• Northeast can become major centre of tourism: HM Amit Shah
    New Delhi, September 27 (PTI): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said the country’s Northeastern region with its rich natural beauty, culture and art can emerge as a major centre of world tourism. Inaugurating the 'Destination North East-2020', a four-day event showcasing the region's rich heritage, diversity and tourism potentials, Shah said under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Northeastern region will emerge as one of the favourite tour
  • Tripura worst in COVID death rate, 6 NE states' recovery rate below national average
    Agartala, September 18 (IANS): Tripura figures in the bottom of COVID-19 death rate, while six of the eight northeastern states' recovery rates are less than the national average of 78.86%, Union Health ministry data revealed on Friday. According to the data released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Tripura topped the death ratio among the eight northeastern states in terms of COVID-19 cases with 1.09%, followed by Sikkim (0.97%), Meghalaya (0.71%), Ma
  • Tripura’s COVID-19 tally rises to 20,699 with 521 fresh cases
    Agartala, September 17 (PTI):  At least 521 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura on Thursday, pushing the tally in the state to 20,699, a health official said.  The death toll has risen to 222 with five more fatalities, he said. West Tripura district, which also comprises state capital Agartala, accounted for 122 of the COVID-19 deaths, the official said.  The state now has 7,498 active cases. With the discharge of 521 patients from G B Pant Hospital
  • Assam promotes local goods to counter illicit trade
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 16 (IANS): The menace of illicit trade will be dealt with in a systematic manner with concerted efforts by central and state enforcement agencies along with the paramilitary forces, said Debajyoti Dutta, Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Assam. "The criminals who are indulging in smuggling and counterfeiting activities are promoting crime and economic instability and the consumers are bearing the brunt of it. It is important that we i
  • Centre tells NE states to ramp up COVID testing
    New Delhi, September 11 (PTI): The Centre on Friday urged the north eastern states to focus on early identification of COVID-19 cases by ramping up testing along with effective monitoring of patients under home isolation and early hospitalization in case of disease progression to keep the mortality rate to one per cent or less. Eight north eastern states - Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim - together account for less than five per
  • Railway to soon link all NE state capitals, Bangladesh: Goyal
    Agartala/New Delhi, September 11 (IANS): The Indian Railways are working on connecting capitals of all eight northeastern states and also executing a project to link up with Bangladesh's railway networks to facilitate communication with other parts of India via the neighbouring country, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said on Friday. With the Centre's focus on all-round development of the region through better linkages, the Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) had already connec
  • Nagaland & Assam jointly wins Tunesmith of NE India singing title
    The results of the Northeast India Regional Level Virtual Poetry Reading and Singing competition organised by Guwahati Grand Poetry Festival in association with Kamata Foundation, a charity organisation was declared at Guwahati on the occasion of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples with the theme ‘COVID-19 and indigenous peoples’ resilience’. The competition being one of the biggest virtual poetry reading and singing competitions in this par
  • 8 NE states register 65,882 Covid-19 cases, 174 deaths
    Guwahati/Agartala, August 6 (IANS): The eight northeastern states registered 65,882 Covid-19 positive cases with 174 people succumbing to the disease so far, Union Ministry of Health and Family Affairs said on Thursday. According to the figures from the Ministry, Assam tops with 50,445 coronavirus cases and 121 deaths. As the deadly virus spreads rapidly across the country including the northeastern region of India, there are three states -- Mizoram (537), Sikkim (800) and Meghal
  • Northeast's Covid-19 tally rises to 18,665
    Guwahati/Shillong, July 10 (IANS) Meghalaya on Thursday joined the northeastern states in reaching a three-digit figure of coronavirus infections with 13 more persons testing positive while the northeast region saw its tally rise to 18,665 with 32 deaths.   According to the Chief Ministers, Health Ministers and officials of the eight northeastern states, Covid cases in the region spiked with return of around 4.5 lakh natives from south and north India.   After wit
  • 'Axone': Humour with a quiet comment
    "Axone" (film streaming on Netflix); Cast: Sayani Gupta, Lin Laishram, Rohan Joshi, Lanuakum Ao, Tenzin Dalha, Asenla Jamir, Dolly Ahluwalia, Vinay Pathak, Adil Hussain; Direction: Nicholas Kharkongor; Rating: * * * (three stars)   By Vinayak Chakravorty Nicholas Kharkongor's film talks of racial discrimination that people of the Northeast face in mainland India, but never loses its sense of humour as it gets going. The film makes its point with understated
  • Pre-monsoon floods hit three lakh people in 11 Assam districts
    Guwahati/Agartala, May 28 (IANS) Amidst the COVID-19 surge, around three lakh people have been affected as the pre-monsoon flood situation deteriorated in eleven districts of Assam, officials said on Thursday. Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said that roughly 20,000 people are taking shelter at relief camps at Nalbari, Goalpara and Tinsukia districts while other affected people have made their own makeshift arrangements at higher places. The ASD
  • Returnees cause rapid rise in corona cases in NE
    Guwahati/Kohima, May 26 (IANS) The return of thousands of homebound people from southern and western India to the Northeast caused an abrupt rise in COVID-19 positive cases in the region, especially in Assam, where 168 fresh corona patients were reported in 24-hours taking the total count to 595 on Tuesday afternoon, ministers and officials said on Tuesday.   Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in a series of tweets said that of the 595 positive cases till Tuesday afte