North-East

  • Rs 12.44 crore disbursed as COVID-19 advance: EPFO Guwahati
    Guwahati, July 28 (MExN): The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) Regional Office, Guwahati has disbursed non-refundable COVID-19 advance to the tune of Rs 12.44 crore during the month of March to June, an official statement informed today.  The amount was disbursed to enable 5697 EPF members to deal with COVID-19 induced financial exigencies during the month of March to June, informed the statement issued by P Hangsing, Regional Provident Fund Commissioner-I
  • Only online EFF claims to be entertained from August:  EPFO 
    Guwahati, July 28 (MExN): The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) Regional Office, Guwahati has called upon all upon employers of all EPF registered establishments to ensure immediate seeding of Aadhaar, PAN and Bank details with KYC of their Employees.  “Only online Claims shall be entertained with effect from August, 2020 and physical claims if submitted shall summarily be rejected, except Death cases,” informed a press statement issued by P Hangsing
  • Congress submits no confidence motion against government in Manipur Assembly
    Newmai News Network  IMPHAL | July 28 Opposition Congress party on Tuesday submitted a notice of no confidence against the BJP-led coalition government in the Manipur Legislative Assembly. Sitting Congress MLA K Meghachandra accompanied by his colleague Th Lokeshwor submitted the notice to the state Assembly secretariat, urging Assembly Speaker Y Khemchand to include the no confidence motion in the business list of the monsoon session of the state Assembly. Few days ago,
  • GSMC opposed to relocation of DDK – Tura
    Newmai News Network Tura | July 28 The Garoland State Movement Committee (GSMC) has written to Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday opposing the move of the Minister to shut down the Doordarshan Kendra (DDK) – Tura and relocate the same to Shillong. The Tura DDK station is a full-fledged station in its own right with the GSMC calling the move akin to relegating the station to the status of just a program production centre. “
  • NFR installing ‘Automatic Coach Washing Plant’ at many locations
    Guwahati, July 28 (MExN): As a part of the initiative by the Indian Railways to promote water conservation by minimising use of water, Automatic Coach Washing Plants (ACWPs) are being installed in various pit lines and depots in the NFR areas, an official release informed today.  Installations of such eco-friendly ACWPs are in progress in various locations like Katihar, New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri(DEMU), Alipurduar, Naharlagun, Dibrugarh, Silchar and Agartala, said the release iss
  • 22 Assam Rifles personnel among 23 fresh COVID-19 cases in Mizoram
    Aizawl, July 28 (PTI): Twenty-two Assam Rifles personnel are among 23 more people testing positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, officials said on Tuesday. The fresh infections have taken the northeastern state''s caseload to 384, they said. Twenty-two Assam Rifles personnel posted at Zokhawsanga near Aizawl and a civilian who had recently returned from Nepal have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Zoram Medical College on Monday night, a statement issued by the State Informa
  • 22 Assam Rifles personnel among 23 fresh COVID-19 cases in Mizoram
    Aizawl, July 28 (PTI): Twenty-two Assam Rifles personnel are among 23 more people testing positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, officials said on Tuesday. The fresh infections have taken the northeastern state''s caseload to 384, they said. Twenty-two Assam Rifles personnel posted at Zokhawsanga near Aizawl and a civilian who had recently returned from Nepal have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Zoram Medical College on Monday night, a statement issued by the State Informa
  • NGT disapproves committee's recommendation on coal transport in Meghalaya
    New Delhi, July 28 (PTI): The National Green Tribunal Tuesday said it cannot approve the recommendation of a committee that Meghalaya coal owners, who are yet to be identified by draw of lots, may transport the coal, saying it was against the verdict of the Supreme Court. The committee headed by former Gauhati high court judge, Justice B D Agarwal, recommended that the Mining and Geology Department shall allow the coal owners to transport their coal in their respective districts wit
  • Shame on oppn for hitting below belt: Sikkim's ruling party on attack on CM over COVID mgmt
    Gangtok, July 28 (PTI): Sikkim''s ruling SKM has attacked the opposition for "hitting below the belt" and "manipulating words" while accusing Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang of failing to handle the COVID-19 situation in the state. A political slugfest erupted after opposition Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) slammed the chief minister "for blaming the public" for the spread of the coronavirus in the Himalayan state. Tamang, also the Sikkim Kra
  • 81 fresh COVID-19 cases in Arunachal; count rises to 1,239
    Itanagar, July 28 (PTI): Eighty-one more people, including 14 BRTF and two Assam Rifles personnel, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, taking the northeastern state''s caseload to 1,239 on Tuesday, a senior health official said. Fifty-one new cases were reported in the Capital Complex region, 12 in Tawang district, nine in Changlang, four in Tirap, two in West Siang and one each in Lohit, Lower Dibang Valley and Upper Siang districts, State Surveillance O
  • NSCN (R) militant arrested in Arunachal
    Itanagar, July 28 (PTI): A cadre of the NSCN (Reformation) outfit has been arrested in Arunachal Pradesh''s Changlang district, police said on Tuesday. Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of Assam Rifles and CRPF personnel launched an operation and nabbed the militant in Changlang town on Monday evening, district Superintendent of Police (SP) Mihin Gambo said. The arrested militant has been identified as Noksom Tangha, the outfit''s self-styled revenue in-charge of
  • Tripura's COVID-19 tally reaches 4,067
    Agartala, Jul 28 (PTI) Tripura''s COVID-19 tally breached the 4,000-mark on Tuesday after 147 more people tested positive for the infection, officials said. West Tripura district reported 40 fresh cases, Sepahijala 41, Gomati 22, Khowai 12, North Tripura 18, Dhalai nine, South Tripura district three and Unakoti two, they said. Of the total 4,067 COVID-19 patients in the state, 2,467 have recovered and 18 migrated to other states. The number of active cases in the state
  • Tripura's COVID-19 tally reaches 4,067
    Agartala, Jul 28 (PTI) Tripura''s COVID-19 tally breached the 4,000-mark on Tuesday after 147 more people tested positive for the infection, officials said. West Tripura district reported 40 fresh cases, Sepahijala 41, Gomati 22, Khowai 12, North Tripura 18, Dhalai nine, South Tripura district three and Unakoti two, they said. Of the total 4,067 COVID-19 patients in the state, 2,467 have recovered and 18 migrated to other states. The number of active cases in the state
  • Sikkim proposes to set up SEZ
    New Delhi, July 27 (PTI): The highest decision-making body for SEZs will on July 31 consider a proposal for setting up a new special economic zone in Sikkim with an investment of around Rs 43 crore. Sikkim''s department of information technology has proposed to set up the SEZ. Inter-ministerial body Board of Approval (BoA), chaired by Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan, will take up this proposal for consideration in a meeting on July 31, according to BoA''s agenda.
  • Indo-B’desh rail connectivity strengthened
    MALIGAON, JULY 27 (MExN): The Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) has stated that the handing over diesel locos by Indian Railways (IR) to Bangladesh Railways (BR) will further strengthen bilateral cooperation in promoting trade and connectivity.  In a press release, the NFR said that Indo-Bangladesh rail cooperation is a vital element of bilateral cooperation in promoting trade and connectivity and in boosting the economic partnership. India and Bangladesh are jointly working to
  • Random testing depends on number of positive cases: Meghalaya Health minister
    Newmai News Network Shillong | July 27  Meghalaya Health Minister, Alexander L Hek on Monday ruled out random testing in all containment areas while stating that this will only be done if many positive cases are detected in such containment areas. It may be noted here that many areas in and around Shillong have recently been brought under the purview of containment after some Covid-19 positive cases were detected. Hek visited the containment areas in Mawlai on Monday, which
  • Tripura Covid Care Centre patients harass, spit at doctor 
    Agartala, July 27 (PTI): A group of patients at a Covid Care Centre in West Tripura district allegedly harassed and spat at a woman doctor when she went to the facility to admit some people, police said on Monday. West Tripura District Surveillance Officer Dr Sangita Chakraborty went to the Covid Care Centre set up at the Bhagat Singh Youth Hostel on Friday to admit five women with newborn babies when a group of patients said they would not allow any new admission, alleging that the
  • By boat and on foot, Assam hunts for plasma for COVID patients
    GUWAHATI, July 27 (Reuters): When doctors in a flood-ravaged Indian state urgently sought plasma of a particular blood type for a COVID-19 patient this month, health officials sent a boat for a marooned donor who had recovered from the disease weeks ago. With coronavirus cases surging in Assam and critical medicines running low, local authorities are rolling out the red carpet for now-cured patients - all for their blood plasma believed to be rich in virus antibody, although re
  • Shillong goes under 72-hour lockdown amid rising COVID-19 cases
    Shillong, July 27 (PTI): A 72-hour lockdown started in Meghalaya''s state capital Shillong from Monday amid rising cases of novel coronavirus in the state, officials said. Around 30 localities, mostly in the worst-hit East Khasi Hills district, have already been declared containment zones, they said. The lockdown in Shillong agglomeration -- localities within the Shillong municipality and scheduled areas -- was announced after 56 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the la
  • 32 fresh COVID-19 cases in Arunachal; count rises to 1,158
    Itanagar, July 27 (PTI): Thirty-two more people, including six ITBP personnel, have tested positive for COVID- 19 in Arunachal Pradesh, taking the northeastern state''s caseload to 1,158 on Monday, a senior health official said. Eleven fresh cases were reported in Seppa, the district headquarters of East Kameng, eight in Changlang district, six in Upper Siang, five in the Capital Complex region and one each in East Siang and Lower Subansiri districts, State Surveillance Offi