North-East

  • Navy team completes mapping vertical shaft of flooded mine in Meghalaya, 5 trapped for 15 days
    Shillong, June 14 (PTI): The Indian Navy on Monday completed mapping of the 152-metre-deep vertical shaft of the flooded coal mine in Meghalayas East Jaintia Hills district where five miners remain trapped since May 30, an official said. The water level at the mine in Umpleng area was recorded to be 33 metres deep and the rescuers managed to dive up to a depth of 15 metres inside the flooded mine, district deputy commissioner E Kharmalki told PTI. The team of Navy personnel
  • Sikkim CM presents Rs 9852.85 crore budget for 2021-22
    Gangtok, JunE 14 (PTI): Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang on Monday presented a Rs 9852.85 crore budget for the financial year 2021-22, saying that the Covid-19 pandemic has damaged the backbone of small Himalayan state's economy. Of the Rs 9852.85 crore, the net outgo has been kept at Rs 9588.65 crore, Tamang said while presenting the budget on the inaugural day of the two-day assembly season. The differential amount of Rs 264.20 crore has been calculated as the recove
  • Sikkim reports 36 new COVID-19 cases
    Gangtok, JunE 14 (PTI): Sikkims COVID-19 tally rose to18,450 on Monday as 36 more people tested positive for the virus,  according to a health department bulletin. The new COVID-19 cases were reported from East Sikkim (29), followed by West Sikkim (six) and South Sikkim (one). The death toll remained at 281 as no new fatality due to the infection was reported in the last 24 hours, the bulletin said. The Himalayan state now has 3,306 active cases, while 14,615 patients hav
  • Assam power PSUs tasked to increase revenue, check losses
    Guwahati, Jun 10 (PTI): Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday directed the three power companies of the state to work to increase their revenue and and plug losses. The Chief Minister, at a review meeting with the Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL), Assam Power Generation Corporation Limited (APGCL) and Assam Electricity Grid Corporation Limited (AEGCL), called for linking revenue collection with promotion of qualitative performance and active service deli
  • Kin claim head of world's largest family still alive, refuse to perform last rites
    Aizawl, June 14 (PTI): It has been over 36 hours since Zionghaka aka Zion-a, the patriarch of what is believed to be the world's largest family, breathed his last in Mizoram, but his loved ones are not ready to bid him one final goodbye, claiming that he was "still very much alive". The 76-year-old, who lives in a sprawling four-storey home in Baktawng village with 39 wives, over 90 children and at least 33 grandchildren, headed a religious sect Lalpa Kohhran thar -- w
  • Nine arrested for burning effigy of Bhaichung Bhutia in South Sikkim
    Gangtok, June 14 (PTI): Police have arrested nine persons in connection with the burning of an effigy of former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia at Namchi in South Sikkim district in violation of the lockdown in force in the state, a senior officer said on Monday. "We arrested nine persons from Namchi town last evening and released them on bail since the offence was a bailable one," South Sikkim's Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Thakur Thapa told PTI. &
  • Navy, NDRF operations on as 5 miners trapped in Meghalaya mine
    SHILLONG, JUNE 14 (IANS): An Indian Navy team joined the non-stop rescue operations for five miners trapped in a coal mine in the East Jaintia Hills district in Meghalaya for two weeks, said top officials on Monday. Ibashisha Mawlong, the Executive Director of the State Disaster Management Authority, said uninterrupted rescue operations involving the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are ongoing since the five workers got trapped inside the coal mine on May 31. "NDRF a
  • Arunachal Pradesh logs 134 new COVID-19 cases
    Itanagar, June 14 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh witnessed a dip in COVID-19 cases as 134 people tested positive for the virus, pushing the coronavirus tally to 31,282, an official said on Monday. The state had reported 298 cases on Sunday. The COVID-19 death toll in the state rose to 145 as two more persons succumbed to the disease in the past two days, State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The Capital Complex Region continued to report high number of fresh cases with 3
  • Mizoram reports 98 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths
    Aizawl, June 14 (PTI): Mizoram reported 98 new COVID-19 cases and four more fatalities in the last 24 hours, pushing the state''s coronavirus tally to 15,364 and death toll to 67, an official statement said on Monday. State information and public relations department said that four persons aged between 42 and 91 years died within a span of 10 hours between Sunday and Monday. All the victims belonged to Aizawl district, it said. The department said that 951 samples were
  • COVID effect: Most zoos, national parks shut in northeast
    Guwahati/Agartala, June 13 (IANS): Most zoos across the eight northeastern states have either been shut or the authorities have taken a series of strict measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among the captive animals. The Central Zoo Authority (CZA) under the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, has given a series of safety guidelines to the state zoo authorities for the zoos in the light of the increasing number of cases of SARS-CoV-2. According to
  • Eastern Army Commander visits EAC headquarters at Shillong
    Kolkata, June 13 (PTI): Eastern Command GOC-in-C Lt Gen Manoj Pande on Sunday visited the Eastern Air Command (EAC) headquarters at Shillong in Meghalaya and discussed defence preparedness with EAC’s AOC-in-C Air Marshal Amit Dev, a Defence official said here. This was the Eastern Army Commander’s first visit to the EAC headquarters since assuming charge on June 1. “Joint operations and jointmanship were the main focus of discussions,” the official said ab
  • One more journalist succumbs to COVID-19 in Manipur
    Newmai News Network Imphal | June 13 Another Manipur based journalist died due to COVID-19 related health complications on Saturday night.  He was the third journalist to succumb to the dreaded virus since the pandemic hit the state.  Thotsang Shaiza, who was undergoing treatment at JNIMS hospital, Imphal, for the past few days after getting infected with coronavirus disease, breathed his last late Saturday night. He was 46 and is survived by his wife, five children
  • One lakh bags of FCI rice seized from private godown in Assam’s Kamrup district
    Rangia, June 13 (PTI): The Assam police has claimed to have busted a scam involving supply of government rice by seizing one lakh bags of the cereal, belonging to the Food Corporation of India’s Meghalaya unit, from a private godown in Kamrup district while the food item was being repackaged for selling. Following a tip-off, a joint operation conducted by the police and district administration seized the bags, stuffed with FCI rice from the godown of a private company in Chhaygoa
  • Mizo man with world's one of largest families passes away
    Aizawl, June 13 (IANS) Ziona Chana, who is believed to head one of the world's largest families, with 38 wives, 89 children and 33 grandchildren from Mizoram, passed away at a private hospital here on Sunday. He was 76. An official of Aizawl district administration said that Chana was unwell since June 7 and a few days back admitted to a private hospital in the capital city after his diabetes, hypertension and other old age related problems deteriorated and breathed his last on
  • Meghalaya registers 305 new COVID-19 cases, six more fatalities
    Shillong, June 13 (PTI): The COVID-19 caseload of Meghalaya on Sunday mounted to 41,906 after 305 more people tested positive for the virus, a senior health official said. During the past 24 hours, six patients have succumbed to the infection, taking the coronavirus death toll to 733, Health Services director Aman War said. Among the fresh fatalities, 4 were reported from East Khasi Hills, and 1 each from East Jaintia Hills and West Garo Hills districts, he said. At present, t
  • Arunachal reports 298 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths
    Itanagar, June 13 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday reported 298 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 31,148, a Health Department official said. Five more persons died of COVID-19 in the state, pushing the toll to 143. The new deaths were reported from Changlang, Tawang, Capital Complex Region, Lower Siang and Lower Subansiri, State Surveillance officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The Capital Complex Region recorded the highest number of fresh cases at 55, followed by Upper Sub
  • Mizoram reports 346 new COVID cases, tally crosses 15,000-mark
    Aizawl, June 13 (PTI): Mizoram's COVID-19 count crossed the 15,000-mark on Sunday as 346 more people tested positive for the infection, an official said. The fresh cases, detected from 3,866 samples tested on Saturday, took the single-day infection rate to 8.94 per cent, he said. The state''s southern-most district Lawngtlai recorded the highest 154 new infections, displacing Aizawl from the top spot. According to the official, fresh cases were detected at the remo
  • Two sisters found hanging in Assam village, family alleges rape, murder
    Guwahati, June 13 (IANS): Two sisters were found hanging from a tree in their village in Kokrajhar district of western Assam, police said on Saturday. The family members of the victims, however, alleged that both the girls, who were missing since Friday afternoon, were raped before being murdered. Police said that the bodies of both the girls aged 14 and 16 were found hanging from a tree inside a forest in Abhayakuti village on Friday night. The bodies were sent to Kokrajhar C
  • Assam govt tells fully vaccinated employees to join office from Monday
    Guwahati, June 13 (PTI): The Assam government on Sunday asked all its employees who have received two doses of COVID- 19 vaccine to join offices from Monday even as a partial lockdown across the state will be in force. The General Administration Department Commissioner and Secretary M S Manivannan issued an order and said the decision has been taken for the smooth functioning of the government offices. "In order to ensure smooth functioning of government offices, all the emp
  • Four children die in Mizoram building collapse
    Aizawl, June 12 (IANS): Four children, including three girls, of a family living at Thuampui locality here died when their house collapsed following incessant rain, officials said on Saturday. Disaster Management officials said that the mishap occurred late on Friday night when six of a seven-member family were present in the house. Four children, aged between three and 16 years died on the spot while the head of the family Lalbiakzuala, 75, managed to save him from the debris an