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18- JULY - 2016



Pema Khandu was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh at Raj Bhawan in Itanagar. Governor Tataghata Roy administered the Oath of Office and Secrecy to him.

Chowna Mein was also sworn-in as the Deputy Chief Minister.

With this, Khandu, 37, also became the youngest chief minister of the country. He has replaced Nabam Tuki, who resigned from the post after stepping down as leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) on 16 July 2016. Tuki also proposed Khandu’s name as the next CLP leader and the new Chief Minister of the state. His proposal was unanimously accepted by all the 43 members present in the CLP meeting.

Pema khandu

• Pema khandu, born on 21 August 1979, is the son of former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh late Dorjee Khandu.

• He is an MLA of Moktu (ST) constituency in Tawang district.

• He first entered the Arunachal Pradesh assembly in 2011 to fill the vacancy caused by his father's death. His father died in a chopper crash in 2011 near Luguthang in Tawang district bordering China.

• He has served the state as minster on various posts such as Minister of Tourism, Urban Development, Rual Works Department (RWD), Water Resources, Civil Aviation and Art & Culture.

• He was part of a group of 30 party lawmakers who had rebelled against Tuki's leadership.

• He is a graduate from Delhi’s Hindu college (Delhi University).


Nabam Tuki who resigned as the Chief Minister of the state was earlier reinstated as chief minister of the state on 13 July 2016 by the Supreme Court. The court in its ruling said that the decision to place Arunachal Pradesh under President's Rule early in 2016 was illegal.

The apex court also ordered the removal of Kalikho Pul who led the rebellion that resulted in fall of Tuki government in the state in December 2015.


Vijender Singh, the boxing star from India, clinched the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title at the Thyagraj Stadium, New Delhi. To win the title, the six-footer from Haryana defeated former WBC European champion Kerry Hope.

Virender, 30, took all 10 rounds to dismantle the 34-year-old Australian Hope and record his seventh straight win in the circuit. He scored 98-92, 98-92, 100-90 to be the unanimous winner.

With this, Singh also became the country’s first-ever professional boxing title holder. The win also helped him to climb to 15th in the world in his category.

Previous six bouts for Vijender Singh were

• Vijender Singh vs Sonny Whiting in Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK: The knockout match played on 10 October 2015 was won by Vijender Singh.

• Vijender Singh vs Dean Gillen ay National Stadium, Dublin: The knockout match played on 7 November 2015 was won by Vijender Singh.

• Vijender Singh vs Samet Hyuseinov at Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK: The knockout match played on 19 December 2015 was won by Vijender Singh.

• Vijender Singh vs Alexander Horvath at Echo Arena, Liverpool, UK: The knockout match played on 12 March 2016 was won by Vijender Singh.

Vijender Singh vs Matiouze Royer at Copper Box Arena, London, UK: The knockout match played on 30 April 2016 was won by Vijender Singh.

Vijender Singh vs Andrzej Soldra at Macron Stadium, Bolton, UK: The knockout match played on 13 May 2016 was won by Vijender Singh.

The Indian Boxing Council's undercard bouts includes

• IBC Super Welterweight national title: Siddharth Verma of Maharashtra won the title by defeating Haryana's Dibagh Thakran.

• Heavy weight title: Haryana's Sumit Rangi won the title by defeating debutant Naveen Rao from Delhi.

• Light-heavy title: Gaganpreet Sharma from Chandigarh defeated Deepak Sheoran

• Super Lightweight title: Indian-origin Brit Sanjeev Sahota defeated Vikas Lohan.

• Special women's bout: Negeinihat (from Mary Kom's Manipur-based academy) defeated Bichong via a unanimous decision.


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) listed Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier’s works among its World Heritage Sites.

The listed works include Chandigarh’s Complexe du Capitole, Khangchendzonga National Park and Mount Khangchendzonga.

It is the first time that any country got three sites inscribed in the Word Heritage List at a single session of the committee meeting.

The chosen works of Le Corbusier depict his contributions to the Modern Movement that emerged after World War I. His works emphasize on functionality, bold lines and materials such as concrete, iron and glass.

Three Indian sites listed in the World Heritage Sites are:

Complexe du Capitole, Chandigarh

The site comprises three buildings, i.e., Legislative Assembly, Secretariat and High Court.

Following the independence of India, the divided Punjab required a new capital as Lahore was now in Pakistan. Therefore, Le Corbusier was commissioned by first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru to build a new city of Chandigarh as the capital of Punjab.

The brief for the design was a city unfettered by the traditions of the past, a symbol of the nation's faith in the future.

Later, Corbusier and his team constructed large assembly and high court building, and also the major buildings in the city.

At present, many of the buildings are considered modernist masterpieces.

Khangchendzonga National Park and Mount Khangchendzonga:

The park is located at the heart of the Himalayan range in Sikkim.

It includes a unique diversity of plains, valleys, lakes, glaciers and snow-capped mountains covered with ancient forests, including the world’s third highest peak, Mount Khangchendzonga.

It is the first 'Mixed Heritage' site of India.

Besides these, Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites (Antigua and Barbuda) and Pampulha Modern Ensemble (Brazil) were also included in the list.

Who was Le Corbusier?

Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier, was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner and writer.

He is also recognised as one of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture.

His career spanned five decades, with his buildings constructed throughout Europe, India, and the Americas.

He prepared the master plan for the city of Chandigarh in India, and contributed specific designs for several buildings there.

What is World Heritage Site?

A World Heritage Site is a place (such as a building, city, complex, desert, etc.) that is listed by UNESCO as being of special cultural or physical significance.

The list is maintained by the international World Heritage Programme administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

The committee is composed of 21 UNESCO member states which are elected by the General Assembly.

In India, there are 35(27 cultural and 7 natural sites and 1 mixed) World Heritage Sites.


The eleventh edition of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit issued Ulaanbaatar Declaration.

The Ulaanbaatar Declaration focuses on fight against terrorism and greater connectivity among the Asia and Europe. It has reaffirmed ASEM’s commitment for greater partnership through informal political dialogue and initiatives in economic and socio-cultural fields.

Key highlights of the Ulaanbaatar Declaration

It committs to foster greater understanding between Asia and Europe.

It committs to broaden political dialogue, enhance economic cooperation and increase socio-cultural exchanges.

It committs to deepen Asia-Europe inter-connectedness, shape and forge links and mutually beneficial, multi-layered cooperation for peace and development.

It committs to create opportunities for broader people-to-people connections, including through the Asia-Europe Foundation.

It committs to promote effective multilateralism and strengthen other multilateral processes.

About Asia-Europe Meeting Summit 2016

The 11th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit commenced on 15 July 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

The Summit brought together high-level delegation from 51 ASEM partners and two intergovernmental organizations.

The theme for the summit was 20 Years of ASEM: Partnership for the Future through Connectivity.

The 11th ASEM Summit also marked the 20th Anniversary since the Asia-Europe Meeting dialogue process was inaugurated on 1-2 March 1996 in Bangkok, Thailand.


Turkish musician Kudsi Erguner was appointed as the UNESCO Artist for Peace by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova.

Erguner was appointed for the post at a ceremony held at the Congress Center in Istanbul (Turkey) after the opening ceremony of the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee, which ends on 20 July 2016.

Kudsi Ergüner was named in recognition of his efforts

• To promote the universal values of music, an essential instrument of dialogue between cultures

• For his contribution to the protection of musical heritage

• His support for the International Decade of the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022)

• His unwavering commitment to the ideals of the Organization

His responsibility as a UNESCO Artist of Peace includes work for the updating of the forgotten musical heritage.

Kudsi Erguner

• Born in Turkey in 1952, Kudsi Ergüner is a musician, one of the best-known players of the Turkish ney (reed flute), composer, musicologist, teacher, author and translator.

• Trained by his father, Ulvi Ergüner, the last great master of the ney flute, he has given concerts all over the worl.

• He is considered a master of traditional Mevlevi Sufi music, built on Persian and Turkish traditions.

• He has helped in reviving the traditional musical trends.

• His collaborations with prestigious artists such as Peter Gabriel, Maurice Béjart, Peter Brook and Didier Lockwood helped to spread this music to Western audiences.

UNESCO Artists for Peace

UNESCO Artists for Peace are internationally renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to promote the message and UNESCO programs. UNESCO is working with them to increase public awareness regarding key development issues and the role of the Organization in these areas.





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