North-East

  • 139 new cases push Arunachal's COVID-19 tally to 4,914
    Itanagar, September 6 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally inched closer to the 5,000-mark on Sunday as 139 more people, including 20 security personnel, tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said. The fresh infections have taken the northeastern state''s caseload to 4,914, he said. The Capital Complex region reported the highest number of new cases at 58, followed by 13 in West Siang district, State Surveillance Officer, Dr L Jampa, said.
  • 604 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths reported in Tripura
    Agartala, September 6 (PTI): At least 604 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura on Sunday, raising the tally in the state to 15,130, a health department official said. The death toll rose to 144 after eight more people succumbed to the infection, he said. West Tripura district, of which state capital Agartala is a part, has accounted for 77 of the 144 COVID-19 deaths. The state currently has 6,220 active cases, while 8,745 people have recovered from the dise
  • NFR cancels special trains
    Maligaon, September 5 (MExN):  In view of the complete lock-down declared by the Government of West Bengal in the entire state on September 6, 7, 10, 11 and 12, the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has cancelled the services of the following trains: Train number    Station                     Cancellation dates 02377    Sealdah &ndash
  • India-B'desh new waterway route with Tripura made operational
    Agartala, September 5 (IANS): The first consignment of goods from Bangladesh arrived in Tripura by waterway on Saturday as part of a trial run for shipping of goods from other parts of India to the northeast region via Bangladesh formally making operational of new waterways between the two neighbours. A Bangladeshi vessel tracking 93 km waterways carrying 10 tonnes of cement from Daukandi in the neighbouring country arrived western Tripura's Sonamura, where Tripura Chief Ministe
  • Army rescues 3 Chinese citizens lost in Sikkim
    New Delhi, September 5 (PTI): At a time it is engaged in a fierce standoff with China's Peoples Liberation Army in eastern Ladakh, the Indian Army on Wednesday provided food, warm clothes and medical assistance to three Chinese citizens who had lost their way in sub-zero temperatures at an altitude of 17,500 feet in a border area in North Sikkim, officials said. The army personnel deployed in the area also guided the Chinese citizens, including a woman, to return to the Chinese
  • Probe on after families allege 5 men kidnapped by China from Arunachal
    New Delhi, September 5 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh police has launched a probe following reports that five people, who had gone hunting in a forest in Upper Subansiri district on the Sino-India border, were allegedly kidnapped by the Chinese military, a senior official said on Saturday. The alleged incident occurred on Friday in Nacho area of the district, their families said. Two others, who were in the group, managed to escape and informed police. "I have sent the officer-
  • Focus in controllable factors: Experts on Stress Management during pandemic
    PIB Guwahati organises webinar on “Stress Management of Patients of Non-Communicable Disease and Taking Care of Heart Patients during Corona Pandemic’ Morung Express News Dimapur | September 4  COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdown measures may increase anxiety and stress among many sections of the population but focusing on things one can control instead of panicking are keys to manage these health concerns. Two experts on non-communicable and cardiovasc
  • Miscreants loot Rs 1.15 crore in Manipur’s Churachandpur
    Newmai News Network Imphal | September 4  Unidentified miscreants shot a bank employee and looted Rs 1.15 crore in Manipur’s Churachandpur district on Friday. The bank employee, identified as Arambam Ranjan, later succumbed to injuries on the way to a hospital in Imphal. Official reports said that some miscreants armed with small guns shot the bank employee when he came out of the State of Bank of India (SBI), Churachandpur town branch, located in the heart of the
  • Assam registers 3,054 new COVID-19 cases, 7 more deaths
    Guwahati, September 4 (PTI): Assam's COVID-19 caseload rose to 1,18,333 on Friday as 3,054 more people tested positive for the infection, while seven fresh fatalities pushed the northeastern state's coronavirus death toll to 330, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Dibrugarh and Kamrup Metropolitan districts reported two fatalities each, while Sivasagar, Barpeta and Nalbari registered one death each, he said. Bimala Nanda Das, the husband of popular theatre artiste
  • 6 new COVID-19 cases raise Mizoram's tally to 1,046
    Aizawl, September 4 (PTI): Six people, including two security personnel, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, pushing the state's coronavirus caseload to 1,046, an official said on Friday. Four of the new cases were reported from Aizawl district while two were reported from Kolasib district, the official said. All the patients, including two truck drivers, were from other states. The state now has 395 active cases, while a total of 651 people have recovered from t
  • Assam announces cash dole for tea garden workers
    Guwahati, September 4 (PTI): The Assam government on Thursday announced that it will deposit Rs 3,000 in the bank accounts of around eight lakh tea garden workers by November 15, months ahead of the assembly elections. The state government deposited Rs 2,500 in their bank accounts in 2017-18 amd 2018-19 as part of the scheme, but it was discontinued in the last financial year. "The scheme was not implemented in 2019-2020 but it will be done in 2020-21 with a target of reachi
  • 897 rakes of freight carrying trains unloaded in August: NFR
    Maligaon, September 3 (MExN): The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has transported more than 3723 inbound freight trains from March 25 to August 31. Out of this, 897 freight carrying trains were unloaded during the month of August only, a press statement from NFR CPRO Subhanan Chanda informed on September 3. This is an almost 20% increase in year on year basis as compared to 722 freight carrying rakes which were unloaded in NFR during August, 2019. Goods like FCI rice, sugar, salt, edi
  • UCM demands consultation before final agreement with NSCN (IM)
    Newmai News Network Imphal | September 3 The United Committee Manipur (UCM) on Thursday said that they should be consulted before the Centre and the NSCN (IM) sign the ‘final agreement’. President of the UCM, Sunil Karam said that the time has come for the “indigenous peoples of the Northeast India to unite and stand together for the sake of future generations”. Karam was talking to reporters in Imphal’s Kekrupat Memorial Complex where the UCM le
  • WAD condemns alleged rape & murder of minor
    Imphal, September 3 (MExN): The Women Action For Development (WAD) on Thursday condemned the alleged gang rape of a 14 year old minor in Imphal. The girl was reported missing on September 1 and found in an unconscious condition at a roadside pond at Mayang, Imphal on September 2, according to the WAD press statement. The girl was suspected to have been gang raped and was left to die the night before. She was found by some women and was rushed to the hospital. Unfortunately, the g
  • Meeting held on preparedness for reopening of educational institutes in Manipur
    Newmai News Network Imphal | September 3 Manipur Education minister Dr Thokchom Radheshyam on Thursday held a meeting with the representatives of students’ organisations to discuss the necessary steps of preparedness that need to be taken up with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic if the educational institutions in the state are to be re-opened. Attended by the Commissioner, Education (S)  T Ranjit Singh; Commissioner, Higher & Technical Education, M Harekrishna; Dir
  • Assam Assembly passes bill to protect tangible heritage
    Guwahati, September 3 (PTI): The Assam Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill to protect, preserve and restore tangible heritage, which are currently not covered under any national or state law. The passage of the Assam Heritage (Tangible) Protection, Preservation, Conservation and Maintenance Bill, 2020 was termed as historic by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who said it is a step towards implementing the Clause 6 of the Assam Accord. As per the clause, constitutional, legislat
  • 148 fresh cases take Arunachal's COVID-19 tally to 4,360
    Itanagar, September 3 (PTI): The total number of COVID-19 cases in Arunachal Pradesh rose to 4,360 as 148 more people, including 47 security personnel and two health workers, tested positive for the disease on Thursday, an official said. Of the fresh cases, 31 were reported from the Capital Complex region, 28 from Tirap, 20 from Leparada, 18 from West Siang, 14 from Tawang, six each from Papumpare and West Kameng districts, State Surveillance Officer Dr L Jampa said. Five new cas
  • In India's flood-prone Assam, hill settlers hold out hope for land titles
    As floods and erosion uproot more families in Assam, about 300,000 people in the Guwahati hills have no proof of land ownership   GUWAHATI, India, September 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Bankim Chakma wanted to build a home for his growing family in Guwahati in the eastern Indian state of Assam, he had few options. Land was expensive for poor migrants like himself, so he moved to the hills where it was cheaper and safe from floods. But, like the tens of thousands of
  • Bill on better use of NE water resources to be tabled in Parliament
    Shillong, September 3 (IANS): The Union Jal Shakti Ministry has prepared a bill which is likely to be tabled in the upcoming monsoon session of Parliament for better utilisation of the water resources of India's northeast region, which can provide 60,000 MW clean energy to the country, NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar said. Kumar said that the bill, which would facilitate the formation of the North East Water Management Authority (NEWMA), is ready in consultation with the
  • 11 security escorts of Ex-CM Ibobi Singh tests COVID-19 +
    Official quarter sealed Newmai News Network  Imphal | September 2 The official quarter of former Manipur chief minister O Ibobi Singh in Imphal has been sealed after 11 security personnel detailed as his escorts-cum-house guards were found infected by COVID-19 on Wednesday. The former chief minister and his family members were, however, tested negative for the disease after their swab samples were subjected to COVID-19 test following the development. The 11 personnel