In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson & Editorial Director of Hindustan Times Media shared her views and readings on cabinet reshuffling and elevation of Nirmala Sitharaman as defence minister.
Joint Registrar Pankaj Gupta directed Kejriwal, who was earlier slapped with Rs 10,000 as cost, to deposit Rs 5,000 in the 'Army Welfare Fund Battle Casualties'.
Rathore’s name was suggested since he came from the Army and was, most importantly, from Rajasthan. But being relatively new in politics, it was decided that he could wait and was given the charge of the sports ministry. Singh almost got it but Modi played spoilsport and said his elevation could be done some other time.
On Sunday, the reshuffle was majorly for the BJP members. JD(U) and Shiv Sena chose to stay from the oath-taking ceremony.
Suresh Prabhu is taking charge of the commerce department at a time when export growth is waning. Export growth fell to an eight-month low of 3.94 per cent in July, while trade deficit widened to USD 11.44 billion on account of high gold imports.
Even as PM Narendra Modi landed in Xiamen in China to attend the 9th BRICS summit, soon after the Cabinet reshuffle on Sunday, his bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping likely on Tuesday is acquiring the halo of an all-important truce.
Day after the much-awaited Cabinet reshuffle inducted several new faces from the BJP, the Sena made its displeasure clear in this article. It said that none of the ministers have been able to achieve anything stellar so far for people to expect much from them.
The Prime Minister has made significant changes to his cabinet crew what came across as the biggest surprise was Nirmala Sitharaman's elevation. She succeeds Arun Jaitley as the Defence Minister making her India's first full-time woman Defence Minister and a big promotion for Piyush Goyal. He gets the Railway and Coal Ministry. While Suresh Prabhu is transferred to head the Commerce Ministry, Nitin Gadkari will be the new Transport Minister and also takes additional charge of Water Resources. Dharmendra Pradhan now along with the Petroleum Ministry, has been given charge of the Skill Development Ministry and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has received an upgrade and has been made the Minority Affairs Minister.
"Some JD(U) leaders had got new kurta-pyjama and bundi (Nehru jackets) stitched for the swearing-in ceremony, but the invitation did not come," he said.
The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister, while referring to the induction nine new ministers, also said that retired bureaucrats were being relied on more than politicians.
Hardeep Singh Puri has served in Brazil, Japan and UK and was India’s representative to the UN under UPA. He joined BJP in 2014.
Talking to the media, Tewari claimed Modi was "strangely disconnected" from the Cabinet reshuffle exercise.
Noting that his new assignment is his ninth as a Cabinet minister, Prabhu said every task is equally important.
The minister said Coal India and Bharat Coking Coal have agreed to set up 12 new coking coal washeries by 2019-20
Jaitley said the allocation was based on the competence and on the basis of who could perform well in which ministry.
The prime minister said he was looking forward to engage with leaders of nine other countries, including BRICS partners, in an Emerging Markets and Developing Countries Dialogue, being hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping on September 5
Choubey held portfolios such as Urban Development, PHED and Health both in NDA I (2005-2010) and NDA II (2010-2013).
To strengthen the farm sector, three junior ministers will work with Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh.
The promotion of Naqvi and the induction of former IAS officer Alphons Kannanthanam may help the saffron party in its minority outreach.
Kannanthanam shot to fame for his anti-encroachment drive against thousands of illegal constructions during his stint as commissioner of Delhi Development Authority in 1990s.
This is also the first time that two women ministers will be a part of Cabinet Committee on Security.
Ex-Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday became the new defense minister of India, and the second woman to hold the superior portfolio
BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - is a grouping of the five emerging economies. The BRICS summit brings together the leaders of these countries.
Suresh Prabhu has now been given charge of the commerce ministry
A five-time Member of Parliament from Uttara Kannada Lok Sabha constituency, he is currently the member of the parliamentary standing committee on External Affairs and Human Resources.