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Yogi Adityanath sworn in as UP CM

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Lucknow, March 19: Five-time BJP MP from Gorakhpur Yogi Adityanath swears in as the 21st chief minister of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday at Kanshiram Smriti Upvan in Lucknow.

Phoolpur MP Keshav Prasad Maurya and Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma have also taken oath as two deputy chief ministers of India’s largest state. Besides, 44 other ministers will take oath today.

The swearing-in ceremony is attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, a host of union ministers, six chief Ministers and senior party leaders. Tens of thousands of people have gathered to witness swearing in ceremony of a Yogi as chief of the state.

Dressed in his characteristic saffron robes, Adityanath, after taking the oath, walked over to and sought the blessings of senior BJP leaders L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The other ministers who were administered to the UP Cabinet by Governor Ram Naik and took oath today included: Swami Prasad Maurya, Surya Pratap Shahi, Suresh Khanna, Satish Mahana, Rajesh Agarwal, Rita Bahuguna, Dara Singh Chauhan, Dharmpal Singh, S P Singh Baghel,Satyadev Pachauri, Ramapati Shastri, Jay Pratap Singh, Siddharth Nath Singh, Mukut Bihari Verma, Ashutosh Tandon, Chetan Chauhan, Shrikant Sharma, Rajendra Pratap Singh, Om Prakash Rajbhar, Brajesh Pathak and Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary, Swatantra Dev Singh, Bhupendra Singh Chaudhary, Dharam Singh Saini, Suresh Rana, Upendra Tiwari, Mahendra Singh, Nand Gopal Gupta Nandi, Anupama Jaiswal and Mohsin Raza.

The swearing in ceremony to begin Shortly.

Former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav also attended the ceremony at Lucknow Smriti Upvan to attend swearing in of new UP CM. He mingled well with BJP leaders.

Earlier in the Morning Union Minister of Urban Development Venkiah Naidu praised Yogi and said he himself asked for 2 deputy CMs as he want to work for the state.

 

Elaborate arrangements have been made for the ceremony. As per media reports, double decker Boeing 747 carrying sadhus-sanyasis landed at Lucknow airport this morning.

State’s Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, Director General of Police Javeed Ahmad along with other senior officials visited the venue, Smriti Upvan park, to take stock of the preparations and security arrangements.

Adityanath also visited the venue in the morning escorted by the Bharatiyta Janata party’s state General Secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak.

Hundreds of Adityanath’s supporters from all across the state have reached Lucknow to attend the ceremony.

Meanwhile, celebrations started in Gorakhpur, from where Adityanath is a Lok Sabha member.

Wefornews Bureau

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Delhi government to act against schools for arbitrary fee hike

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New Delhi, Dec 13: The Delhi government on Wednesday decided to act strictly against private schools that arbitrarily increased school fees citing the Seventh Pay Commission revision as reason.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia chaired a meeting at the Secretariat on Wednesday on several complaints of arbitrary increase in fees by schools in the name of Seventh Pay Commission revision, an official told IANS.

On Thursday, all MLAs are scheduled to meet officials of the Education Department, with complaints from their respective constituencies on the issue.

The meeting is expected to be attended by Kejriwal and Sisodia.

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Two days after moderate rain, NCR air quality again ‘very poor’

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New Delhi, Dec 13: The air quality in the National Capital Region, including Delhi, again went down to “very poor” by Wednesday morning from “poor” for a day only in the wake of moderate rain on Monday.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality at 11 of the 21 monitoring stations across NCR was “very poor”, as against only four regions on Tuesday night.

In Delhi, concentration of major pollutant PM2.5 — air particles with diameter less than 2.5 micrometers — was 133 units at 15 active monitoring stations, and 131 units at 21 stations across NCR, considered “very poor”.

On Wednesday, the number of areas exposed to toxic air jumped from four (Tuesday night) to 11 towards noon.

The most-polluted areas included Anand Vihar in east Delhi, Delhi Technical University in north Delhi, ITO, Mandir Marg and Lodhi road in central Delhi, Siri Fort and R.K Puram in south Delhi, Sector 125 in Noida and Vasundhara in Ghaziabad.

The PM2.5 in these areas ranged between 123 and 194 units — five to eight times the permissible limit.

According to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) across 10 stations in the NCR was 252 at noon, as compared with 219 at 4 p.m. on Tuesday after 7.8 mm rainfall.

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the NCR with high moisture has no chances of rains on Wednesday and Thursday.

“Currently, Delhi is experiencing north-westerly winds with low speeds of 5 to 10 kmph,” an IMD official told IANS.

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Kashmir Valley freezes at sub-zero temperatures

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Srinagar, Dec 13: Minimum temperatures throughout the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region remained below freezing point on Wednesday as the ski resort of Gulmarg recorded the coldest temperature at minus 9.8.

The weather office has forecast rain in the plains and snowfall in the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir till Thursday.

Leh recorded a minimum temperature of minus 6.5 and Kargil was at minus 5.8 degrees Celsius.

Srinagar was at minus 0.7, Pahalgam at minus 2.1, Jammu recorded 8.8, Katra 8.2, Batote 1.1, Bannihal 0.6, Bhaderwah 0.4 and Udhampur was at 8.0 degrees Celsius, the Met said.

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