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Tora Agarwala


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

Open to alliance with AIUDF to fight communal forces: Tarun Gogoi
Fri, Feb 28, 2020

“This is my personal opinion. I am open to an alliance and understanding with the AIUDF and happy to field a candidate to fight against communal forces,” Gogoi told The Indian Express.

Gauhati High Court rejects Assam woman’s 8 documents, mother’s testimony
Wed, Feb 26, 2020

In Assam, citizenship is traced by descent, which means that to be considered an Indian citizen in the state, it is imperative that they link their identity to that of a pre-1971 ancestor.

Assam to drop the word ‘Maktab’ from names of 63 schools: Himanta Biswa Sarma
Sat, Feb 22, 2020

According to Sarma, students who attend “maktab” schools later face difficulties during high school admission processes.

House of Hope: A former pastor and wife help rebuild a remote area of Nagaland
Sat, Feb 22, 2020

In the drug-ravaged district of Tuensang, Chingmak Kejong and Phutoli Shikhu have not only built roads and health care centres, rehabilitated drug addicts and treated HIV-patients, but created a lasting atmosphere of hope, love and trust.

Assam: NRC data back online
Sat, Feb 22, 2020

The status of 3.3 crore applicants to the Assam NRC — published on August 31, 2019 — was inaccessible due to non-renewal of IT Services Contract with Wipro, the company which looks after the online NRC data.

Assam NRC chief: Ineligible persons in list, identify
Sat, Feb 22, 2020

The “ineligible persons”, the official memo said, particularly referred to “Doubtful Voters (DV), Declared Foreigner (DF), descendants of Doubtful Voters and Declared Foreigners (DVD, DFD) and those with cases pending in Foreigners’ Tribunal (PFT)”.

Hesitation in Delhi over Assam panel report, so CM will accept it
Fri, Feb 21, 2020

Sources said there is unease in the central government over the report because the committee is learnt to have recommended a 1951 cut-off date to define “Assamese” people, and has also suggested an Inner Line Permit regime for the state.

Assam govt body aids Hindu Bengali-Assamese couples, head says nothing to do with CAA
Thu, Feb 20, 2020

BJP’s Alok Ghose said he was determined to make this work, with or without the government’s help. “We will raise funds and collect donations if need be,” said Ghose, who has been Chairman of the ALMDB since 2018.

Assam: Voter list of 4 years, land records… 15 documents can’t prove citizenship
Wed, Feb 19, 2020

Jabeda Begum submitted as many as 15 documents to back her claim of citizenship after being declared “a foreigner of post-1971 stream” by a Foreigners Tribunal in May 2019 but they were rejected by the Gauhati High Court.

Rustication order leads to week-long protests, hunger strike, shutdown of premier Assam university
Mon, Feb 17, 2020

On February 8, Assam University – a Central university established in 1994 in Silchar — rusticated Milan Das, a research scholar of the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, for two years.

5 FIRs and counting… NRC ex-chief Hajela’s hounding goes on
Mon, Feb 17, 2020

Since the publication of the final list, which excluded 19 lakh people, five FIRs have been filed against Prateek Hajela, accusing him of allegedly tampering with NRC data and misappropriating funds.

‘Will they take me away?’
Sun, Feb 16, 2020

As the narrative moves on to CAA and a possible nation-wide NRC, the Assam list hangs in a limbo. So does the fate of children out of it. The Centre has assured the Supreme Court, Parliament that such children, whose parents are on the list, won’t be taken to detention centres. But that hasn’t lessened their dread, of being sent away to “a place called Bangladesh”.

FIRs filed against Prateek Hajela, former NRC employee
Fri, Feb 14, 2020

Hajela, now posted in Bhopal, has been booked in another FIR following a complaint by Assam Public Works, the NGO which originally petitioned the Supreme Court about the NRC updation.

Explained: Why Assam is proposing a census of some Muslim groups
Fri, Feb 14, 2020

The Assam government has proposed a census of four Muslim groups. Who are these groups, seen as indigenous, and who are the other Muslims left out of the census? The history and the emerging debate.

From deep dark Meghalaya cave, explorers bring to light ‘world’s largest’ subterranean fish
Fri, Feb 14, 2020

Morphological and genetic studies are underway to determine what could possibly be the world’s largest subterranean fish — an almost-blind species that seems similar to the Golden Mahseer

Assam to convert govt-funded madrasas, Sanskrit tols to normal schools: Himanta Biswa Sarma
Thu, Feb 13, 2020

“We have decided this because teaching Arabic, or some other language, or any religious text for that matter, is not the responsibility of the government,” said Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Assam NRC data safe, says state coordinator as records go missing from site, experts question state capacity
Thu, Feb 13, 2020

Wipro Limited says IT Services Contract was not renewed by the authorities upon its expiry in October 2019.

High-level panel finalises report on Clause 6 of Assam Accord
Wed, Feb 12, 2020

With Assam facing vehement opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which people believe poses a threat to their indigenous identity, the central government is now trying to pitch Clause 6 of Assam Accord as a balm to soothe the anger.

Assam to drop term ‘Khilonjiya Muslim’ from proposed census
Tue, Feb 11, 2020

"This was proposed because there is a lot of controversy around the term ‘khilonjiya’ or 'indigenous'," said Assam’s Welfare of Minorities Minister Ranjit Dutta

Son of former Arunachal CM Kalikho Pul found dead in UK
Wed, Feb 12, 2020

“It has been five-six months that he left for UK. I last spoke to him on January 26. And his mother had spoken to him on February 8 —according to her account, he sounded normal then,” said D Pul, his step mother, “However, we do not not know what happened.”