Articles by Rajeev Bhattacharyya
Jan 11, 2019
Illegal coal mining continues in Assam's Ledo-Margherita with support from police officials, local politiciansIllicit coal mining has been continuing on a much larger scale at a remote corner of Assam for the past several years.
Dec 31, 2018
Slow progress mars Mizoram-Myanmar Kaladan project as India misses deadline for road third time in a rowThe multi-crore Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project envisioned as a key component of the Act East Policy has missed the deadline for the third consecutive time in Mizoram
Dec 06, 2018
Assam home department passes the buck over collection of biometric data as 15 December deadline approachesOfficials at the NRC secretariat are in no doubt that the home department is “passing the buck” since it had failed to begin the exercise in time.
Nov 12, 2018
Perpetrators behind Assam's Tinsukia massacre yet to be nabbed amid reports of militants fleeing to MyanmarA combined team of the police from Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, army as well as the CoBRA team from the CRPF has been pressed into action in the Tengapani Reserve Forest a day after the massacre was orchestrated at Dholla.
Nov 02, 2018
ULFA strike against Bengali-Hindus in Assam attempt to shore up outfit's support base against Citizenship BillThe strike is viewed by a section of officials as an attempt by ULFA to shore up its flagging support base as it coincides with a wave of protests sweeping many districts in Assam’s Brahmaputra Valley against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.
Oct 31, 2018
Government apathy turns village grazing reserve in Assam's Dukonia into colony of illegal Bangladeshi settlersDukonia Village Grazing Reserve, which was notified by former Assam chief minister Bishnu Ram Medhi in the mid-1950s, is home to about 2000 buffaloes belonging to farmers from villages in Hajo.
Oct 10, 2018
Assam takes third shot at Aadhaar enrolment, likely to cover 3.16 crore residents within a yearIn Assam, Aadhaar had fuelled a controversy with civil society groups and political parties raising concerns that its benefits would be reaped by foreign nationals.
Oct 05, 2018
Assam plans three more detention centres for illegal immigrants to prevent them from vanishing before deportationIn response to a PIL filed by Anil Chandra Dey at Gauhati High Court, the state government said that the revenue department has been asked to allot government land in the three districts with the capacity to detain at least a thousand foreign nationals at each centre.
Sep 09, 2018
North East has always been key focus of Maoist expansion plans, but local conditions and politics stalled growthEven though the history and social structure of the North East including Assam and Tripura has prevented Maoists from gaining a foothold, they have not been completely wiped out. Their focus is to build a support base instead of arming the masses which was evident in central India
Aug 15, 2018
Around million fake submissions, bogus linkages detected and deleted from draft NRCOfficials at Assam Secretariat had offered estimates varying between 9 lakh and 11 lakh applicants who had either submitted forged papers or sought to establish bogus linkages