1 February 2014 Current Affairs

Harish Rawat Sworn In As Uttarakhand’s 8th Chief Minister

Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat was sworn in as the eighth Chief Minister of Uttarakhand on 1 February. He succeeded Vijay Bahuguna. Harish Rawat was a Union Minister for Water Resources.Rawat is a MP from Haridwar. He was made a Minister of State for Labour and Employment in 2009 and then MoS for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries. In July 2011, he was made MoS for Parliamentary Affairs. He was elevated to the rank of a Cabinet Minister in 2012 in an apparent bid to placate him after Bahuguna was made the CM. Rawat has earlier served as a member of the Rajya Sabha from 2002-08. He won his first Lok Sabha election in 1980 from Almora by defeating BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi. He won the Lok Sabha polls in 1984 and 1989 as well.

Meghalaya’s First Padma Shri Awardee Silverine Swer Died

Meghalaya’s oldest voter and the first Padma Shri awardee from the State, Silverine Swer, died on 1 February at her residence at Riatsamthiah. She was of 103 years in age. She received the Padma Shri award in 1990 from the then President of India, R. Venkararaman. She saw four wars namely the two world wars, Sino-India War and India’s involvement in the Liberation War of Bangladesh. She was born on 12 November 1910.


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