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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

Rehab plan for Pak refugees high on Narendra Modi's agenda

The NDA government is all-set to roll out a package for refugees of Indian ethnicity from Pakistan and displaced communities like Kashmiri Pandits, as promised by the Prime Minister during his election campaign.

Geete takes charge as heavy industries minister

The Shiv Sena has finally fallen in line with its MP Anant Geete taking charge as heavy industries minister. On Tuesday, the Sena minister had said he will not assume charge until a new portfolio is allotted.

It’s clear, Modi will have last word on policy issues

The distinct feature of the cabinet is the way Modi’s role has been spelt out. As per the press communiqué issued Narendra Modi will be responsible for ‘all policy issues’.

Modi, Sharif move the needle on talks: Pak PM's visit raises hopes of a thaw in ties

The two leaders, both seen as pro-business, have decided to make trade and investment the motor for change in bilateral ties before going for, what former Pakistan ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman calls, broader course correction.

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.

NaMo ditches Modi kurta, turns formal

As Narendra Modi was sworn-in as the Prime Minister of India, our panel of fashion experts dissected his style and that of his newly-elected cabinet, as it turned out in its fashionable best at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

‘Super’ ministers may disrupt power balance, say experts

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to merge ministries to make it more ‘organic’, and increase coordination between different departments could enable faster decision-making and lead to efficiency.

Amit Shah, Nadda frontrunners for BJP prez post

BJP general secretary Amit Shah and JP Nadda have emerged as the frontrunners to replace Rajnath Singh as the next chief of the party, a situation that has arisen with the Lucknow MP joining the government.

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.

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

Modi decides to club ministries hours before taking charge

A note from Modi's secretariat on Sunday night said the PM-designate had 'made a dent' in formation of ministries by adopting, for the first time, a guiding principle of 'Minimum Government and Maximum Governance'.

Sonia Gandhi calls for drawing lessons from election setback

Sonia Gandhi was on Saturday re-elected as leader of Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) at a meeting of the party's members of the two houses of Parliament.

Obama congratulates Modi, media notes PM’s love of selfies

President Barack Obama has congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his new government on their swearing-in, the White House said in a statement on Monday.

Sharif fights off stiff Oppn, will attend Modi's swearing-in

The Pakistan prime minister is likely to push hard to make his visit substantive beyond the symbolism of attending Modi’s oath-taking ceremony on Monday. He is expected to return home Tuesday afternoon.
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