Utpal Parashar

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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Cash-for-job case: Gauhati HC grants bail to main accused

The present case is related to alleged acceptance of ₹50,000 by Rakesh Paul from one Bedanta Bikash Das in lieu of getting appointed as an agriculture development officer

Paul was arrested in November 2016 and has been in prison since. (Representative file image)
Published on Mar 24, 2023 06:35 PM IST

Assam: Former BJP IT cell chief Prodyut Bora merges his party with Congress

Prodyut Bora, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party, said the move was necessary to take a united stand against the BJP ahead of the 2024 general elections

For representational purposes only. (PTI File Photo)
Updated on Mar 21, 2023 03:38 PM IST

Will end child marriages in Assam by 2026: CM Sarma

On Monday, replying to a question raised by Congress MLA Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha, Sarma said special drives against the menace would continue every few months till it gets eliminated

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (File Photo)
Published on Mar 20, 2023 03:43 PM IST

13,000 cattle being smuggled to Bangladesh seized in Assam last year: CM Sarma

In 2022, 1,181 cases related to cross border crimes on the Indo-Bangladesh border along Assam were registered

612 vehicles were also seized while 1,326 persons arrested. (HT file image)
Published on Mar 20, 2023 01:26 PM IST

‘No govt role in EC’s delimitation, don’t fall prey to rumours’: Assam CM

On reports in various local news outlets on how some constituencies will be reshaped once delimitation is over, Sarma refuted and said that EC has not validated such speculations and urged opposition legislators not to fall prey to speculations on various media outlets

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (Twitter Photo)
Published on Mar 20, 2023 01:22 PM IST

Assam govt announces 100 cr prize for cleanest district

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma made the announcement while disclosing names of winners of a cleanliness drive carried out last month among 172 villages and tea gardens in Khumtai constituency in Golaghat district

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (ANI Photo)
Published on Mar 18, 2023 10:37 AM IST

Plan to close all madrasas in Assam: Himanta

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that his government has so far shut down 600 madrasas and he intends to close all such institutions in the state.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 18, 2023 12:22 AM IST
By, Guwahati

In Assam, 600 madrasas closed, will shut down remaining: Himanta in Karnataka

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in Assam passed legislation in January 2021 which paved the way to convert all government-run madrasas in the state to regular schools

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in Karnataka (ANI Photo)
Updated on Mar 17, 2023 08:10 PM IST

Assam exam paper leak: 27 persons, including teachers & students arrested

The question papers of two subjects of the ongoing exams conducted by the Secondary Education Board of Assam (SEBA) were leaked that led to widespread condemnation of the state government

Police said investigations are underway and more arrests are likely to follow. (Representative file image)
Published on Mar 17, 2023 05:20 PM IST

Assam court acquits student booked under UAPA last year after sharing poem on Facebook

The 19-year-old student was arrested under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in May last year

Barnashree Buragohain spent nearly two months in jail. (Shutterstock)
Published on Mar 17, 2023 09:48 AM IST

Sarma calls exam paper leak his govt’s failure

Student organisations have been protesting across Assam demanding the resignation of education minister Ranoj Pegu and exam board chairman RC Jain

Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (ANI)
Published on Mar 16, 2023 03:42 PM IST

2 Army officers killed in Arunachal chopper crash; court of inquiry ordered

Two Indian Army officers, a pilot and a co-pilot, were killed after an army helicopter crashed in Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday, army officials said

Remains of Indian Army helicopter that crashed in Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday (Twitter Photo)
Updated on Mar 16, 2023 06:46 PM IST

Assam Budget: FM Neog announces financial assistance to 2 lakh youths

Neog stated that the aggregate receipts for 2022-23 were ₹321,742 crore, while the aggregate expenditure is estimated at ₹321,081 crore– resulting in a surplus of nearly ₹661 crore for the financial year 2023-24

Assam finance minister Ajanta Neog, alongside chief minister Himanta Biswa Sar presented third state annual budget (Twitter Photo)
Published on Mar 16, 2023 02:35 PM IST

Raise your hands to avoid encounters: Assam CM Sarma’s advice to criminals

Sarma reiterated his government’s stand of retaliation by police if criminals tried to escape from custody or attacked policemen

The Assam CM was speaking on the motion of thanks on the governor’s address to the budget session. (Himanta Biswa Sarma | Facebook)
Published on Mar 16, 2023 11:31 AM IST

Considering stringent legislation against child marriages: Sarma

The Gauhati high court last month said the state’s use of power in its campaign against child marriages can play “havoc with personal lives” of people

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (ANI)
Published on Mar 16, 2023 10:30 AM IST

One case of H3N2 detected in Assam; health department on alert

The state health department has started creating awareness on hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette while monitoring the situation on a “real time basis”

A health worker collects blood sample of a person as a precaution against the H3N2 virus. (AFP Photo)
Published on Mar 16, 2023 08:49 AM IST

14 cadres of Naga rebel outfit and their chief surrender in Arunachal Pradesh

Army officials said the surrender ceremony marked an end to the era of the Nagar rebel outfit, Eastern Naga National Government (ENNG)’s insurgency in South Arunachal Pradesh

A large cache of arms and ammunition belonging to the Naga rebel outfit were also handed over at the surrender ceremony in Aunachal Pradesh’s Itanagar. (Twitter/Prema Khandu)
Updated on Mar 12, 2023 06:44 PM IST

29 yrs on, Gauhati HC orders compensation for 5 Assam men killed in army op

The Gauhati high court ordered the authorities to pay the compensation for the death of the five men in 1994 within two months.

The two petitions were filed following the disappearance of nine youths allegedly picked up by army personnel between February 17 and 19, 1994 (File Photo)
Updated on Mar 10, 2023 06:24 PM IST

Assam creates world record for 4.3 mn essays on Ahom general Lachit Barphukan

The essays were written by students, government officials and other individuals from within Assam and outside in Assamese, English, Bengali, Bodo and other languages

The certificate was handed over to Assam chief minister by Guinness World Records adjudicator Swapnil Dangarikar. (Twitter | Himanta Biswa Sarma)
Published on Mar 10, 2023 08:26 AM IST

Conrad, Neiphiu sworn in, begin fresh innings as CM

Conrad Sangma and Neiphiu Rio took oath on Tuesday as chief ministers of Meghalaya and Nagaland respectively in ceremonies that were attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah

HT Image
Published on Mar 07, 2023 11:35 PM IST
ByUtpal Parashar and Alice Yhoshü, Guwahati/kohima

Nagaland gets 1st-ever woman minister; Rio, Sangma sworn as CMs

Salhoutuono Kruse and Hekani Jakhalu created history last week when they became the first women to be elected to the state assembly since Nagaland’s creation in 1963

Salhoutuono Kruse. (Twitter)
Published on Mar 07, 2023 03:41 PM IST
ByAlice Yhoshü and Utpal Parashar

Conrad Sangma sworn in as Meghalaya chief minister

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Sangma’s National People’s Party (NPP) contested the assembly elections separately but later got into a post-poll alliance to form the new government

National People's Party (NPP) chief Conrad Sangma taking oath. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 07, 2023 12:31 PM IST
ByUtpal Parashar and Saptarshi Das

Meghalaya: MDA decides cabinet berths, NPP gets most

The National People’s Party (NPP)-led coalition in Meghalaya on Monday agreed that cabinet berths will be shared among various alliance partners in the northeastern state, which gave a fractured verdict in the recently concluded assembly elections.

Meghalaya Assembly Pro-tem Speaker Timothy D Shira administers the oath of office to NPP chief Conrad Sangma as the MLA of the State Assembly during the swearing-in ceremony, in Shillong on Monday. (ANI)
Published on Mar 07, 2023 01:14 AM IST
By, Guwahati

Meghalaya: Two more parties offer support to NPP as coalition tally touches 45

UDP, which is the second largest party with 11 seats and the PDF, which has two MLAs, also extended their support to Conrad taking the coalition’s tally to 45 legislators in the 60-member assembly

UDP with 11 seats and the PDF, which has two MLAs extended support to NPP. (Twitter | Conrad K Sangma)
Published on Mar 06, 2023 09:36 AM IST

Governor invites Conrad Sangma to form govt; PM Modi likely to attend oath ceremony on March 7

Meghalaya governor Phagu Chauhan invited the NPP-led coalition headed by Conrad Sangma to form the next government in the northeastern state

Meghalaya Governor Phagu Chauhan and National People's Party (NPP) chief Conrad K Sangma at Raj Bhavan in Shillong on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 05, 2023 12:02 AM IST

Twist in Meghalaya govt formation; HSPDP MLAs support Sangma, party withdraws

Meghalaya assembly election 2023: On Friday, Conrad Sangma had submitted a letter of support signed by 32 legislators—one more than the required 31- and staked a claim to form the next government.

National People's Party (NPP) chief Conrad K Sangma submits his resignation as chief minister of Meghalaya before governor Phagu Chauhan and stakes claim for forming a new government in the state, in Shillong on Friday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Mar 04, 2023 09:24 AM IST
By, Guwahati

Conrad stakes claim for second CM term

“We have an absolute majority. The BJP has already extended its support. Some others have also given their support,” National People’s Party (NPP) chief Conrad Sangma said in a press conference.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma submitted his resignation to Governor Phagu Chauhan and stake a claim to form government, in Shillong.
(ANI arranged)
Updated on Mar 04, 2023 01:46 AM IST

‘Just wait and watch’: NPP’s Conrad Sangma stakes claim to form Meghalaya govt

Meghalaya: The NPP, founded by Conrad Sangma’s father and former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma in 2013, won 26 seats on its own.

Meghalaya chief minister and NPP chief Conrad Sangma said he also staked claim to form the new government at his meeting with governor Phagu Chauhan. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 03, 2023 02:00 PM IST

Conrad to return as CM, set to get backing from BJP, others

The NPP and the BJP fought a bitter political campaign after deciding to contest the polls independently, despite being coalition partners in the previous government, with “corruption” and “high-handedness” the buzzwords from the two camps.

NPP supporters celebrate Conrad Sangma's victory in state assembly elections in South Tura constituency on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on Mar 03, 2023 12:15 AM IST

BJP, allies retain power after tough battle in N-E states

The three incumbent governments in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya returned to power in results that bode well for the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prospects in the region in next year’s national elections, ask questions of the Congress’s ability to be the core of an anti-BJP alliance, and point to the limitations of the Trinamool Congress in extending its sway beyond West Bengal

BJP leaders said the Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the face of the assembly elections. (ANI Photo)
Published on Mar 03, 2023 12:14 AM IST
ByUtpal Parashar and Smriti Kak Ramachandran, Guwahati/new Delhi
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