North-East

  • Ruling parties bag RS seats in Meghalaya, Mizoram; Manipur awaits results
    Imphal/Shillong/Aizawl, June 19 (IANS): The candidates of the ruling MNF in Mizoram and Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) won the one Rajya Sabha seats in each state, while the process in Manipur was withheld by the Election Commission, election officials said on Friday. Voting was held for three Rajya Sabha seats in Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram on Friday, with a frantic political drama in Imphal, where the equations are altering fast given the changing political equations sin
  • Congress appoints Maken as observer for Manipur
    New Delhi, June 19 (IANS): The Congress party has appointed Ajay Maken as an observer to supervise the political situation in Manipur after the BJP government was reduced to minority there following the withdrawal of support by MLAs. Ajay Maken and party's state in charge Gaurav Gogoi will reach Imphal on Friday. The Congress has staked claim to form the government in the state and has sought the removal of the speaker. The latest political development comes a day af
  • 20 fresh COVID-19 cases in Tripura; count rises to 1,159
    Agartala, June 19 (PTI): Twenty more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura, taking the state''s tally to 1,159, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has said. Nine out of 130 samples and 11 out of 1,250 samples have tested positive for COVID-19, Deb said in two separate tweets on Thursday.   Of the 20 new cases, five were reported in Khowai, four in Unokoti, three each in Sepahijala, West and North districts and one each in Dhalai and Gomati districts,
  • 20 fresh COVID-19 cases in Tripura; count rises to 1,159
    Agartala, June 19 (PTI): Twenty more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura, taking the state''s tally to 1,159, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has said. Nine out of 130 samples and 11 out of 1,250 samples have tested positive for COVID-19, Deb said in two separate tweets on Thursday.   Of the 20 new cases, five were reported in Khowai, four in Unokoti, three each in Sepahijala, West and North districts and one each in Dhalai and Gomati districts,
  • No fresh COVID-19 case in Mizoram in 24 hrs
    Aizawl, June 19 (PTI): No new case of novel coronavirus was registered in Mizoram in the last 24 hours, government sources said on Friday.   According to a statement by the Department of Information and Public Relations, all 814 samples tested at Zoram Medical College (ZMC) on Thursday have reported negative for COVID-19.   Of the 814 samples, 260 were from Lunglei district, 171 from Champhai, 89 from Serchhip, 87 from Lawngtlai, 69 from Aizawl, 72 from Saitual, 6
  • Assam reports one more COVID-19 death, 82 new cases
     Guwahati, June 18 (PTI):  One more person died of COVID- 19 in Assam on Thursday, raising the death toll due to coronavirus in the state to nine, while 82 people tested positive taking the total number of cases to 4,777, Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. The person died in Diphu Medical College and Hospital and this is the second death from Karbi Anglong district. Out of the nine deaths, three cancer patients succumbed to the infection. Among the people wh
  • 4 BRTF personnel test COVID-19 positive in Arunachal Pradesh; count rises to 103
    Itanagar, June 18 (PTI):  The number of novel coronavirus cases in Arunachal Pradesh has crossed the 100-mark with four Border Roads Task Force (BRTF) personnel testing positive for the infection, a senior health official said on Thursday. The four new cases have taken the virus count in the northeastern state to 103, of which 93 are active cases and ten persons have recovered, he said. The fresh cases have been reported from quarantine centres in Lower Dibang Valley, Na
  • Effective strength of Manipur Assembly depletes to 49
    Newmai News Network Imphal | June 18 With seven ‘defected’ MLAs of the Congress barred from entering the Manipur Legislative Assembly by an order of the High Court of Manipur, the strength of the Congress is now 20 while that of the BJP, after the resignations of its three MLAs, has been reduced to 18. Hence, the effective strength of the Manipur Assembly is now depleted to 49 as one of the Congress MLAs who defected to BJP at the time of formation of the present
  • ‘Shops without shopkeepers’ comes handy during COVID-19: Mizoram CM
    Morung Express News Dimapur | June 18  Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with emphasis on the importance of social distancing, ‘shops without shopkeepers’ have become on handy again, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga stated on June 18.  “The nghah lou dawr (shops without shopkeepers)” is a unique concept in Mizoram, where the sellers unusually keep their products unattended, trusting the buyers to pay according to the rate list provided on a desi
  • Congress stakes claim to form government in Manipur
    Imphal, June 18 (IANS): Amid political turmoil, the opposition Congress on Thursday staked claim to form the government in Manipur and urged the Governor to convene a special session of the Assembly. In a separate move, 12 MLAs of the Congress and other parties demanded the removal of the Assembly Speaker. "A delegation comprising leaders of the Congress and other parties met Governor Najma Heptulla and demanded to convene a special session of the state Assembly to move a no
  • Cong stakes claim to form govt in Manipur
    New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): The Congress on Thursday staked claim to form the government in Manipur and wrote to the Governor calling for a floor test to prove their majority in the state Assembly.   This came a day after three BJP MLAs resigned and joined Congress while four National People's Party MLAs, an independent MLA and Trinamool Congress MLA also withdrew support to Chief Minister N Biren Singh government.    Manipur Congress Legislative Party lead
  • Trouble for BJP govt in Manipur as 9 MLAs resign
    New Delhi, June 18 (PTI): The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in Manipur is heading towards a crisis with nine ruling coalition members, including four ministers, resigning on Wednesday.   Those who quit included deputy chief minister Y JoyKumar Singh.   The other three ministers who tendered their resignation are tribal and hills area development minister N Kayishii, youth affairs and sports minister Letpao Haokip and health and family welfare minister L Ja
  • BJP led coalition government in Manipur on 'brink of collapse'
    NPP, TMC, Independent MLAs withdraw support; three BJP MLAs join Congress Newmai News Network Imphal | June 17 The N Biren Singh government in Manipur is in trouble after coalition partners NPP and others withdrew support from the ruling alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party. On Wednesday, three sitting MLAs of the ruling BJP resigned from the party and joined the Congress while six other MLAs also withdrew support. Among them were National People’s Part
  • HRA welcomes activation of State Food Commission in Manipur
    Newmai News Network Imphal | June 17 The Human Rights Alert (HRA) has welcomed the activation of State Food Commission of Manipur, which had been remaining dormant ever since its inception in 2015, for almost five years. Meanwhile, a press statement by HRA on Wednesday said that, on June 10, 2020, for the first time, the State Food Commission, Manipur passed two orders. The first one pertains to the non issuance of the relief materials to the Mangal Female Integrated Rehab
  • NFR readies 315 COVID care centres
    Maligaon, June 17 (MExN): Following the decision of the Ministry of Family & Health Welfare to utilize Railway coaches as COVID Care Centres considering the possibility of increase in COVID-19 cases, the CPRO Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) Subhanan Chanda informed that in NFR 315 COVID Care Coaches have been made. Stations like Katihar, New Jalpaiguri, New Alipurduar, Alipurduar Jn, New Bongaigaon, Rangapara North, Kamakhya, Guwahati, Lumding, Badarpur, New Tinsukia, Rangiya
  • Army team surveys spot to construct bridge at Assam’s gas well site
    Guwahati, June 16 (PTI):  A team from the Army carried out a survey for constructing a bailey bridge over a pond near the gas well site at Baghjan in Assam’s Tinsukia district, Oil India Ltd (OIL) said in a statement on Tuesday. The Baghjan well has been spewing gas uncontrollably for the last 20 days and it caught fire on June 9. Due to continued public agitation alleging negligence on the PSU major following a blowout in the gas well, the company said it incurred
  • IIT Guwahati develops high quality, affordable Covid-19 kits
    Guwahati, June 17 (IANS): Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati (IIT-G) on Wednesday announced that its researchers have created several affordable and high-quality Covid-19 kits during the crisis.   These affordable and sterile Viral Transport Media (VTM) kits, RT-PCR kits and RNA isolation kits have been developed at IIT Guwahati jointly with RR Animal Healthcare Ltd. with inputs from Gauhati medical college and hospital (GMCH), the institute said in a statement. &nbs
  • COVID-19 cases near 100-mark in Arunachal
    Itanagar, June 17 (PTI): The novel coronavirus cases in Arunachal Pradesh inched towards the 100-mark with four more persons testing positive for the infection, a senior health official said on Wednesday. The four new cases have taken the virus count in the state to 99, of which 92 are active cases and seven persons have recovered, he said.   Three new patients are from the worst-affected Changlang district while one is from the state capital, State Surveillance Officer
  • Mizoram minister renders labour for construction of house for widower
    Aizawl, June 17 (PTI): He shed his VIP status to join community service, carrying heavy boulders on his shoulders for the construction of a house for a widower in a locality in the Mizoram capital. The man rendering manual service is Mizoram minister Robert Romawia Royte, a person who strongly believes in ''Tlawmngaina'', a Mizo ethical practice of selfless service.   Royte holds three portfolios -- sports, tourism and information and communication techn
  • Preparations for holding RS election in Meghalaya amid COVID- 19 crisis
    Shillong, June 17 (PTI): Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, staggered entry of voters, use of gloves and masks besides social distancing will be strictly maintained during the June 19 Rajya Sabha election in Meghalaya, Chief Electoral Officer of the state F R Kharkongor said on Wednesday. Thermal screening and proper respiratory etiquettes have to be followed within the polling station and during trainings, he said.   Pre-COVID-19 election procedures, protocols and processes h