articles by Karishma Hasnat


NSCN-IM responds to Nagaland guv's law and order letter, says 'we don't extort but levy legitimate taxes'

The NSCN-IM issued this statement after RN Ravi, in a 16 June letter to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, claimed that the “constitutionally-established state government is being challenged on day-to-day basis by armed gangs that question the sovereignty and integrity of the nation.”


Confident Congress stakes claim to form new Manipur govt under ex-CM Okram Ibobi Singh, but BJP readies for fight

The Manipur Congress is set to make a comeback under former chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh.


Coronavirus lockdown fails to keep people of Assam from leaving homes to kill leopards; four big cats slaughtered in April

Leopards fall under IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, listed in Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and included in Appendix I of CITES.


Over 4 lakh people from Assam stranded outside eligible for subsistence allowance, verification process underway, says Himanta Biswa Sarma

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said that over 9.29 lakh missed calls were received on the state helpline number, of which 4.32 lakh calls have been verified


'Health more important than economy': Assam's Himanta Biswa Sarma says coronavirus lockdown must be lifted in phased manner

Himanta Biswa Sarma Sarma said that if the lockdown has to be lifted, it has to be done in a phased manner, adding that he had spent sleepless nights overseeing and monitoring healthcare services.


As 21-day coronavirus lockdown enters final week, Assam govt plans staggered entry of travellers; entry permits to be issued

The Assam government is planning to impose restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus once the Centre issues directives on the 21-day total lockdown scheduled to end on 14 April


Coronavirus lockdown forces Assam farmers to throw away thousands of litres of milk daily; dairy industry hit by rising costs, feed shortage

The dairy industry in Assam has come to a standstill with farmers having to deal with lockdown regulations that have severely impacted their livelihood.


Assam raises coronavirus alert after Bhutan reports first case; American who tested positive had spent week in state

An American tourist, who tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Bhutan, had gone on a weeklong Brahmaputra river cruise on board the MV Mahabaahu, along with three other passengers, embarking and disembarking at various places during the journey


Clashes in Meghalaya over CAA: Toll rises to two, 10 injured; curfew reimposed in parts of Shillong, mobile internet suspended in six districts

Parts of Meghalaya remained tense after two were left dead and ten others injured in clashes between two groups in the past 24 hours over the Citizenship Amendment Act.


Assam NRC Coordinator asks deputy commissioners to submit details of 'ineligible persons' included in register

Over 19 lakh people were left out of the final NRC list published on 31 August, 2019.


Clause 6 of Assam Accord: Govt-appointed panel upset over leakage of recommendations; 1951 suggested as base year for defining indigenous people

Reports said the committee unanimously recommended that 1951 should be the base year for defining indigenous people of Assam who would be eligible for constitutional safeguards under Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.


Tiger on prowl leaves villagers living near Kaziranga National Park scared for life, worried about livestock; forest officials yet to trap feline

The tiger named Kazi 188 had killed a mother cow two days ago, and villagers are now having to feed the calf that is said to be about three months old.


Amid anti-CAA protests, prominent senior citizens' group in Nagaland slams state government for supporting legislation

Members of the Senior Citizens Association of Nagaland (SCAN), a newly-formed civil society organisation, met recently to discuss issues which they believe would 'invariably impact' the Naga society.


Naga Peace Accord: Centre misleading people, claims senior NSCN-IM leader as differences remain three months after deadline

The Naga issue faces an uncertain future with no progress being made on the Naga Peace Accord three months since the supposed conclusion of the peace talks between the NSCN-IM and the Central Government


Woman IPS officer alleges Assam Rifles personnel molested, assaulted her; force denies charge, accuses her of misuse of power

A woman IPS officer has accused AR personnel of physical assault, molestation, harassment and abuse at Khudengthabi check post along Imphal-Moreh highway in Tengnoupal district


Uncertainty mounts over fate of Namrup fertilizer plant in Assam; Unit IV still in cold storage despite Centre's assurance

Opposing the government’s move to privatise Nagaon Paper Mill and Cachar Paper Mill, the students’ body was apprehensive that BVFCL, also called Namrup Fertilizer Complex, would meet with a similar fate.


One-horned rhino calf welcomed by conservationists, Assamese in celebration of a concerted effort to save the species

The newborn is seen as a big win for conservationists and efforts towards protecting the critically-threatened rhino species — the pride of Assam and the Assamese people.


Sonowal promises to grant land pattas to over 40,000 landless indigenous people; clearly define criteria, Congress tells Assam CM

The Congress has asked the state government to define the term indigenous since the Sarbananda Sonowal government in Assam has decided to provide land pattas to more than 40,000 landless indigenous people on 28 January


Sarbananda Sonowal smells trouble as Assam continues anti-CAA stir; makes emotional appeal, gives funds to literary body hosting protests

On the other hand, members of the Asom Sahitya Sabha staged a sit-in-demonstration in Guwahati wearing black masks, and reciting poems in protest against CAA