North-East

  • Drugs worth Rs 16.50 cr seized in Assam, Mizoram, 3 held
    SILCHAR/Aizawl, November 5 (IANS): The security personnel have seized a huge cache of drugs valued at Rs 16.50 crore in southern Assam and adjoining Mizoram and arrested three persons, officials said on Thursday. An official of Karimganj district police said that the police personnel based on secret information intercepted a vehicle and recovered 1.130 kg brown sugar, worth of Rs 10 crore, from the car on Wednesday night. "The drugs were contained in 32 packets and concealed
  • Assam mulling NIA probe into Mizoram death, border standoff continues
    Aizawl/Silchar, November 4 (IANS): The Assam government is mulling to hand over the case of death of 48-year-old man from the state in Mizoram to the NIA while the seven-day-long imbroglio along the inter-state borders continued on Tuesday despite visits by top officials. Assam Environment and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya said that the state government would institute an inquiry into the killing of Intyaz Ali (48) and is deliberating if the case should be handed over to
  • Campaigns for Manipur by-polls to end today
    Newmai News Network Imphal | November 4 With only a day left to end the campaigning for the November 7 by-polls in four Assembly constituencies in Manipur, the tempo of political campaigns have gone up.  The campaigning for the by-election is scheduled to end 5:00 pm on Thursday. The four assembly constituencies where by-polls are to be conducted on November 7 are Wangjing-Tentha and Lilong in Thoubal district, Wangoi in Imphal West and Saitu in Kangpokpi district. Wh
  • Israel to extend tech to boost agriculture, IT in NE India
    Agartala/Shillong/Guwahati, November 4 (IANS): Israeli Ambassador to India, Ron Malka, who is now visiting the northeastern region of the country, is keen to extend his countrys technologies to boost the agriculture and horticulture sectors as well as the information technology (IT) segment of the northeastern states, officials said on Wednesday. After visiting Assam and Meghalaya, the Israeli Ambassador, accompanied by his wife Lea Malka and a delegation, arrived in Agartala on Wed
  • Democracy attacked: NE CMs condemn Arnab Goswami's arrest
    GUWAHATI/AGARTALA, NOVEMBER 4 (IANS): The Chief Ministers of several northeastern states on Wednesday condemned the arrest of Republic TV Editor in Chief Arnab Goswami in Mumbai, terming the action as "a black-day for Indian democracy" and an attack on "free speech and democracy". The Maharashtra Police's Raigad unit on Wednesday morning raided the home of Goswami in an abetment to suicide case. Senior police officer Sachin Vaze said that Goswami was arrested
  • Israel to extend tech to boost agriculture, IT in NE India
    AGARTALA/SHILLONG/GUWAHTI, NOVEMBER 4 (IANS): Israeli Ambassador to India, Ron Malka, who is now visiting the northeastern region of the country, is keen to extend his countrys technologies to boost the agriculture and horticulture sectors as well as the information technology (IT) segment of the northeastern states, officials said on Wednesday. After visiting Assam and Meghalaya, the Israeli Ambassador, accompanied by his wife Lea Malka and a delegation, arrived in Agartala on Wedn
  • Assam mulling NIA probe into Mizoram death, border standoff continues
    AIZAWL/SILCHAR, November 4 (IANS): The Assam government is mulling to hand over the case of death of 48-year-old man from the state in Mizoram to the NIA while the seven-day-long imbroglio along the inter-state borders continued on Tuesday despite visits by top officials. Assam Environment and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya said that the state government would institute an inquiry into the killing of Intyaz Ali (48) and is deliberating if the case should be handed over to the N
  • NE's 14th airport to start commercial operation from Jan
    GUWAHATI, NOVEMBER 4 (IANS): With commercial operations from the re-developed Rupsi airport expected to begin from January, Assam would get its seventh airport and the northeast its 14th, boosting air connectivity to the region, officials said on Tuesday. An Airport Authority of India (AAI) official said that the Rupsi airport is ready to commence operations under Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) - UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik). The airport in Kokrajhar district in wester
  • Security enhanced ahead of Meghalaya Assembly session 
    Newmai News Network Shillong | November 3  In view of the upcoming five-day autumn session of the 10th Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, East Khasi Hills district magistrate, Isawanda Laloo, has promulgated order under section 144 CrPC prohibiting assembly of five or more persons within a radius of 500 meters of the temporary Assembly chamber at Rilbong in Shillong, and with a radius of 100 meters of the Meghalaya Secretariat (main and additional building). The district magis
  • MCSCCE 2016 fiasco: Student bodies demand punishment for culprits
    Newmai News Network Imphal | November 3 The Democratic Students' Alliance Manipur (DESAM), Apunba Ireipakki Maheiroi Sinpanglup (AIMS) and All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM) on Tuesday demanded the punishment of culprits in the Manipur Civil Services Combined Competitive Examination (MCSCCE) 2016 "fiasco". In a joint press statement, the three student bodies said the MCSCCE 2016 was quashed by the High Court of Manipur “for various lapses a
  • Lockdown extended in Mizoram till Nov 9
    Newmai News Network Aizawl | November 3 The Mizoram government has extended the ongoing lockdown in the state till November 9. The current lockdown was supposed to end on Tuesday. However it was extended, as the cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. It may be noted that the Mizoram government had imposed a one week lockdown to check the spread of COVID-19 since October 27. The State is also observing ‘COVID-19 No Tolerance Fortnight’ across the state. Meanwhile,
  • Assam to utilise Israeli technologies to boost agriculture
    Guwahati, November 3 (IANS): Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday laid the foundation stone of the Indo-Israeli Centre of Excellence for Vegetables Protected Cultivation, intended to boost agricultural activities with the help of the latest Israeli technologies. The Rs 10.33 crore project was initiated at Khetri on the outskirts of Guwahati city in presence of Israeli Ambassador to India, Ron Malka. Expressing hope that the centre would provide a major boost to agric
  • 42 Bangladeshi nationals deported from Assam
    SILCHAR, Nov ember2 (IANS): With the help of the BSF, the Assam Police on Monday deported 42 Bangladeshi nationals, including women and children, who had entered India illegally, police said. Karimganj district Superintendent of Police Mayank Kumar said that all the 42 were deported through Sutarkandi (India)-Jokiganj (in Bangladesh's Sylhet district) border crossing following Covid-19 protocols and other formalities. "All the 42 people were arrested separately in differ
  • CPI Manipur says won’t participate in upcoming bye-poll
    Newmai News Network Imphal | November 2  The Communist Party of India (CPI), Manipur State Council, on Monday said that the party is not supporting any of the candidates in the fray for November 7 by-polls in four Assembly segments of the state. The party reiterated the party's stand to refrain from the by-polls considering the prevailing situation owing to COVID-19 outbreak. Addressing a press conference at the party office in Imphal, CPI state executive member H Robin
  • Ex-Assam CM Tarun Gogoi put on ventilator support in Guwahati
    Guwahati, November 2 (IANS): Nine days after his discharge from a hospital after he recovered from the Covid-19 infection, former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has been admitted to a hospital and put on ventilator support after the veteran Congress leader's health condition deteriorated, hospital sources said on Monday. The 85-year-old politician complained of uneasiness on Sunday night, after which he was shifted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of Gauhati Medical College an
  • ATSUM to impose 48 hr inter-state bandh from Nov 5
    Newmai News Network Imphal | November 2  The All Tribal Student Union, Manipur (ATSUM) said on Monday that it will start imposing 48 hours inter-state bandh and ban on construction works of national projects in the state from November 5 if the state government fails to meet the demand.  The apex tribal student body of Manipur reminded that it had given 10 day’s time to the state government to take steps for the conduct of the Autonomous District Council (ADC) ele
  • 5 members of 'debt-ridden' Assam family commit suicide
    Guwahati, November 2 (IANS): Five members of a "debt-ridden" family, including four women, allegedly committed suicide at their home in Assam's Kokrajhar district, police said on Monday. Kokrajhar's Superintendent of Police Rakesh Raushan said that shop owner Nirmal Paul, his wife and three daughters were committed suicide by hanging themselves at their home at Tulsibeel late on Sunday night. "Paul had debts of Rs 25-30 lakh and he was unable to repay his E
  • Kaziranga resumes elephant safaris
    NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 2 (REUTERS): Elephant safaris have resumed at a famous national park in India's northeastern state of Assam, seven months after being forced to shut by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Kaziranga National Park, a World Heritage Site, reopened on Oct. 21, part of a wider easing of lockdown restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the virus. From Nov. 1, 37 tourists at a time are allowed to move around the park on the elephants while adhering strictly to COVID-19 sa
  • COVID-19 recoveries on the rise in Meghalaya
    Newmai News Network Shillong | November 2  Meghalaya has been witnessing a high rate of recoveries of COVID-19 in the past few weeks. Even on Monday, the state has recorded 117 recoveries of COVID-19, pushing the total recoveries to over 8,500.  Director of Health Services (MI), Dr Aman War said that 83 persons were declared recovered in East Khasi Hills district, 14 Ri Bhoi district, 8 South Garo Hills district, 5 West Garo Hills district, 5 West Jaintia Hills dist
  • Meghalaya Home Minister says allegations against police will be probed
    Newmai News Network Shillong | November 2  Allegations of illegal collections by police personnel will be looked into, said Meghalaya Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Monday. “We have to look into any allegation made by the people including the residents of the state and find out whether it is true or not,” Rymbui said while reacting to a video clipping alleging illegal collection at a police checkpoint which has gone viral on social media. The minister also i