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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.
Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in Guwahati, on 14 February 2021 | Photo: @himantabiswa

2 journalists arrested for attempt to ‘malign’ Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, daughter

Taufiquddin Ahmad, Editor-in-Chief of news website Pratibimba Live, and its News Editor Iqbal were arrested to investigate the 'conspiracy', police said.
Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in Guwahati, on 14 February 2021 | Photo: @himantabiswa

I am an extremist in protecting Indian & Assamese culture, says Himanta Biswa Sarma

Accusing AIUDF chief and MP Badruddin Ajmal of taking money from fundamentalist organisations, Sarma said this was probably the most dangerous phase of Assam politics.
Children studying in a Madarsa | PTI

All about Assam’s new bill that will convert govt-aided madrasas to regular schools

According to the new bill, all theological courses in Arabic taught in government-aided madrasas will be discontinued from April 2022.
File image of Himanta Biswa Sarma | @himantabiswa/Twitter

Assam assembly passes bill to abolish all state-run madrasas as Opposition walks out

According to the bill, all madrasas will be converted to upper primary, high and higher secondary schools with effect from 1 April next year.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and North East Democratic Alliance convenor and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Bodoland Territorial Council in Kokrajhar on 15 December 2020. | Photo: ANI

Ambition, ‘betrayal’ sink BJP’s alliance with BPF in Bodoland, its new coalition wins BTC test

BJP-BPF alliance failed to come to agreeable terms in the Bodoland Territorial Region. But the parties could still come together along with BJP’s new partner UPPL for 2021 polls.
Assam cabinet minister and North East Democratic Alliance convenor, Himanta Biswa Sarma, addressing a public rally at Suklai Serfang in Baksa district ahead of the BTC polls | Twitter | @himantabiswa

Not Shivraj or Yogi, Himanta Biswa Sarma is Modi-Shah’s sharpest political brain

BJP's impressive performance in Assam's Bodoland Territorial Council polls shows why Himanta Biswa Sarma has emerged as the election mastermind that Modi and Amit Shah need.
File image of Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma | @himantabiswa | Twitter

Assam govt to turn madrasas, Sanskrit tols into general institutes for ‘secular education’

Assam govt will soon table a bill to repeal provisions of madrasas & Sanskrit tols, and convert them into educational institutions imparting general studies.
Assam cabinet minister and North East Democratic Alliance convenor, Himanta Biswa Sarma, addressing a public rally at Suklai Serfang in Baksa district ahead of the BTC polls | Twitter | @himantabiswa

Assam Bodoland council polls will test BJP’s reach in region, decide fate of ally BPF

With BJP looking to unseat ally Bodoland People's Front, questions have risen if the ruling party will go alone in the state assembly elections next year.

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Pandemic can’t be allowed to devastate nations because of sophisticated, one-sided WTO rules

For President Joe Biden to take a stand against pharmaceutical companies is no small matter. His presidential campaign was the near sole beneficiary of pharma largesse in 2020.
Health department officials at Majhgaon village in Chhattisgarh’s Bemetara district | By special arrangement

‘Worrying signs’: Covid hits rural India hard, it now has nearly half of all new cases

The total number of daily cases being reported across India is nearly 300 per cent higher as compared to last year, meaning they will exert pressure on rural health infrastructure.

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A file photo of a Covid ward set up at an Army hospital, in Prayagraj. | Photo: ANI

Armed forces plan to hire 400 retired military doctors to assist in fight against Covid

The forces are looking to hire, on a contractual basis for about a year, medical officers who retired in the last four to five years.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Modi govt is in denial & India is back to being a flailing state

Modi government didn’t strengthen the foundations of basic governance in the last 7 years. Now, the PM has retreated and ministers are failing, adding to the Covid disaster.