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Tora Agarwala


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

In Assam, every Bihu it’s time for a bird census
Fri, Jan 15, 2021

A hundred-year-old bird counting Christmas conservation tradition in America finds resonance in Assam every Bihu.

Assam: This Bihu, Covid-themed bhelaghors warn people not to let their guard down
Wed, Jan 13, 2021

Through the week, as Assam gears up to celebrate the harvest festival of Magh Bihu, the structure, traditionally known as a bhelaghor, has become a prime attraction in the village of Aamonikhali, drawing visitors for photo-ops from surrounding areas.

Elementary schools open in Assam; low attendance on day one
Fri, Jan 01, 2021

At Guwahati’s Rabindra Vidya Niketan Lower Primary School, only seven out of 56 students showed up on Friday

It’s back to class in Assam: ‘We told each other I’ll come if you do… Now entire batch here’
Fri, Jan 01, 2021

A week before her classes resumed, Himakshi’s father, who runs a hardware store in Guwahati, refused to sign the mandatory consent form allowing her to attend school.

In Arunachal, a 1000-year-old paper-making technique turns a new page
Wed, Dec 30, 2020

A new initiative in Arunachal Pradesh spells hope for a thousand-year-old paper-making craft on the brink of extinction

How an all-girl music band went a note ahead of times in 1980s Assam
Sun, Dec 27, 2020

In 1979, five teenagers from Nagaon formed a music band. Four decades later, a documentary tells the story of their quiet rebellion, one that led to the making of Assam’s first all-girl band.

Adil Hussain: Was chef of my house, saw YouTube recipes to cook for son
Sun, Dec 20, 2020

Actor Adil Hussain has been busy travelling and shooting during the pandemic, getting himself tested for Covid-19 several times

Assam electric fences take toll, pregnant elephant latest casualty
Fri, Dec 18, 2020

Data shared by the Assam Forest Department show that the state saw 113 elephant deaths due to electrocution between 2009 and September 25, 2020, with several more casualties reported since.

104-yr-old in Assam dies a ‘foreigner’, hoping ‘CAA will solve all’
Tue, Dec 15, 2020

On Sunday evening, Chandrahar, 104, suffering from a heart disease, who had spent three months in a detention camp for “foreigners” in Assam two years ago, died in his son’s run-down cottage in Boraibasti in Assam’s Cachar district — still a “foreigner”.

Mexico organisation ropes in Assam’s forest man to replenish its forests
Fri, Dec 11, 2020

Mexico’s Fundación Azteca has signed on Jadav Payeng — famous as the ‘forest man of India’ — to aid the country’s efforts on sustainable conservation.

Assam: Two elephants die of anthrax, authorities try to trace source
Thu, Dec 10, 2020

Anthrax is a highly infectious zoonotic disease found primarily in herbivorous animals. Following the two deaths, the forest department has launched a vaccination drive and is trying to trace the source of the infection

Assam: First phase of Bodoland Territorial Council polls peaceful, sees 77 % turnout
Mon, Dec 07, 2020

This election follows the signing of the crucial Bodo peace accord, and its outcome is expected to be crucial for the Assam Assembly polls next year.

Explained: Why are BJP and ally BPF fighting each other in Assam’s Bodoland Territorial Council polls?
Thu, Dec 10, 2020

The outcome of these local council elections — powered by the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution — could also be crucial in the Assam Assembly elections next year.

Bharat Bandh today: How farmers’ strike will impact you in different parts of the country
Tue, Dec 08, 2020

Bharat Bandh today: Several political parties, including the Congress, Shiv Sena, AAP, DMK, Kamal Haasan's MNM, Left parties, the TMC, and the TRS, have joined ranks with the protesting farmers. NDA constituent RLP has also supported the bandh call.

Assam: Rare marine life seized near Kamakhya temple; 3 arrested
Fri, Dec 04, 2020

This is the first time such a big haul of marine life has been recovered in Assam — so far away from the coastline

Arunachal is educating its youth on nature, one VR session at a time
Thu, Dec 03, 2020

The Arunachal Virtual Archive project lets you plunge into the deep, dark forests of Arunachal Pradesh, and come face-to-face with roaring tigers and trumpeting elephants.

Professor rescues vulnerable turtle from Assam fish market
Mon, Nov 30, 2020

The professor had gone to buy fish in a Silchar market, when the seller offered her a Indian peacock softshell turtle.

Explained: The rise of the ‘wild kiwi’ from Arunachal Pradesh
Thu, Dec 10, 2020

In October, Arunachal Pradesh became the first state in the country to obtain an organic certification for its kiwis. What led to the emergence of kiwi — a fruit that only grew in the wilderness not long back — as a major cash crop in the state?

Serving free hot meals, 10 emerge as Arunachal town’s ‘saviours’
Mon, Nov 30, 2020

Far away from the virus epicentres, Jebisaman and the others had joined the ranks of the countless corona warriors across the country whom The Indian Express is celebrating as part of the anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai

After day-long operation, Royal Bengal tiger driven out of Assam village by forest officials
Wed, Nov 25, 2020

This is not the first time a tiger has been spotted in this part of Sonitpur district. In 2016 and 2017, two such incidents — involving two Royal Bengal tigers — were reported near the North Eastern Regional Institute of Water and Land Management campus in Tezpur’s Dolabari area.

Explained: The mystery of the glowing mushrooms in Meghalaya
Thu, Nov 26, 2020

What makes the ‘Roridomyces phyllostachydis’ — a new mushrooms species discovered in the forests of Meghalaya — glow bright green?

Assam: 4,000 kids draw up ‘children’s manifesto’ ahead of assembly polls
Fri, Nov 20, 2020

The young demographic — most not of legal voting age yet — have drafted a 'children’s manifesto' containing a ten-point charter of demands.

Made to erase Akhil Gogoi mural, say artists; police deny
Fri, Nov 20, 2020

Akhil Gogoi is in jail after he was booked by the NIA on charges of sedition and under provisions of the UA(P)A for his involvement in the anti-CAA movement.

The Khlam Archive: How Meghalaya is documenting a raging pandemic  
Tue, Nov 17, 2020

A public archive in Meghalaya is documenting the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on everyday lives

Over 5 months later, Assam’s Baghjan well blowout under control, fire doused: OIL
Sun, Nov 15, 2020

The Baghjan well blowout led to the death of three people and displaced thousands. Both the state and central governments have ordered high-level probes into it, and the NGT has constituted an expert panel.