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Arunachal ex-minister passes away
 ITANAGAR, Oct 17 - Former Arunachal Pradesh minister and veteran Congress leader Tsering Tashi passed away at his Itanagar residence here on Thursday. He was 69 and is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

 “He died on late Thursday evening following a long battle with cancer,” his younger brother and State Surveillance Officer (IDSP) Dr Lobsang Jampa said.

Born on January 14, 1951, at Khirmu village in Tawang district, Tsering Tashi joined active politics in 1978 and won the mid-term polls in 1980. He was inducted into the Gegong Apang ministry as one of the five Cabinet ministers immediately after his first election victory.

He was instrumental in getting the district status for Tawang in 1984, which was under the erstwhile undivided Kameng district.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig BD Mishra (retd) and Chief Minister Pema Khandu have condoled the demise of the former minister.

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