Charanjit Singh Channi will be the first Dalit leader to head Punjab. With barely months to go for Assembly polls, Congress surprise CM pick assumes significance as Dalits constitute nearly 30 per cent of the state’s population. Channi took oath as 16th chief minister of Punjab. The swearing-in ceremony was held at Governor's house in Chandigarh, with former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and other leaders in attendance. Channi, earlier, offered prayers at a Gurudwara in Rupnagar before his oath-taking ceremony. Just hours before the event, Congress leader Sunil Jakhar questioned Punjab Congress in-charge Harish Rawat's statement that the party will fight elections under Sidhu. "On the swearing-in day of Charnjit_channi as Chief Minister, Rawat's statement that “elections will be fought under Sidhu", is baffling. It’s likely to undermine CM’s authority but also negate the very ‘raison d’être’ of his selection for this position," Jakhar tweeted.
In a major development, Lok Sabha MP Sukanat Majumdar has been named the new president of Bengal BJP, replacing Dilip Ghosh who has been made the national Vice President of the party. The development comes a couple of days after Babul Supriyo, who has recently joined the Trinamool Congress from the BJP, claimed that Ghosh was responsible for the debacle of the party in the Assembly polls held earlier this year.
Chinese People's Liberation Army carried out a night battle exercise at over 16,000 feet on the heights of Xinjian, near the Indian border amid the two countries' border dispute in eastern Ladakh and ongoing military and diplomatic talks to resolve it.
After over a year, crucial meetings between the Government of India envoy and Naga insurgent outfits begins again to settle the long-pending Naga political issue involving various bodies, including the NSCN (IM).
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led Centre has effectively demolished all apprehensions and questions pertaining to any perceived threats to Hindu religion, dismissing them as merely 'hypothetical' or 'imaginary'.