North-East

  • Assam polls: BJP for correct NRC, Cong for CAA's repeal
    GUWAHATI, MARCH 24 (IANS): In the run up to the assembly elections in Assam, the ruling BJP is highlighting the "perfect NRC" more while the main opposition Congress has given top priority to CAA even as both the national parties have common issues of empowerment of women, jobs to youths besides to keep protect the Assamese culture. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in its "Sankalp Patra" (manifesto) remained silent on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act -- CAA, and
  • CAA will be implemented ‘in time’: J P Nadda
    Guwahati, March 23 (PTI): BJP President J P Nadda on Tuesday asserted that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has been passed by the Parliament and will be implemented 'in time'. Nadda after releasing the party's manifesto for the Assam elections said that the law, (which does not find a mention in the manifesto), is a central legislation and the Congress claim that they will not allow its implemenation in the state, if voted to power, may be either 'due to their ig
  • No new COVID-19 case in Arunachal for four days
    Itanagar, March 23 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh did not report any fresh COVID-19 case in the last four days, a health department official said on Tuesday. The northeastern state''s caseload remained at 16,842, he said. One person was cured of the disease on Monday, taking the total number of recoveries to 16,784, State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The recovery rate among coronavirus patients in the state stands at 99.65 per cent. There are two active cas
  • 1.4 lakh pending cases in Assam's foreigners tribunals
    New Delhi, March 23 (PTI): The foreigners tribunals (FTs), which determines nationality of suspected citizens in Assam, have disposed of over 1.36 lakh cases in the last five years while 1.4 lakh cases were pending as on December 31, 2020, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said FTs are functioning only in Assam at present and as per the information made available by the state government, the total number of cases pending in these tribu
  • Will not allow politics over illegal immigration in Assam: Rajnath
    Lumding (Assam), March 23 (PTI): Appealing to one and all to avoid politics over illegal immigration, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said the BJP, if voted to power, will not allow infiltrators from Bangladesh to reside in Assam. Addressing an election rally here, he said the BJP government has set up electronic surveillance across the Indo-Bangla border in Assam to stop infiltration from the neighbouring country. "We will not allow politics over illegal immigration.
  • Govt to implement all clauses of Bodo accord in 30 months: Shah
    Udalguri/Majuli /Jonai, March 22 (PTI): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said all clauses of the Bodo Accord signed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi''s Government last year will be implemented within two-and-a-half years. Addressing an election rally at Udalguri under the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR), Shah said that after the signing of the Accord, it was decided that all insurgents will lay down arms and the centre will ensure all-round development of the region.
  • Confused tea garden workers hold key to 1st phase of Assam polls
    DIBRUGARH, MARCH 22 (IANS): Politicians of the ruling BJP and the prime challenger Congress are running from one tea estate to another in Assam, primarily in the Upper Assam division, to woo thousands of tea garden workers ahead of the three-phase voting for the state Assembly starting March 27. The state has a total of 126 seats and the first phase polling will be exercised in 47 seats that will decide whether the BJP-led alliance retains power or the Congress-led grouping that inc
  • BJP functioning like mafia, running syndicates in Assam: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
    Sarupathar(Assam), March 22 (PTI): Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday alleged the ruling BJP in Assam was functioning like a mafia and running syndicates. Addressing a rally here, the Congress general secretary said, the saffron party in the state has two "factions", both of which have betrayed people. The Congress leader compared Assam's BJP leadership with 'Dritarashtra' and 'Shakuni', characters in the epic Mahabharata, without naming
  • One new case takes Mizoram's COVID-19 tally to 4,448
    Aizawl, March 22 (PTI): Mizoram on Monday reported just one new COVID-19 case, which took the state''s tally to 4,448, an official said. A 27-year-old woman from Aizawl was diagnosed with the disease, and efforts are being made to trace her contacts. The new patient has no travel history, the official said. The northeastern state now has 14 active cases, and 4,423 people have recovered from the disease. At least 11 people have died due to the infection, he said.
  • BJP ensured peace and development in Assam: Shah
    Jonai, March 22 (PTI): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said BJP has ensured peace and development in Assam during the last five years and alleged that this was in contrast to violence and instability during the Congress rule. Addressing the first of three election rallies in Assam during the day, Shah alleged that five years ago when Congress was in power, there was agitation, violence, bomb blasts, deaths and curfews were common. "Aatankwad ka nanga naach charo aur
  • No new COVID-19 case in Arunachal for three days
    Itanagar, March 22 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh did not report any fresh COVID-19 case in the last three days, a senior health official said here on Monday. The northeastern state''s caseload stood at 16,842, he said. Currently, there are three active cases in West Kameng, Changlang and Papumpare districts, and 16,783 people have recovered from the disease so far, State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The recovery rate among coronavirus patients in the state st
  • BJP to retain power in Assam: Amit Shah
    GUWAHATI, MARCH 22 (IANS): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Assam government will retain its power in the state as the people have realised that the Congress-AIUDF alliance will not be able to curb infiltrations and corruption. Addressing three election rallies at Jonai, Majuli and Udalguri, Shah said that the Congress must tell the people how it would check infiltrations from across the border. "When our government is doing d
  • Mizoram CM holds meeting with Myanmar’s Foreign Minister over situation amid coup
    Aizawl, March 21 (PTI): Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Sunday held a meeting with Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Zin Mar Aung on the current political situation and the hardships being faced by the Zo ethnic people in the neighbouring country, officials said. Speaking at the virtual meeting, in which US-based Mizo leaders also participated, Zoramthanga expressed solidarity with the people of Myanmar. “Had a fruitful meeting (online) this morning with Zin Mar Aung,
  • Arunachal gets first formal indigenous knowledge system school
    Itanagar, March 21 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has inaugurated the state''s first formal indigenous language and knowledge system school in East Kameng district, an official release said on Sunday. The first-of-its-kind school called ''Nyubu Nyvgam Yerko'' was inaugurated at Rang village near Seppa on Saturday. Khandu said the school will help in promoting and preserving indigenous traditions, culture and language, it said. He la
  • No new COVID-19 case in Arunachal
    Itanagar, March 21 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh did not report any new COVID-19 case in the last two days, a senior health official said on Sunday. The northeastern state''s caseload stands at 16,842, of which three are active cases, while 16,783 people have recovered from the disease and 56 patients have succumbed to the infection so far, State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state stands at 99.64 per cent,
  • 201 polling stations to be completely managed by women in Cachar -- highest in any Assam district
    Silchar (Assam), March 21 (PTI): A record 201 polling stations, out of 1,834 in Cachar district in Assam, will be completely managed by women officials in the coming assembly elections. Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli said that to encourage women voters to participate in the elections in bigger numbers, the district administration has decided to enhance the number of polling stations to be completely managed by women officials by 20 times from the 2016 polls when it was jus
  • Assam polls: Cong desperate, might resort to politics to divide society, says Jitendra Singh
    Guwahati, March 21 (PTI): The Congress, which faces an imminent defeat in the Assam polls, has become desperate and might resort to politics to divide the society in the state but the BJP will never allow this, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Sunday. Referring to the grand alliance of opposition parties, including Congress, Left parties and AIUDF, formed for the three-phase state elections, he said the Congress'' leadership has thoroughly exposed itself by turning away
  • Indian Railway issues guidelines to prevent incidents of crime against women
    Maligaon, March 21 (MExN): Indian Railways has issued a detailed set of guidelines to prevent the incidents of crime against women in trains and in the areas which fall under the Indian Railways property, Northeast Frontier Railway’s (NFR) Chief Public Relations Officer Subhanan Chanda informed in a press release on Saturday. The Railway Ministry in an elaborate set of instructions has notified that around 4.6 million women passengers travel by Indian Railways daily and in the
  • NFR to run three Kisan Rail trains to Agartala
    Guwahati, March 20 (MExN): The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has decided to run three Kisan Rail trains to Agartala for transportation of potatoes during this month for the benefit of the farmers and transporters, an official release informed.  The trains include one from Falakata to Agartala; one from Dhupguri to Agartala and another from Chengrabandha to Agartala, a press release from NFR CPRO said.  All the trains have stoppages in Dimapur as per the schedules giv
  • India, Japan to step up work to link northeast region with Indo-Pacific
    New Delhi, March 20 (IANS): In their quest for a free and open Indo-Pacific, India and Japan will continue to make joint efforts to enhance connectivity, especially in Indias northeast and Bangladesh, to cope with various challenges the region faces, Japanese Ambassador to India Satoshi Suzuki said. Stressing that the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI) has been given a major thrust under India's strong leadership, Suzuki believes that connectivity is the best area to showcase