electricity Grid Corporation Limited (AEGCL), called for linking revenue collection with promotion of qualitative performance and active service deli
  • Kin claim head of world's largest family still alive, refuse to perform last rites
    Aizawl, June 14 (PTI): It has been over 36 hours since Zionghaka aka Zion-a, the patriarch of what is believed to be the world's largest family, breathed his last in Mizoram, but his loved ones are not ready to bid him one final goodbye, claiming that he was "still very much alive". The 76-year-old, who lives in a sprawling four-storey home in Baktawng village with 39 wives, over 90 children and at least 33 grandchildren, headed a religious sect Lalpa Kohhran thar -- w
  • Nine arrested for burning effigy of Bhaichung Bhutia in South Sikkim
    Gangtok, June 14 (PTI): Police have arrested nine persons in connection with the burning of an effigy of former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia at Namchi in South Sikkim district in violation of the lockdown in force in the state, a senior officer said on Monday. "We arrested nine persons from Namchi town last evening and released them on bail since the offence was a bailable one," South Sikkim's Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Thakur Thapa told PTI. &
  • Navy, NDRF operations on as 5 miners trapped in Meghalaya mine
    SHILLONG, JUNE 14 (IANS): An Indian Navy team joined the non-stop rescue operations for five miners trapped in a coal mine in the East Jaintia Hills district in Meghalaya for two weeks, said top officials on Monday. Ibashisha Mawlong, the Executive Director of the State Disaster Management Authority, said uninterrupted rescue operations involving the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are ongoing since the five workers got trapped inside the coal mine on May 31. "NDRF a
  • Arunachal Pradesh logs 134 new COVID-19 cases
    Itanagar, June 14 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh witnessed a dip in COVID-19 cases as 134 people tested positive for the virus, pushing the coronavirus tally to 31,282, an official said on Monday. The state had reported 298 cases on Sunday. The COVID-19 death toll in the state rose to 145 as two more persons succumbed to the disease in the past two days, State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The Capital Complex Region continued to report high number of fresh cases with 3
  • Mizoram reports 98 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths
    Aizawl, June 14 (PTI): Mizoram reported 98 new COVID-19 cases and four more fatalities in the last 24 hours, pushing the state''s coronavirus tally to 15,364 and death toll to 67, an official statement said on Monday. State information and public relations department said that four persons aged between 42 and 91 years died within a span of 10 hours between Sunday and Monday. All the victims belonged to Aizawl district, it said. The department said that 951 samples were
  • COVID effect: Most zoos, national parks shut in northeast
    Guwahati/Agartala, June 13 (IANS): Most zoos across the eight northeastern states have either been shut or the authorities have taken a series of strict measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among the captive animals. The Central Zoo Authority (CZA) under the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, has given a series of safety guidelines to the state zoo authorities for the zoos in the light of the increasing number of cases of SARS-CoV-2. According to
  • Eastern Army Commander visits EAC headquarters at Shillong
    Kolkata, June 13 (PTI): Eastern Command GOC-in-C Lt Gen Manoj Pande on Sunday visited the Eastern Air Command (EAC) headquarters at Shillong in Meghalaya and discussed defence preparedness with EAC’s AOC-in-C Air Marshal Amit Dev, a Defence official said here. This was the Eastern Army Commander’s first visit to the EAC headquarters since assuming charge on June 1. “Joint operations and jointmanship were the main focus of discussions,” the official said ab
  • One more journalist succumbs to COVID-19 in Manipur
    Newmai News Network Imphal | June 13 Another Manipur based journalist died due to COVID-19 related health complications on Saturday night.  He was the third journalist to succumb to the dreaded virus since the pandemic hit the state.  Thotsang Shaiza, who was undergoing treatment at JNIMS hospital, Imphal, for the past few days after getting infected with coronavirus disease, breathed his last late Saturday night. He was 46 and is survived by his wife, five children
  • One lakh bags of FCI rice seized from private godown in Assam’s Kamrup district
    Rangia, June 13 (PTI): The Assam police has claimed to have busted a scam involving supply of government rice by seizing one lakh bags of the cereal, belonging to the Food Corporation of India’s Meghalaya unit, from a private godown in Kamrup district while the food item was being repackaged for selling. Following a tip-off, a joint operation conducted by the police and district administration seized the bags, stuffed with FCI rice from the godown of a private company in Chhaygoa
  • Mizo man with world's one of largest families passes away
    Aizawl, June 13 (IANS) Ziona Chana, who is believed to head one of the world's largest families, with 38 wives, 89 children and 33 grandchildren from Mizoram, passed away at a private hospital here on Sunday. He was 76. An official of Aizawl district administration said that Chana was unwell since June 7 and a few days back admitted to a private hospital in the capital city after his diabetes, hypertension and other old age related problems deteriorated and breathed his last on