North-East

  • Terror outfit ULFA-I releases hostage after 104 days
    Itanagar/Guwahati, April 3 (IANS) The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) has released one of the two abducted employees of a New Delhi-based private oil and gas company after 104 days, official sources said on Saturday. However, unconfirmed reports said that ULFA-I has released the two hostages in different locations of Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal Pradesh's Additional Director General of Police Ravindra Yadav told IANS over phone that they are verifying t
  • Action against Home Guards who refused poll duties in Assam
    Guwahati/Silchar (Assam), April 3 (IANS): The authorities in Assam are likely to take action against over 500 Home Guards who refused to perform election duties and went to their homes, officials said on Saturday. Cachar district Police Superintendent Bhanwar Lal Meena said that conduct of the second phase of the Assembly election in southern Assam on Thursday was not hampered and the election process was very peaceful and smooth despite the Home Guards refusing to perform election
  • Modi urges Assam militants to join mainstream
    Tamulpur, April 3 (PTI) Buoyed by a raft of peace agreements with underground outfits in the Northeast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday made a fervent appeal to militants in Assam who have not surrendered yet to return to the mainstream as they are needed to create an 'Atmanirbhar Assam'. Addressing an election rally here in Bodoland Territorial Region's (BTR) Baksa district, the prime minister said people of the state have rejected violence for development, pea
  • 74 women candidates in fray in Assam Assembly elections
    Guwahati, April 3 (PTI) Political parties have made promises galore to woo the 49.35 per cent strong women electorate but only 74 women candidates are in the fray for the three-phase Assam Assembly elections in 2021. The number of women candidates in this year's Assembly election is less compared to the last two state assembly polls. In the 2016 Assam Assembly election, there were 91 women candidates in the fray with eight of them winning while in 2011, 85 women contested and
  • EC reduces Himanta Sarma's campaign ban to 24 hrs
    New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) The Election Commission in a fresh order on Saturday gave relief to BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma by reducing his ban from campaigning to 24 hours. The commission's order came following Sarma's request to the poll body, mentioning "accept my sincere regret and assurance of abiding MCC (Model Code of Conduct) in future, and be further pleased to reduce the period of debarment from election campaign from 48 hours to 24 hours". Sarma had
  • Assets of 90 re-contesting Assam MLAs grew 76% since 2016
    New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) The average assets of 90 re-contesting MLAs fielded by various political parties in Assam, including Independent nominees, grew by 76 per cent in the last five years between 2016 and 2021 -- a hike of around Rs 1.91 crore -- according to the data released by Assam Election Watch and the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). Of these 90 MLAs, three BJP leaders are in the top five list showing maximum increase in assets, followed by one from the All India
  • After May 2, the new growth mission for Assam will intensify: PM
    Guwahati, April 3 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the new Assam will be 'Atmanirbhar' and after May 2, the new BJP-led government would step up its developmental mission with a renewed zeal. Modi said that many developmental projects, including road connectivity, have been accomplished and many more are being undertaken to transform Assam into an 'Atmanirbhar' state. "The people of Assam are keen to go with peace and development... t
  • Action against Home Guards who refused poll duties in Assam
    Guwahati/Silchar (Assam), April 3 (IANS) The authorities in Assam are likely to take action against over 500 Home Guards who refused to perform election duties and went to their homes, officials said on Saturday. Cachar district Police Superintendent Bhanwar Lal Meena said that conduct of the second phase of the Assembly election in southern Assam on Thursday was not hampered and the election process was very peaceful and smooth despite the Home Guards refusing to perform election d
  • 3 fresh cases take Mizoram''s COVID-19 tally to 4,487
    Aizawl, April 3 (PTI): Mizoram's COVID-19 tally rose to 4,487 on Saturday as three more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said. All the new cases were reported in Aizawl district, he said. The new patients tested positive for the infection upon their arrival at the Lengpui airport from other states on Friday, the official said. Mizoram now has 40 active cases, while 4,436 people have recovered from the disease and 11 patients have succumbed to the
  • EC orders repoll in 1 Assam booth after EVM controversy
    New Delhi, April 2 (PTI): The Election Commission on Friday ordered a repoll at a polling booth in Ratabari seat of Assam after a controversy broke out over the presiding officer carrying the EVM after polling in a vehicle which belonged to the wife of a Bharatiya Janata Party candidate contesting from a neighbouring seat. To prevent the polling team from being assaulted in Karimganj by a mob which alleged that the electronic voting machine was being taken for tampering, police had
  • Only one-fifth of Meghalaya fauna species discovered so far: Official
    Shillong, April 2 (PTI) Only 10,000 of the estimated 50,000 fauna species in Meghalaya have been discovered so far, Chief Wildlife Warden H C Chaudhury has said. He said the state Forest and Environment Department is contemplating creating a more credible GIS-based database of fauna species in collaboration with the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI). Addressing a ZSI conference here on Thursday, Chaudhury said, "Only 10,000 fauna species of Meghalaya are known to us. We belie
  • WB approves USD 32 mn project to improve health services in Mizoram
    Aizawl, April 1 (PTI): The World Bank Board of Executive Directors has approved a USD 32 million project to improve management capacity and quality of health services in Mizoram, a world bank statement said on Thursday. The project titled “Mizoram Health Systems Strengthening Project” will strengthen the governance and the management structure of the Mizoram Health department and its subsidiaries, the statement said. It will improve the quality and coverage of service
  • PGCIL tells MeECL to clear outstanding due of Rs 56.89 crore
    Shillong, April 1 (PTI): The Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) has served a notice to the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) demanding payment of Rs 56.89 crore or else power supply to the state will be regulated from mid-April, officials said on Thursday. The PGCIL noted with serious concern that MeECL is consistently failing to clear the full dues against the monthly bills raised towards transmission tariff despite regular follow-up by Central Transmission
  • Government extends AFSPA in 3 districts of Arunachal Pradesh
    New Delhi, April 1 (PTI): The Centre has extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in three districts of Arunachal Pradesh besides four police station areas in three other districts bordering Assam by another six months, and declared them "disturbed" in view of continuing activities of banned insurgent groups. According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh and four police stations border
  • Manipur govt issues new COVID-19 guidelines 
    Imphal, April 1 (NNN): Manipur government has announced new COVID Appropriate Behaviour and Standard Operating Procedures which will be effective during April month.  Manipur Chief Secretary, Dr Rajesh Kumar, who is also the chairperson of State Executive Committee of the State Disaster Management Authority, issued an order in this regard on Wednesday. The new COVID Appropriate Behaviour and SOP will be effective from April 1 to April 30, 2021. As per the new SOPs, all persons
  • Over 73% turnout in Assam till 5 pm, polling incident-free
    Guwahati, April 1 (IANS) Over 73 per cent of the 73,44,631 voters exercised their franchise till 5 p.m. in the second phase of polling in Assam on Thursday, election officials said, adding that no untoward incident was reported from the 39 constituencies, where balloting would officially end at 6 p.m. Senior election officials and police officers said that no incident of violence was reported so far from the 13 districts where the voting was underway. In a few polling stations, v
  • Ahead of phase 3 poll, Priyanka to address 3 rallies in Assam
    New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) To give a push to the Congress-led 'Mahajot' alliance in Assam ahead of the third phase of Assembly elections, party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will once again visit the poll-bound state on Friday and address three public meetings. A Congress leader said that Priyanka will be visiting Assam on Friday and address three public meetings at Golpara East, Golakganj and Sarukhetri areas. This will be Priyanka's third visit to the poll-
  • EC notice to Himanta Biswa Sarma for 'threat' remarks on Hagrama Mohilary
    New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) The Election Commission on Thursday issued a show cause notice to Himanta Biswa Sarma asking the senior BJP leader for a reply on allegations levelled against him of threatening opposition leader Hagrama Mohilary of the Bodoland People's Front. The EC issued the notice following a complaint filed by the Congress on March 30 alleging that Sarma had openly threatened to send Mohilary to jail by misusing the National Investigation Agency. The Congress and
  • People Of Assam Showed Red Card To Cong: PM
    Guwahati, April 1 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the people of Assam showed the “red card” to the Congress-led grand alliance during the first phase of the Assembly polls on March 27 and gave their approval stamp to the state’s incumbent “double-engine government”. Addressing an election rally in Kokrajhar, Modi, without naming the Badruddin Ajmal-led All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), said the Congress must be punished fo