• African Swine Fever: Areas in Shillong declared containment zones
    Newmai News Network Shillong | August  14 The Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills district, Matsiewdor War Nongbri on Friday declared a number of areas in Shillong and other parts of the district as containment zones after the detection of African Swine Fever (ASF) therein. These areas include Nongmynsong-Umkdait, Mawlai Mawdatbaki, Mawshbuit Nongrim, Sohiong Krang where the district administration has rushed in with mitigation measure to ensure the containment and
  • 11 more COVID-19 cases reported in Meghalaya, tally 1,204
    Shillong, August 14 (PTI): Eleven more people, including four BSF personnel, tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya on Friday, raising the state''s tally to 1,204, an official said. Of the fresh cases, 10 were reported from East Khasi Hills and one from South West Garo Hills district, Health Services Director Aman War said. "The four Border Security Force personnel from East Khasi Hills are among the new coronavirus patients," he said, adding that 27 were dis
  • Containment zones declared in plain belt of Garo Hills
    Newmai News Network SHILLONG | August 12 The district administration of West Garo Hills has notified at least 5 areas under Phulbari and Old Bhaitbari as containment zones today after the region registered new cases of COVID-19. On Tuesday, 6 people from six different areas under Phulbari and Old Bhaitbari were tested positive for COVID-19 leading the administration to declare the areas as containment zones. According to the order by the Deputy Commissioner, Ram Singh on Wedn
  • District and Sessions Court inaugurated in Khliehriat
    Newmai News Network SHILLONG | August 12 A plaque to mark the separation of the Judiciary from the Executive was unveiled along with the inauguration of the court of the District and Sessions Judge in Khliehriat by the Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court, Justice Biswanath Somadder today, in the presence of Justice H S Thangkhiew and Justice W Diengdoh, Law Minister, James P. K. Sangma and Social Welfare Minister, Kyrmen Shylla. Addressing the occasion, Justice Somadder said t
  • New rules for travelers from East Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi
    Newmai News Network Shillong | August 12 Mindful of the rising number of cases of COVID-19 in East Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi, the administration has issued new rules for individuals arriving from the two districts. The new guidelines said that all persons travelling to East Garo Hills from the aforementioned districts must observe seven days of home isolation. In case they have any symptoms of COVID-19 they must report to the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP). In
  • 18 BSF personnel among 23 new COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya
    Shillong, August 12 (PTI): Twenty-three more people, including 18 BSF personnel, tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya, raising the state''s tally to 1,165, an official said on Wednesday. Of the fresh cases, 11 were reported from East Khasi Hills, 10 from West Garo and one each from North and South Garo hills districts, he said. "Eighteen Border Security Force personnel - eight from East Khasi Hills and 10 from West Garo Hills - are among the new patients. An emp
  • Meghalaya facing shortage of doctors: Official
    Shillong, August 10 (PTI): The Meghalaya government is facing a shortage of doctors even as the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing at a rapid rate in the state, an official said. The state government had given advertisement for filling up the vacant posts of doctors, but very few turned up, the official said. "There is a shortage of more than 100 doctors as per the present vacant posts. The health department could not even get 50 doctors to appoint on a contractual basis
  • 38 new COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya, tally rises to 1,061
    Shillong, August 9 (PTI): At least 38 more people, including nine Indian Air Force personnel, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya, raising the state''s total count to 1,061, an official said on Sunday. Ri Bhoi district reported 20 fresh cases and East Khasi Hills 18 infections, Health Services director Aman War said. The number of active cases in Meghalaya now stands at 605, while 450 patients have recovered from the disease and six died of it, he said. &quo
  • Meghalaya''s COVID-19 tally crosses 1,000 mark
    Shillong, August 7 (PTI): Meghalaya''s COVID-19 tally crossed the 1,000 mark as 13 more people tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Friday. The fresh cases pushed the state''s COVID-19 tally to 1,003 and the number of active cases to 587, they said. Of the 13 new cases, eight were reported from East Khasi Hills district, two in Ri-Bhoi district and one each in West Garo Hills, West Khasi Hills and East Jaintia Hills district, Director of Health Servi
  • Covid-19 new enemy for BSF men guarding frontiers in northeast
    Agartala/Aizawl/Shillong, August 4 (IANS): After malaria, Covid-19 has become the new enemy for Border Security Force (BSF) troopers guarding the international frontiers in northeast India. According to official records, since last year, only two BSF men died in northeastern states due to malaria against a large number killed for the past many years until 2018. The BSF troopers, who are deployed on the over 1,880-km-long border with Bangladesh in the region, spanning the states o
  • 20 security personnel among 28 fresh COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya; count rises to 902
    Shillong, August 3 (PTI): Twenty-eight more people, including 20 security personnel, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya, taking the northeastern state''s virus count to 902 on Monday, officials said. Twenty-one new cases were reported in East Khasi Hills district, under which Shillong falls, while five fresh infections were registered in Ri-Bhoi and two in West Jaintia Hills districts, they said. Of the new cases, 13 are Border Security Force (BSF) personnel,
  • Rights body notice to Meghalaya govt over death of newborn
    Shillong, AugUST 1 (PTI): The Meghalaya Human Rights Commission (MHRC) issued a notice to the state government after a maternity hospital here allegedly denied admission to a pregnant woman who later lost her child due to "administrative delay", officials said on Saturday. The expecting mother, hailing from Mawlai Mawtawar in the outskirts of the city, was rushed to the Ganesh Das Hospital on July 28 but was refused admission at first as she hailed from a area declared as
  • 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. “
  • 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
  • Meghalaya MDC opposes to draft notification on Environment Impact Assessment
    Newmai News Network Shillong | July 26 Member of District Council (MDC) from Rambrai Jyrngam, Bajop Pyngrop has expressed his strong objection against the draft notification of Environment Impact Assessment (EIA). Pyngrope said that the draft EIA notification issued by the Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) on March 23, 2020 dilutes the EIA process and encourages environment violations. Stating that the draft notification results in an environmental c
  • Meghalaya registers fifth COVID-19 death, tally rises to 558
    Shillong, July 24 (PTI): Meghalaya registered its fifth COVID-19 fatality after a 67-year-old woman succumbed to the disease here, while 24 more people, including nine BSF and five Air Force personnel, tested positive for the infection, a Health Department official said Friday. With the fresh cases, the state''s tally has climbed to 558. The woman, a resident of Themmawbah area in the city, was admitted to the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and M
  • 13 BSF personnel among 19 new COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya   
    Shillong, July 23 (PTI): Nineteen people, including 13 BSF personnel, tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya on Thursday, taking the state''s tally to 534, an official said. The state now has 452 active coronavirus cases, Health Services Director, Aman War, said. Of the fresh patients, 13 Border Security Force staffers were from East Khasi Hills district and three each from South West Garo Hills and West Garo Hills, he said. According to the official, overall 282 BS
  • 6 BSF staffers among 24 new COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya
    Shillong, July 22 (PTI): Twenty-four more people, including six BSF personnel, tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya on Wednesday, while seven patients recovered from the disease, an official said. The number of active cases in the state is 433 now, Director of Health Services, Dr Aman War, said. Out of the 24 fresh cases, East Khasi Hills district accounted for 18 - six BSF employees, two Air Force employees and 10 others. West and East Jaintia Hills districts recorded four
  • 5 killed in Meghalaya flood, over 1.5 lakh people affected
    Shillong, July 21 (PTI): Five persons have died in floods in western Garo Hills region of Meghalaya and 1.52 lakh people have been affected, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said on Tuesday. He also announced Rs 4 lakh ex gratia to the next of kin of the deceased. The deceased include a woman and four children. "Saddened to see 5 lives lost because of the floods in #GaroHills. Government has released an ex gratia amount of Rs 4 Lakhs each to the next of kin of the deceased.
  • 4 localities in Ri Bhoi district declared as containment zone
    Shillong, July 19 (PTI): The Meghalaya government has declared four localities in Ri Bhoi district bordering Assam as ''containment zone'' to prevent the spread of COVID-19, officials said on Sunday. Ri Bhoi district magistrate RM Kurbah issued the order on Saturday night based on the recommendation of the Health department, the official said. The areas declared as containment zone include 13th Mile Tamulikuchi, Byrnihat, Baridua till Khanapara with effect fro