Pema Khandu Current Affairs
Foundation stone of Rhodendron Park was laid in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh by Chief Minister Pema Khandu. Tawang district was once home to about 100 species of rhododendron but now they have been reduced to only 50 plus species due to construction activities in border areas.
The park will be built in total area of 1.15 hectares. It will be partly funded under border area development programme (BADP). More than 30 species of rhododendrons would be planted and conserved in park where terrace cutting to raise the beauty and scenic component.
The park will also have modern nursery, information center on rhododendron, resting sheds, public toilet facility, vehicle parking facility, signage and lightings and iron security gate. It will add to the scenic enhancement of city and also offer an opportunity for conservation of rhodo species, which are under serious threat due to various ongoing road and land acquisition projects.
Rhododendron is a genus of 1,024 species of woody plants in heath family (Ericaceae). It is either evergreen or deciduous. Most species of Rhododendron have brightly coloured flowers which bloom from late winter through to early summer. It is also found mainly in Asia and also widespread throughout highlands of Appalachian Mountains of North America. It is the national flower of Nepal.
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.