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National register of citizens confusion on sibling status: IAF ex-staff among many in limbo

June 16, 2018 4:23:48 am

Guwahati-based lawyer Aman Wadud, who represents several alleged ‘foreigners’ before the high court and Foreigners’ Tribunals, says the high court order of last year “was only a suggestion to the border police and state”.

New Jersey: 2 kids, 2 adults dead in arson fire at mansion

Assam: Man accused of raping daughter kills wife at court

June 16, 2018 3:22:57 am

A senior police officer at Dibrugarh police station said the two had an altercation over the case, after which Purna stabbed his wife in the verandah area of the court with a sharp knife-like object around 10.30 am.

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Assam lynching case: Prime accused arrested, say police

June 13, 2018 1:43:18 pm

KAAC Chief Executive Member (CEM) Tuliram Ronghang has also raised a proposal to install their statues at the place where they were lynched.

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Karbi Anglong lynching: 35 arrested for spreading hate on social media

June 13, 2018 2:23:29 am

Among the 35 are five who have been arrested in Karbi Anglong district and police say that they have either recorded a video of the lynching or shared it on social media.

Karbi Anglong lynching — At homes of youths: ‘Had asked Nilotpal to go with a larger group, he said he would be fine’

June 12, 2018 12:20:57 pm

Karbi Anglong lynching: As on Monday evening, 23 people have been arrested in connection with the lynching. This apart, one Diphu resident was arrested on Sunday for spreading fake news regarding ‘child abductors’ on Facebook.

Before lynching of two in Assam village, rumour that fuelled mob: ‘There is a kid inside the car’

June 11, 2018 7:13:05 am

A day after two men from Guwahati were lynched after locals suspected they were child abductors, the village is desolate and most young men have left fearing police action.

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Karbi Anglong lynching: Protests in Guwahati turn violent

June 12, 2018 10:13:07 am

Following a peaceful demonstration that turned violent, Assam police said that anyone planning to hold a protest in Guwahati from Monday will have to take prior permission.

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Musician, businessman lynched in Assam: 16 arrested, search on for remaining accused

June 10, 2018 5:50:04 pm

"We appeal to people not to believe rumours and social media posts. We also appeal to the people to inform the police immediately if they find anyone spreading rumours and hate messages," an officer said.

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Sukracharjya Rabha, whose unique theatre initiative gave voice to the tribes of Assam, dead

June 9, 2018 8:37:50 pm

Sukracharjya Rabha was an eminent theatre personality in Assam, famous for shaping the identity of tribal theatre in the region. He was also the founder of the unique theatre-in-a-forest-festival, Under the Sal Tree in Rampur.

Amid rumours of child lifting, musician, businessman lynched in Assam’s Karbi Anglong

June 10, 2018 5:41:05 pm

Das, a musician and event manager, was based in Goa while Nath was an engineering graduate who ran a business in Guwahati and had an interest in fish and animals, according to sources close to the families of the victims.

Three people were arrested by the Assam police in Lakhimpur on Thursday in connection with the use of a minor girl in a Congress-led protest against rising fuel prices and non-fulfilment of promises by the BJP government on June 6. The 4-and-half-year old was allegedly made to sit on a dried sheath from a betel nut tree (dhokuwa in Assamese) and dragged around on the road along with the protestors in the harsh sun. The three apprehended include the child’s mother, local Congress member Jitumoni Das and local journalist Kumud Barua. The Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) immediately notified the Lakhimpur police when they learnt of the incident. “We instructed the Police Administration to take immediate necessary action against the perpetrators as the action is a punishable offence u/s 75 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015,” says Dr. Sunita Changkakati, chairperson, ASCPCR. A suo moto case was registered by the Lakhimpur Police the day after the incident. “The three are out on bail. We arrested the child’s mother, the boy who dragged the dhokuwa and the journalist who had disclosed the identity of the child in the media,” says Sudhakar Singh, Superintendent of Police, Lakhimpur. The incident earned the ire of many child rights’ groups as well as student bodies across Assam. “Children who are exploited for unconscionable gains (such as this case) are victims. She was too young to even understand what was going on,” Miguel Das Queah, Child Rights Activist, Executive Director, UTSAH Child Rights Organisation. “If this was a Scandinavian country, the child would have been taken to the State’s Foster Care system.” The child’s mother, when contacted by the Child Welfare Commission (CWC) of Lakhimpur, went on record to say that she “got the dhokuwa from home and was apparently meant to sit on it herself, but her daughter went and quickly sat on it instead.” The intention of sitting on the dhokuwa was symbolic. As stated by the mother, it was to say that the petrol prices have become so high that soon the dhokuwa will be the only affordable means of commute. “But that is not right. The mother should have stopped her. Whether she was dragged for two metres or ten, it was still a hot day and an extremely incorrect step,” says Mallika Bora, chairperson, CWC, Lakhimpur. The dhokuwa is often used by little kids in small town Assam as a plaything. “A child sits on it, the parents pull it. It is very popular here,” says Dr Joy Prakash Das, Lakhimpur district Congress president. According to him, the child reportedly came along with her mother to the protest because no one else was home. “We had no idea that she would be coming,” he says, “The BJP is trying to malign us by saying we are using underage children as a tool of protest. If that was the case, we would have definitely had more children present.” While there are diverging views on how long the child was dragged around (many reports claim that she was dragged around the entire town), Das maintains that it was “not more than 4 metres” and “in no way deliberate.” “She did it out of jest,” he says, adding that he is ready to cooperate with the police on the matter.

Three arrested in Assam for allegedly using a minor girl in Congress rally

June 9, 2018 5:49:15 pm

The minor was made to sit on a dried sheath from a betel nut tree and dragged around during a Congress-led protest against the BJP in Assam’s Lakhimpur. Congress maintains that “it was not a deliberate move.”

2nd NRC draft on June 30, officials review law-and-order situation in lower Assam districts

Second NRC draft on June 30, officials review law-and-order situation in lower Assam districts

June 9, 2018 5:53:13 pm

Assam is the only state with an NRC, first prepared in 1951.

Assam committed to women empowerment: CM Sarbananda Sonowal

June 6, 2018 9:59:51 pm

Sonowal said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accorded top priority to women empowerment and the state government has taken steps to spread girl education in the state.

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Assam PCC chief urges Pranab Mukherjee to reconsider decision

June 5, 2018 8:09:13 pm

The APCC president pointed out that it was RSS cadre Nathuram Godse had killed Mahatma Gandhi due to his ideological conflict on secularism.

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How famed author Gerald Durrell inspired Assam’s initiative to save the world’s tiniest pig

June 6, 2018 3:36:49 pm

In some forest grasslands of Assam, the pygmy hog — the world’s smallest pig species — now roams wild. Behind the feat is a two-decade long story of a dogged, but spectacularly successful, conservation program.

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Bangladesh agrees to take back 53 nationals lodged in Assam jails

June 2, 2018 3:54:57 am

In January last year, 17 Bangladeshi nationals, who were detained at Silchar Central Jail, were repatriated to Bangladesh through the international border in Karimganj.

How the weavers of Assam’s Sualkuchi finally earned official recognition for their products

May 31, 2018 8:20:47 pm

From June 4, woven silk products from Assam’s Sualkuchi village will bear an official trademark, which can potentially end the rampant circulation of fakes in the market.

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‘Not Assamese, nor Bengali’, Assam’s Barak Valley has bigger issues to worry about

May 31, 2018 7:41:20 pm

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 which has seemingly divided Assam, forces open old wounds of the Bengali speaking population of the Barak Valley. indianexpress.com visits the the southern tip of Assam to find a story of a people who are longing to belong.

Citizenship Bill: Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal meets Rajnath Singh, gets assurance on Bill, Accord

May 31, 2018 5:40:36 am

The citizenship Bill is pending before a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) and any move by the Centre will impact the outcome of deliberations being held by the JPC.

SC settles down AAP-LG power tussle: Here is what the Top Court said today

ULFA-Centre mediator Rebati Phukan missing, son moves Supreme Court

May 30, 2018 7:11:41 am

The petition filed by Phukan’s son Kaushik seeks direction to the authorities, including Assam government, to produce Phukan before the court.

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Assam chief minister will put forth stand on citizenship bill after NRC update

May 25, 2018 8:54:08 am

The Bill essentially proposes to make minority (non-Muslim) illegal immigrants from three neighbouring countries — Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan — eligible for Indian citizenship.

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Kaziranga conservation activist faces threat to life

May 24, 2018 10:01:22 pm

Activist and conservationist Rohit Choudhury, the force behind the recent NTCA report recommending a mining ban in Kaziranga National Park, seeks police protection.

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Assam’s former top cop now teaches maths in school

May 29, 2018 11:59:34 am

From top cop to school teacher — retired Assam DGP Mukesh Sahay now spends his days teaching mathematics to the students of the Sonaram Higher Secondary School in Guwahati.

Citizenship Amendment Bill should be made national issue: Akhil Gogoi

RTI activist Akhil Gogoi arrested ahead of Amit Shah’s Guwahati visit

May 20, 2018 5:27:08 pm

The bill, among other things, proposes to reduce the aggregate period of residential qualification for the process of citizenship by naturalization of the concerned persons from 11 years to six years.

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The Northeast gets its first solar powered railway station

May 17, 2018 6:47:35 pm

The Guwahati railway station has been running completely on solar power for a year now. 

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