North-East

  • Law and order has collapsed in Tripura, BJP let loose reign of terror: Oppn parties
    Agartala, June 29 (PTI): Alleging that the BJP has let loose a reign of terror in Tripura, the opposition Left Front and the Congress said law and order has collapsed in the state, and workers of their parties have come under attack from the saffron camp activists on several occasions.   The BJP, on its part, rebuffed the claims, and said opposition parties were levelling baseless allegations in their attempts to win back supporters.   State Congress chief Pijus
  • 12 fresh COVID-19 cases in Tripura; count rises to 1,352
    Agartala, June 29 (PTI): Twelve more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has said. Eight of the new patients are from Sepahijala district, three from Khowai and one from Gomati, he said.   "Out of 1,063 samples tested for COVID-19, 12 people found positive. Among them 9 people have travel history & 3 people were in contact with COVID-19 patients," Deb tweeted late on Sunday.   In another tweet on
  • Manipur extends lockdown period
    Newmai News Network  Imphal | June 28 Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh announced that the State government "has decided to extend the lockdown for another 15 days i.e. from July 1 to July 15, 2020.” Speaking to media persons on Sunday in Imphal, the Chief Minister then said that the government has also decided the opening of inter-district bus service from July 1, 2020 by maintaining Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and guidelines issued by the govern
  • Mizoram has tested almost all the returnees for COVID-19
    Newmai News Network Aizawl | June 28 Mizoram has tested almost all the returnees for COVID-19. This was informed by Mizoram Health minister Dr R Lalthangliana on Sunday. According to him, more than 12, 000 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the State. He also said that around the same number of stranded people have returned to the State till date. The Health minister however said that around 2000 stranded people are yet to return to Mizoram. Meanwhile, the
  • Plain belt of Meghalaya worried by rising water levels
    Newmai News Network Shillong | June 28 Incessant rain over the past week has left many parts of the plain belt of Garo Hills in danger of floods even as the situation is being monitored by the administration. As per local authorities, the situation is grim as water continues to rise with even the Naga Bund close to being washed away. Most agricultural land has already been submerged with water reaching low lying houses. With levels expected to continue rising, the worst, t
  • Conrad Sangma tests negative for COVID-19
    Newmai News Network Shillong | June 28 Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Sunday tested negative for COVID-19. He has been under home quarantine for the past four days after his return from Manipur and Delhi. The first test was conducted on June 22 and the second test on June 28, as was informed by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) on Sunday evening. The CMO also said that as a precautionary measure, the Chief Minister will be under home quarantine for
  • Meghalaya: BSF personnel test positive for COVID-19
    Newmai News Network Shillong | June 28 Two more Border Security Force (BSF) jawans tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya, taking the total tally to 50. Earlier, on Saturday one of the personnel was also tested positive for the virus. Health and Family Welfare Minister Alexander Laloo Hek said that one of the infected jawans had returned to the State from Haryana on June 26 and another is a driver, who was engaged in transporting troopers from Assam to BSF Meghalaya Fr
  • Railways to speed up examination for NTPC posts
    Maligaon, June 28 (MExN):  Indian Railways is planning to expedite the recruitment process for about 35,208 combined vacancies of Non-Technical Popular Category (NTPC – Graduate & under Graduate level) posts, which were disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.  A statement from NFR spokesperson, Subhanan Chanda, stated that the Railways “is presently formulating a viable strategy to conduct such a massive examination of more than 1.26 crore appl
  • Assam flood worsens; two more dead, nearly 9.3 lakh people hit
    Guwahati, June 28 (PTI):  The flood situation in Assam worsened further on Sunday with two more persons losing their lives in the deluge which affected nearly 9.3 lakh people in 23 districts, the State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said. According to the ASDMA daily flood report, one person died at Jonai revenue circle of Dhemaji district and another at Udalguri revenue circle of Udalguri district due to flood. With two more deaths, the fatalities due to flood this ye
  • 19 buildings damaged, 35 families affected in North Sikkim flash flood
    Gangtok, June 28 (PTI): Nineteen houses and an old hostel of a senior secondary school have been damaged in a flash flood in upper Djongu region of North Sikkim district, an official said on Sunday. The flash flood also affected 35 families, he said. Triggered by heavy rainfall over the past few days, the flash flood damaged the properties at Passidang village and its surrounding areas on Saturday, the official said. The local administration has evacuated the affected families to
  • Assam Rifles provides umbrellas in Mizoram villages to ensure social distancing
    Aizawl, June 28 (IANS): In an innovative attempt to follow 'social distancing by people, the Central paramilitary Assam Rifles have been distributing umbrellas to economically weaker sections of society and senior citizens in Mizoram, officials said here on Sunday. An Assam Rifles official said the troops distributed umbrellas in Ngopa, Mimbung, Kawlbem, New Vaikhawtlang and Hnahlan villages in Aizawl district on Saturday, keeping in view the impending monsoons and to curb the
  • 3 more test COVID-19 positive in Mizoram; count rises to 151
    Aizawl, June 28 (PTI): Three more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, taking the northeastern state''s tally to 151 on Sunday, officials said. Two of the new patients are from Mamit district and one is from Aizawl, a statement issued by the state Information and Public Relations Department said.   Two of them had returned from Maharashtra and one from Delhi, it said, adding their condition is out of danger.   Of the 151 cases, 96 are
  • ‘With 18% of India’s hydrocarbon reserves, NE can cater to neighbours too’
    Guwahati/Agartala, June 27 (IANS): The northeast region holds 18 per cent of the country’s hydrocarbon resources with a large area not yet surveyed. The government could use it to meet demand of neighbouring countries. Speaking at a "Consultation on Hydrocarbon and Industries in NorthEast", Tripura Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma said on Saturday the annual demand for petroleum products in the northeast was around 3.2 million tonnes and with the proposed exp
  • Over 30 contacts of COVID-19 positive QC volunteer quarantined in Manipur
    Imphal, June 27  (NNN): More than 30 people including members of a family were quarantined in Manipur’s Thoubal district, after a caterer of quarantine centres in the district was tested positive for COVID-19, officials said on Saturday. On Friday, one of the nine volunteers who were engaged in catering service at community quarantine centres within Thoubal assembly constituency of Thoubal district was confirmed infected by the virus. After the infected volunteer w
  • Job loss, financial distress, social stigma haunt COVID-19 patients in Assam
    Guwahati, June 27 (PTI):  COVID-19 patients in Assam are facing mental health problems over issues like job loss, financial distress, social stigma and delay in receiving test reports, a recent state government study has found. The issues came to light during a telepsychology volunteering programme -- ‘Monon’, which means mental well-being -- conducted by a team of doctors and counsellors of the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), the medical establishmen
  • Tripura institute to start three MTech courses
    AGARTALA, June 27 (PTI): Tripura Institute of Technology (TIT) has received approval from the All Indian Council of Technical Education (AICTE) for starting MTech programmes in three courses from the current session, state education minister Ratan Lal Nath said on Friday. The courses include Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) and Embedded System, Thermal Engineering and Data Science. "Soon after a change in government in 2018, the target of the education department was to st
  • NFR produces PPE gowns, face masks and sanitizers
    Maligaon, June 27 (MExN): In Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) area, 99838 reusable face covers or masks were produced for distribution. 2120 litres of hand sanitizer were also produced for use by on-duty officials.   Similarly, 4924 PPE kits were produced at different workshops of NFR for use by its frontline staff, according to a press release from NFR CPRO Subhanan Chanda.   These figures are in addition to the N95 face masks and sanitizers procured from market
  • Sikkim: Landslides damage NHPC dam, snap road links to district bordering China
    Gangtok, June 27 (PTI): Heavy rains for the past one week have triggered a series of landslides snapping road links at several places between Gangtok and North Sikkim bordering China, and causing major damage to a dam of the NHPC in the East District, officials said on Saturday. Landslides blocked two major roads that connect state capital Gangtok and Mangan, the headquarters of North Sikkim district, at multiple places affecting traffic movement.   Vehicles going from
  • Two new COVID-19 cases in Sikkim, tally rises to 87
    Gangtok, Jun 27 (PTI): Two more COVID-19 cases have been reported in Sikkim, taking the total number of infections in the Himalayan state to 87, officials said on Saturday. Director General (DG)-cum-Secretary, Health, Dr Pema T Bhutia said a 31-year-old ITBP jawan, staying at a quarantine facility in North Sikkim and with travel history from Sonepat, Haryana and several other places, and a 22-year-old SSB jawan from Singtam in East Sikkim, have tested positive for COVID- 19. &n
  • Fresh COVID-19 case in Mizoram; count rises to 148
    Aizawl, June 27 (PTI): A 32-year-old man has tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, taking the northeastern state''s tally to 148 on Saturday, officials said. The new patient, a resident of Champhai district, had recently returned to Mizoram from Delhi, a statement issued by the state Information and Public Relations Department said.   He is asymptomatic and has been admitted to a COVID-19 care centre in Champhai, it said.   Of the 148 cases, 101 ar