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 .

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BJP sweeps Guwahati municipal elections; Congress draws blank

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on Sunday swept elections to the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), winning 58 of the total 60 wards, while the principal opposition party Congress drew a blank
Guwahati: Supporters of BJP celebrate after party's victory in Guwahati Municipal Corporation elections, in Guwahati, Sunday, April 24, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI04_24_2022_000209A) (PTI)
Guwahati: Supporters of BJP celebrate after party's victory in Guwahati Municipal Corporation elections, in Guwahati, Sunday, April 24, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI04_24_2022_000209A) (PTI)
Updated on Apr 25, 2022 05:52 AM IST
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Bangladesh terror outfits with Al Qaida links spread tentacles in Assam

The police have arrested 11 persons allegedly affiliated to Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), a Bangladesh-based terror outfit with links to Al Qaeda, from Assam’s Barpeta district in the last two months.
The police in Assam’s Barpeta district arrested 6 persons allegedly affiliated to Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) on April 15. ABT emerged in 2007 in Bangladesh as Jamaatul Muslemin. The terror group rebranded itself as ABT in 2013. (ANI)
The police in Assam’s Barpeta district arrested 6 persons allegedly affiliated to Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) on April 15. ABT emerged in 2007 in Bangladesh as Jamaatul Muslemin. The terror group rebranded itself as ABT in 2013. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 24, 2022 05:26 PM IST
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BJP sweeps Guwahati municipal polls; AAP opens account; No seat for Congress

The BJP and its ally AGP won 58 of the total 60 wards in the Assam municipal corporation. The BJP bagged 52 seats and the AGP won 6 seats.
Assam BJP chief Bhabesh Kalita said the mandate was a reflection of the good work done by the state government under chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s leadership (File Photo)
Assam BJP chief Bhabesh Kalita said the mandate was a reflection of the good work done by the state government under chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s leadership (File Photo)
Updated on Apr 24, 2022 03:46 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Guwahati

Assam: Congress, opposition stage protest seeking Jignesh Mevani’s release

The Congress alleged that Jignesh Mevani was arrested on a trivial political charge and brought to Assam to keep him away from Gujarat, which is going to polls soon.
The Congress leaders and workers staged a protest in Kokrajhar in Assam on Friday seeking Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani’s release. Photo: Sourced
The Congress leaders and workers staged a protest in Kokrajhar in Assam on Friday seeking Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani’s release. Photo: Sourced
Published on Apr 23, 2022 10:07 AM IST
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4 arrested for gang rape of woman colleague in Guwahati

The woman, who hails from Karbi Anglong district, had joined the private business establishment a few days ago. The police have arrested four persons including the proprietor of the establishment.
The gang-rape incident took place on Wednesday and the police arrested the four accused on Thursday.
The gang-rape incident took place on Wednesday and the police arrested the four accused on Thursday.
Published on Apr 23, 2022 09:40 AM IST
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Cong MLA Jignesh Mevani held in Gujarat over tweet on PM Modi

Congress MLA Jignesh Mevani was arrested by Assam Police in Palanpur town of Gujarat late on Wednesday and flown to Guwahati on Thursday over an alleged “offensive” tweet on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, officials said.
Congress MLA Jignesh Mevani was arrested by Assam Police in Palanpur town of Gujarat late on Wednesday. (HT photo)
Congress MLA Jignesh Mevani was arrested by Assam Police in Palanpur town of Gujarat late on Wednesday. (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 22, 2022 12:35 AM IST
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ByMaulik Pathak & Utpal Parashar, Ahmedabad/guwahati

Assam to move SC for Aadhaar cards to persons whose biometrics locked for NRC

Nearly 2.8 million people from Assam have not been able to get their Aadhaar cards as their biometrics was locked during the process of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
The persons whose biometrics were locked for NRC are not able to avail benefits of government schemes. (File Photo)
The persons whose biometrics were locked for NRC are not able to avail benefits of government schemes. (File Photo)
Published on Apr 21, 2022 02:19 AM IST
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To solve border dispute, Assam, Arunachal to follow Meghalaya model

Assam and Arunachal Pradesh governments on Wednesday agreed to set up district-level committees headed by cabinet ministers to end the decades-old border dispute between the two northeastern states in a time-bound manner—a move similar to the one agreed upon by Assam and Meghalaya
Itanagar, Feb 20 (ANI): Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu welcomes Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, at Naharlagun, in Itanagar on Sunday. Assam CM is scheduled to attend the 36th Statehood celebration programme of Arunachal Pradesh. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
Itanagar, Feb 20 (ANI): Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu welcomes Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, at Naharlagun, in Itanagar on Sunday. Assam CM is scheduled to attend the 36th Statehood celebration programme of Arunachal Pradesh. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
Published on Apr 20, 2022 11:31 PM IST
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Assam, Arunachal Pradesh agree on formula to end border dispute

The decision was taken at the second official meeting on the issue between Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Arunachal Pradesh counterpart Pema Khandu in Guwahati. Senior ministers and bureaucrats of both states were also present.
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Arunachal Pradesh counterpart Pema Khandu held the second official meeting on the border issue in Guwahati on Wednesday. (PTI)
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Arunachal Pradesh counterpart Pema Khandu held the second official meeting on the border issue in Guwahati on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 21, 2022 12:14 AM IST
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Assam job scam: Charges framed against 67 accused

The scam came to light in 2016 and 60 serving officers were arrested while 39 of them were terminated from service
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Updated on Apr 20, 2022 09:00 AM IST
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2 cattle smugglers killed in firing in Assam: Police

Two cattle smugglers who were arrested last week in Uttar Pradesh and handed over to Assam Police were killed on Tuesday in Assam’s Kokrajhar district in firing by unknown assailants.
Every year, thousands of cows brought from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the country are smuggled into Bangladesh through the porous land and water boundaries in West Bengal, Assam and Meghalaya.
Every year, thousands of cows brought from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the country are smuggled into Bangladesh through the porous land and water boundaries in West Bengal, Assam and Meghalaya.
Published on Apr 20, 2022 12:12 AM IST
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2 cattle smugglers from UP with terror funding link killed in ambush in Assam

The duo was killed in firing by unknown assailants while they were being taken by police to trace their smuggling route. Four policemen were injured in the shootout.
The duo was arrested last week in Uttar Pradesh and handed over to the Assam police. (Representational Image)
The duo was arrested last week in Uttar Pradesh and handed over to the Assam police. (Representational Image)
Published on Apr 19, 2022 10:18 PM IST
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New in the Northeast | Assam’s APSC job scam: From a commission to a committee

  • The commission’s findings are stated to detail irregularities in answer sheets of many “successful” candidates.
The new committee will decide whether the entire results of CCE 2013 should be set aside in view of the irregularities. (HT File Photo)
The new committee will decide whether the entire results of CCE 2013 should be set aside in view of the irregularities. (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 18, 2022 07:52 PM IST
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Amid ceasefire, ULFA-I continues recruitment in Assam

On April 13, a day ahead of start of Rongali Bihu, the Assamese New Year festivities, news of 13 youths from across Assam joining the banned separatist outfit United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) hit headlines in the state.
This year 234 persons have left their homes and families to join ULFA-I, which is in a state of unilateral ceasefire since last year. (HT file)
This year 234 persons have left their homes and families to join ULFA-I, which is in a state of unilateral ceasefire since last year. (HT file)
Updated on Apr 18, 2022 04:43 AM IST
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By, Guwahati

Assam Congress ex-chief Ripun Bora switches over to TMC

In a major setback to the opposition Congress in Assam, senior leader and former state unit chief Ripun Bora quit the party and joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in Kolkata on Sunday.
Trinamool Congress national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee congratulates former Assam Congress chief Ripun Bora as he joins the party, in Kolkata on Sunday. (ANI)
Trinamool Congress national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee congratulates former Assam Congress chief Ripun Bora as he joins the party, in Kolkata on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 18, 2022 01:23 AM IST
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Amid ceasefire, ‘recruitment’ for ULFA-I continues in Assam

The news of Gogoi and others joining ULFA-I, a banned terror outfit, which had declared an unilateral ceasefire since May 2021, has caused some alarm in the corridors of power in Guwahati since this has happened at a time when there are indications of the outfit’s leadership sitting for peace talks with New Delhi.
In February, 2011, ULFA split into two groups—one group led by chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa that decided to give up its violent past and sit for talks with the Centre without any condition and another led by commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah, which decided against talks and rebranded as ULFA-Independent. (HT FILE PHOTO.)
In February, 2011, ULFA split into two groups—one group led by chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa that decided to give up its violent past and sit for talks with the Centre without any condition and another led by commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah, which decided against talks and rebranded as ULFA-Independent. (HT FILE PHOTO.)
Updated on Apr 17, 2022 08:33 PM IST
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Blow to Congress in Assam as former state chief Ripun Bora quits party, joins TMC

Bora was the president of the state Congress during last year’s polls in which the party had tied up with nine other parties in a bid to wrest power from the BJP. But Congress managed to win just 29 of the total 126 seats leading to BJP and allies forming the government again.
Ripun Bora, who was the Congress candidate for last month’s Rajya Sabha polls (which he lost), joined TMC in Kolkata in the presence of party national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee. (TWITTER/@abhishekaitc.)
Ripun Bora, who was the Congress candidate for last month’s Rajya Sabha polls (which he lost), joined TMC in Kolkata in the presence of party national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee. (TWITTER/@abhishekaitc.)
Published on Apr 17, 2022 07:37 PM IST
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Assam: Storm claims 14 lives, damages over 12,000 houses in 2 days

Severe storms lashed many parts of Assam on Friday and Saturday, affecting over 21,000 people in 12 districts.
Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh have been experiencing heavy rainfall and thunderstorms since the beginning of this month. (Representational Image)
Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh have been experiencing heavy rainfall and thunderstorms since the beginning of this month. (Representational Image)
Updated on Apr 17, 2022 09:53 AM IST
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6 Assam men linked to Bangladesh terror outfit arrested in Barpeta: Police

An Assam court has remanded the six men accused of links with Ansarullah Bangla Team in police custody for 10 days
Six people, all Indian nationals, were arrested from different parts of Barpeta district on Friday on charges that they had links to Ansarullah Bangla Team (AP File Photo/Representative Imag)
Six people, all Indian nationals, were arrested from different parts of Barpeta district on Friday on charges that they had links to Ansarullah Bangla Team (AP File Photo/Representative Imag)
Published on Apr 16, 2022 09:04 PM IST
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13 die in 4 Assam districts within a week after eating wild mushrooms

Following severe reactions triggered after eating the mushrooms, the victims were admitted to Assam Medical College Hospital (AMCH) in Dibrugarh district, the official said.
Thirteen persons, including a child, have died in four districts of Upper Assam within a week after consuming poisonous wild mushrooms, a health official privy to the matter said on Wednesday. (Shutterstock/representative use)
Thirteen persons, including a child, have died in four districts of Upper Assam within a week after consuming poisonous wild mushrooms, a health official privy to the matter said on Wednesday. (Shutterstock/representative use)
Updated on Apr 14, 2022 02:02 AM IST
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By, Guwahati

Cyberattack hits Oil India field headquarters, probe on

The scale of the systems affected was not immediately clear but a representative, who confirmed the incident, said systems connected to production and drilling were not affected
Cyberattack hits OIL India field HQ, probe on
Cyberattack hits OIL India field HQ, probe on
Updated on Apr 14, 2022 04:29 AM IST
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13 killed in Assam over one week after eating poisonous mushrooms

The people were from Tinsukia, Charaideo and Dibrugarh districts of Assam. Most of them belong to the tea-garden community and consumed the mushrooms at different places on separate occasions.
Thirteen people have died in districts of Upper Assam in the past 8-10 days after consuming wild mushrooms which were poisonous. (HT PHOTO.)
Thirteen people have died in districts of Upper Assam in the past 8-10 days after consuming wild mushrooms which were poisonous. (HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Apr 13, 2022 09:25 PM IST
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After suspected cyber-attack, OIL says production and drilling unaffected

On Sunday afternoon, some employees who were working noticed that some computers experienced outages. The IT team, which was informed immediately, detected that it was a malware attack and got those affected computers out from the local area network (LAN).
The cyber-attack was done by using malicious software to encrypt OIL’s systems, officials of the public sector undertaking said. (GETTY IMAGES.)
The cyber-attack was done by using malicious software to encrypt OIL’s systems, officials of the public sector undertaking said. (GETTY IMAGES.)
Published on Apr 13, 2022 02:03 PM IST
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Maiden commercial service by ‘Made in India’ aircraft connects Assam & Arunachal

GUWAHATI: In a boost to air traffic in the north east with the rest of India, the first commercial service by a ‘Made in India’ aircraft connected Dibrugarh in Assam and Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday
Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia boards the Dornier-228 aircraft on its maiden commercial flight from Dibrugarh in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday. (TWITTER)
Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia boards the Dornier-228 aircraft on its maiden commercial flight from Dibrugarh in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday. (TWITTER)
Published on Apr 13, 2022 08:49 AM IST
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New in the Northeast | Hindi opposition and heavy showers 

  • Amit Shah stated that the Northeast has agreed to make Hindi compulsory in schools till class 10, which triggered outrage. Several parts of the region also experienced heavy rainfall while temperatures soared across the rest of the country
In his speech, he mentioned that 22,000 Hindi teachers have been recruited in eight states of the region and nine tribal communities in the Northeast have converted their dialects’ scripts to Devanagari. (PTI)
In his speech, he mentioned that 22,000 Hindi teachers have been recruited in eight states of the region and nine tribal communities in the Northeast have converted their dialects’ scripts to Devanagari. (PTI)
Published on Apr 12, 2022 03:47 PM IST
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Eminent Assamese poet Nilamani Phookan conferred with Jnanpith Award 2020

The 88-year-old is the third Assamese after Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya (1979) and Mamoni Raisom Goswami (2000) to win the most prestigious literary award in India
Assamese poet Nilamani Phookan (left) receiving the Jnanpith Award from the Assam chief minister. (Twitter/Himanta Biswa Sarma)
Assamese poet Nilamani Phookan (left) receiving the Jnanpith Award from the Assam chief minister. (Twitter/Himanta Biswa Sarma)
Published on Apr 12, 2022 08:25 AM IST
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Large cache of arms recovered from Assam’s Kokrajhar

The police recovered three AK-56 assault rifles, one AK-47, one Sniper Rifle, one M16 Rifle, one Serili Rifle , four magazines and 130 rounds of AK-series ammunition
Senior Assam Police officials with the recovered arms. (ASSAM POLICE)
Senior Assam Police officials with the recovered arms. (ASSAM POLICE)
Published on Apr 12, 2022 08:14 AM IST
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Assam forms panel to decide action on irregularities in state civil service exam

The Assam cash-for-job scam came to light in 2016 when many successful candidates who appeared in CCE 2013 were alleged to have indulged in irregular practices in cahoots with the then APSC chairman Rakesh Paul.
The Justice (retired) Biplab Kumar Sharma commission earlier this month submitted a 700-page report on anomalies in CCE 2013, results of which were declared in May, 2015. (Representational Image)
The Justice (retired) Biplab Kumar Sharma commission earlier this month submitted a 700-page report on anomalies in CCE 2013, results of which were declared in May, 2015. (Representational Image)
Updated on Apr 11, 2022 10:44 PM IST
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Indian democracy a guide for other countries: Om Birla at Commonwealth meet

Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla said that all democratic institutions from panchayat to parliament should keep youngsters and women at the centre of policy making.
Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla inaugurated the 8th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (India region) conference at the Assam assembly in Guwahati on Monday. (ANI/ PIB)
Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla inaugurated the 8th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (India region) conference at the Assam assembly in Guwahati on Monday. (ANI/ PIB)
Published on Apr 11, 2022 06:31 PM IST
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Election fever continues in Assam; battle lines drawn for Guwahati civic polls

The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) election will be held on April 22. Counting of votes will take place on April 24.
Guwahati is besieged with a number of problems ranging from pollution, flash floods during monsoon and severe water scarcity during dry season. All parties are promising to solve these problems and more if they win the coming polls. (File Photo)
Guwahati is besieged with a number of problems ranging from pollution, flash floods during monsoon and severe water scarcity during dry season. All parties are promising to solve these problems and more if they win the coming polls. (File Photo)
Published on Apr 10, 2022 02:29 PM IST
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