Pema Khandu Current Affairs - 2020

Pema Khandu sworn-in as Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister

The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Pema Khandu was sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.

Key Highlights

  • Pema Khandu was sworn in as the first Chief Minister of an elected Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • In chronology he is the 10th Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Oath Ceremony: The oath oath of office and secrecy was administered by A.P’s Governor Brigadier (Retd.) B.D. Mishra. Apart from Mr Khandu, Chown Mein who took Deputy Chief Minister designation and 10 others as ministers oath was also undertaken.
  • For the first time formal installation ceremony was held in Itanagar’s landmark convention centre, named after his father Dorjee Khandu instead of Raj Bhavan where his predecessors were sworn in.
  • The ceremony was ateended by chief ministers of five north-eastern States namely, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura and Meghalaya.

About Pema Khandu

  • He pitchforked into politics after the death of his father in a helicopter crash in April 2011. His father, Dorjee Khandu was the fifth CM of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • After his father’s death he was made the State’s Water Resources Development and Tourism Minister in a Congress government. Then in June 2011 he won the by-election to the Mukto Assembly seat that is still synonymous with his father’s name.
  • In July 2016, the State’s political uncertainty made Mr. Khandu a surer leader when he took over from Nabam Tuki as the then Chief Minister of a Congress government.

India’s longest single-lane steel cable suspension bridge inaugurated in Arunachal Pradesh

The Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu inaugurated India’s longest single-lane steel cable suspension bridge over Siang River in Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh.

Key Facts about the Bridge

The important Facts about the Bridge are:

  • The bridge is 300-metre-long and is also known as byorung bridge.
  • The bridge will reduce the distance between Yingkiong and Tuting in Arunachal Pradesh by almost 40 km.
  • The bridge was constructed under the non-lapsable central pool of resources (NLCPR) of Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region at a cost of Rs 48.43 crore.
  • The bridge would help the movement of people residing on both sides of the river bank. The bridge would be of great help to around  20,000 people on living on both sides of the Siang river.
  • The bridge will also bolster defense preparedness and facilitate the army in their operations.

Siang River

The Siang River is considered as lifeline of Arunachal Pradesh. The Tsangpo river originates in the Angsi Glacier in the Himalayas. The river enters India through Arunachal Pradesh where it is called by name Siang. The river is also called as Dihang in the plain regions.  As the river flows through the plains it is joined by the rivers Dibang and Lohit. Downstream of the confluence of Lohit, the river is called by name Brahmaputra.