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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.

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Cold tightens grip in Himachal after more snow

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Shimla, Feb 25: The continuing cold tightened its grip over Himachal Pradesh on Sunday as the higher reaches of the state received a fresh spell of snow. However, there was widespread rainfall in the low and mid hills, the weather office said.

The weather office here has forecast more snow and rain in the state till Monday.

Shimla, which was received 15.8 mm rain, recorded a minimum temperature of 4.6 degrees Celsius, a fall by four degrees Celsius from Saturday.

“High hills in Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu, Shimla, Sirmaur, Mandi and Chamba districts have been experiencing light to moderate snowfall since Friday,” a weather department official told IANS.

Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district was the coldest in the state where the mercury plummeted to three degrees Celsius below the freezing point.

Kalpa in Kinnaur district, which recorded 19 cm of snow, saw a low of minus 1.3 degrees Celsius, while it was 1 degree Celsius in Manali, 2.2 degrees in Kufri, 4.3 degrees in Dalhousie and 8.6 degrees Celsius in Dharamsala.

Manali received 49.6 mm rain, while Salooni in Chamba district recorded 54 mm rain, the highest in the state.

However, hills overlooking Manali experienced moderate snowfall.

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After ‘Bhagwad Gita’, Haryana school kids to recite ‘Gayatri Mantra’

Opposition parties in Haryana have accused the BJP government of “saffronising the education system”.

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Chandigarh, Feb 24 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Haryana is all set to make students in government schools of Haryana recite the “Gayatri Mantra” during morning prayers.

Haryana’s Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said on Saturday that the state government is going to make recitation of Gayatri Mantra mandatory in morning prayers in schools.

“Haryana is the land of ‘Bhagwad Gita’ and the cow. Reciting the Gayatri Mantra will inculcate values among students,” Sharma told the media here.

The BJP government in Haryana led by former RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh) ideologue, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, had in 2015 announced that lessons from Hindu holy book Bhagwad Gita would be part of the school curriculum. This was introduced in 2016.

Opposition parties in Haryana have accused the BJP government of “saffronising the education system”.

The state has a BJP government since October 2014.

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Bihar: 9 killed, several others injures as a bolero van runs over School children in Muzaffarpur

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Muzaffarpur Accident (Photo-ANI)

Nine school students died in a road accident in Muzzafarpur of Bihar after a speeding SUV car hit them.

Almost 14 other are reported injured in a road accident at Minapur of Muzaffarpur in Bihar. The students were crossing the road while a speeding bolero van hit them.

“All the injured said to be around 20 in number, have been rushed to the Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital for treatment. The condition of some of them was stated to be critical,” he said.

The MLA of the area has alleged that the driver of the van was drunk. Whereas Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has announced Rs 4 Lakh each as ex-gratia to the families of the deceased.

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