North-East

  • 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
  • Tripura baby's death blamed on 'careless' COVID-19 testing, probe on
    Agartala, August 14 (IANS): The father of a 3-day-old baby, who died in a Tripura government-run medical college, on Thursday alleged that he began bleeding after a nurse "carelessly" inserted a nasal tube to take samples for a COVID-19 test. Govind Ballabh Pant Medical College and Hospital Superintendent Debashish Roy told IANS that a three-member committee was formed to probe the death and related matters. "The committee, comprising senior doctors, would submit t
  • 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
  • Assam hospital likely to be selected for Phase-II trials of Covaxin: Himanta
    Guwahati, August 14 (PTI): The Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) is likely to be selected as one of the centres for Phase-II trial of ''Covaxin'', the country''s first indigenous vaccine, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Friday. Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech has "successfully completed" Phase-I human clinical trials of the vaccine and Phase-II will start soon, Sarma said at a plasma donation camp organised by the BJP here
  • Nearly 350 COVID-19 patients in Assam died due to comorbidities: Minister
    Guwahati, August 14 (PTI): Around 500 COVID-19 patients have died in Assam, including 300-350 due to comorbidities, Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Friday. Deaths caused by other ailments are not included in the list of COVID-19 fatalities as per central government guidelines, he said. "There is another long list of 300-350 COVID-19 patients, who have died due to cancer, kidney failure, heart disease or other comorbidities," Sarma told a g
  • Peace talks with NSCN-IM won't affect Manipur borders: CM
    IMPHAL/ITANAGAR, AUGUST 14 (IANS): Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has asserted that the Centre's ongoing peace talks with the NSCN-IM in Delhi won't affect the territorial boundaries of his state. The Union government has assured that the views of the Manipur people would be heard before a final agreement with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) was inked, Singh told the media in Imphal late Thursday evening. Various civil society organisations
  • Arunachal Pradesh reports fourth COVID-19 death, 82 new cases
    Itanagar, August 14 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh reported its fourth Covid-19 fatality, even as 82 new cases were detected in the state, a Health Department official said on Friday. The state''s tally rose to 2,512 with the detection of the new cases, he said. A personnel of the Assam Rifles who was undergoing treatment at the military hospital in Likabali in Lower Siang district died after being shifted to the Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) in Dibrugarh on August
  • Mizoram issues new guidelines for social gatherings
    Aizawl, August 14 (PTI): The Mizoram government has issued a new standard operating procedure (SOP) allowing only 50 people to attend gatherings like marriage ceremony, funeral, memorial stone erection programme, in view of the rise in COVID-19 cases in the state, officials said. Funeral of a deceased person should be attended by his or her relatives as minimal as possible and only two representatives of an association or union are allowed to attend such funerals, the order said.
  • 8 new COVID-19 cases in Mizoram; tally rises to 657
    Aizawl, August 14 (PTI): At least eight persons, including a 6-year-old girl, have tested positive for novel coronavirus in Mizoram, taking the northeastern state''s tally to 657, an official said on Friday. Of the eight new cases, five were reported from Aizawl district, two from Lunglei district and one from Kolasib district, he said. The girl has contracted the virus from a COVID-19 patient in the state, the official said, adding that the other seven persons have retur
  • Tripura reports 164 new COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths
    Agartala, August 14 (PTI): Tripura reported 164 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, taking the state''s tally to 6,785, a Health Department official said. Two more COVID-19 patients also died in the state, following which the toll rose to 46, he said. A sixty-year-old man from the Dimsagar area here died at the Agartala Government Medical College on Thursday evening. He was admitted to the hospital on August 9 after testing positive for COVID-19 and had kidney ailments, the
  • African Swine Fever confirmed in Meghalaya
    Newmai News Network Shillong | August 13 The State government of Meghalaya on Thursday confirmed that the death of 24 pigs in the State was due to African Swine Fever.  State Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong who also is in charge of the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary department informed that the death of these pigs occurred in at least 12 locations spread across, East Khasi Hills, Ri-Bhoi, West Jaintia Hills and West Khasi Hills.  He informed that the State
  • NFR observes cleanliness drive
    Maligaon, August 14 (MExN): A week long special cleanliness drive has been launched in Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) from August 10 to 16 in connection with the Independence Day celebrations along with rest of the Indian Railways. According to a press release from NFR CPRO Subhanan Chanda, the focus will be on maintaining cleanliness of track, stations, offices, colonies, work sites and other areas near railway premises particularly in the vicinity of cities and towns. “
  • Amit Shah keen to resolve Naga, ULFA, other NE issues: Sarma
    Guwahati, August 13 (IANS): With the Centre and the NSCN-IM having resumed peace talks, Assam Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah is keen to resolve the Naga, ULFA, and inter-state border issues in the northeast. Referring to his telephonic talks earlier this month with Shah, Sarma said: "We had discussed issues pertaining to enduring peace in northeast India." Sarma, who is also the convenor of the BJP-ba
  • All regular passenger train services to remain suspended
    Maligaon, August 12 (MExN):  In continuation of the measures taken in the wake of COVID-19, the CPRO of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), Subhanan Chanda has informed that all regular passenger train services on Indian Railways including Premium trains, Mail/Express trains, Passenger trains services, Narrow gauge trains etc will remain cancelled until further advice. Accordingly, all regular passenger carrying trains originating from and coming towards NFR will also remain canc
  • Centre releases 5th instalment of revenue deficit grant
    Nagaland’s share at ; Rs 326.26 crore New Delhi, August 12 (IANS): In an attempt to assist states effectively address the situation arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Centre on Wednesday released the fifth instalment of their share of revenue deficit grant, amounting to over Rs 6,000 crore. The grant had been released for 14 states - Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, and all northeastern states excluding Arunachal
  • ULFA-I , Yung Aung-led NSCN (K) calls for boycott of I-Day celebration
    Guwahati, August 12 (MExN): The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA-I) and the Yung Aung-led NSCN (K) have called for a total ban on India’s Independence Day celebration in WeSEA (Western South East Asia) region. “The colonial Indian Independence day is not a day of freedom of our people but of bondage,” a joint statement of the ULFA and Yung Aung-led NSCN (K) stated. “We urge upon total shutdown of all commercial activities, administrative services and
  • 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
  • 25 fresh COVID-19 cases in Mizoram; count rises to 648
    Aizawl, August 12 (PTI): Twenty-five more people, including five BSF personnel, have tested positive for COVID- 19 in Mizoram, taking the northeastern state''s virus count to 648 on Wednesday, a health official said. Aizawl and Kolasib districts reported 10 cases each while Lunglei registered five fresh infections, he said. Two children, aged three and seven, are among the new patients in Aizawl, the official said. All the fresh infections in Kolasib district were dete