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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Assam flood fury: 5 more die, toll at 127

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.
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma inspects the flood-affected areas of Silchar, in Cachar district on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 27, 2022 04:14 AM IST
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Assam flood situation continues to be grim; 5 more deaths take toll to 127

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
Villagers make a temporary bamboo bridge after a portion of a road was washed away due to floods following heavy rainfall, at a village in Nagaon in Assam on Sunday. (PTI PHOTO.)
Updated on Jun 26, 2022 08:23 PM IST
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Assam floods: Tremendous work in rescue, relief efforts in Silchar, says Himanta

Over 2.5 million people in 27 districts are affected in the present spate of flooding in Assam, which started on June 13
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sharma surveyed some flooded areas in Silchar on Sunday. (Twitter/Himanta Biswa Sarma)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 03:15 PM IST
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Fight over Sena control deepens crisis in Maharashtra

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.
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray outside Sena Bhavan in Mumbai on June 25, 2022. (Satish Bate/HT photo)
Updated on Jun 26, 2022 07:23 AM IST
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Assam flood situation improves; 2.5 million still affected, 4 more dead

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.
Indian Army personnel conduct a rescue operation in flood-affected areas of Silchar, in Cachar district of Assam on Saturday. (ANI PHOTO.)
Updated on Jun 26, 2022 03:23 AM IST
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Maharashtra crisis: Shinde camp consolidates as Uddhav reaches out to cadre

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.
Shiv Sena workers take part in a protest rally against rebel party leader Eknath Shinde, in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, on June 24, 2022.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 25, 2022 06:45 AM IST
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BySwapnil Rawal and Utpal Parashar, Mumbai/guwahati

Flooding eases in some parts of Assam but toll rises to 118

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.
Flooding and water-logging in parts of Assam eased marginally with relatively lower precipitation across the affected areas of the state on Friday, but 10 fresh deaths, including those of 4 children, were reported. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 25, 2022 04:56 AM IST
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ByUtpal Parashar and Biswa Kalyan Purkayastha, Guwahati/silchar

Shiv Sena ‘leader’ detained in Guwahati for opposing Eknath Shinde rebellion

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’
Representational image. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 12:00 PM IST
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Shinde camp grows as more Shiv Sena rebel MLAs arrive at Assam hotel

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.
Maharashtra Shiv Sena MLA Dadaji Bhuse, MLA Sanjay Rathod and MLC Ravindra Phatak with Eknath Shinde, at Radisson Blu hotel in Guwahati, on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 03:11 AM IST
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Three days on, Silchar remains flooded, cut off

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.
(PTI)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 02:22 AM IST
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Maha crisis: 3 more Sena legislators join rebel MLAs camping at Assam hotel

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
Maharashtra rebel leader Eknath Shinde is short of two more Sena MLAs to stake claim to form a government with the BJP support. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 08:47 PM IST
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Demolition drive not action against rioters, UP tells SC

  • The state clarified that bulldozers razed illegal constructions in accordance with municipal laws, and after providing due opportunity to the violators.
Demolition drive in Uttar Pradesh (Representative image)
Published on Jun 23, 2022 08:14 AM IST
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Maha power game plays out in Assam, more rebels join Eknath Shinde

Earlier, the Shinde camp moved to Assam, checking into a hotel at the state capital early in the morning.
Guwahati: Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde with other MLAs during a meeting, in Guwahati. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 01:33 AM IST
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12 more killed in Assam floods, toll reaches 101

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
FILE PHOTO: Indian Army soldiers evacuate people from flooded area to a safer place after heavy rains at a village in Hojai district, in the northeastern state of Assam, India, June 18, 2022. REUTERS/Anuwar Hazarika (REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 08:17 AM IST
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51 killed in police action or custody, Assam govt tells Gauhati HC

The Assam government told the Gauhati high court on Monday that none of them were extra-judicial killings
(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 01:44 PM IST
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Toll from Assam floods rises to 89 with 7 more deaths yesterday 

Three people drowned in Kamrup and one each in Darrang, Karimganj, Tamulpur and Udalguri while one person was reported missing from Kamrup
Assam’s flood-affected Nalbari district. (PTI)
Published on Jun 22, 2022 10:14 AM IST
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Shinde claims support of 40 lawmakers as Shiv Sena rebels move to Assam

The Shinde faction needs the backing of 37 lawmakers to avoid disqualification under the anti-defection law
Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 11:55 AM IST
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Flood fury continues in Assam; 7 more dead, 5.5 million people affected

  • 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.
A woman with children rows a raft made from banana trees toward a safer area from the flooded village of Tarabari, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)(AP)
Published on Jun 22, 2022 05:17 AM IST
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A daily walk to school, from Myanmar to India

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.
A daily walk to school, from Myanmar to India
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 12:54 PM IST
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Northeast floods swell into a crisis, 131 people dead

Union home minister Amit Shah said an interministerial central team will visit the flood-affected areas of Assam and Meghalaya to assess the damage.
(ANI)
Updated on Jun 21, 2022 07:20 AM IST
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New in Northeast | An annual tragedy that is seeing unrelenting devastation 

  • 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: 
Thirty-three of Assam’s 35 districts is currently reeling under floods, which includes 5,137 villages in 127 revenue circles.
Published on Jun 20, 2022 04:14 PM IST
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New in Northeast | In Assam, clearing a tea garden to make way for an airport

  • A curious case of three million tea plants being uprooted and nearly 2,000 workers of a tea garden protesting their loss of livelihood. 
Located around 25 km away from Cachar’s headquarter Silchar, Doloo tea estate has around 10,000 “bighas” of land. (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 13, 2022 02:49 PM IST
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BJP sweeps Assam council polls, wins all seats

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
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma thanked the people of Karbi Anglong for the historic mandate. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 13, 2022 10:39 AM IST
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2 weeks on, search continues for missing soldiers in Arunachal: Army

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.
Intensive search operations continued on Sunday to locate two Indian Army personnel, deployed in forward areas of Anjaw district in Arunachal Pradesh, who went missing on May 28, the army said. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 13, 2022 07:22 AM IST
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ByAmit Bathla and Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times, Dehradun/guwahati

NIA: Racketeers helping Rohingya enter country

“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
Six persons from India’s northeast have been accused of human trafficking involving Rohingyas of Myanmar and Bangladeshi nationals, which the NIA says is part of a larger conspiracy to destabilise the population ratio in the country. (HT File)
Updated on Jun 13, 2022 01:51 AM IST
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CM Himanta Biswa Sarma expands Assam cabinet, rejigs portfolio

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.
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 10, 2022 06:44 AM IST
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Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma likely to expand his council of ministers this week

Sarma last week promised representation to hill districts of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao in his government
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 08, 2022 08:55 AM IST
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Assam HSLC results for 2022 declared; Overall pass percentage is 56.49

  • Assam HSLC results 2022: Boys outshine girls in overall pass percentage; Raktotpal Saikia gets 1st rank; results of Assam High Madrasa also declared
SEBA HSLC Result 2022(HT File)
Updated on Jun 07, 2022 10:06 AM IST
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New in Northeast | Why the demand for a separate IAS & IPS cadre was reignited

  • 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: 
Following news reports and social media outrage over the IAS couple’s dog walking routine, Sanjeev Khirwar and Rinku Dugga were transferred to Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh, respectively. (Indian Express)
Published on Jun 06, 2022 03:54 PM IST
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New dragonfly species in Assam named in honour of two women

A new species of dragonfly discovered in Assam has been named after two women for their pioneering work in the northeast.
The new species, ‘Platygomphus benritarum’, has been named after Monisha Behal, a founder member of North East Network (NEN) and Rita Banerji, founder of Green Hub.
Published on Jun 04, 2022 12:30 AM IST
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