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Tora Agarwala


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

Assam natural gas leak: Villagers carry out protest demanding compensation, protection of national park
Sat, Jun 06, 2020

On Friday, villagers carried out a day-long protest near the Maguri-Motapung wetland, located close to the site of the gas leak, with ‘World Environment Day 2020’-themed posters stating their demands.

Assam natural gas leak: OIL reaches out to global experts as gas flows ‘uncontrollably’ for seventh day
Wed, Jun 03, 2020

Even as OIL described the current status of the well as “flowing gas uncontrollably”, so far, 2,500 people from about 650 families from nearby areas have been evacuated and put in three relief camps set up at schools

Unlock guidelines for Northeast India states
Tue, Jun 02, 2020

On June 1, Unlock 1 guidelines were announced for different states, in line with the Centre’s guidelines. Here is a compilation of what is allowed and what is not in the new phase of the lockdown.

Assam: Landslides, triggered by continuous rainfall, kill 21 in Barak Valley
Tue, Jun 02, 2020

Assam landslides: The state government has dispatched teams for rescue and relief operations to the spots.

Assam oil well continues to leak ‘uncontrollably’ one week after explosion
Tue, Jun 02, 2020

2,500 people have been evacuated and many animals — including varieties of fish and an endangered dolphin — killed, as Oil India Limited reaches out to global experts to control the leak.

Unlock 1.0 Day 1: Temples open in Bengal, hustle bustle in other states as new guidelines come into play
Mon, Jun 01, 2020

With the government allowing unfettered movement of goods and persons within states, more vehicles were out on the roads, leading to snarls in many cities, even though public transport remained skeletal.

Amid protests, Assam govt says mining not approved in eco-sensitive zone
Sun, May 31, 2020

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had earlier asked state Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya to inspect the site and report.

Oil well blowout near Assam national park yet to be controlled; environmentalists fear adverse impact
Sat, May 30, 2020

Environmentalists raised an alarm on Friday when locals found a carcass of a Gangetic dolphin with its skin peeled in the Maguri wetland near the oil well.

Assam floods: Situation deteriorates with one dead and 2.71 lakh affected
Wed, May 27, 2020

As rainfall persisted, the affected population rose to 2.71 lakh spread across 321 villages in eleven districts of the state

Arunachal: Family of three killed in landslide following torrential rains
Wed, May 27, 2020

“Heavy rain triggered a landslide which buried the family: a 28-year-old woman, and her two children aged 8 and 3,” said Beru Dulom, Field Officer of the state’s Disaster Management Authority.

At Assam-Bengal border, a ‘jugaad’ lockdown wedding
Tue, May 26, 2020

With permission granted, the wedding was to take place in the bride’s house in Dhubri district of Assam, 175 km across the border from the groom’s house.

Assam: 30,000 affected by first wave of floods; relief camps set up as per COVID-19 guidelines
Tue, May 26, 2020

On Monday, the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Guwahati, predicted heavy rainfall in the Northeastern region for the next five days, issuing a red warning (extremely heavy rainfall) in Kokrajhar, Baksa and Chirang districts for the next two days.

As flights resume, passengers settle into new normal despite cancellations
Mon, May 25, 2020

All major airlines such as IndiGo, Air India, SpiceJet, Air Asia and others operated 30% of their regular schedules between destinations, strictly adhering to the safety protocols set by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Special service: The Shillong Chamber Choir is now delivering for those who can’t step out
Mon, May 25, 2020

The Uncle’s Home Delivery initiative was launched a month ago, with choir members converting their 800-square-feet practice hall in Shillong to a ‘warehouse’ out of which groceries are supplied to more than 500 families

Assam: 600 affected in floods; new guidelines for relief camps on account of pandemic
Sat, May 23, 2020

Floods impact Assam annually affecting major portions of the states and displacing lakhs. Last year, in one of the worst reported floods in the decade, all 33 districts of the state were affected.

For fruit winemakers of Meghalaya, the pandemic has brewed some good news
Thu, May 21, 2020

Meghalaya government announced plans to issue licenses for the manufacture of homemade fruit wines to encourage sales in domestic and international markets

In Assam, ‘one-man call centre’ for stranded migrants
Wed, May 20, 2020

How an Assam lawyer became the source of reprieve for thousands of stranded migrants during the lockdown.

Mizoram: Churches to be used as quarantine facilities
Sat, May 16, 2020

As Mizos return to the state, 90 churches offered to convert their halls into quarantine centres but this number may increase.

‘No ordinary journey’: 2,700 km later, Assam’s cancer patients are back home
Fri, May 15, 2020

From an 18-month-old with a heart condition to a 76-year-old man with cancer, a group of 150 made it back to Guwahati after a four-day-long journey from Mumbai. On Thursday, seven of them tested positive.

How a small Arunachal town is practising social distancing, under the shade of umbrellas
Tue, May 12, 2020

Brainchild of Dr Jumge Padu, the umbrella shed in West Siang District’s Aalo town is weather-proof and ensures people in queue stand one-and-a-half metres apart.