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Pema Khandu takes oath as Arunachal CM

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Itanagar, July 17 : Congress legislator Pema Khandu was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, becoming the youngest lawmaker to head a state in the country.

The 37-year-old Khandu, son of former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, was administered the oaths of office and secrecy by acting Governor Tathagata Roy at a ceremony in the Durbar Hall of the Raj Bhavan here.

On the occasion, legislator Chowna Mein also took oath as Deputy Chief Minister.

Speaking to reporters after the ceremony, Khandu said age is never going to be an issue in his governance and he will run the state administration very well if he has the support of all his legislators.

Former Chief Minister Khaliko Pul said: “I wish all the best to Pema Khandu… we’ll co-operate with him for the development of Arunachal Pradesh.”

Present at the ceremony were former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Speaker of the state legislative assembly Nabam Rebia, besides senior Congress leaders.

Tuki resigned from his post to make way for Pema Khandu in a bid to get the support of the rebel legislators who had defected from the Congress to unseat Tuki.

Earlier, Tuki resigned as Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, and proposed the name of Khandu as the next CLP leader.

The proposal was supported by all the 44 legislators, including 15 Congress and 29 dissident Congress legislators who had joined the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) in February.

The 44 legislators also include former CM Kalikho Pul, who unseated Tuki and became the Chief Minister in February.

Khandu, who has passed out from Hindu College of Delhi University, started his career in the construction business and played a vital role in assisting his father Dorjee Khandu in his developmental initiatives for the state.

The tragic death of his father, in a chopper crash in 2011, compelled Pema Khandu to enter politics to keep the political lineage of his family alive. He won from his father’s constituency — Mukto — uncontested.

He held the portfolio of Water Resource and Tourism in the erstwhile cabinet of Nabam Tuki. However, he resigned in 2015 after he developed differences with Tuki.

Khandu later joined the dissident faction of the Arunachal Pradesh Congress led by Kaliko Pul and supported Pul in toppling the Tuki government in February this year.

He came to the forefront of Arunachal Pradesh politics only last Wednesday when the Supreme Court verdict restored the Congress government in the state terming the decision of Governor J.P. Rajkhowa to advance the session of the state assembly in January this year as violative of the Constitution.

The apex court directed that status quo ante in Arunachal Pradesh be restored as it prevailed on December 15, 2015.

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Unabated cold wave in Kashmir, Ladakh in deep freeze

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Srinagar, Dec 19: An unabated cold wave continues in the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday, with Ladakh plunging into a deep freeze and Kargil recording minus 14.9 degrees Celsius.

The Met forecast the cold wave would continue for another week with night skies remaining clear.

Leh recorded minus 6 degrees Celsius, Srinagar minus 2.8, Pahalgam minus 8.4, Gulmarg minus 4.0, Jammu city 6, Katra 7, Batote 3.3, Bannihal 0.5 and Bhaderwah 0.4.

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Student gang raped in Agra

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Agra, Dec 19: A B.Tech student on her way to a coaching centre here was forcibly carried away by two unidentified men to the banks of river Yamuna and gang-raped, police said on Wednesday.

The first year student was on her scooty on Tuesday evening when the two men on a bike intercepted and grabbed her. They took her to a secluded spot on the poiya ghat and attacked her.

According to the victim, two other boys were already there at the spot. All four then took turns to rape her.

Later on she was helped home by some passersby.

Her parents lodged a complaint at the New Agra police station late in the evening.

The accused are absconding, Superintendent of Police (City) Prashant Verma said.

The victim has been badly hit on her head. She was admitted to the SN Medical College hospital.

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BJP candidate sent to jail for assaulting youth who voted for Congress candidate

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Bhopal, Dec 18 : Sudhir Yadav,BJP candidate from Surkhi assembly constituency of Sagar district in Madhya Pradesh,was sent to jail today under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

He had allegedly abused and physically assaulted a youth who voted for Congress candidate in the state assembly elections.Yadav is the son of BJP MP from Sagar Lok Sabha seat Laxmi Narayan Yadav, was booked by the AJK police station in Sagar under Sections 294, 323, 506 and 34 of IPC, besides different sections of the SC/ST Act for allegedly abusing and assaulting 22-year-old Dalit man Deepesh Ahirwar outside the polling booth in Berkhedi Sadak area of Surkhi assembly constituency on the polling day.

In the complaint submitted to the AJK police station , Ahirwar alleged that after exercising franchise in the polls on November 28, when he came out of the polling booth, the BJP candidate Sudhir Yadav was standing outside with his  supporters.”Yadav asked me who I had voted for and I told him that I voted for the Congress candidate. Hearing it the BJP candidate got infuriated and started abusing me and my caste. Yadav also thrashed me badly for voting the Congress candidate,” Ahirwar alleged in the complaint.

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