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Tora Agarwala


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Further de-escalation at the border: Mizoram to withdraw FIR against Assam officers
Mon, Aug 02, 2021

The development comes after Union Home Minister Amit Shah had a telephonic discussion with both Himanta Biswa Sarma and Zoramthanga to bring about a peaceful resolution of the border differences earlier in the day.

Assam: Two-time Congress MLA Sushanta Borgohain joins BJP
Sun, Aug 01, 2021

After Rupjyoti Kurmi, Borgohain is the second Congress legislator to join the BJP within a month

NE CMs dial down tensions: Mizoram withdraws FIR against Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam drops FIR against Mizo MP
Mon, Aug 02, 2021

Union Home Minister Amit Shah too had a telephonic discussion with Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma and Mizoram CM Zoramthanga towards a peaceful resolution of the border differences

Ignore summons to each other’s officials: Assam, Mizoram keep forces at the border, no backing down
Sun, Aug 01, 2021

Sarma says let a ‘neutral’ agency probe; Mizoram blames Assam for impasse

Bloodstains on a ‘maati ka tension’
Sun, Aug 01, 2021

Born in history, complicated by geography, Assam-Mizo border scraps are not new. But people fear something changed forever on July 26.

Assam, Mizoram summon each other’s officials; CM Himanta Biswa Sarma is named in FIR
Sat, Jul 31, 2021

Earlier in the day, Assam summoned Mizoram officials to the Dholai police station in connection with its probe into the July 26 incident

Assam govt issues travel advisory, says going to Mizoram is not safe
Fri, Jul 30, 2021

In Mizoram, Home Secretary Lalbiaksangi wrote in a letter to the Centre's Additional Secretary in-charge of Northeast that “armed personnel of Assam Police were moving to Dholai and Hawaithang areas, which are along the interstate border”.

Mizoram SOS to Centre: Free NH supply route, rail link disrupted
Thu, Jul 29, 2021

Across the border, in the Mizoram town of Vairengte, memories of last year’s blockade are still fresh.

States agree on CAPF at disputed site; Mizoram ‘delays’ withdrawal of forces
Thu, Jul 29, 2021

While Assam has withdrawn its troops, Mizoram Police has not only continued to hold its position but also reinforced its posts, sources said on Wednesday.

Delhi steps in, Assam talks Supreme Court, Mizoram for peaceful ‘resolution’
Wed, Jul 28, 2021

As the Centre stepped in, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said his government would deploy 4,000 commandos along the state’s 165-km boundary with Mizoram, and move the Supreme Court to ensure that the reserve forest in the disputed area is protected and no settlement comes up there.

Five Assam policemen killed in violent turn to border dispute with Mizoram
Tue, Jul 27, 2021

Fifty policemen were injured, including Nimbalkar Vaibhav Chandrakant, SP of Assam’s Cachar district, who sustained a bullet injury in the leg.

Amit Shah: Assam rejected insurgency, agitations, chose development by voting BJP
Mon, Jul 26, 2021

Earlier on Sunday, Shah inaugurated a radiation therapy block at the State Cancer Institute and laid the foundation stone for the 430-bedded Tamulpur Medical College.

Shah talks case surge, border disputes with Northeast CMs
Sun, Jul 25, 2021

Rail and air connectivity for all N-E capitals by 2024, says Home Minister.

Bhupen Borah named new president of Congress’ Assam unit
Sat, Jul 24, 2021

Fifty-year-old Bhupen Borah is a two-time (2006 and 2011) MLA from the Bihpuria constituency and has held the post of secretary, AICC since 2013. He has also served as the Parliamentary Secretary, Home and Power, in the Assam government.

In New Mexico, a day in name of a Naga-origin doctor on the pandemic frontline
Fri, Jul 23, 2021

The US state observed July 19 as 'Dr Jonathan Iralu Day' after the man who set up outdoor tents and drive through tests in the early stages of pandemic

Assam: 23 members of extremist outfit NLFB, including ‘most-wanted’ leader Batha, surrender
Thu, Jul 22, 2021

The surrendered militants — including the outfit's chief M Batha alias Binod Mushahary — were received by the Bodoland Territorial Council chief Pramod Boro, Assam’s Water Resources Minister Pijush Hazarika, Chief Minister’s political advisor Jayanta Malla Baruah and Special DGP (Law and Order) GP Singh.

The Gaon Bura: A chapter of Assam’s history, now rewritten
Tue, Jul 27, 2021

Village headmen will now be known as Gaon Pradhans rather than Gaon Buras. Why has the Assam government's move run into criticism?

Nagaland House without Opposition: NPF may join ruling camp to pursue Naga issue
Thu, Jul 22, 2021

“We are looking to form a non-opposition government to pursue the Naga political issue at the earliest. All 25 legislators of the NPF will join the ruling alliance,” said NPF general secretary Achumbemo Kikon.

CAA, NRC not a Hindu-Muslim issue, says RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat
Wed, Jul 21, 2021

Bhagwat added that there have been "planned attempts" to increase the Muslim population in India, so that the community becomes a dominant force and the nation slowly turns into Pakistan.

Gauhati HC stays Arunachal order on ban on work permits for unvaccinated persons
Wed, Jul 21, 2021

The court said that the notification discriminated between vaccinated and unvaccinated persons.

Manipur activist Erendro Leichombam held for post on dung and Covid released on order of SC
Tue, Jul 20, 2021

Erendro was detained in May under the National Security Act (NSA), allegedly over his comments on Facebook criticising claims that cow dung and cow urine are effective in preventing or treating Covid-19.

Spare a thought for families destroyed by drug dealers: Himanta on criticism of ‘trigger happy’ cops
Sat, Jul 17, 2021

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma reiterated that he has given the police “full operational freedom” to take the “toughest of actions” within the ambit of the law to deal with criminals.

Assam budget: Rs 1 lakh compensation to Covid victim families, hospitals in rural areas and more
Fri, Jul 16, 2021

Terming it a “historic day” as it was the first time a woman finance minister was placing the budget in the state Assembly, Sarma said the budget was “welfare oriented”, “pro-poor” and would “greatly strengthen the Covid-ravaged economy of Assam”.

23 shot at, 5 dead: New Assam govt’s ‘extreme action against criminals’
Fri, Jul 16, 2021

Since Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took over on May 10, at least 23 people have been shot at while in police custody, with five dead. They had been held for crimes such as cattle-smuggling, rape, murder, drug-peddling, dacoity. This is apart from deaths of 10 militants in encounters in the past two months.

Assam’s new cattle Bill: Can’t sell beef in Hindu, Sikh, Jain areas or within 5-km radius of temple
Tue, Jul 13, 2021

Opposition says it targets a community, will bring in amendments.