Articles about Himanta Biswa Sarma

Himanta Biswa Sarma, born on February 1, 1969, in Jorhat, is an Indian politician from Assam belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). As of 2021, he is the Chief Minister of Assam. Sarma began his career at a young age when he was still pursuing a degree in law from the Government Law College, Guwahati, by taking an active part in the All Assam Students' Union (AASU). Later, he joined the Congress in 1996 and fought his first election in 2001 from Jalukbari, and won a seat in the Assam Assembly. Between 2002 and 2014, Sarma held some key portfolios (state as well as Cabinet) as Minister of State for Finance, Health, Agriculture, and Education, among others. Owing to differences with former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi, he quit all the positions in 2014 and subsequently joined the BJP in 2015. He was instrumental in the BJP's win in the 2016 Assembly elections and was made the North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convener in the same year. He also held several key portfolios in the Cabinet of former CM Sarbananda Sonowal before being appointed as Chief Minister of Assam in 2021.

'PMO's pre-planned conspiracy': Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani on his arrest

02 May 2022

Politics
'PMO's pre-planned conspiracy': Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani on his arrest

Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani on Monday alleged his recent arrest was a pre-planned conspiracy "designed" by the Prime Minister's Office to "destroy" him ahead of the 2022 Gujarat polls.

Al-Qaeda won't understand uniform's importance: Assam CM on hijab video

07 Apr 2022

Politics
Al-Qaeda won't understand uniform's importance: Assam CM on hijab video

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said that al-Qaeda will never understand the significance of wearing uniforms in educational institutions, but Indian Muslims will.

Assam, Meghalaya sign pact to resolve 50-year-old border dispute

29 Mar 2022

India
Assam, Meghalaya sign pact to resolve 50-year-old border dispute

Assam and Meghalaya signed an agreement on Tuesday, resolving their five-decade-old border dispute in six of the twelve locations.

'Wash mouth with datun': RLD's Jayant Chaudhary slams Assam CM

13 Feb 2022

Politics
'Wash mouth with datun': RLD's Jayant Chaudhary slams Assam CM

Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Jayant Chaudhary on Sunday lashed out at Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma probably in response to his controversial remark about Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

Assam to lift COVID-19 curbs, night curfew from February 15

07 Feb 2022

India
Assam to lift COVID-19 curbs, night curfew from February 15

The Assam government on Monday decided to lift all COVID-19 restrictions and night curfews from February 15.

Rahul Gandhi slams Amit Shah over 'shoe-incident', BJP hits back

03 Feb 2022

Politics
Rahul Gandhi slams Amit Shah over 'shoe-incident', BJP hits back

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday in Parliament and sought an apology from him.

Congress crisis: Prominent leaders who left party recently

25 Jan 2022

Politics
Congress crisis: Prominent leaders who left party recently

With the exit of senior Congress leader RPN Singh on Tuesday, the party has lost yet another leader from its fold days before the assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.

Pro-Taliban online posts: 13 people arrested under UAPA granted bail

12 Oct 2021

India
Pro-Taliban online posts: 13 people arrested under UAPA granted bail

Thirteen people out of the 15 arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in Assam over pro-Taliban posts on social media have been granted bail by local courts.

Assam government to lift COVID-19 restrictions from November 1: CM

28 Sep 2021

India
Assam government to lift COVID-19 restrictions from November 1: CM

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday said his government is making efforts to revive the COVID-19 hit tourism industry by lifting restrictions from November 1 as the COVID-19 situation in Assam has considerably improved.

Assam: Heavy security in Dholpur after 2 killed during eviction

24 Sep 2021

India
Assam: Heavy security in Dholpur after 2 killed during eviction

The situation remained tense at the Dholpur Gorukhuti area in Assam's Darrang district, where a police firing killed two people on Thursday.

Aadhaar uncertainty looms large over lakhs due to NRC limbo

30 Aug 2021

India
Aadhaar uncertainty looms large over lakhs due to NRC limbo

Over eight lakh people in Assam are struggling to get their Aadhaar enrollments done as their biometrics were frozen during the updation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Assam Police may have instigated mob attack: Meghalaya DSP

28 Aug 2021

India
Assam Police may have instigated mob attack: Meghalaya DSP

Meghalaya's Deputy Superintendent of Police Firoz Rahman, who was severely injured in a mob attack at the state's border with Assam, alleged on Saturday the Assam Police that was "battle-ready" sensing trouble in the area did not help him when he was assaulted, which may have been the result of instigation by some of its personnel.

Lovlina receives warm welcome in Assam; to be felicitated today

12 Aug 2021

Sports
Lovlina receives warm welcome in Assam; to be felicitated today

Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain arrived in Guwahati on Thursday to a warm welcome as Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma received her at the airport.

Assam: Dacoit killed in police encounter; toll rises to 17

11 Aug 2021

India
Assam: Dacoit killed in police encounter; toll rises to 17

A dacoit was killed in a police encounter when he attempted to escape from custody in Assam's Darrang district on Wednesday, a senior officer said.

Mizoram to 'relook' FIR against Assam CM after inter-state violence

01 Aug 2021

India
Mizoram to 'relook' FIR against Assam CM after inter-state violence

After the Mizoram Police named Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in an FIR related to an inter-state border row, the Mizoram government Sunday said that it will review the case.

Eat more beef than chicken, mutton, fish: BJP minister

31 Jul 2021

Politics
Eat more beef than chicken, mutton, fish: BJP minister

BJP minister in the Meghalaya government Sanbor Shullai encouraged the people of the state to eat more beef than chicken, mutton, and fish, dispelling the apprehension that his party was against it.

Assam-Mizoram border dispute: Both states' officials, including Assam CM, booked

31 Jul 2021

India
Assam-Mizoram border dispute: Both states' officials, including Assam CM, booked

The Assam-Mizoram border dispute is worsening by the day and the issue has taken a new turn as both states have now booked each other's top officials.

7-member Congress committee to assess Assam-Mizoram border violence

27 Jul 2021

Politics
7-member Congress committee to assess Assam-Mizoram border violence

The Indian National Congress on Tuesday constituted a seven-member committee to assess the Assam-Mizoram border dispute and the "ensuing violence that cost the lives of police personnel."

6 cops killed in Assam-Mizoram border violence; Centre's intervention sought

26 Jul 2021

India
6 cops killed in Assam-Mizoram border violence; Centre's intervention sought

Six police officers were killed as violence broke out at the disputed Assam-Mizoram border on Monday, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

Assam cycles to wish success to Olympics boxer Lovlina Borgohain

21 Jul 2021

Sports
Assam cycles to wish success to Olympics boxer Lovlina Borgohain

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assembly Speaker Biswajit Daimary, and Leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia on Wednesday pedaled bicycles, wishing success to pugilist Lovlina Borgohain from Assam in Tokyo Olympics.

Assam launches incentive scheme to boost orthodox, specialty tea production

05 Jul 2021

India
Assam launches incentive scheme to boost orthodox, specialty tea production

The Assam government rolled out an incentive scheme to boost the production of orthodox and specialty tea, which have high demand in overseas markets and can help planters fetch better prices, on Sunday.

Assam: Doctor brutally assaulted by mob after COVID-19 patient dies

02 Jun 2021

India
Assam: Doctor brutally assaulted by mob after COVID-19 patient dies

A junior doctor posted at a coronavirus facility was mercilessly thrashed by a mob on Tuesday after a COVID-19 patient died during the treatment, allegedly due to a shortage of oxygen.

Banned ULFA(I) outfit announces three-month ceasefire due to COVID-19

15 May 2021

India
Banned ULFA(I) outfit announces three-month ceasefire due to COVID-19

The banned United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) on Saturday announced a unilateral ceasefire for three months due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the state.

Himanta Biswa Sarma to take oath as Assam CM tomorrow

09 May 2021

Politics
Himanta Biswa Sarma to take oath as Assam CM tomorrow

Senior BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma is set to be the next Chief Minister of Assam replacing incumbent Sarbananda Sonowal at the top post.

Sonowal, Himanta Sarma reach Delhi amid suspense over Assam CM

08 May 2021

Politics
Sonowal, Himanta Sarma reach Delhi amid suspense over Assam CM

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, notably the most influential Minister in the State Cabinet, today flew down to national capital Delhi to meet the top brass of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Classes will be suspended if cases cross 100: Assam minister

27 Apr 2021

India
Classes will be suspended if cases cross 100: Assam minister

Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday said that Deputy Commissioners have been authorized to suspend physical classes up to Class 8 in districts where COVID-19 cases have crossed 100 on a particular day.

BJP's Himanta Sarma challenges 48-hour campaign ban in Gauhati HC

03 Apr 2021

Politics
BJP's Himanta Sarma challenges 48-hour campaign ban in Gauhati HC

Assam Minister and senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Himanta Biswa Sarma was on Friday barred from election campaigning ahead of the third and final round of Assembly polls in the state.

145 fall ill after having biryani at Assam Government event

04 Feb 2021

India
145 fall ill after having biryani at Assam Government event

As many as 145 people were hospitalized due to suspected food poisoning in Assam's Karbi Anglong district after having biryani at a government function attended by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, prompting authorities to order an inquiry on Wednesday, officials said.

Ex-Assam CM Tarun Gogoi, undergoing treatment for post-COVID complications, dies

23 Nov 2020

Politics
Ex-Assam CM Tarun Gogoi, undergoing treatment for post-COVID complications, dies

Former Assam Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Tarun Gogoi died on Monday.

Quran cannot be taught using government funds, says Assam Minister

14 Oct 2020

India
Quran cannot be taught using government funds, says Assam Minister

Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that there should be no religious education with the government's funding.

Lockdown: These regions have imposed restrictions beyond June 30

27 Jun 2020

India
Lockdown: These regions have imposed restrictions beyond June 30

India looks forward to the second phase of easing lockdown restrictions, dubbed 'Unlock 2.0', even as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. On Saturday, India reported a record spike in daily new cases, taking the total number of cases past 5 lakh.

Gurugram to be put under partial lockdown for two weeks

26 Jun 2020

India
Gurugram to be put under partial lockdown for two weeks

Some parts of Gurugram, Haryana, will be locked down for two weeks to tackle the surge in coronavirus cases, a report in The Times of India said on Friday.

Manipur: BJP-led coalition faces crisis, rebel MLAs flown to Delhi

24 Jun 2020

Politics
Manipur: BJP-led coalition faces crisis, rebel MLAs flown to Delhi

The BJP-led coalition in Manipur is facing an existential crisis after nine MLAs, three from the saffron party itself, withdrew support from Chief Minister N Biren Singh's government on June 17.

Coronavirus: India's tally crosses 2.5 lakh after biggest spike yet

08 Jun 2020

India
Coronavirus: India's tally crosses 2.5 lakh after biggest spike yet

India on Sunday recorded roughly 11,000 new coronavirus infections, marking its biggest spike. The nationwide tally has now surged past 2.5 lakh while the death toll stood at 7,205.

14-day quarantine not required for domestic fliers: Hardeep Singh Puri

21 May 2020

India
14-day quarantine not required for domestic fliers: Hardeep Singh Puri

As domestic flight operations are set to resume from Monday, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said there will be no quarantine for passengers.

Coronavirus: Over 350 dead in India; cases cross 10,000

14 Apr 2020

India
Coronavirus: Over 350 dead in India; cases cross 10,000

On Monday, the total number of cases due to the coronavirus outbreak surged past 10,000 in India.

Why are prominent faces like Jyotiraditya Scindia ditching Congress?

11 Mar 2020

Politics
Why are prominent faces like Jyotiraditya Scindia ditching Congress?

Jyotiraditya Scindia, a close friend of former Congress President Rahul Gandhi and ex-parliamentarian from Madhya Pradesh's Guna, left Congress recently, the party with which his association was almost two decades old.

Assam to convert state-run madrassas, Sanskrit centers into regular schools

13 Feb 2020

India
Assam to convert state-run madrassas, Sanskrit centers into regular schools

The Assam government plans to shut all state-run madrassas and Sanskrit 'tols' (centers of learning), state Finance and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Wednesday.

Assam NRC data goes offline, Government says 'technical issue'

12 Feb 2020

India
Assam NRC data goes offline, Government says 'technical issue'

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday cited "technical issues" after the data on Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC) disappeared from its official website.

After 'cut off Assam' remark, JNU's Sharjeel Imam still absconding

27 Jan 2020

India
After 'cut off Assam' remark, JNU's Sharjeel Imam still absconding

A manhunt of sorts has been launched to nab Sharjeel Imam, a former student of Jawaharlal Nehru University, who gave an inflammatory speech at Aligarh Muslim University on January 16.