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

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
BySobhapati Samom and Utpal Parashar

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

Museum depicting ‘Miya’ culture sealed in Assam

Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded its closure saying there is no community called Miyas, the term used for Muslim residents of the state with origins in present-day Bangladesh

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma questioned the authenticity of the items put up on display at the museum. (ANI)
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma questioned the authenticity of the items put up on display at the museum. (ANI)
Published on Oct 26, 2022 10:39 AM IST

Museum on migrant Muslims in Assam sealed, owner detained for suspected terror links

The museum, which opened on Sunday, was made by suspended government school teacher Mohar Ali in his house in Dapkarbhita locality of Lakhipur town, allotted under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana

Late on Tuesday, the state police detained Mohar Ali for suspected links to Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), a Bangladesh-based terror outfit
Late on Tuesday, the state police detained Mohar Ali for suspected links to Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), a Bangladesh-based terror outfit
Published on Oct 26, 2022 12:22 AM IST

Delayed rescue of elephant in Assam sparks debate of state’s preparedness

On October 8, a day prior to the train hitting the herd of elephants, a rhino trying to cross the NH 715 that runs along the Kaziranga National Park, was hit by a speeding truck at Haldhibari. The animal managed to get up and walk away.

Delayed rescue of elephant in Assam sparks debate of state’s preparedness
Delayed rescue of elephant in Assam sparks debate of state’s preparedness
Updated on Oct 24, 2022 06:00 AM IST

Red alert issued for Assam, Meghalaya as heavy rainfall predicted during Diwali

Due to a heavy depression over Bay of Bengal, all states in the northeastern region are likely to witness, heavy, very heavy and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places

IMD predicted squally wind over Mizoram and Tripura on October 24 and similar condition over Tripura, Mizoram, south Assam, east Meghalaya and Manipur the next day. (Representative Image)
IMD predicted squally wind over Mizoram and Tripura on October 24 and similar condition over Tripura, Mizoram, south Assam, east Meghalaya and Manipur the next day. (Representative Image)
Published on Oct 23, 2022 06:46 PM IST

Assam grapples with how to rescue injured, trapped wild animals

The recent incident in Assam involving an injured female elephant that got hit by a train has highlighted the status of government facilities, or lack of it, to carry out rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals

Assam reported the highest number of elephant deaths due to train hits in 2020-21 in the country with 62 of the total 186 cases. (Sourced)
Assam reported the highest number of elephant deaths due to train hits in 2020-21 in the country with 62 of the total 186 cases. (Sourced)
Updated on Oct 23, 2022 04:08 PM IST

Army chopper crashes in Arunachal Pradesh, 4 killed

The advanced light helicopter (ALH), a HAL Rudra built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and also known as ALH-WSI, was on regular sorties with five personnel onboard when it crashed around Migging, south of Tutting, at 10.43am, the army said.

Smoke comes out from the site of the helicopter crash in the Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh on Friday. (ANI Photo)
Smoke comes out from the site of the helicopter crash in the Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh on Friday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Oct 22, 2022 06:16 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Guwahati

Army helicopter with 5 on board crashes in Arunachal Pradesh; 4 bodies found

Tezpur-based defence spokesperson Lt Col. Amrinder Singh Walia said five personnel were on board the advanced light helicopter when it crashed in Arunachal Pradesh’s Lower Siang district

Smoke seen coming out from the accident site where an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) military chopper crashed near the Tuting area in the Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh on Friday. (ANI)
Smoke seen coming out from the accident site where an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) military chopper crashed near the Tuting area in the Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh on Friday. (ANI)
Published on Oct 21, 2022 07:26 PM IST

Assam government to award meritorious students with over 35,000 scooters

While 29,748 girls who secured 60% overall marks and above will get scooters, 6,052 boys who scored over 75% marks will get it too

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma addressing a press conference in this file picture. (File image)
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma addressing a press conference in this file picture. (File image)
Published on Oct 20, 2022 09:00 AM IST

Belongings of 2 Arunachal mountaineers found 2 months after they went missing

An independent search and rescue team located the belongings of the two missing mountaineers from a mountain located close to the Indo-China border on Monday

The government efforts to trace the two missing mountaineers were officially called off last month. (Representative Image/AFP)
The government efforts to trace the two missing mountaineers were officially called off last month. (Representative Image/AFP)
Updated on Oct 18, 2022 07:40 PM IST

Four held for terror links in Assam, says CM Sarma

Chief minister Sarma took to Twitter to announce the arrests of Sadek Ali and Jakibul Ali in Tamulpur district and Habel Ali and Abu Raihan in Nalbari district. “We are determined to root out jihadi elements from Assam,” Sarma wrote, mentioning that both Sadek and Jakibul had lured youth to join ABT.

Assam police have arrested four people with alleged links to ABT which is affiliated to the AQIS, CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said. (Pitamber Newar)
Assam police have arrested four people with alleged links to ABT which is affiliated to the AQIS, CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said. (Pitamber Newar)
Published on Oct 17, 2022 11:54 PM IST
By, Guwahati

4 more terror suspects with alleged links to Al Qaida arrested in Assam

Assam chief minister Himant Biswa Sarma said the arrest of Sadek Ali is a significant achievement since he has been radicalising youngsters for past 2 years

The Assam police have arrested 40 persons, including a Bangladeshi national, for their alleged links to Al Qaida in Indian Subcontinent since April this year (Representative Image)
The Assam police have arrested 40 persons, including a Bangladeshi national, for their alleged links to Al Qaida in Indian Subcontinent since April this year (Representative Image)
Published on Oct 17, 2022 06:40 PM IST

Arunachal public recruitment body chief resigns on moral ground after paper leak

Nine people have been arrested by the police in connection with the leak of a question paper of the APPSC recruitment exam

Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) chairman Nipo Nabam (Photo: appsc.gov.in)
Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) chairman Nipo Nabam (Photo: appsc.gov.in)
Published on Oct 14, 2022 11:33 PM IST
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