ASSAM: On Tuesday, physical offline classes were reopened for students of classes 1 to 8 and class 11, in the state of Assam.
The Covid-19 positivity rate in various districts has become around 2%, reaching the limit to keep schools open in a district.
Offline Classes will shut if positivity rate increases
However, the Department of State Education in its had initially passed an order that if the positivity rate on a singular day goes beyond 2%, the concerned district’s DC, with the MD, National Health Mission, Assam, will shut down educational institutions.
Health Department sources told Times Of India, that as per the seven-day positivity count, from October 11 to 17, the positivity rate has been 2.30% in the hill district of Dima Hasao.
The Covid scenario in Dima Hasao may not be truly reflected in the positivity rate as only 913 tests were done during the period and 21 cases tested positive.
Other regions including Golaghat, Barpeta, Jorhat and Lakhimpur also appear to have a high positivity rate, nearing the 2% threshold.
ARUNACHAL PRADESH: Members of Itanagar Cycling Club tours Assam’s Majuli Island
The Itanagar Cycling Club in collaboration with the Lakhimpur Cycling Club (LCC) from 15 to 17 October, toured Assam’s Majuli region, covering a distance of roughly 350 kilometres.
On the first day, the bikers tented on the bank of Luit River, led by ICC president Ijum Gadi and LCC president Rajendra Chutia, and discussed various themes on common interest.
The team took a quick tour of the area on the second day, including cultural heritage sites and iconic satras.
They also witnessed mask-making demonstrations and visited the traditional villages.
The team also visited the residents of Shikari Gaon on the final day of the tour to study their culture.
Cycling clubs from both states decided to hold similar collaborative meets and tours in the coming future.
MANIPUR: Manipur Police and Assam Rifles conducts joint search operation
On Tuesday, a combined team of Manipur police and Assam Rifles conducted a search operation at Andro Chingthak and the neighbouring area of Maringthel.
As per the reports, during the search ops, the following items were recovered (i) 1 improvised AK Rifle with magazine (ii) 2 nos. of 9 mm Pistol with magazine both marked as ‘Made in Japan’ (iii) 2 nos. of Wireless Set both marked as “BAOFENG’ (iv) 15 nos. of AK rifle ammunition (v) 21 nos. of 9 mm ammunitions(vi) 18 nos. of detonator and (vii) 15 nos. of empty cases of assorted ammunitions
MEGHALAYA: CM Conrad Sangma talks about interstate trade
Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma takes to his Twitter handle on October 19, to share a video clip of his speech in the National People’s Party (NPP) Conclave held by the Arunachal Pradesh unit, in Itanagar.
In the shared clip, he is seen to be talking about interstate trade and how North-Eastern states’ major issues are economic, he says, “zyadatar jo humare issues hai, kam se kam 50%, woh economic-related hai [most of our issues (as states), atleast 50%, are economy-related issues]”.
Further he captions the post by writing,”Aside all our affiliations, political or otherwise, the only agenda we must unanimously take forward is that of the North East & its people. Thank you NPP Arunachal unit for organising the Conclave & my gratitude to all the speakers today”.
MIZORAM: Alliance Air begins operation between Aizawl and Kolkata and Guwahati
Alliance Air, based in Mumbai, began operation on the Kolkata-Guwahati-Aizawl-Shillong route on October 18.
Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, Union Civil Aviation Minister, and Union Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways and Civil Aviation Gen. Dr V.K. Singh, Union Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways and Civil Aviation, launched off the airline through video conference from Delhi.
The flag-off ceremony was also attended by Mizoram’s health minister, Dr. R. Lalthangliana, and sports minister, Robert Romawia, as well as other officials from the Chief Minister’s Office.
Scindia stated that the Northeast is a high priority for the Centre, and that Alliance Air’s launch on Monday was one of the manifestations of the Centre’s concern for the region. Mizoram, he claimed, is one of the most vital entry points into Southeast Asian countries.
He claimed that Mizoram has the potential to export Anthurium, vegetables, and fruits, and that as a result, the Aviation Ministry has identified the lone Lengpui airport near Aizawl as one of several airports in the country that need to be upgraded to land cargo flights in addition to passenger flights.
V.K. Singh further mentioned that new airlines would be introduced to boost air connectivity between Mizoram and the rest of the country.
Alliance Air will fly an ATR-72 aircraft on the Kolkata-Guwahati-Aizawl-Shillong route four days a week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
NAGALAND: “Various Problems” affecting state’s revenue: Imnatiba
On Tuesday, Advisor for Industries and Commerce, Labour and Employment Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Imnaitba Jamir said, “Nagaland has the potential to grow like any other states but various problems have closed its doors to generate revenue for the state.”
Meanwhile, he added that “each state depended on one another and added that what is available in Nagaland was not available in other states.”
SIKKIM: Veteran Politician Mohan Gurung declares his retirement at 70
At the age of 70, senior politician Mohan Gurung of Yuksam, West district, has declared his retirement from active politics.
On his 70th birthday, the political stalwart announced his decision, citing his age and a strong desire to devote the rest of his life to spiritual pursuits.
Gurung entered politics in 1973 and ran for the Yuksam constituency in the 1979 Assembly elections under the leadership of Nar Bahadur Khatiwada.
Gurung was active in politics and held several positions in Sikkim’s regional political parties. He was a believer in socialism and communist beliefs.
Gurung also expressed gratitude to the late Sancha Man Limboo, the former Chief Minister of Sikkim, for allowing him to work for the welfare of the people of Sikkim. He also thanked Late L.D. Kazi and Late Nar Bahadur Bhandari for introducing him to various political viewpoints.
In addition, the political stalwart thanked former Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling for giving him the opportunity to serve the people.
TRIPURA: Attacks in Bangladesh stems from coordinated effort to harm India-Bangladesh relations: CM Biplab
Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb expressed worry about alleged attacks on religious minorities in Bangladesh, saying he believes they are part of a coordinated effort to harm India-Bangladesh relations.
Fundamentalist elements plotted an attack on cultural and religious institutions during Durga Puja, the CM stated, calling the attacks “concerning,” “painful,” and “shameful.”
Meanwhile, the Tripura Janajagaran Mancha, a civil society organisation based in Agartala, submitted a memorandum to assistant high commissioner Hosen on Tuesday, demanding necessary punishment for the fundamentalist forces responsible for the attacks on minorities, as well as appropriate measures to protect life and property.