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‘After BTC poll, BJP to gain majority in Assam polls’: Amit Shah

Shah said that Assam was earlier known for movements and violence, but chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and state finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had unified people.
File photo: Union home minister Amit Shah.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
File photo: Union home minister Amit Shah.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 26, 2020 10:13 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati | ByHT Correspondent

Assam frames guidelines to ‘secularise’ school education

On Sunday, the state cabinet had approved to repeal provisions of the Madrasa and Sanskrit Tols Act in the next assembly session due later this month, which will end religious education imparted in schools with government funds.
Assam education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.(PTI file)
Assam education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.(PTI file)
Published on Dec 14, 2020 05:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati | ByUtpal Parashar

Elementary schools in Assam to reopen from January 1

Addressing a press conference here, Sarma said that details of the standard operating procedure (SOPs) related to the opening of elementary schools will be released soon.
Representational image.(PTI file)
Representational image.(PTI file)
Updated on Nov 30, 2020 12:41 PM IST
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Guwahati | ByAsian News International| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari

Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi extremely critical, say doctors

Three-time chief minister Tarun Gogoi was admitted to GMCH on November 2. He was put under invasive ventilation on Saturday night when his condition worsened.
Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Sunday was put on life support due to post Covid-19 complications.(PTI File Photo)
Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Sunday was put on life support due to post Covid-19 complications.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Nov 23, 2020 11:51 AM IST
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Guwahati | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

Assam to construct 119 schools in tea gardens by April next year: Himanta Biswa

The construction of the schools in the tea gardens will be completed by Rongali Bihu in April but the inauguration will be held after the new government assumes charge as the Model Code of Conduct may be in force.
Himanta Biswa Sarma (ANI file)
Himanta Biswa Sarma (ANI file)
Updated on Nov 01, 2020 10:27 AM IST
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Guwahati | ByPress Trust of India| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari

Assam Covid cases cross 200,000-mark; nearly 900 fatalities recorded

State health and family welfare minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted late on Saturday night that the total Covid-19 cases in Assam stood at 200,391.
A security person sits wearing a mask outside a temple in Guwahati.(AP)
A security person sits wearing a mask outside a temple in Guwahati.(AP)
Updated on Oct 18, 2020 10:02 AM IST
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Guwahati | ByUtpal Parashar

Educational institutions in Assam to reopen on November 2

The children are currently being provided with dry food and the school authorities can slowly move to cooked meals depending on the situation, the minister said.
Himanta Biswa Sarma said the government has no objection if the private schools want to continue with online classes(PTI)
Himanta Biswa Sarma said the government has no objection if the private schools want to continue with online classes(PTI)
Published on Oct 17, 2020 08:22 PM IST
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Guwahati | ByPress Trust of India| posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Why Assam is shutting down madrassas, Sanskrit schools

Madrassas are educational institutions where the Quran and the Islamic sacred law is taught along with mathematics, grammar, poetry and history.
According to a report published on the academic and research website(HT file photo)
According to a report published on the academic and research website(HT file photo)
Updated on Oct 14, 2020 07:17 AM IST
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Covid-19 positivity drops in Assam, minister says curve is flattening

On Monday, the positivity rate was just 1.41% after over one lakh tests were conducted, Assam’s Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. In September, the positivity rate was 8%.
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the Covid-19 curve in the state is flattening.(ANI FILE PHOTO)
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the Covid-19 curve in the state is flattening.(ANI FILE PHOTO)
Published on Oct 13, 2020 02:09 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati | ByUtpal Parashar

Assam launches 4 schemes to boost Covid-hit tea industry

The new schemes will cost the state exchequer around 200 crore; The state government has also announced an agriculture income tax holiday to tea gardens for three years
Around 800 tea gardens in Assam had remained closed for around two months due to the lockdown.(Representational Image)
Around 800 tea gardens in Assam had remained closed for around two months due to the lockdown.(Representational Image)
Updated on Sep 25, 2020 03:06 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati | ByUtpal Parashar

Tarun Gogoi stable now; AIIMS doctors also monitor health

The 85-year-old former chief minister was admitted to Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH)’s intensive care unit (ICU) on Thursday
Tarun Gogoi tested positive for Covid-19 on August 26.(PTI file)
Tarun Gogoi tested positive for Covid-19 on August 26.(PTI file)
Updated on Sep 25, 2020 11:46 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati | ByUtpal Parashar

Assam launches gold scheme for brides from weaker section

As per provisions of the Arundhati Gold Scheme, the state government provides 40,000 to girls from families with an annual income of less than 5 lakh, provided the marriage is registered under Special Marriage Act, 1954.
CM Sarbananda Sonowal urged newlywed couples to get their marriages registered in order to uphold the dignity of the institution of marriage. Nearly 100 couples from 30 districts of the state were present at the launch ceremony on Thursday. (HT Photo)
CM Sarbananda Sonowal urged newlywed couples to get their marriages registered in order to uphold the dignity of the institution of marriage. Nearly 100 couples from 30 districts of the state were present at the launch ceremony on Thursday. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 24, 2020 07:13 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati | ByUtpal Parashar

100-year-old woman in Assam beats COVID-19, hospital staff celebrates her recovery

The doctors and nurses who were treating her held a small celebration before she was discharged.
Mai Handique, called Aita (grandma) by all at the hospital thanked all those who treated her.(Twitter/@himantabiswa)
Mai Handique, called Aita (grandma) by all at the hospital thanked all those who treated her.(Twitter/@himantabiswa)
Published on Sep 17, 2020 12:59 PM IST
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Guwahati | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by: Amrita Kohli

Assam announces infrastructure projects worth nearly Rs 12,000 crore

New projects include construction of four new medical colleges, nine women colleges, six degree colleges, ten law colleges, two flyovers and road corridors across the state.
File photo: Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.(PTI)
File photo: Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 12, 2020 08:36 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati | ByUtpal Parashar | Edited by Sparshita Saxena

Sindhu boost for India, persuaded to play Uber Cup

Sindhu changed her mind after a call from Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Himanta Biswa Sarma requesting that she reconsider the decision.
PV Sindhu in action against Mugdha Agrey of India during India Open 2019.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
PV Sindhu in action against Mugdha Agrey of India during India Open 2019.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 07, 2020 11:41 PM IST
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NEW DELHI | BySandip Sikdar and Avishek Roy

Assam re-launches self-employment scheme worth 1,000 crore

The scheme was part of the BJP-led government’s budget speech in 2017-18, but instead of benefitting 1 lakh youths as planned it managed to get only around 7,000 beneficiaries due to lack of adequate support from banks.
The scheme is called Swami Vivekananda Assam Youth Empowerment (SVAYEM). (Photo @CMOfficeAssam)
The scheme is called Swami Vivekananda Assam Youth Empowerment (SVAYEM). (Photo @CMOfficeAssam)
Updated on Sep 04, 2020 03:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati | ByUtpal Parashar

Not keen on contesting Assam polls next year, says Himanta Biswa Sarma

In the past few days, Sarma, who handles the finance, health, education and PWD portfolios in the Sarbananda Sonowal-led government, had been in headlines over news reports on his eligibility for the chief minister’s post.
In recent weeks there have been speculations that the BJP leadership might shift Sarma to New Delhi and accommodate him as a minister in the Narendra Modi cabinet. (Photo@himantabiswa)
In recent weeks there have been speculations that the BJP leadership might shift Sarma to New Delhi and accommodate him as a minister in the Narendra Modi cabinet. (Photo@himantabiswa)
Updated on Aug 26, 2020 12:39 AM IST
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HindustanTimes, Guwahati | ByUtpal Parashar

BJP undecided on naming CM candidate for Assam polls: Himanta Biswa Sarma

Sarma accused Congress leader Tarun Gogoi of creating a controversy by stating that the ruling party may nominate former chief justice Ranjan Gogoi for the top job.
Sarma further alleged that the former chief minister wants to secure his son and Kaliabor MP Gaurav Gogoi’s seat and therefore encouraged the Congress to form an alliance with the AIUDF.(PTI file photo)
Sarma further alleged that the former chief minister wants to secure his son and Kaliabor MP Gaurav Gogoi’s seat and therefore encouraged the Congress to form an alliance with the AIUDF.(PTI file photo)
Published on Aug 24, 2020 10:51 PM IST
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Guwahati | ByPress Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal

Appointment process of teachers to begin from August 27: Assam Education Minister

He said that appointment letters to 300 candidates will be distributed at the event to be held at Shankar Dev Kalakshetra in Guwahati.
Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.(HT file)
Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.(HT file)
Published on Aug 19, 2020 12:35 PM IST
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Guwahati | ByAsian News International| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari

Ahead of next year’s polls, Assam announces sops for students, teachers and educational institutions

The measures include provincialisation of schools, junior colleges and colleges, teachers, professors, gifts of scooters to meritorious girl students, appointment of new teachers etc.
Assam health, finance, education and PWD minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.(File photo)
Assam health, finance, education and PWD minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.(File photo)
Published on Aug 18, 2020 08:23 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati | ByUtpal Parashar

Clause 6 of Assam Accord will be enforced, says govt

The assurance came a day after All Assam Students Union (AASU) made public a high-level committee’s confidential report on the implementation of the accord.
The tripartite accord involving AASU, the state government and the Centre was signed in 1985 after a six-year agitation against illegal immigrants.(https://twitter.com/himantabiswa)
The tripartite accord involving AASU, the state government and the Centre was signed in 1985 after a six-year agitation against illegal immigrants.(https://twitter.com/himantabiswa)
Updated on Aug 13, 2020 05:06 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati | ByUtpal Parashar

Committed to implement Clause 6 of Assam Accord, says Assam govt

Upset at ‘inaction’ by the government on a high-level committee ’s confidential report on the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord. even after five months of its submission, the All Assam Students Union (AASU) made it public on Tuesday.
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the state government is committed to implement the Clause 6 of the 1985 Assam Accord which pertains to safeguards for the preservation and promotion of Assamese identity and heritage.(https://twitter.com/himantabiswa)
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the state government is committed to implement the Clause 6 of the 1985 Assam Accord which pertains to safeguards for the preservation and promotion of Assamese identity and heritage.(https://twitter.com/himantabiswa)
Published on Aug 12, 2020 10:20 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati | ByUtpal Parashar

Covid-19 patients under home isolation in Guwahati to get free pulse oximeter

The Assam government has also activated Tele Medicine service for Covid-19 patients through 104, which will be expanded to other places soon.
A health worker examines the oxygen saturation levels of a local resident using a pulse oximeter before swab samples collection for coronavirus testing at Sukhrali Enclave near Shiv temple in Gurugram.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
A health worker examines the oxygen saturation levels of a local resident using a pulse oximeter before swab samples collection for coronavirus testing at Sukhrali Enclave near Shiv temple in Gurugram.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 10, 2020 10:28 AM IST
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Guwahati | ByAsian News International | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

National Education Policy will revolutionise education system: Himanta Biswa Sarma

He said that the state government is setting up a 40-member committee to study the implementation of the National Education Policy in Assam and added that they will start functioning within a week.
Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.(PTI file)
Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.(PTI file)
Published on Aug 01, 2020 06:13 PM IST
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Guwahati | ByAsian News International

Schools, colleges in Assam may open on September 1

The Assam government has made preliminary plans to reopen educational institutions on September 1 but the final decision will depend on the directives of the Centre, state Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday.
All teachers and employees of the schools will have to get themselves tested, and the Education and Health departments will coordinate the efforts for the tests that will be conducted from August 23-30, the minister said while addressing a press conference here.(HT photo)
All teachers and employees of the schools will have to get themselves tested, and the Education and Health departments will coordinate the efforts for the tests that will be conducted from August 23-30, the minister said while addressing a press conference here.(HT photo)
Updated on Aug 01, 2020 04:53 PM IST
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Guwahati | ByPress Trust of India

Schools, colleges in Assam may open on September 1

All teachers and employees of the schools will have to get themselves tested, and the Education and Health departments will coordinate the efforts for the tests that will be conducted from August 23-30, the minister said while addressing a press conference here.
Representational image. (HT file)
Representational image. (HT file)
Published on Aug 01, 2020 04:25 PM IST
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Guwahati | ByPress Trust of India| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari

Assam’s Covid-19 tally crosses 11,000-mark with single biggest spike of 1,202 cases

Despite a lockdown, cases of coronavirus disease in Guwahati have surged. On Saturday, 777 new cases were detected.
The Assam government had imposed a 14-day total lockdown in Guwahati and other areas falling in Kamrup Metro district from June 28, allowing only pharmacies to remain open, in a bid to control the spread of the pandemic.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The Assam government had imposed a 14-day total lockdown in Guwahati and other areas falling in Kamrup Metro district from June 28, allowing only pharmacies to remain open, in a bid to control the spread of the pandemic.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jul 05, 2020 08:44 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati | ByUtpal Parashar| Edited by Meenakshi Ray

Assam’s Covid-19 cases double in fortnight to cross 8,000; Guwahati worst hit

Of the new Covid-19 positive cases reported on Tuesday, 380 were from Guwahati, which along with rest of the Kamrup Metro district is under a 14-day complete lockdown since last Sunday (June 28) to rein the spike in the viral outbreak in the state’s and the north-east region’s biggest city.
Assam had reported its first Covid-19 positive case on March 31 and it took nearly two months to reach 1,000 cases on May 29.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Assam had reported its first Covid-19 positive case on March 31 and it took nearly two months to reach 1,000 cases on May 29.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 01, 2020 11:57 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati | ByUtpal Parashar

Assam reports one more Covid-19 death, toll climbs to 11

Guwahati in Kamrup (Metro) district, where a complete lockdown has been imposed for 14 days from Sunday night, has so far reported 1,160 Covid-19 cases.
Police personnel punish a lockdown violator as it is reinforced due to rising cases of coronavirus in Tezpur on Sunday.(ANI Photo)
Police personnel punish a lockdown violator as it is reinforced due to rising cases of coronavirus in Tezpur on Sunday.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Jun 29, 2020 06:24 AM IST
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Guwahati | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

Assam announces 2-week lockdown in Kamrup district, weekend curfew in urban centres

“A complete lockdown will be imposed in the entire Kamrup Metropolitan district from the midnight of June 28 for the next 14 days due to the rise in Covid-19 cases. Medical stores will remain open during the lockdown,” Himanta Biswa Sarma was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Assam has reported 6,321 cases of the coronavirus disease and nine people have died till date, according to the Union health ministry.(ANI file photo)
Assam has reported 6,321 cases of the coronavirus disease and nine people have died till date, according to the Union health ministry.(ANI file photo)
Updated on Jun 26, 2020 03:49 PM IST
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