Region – Eastern Mirror https://easternmirrornagaland.com The latest and breaking news from Nagaland, northeast India, India and the world. Current affairs and news of politics from around the world, latest updates on business news, sports, arts and entertainment Sat, 30 May 2020 18:59:08 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/cropped-FavIcon-32x32.png Region – Eastern Mirror https://easternmirrornagaland.com 32 32 Assam’s coronavirus tally touches 1,100-mark with 43 new cases https://easternmirrornagaland.com/assams-coronavirus-tally-touches-1100-mark-with-43-new-cases/ Sat, 30 May 2020 18:58:50 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=314968 Guwahati, May 30 (PTI): Assam’s Covid-19 tally touched the 1,100-mark with 43 more people testing positive on Saturday, the state’s Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. The state at present has 968 active cases, he said. “Alert ~ 43 new cases of #COVID19+ 5 Dhubri, 5 Golaghat, 3 Barpeta, 1 Bongaigaon, 29 by various labs (dist to be confirmed),” Sarma said in a tweet. Four patients have so far died due to the contagion in the state, while 125 have been cured and discharged from hospitals, the minister said. Three patients have migrated to other states. On Friday, Assam had crossed the 1,000-mark with a single-day highest tally of 177 new infections, including six air travellers. Earlier in a separate tweet, Sarma informed that a CSIR-NEIST Covid-19 testing laboratory will be functional from now in Jorhat district of Upper Assam. The state has seen a spurt in coronavirus cases after inter-state movement was allowed during the lockdown period. To screen all the returnees, the state government has imposed a mandatory institutional quarantine policy for everyone, barring some exceptions.

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Guwahati, May 30 (PTI): Assam’s Covid-19 tally touched the 1,100-mark with 43 more people testing positive on Saturday, the state’s Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

The state at present has 968 active cases, he said.

“Alert ~ 43 new cases of #COVID19+ 5 Dhubri, 5 Golaghat, 3 Barpeta, 1 Bongaigaon, 29 by various labs (dist to be confirmed),” Sarma said in a tweet.

Four patients have so far died due to the contagion in the state, while 125 have been cured and discharged from hospitals, the minister said.

Three patients have migrated to other states.

On Friday, Assam had crossed the 1,000-mark with a single-day highest tally of 177 new infections, including six air travellers.

Earlier in a separate tweet, Sarma informed that a CSIR-NEIST Covid-19 testing laboratory will be functional from now in Jorhat district of Upper Assam.

The state has seen a spurt in coronavirus cases after inter-state movement was allowed during the lockdown period.

To screen all the returnees, the state government has imposed a mandatory institutional quarantine policy for everyone, barring some exceptions.

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NPF MLA Awangbow Newmai sworn in as minister in Manipur https://easternmirrornagaland.com/npf-mla-awangbow-newmai-sworn-in-as-minister-in-manipur/ Fri, 29 May 2020 17:49:04 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=314865 Our Correspondent Imphal, May 29 (EMN): Naga People’s Front (NPF) MLA Awangbow Newmai was sworn in as Cabinet Minister at a ceremony held at Banquet Hall, Raj Bhavan in Imphal on Friday. The governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma Heptulla, administered the oath of office and secrecy. Awangbow Newmai, who is also the NPF Manipur unit president, is the sitting MLA from Tamei Assembly Constituency in Tamenglong district. After the swearing-in-ceremony, the newly sworn in minister Awangbow Newmai said that he is grateful to the Governor and the chief minister of Manipur for making him as one of the ministers in the Biren Singh ministry. He also stated that he is grateful to the party president and colleagues for nominating him to be the minister. The former school headmaster further said that he will discharge his duties as a minister and whatever assignment has been given with utmost sincerity. Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Ministers Th Biswajit (Works), L Jayantakumar (Health), V Hangkhanlian (Agriculture), Karam Shyam (Revenue), L Dikho (PHED), Dr. Th Radheshyam (Education), N Kayisii (Fisheries), Lok Sabha MPs Dr. RK Ranjan, Dr. Lorho Pfoze, MLAs L Sushindro, V Vungzagin, K Leishiyo, chief secretary and DGP among others were present...

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Imphal, May 29 (EMN): Naga People’s Front (NPF) MLA Awangbow Newmai was sworn in as Cabinet Minister at a ceremony held at Banquet Hall, Raj Bhavan in Imphal on Friday.

The governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma Heptulla, administered the oath of office and secrecy.

Awangbow Newmai, who is also the NPF Manipur unit president, is the sitting MLA from Tamei Assembly Constituency in Tamenglong district.

After the swearing-in-ceremony, the newly sworn in minister Awangbow Newmai said that he is grateful to the Governor and the chief minister of Manipur for making him as one of the ministers in the Biren Singh ministry.

He also stated that he is grateful to the party president and colleagues for nominating him to be the minister. The former school headmaster further said that he will discharge his duties as a minister and whatever assignment has been given with utmost sincerity.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Ministers Th Biswajit (Works), L Jayantakumar (Health), V Hangkhanlian (Agriculture), Karam Shyam (Revenue), L Dikho (PHED), Dr. Th Radheshyam (Education), N Kayisii (Fisheries), Lok Sabha MPs Dr. RK Ranjan, Dr. Lorho Pfoze, MLAs L Sushindro, V Vungzagin, K Leishiyo, chief secretary and DGP among others were present in the swearing in ceremony.

With the day’s development, the NPF which have four legislators in the state’s 60 member assembly have two ministers in the coalition government.

Other minister was L Dikho of Mao assembly constituency.

The ruling BJP has five ministers, National People’s Party has four and Lok Janshakti Party has one.

It may be mentioned that NPF Manipur unit had been demanding ministerial berth in the coalition government.

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New waterways linking NE India, Bangladesh to start in three months https://easternmirrornagaland.com/new-waterways-linking-ne-india-bangladesh-to-start-in-three-months/ Fri, 29 May 2020 17:18:46 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=314860 Agartala, May 29 (IANS): New waterways between Tripura and Bangladesh would start within three months and it would boost trade and numerous economic activities, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said on Friday. Deb said that a temporary jetty would be built at Sonamura in western Tripura within three months before starting the new waterways through Gomati river between Tripura and Bangladesh. “After operating the small vessels to carry various goods during the monsoon season, dredging for operating big vessels and ships would start in the Gomati river during the winter season,” Deb told the media during his day-long visit to the bordering sub-division Sonamura. An official of Tripura’s Transport Department said that to operate vessels smoothly between Tripura and Bangladesh, 18 km waterways (15 km in Bangladesh territories and 3 km in Tripura territories) in the Gomati river would require dredging. The Gomati river, one of the eight rivers of Tripura flows to Bangladesh, linked with Meghna, one of the major rivers in the neighbouring country. The Chief Minister’s announcement came a week after India and Bangladesh have added five more “ports of call” on either side and increased the protocol (water) routes from 8 to 10. The Second...

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Agartala, May 29 (IANS): New waterways between Tripura and Bangladesh would start within three months and it would boost trade and numerous economic activities, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said on Friday.

Deb said that a temporary jetty would be built at Sonamura in western Tripura within three months before starting the new waterways through Gomati river between Tripura and Bangladesh. “After operating the small vessels to carry various goods during the monsoon season, dredging for operating big vessels and ships would start in the Gomati river during the winter season,” Deb told the media during his day-long visit to the bordering sub-division Sonamura.

An official of Tripura’s Transport Department said that to operate vessels smoothly between Tripura and Bangladesh, 18 km waterways (15 km in Bangladesh territories and 3 km in Tripura territories) in the Gomati river would require dredging.

The Gomati river, one of the eight rivers of Tripura flows to Bangladesh, linked with Meghna, one of the major rivers in the neighbouring country. The Chief Minister’s announcement came a week after India and Bangladesh have added five more “ports of call” on either side and increased the protocol (water) routes from 8 to 10.

The Second Addendum to the Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade was signed in Dhaka on May 20 by Indian High Commissioner in Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das and Bangladesh Shipping Ministry Secretary Mohammed Mezbah Uddin Chowdhury.

In the Second Addendum, Sonamura (Tripura)-Daudkhandi (Bangladesh) stretch (93 km) of the Gomti river was included as IBP route number 9 and 10 in the protocol and it would improve connectivity of Tripura and adjoining northeastern states of India with Bangladesh’s economic centres and would help the hinterland of both the countries.

There are six “ports of call” each in India and Bangladesh. In the new agreement five more “ports of call” on the Indian side — Dhulian, Maia, Kolaghat, Sonamura and Jogigopha and equal number on the Bangladesh side — Rajshahi, Sultanganj, Chilmari, Daudkandi and Bahadurabad – have been included.

Two more extended ‘ports of call’ — Tribeli (Bandel) and Badarpur in India and Ghorasal and Muktarpur in Bangladesh — have been added.

An official release issued by the Indian High Commission in Bangladesh said that to boost trade, economic activity and connectivity, India and Bangladesh have extended the water connectivities and waterways between the two neighbours.

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155 Indians deported by Kuwait land in Guwahati https://easternmirrornagaland.com/155-indians-deported-by-kuwait-land-in-guwahati/ Fri, 29 May 2020 17:04:17 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=314854 Guwahati/Agartala, May 29 (IANS): As many as 155 Indians deported by Kuwait landed in Guwahati in Assam on Friday and would be quarantined, officials said. According to health and security officials, 52 deportees are from Tripura and 103 from Assam. Swab samples of all the returnees would be tested and they would remain in mandatory quarantine. “Under the Vande Bharat Mission for northeast India, a Jazeera Airways flight with 155 deportees arrived at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati on Friday evening,” an official of the Airport Authority of India said. An Assam government health official in Guwahati said that the deportees would be quarantined and legal proceedings and formalities would start thereafter. In Agartala, Tripura Education and Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath said that the Tripura deportees left for the state capital in two buses and their swab samples would be tested before sending them to a quarantine centre soon after their arrival in the city. Quoting an External Affairs Ministry communication, Nath said that all the deportees were in Kuwaiti jails for violation of that country’s laws.

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Guwahati/Agartala, May 29 (IANS): As many as 155 Indians deported by Kuwait landed in Guwahati in Assam on Friday and would be quarantined, officials said.

According to health and security officials, 52 deportees are from Tripura and 103 from Assam.

Swab samples of all the returnees would be tested and they would remain in mandatory quarantine.

“Under the Vande Bharat Mission for northeast India, a Jazeera Airways flight with 155 deportees arrived at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati on Friday evening,” an official of the Airport Authority of India said.

An Assam government health official in Guwahati said that the deportees would be quarantined and legal proceedings and formalities would start thereafter.

In Agartala, Tripura Education and Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath said that the Tripura deportees left for the state capital in two buses and their swab samples would be tested before sending them to a quarantine centre soon after their arrival in the city.

Quoting an External Affairs Ministry communication, Nath said that all the deportees were in Kuwaiti jails for violation of that country’s laws.

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One more tests positive for Covid-19 in Meghalaya https://easternmirrornagaland.com/one-more-test-positive-for-covid-19-in-meghalaya/ Fri, 29 May 2020 07:43:05 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=314779 Shillong, May 29 (PTI): A person who recently returned to Meghalaya from Haryana has tested positive for Covid-19, raising the number of active cases in the state to eight, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said. All information about the patient, including his age and gender, have been withheld to protect privacy, a health department official said. “Another person who had travelled from Haryana has turned out positive. Person is in Tura and under quarantine. Total cases : 21, Recovered : 12, deceased :1, active cases : 8, Sangma tweeted on Thursday night. Meghalaya has reported 21 Covid-19 cases so far. One person succumbed to the disease, while 12 others have recovered.

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Shillong, May 29 (PTI): A person who recently returned to Meghalaya from Haryana has tested positive for Covid-19, raising the number of active cases in the state to eight, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said.

All information about the patient, including his age and gender, have been withheld to protect privacy, a health department official said.

“Another person who had travelled from Haryana has turned out positive. Person is in Tura and under quarantine.

Total cases : 21, Recovered : 12, deceased :1, active cases : 8, Sangma tweeted on Thursday night.

Meghalaya has reported 21 Covid-19 cases so far. One person succumbed to the disease, while 12 others have recovered.

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24 more test positive for Covid-19 in Assam, total count 880 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/24-more-test-positive-for-covid-19-in-assam-total-count-880/ Fri, 29 May 2020 06:06:36 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=314773 Guwahati, May 29 (PTI): As many as 24 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Assam, taking the total number of such cases in the state to 880, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Of the 24, 11 are from Goalpara, three each from Nalbari and Tinsukia, two from Dibrugarh and one each from Kamrup, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong and Dhubri. The details of one case were yet to be determined, the minister said. All 24 cases were detected late on Thursday, raising the day’s total to 97. Sixteen patients were discharged from two hospitals following their recovery — 15 from the Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital and one from the Silchar Medical College Hospital. The number of recoveries in the state rose to 103. Assam currently has 770 active patients. Four have succumbed to the viral disease and three have migrated. The state had been witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases, with 813 people testing positive for the disease since travel restrictions were lifted on May 4. Prior to that, it had only 42 coronavirus cases. As many as 493 cases have been detected so far this week. The biggest single-day spike was recorded on Monday with 156 cases. Sarma said...

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Guwahati, May 29 (PTI): As many as 24 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Assam, taking the total number of such cases in the state to 880, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

Of the 24, 11 are from Goalpara, three each from Nalbari and Tinsukia, two from Dibrugarh and one each from Kamrup, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong and Dhubri.

The details of one case were yet to be determined, the minister said.

All 24 cases were detected late on Thursday, raising the day’s total to 97.

Sixteen patients were discharged from two hospitals following their recovery — 15 from the Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital and one from the Silchar Medical College Hospital. The number of recoveries in the state rose to 103.

Assam currently has 770 active patients. Four have succumbed to the viral disease and three have migrated.

The state had been witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases, with 813 people testing positive for the disease since travel restrictions were lifted on May 4.

Prior to that, it had only 42 coronavirus cases.

As many as 493 cases have been detected so far this week. The biggest single-day spike was recorded on Monday with 156 cases.

Sarma said that the latest cases could be mostly attributed to those that have recently returned to the state.

The government has mandated that all coming from outside will have to undergo institutional quarantine. No home quarantine will be allowed for the first seven days, till the test results arrive.

Altogether 86,340 samples have been examined so far, 77,614 of which tested negative for the disease and the results of the rest are awaited, according to the Health and Family Welfare Department.

As of date, there are 46 containment zones in Assam.

Meanwhile, flight operations to and from Dibrugarh and Tezpur airports began from Thursday, with each operating single flights during the day, an airport spokesperson said.

Passenger flight services from the Lokopriyo Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport had resumed on Monday.

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Zoramthanga takes a dig at opposition ZPM over call for special budget session https://easternmirrornagaland.com/zoramthanga-takes-a-dig-at-opposition-zpm-over-call-for-special-budget-session/ Thu, 28 May 2020 16:10:07 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=314659 Aizawl, May 28 (PTI): Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga has slammed main opposition Zoram Peoples Movement (ZPM) for its call for a special assembly session to re-appropriate the states annual budget for 2020- 21. Asserting that re-allocation of budget is out of question, he said no state has held special session to re-allocate funds in the state annual budget. We (MNF government) have only completed two months in the new fiscal year since the passing of state annual budget in February. How do we know how much to re-allocate at a time when uncertainty is looming large in the financial positions of both state and Central governments, Zoramthanga told PTI on Wednesday. He said that the economy of Mizoram as well as that of the country are greatly affected by the outbreak of Covid-19 and it is difficult to ascertain how much the state could receive from the Centre in such a situation. The budget can’t be re-allocated on assumption or in principle as we have to know the exact amount that we should re-allocate. Do we need to reduce our budget by 40 or 60 per cent and reduce the fund expected from the Centre by 40, 60 or 70...

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Aizawl, May 28 (PTI): Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga has slammed main opposition Zoram Peoples Movement (ZPM) for its call for a special assembly session to re-appropriate the states annual budget for 2020- 21.

Asserting that re-allocation of budget is out of question, he said no state has held special session to re-allocate funds in the state annual budget.

We (MNF government) have only completed two months in the new fiscal year since the passing of state annual budget in February. How do we know how much to re-allocate at a time when uncertainty is looming large in the financial positions of both state and Central governments, Zoramthanga told PTI on Wednesday.

He said that the economy of Mizoram as well as that of the country are greatly affected by the outbreak of Covid-19 and it is difficult to ascertain how much the state could receive from the Centre in such a situation.

The budget can’t be re-allocated on assumption or in principle as we have to know the exact amount that we should re-allocate. Do we need to reduce our budget by 40 or 60 per cent and reduce the fund expected from the Centre by 40, 60 or 70 per cent. These are important things that should be taken into account before re-allocation, he said.

Iterating that no state re-appropriates its annual budget, Zoramthanga said, we will become a laughing stock if we summon a special budget session for budget re- appropriation.

On Tuesday, seven ZPM legislators called on Mizoram governor PS Sreedharan Pillai asking him to summon special budget session to adopt re-appropriation bill in view of the impending economic slowdown caused by Covid-19 outbreak.

ZPM legislature party leader Lalduhoma said fund allocation has to be reviewed and re-appropriation should be made as the state annual budget was passed prior to Covid-19 crisis.

He said that more could be done to reduce government expenditure and re-appropriation of annual budget is crucial to avoid supplementary demands for grants at year end.

The seven ZPM legislators had also pitched for revocation of the act which hiked salaries and allowances of MLAs and for going back to the previous pay structure.

Reacting to this, Zoramthanga said, “The Mizoram Salaries, Allowances and Pension of Members of the Legislative Assembly (Amendment) Bill, which seek to hike salaries and allowances of MLAs was unanimously passed by the state legislature in November 2019 after the draft bill was unanimously approved by General Purpose Committee (GPC) involving representatives of all political parties.

It is unmanly on the part of ZPM legislators to suggest the revocation of the act and go back to the previous pay structure, he said.

The chief minister said that his government had advocated austerity measures as the state is facing financial crisis due to the spread of coronavirus.

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263 Indians from four NE states return from Bangladesh, quarantined https://easternmirrornagaland.com/263-indians-from-four-ne-states-return-from-bangladesh-quarantined/ Thu, 28 May 2020 16:02:56 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=314656 Agartala/Silchar (Assam), May 28 (IANS): A total of 263 Indians, who were stranded in Bangladesh for more than two months, returned to the country on Thursday and were admitted to institutional quarantine centres in their respective northeastern states, officials said. According to police and civil officials, these Indians, belonging to Tripura, Assam, Meghalaya and Manipur, entered India through the Akhaura-Agartala integrated check-post (ICP) in Tripura and Sutarkandi checkpost in Karimganj district of southern Assam. Additional Superintendent of Police, Karimganj, Prashanta Datta said that of the 134 who came, 24 and six hailed from Manipur and Meghalaya, respectively, and authorities from their states took them away. He said that 104 Assam residents were sent to different institutional quarantine centres and their swab samples would be tested. Officials in Agartala said that 129 Indians returned from Bangladesh on Thursday through the Akhaura-Agartala ICP and were subsequently admitted to the institutional quarantine centre in Agartala. Indian High Commissioner in Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das also reached the Akhaura-Agartala ICP by road from Dhaka to supervise the return formalities. Tripura MP and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Pratima Bhowmik also visited the ICP. Tripura Education and Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath said 133 Tripura residents,...

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Agartala/Silchar (Assam), May 28 (IANS): A total of 263 Indians, who were stranded in Bangladesh for more than two months, returned to the country on Thursday and were admitted to institutional quarantine centres in their respective northeastern states, officials said.

According to police and civil officials, these Indians, belonging to Tripura, Assam, Meghalaya and Manipur, entered India through the Akhaura-Agartala integrated check-post (ICP) in Tripura and Sutarkandi checkpost in Karimganj district of southern Assam.

Additional Superintendent of Police, Karimganj, Prashanta Datta said that of the 134 who came, 24 and six hailed from Manipur and Meghalaya, respectively, and authorities from their states took them away.

He said that 104 Assam residents were sent to different institutional quarantine centres and their swab samples would be tested.

Officials in Agartala said that 129 Indians returned from Bangladesh on Thursday through the Akhaura-Agartala ICP and were subsequently admitted to the institutional quarantine centre in Agartala.

Indian High Commissioner in Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das also reached the Akhaura-Agartala ICP by road from Dhaka to supervise the return formalities. Tripura MP and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Pratima Bhowmik also visited the ICP.

Tripura Education and Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath said 133 Tripura residents, stranded in Bangladesh for more than two months, had earlier approached the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.

“The returnees would remain at the quarantine centre till their samples tested negative for coronavirus. Given the wide spread of coronavirus in Bangladesh, the authorities have been extra careful about the people coming from there,” Nath told the media.

In Bangladesh, 40,321 people have been infected by coronavirus and 560 have died.

The Minister said the Kuwait government would deport 135 Indians belonging to Assam (89) and Tripura (46). They would reach Guwahati by an aircraft on Friday night. Quoting from the MEA communication, Nath said they were in Kuwaiti jails for violation of that country’s laws. The Tripura government will send two buses to Guwahati to bring the Tripura residents, who would be tested for coronavirus on arrival and quarantined in Agartala, he said.

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Mizoram class-12 board exams 2020 to resume on June 16 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/mizoram-class-12-board-exams-2020-to-resume-on-june-16/ Thu, 28 May 2020 15:54:37 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=314653 Aizawl, May 28 (PTI): The Mizoram government has decided to resume class-12 board examinations suspended midway due to Covid-19 pandemic from June 16, an official said. The examinations of Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) for remaining subjects in arts, science and commerce streams will be conducted between June 16 and 18, according to a notification issued by the Mizoram Board of School Education (MBSE) on Wednesday. The examinations were suspended in March due to the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus, the official said. About 4,700 students could not complete their board examinations in Economics, Chemistry, Sociology, Computer Science and Home Science, he said. The MBSE had, earlier, announced the resumption of the board examinations from April 22, which triggered stiff opposition from students citing various inconveniences amid the nationwide lockdown. The authorities postponed it following an appeal by the central government to put on hold the examinations due to the lockdown. In a separate notification, the board also announced that compartmental examinations for class-10 students will be held on June 16 at 11 centres across the state.

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Aizawl, May 28 (PTI): The Mizoram government has decided to resume class-12 board examinations suspended midway due to Covid-19 pandemic from June 16, an official said.

The examinations of Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) for remaining subjects in arts, science and commerce streams will be conducted between June 16 and 18, according to a notification issued by the Mizoram Board of School Education (MBSE) on Wednesday.

The examinations were suspended in March due to the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus, the official said.

About 4,700 students could not complete their board examinations in Economics, Chemistry, Sociology, Computer Science and Home Science, he said.

The MBSE had, earlier, announced the resumption of the board examinations from April 22, which triggered stiff opposition from students citing various inconveniences amid the nationwide lockdown.

The authorities postponed it following an appeal by the central government to put on hold the examinations due to the lockdown. In a separate notification, the board also announced that compartmental examinations for class-10 students will be held on June 16 at 11 centres across the state.

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Pre-monsoon floods hit three lakh people in 11 Assam districts https://easternmirrornagaland.com/pre-monsoon-floods-hit-three-lakh-people-in-11-assam-districts/ Thu, 28 May 2020 15:44:28 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=314650 Guwahati/Agartala, May 28 (IANS): Amidst the Covid-19 surge, around three lakh people have been affected as the pre-monsoon flood situation deteriorated in eleven districts of Assam, officials said on Thursday. Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said that roughly 20,000 people are taking shelter at relief camps at Nalbari, Goalpara and Tinsukia districts while other affected people have made their own makeshift arrangements at higher places. The ASDMA officials said that heavy and incessant rain since Tuesday has led to the flooding of 321 villages in 11 of Assam’s 33 districts while a man drowned at Rongjuli village in western Assam’s Goalpara district on Wednesday. Of the 11 districts, Goalpara, Nalbari and Tinsukia are the worst affected. According to the officials, most rivers are in spate but the mighty Brahmaputra, Jia Bharali and Puthimari are flowing above the danger mark in Jorhat, Sonitpur and Kamrup districts respectively. The officials said that the floods have so far damaged crops in 2,678 hectares and affected 44,331 domestic animals and 9,350 poultry. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal held a meeting with senior officials of the concerned departments in Guwahati on Wednesday and Thursday and reviewed the flood situation in the...

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Guwahati/Agartala, May 28 (IANS): Amidst the Covid-19 surge, around three lakh people have been affected as the pre-monsoon flood situation deteriorated in eleven districts of Assam, officials said on Thursday.

Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said that roughly 20,000 people are taking shelter at relief camps at Nalbari, Goalpara and Tinsukia districts while other affected people have made their own makeshift arrangements at higher places.

The ASDMA officials said that heavy and incessant rain since Tuesday has led to the flooding of 321 villages in 11 of Assam’s 33 districts while a man drowned at Rongjuli village in western Assam’s Goalpara district on Wednesday.

Of the 11 districts, Goalpara, Nalbari and Tinsukia are the worst affected. According to the officials, most rivers are in spate but the mighty Brahmaputra, Jia Bharali and Puthimari are flowing above the danger mark in Jorhat, Sonitpur and Kamrup districts respectively.

The officials said that the floods have so far damaged crops in 2,678 hectares and affected 44,331 domestic animals and 9,350 poultry.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal held a meeting with senior officials of the concerned departments in Guwahati on Wednesday and Thursday and reviewed the flood situation in the state. He asked the officials to ensure the all Covid-19 protocols including social distancing, hand washing, wearing of masks are continued at the relief camps in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus during the flood season.

“The Chief Minister has also directed all the Deputy Commissioners to keep ready soap, water for hand washing and masks for inmates and to sanitise the flood relief camps. He also asked the district administrations to ensure that no irregularities take place while distributing relief to the flood affected people,” an official in the Chief Minister’s secretariat said.

The incessant rain accompanied by a nor’wester (also known as “Kalbaisakhi”) and water-logging also affected life in Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Meghalaya. Officials in Itanagar said that a woman and her two children were buried alive in a landslide at Arzoo village in Dibang Valley district on Monday night. Incessant rain for the last couple of days triggered the landslides and floods that left trails of large scale devastation in the entire state. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had earlier on Tuesday also warned of extremely heavy rainfall in Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. Several parts of Assam and neighbouring states have been receiving heavy rain since super cyclone Amphan weakened last week. IMD director Dilip Saha told IANS on Thursday that pre-monsoon rains occurred in most parts of the northeastern region as the normal monsoon is expected to enter the region in the first or second week of June.

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