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01 April, 2020, 03:22 AM IST



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  • “Micro-Finance Institutions have played a significant role in promoting financial inclusion in Assam over the past few years - especially in terms of providing facilities for availing credit, deposit and insurance products, in addition to penetration of branches for extending banking/financial services in remote areas of the state," Sarma said.

    BJP in Assam has claimed that a Congress MLA may join the party soon and that a couple of others are also in talks with it.

    The protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, National Register of Citizens and the National Population Register was going on in Nagpada area of south Mumbai since January 26 this year. "We may have differences with the government on CAA, NRC and NPR, but we are with the government in the fight against COVID-19," a protester said.

    Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said “inner line permit (ILP) cannot be implemented in Assam as it’s the gateway to northeast India”.

    The women protestors have submitted a letter to the police commissioner, saying they were suspending their 66-day-long protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR) temporarily in view of the outbreak.

    Elections will be held for 55 Rajya Sabha seats in the country on March 26 with three seats in Assam. The BJP will field a candidate in one seat and its ally Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) will contest another seat. The third seat is being eyed by the Congress and AIUDF.

    Sources told ET that the director general of AR –– a three-star Lt Gen from the Army –– has been identified in the inquiry as having been instrumental in awarding a Rs 18-crore contract to a private contract by unjustly disqualifying the competition and fast-tracking the process.

    The Delhi Police on Sunday imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in the national capital till March 31 in view of the coronavirus outbreak, banning protests, and other gatherings.

    Security forces engaged in counter-insurgency operation in Assam favour the continuation of AFSPA in the whole state. In Manipur, AFSPA is in force in almost the entire state, except seven Assembly constituencies of Imphal. In AP, areas governed by AFSPA have been halved to those under eight police stations, besides Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts.

    The sit-in demonstration on the lines of Shaheen Bagh in Delhi began at Park Circus Maidan on January 7 with 60 women protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. "We were requested by the government to stop the gathering of protesters as a sit-in on a rotational basis. This has been allowed by the government," said Asmat Jamil, one of the organisers of Park Circus sit-in.

    A petrol bomb was hurled by an unidentified person near the protest site at Shaheen Bagh on Sunday where women have been on a sit-in for over three months against the newly amended citizenship act, police said. No injuries have been reported.

    ET spoke to the women protesters who said that the police came around 7 am when hardly 25 protesters were there. Salma Ahmed, one of the protesters, said the pressure to end the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has been building up over the last few days and the number of protesters had reduced significantly ever since the lockdown was announced in the city on Monday.

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