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Utpal is a Senior Assistant Editor based in Guwahati. He covers seven states of North-East India and heads the editorial team for the region. He was previously based in Kathmandu, Dehradun and Delhi with Hindustan Times.

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Manipur assembly reaffirms resolution seeking implementation of NRC in state

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh said the sudden mushrooming of new villages at an alarming rate directly poses an existential threat to the indigenous population

The Manipur assembly first adopted a resolution to enforce NRC and adopt a population commission on August 6, 2022 (ANI)
Published on Mar 01, 2024 07:19 PM IST

AASU, opposition parties in Assam demand to repeal CAA, plan protest across state

On Thursday, the United Opposition Forum (UOF), a group of 16 opposition parties in Assam also submitted a memorandum to President Draupadi Murmu through Governor Gulab Chand Kataria seeking repeal of the CAA and its non-implementation in Assam

 (Representative Photo)
Published on Mar 01, 2024 02:28 PM IST

Kuki MLAs oppose resolution seeking abrogation of deal with Manipur rebel groups

The legislators have been demanding a separate administration for their community since the ethnic violence between Meiteis and tribal Kukis began in May last year

The violence in the state since May last year has left 219 people dead and over 50,000 displaced. (PTI/File)
Published on Mar 01, 2024 09:36 AM IST

Rana Goswami, who resigned as Assam Cong working president, joins BJP

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra had come as a big boost for the BJP in Assam

Rana Goswami was welcomed into the Assam BJP at an event in the presence of chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Assam BJP chief Bhabesh Kalita (X/BJP4Assam)
Published on Feb 29, 2024 09:19 PM IST

Manipur assembly adopts resolution to abrogate SoO deal with Kuki outfits

In August 2008, the Centre and Manipur government signed the Suspension of Operations (SoO) with 25 Kuki militant groups, 17 from KNO and 8 from UPF.

Manipur chief minster N Biren Singh (File Photo)
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 08:55 PM IST

BJP to continue alliance with partners in Assam for Lok Sabha polls: CM Sarma

BJP, AGP, and UPPL to maintain alliance for Lok Sabha seats, with BJP contesting 11, AGP 2, UPPL 1 seat. BJP confident of winning 11 seats in upcoming polls.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (File Photo)
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 08:22 PM IST

Radical outfit Arambai Tengol behind Imphal officer abduction: Manipur Police

On Tuesday night, Imphal West additional superintendent of police (operations) M Amit Singh was allegedly abducted from his home along with another colleague after over 200 militants stormed Singh’s residence, vandalised it, and fired gunshots, according to the police.

Manipur Police (Representative Photo)
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 03:39 PM IST

219 deaths, 800cr loss: Guv on Manipur clashes

Uikey stated that 187,143 persons were detained in the state since May last year as a preventive measure and were released later after legal formalities

Manipur Governor Anusuiya Uikey with President Droupadi Murmu, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, earlier in February. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 05:52 AM IST
By, Guwahati

Manipur violence: 219 killed, 10K FIRs, 800 cr revenue loss likely, says guv

Uikey stated that 187,143 persons were detained in the state since May last year as a preventive measure and were released after legal formalities

Ethnic violence in Manipur has since May last year left over 200 people dead. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 11:31 PM IST

Assam Congress working president Rana Goswami resigns; likely to join BJP

Earlier on Sunday, Goswami resigned from his role as the organisational in-charge of Upper Assam, citing “various political reasons”

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 01:16 PM IST

Will not allow child marriages in Assam till I am alive: Himanta Biswa Sarma

The AIUDF and the opposition Congress advocated amendments to the law to ensure that its provisions were not used to conduct marriages of children rather than throw out the entire legislation

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma speaks on the state cabinet approving the ‘Assam Repealing Ordinance 2024’ (Himanta Biswa Sarma-X)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 10:07 PM IST

Assam assembly passes legislation banning magical healing, opp raises doubts

The Assam Healing (Prevention of Evil) Practices Bill, 2024, aims to prevent traditional healing done with ulterior motives

An Assam state cabinet session being chaired by chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (Representative photo)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 01:06 PM IST

‘No immediate movement required’: Manipur Police on transfer of personnel

Kuki organisations had alleged that over 100 police personnel from their community were being transferred to areas with Meitei-majority population without regard to their safety

The Manipur Police said that the transfer and posting was done of personnel from all communities employed with Manipur Rifles and India Reserve Battalion. (Representative Image)
Published on Feb 24, 2024 01:27 PM IST

One killed, another injured in bomb blast near Imphal College: Police

The explosion took place around 9:30pm at Dhanamanjuri University complex near the office of All Manipur Students Union (AMSU) at Thangmeiband in Imphal West district

The explosion took place around 9:30pm at Dhanamanjuri University complex (Representative Photo)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 11:46 AM IST

Assam cabinet approves to repeal Muslim marriages, divorce registration Act

“We had noticed that this present legislation was being used to register marriages of boys and girls under the permissible age,” said tourism minister.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, (File)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 05:13 AM IST

Assam Congress seeks disqualification of 2 MLAs for supporting BJP govt

Two Congress MLAs including a working president of the party’s state unit decided to extend support to the BJP-led government for the development work done by it

Disqualification petitions have been filed against Congress MLAs Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha and Shri Basanta Das. (Facebook/Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha)
Published on Feb 23, 2024 07:38 PM IST

HC deletes part of earlier order on inclusion of Meiteis in ST list

The high court’s decision on Wednesday considered the concerns raised by the Supreme Court as it proceeded to remove the contentious part of its 2023 order

Smoke billows from a fire that broke out amid clashes between armed groups and security forces, in Manipur, on May 28, 2023. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 05:50 AM IST
By, Guwahati

Manipur HC deletes part of earlier order for inclusion of Meiteis in ST list

The order, passed on March 27, 2023, is believed to be one of the main triggers for the ethnic conflict between the Meitei and Kuki communities

Manipur high court (Representative Photo)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 04:23 AM IST

Refrain from going to work: ITLF to govt staff

Kuki outfit in Manipur asks government employees in Churachandpur to stay home demanding reinstatement of suspended cop, leading to violence and curfew.

After Thursday’s violence, the Manipur government reimposed curfew in the district and suspended internet services for five days in the region (HT)
Updated on Feb 19, 2024 06:38 AM IST
By, Guwahati

Manipur tribal body asks govt employees in Churachandpur to abstain from work

The tribal body asked state government employees to refrain from going to office and said it will be their sole responsibility if any untoward incident happens

At least two people were killed and over a dozen others were injured in police action in Churanchanpur on Thursday. (Representative Image)
Published on Feb 18, 2024 09:07 PM IST

Gauhati HC orders Assam refinery to demolish wall blocking elephant movement

In an order passed on February 8, the high court said that it cannot interfere with the directions issued by the National Green Tribunal in 2016

Gauhati high court complex. (File Photo)
Published on Feb 16, 2024 02:52 PM IST

2 killed as mob storms offices of top officials in Manipur’s Churachandpur

Manipur violence shows no sign of abating: District collector’s residence burnt along with security forces vehicles parked near mini secretariat.

Fresh Manipur violence saw district collector’s residence burnt along with vehicles of the security forces. (Sourced)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 11:31 AM IST

Assam: One killed, 4 injured after valve bursts during repair in oil pipeline

Two of the injured have been admitted to the Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh, while two are getting treated at the company’s hospital in Duliajan

For representational purposes only. (PTI File Image)
Updated on Feb 15, 2024 09:07 AM IST

Jolt for Assam Congress as two MLAs extend support to Sarma-led government

Welcoming their decision, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that this would strengthen the state government and boost development work. He said that more such development is expected in the coming days

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (File Photo)
Published on Feb 14, 2024 06:45 PM IST

Assam govt presents 774.47 crore deficit budget; no new taxes proposed

Among the budget’s key highlights was the announcement of a scheme to send 25,000 pilgrims to visit the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya

The budget estimates of 2024-25 show a receipt of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,43,605.56 crore under the consolidated fund of the state. (ANI photo)
Published on Feb 13, 2024 09:51 AM IST

Assam is planning to bring a robust legislation on polygamy, UCC: CM Sarma

He mentioned that an expert committee will look into the possible ways to align polygamy and UCC in the same legislation

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Guwahati earlier this month (PTI)
Published on Feb 12, 2024 06:57 PM IST

NRC: Himanta says in discussion with Centre over relief to 2.7 mn Assam residents

The CM made the announcement in response to a question by Congress MLA Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha on the status of the 2.7 million people who have been unable to get Aadhaar cards due to locking of their biometrics as part of the NRC updating process

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Guwahati earlier this month. (PTI Photo)
Published on Feb 12, 2024 02:07 PM IST

Budget session: Opp lawmakers shout slogans during Assam governor’s address

The chaos continued even as speaker Biswajit Daimary requested the lawmakers not to shout or show placards inside the House

Lawmaker Akhil Gogoi on the first day of the budget session of the Assam assembly in Guwahati on Monday. (PTI)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 11:54 AM IST

PM launches projects in Assam, invokes heritage

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has focused on both development and heritage over the past 10 years. Speaking at a public meeting in Guwahati, Modi criticised previous governments for failing to ensure simultaneous development and revival of the country's heritage. He cited examples of increased tourism and religious pilgrimage to demonstrate the impact of the BJP's policies. Modi also highlighted the increased number of higher education institutions and investment in the northeast region of India. During his two-day visit to Assam, projects worth INR116bn ($1.6bn) were rolled out.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a public rally in Guwahati on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 06:12 AM IST
By, Guwahati

Vikas and Virasat has got a boost in past 10 years: PM Modi in Guwahati

Addressing his first public meeting at Assam’s Guwahati ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, the PM blamed previous governments for failing to ensure development

PM Modi addressed a public gathering in Assam’s Guwahati on Sunday (Twitter Photo)
Published on Feb 04, 2024 02:19 PM IST
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