Thursday, 7 July, 2022

Topic: Assam

‘Natives’ vs Bengali-speaking ‘Miyas’: Why Assam govt has named 5 Muslim groups as indigenous

Assam govt Tuesday announced 'indigenous' status for Goriya, Moriya, Deshi, Julah & Syed communities. Opposition accuses BJP of sowing division between Assamese & Bengali-speaking Muslims.

Floods in Assam, need govt’s full attention, Cong asks Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde to leave

Congress state chief writes to Shinde, says the ‘royal hospitality’ provided to him and his MLAs at the time of floods was ‘unfair and unacceptable’.

‘See you in Guwahati’: Sarma after Manish Sisodia asks BJP to probe graft charges against Assam CM

Himanta Biswa Sarma, while dismissing charges of corruption levelled against him in a news report cited by Manish Sisodia, questioned Delhi government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘Madrasas should disappear, Muslims originally Hindus’: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma at RSS event

Abolishing madrasas, slamming the Gandhis and "reconversion", Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma spoke about his idea of India and whether religion should play a role in education.

Found ‘mischievous activity’ in raids, Assam Police say amid reports of homes being bulldozed

Batadrava Police Station was set on fire over allegations of custodial death of a fish trader. Police claim they identified 21 suspects but administration’s action sparks a row.  

‘Voice of Assam’ — Amit Shah launches ‘first govt newsletter in any state’ on policy, development

The 16-page newsletter will be available in Assamese, English, Hindi & Bengali & will have a targeted reach of 1 crore readers in the first phase.

Will make sure AFSPA goes from entire Assam, says Amit Shah in Guwahati

Several districts of the Northeast states Assam, Nagaland and Manipur were taken out of AFSPA's purview in April as part of a major BJP outreach.

In fresh Northeast outreach, Modi says govt working to remove AFSPA, launches projects in Assam

At rally in Assam's Karbi Anglong district, PM also spoke about Centre's efforts to resolve boundary disputes between states & said implementation of Karbi peace accord was going well.

Joblessness, perks of surrender, ‘frustration’ — how ULFA-I recruited over 40 youth in 8 months

ULFA-I, led by Paresh Baruah, is the banned, anti-peace-talks faction of the insurgent group. Its total recruitment between 2017 and 2019 was about 70 people. 

Ripun Bora, former Assam Congress chief, joins Trinamool

Bora, as a joint candidate of the opposition parties in Assam, had unsuccessfully contested the recent Rajya Sabha election.

On Camera


Mahendra Singh Dhoni sporting an Army insignia on his glove during the India-South Africa

MS Dhoni is the rainbow of Indian cricket, a cult figure who inspires youth across nation

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s honest self-assessment always put the interests of Indian cricket ahead of any desire to build a ‘legacy’ for himself.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Nepali Gorkhas to be recruited in Indian Army through Agnipath scheme, here is how

Similar to terms for Indian soldiers, the Nepalis would be inducted for 4 years, after which only 25 per cent would be retained.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.