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

Over 4,000 cases lodged as part of campaign against child marriages in Assam

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday reiterated the resolve to end child marriages in the state

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (PTI)
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (PTI)
Published on Feb 02, 2023 04:08 PM IST

Don’t issue birth, death certificates to undocumented immigrants: Mizoram govt

The order came amid an influx of refugees from Myanmar into Mizoram following the military coup in that country

There has been an influx of refugees from Myanmar since the military coup there. (AP)
There has been an influx of refugees from Myanmar since the military coup there. (AP)
Published on Feb 02, 2023 02:14 PM IST

Days after demise, letter to reveal who betrayed poet Phukan

It is a whodunit that has haunted Assam’s literary circles for close to five decades

Jnanpith Award winner Assamese poet Nilamani Phukan. (AGENCIES)
Jnanpith Award winner Assamese poet Nilamani Phukan. (AGENCIES)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 12:27 PM IST
By, Guwahati

‘Probe underway’: Gauhati HC disposes PIL on alleged fake encounters in Assam

A petition in the Gauhati high court had sought inquiry by an independent agency into alleged incidents in Assam of deaths and injuries to persons in illegal police action, usually termed as ‘fake encounters’

The Gauhati high court noted that the Assam government has registered first information reports (FIRs) into all such incidents and are carrying out investigations. (File Photo)
The Gauhati high court noted that the Assam government has registered first information reports (FIRs) into all such incidents and are carrying out investigations. (File Photo)
Published on Jan 28, 2023 11:39 AM IST

60 more villages to get included in Bodo council, says Assam CM

The Assam government has decided to include villages which have at least 80% Bodo population in the Bodoland Territorial Region

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma during the 74th Republic Day function in Guwahati on Thursday. (ANI Photo)
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma during the 74th Republic Day function in Guwahati on Thursday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 09:04 PM IST

Revival of Assam’s traditional masks gets Hem Chandra Goswami Padma award

Samaguri Satra has been making masks for over 350 years and Goswami learnt the art from his father Rudra Kanta

Hem Chandra Goswami. (HT PHOTO)
Hem Chandra Goswami. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 01:18 PM IST

Those who marry girls under 14 to be booked under Pocso: Assam CM

The decision was taken after the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) carried out in 2019-20 showed that percentage of women aged between 20-24 years married before the legal age of 18 years in the northeastern state was 31.8%, higher than the national figure of 23.3%.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma addresses a press conference, in Guwahati. (PTI)
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma addresses a press conference, in Guwahati. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 01:10 PM IST
By, Guwahati

Assam cabinet nod to ‘massive police crackdown’ on child marriages

The decision was taken after the National Family Health Survey-5 (NFHS-5) carried out between 2019 and 2020 showed 31.8% of women aged between 20-24 years in the northeastern state were married before the legal age of 18 years, which is higher than the national figure of 23.3%

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed that instructions were issued to the state police to carry out a massive crackdown (ANI Photo)
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed that instructions were issued to the state police to carry out a massive crackdown (ANI Photo)
Published on Jan 23, 2023 04:55 PM IST

Probe against two IAS officers for ‘ruckus’ inside Assam sanctuary

A departmental inquiry has been initiated against two Assam Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers for allegedly flouting rules and creating a ruckus inside Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, according to people aware of the matter

HT Image
HT Image
Published on Jan 18, 2023 12:17 AM IST
By, Guwahati

Assam: Probe against IAS officers for creating ruckus at Pobitora sanctuary

In the complaint, it was alleged that the officers, who had come to the sanctuary with friends and family, smoked in the jungle (which is not permitted), sat on the bonnet of safari jeeps and created a ruckus.

The Pobitora Jeep Safari Owners’ Association in this regard has written to chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (Representative Photo)
The Pobitora Jeep Safari Owners’ Association in this regard has written to chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jan 17, 2023 04:15 PM IST

After 5 years at top, Assam claims 60% reduction in crime against women

Assam DGP said the drop in crimes against women happened in the state last year due to setting up of special cells and coordinated approach by all stakeholders

Assam director general of police (DGP) Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta. (File Photo)
Assam director general of police (DGP) Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta. (File Photo)
Published on Jan 16, 2023 08:43 PM IST

3 dead, 12 injured as pilgrim bus rams into parked truck in Assam

According to the police, the bus was returning from the Parasasuram Kund Mela in Arunachal Pradesh carrying 21 passengers, all from Assam’s Baksa district

 (Representative Photo)
(Representative Photo)
Published on Jan 16, 2023 01:42 PM IST

Shrapnel from Myanmar bomb found on Indian side: Mizoram officials

On Thursday, the Young Mizo Association (YMA), an influential youth organization of Mizoram, claimed that the bomb from the aerial strike landed at the Tiau river and also partly damaged an Indian vehicle. Tiau

Myanmar military junta air-bombed a rebel camp near Mizoram border on Tuesday (Twitter Photo)
Myanmar military junta air-bombed a rebel camp near Mizoram border on Tuesday (Twitter Photo)
Updated on Jan 14, 2023 02:52 PM IST

Longest river cruise docks amid fanfare in Varanasi

The Ganga Vilas cruise, operated by Antara Cruises, scheduled to be flagged off by Modi on January 13, will traverse 3,200km through five states in India and parts of Bangladesh over 51 days.

Luxury Cruise MV Ganga Vilas ahead of its flagging off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 13, in Varanasi on Wednesday. (PTI)
Luxury Cruise MV Ganga Vilas ahead of its flagging off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 13, in Varanasi on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 12, 2023 12:49 PM IST
By, , Varanasi/guwahati

Arunachal to hand over terminated hydropower projects to CPSUs

Naying (1000MW), Hirong (500MW), Emini (500MW), Amulin (420MW), and Minundon (400MW) projects were with individual power producers before they were terminated over reasons such as delays

The state government on Tuesday said the projects will involve an investment of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>40000 crore. (Bloomberg (Representative))
The state government on Tuesday said the projects will involve an investment of 40000 crore. (Bloomberg (Representative))
Published on Jan 11, 2023 09:19 AM IST

Eviction drive launched in Assam’s reserve forest

Deputy commissioner Sumit Sattawan said around 500 families living illegally in the forest were issued eviction notices and almost all of them voluntarily brought down encroachments

Authorities carried out a mock eviction drill on Sunday to ensure that the drive concludes smoothly. (AP (Representative))
Authorities carried out a mock eviction drill on Sunday to ensure that the drive concludes smoothly. (AP (Representative))
Published on Jan 10, 2023 11:29 AM IST

Assam woman, son traced to Pakistani jail 2 months after going missing

She was allegedly duped and taken to Saudi Arabia first on the pretext of marriage using forged documents and then to Pakistan

The Assam Police said they have taken up the matter with higher authorities including in New Delhi. (Twitter)
The Assam Police said they have taken up the matter with higher authorities including in New Delhi. (Twitter)
Published on Jan 06, 2023 04:19 PM IST

Officials will face action for razing houses, Assam govt tells HC

The high court had filed a suo motu public interest litigation (PIL) in connection with the razing of houses of five people who allegedly set the Batadrava police station on fire on May 21 after the death of a person in custody.

The HC filed a suo motu PIL in connection with the razing of houses in Nagaon district. (PTI)
The HC filed a suo motu PIL in connection with the razing of houses in Nagaon district. (PTI)
Published on Jan 05, 2023 12:12 AM IST

Assam assures action against officials for bulldozing houses of accused

The Assam government has also assured adequate compensation to those affected by the bulldozing of houses

The Gauhati high court had pulled up the Assam police forbulldozing houses of persons accused of burning a police station in Nagaon district in May last year. (Representative Image)
The Gauhati high court had pulled up the Assam police forbulldozing houses of persons accused of burning a police station in Nagaon district in May last year. (Representative Image)
Published on Jan 04, 2023 04:45 PM IST

‘India has never grabbed an inch of other nations’: Rajnath in Arunachal Pradesh

Speaking at the inauguration of the strategic Siyom bridge on the Along-Yinkiong Road in the border state, the defence minister said that India’s armed forces are always prepared for war-like situations

Defence minister Rajnath Singh dedicated 28 infrastructure projects of the Border Roads Organisation to the nation during an event organised at Siyom Bridge in Arunachal Pradesh’s Siang on Tuesday. (Twitter Photo)
Defence minister Rajnath Singh dedicated 28 infrastructure projects of the Border Roads Organisation to the nation during an event organised at Siyom Bridge in Arunachal Pradesh’s Siang on Tuesday. (Twitter Photo)
Updated on Jan 03, 2023 03:28 PM IST

Seven years on, Assam’s crime tracking system’s objectives ‘unachieved’

CCTNS is a ‘mission mode project’ under the national e-Governance plan of govt of India aimed at creating a comprehensive and integrated system for enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of policing.

CCTNS is an advanced project aimed at improving tools of investigation for police in analysing crime patterns (HT Photo)
CCTNS is an advanced project aimed at improving tools of investigation for police in analysing crime patterns (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 03, 2023 02:25 PM IST

No rhinos poached in Assam in 2022 for 1st time in 45 years

Officials credited sincere, concerted and coordinated efforts of the state’s forest and police departments for zero poaching in 2022

One-horned rhinos in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park. (REUTERS)
One-horned rhinos in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park. (REUTERS)
Published on Jan 03, 2023 08:42 AM IST

Assam merges 4 districts before delimitation move

On December 27, the poll panel announced it has initiated the delimitation of 126 assembly and 14 parliamentary constituencies in Assam using the 2001 census figures for the readjustment of seats

The decision to merge four existing districts was taken at the Assam cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in New Delhi on Saturday (PTI)
The decision to merge four existing districts was taken at the Assam cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in New Delhi on Saturday (PTI)
Published on Dec 31, 2022 10:40 PM IST

Assam merges 4 districts, redraws boundaries ahead of EC’s delimitation deadline

The Assam Cabinet’s decision comes a day ahead of the Election Commission’s (EC) deadline on starting the delimitation exercise for assembly and parliamentary seats

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (File Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (File Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Dec 31, 2022 04:24 PM IST

Assam social welfare department gave undue benefit to food suppliers: CAG

The CAG said the department made purchases at exorbitant rates and gave the benefit of over ₹94 crore to the suppliers in 2019-20

The CAG said the department failed to ensure compliance with the National Food Security Act. (HT PHOTO)
The CAG said the department failed to ensure compliance with the National Food Security Act. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 29, 2022 02:22 PM IST

2022: Year of border deals, flare ups in northeast

Assam and Meghalaya resumed talks in August to sort out disputes in the remaining six “complicated” areas of border dispute

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Meghalaya counterpart, Conrad Sangma, signed an agreement in New Delhi for resolving their border dispute. (PTI)
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Meghalaya counterpart, Conrad Sangma, signed an agreement in New Delhi for resolving their border dispute. (PTI)
Published on Dec 29, 2022 10:22 AM IST

EC starts delimitation of Assam constituencies; Oppn protests

Under the provisions of the Delimitation Act, 1972, the last delimitation of constituencies in Assam was done on the basis of 1971 census figures by the then Delimitation Commission in 1976, EC said.

While the delimitation process would see realignment of constituencies, the number of seats will remain unchanged, EC said, adding it will use the 2001 Census figures for the readjustment of seats. (AP)
While the delimitation process would see realignment of constituencies, the number of seats will remain unchanged, EC said, adding it will use the 2001 Census figures for the readjustment of seats. (AP)
Updated on Dec 28, 2022 12:16 AM IST
ByUtpal Parashar and Anish Yande

Hailstorms in Assam damage houses, CM takes stock of situation

According to weather department officials, there has been a dip in temperatures across most parts of the northeast with upper reaches of Arunachal Pradesh witnessing snow and rainfall taking place in parts of Assam

Chief minister Himanta Biswa shared a video of the hailstorm on social media (Twitter Photo)
Chief minister Himanta Biswa shared a video of the hailstorm on social media (Twitter Photo)
Published on Dec 27, 2022 02:51 PM IST

17-year-old girl attacked with battery acid in Assam’s Barpeta; accused arrested

This was the second such incident reported in Assam in the past three days. On Monday, a businessman was arrested in Dhekiajuli of Sonitpur district for attacking a woman in her 30s with acid.

Police said the girl was allegedly attacked after the victim decided to end a relationship with the accused (Representative Photo)
Police said the girl was allegedly attacked after the victim decided to end a relationship with the accused (Representative Photo)
Updated on Dec 27, 2022 02:28 PM IST

13, including 3 forest staff injured in leopard attack in Assam’s Jorhat | Video

Videos of the incident were also posted on social media in which, a leopard is seen jumping over a barbed wire and attacking a van with people inside

Leopard attacks group of people in Assam’s Jorhat (Representative Photo)
Leopard attacks group of people in Assam’s Jorhat (Representative Photo)
Updated on Dec 27, 2022 12:32 PM IST
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