Arunachal Pradesh Current Affairs - 2019

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Solung festival begins in Arunachal Pradesh

The annual socio-religious Solung festival of Adi tribe has started in Arunachal Pradesh.

Solung is 5-day long agro-based festival is celebrated every year by the Adi tribe in the first week of September.

Key Facts

  • The Solung festival reflects the socio-religious features of the Adi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Adi or ‘Bangni-Boker lhoba ’people are the major collective tribes living in the himalayan hills of ‘Nyingchi’ prefecture in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • To mark the celebrations, people perform various rituals and make offerings to gods and goddesses during the celebration and pray for a bumper harvest.
  • During the celebration, Mithun (Great Indian Bison) which is considered as holy animal and occupies an important religious significance among the Adis is sacrificed.
  • People present gifts of meat and Apong (rice beer) to neighbours and relatives on the occasion thus cementing family and social relationships.
  • The festival also reflects care and protection of animals which are vital components of their family and social life of Adi tribe.

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Pema Khandu sworn in as the 10th Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh

Pema Khandu (36) of Congress Party was sworn in as the 10th Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh. With this,he became the youngest Chief Minister in the country.

He was administered the oath to office and secrecy by Governor Tathagata Roy at the Rajbhavan in Itanagar. Besides, Chowna Mein was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister.

Pema Khandu was selected as CM of Arunachal Pradesh after he had staked claim to power on the basis of the support of 45 party MLAs along with 2 independents in the 60-member House with an effective strength of 58. Now he has to prove his majority in the floor test.

He is also supported by the ousted Chief Minister Khaliko Pul, who has returned to the Congress party with 30 dissident Congress MLAs.

About Pema Khandu

  • Born on 21 August 1979 in Gyangkar village, Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • He is the eldest son of former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, who had died in a helicopter crash in May 2011.
  • Following his father’s death, he was elected unopposed from Mukto (ST) constituency and was included in state government as Cabinet Minister of Water Resource Development and Tourism.

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