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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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Pema Khandu sworn in as chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh for successive 3rd term

Khandu, the MLA of Mukto, was sworn in by Governor KT Parnaik in the presence of Union home minister Amit Shah, BJP president JP Nadda and several other leaders

The BJP won 46 seats in the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh assembly. (PTI photo)
Published on Jun 13, 2024 11:49 AM IST

Pema Khandu elected Arunachal BJP legislature party leader

Pema Khandu will meet governor KT Parnaik later in the evening to formally stake claim to form the next government

Pema Khandu has been the Arunachal Pradesh chief minister since July 2016 when he first took oath as head of a Congress government (X/PemaKhanduBJP)
Updated on Jun 12, 2024 08:51 PM IST

Assam approves stipend scheme for girl students; to end child marriage, says CM

CM Sarma had in April this year promised that the Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state will take the responsibility of educating girl students up to the postgraduate level

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 12, 2024 02:07 PM IST

Arunachal BJP meet today to pick next CM; Khandu set to be retained

BJP lawmakers will meet in Itanagar to elect their legislative party leader in the presence of the party chief JP Nadda and Union home minister Amit Shah

Pema Khandu, who took over as the chief minister in 2016, was set to be retained for the post for continuity. (X)
Published on Jun 12, 2024 11:20 AM IST

BJP appoints R S Prasad, Tarun Chugh as observers to elect Arunachal CM

The results of the assembly polls in Arunachal Pradesh were announced on June 2—two days ahead of declaration of outcome of the general election

Incumbent chief minister of Arunahcal Pradesh, Pema Khandu, who has been at the helm since 2016, is expected to get another term at the top post. (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 11, 2024 05:26 PM IST

Assam: AIUDF MLA resigns from all posts over party’s poor show in Lok Sabha polls

AIUDF’s biggest loss was in Dhubri where party president Badruddin Ajmal, who represented the seat thrice since 2009, lost to Congress’ Rakibul Islam by a margin of over 1 million votes

All India United Democratic Front chief Badruddin Ajmal during the Lok Sabha election campaign Assam. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jun 11, 2024 02:03 PM IST

Assam: Congress alleges discrepancy in EVM votes in Karimganj; inquiry ordered

The Congress alleged that while the total votes polled in EVMs in the seat were 1,136,538, the total votes counted (in EVMs—excluding postal ballot) were 1,140,349— a total of 3,811 more votes than polled

The chief electoral officer Assam said the returning officer (of Karimganj seat) and DC Karimganj has been asked to enquire and explain the discrepancy. (Representational Image)
Published on Jun 10, 2024 05:25 PM IST

Assam BJP leader Sarbananda Sonowal likely to assume cabinet berth in Modi 3.0

Sonowal was the minister of state (independent charge) of youth affairs and sports in the first Modi government from 2014 to 2016, when he resigned to head the first Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition in Assam

Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal (File photo)
Published on Jun 09, 2024 05:01 PM IST

Assam: Focus shifts to bye-elections after Lok Sabha polls

Two sitting Rajya Sabha MPs and five MLAs, including a cabinet minister, are among the 14 Lok Sabha winners in the state

Polling officials carry EVMs on a boat to cross the Brahmaputra river in Kamrup, Assam. (ANI Photo)
Published on Jun 07, 2024 09:15 AM IST

Delimitation of development blocks ahead of panchayat polls in Nov: Assam CM

Himanta Biswa Sarma said some development blocks were spread across 3-4 assembly seats after last year’s delimitation of assembly and parliamentary seats

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (Twitter Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 07:59 PM IST

Assam: BJP MLA congratulates Gaurav Gogoi; Himanta says he could join Congress

The CM stated that whether someone is an entrant to BJP or an old timer, they should have all come together and congratulated PM Modi on the party’s third consecutive win

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sharma. (ANI Photo)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 04:42 PM IST

Strife-torn Manipur slips away from BJP, Cong bags both seats

The opposition Indian National Congress won both parliamentary seats in the restive northeastern state of Manipur, defeating the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ally, the Naga People’s Front (NPF), amid ongoing ethnic violence

Strife-torn Manipur slips away from BJP, Cong bags both seats
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 08:38 AM IST
By, , Guwahati/new Delhi

BJP loses some ground in northeastern states, Cong ups game

The Bharatiya Janata Party and its National Democratic Alliance (NDA) allies lost some ground in India’s northeast in Tuesday’s election, while the opposition Congress party made gains

BJP supporters celebrate as initial trends show victory for the party candidates from Tripura constituency Biplab Kumar Deb and Kriti Devi Debbarman in the Lok Sabha elections, in Agartala on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 07:54 AM IST
By, Guwahati

BJP, allies lose ground in NE states; Congress makes comeback

BJP candidates won 13 seats while its allies in Assam, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and United Peoples Party Liberal (UPPL) bagged one seat each taking the NDA tally 15 seats

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 07:36 PM IST

BJP, allies on strong footing in Northeast; Congress leading in six seats

BJP and allies lead in 24 seats across northeastern states, with BJP ahead in 11 seats. Congress leads in 6 seats; close fights observed in various constituencies.

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 10:46 AM IST

SKM sweeps Sikkim, BJP bags 3rd Arunachal term

BJP in Arunachal Pradesh and SKM in Sikkim won by large margins in the April 19 elections. BJP secured 46 out of 60 seats, while SKM won 31 out of 32 seats.

People gather outside a counting centre in Gangtok on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 03, 2024 05:44 AM IST
By, , Guwahati/siliguri

Pema Khandu set to be Arunchal CM again as BJP sweeps state polls

Though the BJP leadership is yet to take an official call on who would head the next government in the state, party insiders say Khandu is the firm favourite for another term

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu submits his resignation to state governor Lieutenant Gen (Retd.) KT Parnaik at Raj Bhawan in Itanagar on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 02, 2024 10:52 PM IST

BJP sweeps Arunahcal Pradesh assembly polls, bags 46 of 60 seats

Chief minister Pema Khandu, who has been at the helm since 2016, is expected to get another term at the top post

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu addresses a press conference on the BJP’s victory in the state assembly elections in Itanagar on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 02, 2024 07:26 PM IST
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BJP sweeps Arunachal with landslide; Khandu likely to continue as CM

Ten BJP candidates, including CM Khandu and his deputy Chowna Mein, had won unopposed and polling took place in the rest 50 seats on April 19

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 02, 2024 06:06 PM IST

Arunachal assembly polls counting on Sunday; BJP ahead with 10 unopposed wins

The counting of votes for the Arunachal Pradesh assembly elections will begin at 6am on Sunday at 40 counting centres in 25 district headquarters

Adequate security arrangements have been put in place at the counting centres to ensure the process passes smoothly. (Representative Image)
Published on Jun 01, 2024 07:18 PM IST
ByUtpal Parashara

Assam army camp attack: NIA charge sheets ULFA(I) chief, 5 others

The NIA special court in Guwahati charge-sheeted the six accused under various criminal offences, relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Explosives Substances Act, the agency stated in a release

 (Representative Photo)
Published on May 30, 2024 09:47 AM IST

At least 32 killed in four NE states in landslides, accidents related to Remal

At least ten people were killed in other adverse weather-related incidents in Mizoram, three in Assam, one in Meghalaya, and one in Nagaland.

Rescue work underway at the site of the quarry collapse in Aizawl on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on May 29, 2024 04:20 AM IST
By, Biswa Kalyan Purkayastha, Guwahati/silchar

Cyclone Remal: College student killed; 12 injured after tree falls on school bus

Twelve school students were injured in Dhekiajuli town of Sonitpur district on Tuesday morning when a large tree fell on the school bus.

Many parts of Assam have been witnessing very heavy to heavy rainfall and severe storms since Monday as an after-effect of Cyclone
Published on May 28, 2024 02:36 PM IST
By, Guwahati

30 lakh compensation paid to 6 families for demolition of houses: Assam govt

The five families’ houses were razed on May 22, 2022, by the Nagaon district administration as they were illegal settlements and land records of the same were prepared using forged documents

While <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10 lakh each were paid for two concrete houses, <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2.5 lakh each were paid for four ‘kuccha’ houses. (Representative file photo)
Published on May 23, 2024 09:21 AM IST

NGT seeks Assam govt’s reply after schools, tea gardens found inside forest land

The NGT has asked the chief secretary of Assam to file an affidavit

The matter will come up for hearing again on July 3. (HT file photo)
Updated on May 09, 2024 12:46 PM IST

Bad weather affects last day campaign for Phase 3 polling in Assam

Several parts of Assam witnessed rain and heavy winds on Sunday and according to the Guwahati meteorological office, most parts of the state are expected to witness light to moderate rain, thunderstorms with lightning and gusty winds for next five days

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma during a roadshow ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in Kamrup on Sunday. (ANI)
Published on May 05, 2024 07:01 PM IST

Prayer meets, strikes as Manipur marks grim yr

Prayer meetings, rallies, shutdowns marked one year of ethnic clashes in Manipur. Security beefed up as violence continues, with protests and demands on both sides.

Ecumenical Commission of Archdiocese of Delhi during a light candle vigil for Manipur, at Sacred Heart cathedral, in New Delhi, on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on May 04, 2024 05:58 AM IST
By, Guwahati

Manipur marks one year of ethnic violence with prayers, events

In Imphal, the coordinating committee on Manipur integrity held an event titled ‘365 days of Chin Kuki Nacro Terrorist Aggression in Manipur at the Palace Ground where several eminent speakers spoke on the ongoing conflict

Prayers being offered at the Wall of Remembrance in Churachandpur district of Manipur on Friday (HT Photo/Sourced)
Updated on May 03, 2024 06:27 PM IST

Election in Pincodes: Citizenship quandary deepens fault lines of identity

Citizenship and illegal immigration is a central theme of the general elections. In Dhubri, this rhetoric has real-life implications

In 2011, Sahida Bibi (left) was arrested on charges of being a foreigner and put in a detention centre. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 03, 2024 08:32 AM IST

Assam CM campaigns in Muslim-majority Dhubri

Dhubri will go to polls to decide the fate of these three candidates in the third phase of the ongoing general elections on May 7

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma campaigns in Dhubri district for the Lok Sabha polls (Twitter Photo)
Updated on May 02, 2024 06:12 PM IST
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