Utpal Parashar

Utpal Parashar

Utpal is an assistant editor based in Guwahati. He covers all eight states of North-East and was previously based in Kathmandu, Dehradun and Delhi with Hindustan Times .

Articles by Utpal Parashar
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora (middle) during a meeting on preparedness for Assam assembly polls held in Guwahati on Monday.(HT PHOTO)
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora (middle) during a meeting on preparedness for Assam assembly polls held in Guwahati on Monday.(HT PHOTO)

High level EC team on 3-day Assam visit to take stock of assembly polls

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 09:42 PM IST
  • The Election Commission team will hold meetings with the senior bureaucrats and police officers including state chief secretary and police chief to know about security arrangements.
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Representational Image. (HT archive)
Representational Image. (HT archive)

Regional parties AJP, Raijor Dal inch closer to alliance for Assam assembly polls

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 01:54 PM IST
On Sunday, RD officially sent a letter to AJP seeking an alliance to form a regional front against BJP and other national parties like the Congress
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Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel is on his first visit to Assam to oversee Congress' poll preparations after his appointment as one of the three senior observers of the party (ANI)
Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel is on his first visit to Assam to oversee Congress' poll preparations after his appointment as one of the three senior observers of the party (ANI)

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on two-day visit to poll-bound Assam

UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 02:20 PM IST
  • Bhupesh Baghel's meetings in Assam will be his first to review the Congress' poll preparedness for the assembly elections expected a few months later.
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The Assam government had chosen 12 senior doctors for the vaccination on Saturday.(Reuters File Photo)
The Assam government had chosen 12 senior doctors for the vaccination on Saturday.(Reuters File Photo)

Don't get into efficacy debate, take vaccine without fear: Assam's first recipie

By Utpal Parashar, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 12:17 PM IST
In Assam, around 190,000 doctors, nurses, hospital staff, lab technicians, and ambulance drivers would get vaccinated in the first vaccination stage followed by nearly 100,000 police and paramilitary personnel.
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Screen grab of a video showing fight between fake buffaloes at a village in Sivasagar district of Assam on Friday.
Screen grab of a video showing fight between fake buffaloes at a village in Sivasagar district of Assam on Friday.

Assam village sets example, holds fake buffalo fight to uphold SC ban

By Utpal Parashar | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 11:58 PM IST
  • In 2016, the Supreme Court had placed a ban on animal fights during religious and cultural festivals.
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A picture of Major Relangnao Khathing(HT File photo)
A picture of Major Relangnao Khathing(HT File photo)

Arunachal Pradesh to build memorial to honour hero who won Tawang for India

UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 08:47 PM IST
The foundation stone of the memorial will be laid on February 14, the day when Khathing is believed to have hoisted the Indian flag in Tawang in 1951.
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A total of 8651 vaccinators have been trained from among auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) staff in Assam and they would be supervised by 1300 doctors. (HT FILE PHOTO) (Image used for representation).
A total of 8651 vaccinators have been trained from among auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) staff in Assam and they would be supervised by 1300 doctors. (HT FILE PHOTO) (Image used for representation).

12 senior doctors to be the first to get Covid-19 vaccine in Assam

By Utpal Parashar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 06:03 PM IST
In Assam, around 9 million or nearly 3% of the total population would be covered in the first phase. Around 190,000 doctors, nurses, hospital staff, lab technicians and ambulance drivers will get vaccinated in the first stage followed by nearly 100,000 police and paramilitary personnel.
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A wild buffalo had escaped fromthe Kaziranga National Park recently due to noises made during community finishing in water bodies in the park. (AP Photo/Representational)
A wild buffalo had escaped fromthe Kaziranga National Park recently due to noises made during community finishing in water bodies in the park. (AP Photo/Representational)

Wild buffalo that killed two persons shot dead in Assam

By Utpal Parashar, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 04:26 PM IST
  • An irate mob had torched a forest range office and an official vehicle after a person named Jayanta Das was killed by the buffalo on Thursday. The animal attacked and killed another person named Sukur Ali on Friday morning.
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Resort construction near Kaziranga National Park afoot despite SC ban

PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 11:42 PM IST
GUWAHATI: Construction is in full swing on a resort near Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve (KNPTR) in Assam in violation of a Supreme Court order banning building work on animal corridors
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The resort that is under construction in Haldhibari animal corridor near Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve in Assam. (HT Photo)
The resort that is under construction in Haldhibari animal corridor near Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve in Assam. (HT Photo)

Resort comes up in animal corridor near Assam’s Kaziranga in violation of SC order

UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2021 02:02 PM IST
Despite the ban, work in Green Ashiyana Resort is taking place amid a blame game between the state forest department and local administration
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The Gauhati High Court on Tuesday stayed the notice issued by Assam assembly secretariat removing Congress legislature party leader Debabrata Saikia as leader of the opposition. (HT PHOTO).(HT File Photo)
The Gauhati High Court on Tuesday stayed the notice issued by Assam assembly secretariat removing Congress legislature party leader Debabrata Saikia as leader of the opposition. (HT PHOTO).(HT File Photo)

Gauhati HC stays removal of Congress’ leader of opposition in Assam assembly

PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 09:48 PM IST
  • Hearing a petition filed by Saikia challenging the notification, Justice Achintya Malla Bujor Barua stayed the move and issued notices to the secretary and principal secretary of Assam assembly returnable within two weeks.
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The next date of hearing for the petition has been fixed on January 11 by the Gauhati High Court .(SOURCED.)
The next date of hearing for the petition has been fixed on January 11 by the Gauhati High Court .(SOURCED.)

Gauhati HC stays removal of Cong MLA as leader of opposition in Assam assembly

PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 09:14 PM IST
  • The Assembly secretariat said that since the present strength of the Congress was not equal to the quorum fixed to constitute a sitting of the House, Debabrata Saikia's status as leader of opposition was withdrawn.
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A plate of 'larus' and 'pithas' which are traditional Assamese sweets prepared for Magh Bihu. (HT PHOTO).
A plate of 'larus' and 'pithas' which are traditional Assamese sweets prepared for Magh Bihu. (HT PHOTO).

Assam prepares for Magh Bihu celebrations amid bird flu scare

By Utpal Parashar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar, Hindustan Times, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 08:56 PM IST
  • This year, due to bird flu the government has banned import of poultry including chicken and duck from other states through the western border. This is expected to lead to a surge in prices of mutton, chicken, fish, duck etc.
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Bharatiya Janata Party president Jagat Prakash Nadda, who is is Assam, said on Monday that the party has always given due recognition to the state's culture, language and identity
Bharatiya Janata Party president Jagat Prakash Nadda, who is is Assam, said on Monday that the party has always given due recognition to the state's culture, language and identity

Will win over 100 seats: Nadda at Assam rally

PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 04:25 AM IST
Nadda addressed a “Vijay Sankalpa” (victory pledge) rally in Barak Valley’s Silchar, beginning the party’s campaign for the assembly elections, likely to be held in April-May.
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Will win over 100 seats: Nadda at Assam rally

PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 11:56 PM IST
GUWAHATI: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda on Monday expressed confidence that the party would return to power in Assam, predicting that it would win over 100 of the 126 assembly seats in upcoming elections
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BJP national president JP Nadda (right) being welcomed by Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal at Silchar airport on Monday. (Photo: Twitter/Sarbananda Sonowal)
BJP national president JP Nadda (right) being welcomed by Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal at Silchar airport on Monday. (Photo: Twitter/Sarbananda Sonowal)

BJP will protect Assam’s culture, language, identity, says Nadda in Silchar rally

PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 04:56 PM IST
Nadda was addressing a Vijay Sankalpa (Victory Pledge) rally at police parade ground in Barak Valley’s Silchar ahead of the next assembly polls in the state likely to be held in April-May
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BJP hopes to win over 100 seats in Assam elections with its allies. (PTI)
BJP hopes to win over 100 seats in Assam elections with its allies. (PTI)

Nadda's Assam poll campaign to begin at Silchar, like Modi's 2019 campaign

By Utpal Parashar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Guwahati
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 01:33 PM IST
  • The BJP president won’t be holding any official talks with Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL), the two regional parties with which it is expected to enter into a pre-poll alliance.
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Akhil Gogoi was arrested at Jorhat on December 12, 2019 for his role in the protests against CAA, which seeks to fast forward citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Parsis, Buddhists and Jains from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. (Photo @kmss_assam)
Akhil Gogoi was arrested at Jorhat on December 12, 2019 for his role in the protests against CAA, which seeks to fast forward citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Parsis, Buddhists and Jains from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. (Photo @kmss_assam)

Gauhati High Court rejects anti-CAA activist Akhil Gogoi’s bail plea

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 12:52 PM IST
The decision by a division bench of the court has dashed hopes of his supporters across Assam who had been hoping that he would get released soon to take part in the upcoming assembly polls in the state.
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Congress MLA who was the leader of the Opposition in the Assam legislative assembly.(https://twitter.com/DsaikiaOfficial)
Congress MLA who was the leader of the Opposition in the Assam legislative assembly.(https://twitter.com/DsaikiaOfficial)

Congress MLA loses status of leader of opposition in Assam assembly

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 07:50 PM IST
The Speaker of the Assam legislative assembly withdrew the recognition of Debabrata Saikia as Leader of the Opposition after two Congress MLAs quit to join the ruling BJP reducing the grand old party’s number of lawmakers to 20, one less than the 21 needed to have one-sixth of the total members of the assembly.
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A portion of the hume pipe found underneath the fencing on the Indo-Bangla border in Assam’s Karimganj district.(Photo: BSF)
A portion of the hume pipe found underneath the fencing on the Indo-Bangla border in Assam’s Karimganj district.(Photo: BSF)

Assam: Underground passage on Indo-Bangla border sparks fears of infiltration, smuggling

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 04:08 PM IST
On December 28, police received a complaint that two persons from Karimganj had been abducted and taken to Bangladesh. During the investigation, police detected the underground passage
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Government schools in Assam have been holding offline classes for students of classes 8 and above from September last year. From January 1 this year even primary schools have started holding regular classes with strict Covid-19 safety measures.(Image used for representation).(HT PHOTO.)
Government schools in Assam have been holding offline classes for students of classes 8 and above from September last year. From January 1 this year even primary schools have started holding regular classes with strict Covid-19 safety measures.(Image used for representation).(HT PHOTO.)

Assam to conduct class 10 and 12 board exams in May, results in July

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 09:06 PM IST
State education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted that the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) exam (or Class 10 board exams) for the current year will start from May 11.
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The video was part of a project by the State social welfare department for mass sensitization against ostracization of the transgender community.(Screen grab of the video)
The video was part of a project by the State social welfare department for mass sensitization against ostracization of the transgender community.(Screen grab of the video)

Assam transgenders release video, seek mainstreaming, inclusion in festivities

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 08:04 AM IST
The video released by the community hopes to get transgender people included in the festivities during the harvesting festival.
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The arrested person was known to the victim. Police are investigating whether he had a role in the incident.(REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
The arrested person was known to the victim. Police are investigating whether he had a role in the incident.(REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

Assam professor dies of burn injuries; one acquaintance arrested

By Utpal Parashar | Guwahati, Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2021 12:14 PM IST
The victim, who was in her 30s, had sustained severe burn injuries on the night of December 30 at her residence and was rushed to Guwahati for treatment
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The next date of hearing for the petition has been fixed on January 11 by the Gauhati High Court .(SOURCED.)
The next date of hearing for the petition has been fixed on January 11 by the Gauhati High Court .(SOURCED.)

Gauhati HC orders floor test of BTC executive council before Dec 26

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 10:42 PM IST
The HC order by Justice Suman Shyam came 10 days after results of the polls to the council were announced following a petition filed by Hagrama Mohilary, the former chief executive member (CEM) of BTC and president of Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) challenging formation of the executive council.
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An Assam cabinet meeting being held in Guwahati on Tuesday.(TWITTER/ @CMOfficeAssam)
An Assam cabinet meeting being held in Guwahati on Tuesday.(TWITTER/ @CMOfficeAssam)

Assam cabinet approves Bill to make Bodo associate official language of state

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 09:02 PM IST
The Bill is expected to be tabled in the next assembly session scheduled later this month. It would be the last session of the assembly before the polls expected in March-April next year.
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Representational image.

Two employees of oil drilling company abducted in Arunachal Pradesh

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 08:59 AM IST
According to reports, the miscreants had come looking for another employee of the company. But since he was on leave, they took away Gogoi and Kumar
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A large number of arms and ammunition, including assault rifles, pistols, grenades, etc, were handed over by the rebels from ULFA-I, United Peoples’ Revolutionary Front (UPRF), Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA) and Peoples’ Democratic Council of Karbi Longri (PDCK). (Photo @CMOfficeAssam)
A large number of arms and ammunition, including assault rifles, pistols, grenades, etc, were handed over by the rebels from ULFA-I, United Peoples’ Revolutionary Front (UPRF), Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA) and Peoples’ Democratic Council of Karbi Longri (PDCK). (Photo @CMOfficeAssam)

63 insurgents give up arms in Assam, CM Sonowal welcomes them

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 08:34 AM IST
This was the third major laying down of arms ceremony by rebels in Assam this year.
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The accused, a relative of the victim, had lured her away from her house on the pretext of giving her chocolates and had raped and killed her in a nearby jungle.
The accused, a relative of the victim, had lured her away from her house on the pretext of giving her chocolates and had raped and killed her in a nearby jungle.

Man gets death penalty for rape-murder of 5-year-old girl in Assam

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 08:03 AM IST
The body of the girl, which was buried near a pond, was later recovered following the arrest of the accused.
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Mithun’s parents (left) after reuniting with him (second from right) in Guwahati on Saturday.(HT Photo)
Mithun’s parents (left) after reuniting with him (second from right) in Guwahati on Saturday.(HT Photo)

Three years after he went missing from West Bengal, special child reunited with parents in Assam

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2020 08:54 AM IST
He was soon placed by the district child welfare committee in care of Destination, a Guwahati-based NGO that works with special children
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A game underway at the Brahmaputra Volleyball League.(HT photo)
A game underway at the Brahmaputra Volleyball League.(HT photo)

Assam’s silent revolution to revive volleyball

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 06:26 PM IST
The brainchild of a former national captain, a volleyball league comprising 50 teams of boys and girls below 16 years is now underway across Assam.
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