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

Amit Shah assured Manipur’s integrity won’t be compromised: CM N Biren Singh

Singh informed that Shah is meeting stakeholders from Manipur in Delhi and will also be sending officials to the state to connect between the communities to restore normalcy

N Biren Singh addressing media persons over the situation in his state. (ANI photo)
Updated on May 15, 2023 06:18 PM IST

Manipur death toll hits 55, humanitarian crisis festers

More than 16,000 people have been taken to shelters in military compounds in and around the state, where internet services have been shut down.

Security personnel in Imphal on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on May 07, 2023 04:42 AM IST
By, , Guwahati/new Delhi

Manipur peaceful but on edge as army takes charge

Manipur violence: Thousands of people fled into the jungles and across state borders into neighbouring provinces to escape mobs.

Vehicles set ablaze after a clash broke out in Manipur on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on May 06, 2023 05:42 AM IST
By, , Guwahati/new Delhi

Army says situation under control in Manipur, evacuations continue

Shoot-at-sight orders were issued and internet services were snapped to quell ethnic violence in the northeastern state on Thursday

Incidents of vandalism and arson were reported from across Manipur. (ANI)
Updated on May 05, 2023 11:31 AM IST

‘Shoot at sight’ orders as quota plan roils Manipur

Clashes first broke out on Wednesday in Churachandpur after tribal Kuki groups called for protests against a proposed tweak to the state’s reservation matrix.

Vehicles in flames after violence broke out during the 'Tribal Solidarity March' called by All Tribal Student Union Manipur (ATSUM), in Imphal on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on May 05, 2023 04:52 AM IST

Manipur clashes: Genesis of the decades-old Meitei-Kuki divide

Manipur clashes: There are reports that churches, residences of tribals and their business establishments have been targeted and damaged in Imphal.

Vandalism and arson occurred in several districts of Manipur as tensions grip amid widespread protests. (ANI)
Updated on May 05, 2023 02:45 PM IST

Triggers of Manipur violence: Shrinking resources, old fault lines, court order

The Manipur high court on April 19 issued directions to the state government for submission of recommendation for the inclusion of majority Meitei community on the ST list

The scene of an arson attack. (PTI)
Updated on May 04, 2023 03:43 PM IST

CM blames misunderstandings for Manipur violence, pledges to address grievances

In a video message shared on Twitter, he said long-term grievances of communities will be suitably addressed in consultations with them and their representatives

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh. (Twitter)
Updated on May 04, 2023 11:52 AM IST

Army, paramilitary forces deployed in violence-hit Manipur

The organisation spearheading the agitation against the inclusion of the majority Meitei community in the ST category said tribals were being targeted in places such as Imphal while police looked on

Flag marches were being conducted to keep the situation under control. (ANI)
Updated on May 04, 2023 12:03 PM IST

Mobile internet shut for 5 days after violence during tribal protest in Manipur

The Manipur government on Wednesday imposed a ban on mobile internet services across the state for five days following reports of clashes in various parts of the northeastern state

Earlier, security forces were rushed to the town from other parts of Manipur to control the situation after vandalism at a venue where chief minister N Biren Singh was scheduled to address a programme (ANI)
Updated on May 04, 2023 12:19 AM IST

‘False narratives about India emanating from some foreign varsities’: Dhankar

Vice president Jagdeep Dhankhar cautioned those criticising their own country outside and asserted that the freedom of expression in India is not subject to any enforced silence

Vice president Jagdeep Dhankhar (File Photo)
Updated on May 03, 2023 08:01 PM IST

‘Peace deal in May if Centre agrees to our views’, says pro-talks ULFA faction

Anup Chetia refused to elaborate on the details of the agreement under negotiation, saying it was a confidential document and couldn’t be disclosed.

United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) general secretary Anup Chetia (PTI File Photo)
Updated on Apr 28, 2023 06:31 PM IST

Section 144 in Assam’s Dima Hasao after tripartite peace accord

Under the signed agreement, a Dimasa Welfare Council will be set up by the Assam government to protect, preserve and promote the social, cultural, and linguistic identity to meet the political, economic and educational aspirations of the Dimasa people and will ensure speedy and focused development

The deal was signed in presence of union home minister Amit Shah, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and other senior officials in New Delhi o (ANI Photo)
Updated on Apr 28, 2023 12:30 PM IST

Gatherings banned as mob sets fire to venue of Manipur chief minister’s event

A mob protesting against a survey of reserved and protected forests and areas late on Thursday set fire to the venue of chief minister N Biren Singh’s event

Venue of an event chief minister N Biren Singh was due to attend on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 28, 2023 10:48 AM IST

Centre, Assam sign peace deal with Dimasa rebel outfit; momentous day, says Shah

The deal with Dimasa National Liberation Army-Dimasa Peoples’ Supreme Council (DNLA/DPSC) was signed in the presence of union home minister Amit Shah, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

The agreement mentions the steps to be taken by Centre and Assam government to rehabilitate the surrendered armed cadres of DNLA (Twitter/AmitShah)
Updated on Apr 27, 2023 10:54 PM IST

Congress calls for united opposition against BJP in 2024; AIUDF left out

Congress has organised a two-day meeting starting Thursday where senior All Indian Congress Committee (AICC) leaders, including state party in-charge Jitendra Singh, will be present to discuss plans for an anti-BJP allianc

During the 2021 assembly elections, Congress formed a 10-party alliance to take on the BJP and its allies in which the BJP his alliance partners came to power with 75 seats (Representative Photo)
Updated on Apr 27, 2023 03:03 PM IST

FIR against Assam MP Ajit Bhuyan, bureaucrats for alleged misuse of MPLADS funds

The residents of Rangia in Assam’s Kamrup Rural district had alleged embezzlement of funds in construction of three roads by Rajya Sabha MP Ajit Kumar Bhuyan

Rajya Sabha MP Ajit Kumar Bhuyan. (Video grab/SANSAD TV)
Updated on Apr 26, 2023 04:17 PM IST

HC declares BJP Arunachal MLA’s election null & void for concealing info

Lupalum Kri, the Congress candidate who lost to Dasanglu Pul in 2019, moved the high court challenging her win, saying she did not declare her husband’s properties

Dasanglu Pul said she relinquished her claim over her husband’s properties. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Apr 26, 2023 03:01 PM IST

In Dibrugarh jail, Amritpal lodged in solitary cell, away from 9 aides

Of around 420 inmates in the jail, only 10 prisoners, including Amritpal Singh, are the only ones booked under the NSA, the official said

Amritpal Singh, a pro-Khalistan leader was arrested on Sunday (File Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Apr 24, 2023 03:36 AM IST

Amritpal Singh shifted to Assam’s Dibrugarh jail amid tight security

A special Indian Air Force (IAF) plane carrying Singh, who was accompanied by Punjab police officials, from Amritsar reached Mohanbari airport around 2:20pm and from there, he was taken to Dibrugarh jail under tight security in a convoy of vehicles

Amritpal Singh, a pro-Khalistan leader was arrested on Sunday (File Photo)
Updated on Apr 23, 2023 06:53 PM IST

Khalistani separatist Amritpal Singh to join 9 aides in Assam’s Dibrugarh Jail

Khalistani separatist leader Amritpal Singh was arrested by the Punjab police on Sunday morning at Moga

Nine associates and family members of Amritpal Singh are already lodged in Assam’s Dibrugarh jail following their arrests over the past month. (AP)
Updated on Apr 23, 2023 11:13 AM IST

Aizawl zoo grapples to keep exotic animals alive

Aizawl Zoo in India has a second list of rescued exotic animals and birds smuggled into India from Myanmar, but the zoo is running out of space and some of these animals are dying. Between July 2019 and September 2022, the zoo received 910 exotic animals, of which only 274 survived till the first week of December 2022. The zoo has all one visiting doctor, one veterinary field assistant, one range officer in charge of general administration, and two forest guards. The zoo has sent a proposal to the Union government for separate enclosures and a new rescue and rehab centre.

Mizoram has emerged as a hot spot for animal and bird smuggling. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 21, 2023 11:44 PM IST
By, , Guwahati/kolkata

Harassment complaint filed against Youth Congress’s chief

Enforcement Directorate and Central Bureau of Investigation last year questioned Angkita Dutta, the complainant, over her alleged involvement in the Saradha chit fund scam

Youth Congress chief Srinivas BV. (Twitter)
Updated on Apr 21, 2023 08:37 AM IST

Assam, Arunachal ink pact to resolve decades-long border dispute

The MoU was signed by Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Arunachal Pradesh counterpart Pema Khandu in presence of Union home minister Amit Shah and Union minister for law and justice Kiren Rijiju, who represents Arunachal Pradesh in Lok Sabha.

Union home minister Amit Shah with Assam chief Mmnister Himanta Biswa Sarma (L) and Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu during signing of the boundary agreement between the two states, in New Delhi. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 21, 2023 02:46 AM IST
By, Guwahati/new delhi

Assam, Arunachal ink deal to end border dispute; Amit Shah calls it historic

In 2021, following the insistence of both Prime Minister Modi and Amit Shah, both states had resolved to settle their border dispute out of court through talks

Amit Shah with Assam CM and Arunachal Pradesh CM during signing of the boundary agreement. (PTI photo)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 07:07 PM IST

Arunachal and Assam to sign MoU on border dispute: Minister

Assam shares an 804 km long boundary with Arunachal Pradesh.

Assam and Arunachal Pradesh governments will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Thursday (Manash Das)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 01:22 AM IST
By, Guwahati

Assam, Arunachal Pradesh to ink border deal on Thursday: Minister

In 2021, following the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and union home minister Amit Shah, the two states resolved to settle their border dispute out of court through talks.

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu and Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma have had several rounds of meetings to address the boundary problem. (ANI File Photo)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 09:55 PM IST

Indian Army, Tezpur University sign MoU on Chinese language training

The MoU was signed by HQ 4 Corps on behalf of Indian Army and The Registrar, Tezpur University in presence of the Vice Chancellor Prof SN Singh

The course will be for a duration of 16 weeks and will be conducted at Tezpur University. (Tezpur University)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 07:29 PM IST

Assam plans Kamakhya Temple corridor; PM Modi calls it a landmark initiative

The project will also create a holding capacity for approximately 8,000-10,000 pilgrims to ease the burden during Ambubachi Mela and other major festivals

Assam CM shared a video where he gave a glimpse of how the renovated corridor will look like in the near future. (Himanta Biswa Sarma | Twitter)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 06:42 PM IST

Dissent against Manipur CM grows; BJP says no threat to leadership

In the past five days, two BJP MLAS, who were ministers in the previous government, have resigned from key posts saying that they had not been given any tasks associated with their posts

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh. (File Photo)
Updated on Apr 18, 2023 03:54 PM IST
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