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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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Will remove names of those who got enrolled in NRC by fraud: Assam CM

Himanta Biswa Sarma was speaking on the sidelines of an event in Guwahati to mark Swahid Diwas to commemorate the deaths of over 800 people in the Assam Agitation (1979-85) against illegal infiltrators from Bangladesh

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (File)
Published on Dec 10, 2023 08:03 PM IST

Lalduhoma takes oath as Mizoram CM; 11 ministers also sworn in

Mizoram’s youngest party, ZPM, was formed in 2017 and has since capped a stunning rise in the northeastern state’s politics

Mizoram governor Hari Babu Kambhampati (in white clothes) and Zoram People's Movement leader Lalduhoma during the swearing-in ceremony of Lalduhoma as the new chief minister of Mizoram at the Raj Bhavan complex on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 09, 2023 09:00 AM IST
By, Guwahati

Assam cabinet’s in-principle nod to hold traditional buffalo, bull fights: Sarma

Buffalo fights called Moh-Juj in Assamese are popular in several parts of the state and held during the Magh Bihu celebrations in mid-January every year

The government said the SOP will aim to ensure that there was no deliberate torture or cruelty on the animals (X/eclectictweets)
Updated on Dec 08, 2023 10:03 PM IST

Meet the council of elders that decided Mizoram’s next chief minister

The victorious ZPM has a Val Upa Council that is made up of 15 prominent elderly people. It named the person to lead the government if the party won the polls

Lalduhoma (right) was sworn in by Mizoram Governor Hari Babu Kambhampati on Friday as the state's chief minister.(ANI)
Published on Dec 08, 2023 01:31 PM IST

Lalduhoma sworn-in as Mizoram chief minister; 11 others take oath as ministers

Lalduhoma is the first non-Congress, non-MNF chief minister of the state since its formation in 1987

Zoram Peoples Movement president Lalduhoma takes oath as Mizoram chief minister (Twitter Photo)
Updated on Dec 08, 2023 12:57 PM IST

‘Never refused to accept bodies, compensation’: Kukis refute SC panel’s report

In a letter to the SC-appointed panel, the ITLF and the JPO claimed that the committee had been misled by the state officials into believing that the tribals were obstructing the acceptance of dead bodies

Paramilitary personnel stand guard as Kuki tribe stage protest against the mass burial of people killed in Manipur’s ethnic violence (File Photo)
Published on Dec 07, 2023 03:02 PM IST

Lalduhoma meets Mizoram Governor, stakes claim to form government

The 74-year-old former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer turned politician, Lalduhoma, met the Governor Hari Babu Kambhampati at the Aizawl Raj Bhawan

Zoram Peoples’ Movement president and chief minister-designate, Lalduhoma. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 06, 2023 12:59 PM IST

Lalduhoma to take oath as Mizoram’s next CM on Dec 8

Seventy-four-year-old IPS officer-turned politician, Lalduhoma, steered his party, the Zoram Peoples’ Movement, to a landslide win in the just-concluded Mizoram Assembly elections

Zoram Peoples’ Movement president Lalduhoma. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 05, 2023 07:19 PM IST

MNF out, ZPM roars to a majority in Mizoram

The Zoram People’s Movement emerged as winner in Mizoram's assembly polls, securing 27 out of 40 seats and breaking the four-decade hegemony of ruling parties

ZPM chief and party's chief ministerial candidate Lalduhoma being greeted by his supporters in Mizoram on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 05, 2023 05:44 AM IST
By, Guwahati

ZPM ends MNF, Congress hegemony in Mizoram; sweeps polls

Mizoram has been ruled by MNF and the Congress since the state’s formation in 1987 and this is the first time another party has been able to break that trend

ZPM chief and party's chief ministerial candidate Lalduhoma being greeted by his supporters in Mizoram on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 04, 2023 07:15 PM IST

Loss due to anti-incumbency, impact of Covid: MNF chief Zoramthanga

MNF, which had bagged 26 of the total 40 seats in the state in 2018, managed to secure just 10 seats this time

Outgoing Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga (HT file)
Updated on Dec 04, 2023 07:11 PM IST

Lalduhoma: An IPS-turned-politician who reshaped Mizoram politics

Lalduhoma’s vast experience both as a police officer and politician across various parties is expected to be very handy in his new role

Zoram People's Movement chief and Mizoram CM candidate Lalduhoma. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Dec 04, 2023 04:43 PM IST

Mizoram’s new government will have zero tolerance for corruption: Lalduhoma

Police officer turned politician and Opposition Zoram Peoples’ Movement (ZPM) leader Lalduhoma, 74, is set to become the next chief minister of Mizoram

Zoram People's Movement (ZPM) chief Lalduhoma. (PTI)
Published on Dec 04, 2023 04:01 PM IST

Mizoram: Opposition ZPM leading on 25 of 40 seats

Chief minister Zoramthanga was trailing against ZPM’s candidate Lalthansanga by 640 votes in Aizawl East after the first round of counting

Counting of votes in Mizoram underway in Serchhip. (PTI)
Published on Dec 04, 2023 10:25 AM IST

Mizoram elections: Counting of votes begins; tight contest between MNF, ZPM

The Election Commission of India on November 29 deferred the counting to Monday following appeals for it given the significance of Sunday for the people in the Christian-majority state

As many as 80.66% of the 857000 voters voted in the polls held in the state on November 7. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 04, 2023 08:44 AM IST

Mizoram assembly poll results to be out today

The Election Commission said it has made elaborate arrangements for the counting of votes, which will be held at 13 locations across the state on Monday

Polling for the Mizoram assembly elections saw a voter turnout of 80.66% on November 7. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 04, 2023 05:45 AM IST

Mobile internet ban lifted in most areas of Manipur after 7 months

Mobile internet services across Manipur have been suspended since May 3, since the ethnic clashes in the northeastern region started between two tribal communities– Meitei and Kuki

Mobile internet services across Manipur have remained suspended since May 3 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Dec 03, 2023 08:53 PM IST

Mizoram elections: MNF confident of winning again as parties await result

The counting was earlier scheduled for December 3, along that Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh and Telangana — where polls were held between Nov 7 and 30.

For the 40-member legislative assembly, there are four major contenders in the fray. (Representative file image)
Updated on Dec 03, 2023 10:53 PM IST

Review orders by state foreigners tribunal: Gauhati HC

The Gauhati high court has asked the Assam government to review orders passed by foreigners tribunals.

Gauhati HC (HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 02, 2023 01:22 AM IST
By, Guwahati

Manipur: Kukis organise rally demanding separate administration

The Kukis also submitted a memorandum of their demands addressed to Union home minister Amit Shah to deputy commissioner of Churachandpur district, Dharun Kumar

Members of the Kuki-Zo tribes took out large rallies carrying placards. (File Photo)
Published on Nov 29, 2023 08:49 PM IST

Arunachal Pradesh: Visiting US envoy says world should respect India’s borders

“Today how can we not but step up to be a great friend to India, to recognise her borders, all of them, and to respect them…"

US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti (left) and Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu at Pasighat on Wednesday (CMO-Aruncahal Pradesh)
Updated on Nov 29, 2023 10:51 PM IST

Air Force officer Manisha Padhi appointed as India’s first woman Aide de Camp

Squadron Leader Padhi formally joined her post and reported to the Mizoram Governor on Wednesday, where she was introduced to the officers and staff of the Raj Bhavan at Aizawl

Squadron Leader Manisha Padhi appointed with Mizoram Governor Hari Babu Kambhampati at Raj Bhawan in Aizawl on Wednesday (DIPR/Mizoram)
Published on Nov 29, 2023 07:27 PM IST

Kuki group suspends ‘economic blockade’ in Manipur

Violence between Meiteis, who are in majority in the Imphal Valley, and tribal Kukis, has since May 3 left 182 people dead and around 50,000 displaced

Police patrol in Manipur. (AFP/Representative)
Published on Nov 27, 2023 12:50 PM IST

Milk production in India increased by 22.81% in past 5 years; UP leads

Union minister for fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying Parshottam Rupala released the basic animal husbandry statistics for 2022-23 in Guwahati on the occasion of the National Milk Day

Union minister of fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying, Parshottam Rupala feeds a cow during the National Milk Day in Guwahati on Sunday. (ANI)
Published on Nov 26, 2023 08:41 PM IST

Myanmar man with gunshot wound crosses border to India, dies in Manipur hospital

The incident happened amid increased violence between pro-democracy rebel outfits and the Myanmar army in the neighbouring country

The Myanmar national, who had sustained gunshot wounds, crossed over to the Indian side and sought help from personnel at an Assam Rifles post .
Updated on Nov 23, 2023 10:40 PM IST

Barring few incidents, normalcy restored in many areas: Manipur CM

‘We should not indulge in crime and together we should try to restore peace and normalcy in Manipur,’ chief minister N Biren Singh said

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh. (File Photo)
Updated on Nov 22, 2023 07:48 PM IST

Flights stopped at Imphal airport for 3 hours after unidentified object spotted

The unidentified object was sighted around 2.30pm by security personnel stationed in the airport and an alert was sounded

The operations stopped for nearly three hours which affected three outbound flights and two flights bound for Imphal got diverted. (File Photo)
Published on Nov 19, 2023 09:03 PM IST

Manipur govt lodges FIR against Kuki group leader for ‘self-rule’ comment

The case against Muan Tombing, general secretary of the Indigenous Tribal Leaders Forum (ITLF), was registered at the Churachandpur police station on Thursday

Ethnic violence between Meiteis, who are in majority in Imphal Valley, and Kukis, who dominate several hill districts, since May have claimed as many as 178 lives and displaced 50,000 plus persons.
Updated on Nov 18, 2023 07:28 AM IST

Manipur: Kuki group threatens to set up ‘self govt’ if demand not met in 2 weeks

The statement by the Indigenous Tribal Leaders Forum came on a day when the group organised a mass rally in Churachandpur, a Kuki-dominated district, demanding investigations into ‘atrocities against Kuki-Zo tribals’

Kukis from Manipur at a protest in Chennai in August. (File Photo)
Published on Nov 15, 2023 08:28 PM IST

Nearly 5,000 including 39 Myanmar army personnel cross border amid tensions

Along with the 5,000 Myanmar nationals, 39 army personnel from the neighbouring country also entered India on Monday evening and surrendered before the Mizoram police at Zokhawthar

Among the people who entered India, 21 had sustained injuries. (Representative file image)
Published on Nov 14, 2023 01:19 PM IST
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