• Mizoram govt yet to receive Centre's directions on Myanmar refugee crisis: Official
    Aizawl, April 5 (PTI): Three days after Home Minister Amit Shah stated that the Centre would give food and medicines to the Myanmar nationals who have taken refuge in India, a senior official here said on Monday that the Mizoram government was yet to receive any “clear-cut direction” in the matter. The official, who did not wish to be named, told PTI that the Mizoram government was still waiting for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reply to a letter sent by Chief Minis
  • ULFA (I) releases second kidnapped employee of oil exploration firm
    Guwahati, April 5 (PTI): The second of the two kidnapped employees of a New Delhi-based private oil exploration firm was released by the ULFA (Independent) on Monday, two days after the first staff was set free from captivity Saturday.  A statement issued by the Assam Rifles stated that Ram Kumar, a resident of Bihar, was released on Myanmar side of Lungwa village after 108 days and he was further intercepted by Assam Rifles border domination patrol at Lungwa village in Mon dis
  • Tripura braveheart martyred in Chhattisgarh Maoist attack
    Agartala, April 5 (IANS): Tripura's Sambhu Roy, one of the 22 security personnel martyred in Sunday's Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh, was the lone breadwinner of his family and last met his parents less than two weeks ago. The 30-year-old braveheart, youngest among his two brothers and two sisters, joined the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) five years ago after completing his graduation from the Dharmanagar government college. Roy's father Dipak Roy is a painter wh
  • BJP to form govt in Bengal, retain power in Assam: Shah
    Guwahati, April 5 (IANS): Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government will be formed in West Bengal and the party would retain power for the second time in Asam. Addressing a public gathering in Sarbhog in Barpeta district of western Assam on Sunday, Shah said that the BJP will win more than 200 Assembly seats in West Bengal. "In the first two phases of election in Assam (on March 27 and April 1) the BJP has secured people's mandat
  • Magisterial probe of 2 poll related incidents in southern Assam
    Guwahati, April 5 (IANS): The Cachar district Deputy Commissioner has ordered two separate magisterial inquiries of different election related incidents, officials said. District officials on Sunday said that the Cachar district Deputy Commissioner (DC) Keerthi Jalli has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident of firing by personal security guards of Assam Assembly Deputy Speaker Aminul Haque Laskar on Thursday after the second phase of elections in southern Assam. T
  • Assam geared up for final phase of polling on 40 seats
    Guwahati, April 5 (IANS): Assam is geared up to hold the third and final phase of assembly elections on 40 of the total of 126 assembly seats on Tuesday when the electoral fate of 337 candidates including 25 women aspirants would be decided. Tuesday's electoral battle is crucial for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress as both the parties had won 11 seats each in 2016 assembly polls. BJP's ally Asom Gana Parishad last time bagged four seats whi
  • PPFA demands release of other abducted Quippo employee
    Newmai News Network Guwahati | April 4 Patriotic People’s Front, Assam (PPFA), while expressing relief at the release of Assamese engineer Pranab Kumar Gogoi after three months of abduction, voiced serious concern over the fate of Ram Kumar, who is yet to be released by the proscribed United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent). The “forum of nationalist citizens” also expressed concern that the ULFA has not issued any statement over the development. “
  • 12 new road projects proposed for Meghalaya
    Newmai News Network Shillong | April 4 As many as 12 road projects are proposed to be sanctioned for Meghalaya under the World Bank (MITP) Phase-II, official sources said. Of these projects, three are in East Khasi Hills district, three in West Khasi Hills district, one in South West Khasi Hills district, two in West Jaintia Hills district, one in East Garo Hills district and two in Ri Bhoi district, they said. The road projects in East Khasi Hills include rehabilitation or r
  • United Front, Manipur questions India’s silence on Myanmar unrest
    Newmai News Network Imphal | April 4 United Front, Manipur (UFM) on Sunday expressed concerns over the "silence" maintained by the Government of India and other south Asian nations with regard to the situation in Myanmar. The UFM is a conglomeration of four political parties—Republican Party of India-A, Manipur State Committee; Democratic Bharatiya Samaj Party; Hindustan Janta Party, Manipur State and Akhil Bharatiya Hind Kranti Party (ABHKP). Addressing a pre
  • 16 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Meghalaya
    Newmai News Network Shillong | April 4 Meghalaya recorded 16 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday besides two recovery cases. Director of Health Services (MI) Dr Aman War said the new cases include 11 from East Khasi Hills district comprising four armed forces and paramilitary personnel and seven civilians, three from Ri Bhoi district and two from West Garo Hills district. He said the two patients who recovered from the viral infection are from Ri Bhoi district. So far, the state
  • 2 govt staffers arrested for stealing Rs 55 lakh poll money in Assam
    Barpeta (Assam), April 4 (PTI): Two government employees were arrested for allegedly stealing Rs 55 lakh from the election office of Barpeta district in Assam, officials said on Sunday. The incident of theft at the office of the Election Officer was reported during the morning of Saturday, as per an official statement. "Accordingly, an FIR was registered at Barpeta PS, case no 760/2021 dated 03-04-2021. Subsequently, as reported by the Superintendent of Police, Barpeta, the
  • Assam makes COVID test compulsory for air/train passengers
    Guwahati, April 4 (PTI): A day after Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma claimed that there is no COVID in the state and hence no need to wear masks now, the Health and Family Welfare Department Sunday issued fresh notifications for mandatory testing of air and train passengers coming to the state from Mumbai and Bengaluru to check the spread of virus. Separate orders have been issued for air and train passengers and the rates for COVID testing by the department's Principa
  • Assam Cong demands suspension of poll in Tamulpur seat after BPF candidate joins BJP
    Guwahati, April 4 (PTI): The Congress has demanded suspension of election in Tamulpur constituency in the third phase of the Assam assembly elections on April 6 as its ally Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) candidate from the seat Rangja Khungur Basumatary joined the BJP in the middle of the ongoing polls. The Election Commission heard the matter on Saturday in the presence of returning officer for the constituency Sanjiv Sarma, but no decision has been announced so far, sources i
  • Press Council seeks Tripura government response on ‘open threat to media’ complaint
    Agartala, April 4 (PTI): The Press Council of India has sought response from the Tripura government on a complaint filed by a journalists’ body here, alleging that the media in the state is under threat and scribes are being attacked. Anupama Bhatnagar, secretary of the PCI, had recently written a letter to the chief secretary, home secretary and Director General of Police (DGP) of the state on the basis of the complaint filed by the Assembly of Journalists (AOJ). “Ch
  • Only 7.8% women candidates in Assam electoral battle
    Guwahati, April 4 (IANS):  Only 7.8 per cent women candidates are among the total 946 contestants in fray for the 126-member Assam Assembly elections, leading to discontent among female activists and writers. According to the state’s Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khade, of the total 946 candidates, 74 are women while, out of the overall 2,33,74,087 voters, 1,15,50,403 are females. He said out of the 33,530 polling stations set up for the three phases (March 27, April 1
  • 3 fresh cases take Mizoram's COVID-19 tally to 4,490
    Aizawl, April 4 (PTI): Three more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, taking the tally in the northeastern state to 4,490, a health department official said on Sunday. All the fresh cases were reported from Aizawl district, he said. "Two of the three new patients are asymptomatic, and all of them have travel history," the official said. Mizoram now has 40 active cases, while 4,439 people have recovered from the disease and 11 patients succumbed to t
  • Maoist attack: Shah cuts short Assam visit, returns to Delhi
    Guwahati, April 4 (IANS): Union Home Minister Amit Shah cut short his campaigning in Assam and returned to Delhi in wake of the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh that left at least 22 security personnel dead, BJP sources. Ahead of the third and final phase of the Assam Assembly election on Tuesday, Shah was supposed to address three election rallies in Sarbhog, Bhabanipur and Jalukbari but only spoke at Sarbhog in Barpeta district before returning. Union Development of North Eastern
  • Mistreatment forced us not to perform poll duties in Assam allege Home Guard personnel
    Guwahati/Silchar (Assam), April 3 (IANS) The Home Guard personnel in Assam on Saturday alleged that due to the inhuman treatments and negligence of the Cachar district authorities they had been forced to return to their homes without performing election duties in the second phase of polling on Thursday. On behalf of the distressed Home Guard personnel, Sanjib Das said that when they went to perform the election duties in the first phase of polling in eastern Assam on March 27, they
  • Assam minister, who threatened two journalists, asked to appear before police
    Morigaon (Assam), April 3 (PTI): Assam minister Pijush Hazarika, who allegedly threatened two journalists of dire consequences, has been issued a notice to appear before police and his call recordings have been sent to forensic lab for examination, officials said on Saturday. Two FIRs filed at Jagiroad police station by the scribes have been merged, and Hazarika has been booked under Sections 500 (defamation), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 341 (wrongful restraint) of the IPC. T
  • EC seems to have torn the page of impartiality: Priyanka
    New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday slammed the Election Commission for reducing the ban on BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma to 24 hours and said Commission's move suggests it has torn the page of "impartiality" from its rule book. In a tweet in Hindi, Priyanka Gandhi said, "While we were waiting for the strict action for the EVM, which was found in the car of a BJP leader from the Election Commission, its another m