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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.

Articles by Utpal Parashar

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

BJP backs reservations; blames Congress for his doctored video: Amit Shah

Shah also spoke at length on the obscene videos case involving Janata Dal (Secular) MP Prajwal Revanna adding that both BJP and their alliance partner JD(S) are in favour of an investigation

Amit Shah said that the BJP does not believe in reservations on basis of religion. (PTI photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 02:11 PM IST

One dead in clashes among Manipur village volunteers

One person killed, three injured in gunfight between armed groups in Manipur's Kangpokpi district. Ethnic violence continues in the state.

Manipur has been in the throes of a violent conflict for nearly a year. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 29, 2024 05:44 AM IST
By, Guwahati

1 killed, 3 injured in fresh gunfight in Manipur’s Kangpokpi

The incident comes a day after 2 CRPF personnel were killed, and two others were injured in an attack by armed miscreants at Naransena in Bishnupur.

CRPF personnel carrying a coffin containing the body of their colleague, who was killed in a suspected militant attack in the Naranseina area of Bishnupur district, outside a hospital mortuary in Imphal, Manipur, on Saturday. (REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 28, 2024 05:36 PM IST

2000 ghost customers, a fake bank account: 150 cr vehicle load fraud in Mizoram

The complaint alleged financial fraud by MMFSL area business manager in Mizoram, Jakir Hussain, during the disbursement of vehicle loans

 (Representative Photo)
Published on Apr 27, 2024 12:35 PM IST

Polling begins in 7 seats in Assam, Manipur and Tripura amid tight security

In Assam, 77,26,668 voters will decide the fate of 61 candidates who are in the fray for five seats – Diphu, Nagaon, Silchar, Karimganj and Darrang-Udalguri

Polling staff carry EVMs to booths on the eve of the second phase of the 2024 general elections in Morigaon, Assam. (ANI Photo)
Published on Apr 26, 2024 08:15 AM IST

National highway damaged after landslides in Arunachal Pradesh close to China border

District officials informed that a portion of the road has been repaired temporarily around Thursday noon allowing movement of small vehicles

While no one was injured in the incident, movement of vehicles on the road was cut off completely for over 16 hours. (The Arunachal Times | Screengrab)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 12:53 PM IST

Bridge on National Highway damaged in IED explosions in Manipur

Videos of the incident circulating on social media showed cracks and three craters on the bridge, which has affected vehicular movement

The blast occurred just two days ahead of the polling for the Outer Manipur constituency, which is scheduled on Friday. (Representative Image)
Updated on Apr 24, 2024 02:26 PM IST

Himanta rebuts Kiren Rijiju on Chakma-Hajong refugees, says no talks with Centre

Himanta Biswa Sarma’s statement came amid sharp criticism by the Congress, accusing the BJP of conspiring against Assam’s interests

Himanta Biswa Sarma said Kiren Rijiju may have made some remarks regarding the political situation in Arunachal Pradesh (X/himantabiswa)
Published on Apr 23, 2024 08:43 PM IST

Violence, threats to voters, damaged EVMs mark polling in strife-torn Manipur

Voting took place in the Inner Manipur parliamentary seat and a portion of the Outer Manipur seat in the first phase

A poster spreading awareness to vote is pictured on a street ahead of the elections in Imphal, Manipur, India, April 7, 2024. (REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas)
Published on Apr 19, 2024 07:20 PM IST

Northeast: Stage set for polling in 13 LS seats, 50 assembly seats in Arunachal

Of the 13 LS seats, 5 are in Assam, 2 each in Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya and one each in Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura

A Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) trooper stands guard as people wait in queues to cast their votes outside a polling station during the third phase of general election in Khowai district in the northeastern state of Tripura, India, April 23, 2019. (Reuters/Jayanta Dey()
Published on Apr 18, 2024 07:20 PM IST

Gauhati HC rejects Kokrajhar MP’s plea challenging cancellation of ST status

The Gauhati high court said two-time MP Naba Kumar Sarania didn’t produce any evidence to back his claim that he was a member of Bodo/Bodo Kachari community

Kokrajhar MP Naba Kumar Sarania first contested the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, years after being issued the ST (Plains) certificate (Facebook/nksarania)
Updated on Apr 18, 2024 05:28 PM IST

No discrimination in policies, benefits reach all citizens: PM Modi in Assam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said there’s no discrimination in implementation of the policies of the NDA government and its benefits reach all citizens

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public meeting ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in Assam’s Nalbari district on Wednesday. (PTI)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 01:57 PM IST

CAA is against provisions of Assam Accord: Priyanka Gandhi

Many indigenous groups in Assam feel that CAA, once implemented, would lead to more illegal immigrants entering the state

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at the INDIA bloc’s ‘Loktantra Bachao Rally’ at Ramleela Maidan in New Delhi on March 31. (Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times/File photo)
Updated on Apr 16, 2024 07:14 PM IST

Congress seeks to make most of BJP’s failure in keeping Assam ST status promise

A bill introduced in Rajya Sabha for the status months before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls was not discussed or put to vote and lapsed

Workers at a tea garden in Assam’s Jorhat. (HT PHOTO/Representative)
Published on Apr 16, 2024 03:06 PM IST

Modi’s priority to restore peace in Manipur: Shah

The priority of the next government at the Centre under PM Modi would be to restore peace in strife-torn Manipur through talks, the Union home minister said.

Union home minister Amit Shah speaks at a public rally ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in Manipur’s Imphal on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 16, 2024 05:35 AM IST
By, , Imphal/guwahati

Govt’s priority to restore peace in Manipur keeping the state united: Amit Shah

Amit Shah also reiterated the Centre’s resolve to seal border with Myanmar to prevent illegal infiltration and scrapping of the free movement regime

Union home minister Amit Shah speaks at a public rally ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in Manipur’s Imphal on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 15, 2024 07:16 PM IST

HT interview: CAA won’t adversely impact BJP’s poll prospects, says Sonowal

In an interview with HT, Sarbananda Sonowal speaks about his campaign, the impact of CAA, and the BJP’s prospects in the state.

Sarbananda Sonowal. (HT file)
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 08:10 AM IST
By, Dibrugarh

BJP attempting to turn India into an authoritarian state, says Gogoi

Since Jorhat is the home town of my father and he represented the seat in Lok Sabha and was also an MLA from the district, there’s a deep personal connection, says Gogoi

Gaurav Gogoi is contesting from the Jorhat Lok Sabha seat (PTI)
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 06:12 AM IST

BJP trying to turn India into an authoritarian, single party state: Gaurav Gogoi

‘The BJP is using agencies like income tax and ED to blackmail and intimidate everyone including political opponents, media houses or big corporate entities’

Congress candidate for the Jorhat Lok Sabha seat, Gaurav Gogoi, addressing a public meeting. (HT photo/Utpal Parashar)
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 05:13 PM IST

Two Gogois battle it out to woo voters in Assam’s Jorhat

Jorhat, one of Assam’s biggest towns, had been a Congress bastion in the past. But since 2014, BJP has won this seat twice

BJP MP from Jorhat, Topon Kumar Gogoi, (seated) being felicitated by supporters at an election meeting. (HT photo/Utpal Parashar)
Published on Apr 11, 2024 01:07 PM IST

Nagaon: Where everyone thinks they have a chance of winning

The history of Nagaon parliamentary seat shows that it has been a stronghold of three different parties at different stages.

Nagaon: Congress candidate from the Nagaon Lok Sabha constituency Pradyut Bordoloi during his election campaign for the upcoming elections, at Phulaguri, in Nagaon district, Tuesday, April 9, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 05:48 PM IST

On Arunachal visit, Rajnath Singh takes a swipe at China for changing names

Defence minister Rajnath Singh said the government under PM Narendra Modi has improved infrastructure in areas of Arunachal Pradesh bordering China

Defence minister Rajnath Singh addresses a public meeting ahead of Lok Sabha polls, in Namsai on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 09, 2024 08:05 PM IST

Gauhati HC stalls Assam govt decision to denotify Deepor Beel wildlife sanctuary

A division bench of the HC stated that the decision taken by the cabinet to denotify Deepor Beel wildlife sanctuary is not just and proper at this stage

The Gauhati high court complex. (File photo)
Published on Apr 05, 2024 06:47 PM IST

Rain, storm affects Guwahati airport; portion of ceiling collapses, flights diverted

Videos of the downpour at the airport circulating on social media showed a portion of the ceiling collapsing

A portion of false ceiling collapsed at the Guwahati international airport on Sunday due to heavy rain (Twitter/video screengrab)
Published on Mar 31, 2024 08:51 PM IST

Lok Sabha polls: Bigwigs in fray in first phase in Northeast

In Assam, five seats – Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Kaziranga, Sonitpur and Lakhimpur, would witness voting in the first phase

The last date of withdrawal of nominations for the first phase is ending Saturday (File Photo)
Published on Mar 31, 2024 06:42 PM IST

BJP announces three more candidates, replaces MoS on Manipur Lok Sabha seat

As part of its 6th list released on Tuesday, the BJP dropped Singh, who won the seat in 2019, and fielded state minister Thounaojam Basanta Kumar Singh instead.

Security personnel in Manipur’s Imphal. (Reuters)
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 03:55 AM IST
By, , Guwahati/jaipur

Assam Congress veteran leaves in huff, party yet to accept resignation

While cross-party defections are common before elections, the party has to ensure that its vote share – higher in 2019 than it was in 2014 – doesn’t get hit

Former Congress MLA Bharat Chandra Narah
Published on Mar 26, 2024 07:43 PM IST

Lok Sabha polls: Assam to have 3 phase voting for 14 seats, starting April 19

Assam has 14 Lok Sabha seats, and this is the first election to be held in the state after last year’s delimitation exercise

The Election Commission rejected a request made by the BJP-led government in Assam to hold elections in the state before the Bohag Bihu celebrations. (Representative photo.)
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 07:01 PM IST
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