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  • Himanta Biswa Sarma tries to explain away, hits back at Chidambaram

    Guwahati: Facing flak over his remarks that life-threatening diseases were a result of past sins, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today tried to explain away saying he was only referring to the “karmic law” of Hinduism.

  • GoM for 12% GST on AC eateries, composition scheme tax cut

    New Delhi: The Group of Ministers set up to make GST composition scheme more attractive today suggested lowering tax rates for manufacturers and restaurants under the plan to 1 percent. At present, while manufacturers pay GST at 2 percent, the rate for restaurants is 5 percent. Traders currently pay1 per cent. The GoM headed by Assam Finance Minister Himanta BiswaSarma has also suggested doing away with the tax rate distinction between AC

  • Guwahati stone-throwing incident not reflective of our security measures: Rajyavardhan Rathore

    New Delhi: Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has condemned the stone-pelting incident on the Australian cricket team bus, adding that he has also spoken to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal about the same. A rock was allegedly thrown at the Australian team bus as they returned to the team hotel from the Barsapara Cricket Stadium following their eight-wicket win in the second T20I of the three-match series in Guwahati.

  • NIA team in Kokrajhar, big hunt on for militants

    Kokrajhar (Assam) : An NIA team on Saturday scoured the site and spoke to eyewitnesses of yesterday’s terror attack here in which 14 people were killed while a massive combing operation was on to nab the militants of Bodo separatist outfit NDFB(S) suspected to be involved in the strike.

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    Assam terror attack: Kokrajhar remains tense, toll rises to 14

    Kokrajhar: Tension continues to simmer here a day after militants of the anti-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) triggered grenade blasts and shot at civilians, even as the number of dead rose to 14 on Saturday.

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    Show intelligence report, BJP says on Rahul’s Satra row

    Guwahati: BJP’s Assam unit leader Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday dared Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to make public the “intelligence report” that said RSS and BJP workers may try to create an “unsavoury situation” during Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to a Satra, a Vaishnavite monastery, in Barpeta.

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    Assam ex-minister quits assembly on joining BJP

    Guwahati: Former Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who joined the BJP last month, on Tuesday resigned from his seat in the legislative assembly. Sarma, who was elected on a Congress ticket from the prestigious Jalukbari assembly constituency in 2011 by a record margin of around 78,000 votes, submitted his resignation letter during a meeting with Speaker Pranab Gogoi at the latter’s residence here on Tuesday evening.

  • Assam’s senior Congress leader Himanta Biswa Sarma to join BJP

    Guwahati  : Dissident Congress leader Himanta Biswa Sarma, who had resigned as a minister in the Assam government last year following differences with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, on Monday said he would join the BJP in the next few days. Once a close associate Gogoi, Sarma, accompanied by state BJP president Siddhartha Bhattacharjee, met BJP national president Amit Shaha at his residence in Delhi and expressed his desire to join the BJP

  • Louis Berger case: Assam CM ready to face investigation

    Guwahati  : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday said he was ready for any inquiry into his role in the Louis Berger kickbacks scam. In a statement, he dared union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Sarbananda Sonowal to find out from the home ministry who received kickbacks from the Louis Berger company in the Guwahati water supply project.

  • Cong in ostrich like repose with states on boil

    New Delhi :  Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi continues to trust the political assessments of his ‘tried, tested and failed’ general secretaries — C P Joshi in Assam and Mohan Prakash in Maharashtra — even as senior ministers have quit the respective state governments to protest against the ‘high command’ decision to continue with the beleaguered chief ministers –Tarun Gogoi in Assam and Prithviraj Chavan in Maharashtra.