North-East

  • Rs 190 crore sanctioned for improving healthcare facilities in NE: Jitendra Singh
    New Delhi, June 21 (PTI): Union minister Jitendra Singh on Sunday said Rs 190 crore has been sanctioned for augmentation of healthcare facilities in the eight Northeastern states, especially for the management of infectious diseases like COVID-19. This was disclosed by Singh while reviewing the coronavirus situation and healthcare facility in ‘aspirational districts’ with a special focus on the Northeast. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Develo
  • Mizoram extends lockdown for 8 more days
    Newmai News Network AIZAWL | JUNE 21 As the number of cases of COVID-19 rises steadily in Mizoram, the State government has extended the ongoing lockdown for 8 days in Aizawl Municipal area, all district headquarters and containment zones. This means that the lockdown is extended till June 30. The ongoing lockdown will lapse on June 22. According to the Mizoram government sources, the lockdown effective from June 23 will have more stringent measures than the present one. O
  • Amidst Covid-19 upsurge, frenzied political activity in Manipur
    Imphal, June 21 (IANS): While Manipur's ruling BJP clinched the state's lone Rajya Sabha seat on Friday even after three of its legislators joined the Congress and withdrawal of support by six other MLAs, the danger to Chief Minister N. Biren Singh-led coalition government was not yet over and hectic parleys are on amidst the Covid-19 milieu.   While the key opposition Congress claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government had lost its majority, the BJP clai
  • OIL to move Gauhati HC against PCBA’s Baghjan oilfield closure notice
    Guwahati/Dibrugarh, June 21 (PTI): PSU major Oil India Limited (OIL) on Sunday said it will move the Gauhati High Court, challenging the Assam pollution control board’s order to close all its production and drilling operations at the Baghjan oilfield in Tinsukia district. The Pollution Control Board, Assam (PCBA) issued a "closure notice" to the company on Friday, alleging that it violated environmental laws while operating at the oilfield. However, the PSU ma
  • Medium intensity quake hits northeastern states
    Shillong, June 21 (PTI): A medium intensity earthquake rocked Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur and the other northeastern states on Sunday, the Regional Seismic Centre here said.   The 5.1 magnitude quake hit at around 4:15 pm and was tracked at a depth of 35 km from the earth''s surface at a place near Aizawl in Mizoram, an official at the Regional Seismic Centre here told PTI.   The tremor was also felt in the state capital of Meghalaya, the official said.
  • COVID-19: Meghalaya extends night curfew, ban on inter-state movement of people till June 30
    Shillong, June 21 (PTI): The Meghalaya government has extended the night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am till June 30 to contain the spread of coronavirus, officials said on Sunday.   The night curfew was to be in force till Monday.   The state government has also extended the ban on inter-state movement of people till June 30, they said.   "District deputy commissioners have been asked to issue extension of night curfew orders and directives to extend ba
  • Yoga Day observed enthusiastically in 5 NE states
    Yoga Day observed enthusiastically in 5 NE states Guwahati/Agartala, June 21 (IANS): The 6th International Yoga Day was observed with enthusiasm in five of the eight northeastern states on Sunday while it was a very low-key affair in Mizoram, Meghalaya, and Nagaland, officials said.   Chief Ministers of five northeastern states and Governors of eight NE states apart from prominent personalities performed Yoga at their respective residences.   Unlike previous
  • Online orchid competition to create awareness
    Silapathar (Assam), June 21 (PTI): At a time when the country is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orchid Society of Assam (OSA) is geared up for a different battle -- to create awareness and stop illegal trading of the exotic plants through a national level online competition. All one has to do is to click a selfie with their orchids and upload it on the official Facebook page, Orchidophiles, with address details and stand a chance to win Rs 10,000, Rs 7,000 and Rs 5,000 as top
  • 133 more test positive for COVID-19 in Assam, total 5,388
    Guwahati, June 21 (PTI): A total of 133 more people tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, taking the tally in the state to 5,388, Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Of the 133 fresh cases, 73 are from Kamrup (Metro), 31 from Nagaon, 18 from Jorhat, five from Udalguri, two each from Golaghat and Majuli and one each from Dhemaji and Tinsukia, the minister said.   Assam currently has 2,174 active cases. Nine people have died due to the disease so far, and three ha
  • Over 7,600 MT crude oil production lost to Assam blockades:OIL
    Guwahati, June 20 (IANS): The state-owned Oil India Ltd (OIL) has lost production of over 7,627 MT of crude oil from 33 wells and around 10 MMSCMD of natural gas from five gas wells due to blockades by protesters in two districts of Assam, an OIL official said on Saturday. The senior official said that as experts from the USA and Canada associated with Singapore-based M/S ALERT, firefighters, NDRF and engineers intensified efforts to douse the oil well fire in eastern Assam's
  • Indian Railways concludes recruitment exercise for over 64000 posts
    Maligaon, June 20 (MExN): The Ministry of Railways has successfully concluded the recruitment exercise for filling up critical safety and operational posts and has reached its completion stage. Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) invited online applications against Centralised Employment Notification (CEN) No. 01/2018 from February 3, 2018, to March 31, 2018, for a total of 64,371 combined vacancies of Assistant Loco Pilots (ALPs) and Technicians, NFR spokesperson Subhanan Chanda said in
  • Arunachal records highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases with 32 new infections
    Itanagar, June 20 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh registered its highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases as 32 more people tested positive for it, a senior health official said on Saturday. The fresh cases raised the virus count in the northeastern state to 135 on Friday, the official said. "The new patients, all returnees from other states, were placed under institutional quarantine. They are asymptomatic and have been admitted to COVID-19 care centres," State Surveillance Offic
  • Manipur : Occupants in COVID-19 quarantine centres protest delay in test result
    Newmai News Network  Imphal | June 20 Occupants of a COVID-19 quarantine centre in Manipur’s Bishnupur district staged a protest on Saturday against delays in test results. Over 130 occupants of the quarantine centre at the Sericulture Training Institute of Kwakta came out on the street along Tidim Road (Imphal-Churachandpur Road) in protest, disrupting traffic for several hours despite repeated warning from the police.   All kinds of vehicles coming from bo
  • Assam govt warns against fake news
    Guwahati, Jun 19 (PTI) Taking note of the increasing number of news portals, the Assam government on Friday said actions will be taken if any such website is found to be spreading fake and fabricated news to mislead the public.   Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna held a discussion on the rapid increase of news websites in the state with Commissioner and Secretary of Information and Public Relations Department Preetom Saikia and Director Anupam Choudhury.  
  • 10 fresh COVID-19 cases in Mizoram; count rises to 140
    Aizawl, June 20 (PTI): Ten more people, including an eight-year-old boy, have tested positive for coronavirus in Mizoram, taking the state''s tally to 140, officials said on Saturday. Four of the new patients are from Mamit district while three are from Champhai, two from Serchhip and one from Khawzawl district, a report released by the state Information and Public Relations Department said.   Seven of the new patients had returned from Maharashtra and three had
  • Meghalaya reshuffles 20 IPS officers
    Shillong, June 20 (PTI): In a major reshuffle, the Meghalaya government has transferred and redesignated 20 senior IPS officers in the state as per the recommendations of the Civil Services Board, officials said. A notification in this regard was issued here on Friday, they said.   As per the transfer orders, Assistant Inspector General of Police (R), N Syiem, will replace Darwin M Sangma as the chief security officer of the Meghalaya Power Distribution Corporation Ltd
  • Tripura's COVID-19 tally rises to 1,186 with 27 new cases
    Agartala, June 20 (PTI): Tripura reported 27 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the state''s tally to 1,186, officials said on Saturday. A total of 657 people have recovered, reducing the number of active cases in the state to 529, they said.   "Out of 1,279 samples tested for COVID-19, 27 people found positive. The count includes South Dist: 19, Gomati Dist: 3, West Dist: 3, Unokoti Dist: 2," Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb tweeted.   Tripura ha
  • Arunachal records highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases with 32 new infections
    Itanagar, June 20 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh registered its highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases as 32 more people tested positive for it, a senior health official said on Saturday. The fresh cases raised the virus count in the northeastern state to 135 on Friday, the official said.   "The new patients, all returnees from other states, were placed under institutional quarantine. They are asymptomatic and have been admitted to COVID-19 care centres," State
  • BJP alliance wins lone Manipur Rajya Sabha seat 
    IMPHAL, June 19 (NNN):  The ruling BJP and its alliance have won the lone Rajya Sabha seat of Manipur on Friday. BJP candidate Leishemba Sanajaoba, the titular king of Manipur, defeated Congress nominee T Mangibabu by four votes. A total of 52 MLAs cast votes under tight security measures amidst the prevailing political turmoil in the State after some MLAs pulled out from supporting the BJP-led coalition government. The BJP and its alliance secured 28 votes while th
  • Congress complains to EC on unauthorised display of ballots in Manipur
    New Delhi, June 19 (IANS): The Congress has demanded the Election Commission reject two votes in Manipur cast during Rajya Sabha polls as the party alleged that two MLAs including the Speaker have shown their votes to agents present during the polls and the party has also produced a video to back its claim. The Congress has fielded T. Mangi Babu and the BJP has fielded former King Leishemba Sanajaob. In a memorandum to Election Commission, the Congress said “The Speaker