North-East

  • 52 children among 203 new COVID patients in Mizoram
    Aizawl, June 9 (PTI): Mizoram on Wednesday reported 203 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the state's tally to 14,196, an official said. At least 3,214 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, taking the positivity rate to 6.31 per cent, he said. Of the fresh cases, Aizawl district reported the highest 158 infections, followed by Lunglei district at 24 and Kolasib district at 11, he said. Fifty-two children were among the newly-infected people, the official said. Four patien
  • Tripura logs 700 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths
    Agartala, June 9 (PTI): Tripura's COVID-19 tally rose to 56,169 as 700 more people tested positive for the virus, while five new fatalities pushed the coronavirus death toll to 574, a health official said on Wednesday. The state currently has 5,152 active COVID-19 cases, the official said. At least 563 more people recuperated since Tuesday, taking the total number of COVID-19 recoveries to 50,380. The COVID-19 recovery rate now is 89.79 per cent. Altogether, 10,72,002 s
  • Arunachal villagers lap up offer of free rice in return for Covid jabs
    Itanagar, June 9 (PTI): Free rice in return for a COVID-19 jab, and as much as 20 kg. The prospect turned out to be lucrative enough to dispel rumours around vaccination among villagers of an administrative circle in Arunachal Pradesh, as over 80 of them turned up on foot for the inoculation within days of the announcement of the sop. The brainchild of Circle Officer Tashi Wangchuk Thongdok of Yazali in Lower Subansiri district, the offer of free rice for those getting vaccinated
  • Lockdown hits poor people, find out alternative way: Mizoram BJP MLA tells govt
    Aizawl, June 8 (PTI): Mizoram's lone BJP MLA Dr BD Chakma on Tuesday said that the poor people were the worst affected by prolonged lockdowns imposed to check the spread of Covid-19 and the state government must find out an alternative measure to deal with the situation. Hitting out at the Mizo National Front (MNF) government headed by Chief Minister Zoramthanga, he alleged that the state administration is totally confused about how to handle the crisis as repeated lockdowns hav
  • Manipur CM reviews projects under NHIDCL
    Newmai News Network Imphal | June 8 Manipur Chief Minister, N Biren Singh reviewed various projects undertaken by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) in the State through video conferencing on Tuesday. Conducted at the CM’s Secretariat, the meeting was attended by Commissioner, Revenue RK Dinesh and other officials while Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of concerned districts where the projects are taken up, officials of NHIDCL and M
  • Assam woman raped, stripped by 2; accused arrested
    Jorhat (Assam), June 8 (PTI): A restaurant employee was raped and stripped of all her clothes in Assam's Jorhat district allegedly by two men who have been arrested, police said on Tuesday. The crime took place at Tarajan area on AT Road in the heart of Jorhat town at around 9 pm Monday. "When the woman was returning from her duty in a restaurant, she was caught by two rickshaw pullers who dragged her inside a fish and vegetable market in the area," a police officia
  • Lockdown hits poor people, find out alternative way: Mizoram BJP MLA tells govt
    Aizawl, June 8 (PTI): Mizoram's lone BJP MLA Dr BD Chakma on Tuesday said that the poor people were the worst affected by prolonged lockdowns imposed to check the spread of Covid-19 and the state government must find out an alternative measure to deal with the situation. Hitting out at the Mizo National Front (MNF) government headed by Chief Minister Zoramthanga, he alleged that the state administration is totally confused about how to handle the crisis as repeated lockdowns hav
  • Assam cabinet approves simplification of flood damage assessment
    Guwahati, June 8 (PTI): In a major administrative reform, the Assam Cabinet on Tuesday decided to approve the simplification of flood damage assessment and repairing of infrastructure. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, chairing a meeting of the council of ministers here, decided to authorise the Deputy Commissioners to take necessary action regarding flood assessment and repairing of infrastructure within the time frame of April 1-October 31. The Cabinet also recommended holdin
  • Of over 29 lakh Meghalaya farmers, 8,967 get benefit from PM- Kisan scheme: Cong MP
    Shillong, June 8 (PTI): Only 8,967 farmers of Meghalaya got financial assistance under the PM Kisan scheme, whereas 85 per cent of the state's 35 lakh population - more than 29 lakh - are agriculturists, senior Congress MP Vincent H Pala said on Tuesday. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Pala urged him to take corrective measures and provide sufficient funds to the state's poor farmers, most of whom belong to indigenous tribal communities, so that they can sustain
  • Tripura registers GSDP growth amid Covid pandemic
    Agartala, June 8 (PTI): Tripura has registered significant growth in Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) and per capita income in the 2020-21 fiscal as compared to previous years amid the pandemic, state Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath said on Tuesday. The growth of the economic parameters of the northeastern state is higher than the national average, the minister claimed. The GSDP of Tripura was Rs. 59,752.61 crore in the last financial year, against Rs. 55,984.08 crore in 201
  • Assam to confer 'Asom Ratna', other awards every year to 'icons'
    GUWAHATI, JUNE 8 (IANS): The BJP-led government in Assam on Tuesday decided to confer various awards including "Asom Ratna" on a regular basis to recognise the "icons" who have made significant contributions to the society and various other fields including literature. Officials said that the Assam cabinet in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has also decided that besides "Asom Ratna", the government would also confer "Asom Bi
  • Arunachal Pradesh logs 360 fresh COVID-19 cases, tally rises
    Itanagar, June 8 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh reported 360 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the coronavirus caseload to 29,696, a senior health official said on Tuesday. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 125 as no fresh fatality was reported in the state in the last 24 hours, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The Capital Complex region recorded the highest number of fresh cases at 74, followed by West Kameng and Upper Subansiri with 31 cases each, Changlang (30),
  • 317 new COVID-19 cases push Mizoram's tally to 13,996
    Aizawl, June 8 (PTI): Mizoram on Tuesday reported 317 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the state''s tally to 13,996, an official statement said. Of the fresh cases, Aizawl district reported the highest at 251, followed by Kolasib district (21) and Lawngtlai district (17). The remaining cases were from Lunglei, Serchhip, Saitual, Siaha, Mamit and Khawzawl districts, it said. More than 61 children, including a one-month-old baby, were among the newly infected people, the stateme
  • NF Railway, UNICEF partners to spread COVID awareness in Assam
    Maligaon, June 7 (MExN): Northeast Frontier Railway and UNICEF Assam have joined hands to spread public awareness on COVID-19 in the state. As part of the collaboration, 36 railway stations (14 under Rangiya Railway Division, 13 under Tinsukia Railway Division and nine under Lumding Railway Division) across Assam state will disseminate information on COVID-19 and related topics, starting with the Guwahati and Kamakhya Railway Stations. “This collaboration aims to support ongoi
  • Meghalaya: MHRC takes cognizance of mining accident
    Newmai News Network Shillong | June 7 The Meghalaya Human Rights Commission (MHRC) on Monday sought detailed reports into the recent tragic incident leading to five labourers being trapped inside a coal mine in East Jaintia Hills and the death of a pregnant nurse at Ganesh Das Hospital.   A statement issued by the MHRC secretary here said in both the cases, the Commission has issued notice to the Chief Secretary MS Rao, to submit detailed reports within 10 days. It said
  • Unique 'agreement' to control tension over Manipur civilian killing
    KOLKATA, JUNE 7 (IANS): The Assam Rifles has worked out an unique agreement with the Kuki civil society organisations and the Manipur police to control tension in Twilang area in Manipur's Kangpokpi district where an unarmed villager was allegedly killed by a Assam Rifles Major and his accomplices on June 4. Angry Kuki tribesmen had torched an Assam Rifles outpost there and burnt down two vehicles on Saturday after the local man was allegedly killed by the troops the night befor
  • In a first, BSF, BGB hold virtual meet to deal with crime, fencing, terror acts
    Agartala, June 7 (IANS): The Border Security Force (BSF) and the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on Monday began their first ever virtual border management conference to deal with border crimes, single-row border fencing and insurgent activities, among other issues. Officials said that the four-day BSF-BGB Border Coordination Conference (BCC) would adopt certain strategies to curb trans-border crimes, smuggling of various contraband and cattle, fake Indian currency notes and pending d
  • Adopt Gujarat tech solutions for power bills collection: Assam CM to officials
    Guwahati, June 7 (IANS): Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has asked officials to adopt the Gujarat technological solutions in metering, billing, collection of electricity bills and to recover the unpaid power bills of government officials directly from their salaries. A senior Assam Power Department official on Monday said that the Chief Minister has asked the officials and engineers to adopt technological solutions in metering, billing, collection etc like Gujarat to turn t
  • Mizoram slashes class 11 admission fees by 30 pc
    Aizawl, June 7 (PTI): The Mizoram government has decided to reduce admission fees by 30 per cent in all state-run schools for students seeking admission in class 11, Education Minister Lalchhandama Ralte said on Monday. Addressing a felicitation function at the Mizo Higher Secondary School here, Ralte said the decision was taken in view of the hardship being faced by the parents and students due to the pandemic. "The state government has decided to reduce admission fees for
  • Assam CM visits Gorukhuti to inspect areas encroached by illegal settlers
    Guwahati, June 7 (PTI): Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday visited Gorukhuti in Sipajhar of Darrang district to inspect the riverine areas that were encroached by illegal settlers. After reaching Gorukhuti, Sarma travelled in a country boat and visited the Dholpur Shiva temple situated atop a hillock. He offered prayers at the temple and interacted with the management committee, an official statement said. "It is to be mentioned, a total 120 bigha land out of