articles by Syeda Ambia Zahan

Politics

Assam politicos face heat as state boils over CAB: Three dead as lakhs of students hit streets, CM calls for peace

The state is perhaps witnessing its most massive protests in 40 years — after the Assam Agitation — with lakhs taking to the streets after the Bill passed in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

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Ill-equipped private madrassas in Assam ignore child rights, junk formal education; girl students often end up as child brides

The private madrassas are one of the key reasons for low rate of income among the Muslim community as hardly anyone graduating from these ill-equipped institutes will have a chance to survive in today's competitive job markets.

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Rs 1,220-cr and 10 years later, NRC leaves group favouring exercise dissatisfied, raises doubts over migrant numbers in Assam

The NRC in Assam, which took ten years, employed 52,000 government employees and cost the government Rs 1,220 crore, is now being considered as a fruitless exercise by the very same people who sought it in order to detect and deport of illegal migrants from the northeastern state

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Assam floods turn colleges into makeshift 'jail', trafficking activities see spurt as state battles fever, diarrhoea amid deluge

Most of the flood-affected areas in Assam have been without power supply for the past week or more.

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Assam NRC: 6 kill self in 13 days as state prepares final list; lack of recourse pushes residents to edge, say activists

At least six people have committed suicide in Assam in 13 days due to issues relating to NRC, the final list of which will be published on 31 July

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Child marriages flourish among Muslims in Assam with alleged collusion of court officials, lawyers and ignorant parents

Prepared as a legal document and authenticated by the notary of a lower court, the affidavits are considered as “marriage deeds” of a minor who is yet to attain the age of consent, often with a person thrice her age.

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Assam teachers mock 'chowkidar' campaign, prefix 'driver' to their names to protest state minister's comment

The protest campaign by the teachers began on Friday, after the Assam education minister compared the pass certificate of the TET with a driving license.

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NRC in Assam: Key 'witnesses' against ex-armyman Mohammad Sanaullah claim they were never called by police

Sanaullah, 52, has been languishing in Goalpara detention camp. The Indian Army’s Directorate of Sainik Welfare has offered to provide legal assistance to him.

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Retired Subedar, who fought in Kargil War, served 30 years in Indian Army, declared 'foreigner', sent to detention centre in Assam

Five days after the BJP-led NDA won Lok Sabha elections riding on the issues of national security, a retired Indian Army Subedar has been declared "foreigner" in Assam’s Kamrup district. Mohammad Sanaullah, a retired Honorary Lieutenant of the Indian Army has been sent to the detention centre on Tuesday, following a case registered in the Boko Police Station Tribunal, in 2008.

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'Beef isn't banned in Assam': Locals react after mob thrashes 68-year-old Shaukat Ali in fresh cow vigilantism case

Assam: In yet another case of cow vigilantism, an elderly Muslim man, Shaukat Ali, was beaten up and forced to eat pork, which is forbidden among followers of Islam, while his restaurant was vandalised by another group at some distance in Biswanath Chariali district in Assam on Sunday

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Arunachal Pradesh PRC row: Four killed in violent protests, tussle between BJP, Congress continues

A total of four deaths have been reported in violence in Arunachal Pradesh three days after protests erupted over the issue of granting PRCs to six communities.

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Assam hooch tragedy: Toll rises to 102; state government cracks down on illicit liquor amid protests

The toll in the Assam hooch tragedy has been rising with every passing hour, with over 400 still admitted in hospitals.

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'Both vehicles completely charred': Two CRPF jawans from Assam recall the horrors of Pulwama terror attack

Forty-two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel died on Thursday after terrorists targeted a convoy of 78 vehicles with a car bomb at Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district

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'Retrieve bone if you can't pull out body': Family of Meghalaya miners trapped in illegal rat-hole mine appeal to rescuers

The body which was detected 160 feet under water have not been recovered yet because of its fragile state. According to NDRF officials, the body will start disintegrating if it is pulled too hard.

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Meghalaya govt-coal mafia nexus aids illegal mining, decimates state's ecology, says activists' report submitted to Supreme Court

Illegal coal mining in Meghalaya has dispossessed 76 percent of the local tribal population of their land, resulting in large-scale migration of the tribal poor to the urban centres of Shillong and Tura, the report says, adding that this was the major reason for inequality of wealth in the state.

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Hiren Gohain charged with sedition: By fighting for secular basis of citizenship and dignity of Assam, we're fighting India, says literary critic

Assam Police has filed a case against three intellectuals of the state on charges of sedition after they raised the issue of separate statehood.

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Meghalaya coal mine tragedy: Lack of employment, higher wages force Assam youths into unlawful mining jobs

A prime witness in the case, Sayeb, who managed to haul himself up with the help of an iron chain hanging inside, thanks God for choosing to save him from the 320-feet water-filled rathole mine.

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NDRF rubbishes 'foul odour' theory in Meghalaya, says it's from stagnant water not decomposed bodies

The NDRF team, which has been engaged in rescue operation at an illegal coal mine in Ksan area of East Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya for over two weeks now, have denied media reports which claimed that NDRF had "indicated" that the 15 trapped miners may be already dead

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Meghalaya coal mine mishap: No headway in rescue of 17 trapped miners; families lose hope of seeing them alive

On Thursday morning, the 320-feet-deep and 20-feet-wide mine in Meghalaya got filled with water, rendering 17 men digging coal inside unable to come out.

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Miner who survived Meghalaya coal mine mishap reveals chilling details, says 17, not 13, trapped in flooded quarry

Sayeb Ali, a 25-year-old coal miner from Assam's Chirang district, shared how he and four others who were on the ground at the Meghalaya mine had tried to save their fellow workers stuck inside the 380-foot rat-hole mine but failed.