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‘Seems they don’t want us to prove our identity’: Same persons get multiple D-voter notices post NRC

Silchar MP and Mahila Congress chief Sushmita Dev also expressed concern over the shortage of infrastructure and feared that it would be very difficult to finish the task of hearing those excluded from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) within the stipulated period of 120 days.

‘Mentally unstable’ man lodged in Assam detention camp dies

Currently, Assam has six detention centres but they are housed in district jails, together they hold 1000-odd people. A seventh centre, is under construction in Goalpara district.

Heard but rarely seen: Plan to save Assam’s White Winged Wood Duck takes flight

Some get scared by its call. Some liken seeing it to winning a lottery. For years, Assam’s elusive White Winged Wood Duck has been more heard than seen. Now, a survey to count the remaining members of its flock.

For the 19,06,657 excluded, now a legal aid App to help contest NRC list

NRC eHandbook, available on Google Playstore, will act as a reference guide not just for lawyers and paralegals but even for journalists or researchers, who want to understand the NRC process.

Glaring gaps in orders: Gauhati HC indicts a Foreigners’ Tribunal

The Gauhati High Court has strongly indicted the functioning of the Foreigners’ Tribunals that will take a final call on exclusions from the NRC in Assam, while setting aside 57 orders of an FT in Morigaon district.

Assam: Reforms Free medicines scheme for tea garden workers launched

The Free Drugs Scheme for 651 tea garden hospitals in the state will entail provisioning of 142 essential drugs, 47 surgical items, 45 consumables/linens and 6 numbers of disinfectants free of cost to the hospitals.

Assam: Over 300 caged birds at Durga Puja pandal freed after social media outrage

Local BJP MLA Mihir Kanti Shome came up with a bizarre logic that these rare birds are “imported and not Indian”. He said, “These birds are raised artificially and meant for entertaining people, so I don’t see anything wrong in using them as a part of the decoration."

Mizoram: 34 Chakma students leave school citing lack of security

On Friday, the All India Chakma Students’ Union issued a statement on the incident and urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who is visiting Mizoram on Saturday, to look into the matter.

In Assam, anganwadi kids get a taste of diverse food and cultures

A weekly initiative, the Dibbi Adaan Pradaan in Assam’s Hailakandi district, is a tiffin box exchange programme aiming to promote not just better nutrition but a diversification of food palettes among rural children

NRC fallout: Assam’s N-E neighbours step up border checks, turn people away

According to data from the Meghalaya Police Monday, “1,329 detected persons without proof of Indian citizen were sent back directly to bring their documentary proof”.

Assam: Case against Wipro over labour law ‘violation’

“The case has been registered against Wipro for violating the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act of 1970 because they had not obtained the required license,” said Labour Commissioner Narayan Konwar.

In Assam’s Karbi Anglong, an ancient funeral epic — twice the length of Homer’s Iliad — is being recorded for the first time

Performed from memory, the Kecharhe Alun is a significant death ritual of Assam’s Karbi tribe. The oral epic has never been properly studied, recorded, or documented — until now.