North-East

  • West Jaintia Hills imposes prohibitory order
    Newmai News Network Shillong | April 12 The West Jaintia Hills district administration has imposed a prohibitory order with immediate effect in view of the surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in many states of the country. The order was issued on Monday putting in place preventive measures and awareness, to identify and take stringent steps to ensure social distancing to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the district. In his order, the district magistrate has p
  • Three hotels in Shillong to be used as paid quarantine 
    Newmai News Network Shillong | April 12 The administration has notified three hotels in Shillong as paid quarantine hotels to accommodate persons or returnees who are waiting for COVID-19 test results. According to a notification issued by East Khasi Hills district magistrate on Monday, the three hotels include Hotel Assembly, Hotel Embassy and Hotel Barbareek. The notification said that the returnees will be tested by RTPCR at the entry point into the state and will stay at
  • BPF candidates shifted from Assam to foil 'horse trading'
    Guwahati, April 12 (IANS): After the AIUDF shifted its candidates to Rajasthan, another ally of Congress-led Mahajot (grand alliance) in Assam, Bodoland People's Front (BPF), has temporarily took its candidates to a foreign country, party sources said here on Monday. Veteran BPF leader and former Social Welfare Minister Pramila Rani Brahma, who is in Assam, said: “All the 12 BPF candidates have been shifted to a neighbouring country. BPF President Hagrama Mohilary accompan
  • NIA court sends Samarjit to judicial custody for 15 days
    Newmai News Network Imphal | April 12 A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Manipur sent Narengbam Samarjit, the self-proclaimed external-defence minister of ‘independent Manipur government in exile’, to police custody for 15 days on Monday. He was sent to judicial custody till April 26. The court further fixed hearing for bail pleaded by Samarjit on April 17. Manipur police had arranged tight security measures at Cheirap Court Complex, Imphal whi
  • Mizoram bypoll: ECI decides not to change dates of polling, counting
    Aizawl, April 12 (PTI): The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday said that voting will be held for Serchhip assembly bypoll in Mizoram according to plans on April 17, as it could not entertain the request of rescheduling the dates of polling and counting on account of religious obligation. The ECI informed those who wanted a change in dates that votes will be counted on May 2, following the schedule announced on March 16. In letters to Chief Minister Zoramthanga, oppositi
  • Tripura's new party to take over tribal autonomous council
    Agartala, April 12 (IANS): The 'TIPRA Motha', the newly formed tribal-based party which secured a landslide victory by defeating the ruling BJP-IPFT candidates in the April 6 elections to the politically important Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), will take charge of the powerful autonomous body next week. Amalgamating various local tribal-based parties and leaders and members of other parties, the 'TIPRA Motha' (tribal unity) headed by Tripu
  • Arunachal reports 4 fresh COVID-19 cases, tally rises to
    Itanagar, April 12 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh reported four fresh COVID-19 cases, including a security personnel, pushing the tally to 16,882, a senior health department official said on Monday. The northeastern state now has 36 active cases, while 16,790 people have recovered from the disease. A total of 56 people have died due to the contagion so far, the official said. A jawan of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), who had returned from Uttar Pradesh, was among the new infections
  • Mizoram reports seven fresh COVID-19 cases, one more fatality
    Aizawl, April 12 (PTI): Mizoram''s COVID-19 caseload mounted to 4,619 with seven fresh cases, an official said on Monday. The state also reported one more fatality, pushing the death toll to 12, he said. The new infections include two boys aged 3 and 13, and a 63-year-old woman. The deceased, a 34-year-old man, succumbed to the virus at Zoram Medical College (ZMC) on Monday, the official said. Mizoram now has 143 active cases, while 4,464 people have recovered from th
  • Biren Singh inaugurates four-day Tika Utsav,
    Newmai News Network Imphal | April 11 Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Sunday inaugurated four-day Tika Utsav, a special COVID-19 vaccination drive and took the first jab of COVID vaccine at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) Hospital in Imphal East district. The nation-wide campaign is organised to speed up vaccination to contain the second wave of the pandemic. After receiving the vaccine, the Chief Minister stated that he had not experienced any adv
  • Manipur’s COVID-19 fatality tally rises to 376 with one death in 24 hours
    10 fresh positive cases take infection tally to 29,496 Newmai News Network Imphal | April 11 Manipur recorded one more COVID-19 related death case in the past 24 hours. With this update the fatality tally in the state has gone up to 376 even as the infection tally rose to 29,496 with 10 new positive cases reported in a span of 24 hours, the Health department said on Sunday. The 59-year old man who died of the COVID-19 related illness was from Imphal West district. He expi
  • Committed to Assam, tea company rejects terror threats
    Guwahati, April 11 (IANS): The Kolkata based Amalgamated Plantation Private Limited (APPL) company, which has 21 tea estates and operating units across Assam, rejected terror threats and said that it was committed to the state and its people. The outlawed outfit -- United Liberation Front of Asom - Independent (ULFA-I) - last week asked the APPL to relocate its administrative offices to Assam from Kolkata and recruit only indigenous people of the state in various positions, otherwis
  • Sikkim CM and his wife receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine
    Gangtok, April 11 (PTI): Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang along with his wife Krishna Kumari Rai on Sunday received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, following which he appealed to those eligible for the immunisation drive to get inoculated. The chief minister and his wife were administered ''Covishield'' vaccine at STNM Hospital near here, an official said. Rural Development Minister Sonam Lama also received the vaccine jab, he said. Speaking to the r
  • 29 new cases push Mizoram''s COVID-19 tally to 4,612
    Aizawl, April 11 (PTI): At least 29 people, including three children and a CRPF employee, tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram on Sunday, taking the tally in the state to 4,612, an official said. Of the new cases, 28 were reported from Aizawl and one from Mamit district, he said. Eight new patients have travel history, while four were detected during contact tracing and it is yet to be ascertained how the remaining 17 people have contracted the disease, the official said. M
  • Arunachal Pradesh logs three more cases, tally 16,878
    Itanagar, April 11 (PTI): Three more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, pushing the tally in the northeastern state to 16,878, a senior health department official said on Sunday. The fresh cases were detected from Lower Dibang Valley, Changlang and the Capital Complex region. One more person recuperated from the disease on Saturday taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 16,790, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Jampa said. Arunachal Pra
  • Healthcare services in JNIMS paralyzed for second day 
    Newmai News Network Imphal | April 10 Healthcare services were hit severely at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) in Imphal, the second biggest government-run hospital after RIMS hospital, for the second day on Saturday. Apart from not admitting fresh patients, the OPD and emergency services in the hospital remained suspended since Friday after the striking employees had tendered resignation en masse on the previous day. The employees of the hospital are o
  • Mizoram to close schools for students of class 8 and below following spike in COVID-19 cases
    Aizawl, April 10 (PTI) Mizoram will close down schools for students of class eight and below following a spike in COVID-19 cases due to the second wave of the virus in the state, a new guideline issued by the state government which came into effect on Saturday said. Schools for students of classes five to eight were reopened on March 1 and for classes three and four on April 1. Public interview for ministers has been suspended, for the time being, the guideline issued on Friday n
  • 2 new cases take Arunachal's COVID-19 tally to 16,875
    Itanagar, April 10 (PTI) Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rose to 16,875 on Saturday as two more persons tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said. The fresh cases were reported in Lower Dibang Valley district, he said. One more person has recovered from the disease, the official said. Arunachal Pradesh now has 30 active cases, while 16,789 people have recovered from the disease and 56 patients have succumbed to the infection so far, State Surveill
  • ECI orders repolling in four Assam booths on April 20
    Guwahati, April 10 (PTI) The Election Commission of India on Saturday ordered repolling in four polling booths of Assam. Repolling will be held at the polling stations in Ratabari, Sonai and Haflong constituencies on April 20, the ECI said in a letter addressed to the Chief Electoral Officer, Assam. "The Commission declares void, the votes cast at these polling stations on April 1," it said. All the three constituencies went to polls in the second phase of Assam asse
  • Setback for BJP, new outfit captures key tribal body in Tripura
    Agartala, April 10 (IANS) In a very significant political development in BJP ruled Tripura, a newly formed tribal based party 'TIPRA Motha' is heading towards capturing power in the politically important Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) defeating the ruling party candidates. The outcome of the elections to the TTAADC is a major setback for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) alliance, which wrested the po
  • EC order re-polling in 4 polling stations in 3 assembly seats in southern Assam
    Guwahati, April 10 (IANS) The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday has ordered re-polling in four polling stations in three assembly constituencies in southern Assam, where normal balloting were held in the second phase of polling on April 1, officials said. The Election Commission Secretary Ajay Kumar Verma in a letter to the Assam Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khade said that considering all the reports and other circumstances, the EC has ordered re-polling in four polling station