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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The AIUDF and the opposition Congress advocated amendments to the law to ensure that its provisions were not used to conduct marriages of children rather than throw out the entire legislation
The Assam Healing (Prevention of Evil) Practices Bill, 2024, aims to prevent traditional healing done with ulterior motives
Kuki organisations had alleged that over 100 police personnel from their community were being transferred to areas with Meitei-majority population without regard to their safety
The explosion took place around 9:30pm at Dhanamanjuri University complex near the office of All Manipur Students Union (AMSU) at Thangmeiband in Imphal West district
“We had noticed that this present legislation was being used to register marriages of boys and girls under the permissible age,” said tourism minister.
Two Congress MLAs including a working president of the party’s state unit decided to extend support to the BJP-led government for the development work done by it
The high court’s decision on Wednesday considered the concerns raised by the Supreme Court as it proceeded to remove the contentious part of its 2023 order
The order, passed on March 27, 2023, is believed to be one of the main triggers for the ethnic conflict between the Meitei and Kuki communities
Kuki outfit in Manipur asks government employees in Churachandpur to stay home demanding reinstatement of suspended cop, leading to violence and curfew.
The tribal body asked state government employees to refrain from going to office and said it will be their sole responsibility if any untoward incident happens
In an order passed on February 8, the high court said that it cannot interfere with the directions issued by the National Green Tribunal in 2016
Manipur violence shows no sign of abating: District collector’s residence burnt along with security forces vehicles parked near mini secretariat.
Two of the injured have been admitted to the Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh, while two are getting treated at the company’s hospital in Duliajan
Welcoming their decision, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that this would strengthen the state government and boost development work. He said that more such development is expected in the coming days
Among the budget’s key highlights was the announcement of a scheme to send 25,000 pilgrims to visit the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya
He mentioned that an expert committee will look into the possible ways to align polygamy and UCC in the same legislation
The CM made the announcement in response to a question by Congress MLA Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha on the status of the 2.7 million people who have been unable to get Aadhaar cards due to locking of their biometrics as part of the NRC updating process
The chaos continued even as speaker Biswajit Daimary requested the lawmakers not to shout or show placards inside the House
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has focused on both development and heritage over the past 10 years. Speaking at a public meeting in Guwahati, Modi criticised previous governments for failing to ensure simultaneous development and revival of the country's heritage. He cited examples of increased tourism and religious pilgrimage to demonstrate the impact of the BJP's policies. Modi also highlighted the increased number of higher education institutions and investment in the northeast region of India. During his two-day visit to Assam, projects worth INR116bn ($1.6bn) were rolled out.
Addressing his first public meeting at Assam’s Guwahati ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, the PM blamed previous governments for failing to ensure development
All these projects will increase connectivity of Assam and the rest of northeast with countries of Southeast Asia, Modi said in Guwahati
Himanta Biswa Sarma claimed Rahul Gandhi was using a lookalike for some parts of the yatra when it passed through the state between January 18 and January 25
CM Sarma’s reaction comes a few hours after the five-member committee formed by the BJP govt in Uttarakhand submitted its draft report to CM Pushkar Singh Dhami in Uttarakhand on Friday
The incident took place near Kadangband village in Lamshang area at the border of Kangpokpi and Imphal West districts
With the 2024 Lok Sabha polls coming up, the eastern state ruled by the BJP-AGP-UPPL coalition is seeing a shift of loyalties from the opposition party
Those who joined the BJP include former Assam Youth Congress president Angkita Dutta, who was expelled from rhw Congress last year after she filed a harassment case against IYC national president Srinivas BV
There are 40 Meitei legislators, and while chief minister Biren Singh was a signatory to the agreement but not present in person
The Congress claims that the BJP was allowed to conduct road shows in central Guwahati, while they were stopped from entering the city.
The decision was taken at the outfit’s final general meeting held at Sipajhar 25 days after ULFA signed a memorandum of settlement in New Delhi on Dec 29
The yatra saw a brief disruption earlier in the day when Congress workers and leaders had a face-off with the Assam police at Khanapara in Guwahati