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.

Articles by Utpal Parashar

Without Lachit Barphukan’s valour, NE would not have been part of India: Amit Shah

Lachit, a general in the Ahom kingdom that ruled Assam for six centuries, played a decisive role in the Battle of Saraighat in 1671 near Guwahati. Despite being severely ill, he led the Ahom troops to defeat the Mughal army of Aurangzeb and thwarted their attempt to conquer Assam

Union home minister Amit Shah and Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at an exhibition during the 400th birth anniversary celebrations of Ahom general Lachit Barphukan, in New Delhi on Thursday. (Himanta Biswa Sarma/ Twitter)
Union home minister Amit Shah and Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at an exhibition during the 400th birth anniversary celebrations of Ahom general Lachit Barphukan, in New Delhi on Thursday. (Himanta Biswa Sarma/ Twitter)
Published on Nov 25, 2022 03:47 PM IST

CBI to probe border firing incident that killed 6: Assam CM

Both governments have announced ex-gratia of ₹5 lakh each to the next of kin of victims killed in Tuesday’s incident

Violence broke out near the border in the early hours of Tuesday (HT Photo)
Violence broke out near the border in the early hours of Tuesday (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 24, 2022 05:14 PM IST

Nearly 100 huts gutted in fire in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district

Police said that no one has been killed or injured in the incident and the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained

The incident occurred at Lahorijan in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district near the Nagaland border. (Twitter/ANI)
The incident occurred at Lahorijan in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district near the Nagaland border. (Twitter/ANI)
Updated on Nov 23, 2022 05:26 PM IST

Forest official, 5 others killed in Assam-Meghalaya border firing

While the Meghalaya government said the violence occurred at Mukhroh in the state’s West Jaintia Hills and was the outcome of “unprovoked” firing, its Assam counterpart said the incident took place in the state’s West Karbi Anglong district when forest personnel opened fire to save their lives from “unknown miscreants” smuggling timber.

An Assam forest guard was among those who were killed in the firing at the border with Meghalaya on Tuesday. (HT photo)
An Assam forest guard was among those who were killed in the firing at the border with Meghalaya on Tuesday. (HT photo)
Updated on Nov 23, 2022 02:41 AM IST

PM Modi unveils Arunachal’s first greenfield airport

“When I laid the foundation stone of this airport in February 2019, ahead of the general elections, political commentators stated it was a poll stunt and wouldn’t materialise. But the project’s inauguration within three years is a befitting reply to such commentators,” Modi said in his address.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inauguration of Arunachal Pradesh’s first greenfield airport, Donyi Polo Airport, in Itanagar on Saturday. (ANI/ PIB)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inauguration of Arunachal Pradesh’s first greenfield airport, Donyi Polo Airport, in Itanagar on Saturday. (ANI/ PIB)
Updated on Nov 20, 2022 06:45 AM IST

PM Modi inaugurates Kameng hydro project, 1st greenfield airport in Arunachal

The airport has 2,300 m and is suitable for all-weather operations. The airport terminal is a modern building promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and the recycling of resources

PM Modi dedicated the 600 MW Kameng Hydro Power station to the nation (ANI Photo)
PM Modi dedicated the 600 MW Kameng Hydro Power station to the nation (ANI Photo)
Published on Nov 19, 2022 12:16 PM IST

Even Hindi films follow procedures: HC on Assam police bulldozing houses of accused

The Gauhati high court has pulled up Assam Police for demolishing the houses of five people accused of burning a police station in Nagaon district in May, stating that even in films, police follow procedure before taking any action.

Assam police in Nagaon district had demolished the homes of five Muslims on May 22, less than 24 hours after an irate mob torched the Batadrava police station on fire over the alleged custodial death of fish seller Safikul Islam. (Reuters/Representational)
Assam police in Nagaon district had demolished the homes of five Muslims on May 22, less than 24 hours after an irate mob torched the Batadrava police station on fire over the alleged custodial death of fish seller Safikul Islam. (Reuters/Representational)
Published on Nov 19, 2022 12:09 AM IST

BJP emulates Congress’ ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in Assam with ‘Rath Yatra’ in SC areas

Called the Gaon Sampark Abhiyan, the initiative by the scheduled caste (SC) ‘morcha’ (unit) of the BJP started on November 9 and aims to cover 3,200 SC-dominated villages in Assam

Assam Congress in-charge Jitendra Singh Alwar with former Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh and other leaders during the party's 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' at Singimari in Kamrup on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)
Assam Congress in-charge Jitendra Singh Alwar with former Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh and other leaders during the party's 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' at Singimari in Kamrup on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Nov 17, 2022 06:46 PM IST

ULFA-I claims responsibility for ambush on army patrol party in Assam

On Monday morning, an army patrol party was attacked at a forested area in Digboi-PengerI Road at Barapathar during an area domination exercise

A damaged army vehicle after an encounter with militants in a forest in Tinsukia district, Assam on Monday. (PTI Photo)
A damaged army vehicle after an encounter with militants in a forest in Tinsukia district, Assam on Monday. (PTI Photo)
Published on Nov 15, 2022 08:10 PM IST

Assam to provide land rights to indigenous people through self-certification: CM

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the state government is planning to provide land rights through self-certification to indigenous people

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (File Photo)
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (File Photo)
Published on Nov 14, 2022 07:57 PM IST

Assam: Nearly 4,500 schools shut down in state after Covid-19 pandemic

While there were 1.509 million schools in the country in 2020-21, the figure dropped by 20,000 to 1.489 million schools in 2021-22. Of these, nearly 4,500 (more than 20%) closed down in Assam

Students maintain social distancing as they attend a class after schools reopened after lockdown in Assam in September 2020. (PTI File Photo)
Students maintain social distancing as they attend a class after schools reopened after lockdown in Assam in September 2020. (PTI File Photo)
Published on Nov 14, 2022 03:03 PM IST

Assam’s Jimochhaya Peoples Party backs BJP in Deori Autonomous Council

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the JPP leaders have expressed their intention to support the BJP to ensure the overall development of the Deori community

JPP president Mahesh Deori said the party has decided to offer unconditional support to the BJP for the greater good of the Deori people (Twitter/himantabiswa)
JPP president Mahesh Deori said the party has decided to offer unconditional support to the BJP for the greater good of the Deori people (Twitter/himantabiswa)
Published on Nov 14, 2022 01:56 PM IST

Assam to reopen past year’s cases of unnatural deaths involving domestic helps: Himanta

Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Friday that the decision was taken at a conference of senior police officers after the investigation into the death of a 13-year-old girl in June

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (ANI)
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (ANI)
Published on Nov 12, 2022 12:53 AM IST

Assam cop arrested for shielding accused of rape, murder of 13-yr-old domestic help

Raj Mohan Ray, former SP of Darrang district who is at present under suspension, is accused of taking a bribe of ₹2 lakh from the family of SSB jawan Krishna Kamal Baruah who is accused of raping and killing the minor

For representational purposes only. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
For representational purposes only. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Nov 10, 2022 09:19 PM IST

Deori autonomous council: BJP, AGP retain power; Congress wins 2 seats in Assam

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) retained power in the Deori autonomous council in Assam on Thursday by winning the polls held earlier this week

Polling had taken place in 93 polling stations spread across six districts and four sub-divisions. (File image | Representative)
Polling had taken place in 93 polling stations spread across six districts and four sub-divisions. (File image | Representative)
Published on Nov 10, 2022 04:12 PM IST

Breathing Guwahati air in winters is like smoking 25 cigarettes: Study

Black carbon, which is formed by incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, wood and other fuels, is part of fine particulate air pollution and contributes to climate change

Citizens wear masks and demonstrate to spread awareness about air pollution. (PTI File Photo)
Citizens wear masks and demonstrate to spread awareness about air pollution. (PTI File Photo)
Published on Nov 08, 2022 08:50 PM IST

Rape, murder of 13-yr-old domestic help: Assam cop, 3 doctors held for cover up

The body of a 13-year-old girl was found hanging at the house of Sashatra Seema Bal (SSB) jawan, where she was working as a domestic help, in Assam’s Darrang district on June 11.

The case got a fresh lease in August after Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma visited the victim’s family and assured action. (Representative Image)
The case got a fresh lease in August after Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma visited the victim’s family and assured action. (Representative Image)
Updated on Nov 09, 2022 04:16 AM IST

Defamation case filed by Assam CM: Sisodia told to appear in person

On Friday, the Gauhati high court rejected Sisodia’s plea seeking the quashing of the case filed under sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code, currently pending in the court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM) in Kamrup

While dismissing Sisodia’s petition, justice Kalyan Rai Surana of Gauhati high court said the ongoing case in CJM court should “be decided on its own merit”. (HT Photo)
While dismissing Sisodia’s petition, justice Kalyan Rai Surana of Gauhati high court said the ongoing case in CJM court should “be decided on its own merit”. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 08, 2022 11:29 AM IST

Over 700 dengue cases including 7 deaths reported from Assam and Manipur

Assam has reported more cases than Manipur with four deaths reported from the hill district of Karbi Anglong while Manipur saw cases and deaths in 12 of the state’s 16 districts

The number of cases in hill areas is very rare, but this year there has been an unexpected increase. (File image)
The number of cases in hill areas is very rare, but this year there has been an unexpected increase. (File image)
Published on Nov 08, 2022 08:43 AM IST

Manish Sisodia plea to quash Assam defamation case rejected; to appear on Nov 19

Justice Kalyan Rai Surana underlined that the observations in his order were related to the Delhi deputy CM’s plea and the ongoing case should “be decided on its own merit”.

Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia will have to appear before the trial court on November 19 in view of the high court decision, Assam advocate general Debajit Saikia said (PTI)
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia will have to appear before the trial court on November 19 in view of the high court decision, Assam advocate general Debajit Saikia said (PTI)
Updated on Nov 07, 2022 10:53 PM IST

4 dead, 200 infected in outbreak of dengue in Assam’s Karbi Anglong

Most of the cases have been reported from Diphu, the district headquarters. Officials said this is the first instance of such a big outbreak of dengue in Karbi Anglong

The National Health Mission (NHM) team in the Karbi Anglong area has been taking steps to spread awareness about dengue and carry out activities to such as fogging (Twitter/nhmKarbiAnglong)
The National Health Mission (NHM) team in the Karbi Anglong area has been taking steps to spread awareness about dengue and carry out activities to such as fogging (Twitter/nhmKarbiAnglong)
Published on Nov 04, 2022 11:03 PM IST

Oppn slams Assam govt’s plans to open more alcohol shops to curb illicit liquor

Assam has around 1,200 licenced liquor shops that sell Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL), along with nearly 1,000 bars

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (Twitter Photo)
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (Twitter Photo)
Published on Nov 03, 2022 04:10 PM IST

Assam Congress starts state version of Bharat Jodo Yatra

The Bharat Jodo Yatra in Assam will pass through 13 of the 33 districts in the state and cover 834 km in 70 days

Congress general secretary in charge of Assam, Jitendra Singh flagged off the Bharat Jodo Yatra in the state from Golokganj in Dhubri district on Tuesday. (Sourced)
Congress general secretary in charge of Assam, Jitendra Singh flagged off the Bharat Jodo Yatra in the state from Golokganj in Dhubri district on Tuesday. (Sourced)
Updated on Nov 01, 2022 07:04 PM IST

Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border row resolution likely by Nov end: Pema Khandu

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu said he needs to hold one more meeting with his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma “for a final agreement and permanent solution” to the boundary disputes

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu held a meeting with a delegation from Assam comprising cabinet ministers and bureaucrats on the boundary disputes (Twitter/PemaKhanduBJP)
Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu held a meeting with a delegation from Assam comprising cabinet ministers and bureaucrats on the boundary disputes (Twitter/PemaKhanduBJP)
Published on Oct 31, 2022 08:26 PM IST

Loss of habitat could push Assam’s state bird to extinction, says study

A new study has said that Assam’s state bird, the white-winged wood duck could become extinct in a few decades due to loss of habitat as a result of impact of climate change and anthropogenic factors

The white-winged wood duck is also called Deo Hanh or divine duck in Assam. (Sourced)
The white-winged wood duck is also called Deo Hanh or divine duck in Assam. (Sourced)
Published on Oct 31, 2022 04:22 PM IST

Assam govt plans to overhaul infrastructure of schools at a budget of 5,000 crore

Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed about the decision on Sunday after inspecting facilities in five schools in Guwahati, including one where he studied at for a few years

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (left) at the Gopal Boro Government Higher Secondary School in Guwahati on Sunday. (Twitter Photo)
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (left) at the Gopal Boro Government Higher Secondary School in Guwahati on Sunday. (Twitter Photo)
Updated on Oct 31, 2022 10:52 AM IST

Arunachal Pradesh PSC paper leak: CBI registers case; begins probe

The case relates to alleged question paper leak during the written examination for the post of assistant engineer (civil) conducted by APPSC on August 26 and 27

The case was lodged on the request of Arunachal Pradesh government. (File image)
The case was lodged on the request of Arunachal Pradesh government. (File image)
Published on Oct 28, 2022 09:06 AM IST

Swedish nationals fined for violating norms by preaching Christianity in Assam

Assam Police said that since they were in India on tourist visas, the preaching of Christianity was a violation of visa norms

Police said the three arrived in India on October 19. (Twitter)
Police said the three arrived in India on October 19. (Twitter)
Updated on Oct 27, 2022 08:22 AM IST

3 Swedish nationals accused of preaching at Assam church held, fined US $ 500

GUWAHATI: Three Swedish nationals were apprehended on charges of violating their visa conditions and preaching Christianity in Assam’s Dibrugarh district on Wednesday

3 Swedish nationals accused of preaching at Assam church held, fined US $ 500
3 Swedish nationals accused of preaching at Assam church held, fined US $ 500
Published on Oct 26, 2022 10:18 PM IST

People accused of jihadi activities had role in opening ‘Miya museum’: Assam cops

The Assam police claimed that persons accused of having links with jihadi outfits had played a role in opening the ‘Miya’ museum

The museum of Miyas in Assam’s Goalpara district was sealed by the authorities on Tuesday. (ANI)
The museum of Miyas in Assam’s Goalpara district was sealed by the authorities on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on Oct 26, 2022 06:42 PM IST
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