North-East

  • Manipur govt’s narcotics ordinance faces criticism
    Newmai News Network Imphal | October  As many as 18 organisations including student bodies and bar associations in Manipur on Tuesday have condemned the Manipur government's plan to enforce an ordinance to strengthen the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (ND&PS) Rules. The Manipur government, in a cabinet meeting convened on October 15 last, had cleared the deck to promulgate an ordinance that will reward punishment of two to four years of jail term for pe
  • Poll campaigns intensify in Manipur
    Newmai News Network Imphal | October 20  Political parties in Manipur, particularly the ruling BJP and the main opposition Congress, have intensified their election campaigns in the constituencies where the parties fielding their candidates. Five Assembly constituencies spread over four districts of the state will go to by-polls on November 7, for which campaigning is picking up in the said constituencies.   Both the BJP and Congress have fielded four candidates eac
  • Assam, Mizoram Home Secretaries to meet to resolve border row
    Silchar (Assam)/Aizawl, October 20 (IANS): The Home Secretaries of Assam and Mizoram would hold a meeting on Wednesday to resolve the fortnight-long border trouble even as the latter said that they are exploring the possibilities of transporting essential goods through Manipur and Tripura, and even via neighbouring Myanmar and Bangladesh. Assam's Director General of Police (Special - Border Wing) Mukesh Agarwal said that state Home Secretary Gyanendra Dev Tripathi and his Mizora
  • Railways issues policy on goods-shed development
    MALIGAON, OCTOBER 19 (MExN): The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) today informed that in order to augment terminal capacity, Indian Railway has recently issued policy guidelines for setting up of new goods-shed facilities and developing existing goods-sheds through private participation by allowing Development of Goods-sheds at small/road-side Stations through Private Investment. As part of the new guidelines, private parties are permitted to develop goods wharf, loading/unloading f
  • ATSUM asks CM to conduct ADC elections
    Newmai News Network Imphal | October 19  The All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM), the apex tribal students’ organization of the state, is in agitation mood/mode "as there are no visible measures coming forth from the state government" to conduct election to the Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) on time.  The ATSUM said it would be compelled to resort to drastic forms of agitation if the state government does not pay any heed to the deman
  • Tripura-Mizoram border tension eases after revocation of prohibitory order
    Aizawl/Agartala, October 19 (IANS): The fortnight-long tension along the Tripura-Mizoram borders eased after the Mizoram authority following the objection of Tripura government revoked the prohibitory order imposed along the inter-state borders, officials of both the state said on Monday. Late on Sunday evening Western Mizoram's Mamit district administration revoked the prohibitory order under section 144 Cr Pc that was clamped in Phuldungsei, Zampui and Zomuantlang villages on
  • Border violence: Union Home Secy convenes talks with Assam, Mizoram
    Aizawl/Silchar, October 19 (IANS): Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla would hold a meeting, through video conference, with the Chief Secretaries of Assam and Mizoram on Monday, following the latter's complaint of Assam's "transgressions" along the inter-state border, the Mizoram government said on Sunday night. Meanwhile, an Assam government release said that state Environment and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya on Sunday visited Lailapur, where some houses
  • Tension on 2 inter-state borders in NE; shops, houses burnt
    Silchar/Aizawl/Agartala, October 18 (IANS): The situation on the Assam-Mizoram border took an ugly turn in the past 48 hours with many shops and houses burnt and over 50 people injured, officials said on Sunday. Security was also beefed up along Tripura-Mizoram border and prohibitory orders promulgated, even as the Tripura authorities stopped reconstruction of a temple at the disputed Phuldungsei village on the inter-state border. On the Assam-Mizoram border tension, Deputy Inspe
  • Political parties in Manipur demand special SOP for upcoming bye-polls
    Newmai News Network Imphal | October 18  North East India Development Party (NEIDP) on Sunday joined the chorus of other political parties demanding special SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) for the Assembly segments which will go to by-polls in Manipur. Congress party in Manipur and CPI Manipur state council have been pressing both the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Manipur and the state government to formulate a special SOP for the Assembly segments which will go to by-e
  • Meghalaya continues recording high COVID recovery rate
    Newmai News Network Shillong | October 18  Meghalaya on Sunday recorded yet another very high single day recovery of 248 COVID-19 cases, taking the overall recoveries to 6,282. The Director of Health Services (MI), Dr Aman War said the new recoveries include 191 are from East Khasi Hills district, 18 Ri Bhoi district, 13 South West Garo Hills district, 7 South Garo Hills district, 6 South West Khasi Hills district, 4 West Garo Hills district, 4 West Jaintia Hills district,
  • East Khasi Hills admin issues prohibitory orders
    Newmai News Network Shillong | October 18  East Khasi Hills district administration on Sunday issued prohibitory orders as well as extending the night curfew in the entire district from October 19 to 26.  The prohibitory orders will be effective from 5 am to 9 pm while the night curfew from 9:00pm to 5:00am every day.  The order was issued to put in place preventive measures and awareness, to identify and take more stringent steps to ensure social distancing so
  • Manipur COVID-19 fatality number rises to 116
    Newmai News Network Imphal | October 18  The Manipur COVID-19 fatality number rose to 116 with the deaths of five more people in the last 24 hours. As per the daily update of the state Health department, five male COVID-19 patients of ages 60 to 84 years expired in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 116. Meanwhile, a total of 322 new cases of COVID-19 were detected during the testing of 2,762 samples in the last 24 hours, till 4 pm of October 18 in the state. Am
  • Tension on 2 inter-state borders in NE; shops, houses burnt
    Silchar (Assam)/Aizawl/Agartala, October 18 (IANS): The situation on the Assam-Mizoram border took an ugly turn in the past 48 hours with many shops and houses burnt and over 50 people injured, officials said on Sunday. Security was also beefed up along Tripura-Mizoram border and prohibitory orders promulgated, even as the Tripura authorities stopped reconstruction of a temple at the disputed Phuldungsei village on the inter-state border. On the Assam-Mizoram border tension, Depu
  • M'laya to probe reported toxic waste leakage
    Shillong, October 17 (IANS): The Meghalaya government on Friday ordered a probe into the reported leakage of toxic waste from the tanks containing uranium wastes in the South West Khasi Hills district, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said. Tynsong, also a government spokesman, told the media that after a review meeting on Friday, the government has decided to appoint an expert panel to study the reported leakage of toxic waste from the tanks in Domiasiat. The government took
  • Rebuilding temple: Security stepped up along Tripura-Mizoram border
    Agartala/Aizawl, October 17 (IANS): Tripura and Mizoram beefed up security and promulgated prohibitory orders, even as the Tripura authorities stopped reconstruction of a temple at the dispured Phuldungsei village along the inter-state border. Mizoram Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo on Saturday said that in view of the public resentment, the state government has taken precautionary measures along the inter-state borders with Tripura. "Tripura Home Secretary is yet to re
  • ONA calls for resolution of Naga issue based on mutual respect
    DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 16 (MExN): The Overseas Naga Association (ONA) today stated that the core terms for resolution of the Naga political issue must be anchored in mutual respect and acceptance of human rights on both sides.  A press release from the ONA President, Dr Visier Sanyü and Secretary General, Dr Paul Pimomo welcomed the Government of India’s formal recognition of the Naga people’s “unique history” in relation to India.  “The his
  • Senior Assam cop held in police recruitment scam
    Guwahati, October 16 (IANS): A Superintendent of Police rank officer and younger brother of the Assam Chief Secretary was detained here on Thursday in connection with the police recruitment scam, officials said. The police said that following a marathon interrogation by the top officials, Superintendent of Police Kumar Sanjit Krishna was detained after he reached the state police headquarters in Ulubari after absconding for a day. Subsequently on Thursday evening, Criminal Investiga
  • Drivers’ protest against police ban on carrying goods imported from Myanmar
    Imphal, October 16 (NNN): Normal vehicular movement along the Imphal-Moreh section on NH-2 was disturbed for few hours on Friday after drivers of the Imphal-Moreh service vehicles including passenger vehicles protested after the police restricted carrying imported goods from Myanmar. Ground reports said that on Friday morning, police personnel manning the check post along the highway stopped a passenger service vehicle and detained it saying that no imported goods can be transported
  • Mizoram MP urges Centre to raise Mizo Regiment
    Aizawl, October 16 (NNN): Mizoram has urged the Centre to raise a Mizo regiment in the Indian Army under the Union Defence ministry. According to an official statement, Rajya Sabha MP from Mizoram, K Vanlalvena had raised the issue with the Centre on Thursday. The official statement said the MP met Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and urged the latter to raise a Mizo regiment under the Defence ministry or Mizoram Rifles under the Union Home ministry. K Vanlalvena reasoned
  • Arunachal govt appoints 22 MLAs as advisors to 11 ministers
    Itanagar, October 15 (IANS): Arunachal Pradesh government has appointed 22 MLAs as advisors to 11 ministers, officials said on Thursday. An official of the Chief Minister's secretariat said that the advisors, including three women legislators, would assist the ministers and the government in expediting its functioning and monitoring the ongoing projects. An official statement said: "Chief Minister Pema Khandu said these appointments have no financial implication whatsoever