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Liquor shops reopen as essential commodity in two Indian states amid nationwide lockdown

Liquor shops in Assam and Meghalaya opened today amid the lockdown over the COVID-19 pandemic The states two excise departments announced on Sunday. In Assam, the order said that liquor shops, wholesale warehouses, bottling plants, distilleries and breweries will open from Monday for seven hours daily. In neighbouring Meghalaya, liquor shops and warehouses will remain […]

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Doctor dies after taking anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a prevention against coronavirus

A doctor at a private hospital in Assam’s Guwahati died of a heart attack on Saturday, after he allegedly consumed anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, which is being used for the treatment of coronavirus patients. The 44-year-old doctor identified as Utpaljit Barman was a senior anaesthetist, had consumed the drug of his own accord as a precaution […]

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Video of India’s first mass protest against Coronavirus goes viral

A video of students shouting slogans against coronavirus in Assam has gone viral on social media. It appears that the group of students were returning after enjoying a game of football and while marching on a field, exclaimed, “Coronavirus, go back.” The 29-second video has been made available online by a Twitter user Mrinal Talukdar. […]

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Entertainment

65th annual Filmfare awards: List of winners

The 65th annual Filmfare awards to honour and celebrate the finest talents of Bollywood were held at Guwahati, Assam on the night of February 15. The starry night saw an array of Bollywood actors including Karan Johar, Akshay Kumar, Ranveer Singh, Varun Dhawan, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Ayushmann Khurrana, Vicky Kaushal and Kartik Aaryan to name […]

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Assam NRC data goes missing after non-renewal of contract with Wipro

The data of the final citizens’ list in Assam, published last August, has vanished from the website of the state National Register of Citizens (NRC) where the data was published as mandated by the Supreme Court. The Union Home Ministry said the NRC data is safe and cited “some technical issue in visibility on cloud”. […]

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Six women arrested for branding another woman as witch

Police have arrested six women for their alleged involvement to assault another woman by branding her as a witch in Assam’s Biswanath district. The incident took place at Diring tea garden area where some locals had allegedly assaulted a woman by branding her as a witch. Following the incident, police safely rescued the victim identified […]

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US, UK, France, Canada cautions citizens from visiting parts of India

Violent protests against the amended Citizenship Act triggered the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Canada to issue a  travel advisories asking their citizens to “exercise caution” while travelling to India’s northeast. “Demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Bill are taking place in some parts of the country. There have been reports of violent protest […]

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Thousands of passengers stranded amid Citizenship bill protests

Transportation was severely disrupted in North East India due to ongoing violent protests in the region against the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Some 106 trains were cancelled or short terminated by Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) and dozens of flights were cancelled at Guwahati Airport. Thousands of passengers were left stranded. For the few flights and trains […]

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Senior police officer quits service in ‘civil disobedience’ against citizenship bill

Senior IPS officer Abdur Rahman resigned from the service in protest against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on Wednesday. He said he took this decision in “civil disobedience”. Posting his resignation on Twitter, Rahman, a 1997-Batch IPS officer of the Maharashtra cadre, said, “I condemn this Bill. As a civil disobedience, I have decided not […]

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Indian Ministry Issues Advisory To Muzzle Telecast Of Mass Protests

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry issued a one-page advisory to television channels on Wednesday evening asking them to exercise caution ensuring that nothing that incites violence is telecast. However, the protesters objected to the advisory likening it to Emergency era censorship, coming in the backdrop of the ongoing violence in Assam on the contentious Citizenship […]

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India: Thousands Hit Streets Defying Curfew Against Citizenship Bill

Thousands of troops were moved into the Indian state of Assam, after violent protests broke out as and after the Indian parliament passed a bill that would make it easier for non-Muslims to enter into India and seek citizenship from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The approval of the bill resulted in violent protests and clash […]

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Thousands Of Indians Protest Against Citizenship Bill. Curfew Imposed, Internet Suspended.

An indefinite curfew was imposed in the India’s Guwahati and mobile internet services were suspended in 10 districts of the state of Assam for 24 hours after thousands of protested against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). Protesters came out on the streets, clashing with policemen and plunging the state into chaos. Two columns or about […]