Tora Agarwala, The Indian Express

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Past articles by Tora:

Assam: Phase-wise transfer of ‘foreigners’ to Matia detention centre completed

Pubali Gohain, Assam inspector general of prisons, told The Indian Express that the camp now houses 217 “foreigners” in total. → Read More

The other TMC face in Meghalaya: Khasi leader Charles Pyngrope

Among 12 Cong MLAs Mukul Sangma led into the TMC in 2021 was the veteran Pyngrope. While Sangma's influence is seen as limited to Garo Hills, Pyngrope is the party's answer in Khasi and Jaintia hills. → Read More

In BJP’s bag of promises for Meghalaya: Corruption-free state, border dispute resolution

BJP is the junior partner in the coalition government that has faced corruption allegations during its tenure. It is contesting the coming Assembly polls on its own. → Read More

Embroiled in ‘brothel’ row, ex-militant and BJP’s Garo Hills face Bernard Marak, CM Sangma’s bugbear

In its Meghalaya poll campaign, BJP makes Marak’s ‘unlawful’ 2022 arrest over a 'sex racket’ a key issue, fields him against CM in South Tura → Read More

Amid ‘targeted’ eviction row flare-up, Assam govt moves to clear ‘encroached’ forest land

Tuesday's eviction drive, the Himanta Biswa Sarma govt's third one over the last month, is aimed at clearing two Lakhimpur villages inhabited by 500 Bengali-origin Muslim families. → Read More

Heat is on as poll season begins in NE, with VIP visits, alliance cracks, statehood talks

Amit Shah flags off Tripura Yatra, headed to Nagaland next; days ago, PM Modi was in town; Centre clears funds to continue schemes → Read More

Delimitation a ‘breakthrough’, will safeguard Assam’s future: Himanta Biswa

On December 27, the Election Commission had announced the process of delimitation of Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies in Assam, saying it would be based on Census data from 2001. → Read More

Assam: Through ‘baator naats’ and on boats, ensuring no one misses Covid shot

Street plays, vaccine boats and sustained awareness drives — how this Project is taking the Covid vaccine to remote Assam areas, including sandbars along the Brahmaputra. → Read More

Second phase of Assam-Meghalaya border talks commence, 3 panels formed to resolve remaining issues

Over the years, the 884-km border between the two states has witnessed frequent flare-ups in 12 disputed sites. → Read More

The ‘outsider’ debate: In Arunachal, old wounds flare up over residence certificates

As civil society groups opposed the practice of residential proof certificates being issued to Chakma and Hajong communities, the government quickly suspended the exercise → Read More

Cong MLA’s FIR accusing Assam CM of trying to topple Jharkhand govt ‘fabricated’: BJP minister Pijush Hazarika

Assam minister Pijush Hazarika tweeted purported photos of Jharkhand Congress MLA Kumar Jaimangal meeting Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma five days before the FIR was filed. → Read More

Illegal cash: Jharkhand MLAs held, colleague blames Sarma

Assam CM denies, says MLA ‘doesn’t need middlemen’ to meet him → Read More

‘Brothel’ row: Militant-turned-BJP leader who is on the run noted Garo Hills face

When he quit in 2017, Bernard Marak caused an exodus from BJP, damaging its chances in Meghalaya → Read More

In Assam, half of Opp breaks ranks to vote for Murmu; Cong to take ‘action’

In the 126-member Assam House, the Opposition has 44 MLAs — Congress (27), AIUDF (15), and one each from CPI(M) and Independent ranks. This means half of them voted for Murmu. → Read More

Missing for 15 days, Assam labourers ‘fled’ border road project, kin wait for answers

The Kurung Kumey district administration says that they first heard about the labourers who had “fled” on July 13, and launched a search operation immediately – to no avail. → Read More

Assam, Arunachal sign pact to resolve border dispute

The meeting on Friday was the third this year between Chief Ministers Himanta Biswa Sarma and Pema Khandu to discuss the vexed border dispute, which dates back to colonial times. → Read More

Assam: Days after ‘threats’ led to local man’s suicide, house of one accused razed

“It was an illegal structure and they did not have building permission. The building was in a precarious condition…it (also) violated certain norms,” a senior district administration official told The Indian Express. → Read More

TMC, NSUI protest outside hotel where rebel Shiv Sena MLAs are camping

The protestors were detained since they did not have permission to hold a protest but later let off. → Read More

Assam floods: Slight improvement, but Silchar remains critical

GD Tripathi, chief executive member of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), told that the situation was improving → Read More

‘Every inch is under water’: Unprecedented floods submerge a south Assam town

In the last 24 hours, all of Silchar — southern Assam’s biggest town and the gateway to the three Barak valley districts — has been submerged in water unlike “ever before in its history”. → Read More