Abhishek Saha

Articles By Abhishek Saha

Congress MP urges Sonowal to rethink choice of NRC coordinator

Sarma, a 1989-batch Assam civil service officer, was appointed last week after the incumbent, Prateek Hajela, was released from duty for inter-cadre deputation to MP after a Supreme Court order.

NRC’s Prateek Hajela on last day: Confident of work, performed constitutional duty

Hajela has led the NRC exercise as state coordinator since 2013. Amid sustained criticism from the Assam government and the BJP, on October 18, the Supreme Court ordered Hajela’s inter-cadre transfer to Madhya Pradesh.

Three SC judges laud CJI Gogoi over Ayodhya ruling

Justice Roy said, “To speak in one voice...you need the leadership of judging...that has been displayed in yesterday’s judgment...”

HD Sarma appointed new NRC coordinator in Assam

The move comes after the incumbent, Prateek Hajela, was released from duty for inter-cadre deputation to Madhya Pradesh following a Supreme Court order.

NSCN-IM urges Naga groups to ‘get on board’ agreement

The government had signed a framework agreement with the NSCN(I-M) in August 2015, and another agreement with seven Naga armed outfits under the umbrella Naga National Political Groups in November 2017.

Centre will consider Assam’s interests before finalising Naga pact: PM Modi assures Sonowal

"Now, therefore, when the Government of India is prepared to make the final agreement with the NSCN on the basis of the Framework Agreement, all Nagas should also be equally prepared," the statement read.

Arunachal student outfit demands end to benefits for ‘non-STs’

In September, Mizoram’s apex and most influential students’ body, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), administered pledges to hundreds of students across the Christian-majority state not to marry outside the Mizo tribe.

NRC a Congress creation; being used by BJP to polarise society: Jairam Ramesh

Ramesh, while addressing a press conference in Guwahati after a six-member Congress delegation held meetings with party workers and leaders regarding critical issues facing the Northeast, said that in Assam, the NRC was “needed” and has a “historical legacy”.

Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma begins road tour through Bangladesh

The delegation, which includes ministers, senior officials and entrepreneurs, would visit Sylhet and Dhaka, among other parts of Bangladesh, after crossing the border at Dawki.

Like ‘when you check into your hotel’: Meghalaya govt clarifies on new rules

The amendments came in the backdrop of demands for an ILP like regime in Meghalaya and concerns, expressed by civil society and political leaders including the chief minister Conrad Sangma, that people excluded from the NRC in Assam might try to enter Meghalaya.

French assistance in Assam for environmental development

Monday’s signing marks the beginning of the second phase APFBC project that aims to “reforest an additional 12,000 hectares of land, scale up efforts in biodiversity conservation and skill the members of 135 additional communities in different trades”.

Meghalaya to bring entry law for visitors

The move comes in the backdrop of demands for an ILP-like regime and concerns by civil society and political leaders, including Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, that people excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam might try to enter Meghalaya.

Explained: Naga talks — Long road, issues

The deadline for wrapping up peace talks arrives this week, yet some key issues remain to be resolved. A primer on the long history of the Naga struggle, the territorial demand, and the role of NSCN(I-M)

Northeast bypolls: BJP wins 3 Assam seats, Congress loses bastion in Jania

The BJP’s victory comes at a time when the party’s insistence on bringing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has triggered protests in the Northeast, including in Assam.

Himanta Biswa Sarma: ‘Once CAB passed, detention camps will shut for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Christians’

Assam has six detention centres currently but they are housed in district jails. Over a 1000 people are currently lodged in these camps.

Assam announces two-child limit for jobs in govt

The move comes two months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged the issue of “population explosion” in his Independence Day speech.

Cattle rearer dies in clash: Assam Police on lookout for accused

District police and administrative officials said the attack on the cattle-rearing community in a remote sandbar in Dibrugarh was over the refusal to pay donation to members of a local committee.

In Assam’s Muslim-majority Jania, NRC is on everyone’s mind

Congress spokesperson Rhituporna Konwar, however, exuded hope that the Congress would wrestle three of the four seats.

Draft settlement ready for final Naga agreement: Centre’s chief interlocutor

The Centre had signed two agreements — one with the NSCN(I-M) in August 2015 and another with seven other armed Naga outfits under the banner of the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) in November 2017.

Govt determined to honourably conclude Naga peace talks: Centre’s chief interlocutor

Nagaland Governor's statement comes at a time when the NSCN(I-M), the largest and most influential Naga group, is consistent with its demand for a separate Naga flag and constitution — but the government of India is not agreeing to it