North-East

  • Meghalaya COVID related death toll crosses 100
    Shillong, November 14 (NNN): The death toll due to coronavirus related diseases crossed the 100-mark in Meghalaya after 2 more persons succumbed to the infection on Saturday. Meanwhile, the state has recorded 51 new cases  and 63 new recoveries on Saturday. The new cases include 24 from East Khasi Hills district, 11 Ri Bhoi district, 7 West Garo Hills district, 3 South Garo Hills district, 2 East Jaintia Hills district, 2 West Jaintia Hills district, 1 South West Garo Hills distri
  • Assam's braveheart among 4 martyred soldiers in J&K
    GUWAHATI, NOVEMBER 14 (IANS): A young armyman from western Assams Dhubri district was among the four Indian Army personnel martyred in the unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. Army and official sources said on Saturday that Hardhan Chandra Roy from Mhedhipara in the Sapotgram area of Dhubri district made the supreme sacrifice for the country when Pakistan used mortars and other weapons during the unprovoked ceasef
  • Manipur prepares to make vaccine delivery seamless
    Newmai News Network Imphal | November 13  The Manipur Health Department is making preparations so that when the COVID-19 vaccine is ready in the country, the state will start the vaccination programmes without issue, said Manipur Health Director Dr Rajo on Friday. The Health Director expressed hope of the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine in the country soon. He was addressing a press conference at the office of the state Health department in Imphal as a part of the depa
  • Arunachal to resettle 190 tribal families, acquire land to set up Greenfield airport
    ITANAGAR, NOVEMBER 13 (IANS): The Arunachal Pradesh government is resettling around 190 displaced Chakma tribal families elsewhere and to acquire some land from neighbouring Assam to develop a Greenfield airport at Hollongi for which the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has undertaken a Rs 650 crore project, officials said on Friday. Chief Minister Pema Khandu visited the under construction airport site at Hollongi, near Arunachal Pradesh's capital Itanagar, and asked the engin
  • Meghalaya government moots merger of SSA teaching posts
    Shillong, November 12(NNN): Meghalaya Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Thursday said the government is examining the proposal to merge the teaching posts under the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) with the Education department. “The Education department is studying the proposal to merge the teaching posts under SSA with the Education department in whichever feasible, maintainable and sustainable manner,” Rymbui said while replying to the zero hour notice tabled by Mawsy
  • Normal traffic flow resumes in Assam-Mizoram border
    Aizawl, November 12 (NNN): Normal traffic flow has fully resumed along National Highway-306 since Wednesday. Since Monday, 961 vehicles have entered Mizoram from Assam. Agitation along the Assam-Mizoram border area stopped after the chief secretary level meeting between Assam and Mizoram and chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla through video conferencing was held on Sunday. The blockade imposed by the residents from Assam was partially lifted soon after the meeting a
  • Drugs worth Rs 287 crore seized in Manipur
    IMPHAL, NOVEMBER 12 (IANS): A huge quantity of drugs, valued at Rs 287 crore, was seized in central Manipur's Thoubal District, Assam Rifles officials said on Thursday. An Assam Rifles official said that the paramilitary troopers and Manipur Police personnel acting on secret information recovered 72 kg of brown sugar, valued at Rs 287 crore from a hideout in Kamu village of Thoubal District on Wednesday night. Though nobody was yet held in connection with the huge haul of dru
  • Top ULFA (I) leader surrenders along with 4 others
    New Delhi, November 12 (IANS): A top leader of a banned insurgent group ULFA (I) Drishti Rajkhowa along with four others surrendered before the Indian Army in Meghalaya. Rajkhowa is believed to be a close confidant of Paresh Baruah, the self declared 'commander-in-chief' of the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) -- ULFA (I). The four other accomplices are identified as S.S. Corporal Vedanta, Yasin Asom, Ropjyoti Asom and Mithun Asom. They surrendered, with a
  • Increase Covid testing, Harsh Vardhan tells NE states
    AGARTALA/IMPHAL/AIZAWL, NOVEMBER 12 (IANS): Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has asked four northeastern states - Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram - to increase testing on high risk groups and vulnerable population to check the spread of Covid-19, officials said on Thursday. According to the officials, Harsh Vardhan, during a meeting via video conferencing with seven states, including the four northeastern states, said that active cases are on the rise in Manipur and highe
  • Army officer's 9-year efforts pay off as ULFA insurgent surrenders
    NEW DELHI/SHILLONG, NOVEMBER 12 (IANS): In a major setback to insurgency in the north-east, a deputy commander-in-chief of ULFA (I) surrendered along with his four bodyguards, a culmination of nine years of persistent efforts in this regard by a young officer of the Military Intelligence. Official sources said that Drishti Rajkhowa, also known as 'Major Rabha' or 'Drishti Asom' from the banned insurgent organisation, surrendered on late Wednesday night at the Red Hor
  • Manipur CM holds COVID-19 review meeting with Vardhan, others  
    Newmai News Network Imphal | November 11 Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh attended a video conference of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan with the Chief Ministers and Health ministers of seven different States to review the COVID-19 situation in these States. The States were Manipur, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura and Goa. Speaking at the video conference, Singh appreciated the Central Government for extending all possible help to the State in comba
  • Bandh disrupts vehicular movements on NH-37 diversion route in Manipur
    Newmai News Network Imphal | November 11  Normal vehicular movements along the Old Cachar Road being used currently as a diversion route of NH-37 was disrupted owing to a 48-hour bandh along the route. After the NH-37 (Imphal-Jiribam road) was disconnected due to the collapse of a bridge on Irang River on November 1 last, the Old Cachar Road, which is also known as Tongjei Maril, has been used as a diversion route. The normal traffic on this road has been, however, suspe
  • Congress has been rejected by people of Manipur, says BJP  
    Newmai News Network Imphal | November 11 No-show by the Congress in the just concluded by-poll in Manipur indicated that the party is rejected by the people of the state, according to the BJP Manipur state unit. Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Manipur state unit BJP spokesperson Ch Bijoy claimed that the by-poll results showed that Congress has been rejected by the people of both the hills and the valley of the state. The BJP leader said that the votes secured by
  • Under construction Bailey bridge along NH-37 collapses 
    Manipur CPI demands RCC bridge  Newmai News Network Imphal | November 11  The under construction new Bailey bridge on Irang River along HN-37 collapsed on Wednesday. A report reaching here said that the under construction bridge which was targeted to be completed by November 13 collapsed around 11.50 am. The old Bailey bridge on Irang River collapsed on November 1 while a loaded truck was crossing. The driver lost his life as the truck fell into the river even as
  • Manipur bye-election: BJP secures landslide victory
    Newmai News Network  Imphal | November 11   The ruling BJP registered a landslide victory as the party secured four of the five assembly constituencies on Tuesday where bye-election were held on November 7. It can be mentioned here that the saffron party first opened its account ahead of the voting as one of its candidates who contested at Singhat assembly constituency in Churachandpur district was elected uncontested after his lone rival independent candidate withdrew
  • Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma confident of sailing through no-confidence motion
    Newmai News Network Shillong | November 10 After chairing a meeting of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA), Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma today expressed confidence that the alliance will defeat the no-confidence motion moved by the opposition Congress in the Assembly. “We are ready. Our entire MDA is united and we are very confident that we will get through this no-confidence motion,” Sangma told reporters on Tuesday. After the opposition moved th
  • Border issue: Entry of vehicles into Mizoram  ‘very thin’
    Newmai News Network Aizawl | November  After the chief secretary level meeting between Assam and Mizoram on Sunday last, vehicles have started passing along National Highway-306.  However, the flow of traffic towards Mizoram is very thin. Till date, only 40 vehicles have reportedly entered Mizoram from Assam along National High-306. In this regard, the Mizoram government felt that the number of vehicles, which have entered Mizoram from Assam after the chief secretar
  • Meghalaya: Speaker admits No-Confidence motion tabled by Congress
    Newmai News Network Shillong | November 10 The Assembly Speaker of Meghalaya, Metbah Lyngdoh admitted the No Trust motion tabled by opposition Congress against the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government for alleged failure in all fronts.   “Since at least 10 members have supported the motion, the motion has Leave of the House to be admitted. Therefore, the no-confidence motion is admitted with the leave of the House,” said Lyngdoh and added that he has f
  • NECTAR to explore saffron farming in North East region
    NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 10 (IANS): The North East Centre For Technology Application and Reach (NECTAR) has undertaken a pilot project to explore the feasibility of growing saffron in North East region of the country. "The saffron bowl, which was so far confined to Kashmir, may soon expand to the North East of India. Plants from seeds transported from Kashmir to Sikkim and acclimatized there are now flowering in Yangyang in the Southern part of the North-East state," said the s
  • Congress workers & supporters protest at Kangpokpi
    Newmai News Network Imphal | November 9   A peaceful rally marched on the streets in Kangpokpi district headquarters on Monday demanding re-poll in some polling stations of Saitu assembly constituency where the by-poll was held on November 7. The rally carried out by workers and supporters of the Congress candidate Lamtinthang Haokip kick-started from Thomas Ground in the district headquarters and marched towards the office of the deputy commissioner. The Congress candidate