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Modi starts term as India's 15th Prime Minister

Modi, 63, neatly attired in a beige Nehru jacket, was sworn in by President Pranab Mukherjee 10 days after leading the National Democratic Alliance to a landslide win in the world’s biggest election. Video: Modi takes oath as prime minister

Finance Minister Jaitley targets growth revival

Finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday that he would focus on bringing down fiscal deficits and tackling high inflation in Asia's third-largest economy. Jaitley, will head finance and defence ministries.

Modi cabinet: 17 ministries clubbed under 7 ministers

In a restructuring of his cabinet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday combined 17 related ministries into seven different groups, including some infrastructure departments, in an apparent bid to ensure synergy and better results.

Grand audience made Modi's swearing-in spectacular event

The setting was majestic – in the heart of New Delhi, in the precincts of the complex that embodies the essence of the Indian Republic, Rashtrapati Bhawan. The timing was perfect too – as the sun set, the past was left behind and a new regime took over.

Modi's inauguration signals direction of his foreign policy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi used his own oath-taking ceremony to signal the direction of his foreign policy. His unprecedented invitation to eight heads of state and government from the neighbourhood has raised expectations, silenced his critics but also left some questions.

Merged ministries to achieve maximum governance agenda

Narendra Modi, who took oath as India’s 15th Prime Minister on Monday, ushered in significant changes in administration, dismantling existing structures by merging key ministries in an apparent attempt to bring in more synergy in governance and make decision making quicker and more efficient.

Prime Minister Modi breaks bread, barriers over dinner

The regional bonhomie was in full display at the inaugural of PM Narendra Modi at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Monday. And it continued into the private power dinner President Pranab Mukherjee hosted for the visiting leaders.

Prime Minister's 45-member team has the stamp of Modi himself

Despite their seniority, Modi did not include in his cabinet party elders, LK Advani, 86, and Murli Manohar Joshi, 80, presumably because he wanted to keep the average age of his cabinet relatively young.

PM Modi assumes office, to hold talks with Sharif, other SAARC leaders

Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his first day in office with an announcement of the cabinet portfolios and a series of bilateral meetings with South Asian leaders who witnessed his swearing-in on Monday. Team Modi: who does what in the new council of ministers

PM Modi's first message: 'we will script a glorious future'

Modi was off the blocks in a flash on Monday, putting out a message on the web. The PM’s website, which carried the message that it was under transformation from around 5pm onwards, went live minutes after Modi was sworn in.

Pakistan's TV channels show live telecast of Modi's swearing-in ceremony

The oath-taking ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Monday shown live by Pakistani television channels highlighting the presence of various high-profile guests, such as SAARC leaders including Nawaz Sharif, Bollywood stars and corporate bigwigs.

Top seven ministries: Challenges ahead

After a landslide victory in the Lok Sabha elections, the Narendra Modi-led BJP government will have to take on a slew of challenges in various key ministries. We take a look at what tests await the new government and how the saffron party plans to handle them:

'LeT behind attack on Indian consulate in Herat'

President Karzai is in India to participate in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony. He complimented the Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel and the Afghan National Security Forces for their prompt response in neutralising the terrorists in Herat.

VOTE: Are you impressed by Modi's choice of ministers?

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Arun Jaitley favourite to become finance minister, may get additional charge of defence

Arun Jaitley seemed to be the obvious candidate for finance minister on a list of Cabinet members prepared by Narendra Modi, who will be sworn in as Prime Minister on Monday evening, sources in the BJP told Reuters.
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