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Screenshot from a grainy video of police firing at a lathi-wielding protester during the clashes in Darrang district's Dholpur village last week | Via Twitter

Is Himanta aping Yogi? Spotlight on Assam Police as 27 ‘criminals’ are shot dead in 5 months

CM Himanta’s zero-tolerance pledge against crime has drawn comparisons with Yogi Adityanath. But some experts say Assam Police’s ‘insurgency hangover’ is also to blame for spate of encounters.
A screenshot from a purported video of the clashes between locals and police personnel in Assam's Darrang district on 23 September 2021. | Photo: Twitter/AshrafulMLA

Protester beaten, shot, stomped: 2 die as Assam eviction turns violent, govt orders probe

Videos of purported face-off on social media show police personnel in riot gear, armed with sticks and guns. Local activists and politicians hit out at Assam government and police.

Love, sex, badla: Cybercrimes are soaring in Assam & they’re different from the rest of India

NCRB data shows that Assam ranked third on both cyber crime case growth and crime rate lists. But its trends diverged significantly from the rest of the country.
File photo of Assam Police (representational image) | PTI

Two militants of newly formed outfit killed by security forces in Assam’s Kokrajhar

The incident occurred when a camp of United Liberation of Bodoland (ULB), a militant group formed earlier this week, was busted during an operation Friday, police said.

Northeast needs more Ayush colleges, Modi govt has increased financial assistance: Sonowal

Under the National Ayush Mission (NAM), the Centre has now given Rs 70 crore to state governments to open Ayush colleges, up from Rs 9 crore, Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said.

Modi govt proposes 15.6-km twin road tunnel of strategic importance under Brahmaputra

The proposed project will cost Rs 12,807 crore and is a greenfield alignment to provide a direct link between Gohpur and Numaligarh. It will protect the Kaziranga National Park.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal (file photo) | Twitter/@sarbanandsonwal

Centre, Assam govt committed to building Jorhat-Majuli bridge in 4 years: Sarbananda Sonowal

Former Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal's statement came two days after a boat headed to Majuli sank in the Brahmaputra river after hitting a ferry in Jorhat district, killing one person.
A capsized boat on the Brahmaputra river in Jorhat district of Assam, on 8 September 2021

Assam CM orders filing of criminal case in Brahmaputra boat capsize accident

CM Himanta Biswa Sarma also banned use of single-engine boats and said a high-level probe will be announced to find the cause of the accident, in which one person has died.
Aerial view of the Brahmaputra in Assam | Pexel

Boat sinks in Brahmaputra after collision with ferry in Assam, several feared dead

More than 120 passengers were on board the boat that capsized in Nimati Ghat in Jorhat, but many of them were rescued by a govt-owned ferry coming from Majuli, an official said.
Amit Shah during the signing of Karbi Anglong Agreement, at North Bloc

Greater autonomy, dedicated fund, development: what the Karbi Anglong agreement brings to Assam

A special package of around Rs 1,000 crores was sanctioned by Home Minister Amit Shah for developmental projects in the Karbi areas Saturday.

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Representational image of Air India | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

From challenge to a challenger – Why Air India’s new journey has a lot flying on it

Air India had ceased to be an option for many fliers. But with its return to the Tata Group, there are high hopes and a threat for IndiGo, SpiceJet and other players.
A pump attendant fills petrol in a bike at a fuel station in New Delhi | Representational image|PTI

Petrol, diesel prices rally to highest ever levels as rates hiked again by 35 paise/litre

Since the ending of the three-week-long hiatus in rate revision last month, this is the 14th increase in petrol price and the 17th time that diesel rates have gone up.

Defence

A BSF Jawan stands guard at border | Representational image | ANI

Move to increase BSF jurisdiction is to ‘curb crime’, Opposition cries ‘attack on federalism’

Home ministry has amended a 2014 notification extending BSF jurisdiction from 15 km to 50 km along Punjab, West Bengal and Assam border.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Mohan Bhagwat is right, China is the big threat. But his prescription to counter it is flawed

India can fight China, but it needs peace & stability at home. It can't take on Beijing while re-lighting old fires like NRC or polarising Hindus & Muslims to win elections.
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