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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a press conference in New Delhi. | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

You are a heartless bank – ‘Nirmala Sitharaman blasts SBI chief’ in alleged leaked audio

Sitharaman is heard slamming SBI chief Rajnish Kumar for SBI’s failure to operationalise bank accounts of Assam’s tea garden workers, in purported audio clip.
Souradeep Sengupta | Facebook

Silchar court grants bail to Assam lecturer arrested for derogatory post against PM, BJP

Souradeep Sengupta, a guest lecturer at Gurucharan College, was arrested after a student lodged a complaint based on his social media posts.
File image of Himanta Biswa Sarma | @himantabiswa/Twitter

Himanta Biswa Sarma has what it takes to be BJP’s next Amit Shah, but for an RSS hurdle

Himanta Biswa Sarma is everything that Amit Shah is — calculative, ruthless, astute, toxic on-demand and with an insatiable appetite for power.
Souradeep Sengupta | Facebook

Assam lecturer posts remarks against RSS-BJP, Modi on Facebook, lands in jail after protest

An FIR was lodged against Souradeep Sengupta based on a complaint by ABVP members who claimed his Facebook posts were derogatory.
Madrasa students

Assam to shut aided madrasas, Sanskrit schools: What Constitution says on minority institutes

The Assam government has decided to shut down all government madrasas and Sanskrit tols to reinvent themselves as high and higher secondary schools.

Filmfare Awards 2020: A BJP ploy to drown out Assam’s anti-CAA voices with Bollywood glitz

The timing to shift Mumbai’s glitzy Filmfare Awards to the troubled Assam couldn’t be more wrong. For the Assamese, it’s an eyewash.
NRC

FIR filed against former NRC official after data disappears from website

The complaint against a former contractual NRC officer was filed as she 'did not provide the password to document, despite written reminders'.
File image of Himanta Biswa Sarma | @himantabiswa/Twitter

Assam govt to close state-run Madrasas, Sanskrit ‘tols’ & turn them into regular schools

Education Minister Himanta Sarma said it was 'not the job of govt institutes to provide religious books' as the reason behind the decision.
File photo of Prateek Hajela | ANI

Assam NRC coordinator accuses Prateek Hajela of non-renewal of service as data goes missing

The new state NRC coordinator said that the meeting for a formal order to renew the contract with Wipro was only held on 30 January this year.
A man checks his name in NRC list in Guwahati on 31 August. | ANI Photo

BJP wants to segregate Assamese Muslims from Bangladeshi Muslims, but some ask how

The Assam govt has announced plans to start a census to segregate the state’s indigenous Muslims from ‘illegal migrants’.

On Camera

Representational image of lockdown in Spain | Bloomberg

How Spain tragically bungled its response to coronavirus

Spain ignored the health crisis unfolding in Italy & dithered before imposing draconian lockdown measures that could have saved thousands of lives.

How is Modi’s BJP different from the one founded by Advani-Vajpayee 40 years ago?

Forty years ago, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani founded BJP. Today it's led by Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo, who have won two general elections with full majority.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.