Shimla, Sept. 12 -- Former Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya was sworn in as the governor of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday. Dattatreya replaced Kalraj Mishra who was appointed as the governor of Rajasthan.

Chief secretary Shrikant Baldi read out the warrant of appointment and justiceDC Chaudhary of the Himachal high court administered the oath of office.

After assuming his office, Dattatreya said his priority will be to promote tourism in the state, especially religious tourism: "Himachal is called dev bhumi (the land of gods) and veer bhumi (the land of brave hearts). It has a large potential to draw tourists. Its rich tradition and culture make Himachal distinctive. I am fortunate to have been given this opportunity to serve Himachal."...