• NSUI demands action for not submitting internal assessment marks on time
    Aizawl, June 23 (PTI): The NSUI has asked the Mizoram government to take disciplinary action against a school for its alleged laxity in the submission of internal assessment marks of over 20 students to the MBSE, which prompted the board to withhold the students' results. The Mizoram Board of School Education (MBSE) had withheld the results of the students when the results of the Class 12 board examination was declared on June 18, the NSUI alleged on Tuesday. However, the marks
  • Two NSCN(IM) cadres arrested in Arunachal
    Itanagar, June 23 (PTI): Two cadres of the proscribed NSCN(IM) were apprehended by the security forces in Arunachal Pradesh's Changlang district, a senior police officer said on Wednesday. A joint team of the Changlang Police and Assam Rifles arrested one of them from the Rangkatu Tea Estate on June 21, Superintendent of Police Mihin Gambo said. The arrested sympathiser, identified as Baitu Youngja, is a resident of Kongsa village in the Namtok circle of the district. He w
  • Woman health worker assaulted in Assam vaccination camp, 4 held
    Hailakandi (Assam), June 23 (PTI): Four persons were arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman health worker in a COVID-19 vaccination camp in Assam's Hailakandi district, police said on Wednesday. The four were charged under various sections of the Disaster Management Act and other laws, Superintendent of Police Ramandeep Kaur said. The incident occurred on Tuesday at Dhalai-Malai ME School where a vaccination camp was set up. Some of the 200-odd people who had reached th
  • Eviction drive at Boromboi forest in Assam, 20 houses razed
    Rangia, June 23 (PTI): An eviction drive was carried out at the Boromboi Reserve Forest in Assam's Kamrup Rural district on Wednesday, and 20 illegally constructed houses were demolished, officials said. The eviction was carried out by the Forest Department with the help of civil and police administrations of the district, they said. The drive started in the morning and 20 houses built illegally in the reserved forest land were razed to the ground by excavators, they said.
  • Tripura govt announces promotion policy for employees on ad- hoc basis
    Agartala, June 23 (PTI): The Tripura government Wednesday announced Promotion Policy 2021 for its employees on an ad-hoc basis, state Law Minister and Cabinet spokesperson Ratan Lal Nath said. The promotion of government employees in the state is stalled since 2015 as a case is pending in the Supreme court regarding the issue, Nath told reporters at the civil secretariat here. "The decision was taken in the meeting of the council of ministers on Tuesday as the employees were
  • Arunachal Pradesh reports 289 new COVID-19 cases, 1 more death
    Itanagar, June 23 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rose to 33,664 as 289 more people tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said here on Wednesday. The coronavirus death toll in the frontier state rose to 160 after a woman from Namsai district succumbed to the disease on Tuesday, State Surveillance Officer, Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The Capital Complex Region reported the highest number of fresh cases at 88, followed by West Kameng (25), Upper Suban
  • Meghalaya exports turmeric, ginger powder to Netherlands, UK
    Shillong, June 23 (PTI): In a first, the high-value Lakadong turmeric and ginger powder were shipped to the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, Agriculture Minister Banteidor Lyngdoh said on Wednesday. The Lakadong variety of turmeric originates from the Lakadong area of the West Jaintia Hills district. It is considered one of the best varieties of turmeric in the world with a curcumin content of about 6.8 to 7.5 per cent. The high-quality ginger powder is sourced from villages i
  • Mizoram govt asks all depts to issue notifications in both English, Mizo to avoid confusion
    Aizawl, June 23 (PTI): The Mizoram government has directed all its departments to issue notifications in both English and Mizo to avoid misunderstanding and confusion among officials and the general public. The instruction was issued on Tuesday by the General Administration Department through a circular. "It has come to the knowledge of the Government of Mizoram that the practice of using either English or Mizo language in certain official documents issued by departments and
  • 103 jail inmates among 430 new COVID-19 patients in Mizoram
    Aizawl, June 23 (PTI): Mizoram's COVID-19 tally soared to 18,409 on Wednesday as 430 more people, including 103 jail inmates, tested positive for the infection, a health official said. All the infected prisoners are inmates of Central Jail, Aizawl, he said. A total of 73 children, six security personnel and two healthcare workers are also among the new patients, the official said. Aizawl district registered the highest number of new cases at 299, followed by Lawngtlai (52)
  • World's first genetically modified rubber plant planted in Assam
    Guwahati/Agartala, June 22 (IANS): In a historic step, the world’s first genetically modified (GM) rubber plant was planted on Tuesday on the outskirts of Guwahati by the Chairman and Executive Director of the Rubber Board, K.N. Raghavan. The GM rubber plant, which was planted at the Rubber Board's Sarutari research farm near Guwahati, was developed at the Kerala-based Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) through long years of research at its biotechnology laboratory.
  • Home Guard's honesty in Assam Police's war on drugs draws applause
    Diphu/ Nagaon, June 22 (PTI): The Assam Police is leading the war on drugs from the front over the past couple of months and the honesty of a Home Guard which led to the recovery of illegal drugs worth Rs 12 crore has drawn appreciation from the Director General of Police, an officer said. Borsing Bay was part of the Karbi Anglong police team which made the recovery of 3 kg of high quality meth or Crystal Ice from a bus at a check gate under Dillai police station of the district at
  • Northeast will lead post-Covid India's growth story: Union minister
    New Delhi, June 22 (PTI): Union minister Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said the northeast will lead the country's post-Covid growth story and the region is fast emerging as a role model in many spheres, including coronavirus management. Addressing a seminar titled "The Land of Emerging Opportunities, focus area Manipur", organised by the ASSOCHAM and the Manipur government, Singh also said in the post-Covid times, when everyone will be engaged in building up the country
  • Special e-auction of Assam tea generates good response
    Guwahati, June 22 (PTI): The first International Tea Day special auction by mjunction services limited, a leading e-commerce platform, fetched record prices at the Jorhat tea e-marketplace on Monday. More than 93 per cent of the total teas on offer were sold, with buyers logging in from Assam, West Bengal, Delhi, Gujarat and Rajasthan, mjunction said here on Tuesday. Most of the best marks of Upper Assam like Hookhmol, Lankashi, Diroibam, Aideobari Premium, Muktabari, Rungliting
  • NIA court clears Akhil Gogoi of charges under UAPA in one case
    Guwahati, June 22 (PTI): A National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Tuesday cleared Sivasagar MLA Akhil Gogoi in one of the two cases against him under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 for his alleged role in violent protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in Assam. NIA Special Judge Pranjal Das did not frame charges against Gogoi, who was arrested in December 2019, in connection with the case registered in the Chabua police station. The court also disc
  • 8 oxygen plants being set up in 3  NE states with Japan, UNDP support
    Shillong/Agartala, June 22 (IANS): Eight oxygen generation plants are being installed in the three northeast states -- Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura -- with the help of the Japanese government and UNDP, officials said on Tuesday. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) officials on Tuesday said that the plants have the capacity to serve approximately 1,300 beds. Three civil hospitals in Tura, Nongpoh and Jowai in Meghalaya now have emergency oxygen supply available to provi
  • Microfinance services cannot be cut off from society: Assam minister
    Guwahati, June 22 (PTI): The Assam government is adopting a holistic approach to the issue of waiving microloans by considering interests of women borrowers as well as lenders, as the role of microfinance institutions cannot be ignored, a state minister said on Tuesday. State Irrigation Minister Ashok Singhal, who heads a committee to review the financial implications of waiving microloans, said the MFIs have "flouted" rules by not following the RBI guidelines while lendin
  • Kamakhya temple in Assam closes doors for Ambubachi; devotees barred due to COVID crisis
    Guwahati, June 22 (PTI): The annual Ambubachi rituals at Assam's Kamakhya Temple here began on Tuesday, with priests symbolically closing the doors of the shrine for four days. Festivities, however, have been cancelled for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and devotees have been barred from assembling anywhere near the temple -- one of the 51 Shaktipeethas or Hindu holy sites for the followers of the Shakti cult. Mohit Chandra Sarma, the head priest (Bor
  • Assam signs MoU with Survey of India for rural property survey
    Guwahati, June 22 (PTI): The Assam government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Survey of India for implementing the Svamitva scheme in the state, which aims to provide an integrated property validation solution for rural areas. The MoU was signed between Assam, Director of Land Records and Surveys, Shantanu P Gotmare and Director Assam and Nagaland, Survey of India on Monday. The Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj, and Assam Government's Department of Rev
  • Mizoram BJP unit urges CM to resolve boundary dispute with Assam & Tripura
    Aizawl, June 22 (PTI): The Mizoram BJP unit in a letter to Chief Minister Zoramthanga has urged him to resolve the state's boundary dispute with neighbouring Assam and Tripura. In its letter to the CM on Monday, the Mizoram BJP unit said that the Centre was keen on solving the boundary disputes among the northeastern states. It said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah had instructed all the northeastern states on at least two occasions to resolve inter-state border disputes th
  • Arunachal Pradesh reports 294 new COVID-19 cases, tally rises
    Itanagar, June 22 (PTI): At least 294 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, pushing the total caseload in the northeastern state to 33,375, a senior health official said here on Tuesday. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 159 with no fresh fatality reported in the last 24 hours, State Surveillance Officer, Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The Capital Complex Region reported the highest number of fresh cases at 59, followed by West Kameng (25), East Siang (20), Cha