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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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Roads, medical colleges and more in Modi’s 11,600 cr infra push for Assam

All these projects will increase connectivity of Assam and the rest of northeast with countries of Southeast Asia, Modi said in Guwahati

PM Modi inaugurated and laid foundation stones of infrastructure projects in Assam on Sunday (Twitter Photo)
Updated on Feb 04, 2024 01:47 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi’s lookalike identified, will reveal soon: Assam CM Himanta Sarma

Himanta Biswa Sarma claimed Rahul Gandhi was using a lookalike for some parts of the yatra when it passed through the state between January 18 and January 25

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 03:49 PM IST

Will track Uttarakhand UCC move, see if it can be implemented in Assam: Himanta

CM Sarma’s reaction comes a few hours after the five-member committee formed by the BJP govt in Uttarakhand submitted its draft report to CM Pushkar Singh Dhami in Uttarakhand on Friday

The CM informed that his government is preparing an act to ban polygamy in Assam. (ANI photo)
Published on Feb 02, 2024 01:52 PM IST

2 killed, 3 injured as fresh clashes erupt in Manipur

The incident took place near Kadangband village in Lamshang area at the border of Kangpokpi and Imphal West districts

The injured have been shifted to the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Imphal for treatment, officers said (Reuters file photo)
Updated on Jan 31, 2024 02:27 AM IST
By, Guwahati

Rahul’s yatra fails to stop leaders exiting Assam Congress

With the 2024 Lok Sabha polls coming up, the eastern state ruled by the BJP-AGP-UPPL coalition is seeing a shift of loyalties from the opposition party

Guwahati, Jan 28 (ANI): Former Congress Leader Bismita Gogoi, former AASU President Dipanka Kumar Nath, former Assam Youth Congress President Angkita Dutta and others join Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of Assam BJP President Bhabesh Kalita, senior party leader Pijush Hazarika and other dignitaries, at the party State office, in Guwahati on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
(Pitamber Newar)
Published on Jan 30, 2024 09:07 PM IST

Several Congress and student leaders join BJP in Assam ahead of LS polls

Those who joined the BJP include former Assam Youth Congress president Angkita Dutta, who was expelled from rhw Congress last year after she filed a harassment case against IYC national president Srinivas BV

Newly-joined BJP leaders Angkita Dutta and Bismita Gogoi at the party headquarters in Guwahati on Sunday. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
Published on Jan 28, 2024 08:33 PM IST

Row as 36 MLAs attend Meitei group event; Cong says state chief assaulted

There are 40 Meitei legislators, and while chief minister Biren Singh was a signatory to the agreement but not present in person

The 36 legislators who took an oath signed a list of six demands (REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 26, 2024 03:09 AM IST
By, Guwahati

Row erupts as Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra curbed in Assam

The Congress claims that the BJP was allowed to conduct road shows in central Guwahati, while they were stopped from entering the city.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Guwahati on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 24, 2024 04:19 AM IST
By, Guwahati

ULFA disbanded 44 years after formation; to hand over arms this month

The decision was taken at the outfit’s final general meeting held at Sipajhar 25 days after ULFA signed a memorandum of settlement in New Delhi on Dec 29

The outfit will also have to vacate all the 9 designated camps (Nav Nirman Kendras). (Representative file photo)
Published on Jan 23, 2024 05:28 PM IST

Disruptions to yatra benefitting us, we are not intimidated: Rahul Gandhi in Assam

The yatra saw a brief disruption earlier in the day when Congress workers and leaders had a face-off with the Assam police at Khanapara in Guwahati

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi addresses a press conference during the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Kamrup district of Assam on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Jan 23, 2024 05:39 PM IST

Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra: Police use batons to disperse Congress workers in Guwahati

State Congress chief Bhupen Kumar Borah and the Opposition leader in Assam assembly Debabrata Saikia were among those injured in the police action

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi waves at supporters in Guwahati. (PTI)
Published on Jan 23, 2024 01:21 PM IST

At least 6 injured after Myanmar aircraft overshoots runway, crashes in Mizoram

Around 10:30am, the Myanmar aircraft with 14 crew members veered off the runway after landing and overshot the runway

The injured individuals were rushed to Lengpui Hospital, where they are undergoing treatment. (DIPR-Mizoram)
Updated on Jan 23, 2024 01:15 PM IST

India-Myanmar border will be fenced, no free movement: Amit Shah

The decision comes as the country aims to tackle Maoist extremism and strengthen border security.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in Sonitpur district of Assam on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 21, 2024 05:14 AM IST
By, Guwahati

Indo-Myanmar border to be fenced, free movement regime scrapped: Amit Shah

India and Myanmar share a 1643-km long border in four states of northeast-Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.

Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday addressed the passing out parade of first batch of five newly-constituted Assam Police Commando battalion (Twitter/@AmitShah)
Updated on Jan 20, 2024 07:00 PM IST

Manipur unrest: Meiteis, Kukis demand action from govt amid heightened violence

The Indigenous Tribal Leaders Forum (ITLF), an influential Kuki group, has accused the state government of supporting Meiteis

The ethnic clashes between Meitei and Kuki communities first broke out on May 3 (APF Photo)
Updated on Jan 20, 2024 12:00 PM IST

Five Manipur civilians killed, 3 BSF personnel injured in fresh violence

Manipur violence: The incident comes a day after two police personnel were killed in an attack by militants in Tengnoupal.

Police personnel fire tear gas at protesters in Imphal on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 19, 2024 05:34 AM IST
By, Guwahati

5 civilians killed, 3 BSF personnel hurt in fresh round of Manipur violence

On Thursday, there were violent protests in several parts of Manipur that continued to be tense with authorities struggling to put a lid on violence that has lasted 8 months

mphal: Police personnel fire tear gas at women who came to meet Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh, in Imphal, Thursday. (PTI)
Published on Jan 18, 2024 09:57 PM IST

Most corrupt CM, says Rahul Gandhi in Assam; Himanta Biswa Sarma hits back

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma responded to Rahul’s attack, saying the Gandhi family was “the most corrupt family in the country”

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting during the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, on Thursday (PTI VIA @INCIndia)
Published on Jan 18, 2024 06:47 PM IST

3 BSF men injured in mob attack in ethnic violence-hit Manipur’s Thoubal

At least 200 people have been killed and around 50,000 displaced since ethnic violence between the Meitei and the tribal Kuki-Zo communities began in May last year

The attack came hours after two police commandoes were killed in Moreh. (PTI)
Published on Jan 18, 2024 08:34 AM IST

2 Police commandos shot dead in Manipur gunfight

The Manipur government has sought a helicopter from the Union home ministry to airlift security personnel and ammunition to Moreh, where the attack took place.

Security personnel carry mortal remains of policeman Wangkhem Somorjit, who sustained gunshot wounds in a militant attack and succumbed to injuries during treatment, in Manipur, on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 18, 2024 05:07 AM IST
By, Guwahati

CBI files chargesheet against five in Manipur arms loot case

The case pertain to a mob storming into the Manipur Police Training College’s (MPTC) Pangei complex on May 4, 2023 and allegedly looting a huge cache of arms and ammunition

Ethnic clashes between the tribal Kukis and dominant Meiteis first erupted on May 3 last year. (File photo)
Published on Jan 17, 2024 03:39 PM IST

Manipur seeks helicopters from MHA to airlift troops, meet emergency requirements

In the Tengnoupal district’s Moreh town morning around 3:30am, a police commando was killed and two others were injured after a security forces camp was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack followed by a gunfight

Fresh violence erupted in Moreh on Wednesday morning (Representative Photo)
Published on Jan 17, 2024 03:27 PM IST

Congress ‘yatra’ espouses anti-Hindu sentiments: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma

Sarma called it baseless the allegations by Congress that the state government was deliberately coinciding the dates of a welfare scheme with the Assam leg of Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at a press conference in Guwahati on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Jan 17, 2024 10:10 AM IST

Manipur: Curfew imposed in Tengnoupal district after attack on security forces

The move comes just two days after the district administration had relaxed curfew hours to facilitate the general public to purchase essential items including medicines and food items

Tengnoupal, which is dominated by people from the Kuki tribe, and the district headquartes of Moreh, which is close to the Myanmar border, has been witnessing sporadic incidents of violence for over two weeks now. (Representative Image)
Updated on Jan 16, 2024 07:49 PM IST

In Ulfa camps that struck truce, a sense of cautious optimism

The government of India, government of Assam, and the pro-talks faction of Ulfa signed a historic agreement for permanent peace in Assam.

Members of the pro-talks faction of Ulfa, which has a cadre of close to 700 people. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 09:45 AM IST

‘Hope peace returns to Manipur soon’, Rahul on 2nd day of Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi travels through strife-torn Manipur on the second day of the party's Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, hoping for peace and harmony. The 6700 km long yatra, which started in Manipur on Sunday, will travel through 15 states before ending in Mumbai on March 20. Gandhi interacts with common people, visits a roadside eatery, and meets with delegations of organizations to discuss the ongoing ethnic conflict in the state. The violence in Manipur has claimed nearly 200 lives and displaced over 50,000 people.

‘Hope peace returns to Manipur soon’, Rahul on 2nd day of Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra
Updated on Jan 15, 2024 06:33 PM IST

Assam govt’s scheme launch to clash with Congress yatra

According to the scheme, in the first phase, each applicant will be provided with a grant of ₹10,000 for the first year to start any business from a list of 145 business plans prepared by the government

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (PTI Photo)
Published on Jan 15, 2024 11:04 AM IST

Congress kicks off yatra from Manipur; Rahul attacks Modi

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday kickstarted the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra from Thoubal district in ethnic strife-torn Manipur.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi shakes hands with people as he commences the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Manipur on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 15, 2024 01:32 AM IST
By, Guwahati

‘We want to listen to your Mann ki Baat’: Rahul Gandhi at Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra

Rahul Gandhi said that Manipur is an example of the politics of hatred and ideology spread by the BJP and the RSS and assured that the Congress will strive to bring back harmony and peace to the state

Congress leaders arrive at the Manipur airport ahead of the launch of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Thoubal on Sunday. (Image posted by Congress on X)
Published on Jan 14, 2024 05:41 PM IST

Mizoram forms committee to resolve boundary dispute with Assam

Resolving the decades old border differences with Assam was a promise made by the new government under chief minister Lalduhoma

Chief minister of Mizoram Lalduhoma. (PTI)
Published on Jan 12, 2024 07:32 PM IST
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