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

CAG flags data tampering risk in Assam NRC updation process

Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the next course of action will be taken based in the CAG report.

The updation process of the 1951 NRC for Assam, in order to detect illegal immigrants who entered the state after March 25, 1971, was done under the supervision of the Supreme Court (Samir Jana/HT PHOTO)
The updation process of the 1951 NRC for Assam, in order to detect illegal immigrants who entered the state after March 25, 1971, was done under the supervision of the Supreme Court (Samir Jana/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 26, 2022 08:20 AM IST

CAG detects anomalies in updating NRC for Assam

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India tabled its report in the Assam state Assembly on Friday.

The CAG said haphazard development of software and utilities for NRC data capture and correction posed the risk of data tampering without leaving any audit trail. (File Photo)
The CAG said haphazard development of software and utilities for NRC data capture and correction posed the risk of data tampering without leaving any audit trail. (File Photo)
Updated on Dec 25, 2022 07:22 PM IST

Assam: Illegal rat-hole mining taking place with govt support, alleges Opposition

Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) president Lurinjyoti Gogoi accused the state government of encouraging illegal mining of coal inside reserve forests

Rat-hole mining is the process of extracting minerals by digging narrow tunnels deep into the earth and sending down workers to remove the minerals manually. (Sourced)
Rat-hole mining is the process of extracting minerals by digging narrow tunnels deep into the earth and sending down workers to remove the minerals manually. (Sourced)
Published on Dec 25, 2022 12:36 PM IST

Assam CM dissociates himself from police officer’s letter on religious conversion

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the director general of police (DGP) has been asked to inquire into the matter and take corrective measures

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (File Photo)
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (File Photo)
Updated on Dec 24, 2022 07:35 PM IST

Lack of teachers, basic facilities affect 1000s of government schools in Assam: Govt

GUWAHATI: Thousands of government schools in Assam are facing a shortage of teachers and basic facilities like electricity, drinking water and toilets, education minister Ranoj Pegu told the state assembly on Thursday, adding that efforts to address the issue were underway

The education minister said 6,467 posts of teachers were vacant in high and higher secondary schools in the state. (ANI File Photo)
The education minister said 6,467 posts of teachers were vacant in high and higher secondary schools in the state. (ANI File Photo)
Updated on Dec 22, 2022 05:53 PM IST

97 elephants sent from Assam to other states since 2006: Govt tells assembly

57 of these elephants were sent to Bihar while others got shifted to other states including West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Odisha

Since 2012, a total of 80 animals have been transferred to zoos in other parts of the country from the state. (File image)
Since 2012, a total of 80 animals have been transferred to zoos in other parts of the country from the state. (File image)
Updated on Dec 22, 2022 02:48 PM IST

Suspected ULFA-I linkman injured in encounter with security forces; 4 held

The incident took place inside the Upper Dihing reserve forest under Pengeree police station around 4.30am when a joint team of police and army personnel were conducting an operation to nab suspected ULFA-I cadres hiding in the area

The ULFA-I in a statement denied the police version and claimed that no encounter or shoot-out took place between its cadres and security personnel and its cadres were not hiding in the forest. (Representative Image)
The ULFA-I in a statement denied the police version and claimed that no encounter or shoot-out took place between its cadres and security personnel and its cadres were not hiding in the forest. (Representative Image)
Published on Dec 21, 2022 01:51 PM IST

Royal Bengal tiger that swam across Brahmaputra rescued, sent to Guwahati zoo

The tiger, which was seen swimming from the north bank of Brahmaputra by people on ferries on Tuesday morning

A full grown Royal Bengal tiger is placed in a cage after it was tranquilised by forest officials in Guwahati. The tiger took shelter in between two huge rocks at the shore of an island after swimming through the Brahmaputra river (AP)
A full grown Royal Bengal tiger is placed in a cage after it was tranquilised by forest officials in Guwahati. The tiger took shelter in between two huge rocks at the shore of an island after swimming through the Brahmaputra river (AP)
Published on Dec 21, 2022 09:52 AM IST

Assam opposition leaders walk out of assembly over mass eviction drive

AIUDF members walked out of the House after speaker Biswajit Daimary rejected their adjournment motion on eviction drive carried out at Batadraba in Nagaon district a day earlier

Nagaon district authorities had started removing encroachers from areas around Batadraba Than. (ANI image)
Nagaon district authorities had started removing encroachers from areas around Batadraba Than. (ANI image)
Published on Dec 21, 2022 08:52 AM IST

Assam prepares SOPs to curb crime against women

Assam women and child development minister Ajanta Neog said that students of a few schools and colleges have been provided with martial arts training to defend themselves from attackers

Assam has recorded the highest rate of crime against women in India consecutively for the last five years, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. (Representative Image)
Assam has recorded the highest rate of crime against women in India consecutively for the last five years, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. (Representative Image)
Published on Dec 20, 2022 08:55 PM IST

Assam starts massive eviction drive around birthplace of Srimanta Sankardev

The eviction drive started around 6 am on Monday and is continuing well without any opposition or violence from residents, said Nagaon district administration.

Assam: A JCB machine demolishes an illegal construction during an eviction drive in the 1,200 bighas (nearly 397 acres) of land from encroachment by alleged illegal migrants, at Batadrava, in Nagaon on Monday.(ANI)
Assam: A JCB machine demolishes an illegal construction during an eviction drive in the 1,200 bighas (nearly 397 acres) of land from encroachment by alleged illegal migrants, at Batadrava, in Nagaon on Monday.(ANI)
Updated on Dec 20, 2022 04:26 AM IST

Four, including 17-month-old child, killed by elephants in Assam

A herd of wild elephants attacked vehicles plying on state highway 12 at Lakhipur in Assam’s Goalpara district and killed three persons including a toddler while in a second incident in the same district, a forest department employee was killed in an attack by a wild elephant at Solmari

Human-elephant conflict has claimed lives of 800 persons and around 250 pachyderms in Assam in the past 10 years. (Representative Image)
Human-elephant conflict has claimed lives of 800 persons and around 250 pachyderms in Assam in the past 10 years. (Representative Image)
Published on Dec 15, 2022 08:07 PM IST

Assam CM lays foundation stone of Ahom general Lachit Barphukan memorial

Sarma said the ₹150-crore project to develop the memorial at Gohaigaon is a befitting tribute to the 17th century military leader revered across Assam

Lachit was a general in the Ahom kingdom that ruled Assam for six centuries. (Twitter | Himanta Biswa Sarma)
Lachit was a general in the Ahom kingdom that ruled Assam for six centuries. (Twitter | Himanta Biswa Sarma)
Published on Dec 15, 2022 04:16 PM IST

‘Not 1962 anymore’: Arunachal CM on India-China border skirmish in Tawang sector

The Indian Army and China’s Peoples Liberation Army clashed along the LAC in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang sector on December 9, resulting in injuries on both sides

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu. (Twitter Photo)
Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu. (Twitter Photo)
Updated on Dec 13, 2022 07:40 PM IST

APPSC paper leak case: CBI files charge sheet against eight accused

CBI registered a case on October 26 at the request of the Arunachal Pradesh government and further notification from the Centre transferring the investigation of a case lodged in the Itanagar police station on September 10

The case was registered against a private person of a coaching institute at Itanagar (Representative Photo)
The case was registered against a private person of a coaching institute at Itanagar (Representative Photo)
Published on Dec 10, 2022 01:05 PM IST

Assam govt to reserve 2% of govt jobs in grade 1 and 2 for ex-servicemen

The Assam cabinet took a slew of major decisions including the job reservation for ex-servicemen and new ration cards for beneficiaries, among others

The cabinet meeting which was held at the historic Gandhi Mandap. (ANI image)
The cabinet meeting which was held at the historic Gandhi Mandap. (ANI image)
Updated on Dec 08, 2022 08:54 AM IST

Assam: CM Himanta Biswa Sarma initiates ‘development fortnight’ in 11 districts

Under the initiative by the Himanta Biswa Sarma’s BJP-led government, development projects worth ₹15,000 crore will be undertaken in 11 districts across the state

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma being greeted by students in Bongaigaon on Monday. (ANI Photo)
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma being greeted by students in Bongaigaon on Monday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Dec 06, 2022 08:46 PM IST

Assam police constable shoots colleague dead with service rifle

The accused, identified as Dipak Kakati, shot dead Gakul Basumatary at the station with his service rifle, the superintendent of police informed

For representational purposes only. (ANI Photo)
For representational purposes only. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Dec 06, 2022 01:06 PM IST

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
ByDavid Laitphlang and Utpal Parashar, Shillong/guwahati

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
By, Guwahati

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
By, Guwahati

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
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