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Earlier this month, several people on both sides of the border between two states were injured in clashes after some miscreants from Mizoram allegedly burnt down some huts at Lailapur. Locals on the Assam side had blocked the highway in protest against the incident.(HT PHOTO.)

Assam residents block highway to Mizoram seeking withdrawal of troops

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 01:54 AM IST
On Thursday, Cachar district officials visited Lailapur and held talks with the residents urging them to lift the blockade and also requested truckers to start plying their vehicles.
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On Wednesday, a home secretary-level meeting between both states was held at an army camp close to Lailapur along the inter-state boundary and it was attended by senior police and district officials.(HT PHOTO.)
On Wednesday, a home secretary-level meeting between both states was held at an army camp close to Lailapur along the inter-state boundary and it was attended by senior police and district officials.(HT PHOTO.)

Northeast border row: Mizoram agrees to pull back forces from Assam

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 12:06 AM IST
Assam home secretary Gyanendra Dev Tripathi said that both sides have agreed to restore peace and normalcy along the border areas and efforts are underway to resume movement of trucks stranded at the border.
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Among the 17 candidates in the fray in Silchar, the main fight was between the BJP’s Rajdeep Roy, a doctor, and the Congress’ Sushmita Dev, the sitting member of Parliament, who had won in 2014 bucking the Modi wave.(ANI Photo)
Among the 17 candidates in the fray in Silchar, the main fight was between the BJP’s Rajdeep Roy, a doctor, and the Congress’ Sushmita Dev, the sitting member of Parliament, who had won in 2014 bucking the Modi wave.(ANI Photo)

Assam: Has citizenship bill polarised voters?

By Sadiq Naqvi | Hindustan Times, Silchar
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2019 12:50 PM IST
Political experts say that the NRC and the CAB may have resulted in a polarisation of the Hindu votes, something that will only be borne out on May 23, when the results are announced.
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File photo of a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Guwahati on May 7, 2018.(AFP)
File photo of a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Guwahati on May 7, 2018.(AFP)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: In Assam’s Silchar, BJP pins hopes on Citizenship Bill to rake in the votes

By Sadiq Naqvi | Hindustan Times, Silchar (Assam):
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2019 09:40 AM IST
BJP’s commitment to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is the party’s main poll plank in Assam unlike in other parts of the northeast. Silchar is among the five Lok Sabha seats in the state that are voting on April 18, the second phase of parliamentary polls.
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In Assam, a VVPAT machine not working properly at a polling station in Silchar. Polling officers trying to fix it.(Parwaz Khan /HT FILE PHOTO)
In Assam, a VVPAT machine not working properly at a polling station in Silchar. Polling officers trying to fix it.(Parwaz Khan /HT FILE PHOTO)
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As a native of the valley, Dev was pushed into a corner when the Congress decided to shed its earlier ambiguity and launch an all-out attack against the CAB.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
As a native of the valley, Dev was pushed into a corner when the Congress decided to shed its earlier ambiguity and launch an all-out attack against the CAB.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Congress bets on Sushmita Dev to tighten hold in Silchar

By Sadiq Naqvi | Hindustan Times, Silchar
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2019 10:41 AM IST
Sushmita Dev, the head of the All-India Mahila Congress is vying for a second term in the constituency where the CAB, has won support from Bengali-speaking Hindus for its plans to curtail Muslim immigrants but bestow citizenship upon Hindu, Buddhist and Christians among other minorities from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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Indian demonstrators hold placards during a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 proposal to provide citizenship or stay rights to minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan in India.(AFP)
Indian demonstrators hold placards during a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 proposal to provide citizenship or stay rights to minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan in India.(AFP)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Will citizenship bill row hurt the NDA in Northeast?

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2019 07:30 AM IST
As many as 50 candidates are in fray for five Lok Sabha seats — Mangaldoi, Nawgong, Autonomous District, Silchar and Karimganj — in Assam. Eleven are running for election from the Inner Manipur constituency
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The 102-year-old Bibi, a resident of Dhanipur village in Lala Tehsil will vote at a polling booth in Karimganj (reserved) Lok Sabha constituency Thursday.(Twitter/@DC_HAILAKANDI)
The 102-year-old Bibi, a resident of Dhanipur village in Lala Tehsil will vote at a polling booth in Karimganj (reserved) Lok Sabha constituency Thursday.(Twitter/@DC_HAILAKANDI)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: 102-year-old voter inspiring people to celebrate ‘festival of democracy’

By Press Trust of India | Hailakandi
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2019 07:05 AM IST
Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer Keerthi Jalli accompanied by a Systematic Voter’s Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) team went to the residence of the centenarian to extend greetings to her and seek her promise to vote.
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Polling in the East Tripura seat, scheduled for April 18, was deferred to the third phase on April 23 by a notification issued by the Election Commission late on Tuesday night. Issues related to security and law and order were the reasons cited by the election watchdog for the postponement of the polls.(PTI PHOTO)
Polling in the East Tripura seat, scheduled for April 18, was deferred to the third phase on April 23 by a notification issued by the Election Commission late on Tuesday night. Issues related to security and law and order were the reasons cited by the election watchdog for the postponement of the polls.(PTI PHOTO)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Phase 2 of voting in numbers

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2019 11:06 PM IST
The Lok Sabha elections 2019 are being held in seven phases. In Phase 2, 1,629 candidates from various political parties are in the fray. Polling will be held in 1,81,525 booths across the country.
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Sarma alleged that the Congress did not have any ideology and kept changing its version on the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, while the BJP was firm on its commitment that all refugees will stay in India.(PTI PHOTO)
Sarma alleged that the Congress did not have any ideology and kept changing its version on the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, while the BJP was firm on its commitment that all refugees will stay in India.(PTI PHOTO)

Himanta Biswa Sarma likens Assam Congress lawmaker to Pakistan

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, Silchar
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2019 10:20 AM IST
Addressing a public rally at Barkhola in support of BJP candidate Rajdeep Roy, Sarma said voting for Dev would drag Silchar backwards by five years.
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BJP and RSS are gearing up for an impressive performance in Assam, but the citizenship issue poses challenge.
BJP and RSS are gearing up for an impressive performance in Assam, but the citizenship issue poses challenge.

Lok Sabha elections 2019: BJP looks to get North-East equation right

By Revati Laul | New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2019 07:25 AM IST
The overall campaign strategy of the BJP in the state, and the region is being shaped in the drawing room of Himanta Biswa Sarma, a man who joined the BJP only in 2015, after 14 years in the Congress party.
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Sushmita Dev of the Congress is the sitting Lok Sabah MP from Silchar in Assam.(HT PHOTO)
Sushmita Dev of the Congress is the sitting Lok Sabah MP from Silchar in Assam.(HT PHOTO)

Lok Sabha election 2019: Cong likely to field Sushmita Dev again in Silchar

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2019 01:28 PM IST
Sushmita Dev who is also the president of the All India Mahila Congress, is likely to be re-nominated as the Congress candidate in Silchar.
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PM in Northeast LIVE updates: The Prime Minister is addressing a rally in Agartala, Tripura.(BJP/Twitter)
PM in Northeast LIVE updates: The Prime Minister is addressing a rally in Agartala, Tripura.(BJP/Twitter)

PM in Northeast Highlights| ‘Mahamilawat’ parties only hurl abuses to Modi, says PM in Tripura

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2019 05:55 PM IST

PM Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to the Northeast, addressed rallies in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, and Amingaon, Assam. The Prime Minister is addressing a rally in Agartala, Tripura. PM Modi also inaugurated several projects in these three states..It is Modi’s third visit to Assam since December 25, when he inaugurated the Bogibeel bridge in the state. During his last visit in January, in a rally in Silchar, he said the government was committed to bringing the CAB.On Friday, Members of the All Assam Students Union (AASU) showed black flags to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and shouted slogans against the Citizenship Bill as he travelled to Raj Bhavan from the airport after he arrived in the city.Here are the highlights:

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Lead and cadmium are the most common metals used in ceramics and glazed pottery.
Lead and cadmium are the most common metals used in ceramics and glazed pottery.

Lead, cadmium used to give colour to coffee mugs could be leaking into you as well

By Snehal Fernandes | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2019 11:00 PM IST
Researchers from Assam University, Silchar, have found a high concentration of lead and cadmium in double distilled water that leached from both old and new glazed, colourful ceramic cups heated in the microwave (convection mode) at 140 degree Celsius for 2.5 minutes.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a public meeting after the inauguration and laying of foundations stones using a remote controlled device at the Hapta Kangjeibung in Imphal.(HT PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a public meeting after the inauguration and laying of foundations stones using a remote controlled device at the Hapta Kangjeibung in Imphal.(HT PHOTO)

Since razdaar was brought back, namdaar has lost sleep: PM Modi in Silchar

By Sadiq Naqvi | Hindustan Times, Silchar
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2019 08:33 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said Congress president Rahul Gandhi had lost his sleep and was counting his days, fearing revelation of secrets, apparently by arrested alleged middleman of AgustaWestland helicopter deal scam, Christian Michel.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday assured the people of Assam that no genuine citizen will be left out of the NRC and hoped that the citizenship bill will be soon get Parliament’s nod.(Twitter/BJP4India)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday assured the people of Assam that no genuine citizen will be left out of the NRC and hoped that the citizenship bill will be soon get Parliament’s nod.(Twitter/BJP4India)

PM Modi sounds NE poll bugle, touches upon NRC, Citizenship Bill

By Sadiq Naqvi and Sobhapati Samom | Silchar/Imphal
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2019 10:23 PM IST
The prime minister arrived at Silchar in Cachar district from Imphal as a part of his first phase of poll campaign, wherein he is scheduled to address rallies in 20 states in 100 days before the model code of conduct comes into force.
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PM Modi Rally LIVE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to highlight his party’s achievements in the northeast in his public rallies today.(AFP)
PM Modi Rally LIVE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to highlight his party’s achievements in the northeast in his public rallies today.(AFP)

PM in Silchar Highlights: ‘Citizenship bill a penance against injustice done in past,’ says Narendra Modi

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2019 12:04 AM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing two rallies in Imphal (Manipur) and Guwahati (Assam) today as part of the BJP’s outreach programme in the northeast. He will also be launching a number of projects in Manipur.Modi is expected to hold 100 rallies ahead of the Lok Sabha elections as part of the BJP’s campaign. On Thursday, he addressed a public meeting in Punjab’s Gurdaspur. The PM is expected to highlight his party’s achievements in the northeast in his public rallies today. Highlights:

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The flyover is a part of the 3,300-km corridor that passes through places like Islampur, Siliguri, Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar in north Bengal.(Photo: ANI)
The flyover is a part of the 3,300-km corridor that passes through places like Islampur, Siliguri, Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar in north Bengal.(Photo: ANI)
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Trinamool Congress delegation being stopped by Assam Police as they arrived to assess the situation in Assam in the wake of the publication of the complete draft of the NRC, at Kumbhirgram airport in Silchar on Thursday.(PTI)
Trinamool Congress delegation being stopped by Assam Police as they arrived to assess the situation in Assam in the wake of the publication of the complete draft of the NRC, at Kumbhirgram airport in Silchar on Thursday.(PTI)

Trinamool Congress to observe black day in Bengal to protest leaders’ manhandling in Assam

By Press Trust of India | Kolkata
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2018 07:25 PM IST
TMC secretary general and West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said the party will observe “black day” in every block and district of the state on Saturday and Sunday.
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TMC Party leaders shout slogans against Modi government while protesting against NRC in Parliament.(HT File)
TMC Party leaders shout slogans against Modi government while protesting against NRC in Parliament.(HT File)

Trinamool Congress leaders refused entry into Assam, scuffle with police at Silchar airport

By Sadiq Naqvi | Hindustan Times, Silchar
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2018 11:58 PM IST
Assam police chief accused the TMC delegation of attack, injuring two cops
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Constable Rubi Rani Das was among the police who detained Trinamool Congress leaders.(ANI photo)
Constable Rubi Rani Das was among the police who detained Trinamool Congress leaders.(ANI photo)

Police plan legal action after video shows Trinamool MP assaulting constable at Assam airport

By HT Correspondent | HT Correspondent, New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2018 09:08 AM IST
A policewoman was injured as Trinamool Congress leaders protested their detention at Silchar.
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West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress Party (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee enjoys a cup of tea as she inspects the arrangements eve of the TMC rally, in Kolkata on July 20, 2018. This annual event will be held to commemorate the 13 activists killed by security forces on July 21, 1993 during a West Bengal Youth Congress rally. / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKAR(AFP)
West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress Party (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee enjoys a cup of tea as she inspects the arrangements eve of the TMC rally, in Kolkata on July 20, 2018. This annual event will be held to commemorate the 13 activists killed by security forces on July 21, 1993 during a West Bengal Youth Congress rally. / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKAR(AFP)

Assam Trinamool Congress chief, 2 party leaders resign over Mamata’s opposition to NRC

By Press Trust of India | Guwahati
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2018 09:17 PM IST
Assam Trinamool Congress (TMC) president Dwipen Pathak and two other party leaders resigned on Thursday in protest against party supremo Mamata Banerjee’s opposition to the final draft of the NRC
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A low intensity clash broke out at Kalibari Char area of Silchar when the two communities pelted stones on each other and vandalised houses.(ReutersFile Photo/For Representation)
A low intensity clash broke out at Kalibari Char area of Silchar when the two communities pelted stones on each other and vandalised houses.(ReutersFile Photo/For Representation)

Silchar in southern Assam on edge after communal clashes

By Sadiq Naqvi | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON APR 10, 2018 12:44 PM IST
Police say there was no immediate trigger for the clashes but the situation in the town has been tense for almost a year after a Hindu girl eloped with a Muslim boy.
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