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Narendra Modi's First Day as Prime Minister

Narendra Modi's First Day as Prime Minister

May 27, 2014 23:29 (IST)
Today was Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first day in office. PM Modi held the first Cabinet meeting of his new government where the issue of bringing back the black money was discussed.

Earlier in the day Mr Modi met with leaders from other South Asian nations all of whom had been present at his swearing in yesterday. Bhutan's Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay told NDTV "the swearing in was like a mini SAARC summit".

In a 50-minute meeting with his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, Mr Modi reportedly stressed that Pakistan must abide by its commitment to control terrorism from its soil against India and also raised the slow pace of trial in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

And the Government was also involved in its share of controversy.

Hours after he raised a huge political storm by seeking a debate on the future of Article 370, union minister of state in the Prime Minister's Office and the department of personnel and training (DoPT) Jitendra Singh embarked on damage-limitation exercise, arguing that he had been "misquoted," and that the entire controversy was "baseless."

Meanwhile, Congress leader Ajay Maken has touched off a political storm with a series of tweets deriding the new Narendra Modi cabinet. In one of them, he questioned the educational qualifications of Smriti Irani, who has taken over as Human Resource Development Minister.

So as the debates continue and the new government's every move is keenly scrutinized -  over 100 days and 2800 posts later, it is a wrap on this blog from the NDTV.com election team.  

Here is a look at Team Modi - our best wishes to them...


Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers
May 27, 2014 23:28 (IST)


May 27, 2014 23:05 (IST)

May 27, 2014 21:12 (IST)
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah speaks to NDTV on Narendra Modi-Nawaz Sharif meeting:

  • It is significant that Kashmir didn't find mention in Pak PM's statement after he met Narendra Modi. We are happier with that.
  • Extremely significant that Pakistan PM didn't meet Hurriyat leaders
  • Nawaz Sharif has been sensitive than any other Pakistan leaders
  • Clearly, we are now looking towards Narendra Modi's government to carry that process further
  • Union minister Jitendra Singh's statement on Article 370 irresponsible
  • Clarification from Jitendra Singh on his remark not enough
May 27, 2014 19:37 (IST)

May 27, 2014 19:33 (IST)
Modi Government's First Cabinet Meeting

  • Special Investigation team on black money constituted
  • SIT on black money headed by a former Supreme Court judge Justice MB Shah
  • Director Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) , Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) Deputy Governor, Union Revenue Secretary, Director of the Enforcement Directorate, Chief of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to be part of the SIT.

The Supreme Court had directed the Government to set up a SIT headed by  former Supreme Court judge MB Shah and assisted by another former Supreme Court judge Arijit Pasayat. This SIT was to be set by May 22.  The UPA Government didn't issue notification and last week asked court to extend the time by a week, which was accepted by the Court.

May 27, 2014 19:26 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Takes Charge, Back-to-Back Meetings on Day One
Prime Minister Narendra Modi left Gujarat Bhawan early on Tuesday morning for his South Block office, where he laid rose petals and bowed before a photograph of Mahatma Gandhi. He then sat at his table and signed papers.
May 27, 2014 17:30 (IST)

May 27, 2014 17:28 (IST)

May 27, 2014 17:19 (IST)

May 27, 2014 16:56 (IST)
Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif:

  • Very pleased to be in New Delhi at the invitation of Mr Modi
  • Yesterday, I attended his oath-taking ceremony
  • Had a good, constructive meeting with Mr Modi... it was held in a cordial atmosphere
  • Both are at the beginning of our tenure with a clear mandate
  • I told him that I intend to pick up the threads from the 1999 meeting with PM Vajpayee
  • Together we should rid the region of instability
  • Accusations and counter-accusations will not be productive
  • Want people to overcome the legacy of mistrust and misgivings
  • Need more people-to-people exchanges
  • We agreed that the two Foreign Secretaries should meet


May 27, 2014 16:40 (IST)

May 27, 2014 16:38 (IST)
What is Keeping PM Narendra Modi Busy on Day One
Narendra Modi's first day as Prime Minister was packed with a series of top level meetings, including those with South Asian leaders who came for his swearing-in ceremony. He will also meet his 45-member team of ministers today for the first time.
May 27, 2014 16:00 (IST)
Foreign Secretary on PM Modi's meeting with SAARC leaders:


  • PM Narendra Modi today had good and substantive meetings with all 8 leaders who are visiting India
  • All SAARC leaders invited the PM to visit. He accepted. The dates have to be worked out.
  • Good to see that all eight leaders graciously came and joined us. PM said their presence enriched our celebration
  • In meeting with Karzai, PM Modi thanked Afghan National Secuirty Forces for the help during the attack on the Indian consulate in Herat
  • PM Modi recalled the unique relationship India shared with Mauritius during his meeting with PM Ramgoolam
  • With his meeting with PM Koirala, PM Modi noted that Nepal was a deeply valued, old friend with whom India shared history, geography
  • During meeting with Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, PM urged him to expedite process of reconciliation which meets the aspirations of the Tamil population... There was an invitation to visit (Sri Lanka), all leaders invited, invites accepted... PM Modi, President Rajapaksa agreed to address the issue of fishermen on both the sides
  • In meeting with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, PM Narendra Modi underlined our concerns relating to terrorism... PM Modi conveyed to PM Nawaz Sharif that Pakistan must ensure speedy trial in 26/11 Mumbai attack case... PM underlined that Pakistan must abide by its commitment to prevent its territory from being used for terror

Q&A with journalists PM Modi's meeting with Nawaz Sharif:

  • Foreign Secretaries will meet and then we will see how best to take this forward
  • I can't share a record of discussions... Many things have been discussed - they spoke on terrorism. Don't want to say more than that
  • The Foreign Secretaries are going to be in touch to see the best way forward
  • There was a discussion on trade and we noticed that we were ready to normalise trade and market relations and both PMs expressed the desire to do this as early as possible
  • See, we want peaceful and friendly relations with Pakistan. However, for such relations, it is important that terror and violence is brought to an end
May 27, 2014 15:13 (IST)
Ex-Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to NDTV:

  • "In South Asia, personality and peronal relationships have a bigger role to play... Modi's warm welcome has put an end to negative voices from here"
  • "Modi has a thumping majority, Nawaz Sharif a simple majority... there is a real chance here to resolve core issues and for that it's important to build an atmosphere"
  • "Trade is the way forward... when we invest in each other's countries, its strengthening peace... peace should be irreversible and peace talks should not be derailed by a single incident"
  • "It's important that we do not get bogged down by war mongerers... there is  no challenge for the two leaders... if they chose to show leadership, problems can be resolved"
May 27, 2014 15:01 (IST)

May 27, 2014 15:00 (IST)

May 27, 2014 14:57 (IST)
Full-Time Defence Minister To Be Named in a 'Couple of Weeks': Arun Jaitley
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who has been handed additional charge of the important Defence portfolio in the Narendra Modi government, said on Tuesday that he expects a full-time Defence Minister to be named in a "couple of weeks."
May 27, 2014 14:48 (IST)

May 27, 2014 14:31 (IST)
Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers
May 27, 2014 14:11 (IST)

May 27, 2014 14:10 (IST)
In Meeting With Nawaz Sharif, PM Narendra Modi Raises Terror, 26/11 Attacks
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif as part of a series of bilateral meetings with South Asian leaders who witnessed his inauguration on Monday.
May 27, 2014 14:03 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi raises cross-border terror and 26/11 trial during talks with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif: sources

'26/11 trial too slow,' Mr Modi tells Mr Sharif: sources
May 27, 2014 13:46 (IST)

May 27, 2014 13:40 (IST)
Rajnath Singh will take chrage of the Home Ministry on May 29

May 27, 2014 13:30 (IST)

May 27, 2014 13:26 (IST)

May 27, 2014 13:24 (IST)
Arun Jaitley to NDTV after taking charge as Defence Minister:

  • MoD (Ministry of Defence) is an additional charge till alternative arrangement is made
  • Should get a full-time ministerial head in a couple of weeks
  • Will spend considerable time
  • Security of India is of vital importance
  • Support to our armed forces and equipment support is going to be priority area
  • Expediting procurement is a priority area
  • My heart goes out to the pilot and his family. Matter of great concern (today's accident)... Offer my condolences
  • Raising the cap of FDI in defence from the current 26 per cent has already come up for discussion in the finance ministry. 26 per cent was decided when Mr Vajpayee was in power
  • I firmly believe that there should be no controversy on appointment of the person concerned. Some comments may have been made as regards the procedure of a person's appointment but there should be no reflection on the person concerned (on the appointment of the Army Chief by previous government)

May 27, 2014 13:19 (IST)
Narendra Modi Faces Sea of Expectations From Diaspora, India-Watchers
With Narendra Modi taking over as prime minister, a host of expectations, recommendations and advice is pouring in for the BJP leader from overseas Indians.
May 27, 2014 13:18 (IST)
OPINION: With New Cabinet, Modi Measures the Crease
The middle order of Team Modi will make or break the reputation of the government, writes Ashok Malik.
May 27, 2014 13:07 (IST)
'A new Defence Minister in a couple of weeks,' Arun Jaitley tells NDTV; he has additional charge of the ministry
May 27, 2014 13:07 (IST)

May 27, 2014 12:57 (IST)
Great Expectations As Narendra Modi, Nawaz Sharif Meet
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif as part of a series of bilateral meetings with South Asian leaders who witnessed his inauguration on Monday.
May 27, 2014 12:51 (IST)


May 27, 2014 12:45 (IST)
Bilateral talks between Narendra Modi, Nawaz Sharif begin


May 27, 2014 12:41 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif at Hyderabad House in New Delhi


May 27, 2014 12:36 (IST)

May 27, 2014 12:32 (IST)
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrives at Hyderabad House for his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi
May 27, 2014 12:22 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers: The Complete List
Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Department of Atomic Energy Department of Space. All important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.
 
CABINET MINISTERS
 
1. Rajnath Singh: Home Affairs
 
2. Sushma Swaraj: External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
 
3. Arun Jaitley: Finance, Corporate Affairs, Defence
 
4. M Venkaiah Naidu: Urban Development Housing, Urban Poverty Alleviation, Parliamentary Affairs
 
5. Nitin Gadkari: Road Transport, Highways Shipping
 
6. D V Sadananda Gowda: Railways

7. Uma Bharti: Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
 
8. Dr Najma A Heptulla: Minority Affairs
   
9. Gopinath Munde: Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation
    
10. Ram Vilas Paswan: Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
    
11. Kalraj Mishra: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
    
12. Maneka Gandhi: Women and Child Development
    
13. Ananth Kumar: Chemicals and Fertilizers
    
14. Ravi Shankar Prasad: Communications and Information Technology, Law and Justice
    
15. Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati: Civil Aviation
   
16. Anant Geete: Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
    
17. Harsimrat Kaur Badal: Food Processing Industries
    
18. Narendra Singh Tomar: Mines Steel Labour and Employment
    
19. Jual Oram: Tribal Affairs
    
20. Radha Mohan Singh: Agriculture
    
21.Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Social Justice and Empowerment
    
22. Smriti Irani: Human Resource Development
    
23. Dr Harsh Vardhan: Health and Family Welfare
    
MINISTERS OF STATE
 
1. General VK Singh: Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge), External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
 
2. Inderjit Singh Rao: Planning (Independent Charge), Statistics and Programme Implementation (Independent Charge), Defence
 
3. Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Textiles (Independent Charge), Parliamentary Affairs, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
 
4. Shripad Yesso Naik: Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge)
 
5. Dharmendra Pradhan: Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge)
                    
6. Sarbananda Sonowal: Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge)
 
7. Prakash Javadekar: Information and Broadcasting (Independent Charge) Environment, Forest and Climate Change, (Independent Charge) Parliamentary Affairs
 
8. Piyush Goyal: Power (Independent Charge), Coal (Independent Charge), New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge)                   
 
9. Jitendra Singh: Science and Technology (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences (Independent Charge) Prime Minister Office Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space
 
10. Nirmala Sitharaman: Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge), Finance Corporate Affairs
 
11. GM Siddeshwara: Civil Aviation
 
12. Manoj Sinha: Railways
 
13. Nihalchand: Chemicals and Fertilizers
 
14. Upendra Kushwaha: Rural Development Panchayati Raj Drinking Water and Sanitation
 
15. Radhakrishnan P: Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
 
16. Kiren Rijiju: Home Affairs
 
17. Krishan Pal: Road Transport and Highways Shipping
 
18. Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan: Agriculture, Food Processing Industries
 
19. Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava: Tribal Affairs

20. Raosaheb Dadarao Danve: Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

21. Vishnu Deo Sai: Mines, Steel, Labour and Employment
 
22. Sudarshan Bhagat: Social Justice and Empowerment
May 27, 2014 12:21 (IST)
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif leaves for Hyderabad House for his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi
May 27, 2014 12:15 (IST)

May 27, 2014 12:12 (IST)

May 27, 2014 12:11 (IST)
PM Narendra Modi's Diplomatic Push: Meeting With Nawaz Sharif Soon
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a series of bilateral meetings with South Asian leaders who witnessed his inauguration on Monday. In a short while from now, he will meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
May 27, 2014 12:03 (IST)

May 27, 2014 11:47 (IST)
Sushma Swaraj, New Foreign Minister, Makes Early Start
Sushma Swaraj, India's new Foreign Minister, made an early start in her new role as she accompanied Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a series of bilateral meetings with South Asian leaders, including Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
May 27, 2014 11:39 (IST)

May 27, 2014 11:35 (IST)
RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan meets new Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
May 27, 2014 11:32 (IST)
Modi Cabinet meets at 5 pm today
May 27, 2014 11:31 (IST)

May 27, 2014 11:19 (IST)

May 27, 2014 11:15 (IST)

May 27, 2014 11:08 (IST)
Kiren Rijiju, MoS (Home Affairs), to NDTV:

  • 'Important to have sensitisation about North East people in Delhi'
  • 'We will be penalised if we don't perform'
May 27, 2014 10:56 (IST)

May 27, 2014 10:51 (IST)

May 27, 2014 10:50 (IST)

May 27, 2014 10:47 (IST)
PM Narendra Modi Yet to Move to Official Residence
Even after taking oath as the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi yesterday did not shift to the official residence of Race Course Road and is unlikely to do so in the next few days.
May 27, 2014 10:43 (IST)

May 27, 2014 10:42 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers: The Complete List
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has officially taken charge. Here is the complete list of portfolios.
May 27, 2014 10:41 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Takes Charge, Ministers' Portfolios Now Official
Prime Minister Narendra Modi left Gujarat Bhawan early on Tuesday morning for his South Block office, where he laid rose petals and bowed before a photograph of Mahatma Gandhi. He then sat at his table and signed papers.
May 27, 2014 10:34 (IST)

May 27, 2014 10:11 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds talks with Maldives President Abdulla Yameen
May 27, 2014 10:09 (IST)
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to NDTV:

  • We had to restore hope
  • Political change had sent signal to domestic investors and global community
  • We have to take a balancing path
  • Defence ministry is in transition till the next cabinet expansion
May 27, 2014 10:03 (IST)

May 27, 2014 09:59 (IST)
On Narendra Modi's Day 1 as PM, Nawaz Sharif Among First Visitors
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds bilateral meetings with visiting leaders from eight South Asian neighbours today, all eyes will be on his one-on-one with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
May 27, 2014 09:56 (IST)
In Modi's Grand Oath Ceremony, the Spirit of Participation
He has focused on participatory mechanisms at every level, writes Vinay Sahasrabuddhe.
May 27, 2014 09:52 (IST)
Meet Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers
Narendra Modi was on Monday sworn in as the 15th Prime Minister of India. A 45-member council of ministers also took oath, making it the leanest ever.
May 27, 2014 09:44 (IST)

May 27, 2014 09:37 (IST)

May 27, 2014 09:30 (IST)
RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN
PRESS COMMUNIQUE

 
The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has   directed the allocation of portfolios among the following members of the Union Council of Ministers :-   
 
1.    Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister
Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Atomic Energy Department of Space
All important policy issues
and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister
 
CABINET MINISTERS
 
1.    Shri Raj Nath Singh    Home Affairs
     
2.    Smt. Sushma Swaraj    External Affairs
Overseas Indian Affairs
     
3.    Shri Arun Jaitley    Finance
Corporate Affairs
Defence
     
4.    Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu    Urban Development
Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
Parliamentary Affairs
     
5.    Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari    Road Transport and Highways
Shipping
     
6.    Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda    Railways    
7.    Sushri Uma Bharati    Sushri Uma Bharati    Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
 
8.    Dr. Najma A. Heptulla    Minority Affairs    
9.    Shri Gopinathrao Munde    Rural Development
Panchayati Raj
Drinking Water and Sanitation
     
10.    Shri Ramvilas Paswan    Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
     
11.    Shri Kalraj Mishra    Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
     
12.    Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi    Women and Child Development
     
13.    Shri Ananthkumar    Chemicals and Fertilizers
     
14.    Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad    Communications and Information Technology
Law and Justice
     
15.    Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati
     Civil Aviation    
16.    Shri Anant Geete    Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
     
17.    Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal    Food Processing Industries
     
18.    Shri Narendra Singh Tomar    Mines
Steel
Labour and Employment
Mines
Steel
Labour and Employment
     
19.    Shri Jual Oram    Tribal Affairs
     
20.    Shri Radha Mohan Singh    Agriculture
     
21.    Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot    Social Justice and Empowerment
     
22.    Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani    Human Resource Development
     
23.    Dr. Harsh Vardhan    Health and Family Welfare
     
     
MINISTERS OF STATE
 
 
1.    General V.K. Singh    Development of North Eastern Region(Independent Charge)
External Affairs
Overseas Indian Affairs
 
2.    Shri Inderjit Singh Rao    Planning (Independent Charge)
Statistics and Programme Implementation (Independent Charge)
Defence
 
3.    Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar    Textiles (Independent Charge)
Parliamentary Affairs
Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
 
4.    Shri Shripad Yesso Naik    Culture (Independent Charge)
Tourism (Independent Charge)
 
5.    Shri Dharmendra Pradhan    Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge)
 
Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge)
                     
6.    Shri Sarbananda Sonowal    Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge)
 
7.    Shri Prakash Javadekar    Information and Broadcasting (Independent Charge)
Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge)
Parliamentary Affairs
 
8.    Shri Piyush Goyal    Power (Independent  Charge)
Coal (Independent Charge)
New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge)
                    
 
 9.    Dr. Jitendra Singh    Science and Technology (Independent Charge)
Earth Sciences (Independent Charge)
Prime Minister Office
Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Atomic Energy
Department of Space
 
10.    Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman    Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge)
Finance
Corporate Affairs
 
11.    Shri G.M. Siddeshwara    Civil Aviation
 
12.    Shri Manoj Sinha    Railways
 
13.    Shri Nihalchand    Chemicals and Fertilizers
 
14.    Shri Upendra Kushwaha    Rural Development
Panchayati Raj
Drinking Water and Sanitation
 
15.    Shri Radhakrishnan P    Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
 
             
16.    Shri Kiren Rijiju    Home Affairs
 
17.    Shri Krishan Pal    Road Transport and Highways
Shipping
 
18.    Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan    Agriculture
Food Processing Industries
 
19.    Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava
     Tribal Affairs
 
20.    Shri Raosaheb Dadarao Danve    Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
21.    Shri Vishnu Deo Sai    Mines
Steel
Labour and Employment
 
22.    Shri Sudarshan Bhagat    Social Justice and Empowerment
 
For immediate release.

May 27, 2014 09:27 (IST)

May 27, 2014 09:16 (IST)
Ravi Shankar Prasad gets charge of Law and Telecom ministries, Maneka Gandhi is Minister of Women and Child Development, M Venkaiah Naidu gets Urban Development and Housing portfolios
May 27, 2014 09:09 (IST)


Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes charges at the PMO.
May 27, 2014 09:08 (IST)
Smriti Irani is the Human Resources development Minister, Harsh Vardhan is in charge of Health and Family Welfare Ministry, Nitin Gadkari gets Transport Ministry while former army chief General VK Singh has got independent charge of North-East and he is the Minister of State in charge of External affairs and Overseas Affairs.


May 27, 2014 09:05 (IST)
Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers is being announced: Rajnath Singh is Home Minister, Sushma Swaraj gets Foreign Ministry, Arun Jaitley is in charge of Finance, Defence.
May 27, 2014 08:59 (IST)


Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the PMO.
May 27, 2014 08:57 (IST)


Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the Jama Masjid today morning. He is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi later today.
May 27, 2014 08:41 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Meet Nawaz Sharif, Other Visiting Leaders Today
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds bilateral meetings with visiting leaders from eight South Asian neighbours today, all eyes will be on his one-on-one with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
May 27, 2014 08:39 (IST)
Foreign Media on the Narendra Modi-Nawaz Sharif Handshake
After the ceremony, Sharif strode up to Modi and shook his hand warmly in congratulation, an image that seemed likely to eclipse the installation of the new government.
May 26, 2014 22:59 (IST)

May 26, 2014 22:58 (IST)

May 26, 2014 22:22 (IST)
PM Narendra Modi to hold his first Cabinet meet tomorrow evening
May 26, 2014 22:14 (IST)

May 26, 2014 21:49 (IST)
Manmohan Singh Checks in at New Residence
Immediately after Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony, Dr Manmohan Singh today shifted to his retirement abode at Motilal Nehru Marg in the heart of the city after staying for 10 years at the official residence of Prime Minister at 7 Race Course Road.
May 26, 2014 21:48 (IST)

May 26, 2014 21:18 (IST)
It is a Matter of Pride for Family: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Brother
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's family is proud that he has taken the oath for the Prime Minister of India, one of his family members said in Ahmedabad today.
May 26, 2014 21:16 (IST)

May 26, 2014 21:13 (IST)
Narendra Modi's Swearing-In Ceremony Shown Live on Pakistan TV Channels
The oath-taking ceremony of Narendra Modi as the 15th Prime Minister of India was shown live by Pakistani television channels highlighting the presence of various high-profile guests, such as Premier Nawaz Sharif, other SAARC leaders, Bollywood stars and corporate bigwigs.
May 26, 2014 21:09 (IST)
PM's Website Relaunched With Narendra Modi's Message, Pictures
Seconds after Narendra Modi was sworn-in as the 15th Prime Minister of India, the Prime Minister's official website was relaunched carrying his message and pictures.
May 26, 2014 21:03 (IST)
Ambani, Hinduja, Adani Lead India Inc at Narendra Modi Swearing-In
A galaxy of industry leaders, including Mukesh Ambani, Gautam Adani, Sunil Mittal and Ashok Hinduja, today attended the star-studded swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
May 26, 2014 21:03 (IST)
US Looking Forward to Working With Modi-led Government
US President Barack Obama today congratulated Narendra Modi on being sworn-in as India's 15th Prime Minister and said he looks forward to working with the new leader to strengthen the strategic partnership.
May 26, 2014 21:00 (IST)
Modi-Sharif Handshake: The Photo-Op That Almost Overshadowed the Swearing-In
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pulled off his first diplomatic coup even before taking office.
May 26, 2014 20:56 (IST)

May 26, 2014 20:55 (IST)
Narendra Modi's Mother Watched Him Being Sworn In on TV
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother Hiraba, who could not attend her son's swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan today, ensured she keeps pace with the developments on television.
May 26, 2014 20:52 (IST)

May 26, 2014 20:52 (IST)

May 26, 2014 20:39 (IST)
This is Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers
Narendra Modi was today sworn in as the 15th Prime Minister of India. A 45-member council of ministers also took oath, making it the leanest ever.

This is what Team Modi looks like:
 
  1. BJP president Rajnath Singh will be Home Minister and Mr Modi's number 2 in government. He took oath immediately after Mr Modi. (Pics: Team Modi - The New Cabinet)

  2. Next up was Sushma Swaraj who will be External Affairs Minister. She will be assisted by former Army Chief General VK Singh as Minister of State. The General, who is now the BJP's Ghaziabad MP, will also have independent charge of North East Affairs.

  3. Arun Jaitley will be Finance Minister and will also hold additional charge of Defence. He will be assisted in the Defence Ministry by Gurgaon MP, recently imported by the BJP from the Congress, Rao Inderjit Singh as Minister of State. Mr Singh will also have independent charge of Statistic and Planning.

  4. Former BJP president M Venkaiah Naidu was the fourth BJP leader to be sworn in. He will be Parliamentary Affairs Minister in the new government. Another former party president  Nitin Gadkari is expected to land a mega Transport Ministry. Sadananda Gowda will have charge of Railways.

  5. Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Uma Bharti will be Union Minister for Water Resources. Najma Heptullah will have charge of Minority Affairs.

  6. Former Maharashtra deputy chief minister Gopinath Munde is expected to be handed the Rural Development Ministry. Former UP BJP chief Kalraj Mishra has also been made a Cabinet minister. Maneka Gandhi will be Union Minister for Women and Child Development. Ananth Kumar will be hold the Chemicals and Fertiliser Ministry.

  7. Ravi Shankar Prasad is tipped to be Law Minister and also have charge of Telecom. Narendra Singh Tomar, Madhya Pradesh BJP chief, has also been inducted into the Union Cabinet. Jual Oram will be Cabinet Minister for Tribal Affairs. Radha Mohan Singh a Bihar BJP leader will hold the key portfolio of Agriculture. Prakash Javadekar, senior BJP spokesperson, will be Information and Broadcasting Minister and will also head Environment.

  8. BJP general secretary Thawar Chand Gehlot, the party's Dalit face, too finds a place in the Cabinet. Smriti Irani, 38, who took on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in a spirited contest in Amethi in the general election, is tipped to be Human Resource Development minister. Delhi BJP chief Harsh Vardhan, who defeated journalist-turned-politician Ashutosh of the Aam Aadmi Party and former union minister Kapil Sibal from Chandni Chowk, will be the new Health Minister.

  9. BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman will be the new Commerce Minister with independent charge. BJP Rajya Sabha member Piyush Goel will be Power and Coal Minister with independent charge. Party general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan will have independent charge of  the high-profile Oil Ministry.

  10. Leaders of BJP's allies in the NDA were sworn in too. Bihar leader Ram Vilas Paswan will have charge of Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs; the TDP's Ashok Gajapathi Raju will be Civil Aviation Minister. Shiv Sena leader Anant Geete has also been sworn in. Akali leader Harsimrat Kaur will be Food Processing Minister.


May 26, 2014 20:29 (IST)

May 26, 2014 20:06 (IST)
Narendra Modi's swearing in ceremony was shown live on Pakistani TV channels
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Team Modi: The New Cabinet
The 23 who will be Cabinet Ministers in Modi's lean council of ministers. 45 people were administered the oath of office today as Narendra Modi became India's 15th PM.


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