• NSF requests private educational institutions to waive fees for ‘deserving’ students
    Kohima, October 22 (MExN): The Naga Students’ Federation has reiterated its appeal to proprietors and managements of all private educational institutions to consider the difficulties being faced by the parents of students by “extending selective waiver of fees to those truly deserving of the same.” In a press release on Thursday, it appealed proprietors and managements of private educational institutions to work out modalities where ‘non-essential components&
  • Manipur CM convenes emergency meeting on COVID-19
    Newmai News Network Imphal | October  22 Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Thursday reviewed the “alarming” COVID-19 situation in the state in the wake of rapid increase in the number of infections and death toll. Apart from ministers and MLAs, the emergency meeting was attended by officials of the departments of state government, representatives of civil society organisations and voluntary organisations working in the frontline to combat the spread of the
  • DC Mon notifies on rates for commercial vehicles
    Mon, October 20 (MExN): Deputy Commissioner Mon, Thavaseelan K has modified the earlier rates fixed on September 15 regarding the Inter-District  movement of commercial passenger vehicles as below: •    Mon-Kohima: Kohima to Mon Bus: 21 maximum passengers out of 34 seats - fare Rs.1050. •    Kohima-Mon: Kohima-Mon Bus: (Sleeper) 8 passenger out of 15 seats - fare Rs.1250. •    Mon to Dimapur: Dimapur to Mon  Bus
  • DC Peren issues regulations for office bus
    Peren, October 20 (MExN): DC Peren, Sentiwapang Aier has notified that in view of the need to take effective and preventive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and in compliance with the lockdown measures, the under mentioned regulations are to be strictly followed by all passengers boarding the office bus NL-11 1133: •    All passengers shall compulsorily wear face mask at all time inside the bus. •    Proper distance to be maintai
  • Wales imposes two-week lockdown: 'everybody must stay at home'
    CARDIFF, October 19 (Reuters): Wales will impose a two-week "fire-break" lockdown from Friday in which everybody apart from essential workers must stay at home to combat an accelerating second wave of COVID-19. Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said he understood that people were tired of coronavirus restrictions but tougher rules were essential as critical care units were already full. "It will have to be sharp and deep in order to have the impact we need,&
  • China's economic recovery quickens as consumption returns
    BEIJING, October 19 (Reuters): China's economic recovery accelerated in the third quarter as consumers shook off their coronavirus caution, although the weaker-than-expected headline growth suggested persistent risks for one of the few drivers of global demand. Gross domestic product (GDP) grew 4.9% in July-September from a year earlier, official data showed on Monday, slower than the 5.2% forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll but faster than the the second quarter's 3
  • UK queen, 94, makes first outing in seven months to visit secret defence laboratory
    LONDON, October 15 (Reuters): Queen Elizabeth carried out her first major engagement since a coronavirus lockdown in March, visiting the Porton Down military research facility on Thursday which was involved in dealing with a 2018 Novichok nerve agent attack. The 94-year-old monarch, who spent Britain's national lockdown at her Windsor Castle home, has carried out her official duties remotely by video or telephone, or at a royal residence, since social restrictions were intr
  • Bollywood stays away as Indian cinemas reopen after eight months
    MUMBAI, October 15  (Reuters): Movie theatres in some parts of India will open for the first time in eight months on Thursday, but with no major Bollywood releases likely any time soon, beleaguered cinema owners worry if audiences will be lured back to the big screen. All of India's near-10,000 movie screens have remained shut since the country imposed a strict lockdown in March this year, at the beginning of the novel coronavirus outbreak. As Prime Minister Narendr
  • Baba Ka Dhaba: A heart warming tale of good samaritans
    New Delhi, October 8 (IANS): Destiny of an elderly couple, who were struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic-induced lockdown, changed overnight when a huge crowd thronged outside their make-shift food joint to enjoy home cooked food after a heartbreaking video went viral on social media. Good fortune knocked on Kanta Prasad and Badami Devi's door, a night after the story of their struggle amid the unprecedented coronavirus crisis moved lakhs of people, including celebri
  • Italy makes wearing of masks mandatory in outdoor spaces
    Rome, October 8 (IANS): Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Thursday announced his government's decision to make wearing of masks mandatory in outdoor spaces in an effort to curb the further spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. In his announcement, Conte said that latest measure was required to avoid returning to another economically devastating lockdown in Italy, one of the worst-hit countries in Europe, the BBC reported. "From now on, masks and protective gear have to
  • 'Funeral cards' helped an old Italian through lockdown, before his own was made
    ROME, October 7 (Reuters): Each time he went to a funeral, Gino Verani came away with a "santino," the traditional laminated card with a picture of the deceased on the front and a prayer on the back. Over the years he would slip them into two small cardboard boxes in a drawer in the living room of his house in San Fiorano - a town in northern Italy that was at the epicenter of the country's coronavirus pandemic - along with his watch, an outdated cellphone and his
  • Malaysia to impose targeted lockdowns to halt infections surge
    KUALA LUMPUR, October 6 (Reuters): Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Tuesday said targeted lockdowns would be imposed in areas with high rates of coronavirus infections, as the country grapples with a sharp spike in cases over the past two weeks. Malaysia's health ministry reported 691 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths on Tuesday, setting another new daily record in the aftermath of an election in the state of Sabah last month. "For now we are
  • Factbox: Latest on the worldwide spread of coronavirus
    Reuters US President Donald Trump said the next few days will be the "real test" of his treatment for COVID-19, after a series of contradictory messages from the White House caused widespread confusion about his condition. AMERICAS * U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said progress was being made on coronavirus relief legislation to respond to the economic fallout from a pandemic that has killed more than 207,000 Americans and thrown millions out of work.
  • Odd-even system in Dimapur to resume from October 5-31 
    Dimapur, October 3 (MExN): The odd-even system for non-essential vehicular movement within Dimapur Town and NH-29 till Chumukedima town will resume with effect from October 5- 31, an official notification informed on Saturday.  The earlier odd-even system, imposed as social distancing measures against the spread of COVID-19, ended on September 30.  The Commissioner of Police, Dimapur, RothihuTetso in the notification on October 3 said that odd-even system will cont
  • 'Thanks for the chaos': Madrid returns to lockdown
    MADRID, October 2 (Reuters): Madrid will become the first European capital to go back to lockdown on Friday night as some 4.8 million residents of Spain's capital and nine satellite towns will be barred from leaving due to the resurgent coronavirus Restaurants and bars will shut earlier and slash capacity by half in Europe's worst infection hotspot. The new restrictions, to start at 10 pm (2000 GMT), were not as strict as the previous lockdown from March, when people
  • Europe's worst infection hotspot Madrid heads for lockdown
    MADRID, October 1 (Reuters): Madrid will become the first European capital to go back into lockdown in coming days after the region's leader reluctantly agreed on Thursday to obey a central government order to ban non-essential travel to and from the Spanish capital. In order to fight a steep surge in COVID-19 cases, Madrid and nine nearby municipalities will see borders closed to outsiders for non-essential visits, with only travel for work, school, doctors' visit
  • No clear link between school opening and COVID surge, study finds
    LONDON, October 1 (Reuters): Widespread reopening of schools after lockdowns and vacations is generally not linked to rising COVID-19 rates, a study of 191 countries has found, but lockdown closures will leave a 2020 "pandemic learning debt" of 300 billion missed school days. The analysis, by the Zurich-based independent educational foundation Insights for Education, said 84% of those 300 billion days would be lost by children in poorer countries, and warned that 711
  • Odd-even system to continue in Kohima municipal areas
    Kohima, September 30 (MExN): Deputy Commissioner Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie has issued an order to minimize non-essential movement of vehicles and better traffic management in Kohima Municipal areas.  The DC informed that the 'Odd-Even' system for movement of private vehicles, including Public Transport (taxis and city buses), is implemented under the jurisdiction of Kohima Municipal areas, except on Sundays.  Odd numbered vehicles: On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fr
  • Village bids emotional adieu to Spaniard stranded in Assam during the lockdown
    Guwahati,September 24 IANS): Men, women and children of the entire village had tears in their eyes as Spanish cyclist Manuel Arribas Rodriguez left Bokotial village in eastern Assam's Sivasagar district. The 41-years-old Spanish national had intended to stay a week at Bokotial village in connection with a festival but ended up spending more than seven months owing to the lockdown and other Covid-19 related travel restrictions. All the men, women and children of our Bokotial v
  • COVID-19: After a ‘lull,’ Nagaland records second-highest daily spike 
    Morung Express News Dimapur | September 10  After a relative decline in number of daily cases since the second-half of August, Nagaland is witnessing a new spike in COVID-19 infections in the last two days.  On September 10, the State recorded the second-highest single-day spike of 261 cases taking the total COVID-19 tally to 4636.  “261 new +ve cases of COVID-19 have been detected out of 741 samples tested,” State's Health and Family