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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Tora Agarwala


Tora covers the Northeast for The Indian ExpressFollow her on Instagram  and Twitter @toramatix

2 killed in Assam in CAB protests: ‘He went to protest as everyone was… also to see musician’
Sat, Dec 14, 2019

There were sporadic protests in the city — with tyres burning, road dividers destroyed, stones thrown, and clashes between security forces and protesters.

CAB protests: Guwahati under curfew for third day; residents stock up on essential items
Fri, Dec 13, 2019

While most shops remained shut, pharmacies remained open till late afternoon. Autos and rickshaws were plying in most parts of the city.

Echo from ground zero Guwahati: ‘Centre trying to use same tactics like they did in Kashmir’
Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Citizenship Bill protests in Assam: Many commuters were stranded at the Guwahati airport unable to get out. “There are at least a thousand people here,” confirmed a police official at the airport.

Untouched by protests, Assam’s Barak Valley celebrates passage of Citizenship Bill in Parliament
Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Shortly after the Citizenship Bill was passed, with 125 MPs voting in favour and 105 against, BJP members burst firecrackers to celebrate outside the party’s office in Itkhola locality. “Morality and majority both with BJP,” said Rajdip Roy, BJP MP from Silchar.

CAB protests: Army out on the streets in Assam, Tripura; curfew imposed in Guwahati
Thu, Dec 12, 2019

The Centre also airlifted 5,000 paramilitary personnel to Northeastern states, including about 2,000 soldiers from Kashmir, to contain any possible fallout of the protests, a day after the region observed a complete shutdown

Citizenship Amendment Bill clears Lok Sabha: Protests in Tripura, Assam; shutdown in parts of N-E
Wed, Dec 11, 2019

The Tripura government suspended SMS and mobile Internet services for 48 hours beginning 2pm on Tuesday after clashes between security personnel and protesters.

Shops set on fire, clashes, stone pelting: North-East simmers over Citizenship Bill
Tue, Dec 10, 2019

Processions raising slogans against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and sporadic violence and clashes brought life in parts of Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Arunachal, Meghalaya to a grinding halt in wake of the 11-hour bandh call by North East Students’ Organisation.

Jahnu Barua withdraws ‘Bhoga Khirikee’ from Assam Film Festival in protest against CAB
Tue, Dec 10, 2019

“People don’t realize the implications this Bill can have 50 years later. It is dangerous and that’s why I have decided to withdraw my film,” says Barua. “We are a society where language is one of the main drivers — and this Bill will lead to the destruction of language and culture of Assam in the next 50 to 100 years.”

North-East Bandh HIGHLIGHTS: Tripura govt cuts off internet for 48 hours, CM Deb claims no effect of anti-CAB strike
Tue, Dec 10, 2019

North-East Bandh, Citizenship Amendment Bill Protests HIGHLIGHTS: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb said the anti-CAB strikes were pointless in the state as tribals in the state were already protected against the influx of migrants.

The only way forward is building a tolerant society: Aruni Kashyap
Tue, Dec 03, 2019

Author Aruni Kashyap on his new book, the mainland and the Northeast, and concepts of identity and assimilation.

From Assam to Minnesota — a collection of stories about migration and displacement
Mon, Dec 02, 2019

Author Aruni Kashyap on his new book, his identity as an Assamese writer, and the physical and psychological divide between the mainland and the Northeast.

The Unquiet River: A biography that records the ebb and flow of the Brahmaputra
Sat, Nov 30, 2019

“To put it simply: it (the river) is not a spectator but more like a very formidable striker of a football team.” Historian Arupjyoti Saikia on his new book on the Brahmaputra.

Guwahati: Army thinks green, lays 1km road from plastic waste
Fri, Nov 29, 2019

 The plan is to ascertain how durable the road is before replicating the model in other cantonments and military stations across India.

Kaziranga National Park: Report identifies 9 corridors for free movement of animals
Wed, Nov 27, 2019

The special report, which takes into account instances of human-wildlife conflict, animal mortality rate and other disruptive human activities, aims to remedy the fragmentation of the park habitat.

IIT-G students protest after showcause notice to whistleblower professor 
Sun, Nov 24, 2019

Since 2015, BK Rai has been crusading against corruption, misappropriation of funds, nepotism and illegal recruitment in the institute.

Explained: In Meghalaya living root bridges, study sees global potential. Can it work?
Sun, Nov 24, 2019

New research investigates the jing kieng jri or living root bridges structures and proposes to integrate them in modern architecture around the world, and potentially help make cities more environment-friendly. Will it work?

A diary deciphering project ends up scripting graphic noir on elusive Assamese litterateur
Wed, Nov 20, 2019

'The Real Mr Barkotoki', published by Speaking Tiger, follows a fantastical journey across time and space to piece together the mystifying life of Assamese litterateur, Munin Barkotoki

Deciphering a Life in Scribbled Notes
Wed, Nov 20, 2019

The Real Mr Barkotoki follows a journey across time and space to piece together the life of Assamese litterateur, Munin Barkotoki

National Award-winning filmmaker Bhaskar Hazarika on his brave new film ‘Aamis’, and why Assam grounds his work
Sun, Nov 17, 2019

'Aamis' is probably one of the bravest, most original films of our times — one that got filmmaker Anurag Kashyap to declare that he had seen “nothing like it” from India before.

On Children’s Day, Assam gets app to combat child rights violations
Wed, Nov 13, 2019

The ‘Sishu Suraksha’ app enables users across Assam to lodge complaints on child rights violation