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Boys swapped at birth: Assam court says let them decide at 18 about returning

The court said the boys were too attached to their non-biological mothers to be exchanged again, and decided that the boys should choose at 18 whom they want to be with.

At the court, the toddlers refused to leave the parents they had grown up with.
Updated on Jan 26, 2018 11:53 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By, Guwahati

Close shave for Manipur CM, 177 others as bird hits Air India flight

Though the plane was damaged, the pilots managed to land it safely at Guwahati’s Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport. However, the flight’s onward journey was cancelled.

Manipur chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh took to Twitter to complain about Air India’s lack of concern for the passengers stranded at the Guwahati airport.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 19, 2018 11:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By

BJP’s Northeast policy faces test in elections in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura

The Election Commission on Thursday announced the election dates – February 18 for Tripura and February 27 for Meghalaya and Nagaland. The results will be declared on March 3.

BJP president Amit Shah at an election rally in West Garo Hills, Meghalaya.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jan 18, 2018 07:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Northeastern neighbours wary of migrant spillover as Assam updates NRC

The first draft of the National Register of Citizens established 19 million people out of 32.9 million as legal residents. Officials have promised that those left out will be included in the next list – expected by July – after their documents are verified.

People wait to check their names on the first draft of the National Register of Citizens, released on December 31, at Goroimari in Assam.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Jan 07, 2018 08:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By

Assam police registers case against Mamata Banerjee over NRC remark

The West Bengal chief minister had accused the Centre of hatching a conspiracy to drive out Bengalis from Assam by excluding their names from the first draft of National Register of Citizens.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 04, 2018 09:13 PM IST
Guwahati, Hindustan Times | By

Chinese troops intruded into Arunachal with road equipment

China’s latest incursion, which comes four months after the two nuclear-armed neighbours ended a tense border standoff at Doklam is a rare one for this time of the year.

A Chinese soldier gestures next to an Indian soldier at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in Sikkim.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Jan 03, 2018 07:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati/New Delhi | ByRahul Karmakar and Rajesh Ahuja

Five injured as Assam tea estate owner, brother open fire at irate labourers

The tea plantation workers were protesting against the “measly” Durga Puja bonus awarded to them when the incident occurred. The two have been arrested.

While police have confiscated the rifle, labourers snatched a pistol from the duo. They are yet to hand it over to the police.(Pic for representational purposes only)
Updated on Dec 13, 2017 08:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By

Test this: Arunachal civil service exam questions copied from Pakistan website

More than half the questions were copied from www.cssforum.com.pk, a resource website for civil services examinations in Pakistan

Some questions were lifted from the 2008 Union Public Service Commission exams but without proper options to choose from.(Arijit Sen/HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 12, 2017 08:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By

Brahmaputra blackened by China? Assam sends water samples to Hyderabad lab

Blackened, muddy waters of the Siang triggered conspiracy theories about China constructing a tunnel to divert the water of Yarlung Tsangpo.

Fishermen at the Brahmaputra river during sunset in Guwahati.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Dec 09, 2017 09:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By

NHRC issues notice to Arunachal, HRD over stripping of schoolgirls

Eighty-eight students of class VI and VII of a shool were allegedly forced to undress by three teachers as a punishment for writing vulgar words against the head teacher.

NHRC observed that the teachers’ way of punishing the students, as reported, was inhuman and inexcusable.(Representative photo)
Updated on Dec 01, 2017 09:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By

Case registered against Arunachal teachers for disrobing girls

The case was registered on Thursday after a team from the women’s police station went to the school and took the statement of the girls. 

The teachers demanded an explanation from all the 88 students of classes 6 and 7, who were later made to undress before the other students as punishment.(AFP/REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Updated on Nov 30, 2017 11:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By, Guwahati

Gunrunner charge sheeted by NIA appointed NSCN-IM military chief

Anthony Ningkhan Shimray, the new military chief of NSCN (I-M) faction, spent almost six years in Delhi’s Tihar jail after being arrested for gunrunning in 2010.

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Chairman of NSCN (IM) (late) Isak Chishi Swu, NSCN (IM) General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah NSA, Ajit Doval and others at the signing ceremony of the peace accord between Government of India and NSCN in New Delhi on August 3, 2015(PTI)
Published on Nov 29, 2017 09:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By

Siang River turns muddy but Arunachal Pradesh is happy with diversion

Officials feared for the aquatic life if the Siang river continues to be this turbid.

Siang river rises in Tibet as Yarlung Tsangpo and reaches Assam to be known as Brahmaputra .(File)
Updated on Nov 29, 2017 08:55 AM IST
Guwahati, Hindustan Times | By

China on the sidelines, badminton team’s Arunachal owners recruit Taiwan star

Taiwanese shuttler Wang Tzu Wei, the men’s world number 10, is the icon player of North Eastern Warriors.

Taiwan's Tzu Wei Wang hits a shot against China's Chen Long during their quarterfinal men's singles match at the Hong Kong Open badminton tournament in Hong Kong on November 23, 2017.(AFP)
Updated on Nov 27, 2017 11:00 PM IST
Guwahati, Hindustan Times | By

5 out of 5: Gold rush for India at Women’s Youth World Championships

Indians won as many as five gold medals in the Women’s World Youth Boxing Championships in Guwahati on Sunday. This is India’s best ever show at the event

India's Sakshi (L) is declared the winner against Ivy-Jane Smith of England following the final bout of the bantam weight (54kg) category at the AIBA Women's World Youth Boxing Championships in Guwahati on Sunday.(AFP)
Updated on Nov 26, 2017 09:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By

Manipur needs image makeover to be India’s Act East hub, says CM N Biren

In the recently concluded North East Development Summit , the state has signed 49 deals worth Rs 5,000-crore, the chief minister says.

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh says his government is working hard on the image makeover that the state needs.(Rahul Karmakar/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 26, 2017 06:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Imphal | By

India’s longest bridge is reason for festival in Assam

Organisers hope to cash in on the large volume of traffic in the winter and get the government’s recognition to pitch the festival as an official event.

the Sadiya Festival began on Sunday on a sandbank below the Dhola-Sadiya bridge.(Photo:Nizarapara Youth Club)
Published on Nov 26, 2017 06:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By

Despite ban by govt, militants, tobacco use is climbing in Assam and Manipur

Tobacco consumption has increased from 39.3% to 48.2% in six fiscals since 2009-10 in Assam and from 54.1% to 55.1% in Manipur.

Assam, Manipur and Tripura have bucked the downtrend in India’s tobacco use – from 34.6% in 2009-10 to 28.6% in 2016-17.(Pratik Chorge/HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 26, 2017 04:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By

Packing a punch: Haryana boxer Jyoti wants to be father’s golden girl

Jyoti, 17, has outpunched formidable Ukrainian, Italian and Kazakh opponents to reach the final of the Women’s World Youth Boxing Championships, which is likely to produce India’s crop of boxers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Indian boxer Jyoti will face Russia’s Ekatirina Molchanova in the final of Women’s World Youth Boxing Championships.(AIBA)
Updated on Nov 25, 2017 08:01 PM IST
Guwahati | By

Nagaland seeks support after women’s cricket team crashes to 2 all out vs Kerala

Nagaland U-19 women’s cricket team were dismissed for just 2 runs. Kerala won the 50-over match by 10 wickets off the first delivery in Guntur

The Nagaland U-19 women’s cricket team were dismissed for 2 runs against Kerala in Guntur on Friday.(AFP)
Updated on Nov 25, 2017 11:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By

‘Plan bee’ keeps elephants off railway tracks in Assam

Growing man-animal conflict including train accidents has resulted in deaths of 225 jumbos in Assam between 2006 and 2016.

A passenger train passes as vets measure the carcass of two elephants that were hit and killed by a passenger train near a railway track in Thakur Kuchi village on the outskirts of Guwahati on November 19.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Nov 24, 2017 07:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By, Guwahati

Three Indian boxers enter finals of AIBA World Youth Boxing Championships

Jyoti Gulia (51kg), Shashi Chopra (57kg) and Ankushita Boro (64kg) claimed contrasting victories to enter the summit clashes of their respective weight categories in the AIBA World Youth Boxing Championships.

Ankushita Boro (Red) was one of three Indians to enter the finals in their respective weight categories in the ongoing AIBA World Youth Boxing Championships(PTI)
Updated on Nov 24, 2017 10:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By

Assam civil service officer quits, says pained by media trial in cash-for-jobs scam

A dentist last year helped the police trap an assistant engineer in Dibrugarh taking a bribe of Rs 10 lakh for an assured job in a government hospital.

Twenty-five tainted ACS, allied services and police officers were arrested and dismissed from service. Some more with arrest warrants are absconding.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Nov 24, 2017 04:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By

Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma says sins cause cancer, draws criticism

Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said some people suffered from cancer, some died in accidents and this was all because of sins.

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said it was a sin to shirk responsibilities.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 23, 2017 09:22 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By

Angry with ‘VVIP culture’, woman argues with minister Alphons over flight delay

The video shows a passenger, who had to attend a funeral in Patna, complaining to Alphons about the flight being delayed due to VIP movement.

The video shows a passenger, who had to attend a funeral in Patna, complaining to Alphons about the flight being delayed due to VIP movement.(Video screengrab)
Updated on Nov 23, 2017 08:17 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Imphal | By, Imphal

Stuck in Manipur jail for 5 years, Rohingyas seek UN help

Caught entering India illegally in 2012, Mohammed Hussain’s term expired six months later. But the Myanmar government is reluctant to accept him and 13 others.

W Phanitphang, SP of Manipur central jail, Sajiwa.
Published on Nov 22, 2017 12:14 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By, Guwahati

Spurned by family, hungry Mizo boxer sets ring on fire

Mizoram’s Vanlalhriatpuii became the School Games Champion in 2015 and gold at the National Championship earned her a berth in the national youth team earlier this year

Ankushita Boro (left) and Vanlalhriatpuii, the two boxers from Northeast in the 10-member boxing contingent at the AIBA Women’s World Youth Championships in Guwahati from November 19-26.(HT photo)
Updated on Nov 22, 2017 11:58 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By

YouTube turns virtual teacher for 10-year-old rhythmic gymnast in Assam

Upasha Talukdar, a 10-year-old rhythmic gymnast from Assam, watched Russian and Ukranian gymnasts on YouTube and began copying their moves and postures as there were no coaches available in the Northeast to teach her this art.

Upasha Niku Talukdar learnt rhythmic gymnastics by watching videos on YouTube of Russian and Ukraninan gymnasts.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 19, 2017 09:32 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By

ISL 2017-18: Ten-man Jamshedpur FC hold NorthEast United FC to goalless draw

NorthEast United FC started their Indian Super League 2017-18 campaign with a goalless draw versus debutants Jamshedpur FC, who were reduced to ten men late in the second half

NorthEast United FC could only manage a goalless draw against Jamshedpur FC in their opening Indian Super League game.(ISL / SPORTZPICS)
Updated on Nov 18, 2017 11:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By

ISL 2017: Rowllin Borges may miss NorthEast United FC’s opener vs Jamshedpur FC

NorthEast United FC’s skipper Robert Lalthlamuana feels Rowllin Borges’ absence will not dim the fire his boys have to challenge Jamshedpur in their Indian Super League (ISL 2017) opener , a team formed largely by players from Kerala FC and Atletico de Kolkata.

Rowllin Borges of NorthEast United FC is nursing a knee injury and is likely to miss his side’s Indian Super League (ISL 2017) opener.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 17, 2017 08:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By
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