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Himanta Biswa Sarma, a former Congressman, is an important minister in the BJP government in Assam | Source: Wikimedia commons

Covid negative report from other states not acceptable in Assam — Himanta Biswa Sarma

The Minister for Health and Family Welfare admitted that the situation has turned 'complicated' in the state during the last few days.
Himanta Biswa Sarma, a former Congressman, is an important minister in the BJP government in Assam | Source: Wikimedia commons

No possibility of lockdown or night curfew in Assam, says Himanta Biswa Sarma

Sarma says Assam govt plans to ramp up Covid testing, urges people above 45 to get vaccinated.
Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in Guwahati, on 14 February 2021 | Photo: @himantabiswa

EC reduces campaigning ban on BJP’s Himanta Biswa Sarma from 48 hrs to 24 hrs

Assam minister Sarma was initially barred from campaigning till 4 April for allegedly making threatening remarks against Bodoland People's Front chief Hagrama Mohilary.

Election Commission transfers Himanta Biswa Sarma’s SP brother from Goalpara

The EC Friday barred the senior Assam minister from campaigning for 48 hours for allegedly making threatening remarks against Bodoland People's Front chief Hagrama Mohilary.
Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in Guwahati, on 14 February 2021 | Photo: @himantabiswa

EC bars BJP’s Himanta Biswa Sarma from campaigning for 48 hours

The Congress had approached the EC demanding action against Sarma for his remark against Bodoland People’s Front chief Hagrama Mohilary.
Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in Guwahati, on 14 February 2021 | Photo: @himantabiswa

EC issues show cause notice to BJP’s Himanta Biswa Sarma for remarks against opposition

BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma allegedly threatened to send opposition leader Hagrama Mohilary to jail by misusing the NIA.
File image of Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma | @himantabiswa | Twitter

Himanta Biswa Sarma — Hindutva ambassador or ace administrator? Assam watching closely

Assam charmed by Himanta Biswa Sarma but won’t take eyes off his Hindutva politics.
File image of Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma | @himantabiswa | Twitter

Rivals BJP and Congress share the same dilemma in Assam — the missing CM face

For both the Congress and BJP, the misery is unlikely to end soon. The issue will become even more difficult to handle once polls have been won.
A file photo of former Assam chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta. | Photo: ANI

How BJP has reduced AGP, leading party of Assamese aspiration, into a crumbling hanger-on

As part of the seat-sharing deal with the BJP, the AGP has given away Mahanta’s Barhampur constituency. He is now reviving his old outfit, AGP (Progressive).
File image of Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma | @himantabiswa | Twitter

Himanta Biswa Sarma likely to contest Assam polls, adds twist to BJP’s CM candidate debate

Assam BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass says Himanta Biswa Sarma's name has been included in a list of potential candidates that was sent to the national leadership.

On Camera

An Indian Oil Corp. employee loads LPG cylinders onto his vehicle in Cochin | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

12% slum households in India still without LPG connection. Five ways to improve access

In a rapidly urbanising India, the exclusion of urban poor from energy access will have severe long-term implications on their health and economic development.
An employee counts Indian rupee banknotes at a Walmart Inc. Best Price Modern Wholesale store in Hyderabad, India, on 16 March 2019 (Representational Image) | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Modi govt scheme has reduced tax disputes by nearly 30%, but big cases still pose headache

Central PSUs have used the Vivad Se Vishwas scheme to settle relatively larger-sized disputes. But private sector and others have used the scheme to only settle low-value disputes.

Defence

CDS General Bipin Rawat | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Backed by disruptive tech, China tried push & shove tactics but India stood firm: CDS Rawat

At the Raisina Dialogue, Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat says some countries seek to reshape rules that govern global order via geopolitics coupled with geo-economics.
Illustration by Soham Sen

There’s a need to hold up a mirror to Modi govt on Covid management, and this is the picture

Between premature victory mood that allowed Kumbh & elections, and lack of urgency on vaccines, Modi govt has walked into its biggest crisis. The way out needs realism, humility and one ‘Ram baan’ weapon.