Himanta Biswa Sarma: News

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.

12 Aug 2021


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.

11 Aug 2021


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.

01 Aug 2021


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.

31 Jul 2021


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.

31 Jul 2021


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.

27 Jul 2021


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."

26 Jul 2021


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.

21 Jul 2021


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.

05 Jul 2021


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.

02 Jun 2021


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.

15 May 2021


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.

09 May 2021


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.

08 May 2021

Sarbananda Sonowal

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).

27 Apr 2021


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.

03 Apr 2021


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.

04 Feb 2021


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.

14 Oct 2020


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.

27 Jun 2020

West Bengal

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.

21 May 2020


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.

13 Feb 2020


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.

10 Jan 2020

Deepika Padukone

"Promotional strategy": BJP's Himanta Biswa Sarma on Deepika's JNU visit

This week, Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone stunned everyone by turning up at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to lend solidarity towards protesting students.

28 Dec 2019

Narendra Modi

CAA cut-off 2014 because Modi became PM: Assam Finance Minister

As protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) continue to rage across the nation, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma addressed a rally over the contentious legislation in Morigaon district.

17 Dec 2019


Citizenship Act protests: Curfew lifted in Assam, broadband services resume

The curfew imposed in Assam's capital Guwahati was lifted on Tuesday, but with a rider. The restrictions will remain in place during the night, state finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced yesterday.

22 Oct 2019


Assam: Soon, those with 2+ kids won't get government jobs

The Assam government, run by BJP, has come up with a new plan to keep a check on population.

06 Jul 2019


Encephalitis alert in Assam; 50 deaths reported so far

The government of Assam, where Japanese Encephalitis has claimed 50 lives since April, has canceled the leaves of all government doctors and health department employees until September-end to deal with the disease outbreak in the state.

02 Feb 2019


Assam fuming over BJP leader's assault, protests continue

The Karbi Anglong district in Assam witnessed unrest on Friday as protesters took to streets with their respective demands.

22 Jan 2019


Assam: 10% quota for general class economically weaker sections approved

The Assam Cabinet has approved 10% quota for the economically weaker sections (EWS) of the general category in government jobs and education, officials said.

02 Jan 2019


9th All India Police Commando Competition begins in Assam

The ninth All India Police Commando Competition, organized under the aegis of Assam Rifles was inaugurated by Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy at Karbi Anglong Sports Association (KASA) Stadium at Karbi Anglong district headquarters in Assam, officials said.

23 Oct 2018


#AssamBandh: Protesters squat on tracks, try to disrupt rail services

Protesters today tried to put up blockades on railway tracks and disrupt train services across Assam as part of the 12-hour state-wide bandh called by 46 organizations against the Citizenship Bill.

07 Sep 2018


Man convicted of gangrape, murder of minor gets death penalty

A court in Assam today awarded death penalty to Zakir Hussain, the prime accused in the gangrape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in the state's Nagaon district in March.

12 Mar 2018


Assam Finance Minister to present state's first e-Budget today

Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said he would present the state's first e-Budget at the Legislative Assembly in Guwahati on Monday.

06 Mar 2018


Meghalaya swearing-in ceremony: Conrad Sangma takes oath as CM

National People's Party (NPP) chief Conrad Sangma has emerged as the winner in the battles of the Sangmas. He took oath as the CM today.

05 Mar 2018


Badminton: Supreme Court wants implementation of Lodha reforms on BAI

The Supreme Court, on Monday, admitted a plea seeking the implementation of the Justice Lodha Committee's reforms on the Badminton Association of India (BAI).

24 Nov 2017


Himanta Sarma's 'unconditional apology' after linking cancer to 'divine justice'

After two days of facing backlash over his comments linking cancer to "divine justice", Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has offered an 'unconditional apology' while accusing the media and opposition of distorting his statements.

31 Oct 2017


GST on restaurants to reduce, but may not benefit customers

A panel of state finance ministers headed by Assam FM Himanta Biswa Sarma had recommended that goods and services tax (GST) on restaurants be reduced from 18% to 12%.

18 Oct 2017


Eating out may get cheaper as panel discusses GST

The revision of tax rates under the GST could make eating out cheaper: effective tax rates in AC restaurants came down from 20.1% to 18%.

06 Oct 2017


Gorakhpur again? 7 newborns die in Assam hospital in 22hrs

In a shocking development, at least seven newborns have died in Assam's Fakkhrudin Ali Ahmed Medical College in Barpeta in less than a day.

20 Mar 2017


BJP wins floor test in Manipur

Manipur's BJP Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh won the floor test in the Manipur assembly, having got support from 33 MPs.

15 Mar 2017


Biren Singh sworn in as Manipur CM

The BJP's N Biren Singh has been sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Manipur, while the NPP's Y Joykumar Singh took oath as the deputy chief minister.

14 Mar 2017


BJP names Biren Singh as CM candidate, Ibobi Singh quits

The BJP has named N Biren Singh as their Chief Ministerial candidate in Manipur. Singh was the only potential Chief Ministerial candidate within the BJP.