Abhishek Saha

Articles By Abhishek Saha

Retrieve bodies of Meghalaya miners, even a hand, leg or finger: Families

The families of those trapped inside since December 13, 2018, after water from a river nearby gushed through a puncture in the mine wall, now at least want their bodies recovered — even if it’s just a finger, a hand or a leg.

Citizenship Bill row: Obligation to help religious minorities in neighbouring countries, says Ram Madhav in Assam

Ram Madhav said that the government will keep in mind both "responsibility towards people from minority communities in neighbouring countries who have faced religious persecution" and "protection of the interests of people of Assam and the Northeast".

Meghalaya mine collapse: Navy finds body, families will decide on retrieval

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma told reporters that it did not look like rescuers would be able to retrieve the body.

Explained: Why Assam, Northeast are angry

Citizenship Bill has sparked protests across the Northeast, particularly Assam, from citizens, Opposition parties and even BJP leaders and their allies. What makes the Bill so sensitive, why is govt still pushing it?

Assam CM says his govt committed to protecting ‘community, home and hearth’

“For the past few days certain sections in the state have cast aspersions on this avowed objective of the government. However, as a son of the soil, I would like to assure everybody that there is no need of being apprehensive in Assam," Sarbananda Sonowal said.

Was suffocating in BJP, says former Arunachal CM Gegong Apang

Apang, who served as CM for 23 years, wrote in his resignation letter to BJP president Amit Shah and state unit president Tapir Gao that the party was now a “platform to seek power”.

Transportation of coal banned in Meghalaya till February 19: SC

In April 2014, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had banned illegal mining of coal in the state, specifically mentioning the rat-hole technique.

Meghalaya: 2,155 people arrested since NGT ban on coal mining

According to collated government data, which The Indian Express accessed, 948 cases have been chargesheeted, the final report has been submitted for a further 139 cases, while and 229 cases are “pending”. In this period of approximately five years, 9351.20 MT of coal has been seized.

Meghalaya govt colluded with miners: Report to SC

The first part of the report, submitted to the Supreme Court in the first week of December, had named about a dozen politicians who allegedly own coal mines themselves or have relatives who are coal miners.

One month of Meghalaya mine collapse: Search on but no headway in finding trapped workers

Relatives of the mine workers, however, say they have no hopes of the men returning home alive. 

Citizenship Bill protests continue in Northeast

Sporadic demonstrations continued in parts of Assam and a shutdown was observed in Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) on Saturday. Black flags were raised by student bodies across the region, including at the headquarters of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) in Guwahati.

Citizenship bill: Booked for sedition, Hiren Gohain says the fight is for democracy, Constitution

Gohain, a strong opponent of the Bill in the recent past, took the stage at a rally on January 7 on Guwahati and critiqued the Centre and the state governments for bringing the Bill. In his speech.

Protesting citizenship Bill, three walk out of govt panel on Assam

The high-level committee was notified by the MHA on January 5 to work towards implementation of Clause 6, and pitched as a step towards protecting the interests of the Assamese community in terms of reservation of Assembly seats.

Protest against citizenship Bill: Assam academic Gohain, two others booked for sedition

Commissioner of police, Guwahati, Deepak Kumar, told The Indian Express, “Certain statements were made in that meeting on January 8 which we thought needed to be investigated."

Protest against citizenship Bill: Assam academic Hiren Gohain, two others booked for sedition

Commissioner of police, Guwahati, Deepak Kumar, told The Indian Express, “Certain statements were made in that meeting on January 8 which we thought needed to be investigated."

After Asom Gana Parishad, 4 BJP allies in North East oppose Citizenship Bill, will discuss future

At least three more regional parties, in Tripura, Nagaland and Mizoram, all in the BJP’s 11-party North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), have called some provisions in the Bill a threat to indigenous communities.

BJP should seek fresh mandate in Assam: former CM Prafulla Mahanta

The AGP walked out Monday following the BJP’s decision to go ahead with the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which proposes to make minority (non-Muslim) immigrants from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan eligible for Indian citizenship.

Protests over Citizenship Bill: Northeast shuts down; violence in Assam, Tripura

The 11-hour strike from 5am to 4pm was observed in Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, and Tripura.

BJP loses Assam ally, AGP pulls out over citizenship Bill

Former Assam chief minister Prafulla Mahanta said that the decision to walk out of the alliance was in line with AGP’s stand — that the alliance would break if the BJP goes ahead with the Bill.

Citizenship amendment Bill: AASU to stay off Centre-appointed panel, protests continue in Assam

Clause 6 of Accord says, “Constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, as may be appropriate, shall be provided to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.”