SHIMLA: The Bharatiya Janata Party picked five-time legislator Jai Ram Thakur on Sunday as its legislature party leader in Himachal Pradesh, effectively making him the state’s next chief minister.
The 52-year-old MLA for Seraj in Mandi district will be sworn in as the state’s 14th chief minister on December 27 in a grand ceremony that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah are expected to attend.
The announcement ended almost a week of speculation over the Continue reading
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A record 1,244 Indian women have applied to go for Haj next year after the NDA government allowed for the first time Muslim women to undertake the annual pilgrimage to Mecca without a male relative.
Till now, Muslim women had to be accompanied by a mehram, usually a husband or a relative to whom marriage is unlawful, for the pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
Officials in the minority affairs ministry said of the 1,244 applications from single women, 1,016 applications have been accepted so far.
The recommendation to allow women-only groups to apply for Haj was made by the Afzal Amanullah panel constituted to review the earlier Haj policy. The panel’s recommendation was accepted by the Narendra Modi government in October.
“There are many schools of thought on this (women going alone) but the religion per se doesn’t prohibit it. So I decided to make the recommendation,” Amanullah said.
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Here are the revised portfolios of the ministers:
1.Rajnath Singh: Minister of Home Affairs.
2.Sushma Swaraj: Minister of External Affairs.
3.Arun Jaitley: Minister of Finance; Minister of Corporate Affairs.
Nirmala Sitharaman became the defence minister of the country, only the second woman after Indira Gandhi to hold the post since Independence, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi reshuffled his team on Sunday, inducting nine new members and changing major portfolios to bring dynamism and efficiency in governance. Continue reading
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NEWDELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to induct a former diplomat, an ex-police commissioner and two former bureaucrats, indicating his focus on professionalism and administrative experience as he revamps his council of ministers with nine new faces on Sunday. Continue reading
Venkaiah Naidu elected as India’s 15th vice-president. Naidu defeated Opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
While Naidu received 516 votes, Gandhi got 244 votes, said election officer Shemsher K Sharif. Continue reading
On Thursday, Ram Nath Kovind, the ruling National Democratic Alliance’s(NDA) candidate, was on Thursday declared elected as the 14th President of India, defeating Meira Kumar, after vote count in Parliament House.
Ram Nath Kovind told reporters after being elected President of India that “This is a very emotional moment”. Continue reading
On Tuesday, Textiles minister Smriti Irani was given the additional charge of Information and Broadcasting ministry after M Venkaiah Naidu resigned from the post following his nomination as the NDA’s vice-presidential candidate.
Rural development minister Narendra Singh Tomar has also assumed the additional charge of urban development ministry, another portfolio that was held by Mr. Venkaiah Naidu. Continue reading
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