articles by Kangkan Acharyya

India

North Delhi Municipal Corporation doctors threaten to resign over non-payment of salaries; mayor blames AAP govt for 'recurring' problem

In a fervent letter written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, doctors working in North Delhi Municipal Corporation-run hospitals said that they have not been paid their salaries for the last three months despite risking their lives in the battle against COVID-19

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Sikkim's plan to ban tourism till October threatens livelihood of thousands; industry demands tax breaks, remissions on loans to wade through COVID-19 pandemic

Sikkim's tourism industry, which has already been hit hard by the COVID-19-induced lockdown is likely to see massive job losses, if the govt goes ahead with its plan to shut all tourism operations for another five months

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NGOs, volunteers emerge as only hope for Delhi's undocumented people as absence of Aadhaar keeps free ration, hunger relief centres out of reach

There are at least 30 NGOs and over 40 individual volunteers in Delhi who are supplying food during COVID-19 lockdown to people without any valid documentation and living on the footpaths, jhuggi jhopdis and verandahs of commercial complexes

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After Nizamuddin fiasco, several mosques in Assam ban Tablighi Jamaat activities; say group's 'superstitious ways' impossible to follow in 21st Century

The worry over the missing Tablighi members has left the society divided and hate mongers in the social media went on overdrive to take the tension to a whole new level.

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Community values in Arunachal Pradesh, high literacy in Mizoram ensure strict adherence to coronavirus lockdown

The Arunachal Pradesh populace constituted by 26 tribes has managed to survive the wrath of epidemics for centuries following this simple ritual of lockdown.

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Food prices may spike, warn experts as coronavirus lockdown adds to woes of farmers fearing poor produce due to untimely rains

Food prices in India are likely to rise soon, warn experts, as farmers in the country face the double whammy of erratic rainfall and coronavirus lockdown

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Coronavirus Outbreak: Assam ignores social distancing as districts open shops; residents crowd marketplaces to buy meat, fish and vegetables

Assam witnessed a breach of lockdown due to coronavirus as people came out of their homes to buy fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish across the state after district administrations allowed shops to open on Friday

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Ranjan Gogoi’s nomination to Rajya Sabha will fuel debate around CAA, NRC; ex-CJI likely to counter Opposition Assamese candidate AJit Kumar Bhuyan

The nomination of former CJI Ranjan Gogoi to Rajya Sabha is likely to fuel the political narrative the BJP is trying to weave around citizenship and NRC in India

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MHA-appointed panel's recommendation of 1951 as cut-off date to define Assam 'indigenous' meets resistance from minority groups

The Sharma Committee, which has members of the All Assam Students Union (AASU), one of the signatory bodies of the Assam Accord, and is headed by Justice (retired) Biplab Kumar Sharma, will submit its recommendations on Clause 6 of the Assam Accord on Tuesday as the debate over who is 'Assamese' continues. The

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Right-wing group Kshatriya Samaj threatens to forcibly end 'anti-national' Shaheen Bagh protests by 12 February over 'traffic snarls'

Raising a shrill pitch over ongoing protest at Shaheen Bagh ahead of Delhi Assembly elections to a whole new level, Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha, a Hindu Right-Wing group, has threatened to forcibly clear the "blockade" caused by anti-CAA protesters. The group has set a deadline till 12 February for the Centre and the state government to vacate the Shaheen Bagh part of the Kalindi Kunj Road occupied by protesters. Or else, it threatened, they will do it themselves.

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AAP's 'Bike Ambulance' scheme finds many takers from poorer constituencies in Delhi but hardly makes a dent in core BJP votebank

The Delhi government scheme has also helped victims of road accidents, fire incidents, strokes while serving as the feeder services for ambulances. The bike ambulances, which carry more than 16 equipments, provide immediate care to victims of road accidents, strokes, bone fractures, decrease in oxygen levels in the body and have even delivered babies.

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Anti-CAA movement in Assam looks set to give rise to a new AASU-helmed political party in the state

The message is loud and clear: Assam is soon going to have a new political outfit born out of the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act movement

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Assam's indigenous Muslims, fearing CAA may trigger another wave of Hindus migrating from Bangladesh, demand special population census

Even as Muslims across India continue protest against the combination of Citizenship Amendment Act and the proposed National Population Register exercise, indigenous Muslims in Assam have found a different reason to hit the streets. Instead of opposing the CAA-NPR, they are demanding a special population counting exercise to identify the indigenous Muslims of the state in a bid to regain their lost pride.

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Citizenship Amendment Act is unconstitutional, may sow seeds of ethno-nationalism in North East, says prominent analyst Suhas Chakma

'If the government opens the floodgates for more migration, obviously there will be genuine fears of tribal communities,' Chakma said on the Citizenship Amendment Act.

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AAP takes to town hall meets to win Delhi voters, pits Kejriwal's conversational dialogue against Modi's monologue, Mann ki Baat

In the chilly Delhi winters, mercury is soaring among the rank and file of Aam Aadmi Party workers as over a thousand voters gathered in the Durgapuri chowk area of Rohtas Nagar Assembly to listen to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

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BJP centres pitch on unauthorised colonies' regularisation as AAP focuses on govt's achievements ahead of Delhi Assembly polls

With the stage set for the Delhi Assembly elections and poll dates likely to be announced soon, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) sounded the poll bugle by releasing the Arvind Kejriwl-led government's report card for the last five years

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CAA protest: Days after violence, Seelampur seeks answers on who incited clashes; anxious residents return to streets despite crackdown

Even though the stones strewn across the streets in Delhi's Seelampur have been cleared and daily life has returned in the busy trading area of the National Capital, the anxiety over the law and order situation that took the locality hostage on Tuesday is still palpable

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From putting AGP on back foot to stoking indigenous fears, Citizenship Act is shaping Assam's political dynamics ahead of 2021 polls

Given the nature of the protests to the Citizenship Amendment Act, the issue is shaping the political dynamics of the Assam in various ways ahead of the 2021 polls.

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AGP MP Birendra Prasad Baishya's remarks against Citizenship Bill in RS espouse reasons why Assam is protesting against amended law

Birendra Prasad Baishya, the lone Rajya Sabha member of NDA ally Asom Gana Parishad registered his opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Bill saying that it would cause a grave threat to the language and culture of the people of Assam

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Nature of protests in Assam show North East agitating against citizenship bill to protect indigenous culture from outsiders, not for 'secular' India

Protesters in Assam say they would oppose Citizenship (Amendment) Bill even if it included all religions, revealing a huge mismatch between the reasons behind the North East's agitation against CAB and that of the Congress party