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Himanta Biswa Sarma giving a speech

This is why Amit Shah had an unusual explanation for Himanta Sarma not contesting polls

In a statement, BJP chief Amit Shah said party had chosen not to make Himanta Biswa Sarma contest the polls given his responsibilities in not just Assam but the entire northeast.
The Indian Army installed a six -long metal spikes in Assam

Maneka Gandhi tells Army to act against elephant deaths in Assam, remove ‘dreadful spikes’

Maneka Gandhi has taken a strong exception to Indian Army's installation of spikes around the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary in Guwahati.
Prafulla Kumar Mahanta

AGP’s decision to re-unite with BJP taken without my knowledge, says Prafulla Mahanta

Former AGP chief Prafulla Mahanta says he's against alliance move, believes AGP shouldn't have gone back to BJP after snapping ties over Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

BJP-AGP allies again: Poll opportunism or was Citizenship Bill clash just political optics?

The Asom Gana Parishad has formed a pre-poll alliance with the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Experts weigh in.
Dhola-Sadiya bridge

India’s longest bridge set to come up between Assam & Meghalaya, impact millions of lives

The 19.8-km-long bridge will be built over the Brahmaputra between Dhubri in Assam and Phulbari in Meghalaya, bringing socio-economic relief to the region.
Chandrababu Naidu shares the stage with Banerjee at the dharna | Ashok Nath Dey/ThePrint

Congress’ mega opposition rally now a solo Rahul show as Mamata & Naidu decide to skip it

Congress's planned mega opposition rally in Guwahati on 26 February has now become a booth workers' rally.
BJP National President Amit Shah addresses a rally in Malda

BJP and Assam’s AGP make moves to patch up for Lok Sabha polls as Citizenship Bill lapses

Sources say talks and discussions between a few representatives from both sides are on, but a section BJP's state unit 'not keen' to rebuild the alliance.
People queue up to check their names on the final draft of the NRC in Assam

823 people detained in 6 Assam detention centres are foreigners, Centre tells Supreme Court

The top court had asked the Centre to provide details of functional detention centres in Assam and the foreigners detained in them during the last 10 years.
Democracy Wall

National People’s Party will snap ties with NDA if Citizenship Bill returns: Meghalaya minister

Meghalaya home minister James Sangma said this a day after Amit Shah promised to bring back Citizenship Bill if BJP was voted to power.
Illustration by Soham Sen/ThePrint

Blood, bodies and scars: What I saw after the 1983 Nellie massacre in Assam

On the anniversary of the Nellie massacre in Assam, which claimed thousands of lives in a few hours, I recall the horrid sights.

On Camera

Rahul Gandhi at the press conference | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Communists who once sided with BJP now irked over no alliance with Congress in West Bengal

With a chequered history, where the Left Front had ‘aligned’ with the BJP, it is impossible for the CPM cadre to adjust themselves with the Congress.

Rahul Gandhi’s Rs 72,000 income pledge: Are populist freebies the only way to win elections?

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday pledged to give Rs 12,000 per month to every family in India if the Congress is voted to power in the 2019 elections.

Defence

A Chinook helicopter

India inducts Chinook helicopters, adds muscle to military along China border

Each Chinook helicopter can lift 45 soldiers, artillery guns or even light armoured vehicles to high altitudes. It can also fly through narrow mountain valleys.
National Interest

Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.