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
Over 2.2 million people in 28 of the state’s 35 districts still remained affected by the floods, and nearly 217,413 displaced people were taking shelter in 680 relief camps, said ASDMA.
Large parts of the state’s second biggest urban centre, Silchar, the headquarters of Cachar district in Barak Valley, continued to remain flooded under 5-8 feet of water with nearly 200,000 residents facing shortage of food, water and other essentials for the seventh consecutive day
Over 2.5 million people in 27 districts are affected in the present spate of flooding in Assam, which started on June 13
The crisis first broke out on Monday night after the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) suffered a setback in the legislative council polls, a week after a similar debacle in the Rajya Sabha polls.
Over 2.5 million people are still affected and with four more people including 2 children killed due to drowning in the past 24 hours, the total deaths since April rose to 122. On Friday, the total number of affected people was over 3.3 million.
The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government continued to rest on knife’s edge as the rebels, led by state urban development minister Eknath Shinde, saw their ranks boosted by the entry of Dilip Lande.
BySwapnil Rawal and Utpal Parashar, Mumbai/guwahati
According to a bulletin issued by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), over 3.3 million people in 28 of the state’s 35 districts still remained affected by floods, and more a total of 265,788 displaced people were taking shelter in 1,126 relief camps. The toll in the state due to heavy rainfall flooding since April has now risen to 118.
ByUtpal Parashar and Biswa Kalyan Purkayastha, Guwahati/silchar
Sanjay Bhosale, who claims to be the deputy chief of Shiv Sena’s Satara district unit in Maharashtra, was carrying a placard urging Shinde to return to ‘Matoshree’
Prior to the release of the resolution, two more MLAs were believed to have been part of the rebel camp but were missing from the list of signatories: Uday Singh Rajput and Dilip Lande.
ByUtpal Parashar, Guwahati:
Assam’s Silchar area remained inundated and cut off for the third day as the death toll in the state hit by floods rose to 108 since April, with seven more people drowning on Thursday, officials said.
With three more Sena MLAs joining the rebel group, the number of Shiv Sena legislators who are with Eknath Shinde rose to 35. Seven Independent MLAs are also camping with them in the Assam hotel
- The state clarified that bulldozers razed illegal constructions in accordance with municipal laws, and after providing due opportunity to the violators.
Earlier, the Shinde camp moved to Assam, checking into a hotel at the state capital early in the morning.
Four deaths were reported in Hojai district, three each in Barpeta and Nalbari and two more in Kamrup. The victims included three children in Hojai and one in Barpeta
The Assam government told the Gauhati high court on Monday that none of them were extra-judicial killings
Three people drowned in Kamrup and one each in Darrang, Karimganj, Tamulpur and Udalguri while one person was reported missing from Kamrup
The Shinde faction needs the backing of 37 lawmakers to avoid disqualification under the anti-defection law
- While there was less rainfall in most areas, flood waters continued to submerge large areas in the affected districts. The worst affect districts included several in lower Assam and three in Barak Valley-Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi.
That bridge, that sign, the gate, and the river are significant milestones. Because they are the international border between India and Myanmar, that Manguii and her mother cross it every day — to go to school.
ByUtpal Parashar, Zokhawthar (india-myanmar Border)
Union home minister Amit Shah said an interministerial central team will visit the flood-affected areas of Assam and Meghalaya to assess the damage.
- While floods and rainfall (which bring with them, death and destruction) are common to the Northeast region, this time, the scale has been much higher. Here are the numbers:
- A curious case of three million tea plants being uprooted and nearly 2,000 workers of a tea garden protesting their loss of livelihood.
Besides the 26 seats the BJP won, the council has four nominated members while a party or alliance needs to win 16 seats or more to secure a majority
Naik Prakash Singh Rana (34) and Lance Naik Harender Singh (28) are presumed to have accidentally fallen into a fast-flowing river close to their post in forward areas of Anjaw district in Arunachal Pradesh, the army said in a release on Sunday.
ByAmit Bathla and Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times, Dehradun/guwahati
“Investigation has revealed that the accused persons were involved in organised trafficking of Rohingyas/Bangladeshi minor girls, women in association with other conspirators based in different parts of India and Bangladesh,” the NIA said in a statement on June 6
The chief minister inducted two legislators from his party, taking the total strength of the council to 16. He also reshuffled portfolios of some ministers.
Sarma last week promised representation to hill districts of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao in his government
- Assam HSLC results 2022: Boys outshine girls in overall pass percentage; Raktotpal Saikia gets 1st rank; results of Assam High Madrasa also declared
- When a couple in Delhi, both of whom are IAS officers, emptied a stadium to walk a dog and got transferred to Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh, it triggered a debate over suitcase officers. Here's what this means:
A new species of dragonfly discovered in Assam has been named after two women for their pioneering work in the northeast.