North-East

  • Health secretary, 10-year-old girl among 40 new COVID-19 cases in Mizoram
    Aizawl, September 15 (PTI): Mizoram''s COVID-19 tally increased to 1,468 as 40 more people, including state health secretary and a 10-year-old girl, have tested positive for the disease, an official said on Tuesday. Of the fresh cases, 35 were reported from Aizawl, two from Hnahthial and one each from Lunglei, Khawzawl and Lawngtlai districts, he said. "State Health Secretary H Lalengmawia, a 10-year-old girl from Aizawl and an employee of the Border Security Force f
  • NFR sees increase in average speed of goods and freight trains
    Maligaon, September 14 (MExN): The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has managed to increase the average speed of goods trains after amping up maintenance works during the lockdown period. According to a press release from the NFR’s Chief Public Relations Officer Subhanan Chanda, the monthly average speed of goods trains up to September 13, increased from 27.21 kmph to 47.83 kmph over the same period of last year, with an increase of more than 75 percent.  The average s
  • Assam's Baghjan oil well blowout singes fields, fish – and livelihoods
    Baghjan, September 14 (PTI): For more than 100 days, the fire raged, a tall blaze of angry orange that killed the fish in ponds and streams, destroyed homes and turned to ash the green farmlands around the Baghjan oil field in Assam’s Tinsukia district. The fire at an Oil India Ltd well that started with oil and natural gas gushing out uncontrollably on May 27 and went up in flames on June 9 was controlled on Sunday, said reports. But the trauma will take much longer to sub
  • Manipur’s new Lokayukta building inaugurated virtually
    Imphal, September 14 (NNN): Chief Minister N Biren Singh laid the foundation stone for the office building of Manipur Lokayukta at Lamphelpat through video conference from Chief Minister’s Secretariat today. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister informed that the government is trying its best to deliver transparency and corruption free governance in the State. Mentioning some of the initiatives taken up by the BJP led government in the State, N Biren Singh stated that t
  • Scribe injured in attack by policeman
    Dhubri, September 14 (PTI): A journalist of Assamese daily ‘Dainik Asom’ was allegedly attacked by a policeman and severely injured when he was returning home in Dhubri, police said on Monday. Arun Paul was attacked with a sharp weapon by the constable following an argument when he as returning home on Sunday night from nearby Gauripur town. He received severe head injuries and was initially admitted to Gauripur primary health center before being shifted to Dhubri civil hos
  • Before assembly poll, AASU-AJYCP named new party Assam Jatiya Parishad
    Guwahati, September 14 (IANS): Months ahead of the next year's assembly polls in the state, a new political party -- the Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) -- was formed on Monday with the coming together of two of the state's most powerful students' organisations. Earlier, the influential All Assam Students' Union (AASU) and the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), which have come together to form the AJP, had set up an 18-member Assam Advisory Committee (AAC) o
  • Tripura's COVID-19 tally rises to 19,187 with 255 fresh cases
    Agartala, September 14 (PTI): At least 255 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura on Monday, pushing the tally in the state to 19,187, a health department official said. The death toll has risen to 200 with six more fatalities, he said. West Tripura district, which also comprises state capital Agartala, accounted for 110 of the coronavirus deaths, the official said. The state now has 7,429 active cases, while 11,536 people have recovered from the disease, he said,
  • AASU-AJYCP's proposed party to be named ''Asom Jatiyo Parishad''
    Guwahati, September 14 (PTI): The political outfit to be floated by Assam''s powerful students'' organisations AASU and the AJYCP will be named the ''Asom Jatiyo Parishad''. Convenors of the Assam Advisory Committee (AAC) formed by the All Assam Students'' Union (AASU) and the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) made the announcement on Monday. "The name was selected from three suggestions made during a meeting of the commit
  • Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally crosses 6,000-mark
    Itanagar, September 14 (PTI): The COVID-19 caseload in Arunachal Pradesh crossed the 6000-mark with 146 fresh cases reported in the northeastern state, a senior Health department official said on Monday. With the fresh cases, the total virus count in the state rose to 6,121, the official said. Arunachal Pradesh Health and Family Welfare Minister Alo Libang has also tested positive for COVID-19, State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said. Of the fresh 146 cases, Capital Comp
  • Mizoram's COVID-19 tally rises to 1,428
    Aizawl, September 14 (PTI): Mizoram''s COVID-19 caseload rose to 1,428 as 14 more people have tested positive for novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, an official said on Monday. Of the 14 new cases, 11 were reported from Aizawl district, two from Saitual and one from Kolasib district, the official said. Eight out of the 14 cases were locally transmitted cases. The remaining six patients have come from outside the state. The number of active COVID-19 cases in the st
  • Meghalaya: 30 Raj Bhavan staffers test positive for COVID-19
    New Delhi, September 14 (PTI): At least 30 staff of the Raj Bhavan in Shillong have tested positive for COVID-19, an official said on Sunday. Governor Satya Pal Malik and his ADC have tested negative for COVID-19, a senior Raj Bhavan official said. "At least 30 staff members have tested positive for coronavirus at the Raj Bhavan since Friday and more tests will be conducted tomorrow," the official told PTI. He said the Governor has gone into self-isolation at the Raj
  • ANSAM elects new team
    Senapati, September 13 (NNN): Wanglar Thürtung has been elected as the new president of All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM). According to the ‘election commission’ of the student body, the poll was conducted on September 12 for the ANSAM tenure of 2020-2022 at ANSAM secretariat in Senapati district headquarters. The commission said that Thomas Leivon is the new vice president of ANSAM while A C Thotso has been re-elected as the general secretary
  • Railways to begin computer based test for notified vacancies from Dec 15
    Maligaon, September 13 (MExN): Starting December 15, the Indian Railways will begin computer based tests for notified vacancies, officials informed on Sunday. The North East Frontier (NFR) Chief Public Relations Officer Subhanan Chanda issued a statement on September 13, informing that the computer based tests would be applicable for the 35, 208 vacancies for non-technical popular categories like guards, office clerks, commercial clerks etc (NTPCs), 1,663 vacancies for Isolated &
  • Mizoram legislator tests positive for COVID-19, state tally at 1,414
    Newmai News Network Aizawl | September 13 A Mizoram legislator tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. The MLA was among the 35 fresh cases of COVID-19 detected in the state. According to official sources, lone BJP legislator, Dr Budhha Dhan Chakma tested positive for the virus but he is asymptomatic. He is the first MLA in the state to have contracted the disease in the state.  The sources then said all the family members of the 47-year old legislator were tested negati
  • Manipur villagers oppose by-pass road construction at Indo-Myanmar border
    Imphal, September 13 (NNN): Villagers on the Manipur side of Indo-Myanmar border on Sunday foiled a survey to construct a by-pass road passing through the village. The villagers prevented officials of the National Highways and Infrastructure development Corporation (NHIDCL) and Manipur Electricity department to carry out the survey, reports reaching here said. The government has a plan to construct a by-pass road from Moreh town to ICP (Integrated Check Post) located at the Indo-
  • Close shave for Meghalaya minister as convoy meets with accident in Assam
    Nagaon/Shillong, September 13 (PTI): Meghalaya Power Minister James P K Sangma, who tested positive for COVID-19 in Manipur, had a narrow escape after a car in his convoy hit a truck in Assam on Sunday, police said. The minister, brother of Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, escaped unhurt while four of his security personnel were injured in the accident that took place near Nonoi in Assam around 4:30 am when they were returning to Meghalaya from Manipur. "They were immediately t
  • Tripura reports 12 COVID-19 fatalities, 629 new cases
    Agartala, September 13 (PTI): Tripura on Sunday reported record single-day spike of 12 COVID-19 fatalities, which raised the death toll to 194, while 629 fresh cases pushed the tally in the state to 18,932, a senior official said. West Tripura district, of which Agartala is a part, has accounted for 107 of the 194 COVID-19 deaths, he said. Tripura, at present, has 7,584 active coronavirus cases, while 11,132 people have recovered from the disease. Twenty-two patients have migrate
  •  Over 3-month-long Assam oil well fire, gas leakage largely tamed, officials say
    Guwahati, September 13 (IANS): The raging oil well fire in Assam which continued for more than three months has been largely controlled and it would take a few more weeks to fully control the gas leakage and fire, state-owned Oil India Limited (OIL) officials said on Sunday. "The natural gas of the well number five at Baghjan has been diverted partly into production and partly flared in two flare pits. The main aim of this operation is to reduce well head pressure of the blowou
  • Social, political events responsible for surge in COVID-19 cases in Agartala: Study
    Agartala, September 13 (PTI): Social events and political rallies have led to a rise in COVID-19 cases in Tripura capital after the lockdown was withdrawn on August 5, a study conducted by the state government said. The survey, carried out by the administration of West Tripura district of which Agartala is a part, showed that the COVID-19 tally started rising from August 17. "The lockdown was lifted on August 5. We found that the COVID-19 caseload was increasing from August
  • Two-year-old girl among 35 new COVID-19 cases in Mizoram
    Aizawl, September 13 (PTI): Mizoram reported 35 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking the state''s tally to 1,414, an official said. Among the new patients were a two-year-old girl, and two truckers who came to the state from Punjab and Assam, he said. There are 591 active cases in the state at present while 823 people have recovered from COVID-19, the official said. Of the new cases, 28 were reported from Aizawl, four from Lunglei and three from Kolasib, he said. Al