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Pema Khandu takes oath as Arunachal CM



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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Planning Department officer shot dead in Patna



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Patna, Aug 14 (IANS) Unidentified assailants on Tuesday forced their way into a senior government officer’s residence here and shot him dead, police said.

Rajiv Kumar, Under Secretary in the Planning Department, succumbed to his injuries in a hospital, the police said.

The officer’s wife told the police that a group of five armed youths forcibly entered their official house in the high security zone in the state capital. Kumar was shot when he resisted them, she said.

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Rains subside in Himachal



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Shimla, Aug 14 : Rains started subsiding in Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday a day after downpours and flashfloods left a trail of destruction.

However, authorities were on their toes to restore traffic on over 300 of the 923 blocked roads by Tuesday evening.

On Monday, heavy rains across the state claimed 16 lives, including four of a family, while hundreds of people were stranded after incessant rains triggered landslides, snapping road links.

The road traffic is still disrupted at several points on the Chandigarh-Shimla, Chamba-Pathankot and Chandigarh-Manali National Highways.

As a precautionary measure, all schools and educational institutes in the state were closed.

The water level in the Beas river rose dramatically, touching the Chandigarh-Manali National Highway 21 near the Hanogi temple.

“As per the latest weather charts, forecast for the next three days for the state is light to moderate rainfall very likely to occur at a few places over middle and low hills and at isolated places over higher reaches,” meteorological office Director Manmohan Singh told IANS.

Mandi town recorded the highest rainfall in the state at 127 mm, while it was 35 mm in Shimla, 42.8 mm in Nahan town and 34.4 mm in Solan town.

A government spokesperson said the Satluj, Beas and Yamuna rivers and their tributaries have been in spate in Kinnaur, Shimla, Kullu, Mandi, Bilaspur and Sirmaur districts.

“We have advised people settled along the banks of rivers to move to safer places,” an official said here.

Authorities said excess water was discharged from the Pandoh diversion dam, located 112 km upstream of Pong dam, as a precautionary measure.

The Pandoh diversion dam on the Beas river in Mandi district diverts excess monsoon water towards the Pong dam. Otherwise, it diverts water towards the Satluj river which feeds the Gobind Sagar reservoir of the Bhakra dam.

However, the inflow of water into state’s Pong and Bhakra dam increased due to heavy rainfall, but the authorities said there was no need for worry as the reservoirs still have surplus capacity to withhold additional water.


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Bihar: Hajipur DPO arrested over sexual assault at shelter home



Patna, Aug 14: Hajipur District Probation Officer (DPO), Manmohan Prasad Singh was arrested last night in connection with sexual abuse of girls at a shelter home in the city.

As per the allegations leveled by the inmates, Singh used to often visit the shelter home and force the girls to indulge in obscene activities. He allegedly threatened to beat them up if they tried to inform about it.

One of the girls at the short stay home told media that she was beaten up for refusing to comply with Singh once. While another inmate alleged that her clothes were torn off.

Earlier in a day, two girls from the Aasra shelter home were admitted to the Patna Medical College and Hospital.

Last week the death of the two girls from the same shelter home was reported.

Shelter home horror continues to stun the country, as several similar incidents have been reported from Muzzafarpur, Deoria and Bhopal.


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