Missing ministers from Narendra Modi government-I

first_img Prabhash K Dutta New DelhiMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 23:16 IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi signing the register after taking oath of office for the second time on Thursday. (Photo: Twitter/@BJP4India)HIGHLIGHTSSushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley opted out of Modi cabinet for health reasonsManeka Gandhi, Jayant Sinha, Suresh Prabhu, Manoj Sinha among top names dropped from cabinetJP Nadda not included in Modi cabinet, tipped to be next BJP presidentNarendra Modi is ready with a refurbished Union cabinet in his second term as the prime minister on the back of a massive mandate in the Lok Sabha election with the BJP winning 303 seats on its own and the National Democratic Alliance crossing the 350 mark.PM Modi has inducted several new faces in the government. The biggest surprise was induction of former foreign secretary S Jaishankar in the Union cabinet.Among those missing from the Modi’s new cabinet are Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj, both having opted out of the government citing health reasons. Uma Bharati, another Union minister in the previous government, also decided not to contest Lok Sabha eleciton and was not included in the new cabinet.On the other hand, there were many surprises in omission. PM Modi dropped many familiar faces of the previous government. Here are some of them:Maneka Gandhi: Weeks after courted controversy during the Lok Sabha election when she said Muslims should not approach her for work if they don’t vote for her in the polls, she found her name dropped from the list of ministers who took oath today. She was the women and child development minister in the previous government and was very active animal right activist.Jayant Sinha: He is the Lok Sabha MP from Hazaribagh parliamentary constituency in Jharkhand. He is the son of former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, now a bitter critic of the Modi government. As MoS in the previous government, Jayant Sinha handled finance and civil aviation portfolios.advertisementSuresh Prabhu: Another surprise omission from the new Narendra Modi cabinet. In 2014, Suresh Prabhu had become a bone contention between the Shiv Sena and the BJP. Prabhu was a Shiv Sena leader back then but Narendra Modi wanted him in his cabinet. Prabhu quit Shiv Sena and the BJP made him as Rajya Sabha MP to have him in the Modi cabinet.Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore: A former soldier and Olympic medal winner, he was one of the young faces in the Modi government. He was given key portfolios of youth and sports, and also of information and broadcasting in the previous government. He played key role in pushing PM Modi’s flagship programme Khelo India in the previous government.Radha Mohan Singh: He was a surprise entry as the cabinet rank minister for agriculture. He is considered as one of the under-performing ministers of the previous Modi government. He failed to find ways to rescue agriculture from the crisis it is steeped in. Farm crisis, in fact, worsened under his watch.Jagat Prakash Nadda: He is said to be the next BJP president. In the previous government, JP Nadda maintained a low profile but handled the portfolio of health-implementing initiatives of PM Modi in the sector. Considered as a strong organisational leader, Nadda is tipped to be Amit Shah’s successor as the BJP president as the party eyes winning assembly elections in West Bengal, Maharashtra and Delhi over the next couple of years.Manoj Sinha: A low-profile but hard-working politician, who was praised for his handling of the railway ministry as MoS in the previous Narendra Modi government. He was left out of the Modi’s new cabinet owing to his loss in the Lok Sabha election.Anupriya Patel: As an MoS in the health and family welfare ministry, she failed to make a distinct mark during the five years of the previous government. Even though her party won two Lok Sabha seats, like 2014 polls, in the parliamentary election, Anupriya Patel was left out of the government.Among others who were dropped in the new cabinet are Jual Oram of the BJP and Anant Geete of the Shiv Sena.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrabhash Kumar Dutta Missing ministers from Narendra Modi government-IPM Modi dropped several well-known faces of the previous government as he took oath for the second term on Thursday.advertisementlast_img read more

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Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro gets Android 9 Pie update in India

first_imgNew Delhi: Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has started rolling out its MIUI 10.3.2 global stable update for its Redmi 6 Pro in India. Xiaomi India Managing Director Manu Kumar Jain announced the news on Thursday via a tweet. In the tweet Jain said: “Mi fans, Redmi 6 Pro now comes with the goodness of pie, Android 9.0 Pie! Update to the latest version now and experience the finest of MIUI + Android.” The new update brings features like system-wide dark mode and navigation gesture support. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app It includes bug fixes for low battery warning that wasn’t appearing in landscape mode and also resolves the issue with notification badges on WhatsApp icon. In addition, the new update brings support for ‘face unlock’ in order to secure installed apps. To recall, the device was launched in India back in the month of September last year alongside other Redmi 6 series phones like the Redmi 6 and 6A. At the time of launch, the phone was running Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9.6 software out-of-the-box. As for its specifications, the device features a 5.84-inch display with 2280×1080 pixels resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 624 processor paired with up to 4GB RAM and up to 64 GB of internal storage. The device houses a dual camera setup carrying a 12MP+5MP sensors at the back and a 5MP camera on the front.last_img read more

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Dow SP 500 rise as economists see growth for jobs and housing

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Dow, S&P 500 rise as economists see growth for jobs and housing; Facebook slides NEW YORK, N.Y. – After a weekend that brought both fresh concerns about Europe and hopeful signs about China, investors decided to focus on the latter.All the major U.S. stock indexes climbed, as investors latched on to weekend statements from China’s Premier Wen Jiabao, who promised to boost the country’s consumption rather than just try to curb inflation. That helped ease the disappointment of what many investors saw as an ambiguous conclusion to the weekend’s G-8 meeting of world leaders, which produced statements promising to pursue growth in Europe but not much in the way of concrete plans for how to do so.Caterpillar, which is heavily reliant on demand from China, rose 3 per cent, just its fourth gain for the month of May. Several big-name financial firms, including Bank of America and Morgan Stanley, declined; bank stocks tend to fall when investors are concerned about Europe because of the banks’ investments there.The Dow rose 109 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 12,478 shortly after noon Monday. That was a marked change from its recent performance, which has been crippled by Greece. This month Greece failed to elect a new government and is teetering close to leaving the euro.Monday was the Dow’s first gain after six straight days of losses, and only its third up day for May. Last week marked its worst weekly performance since November. The month has wiped out nearly three-quarters of the Dow’s gains from January through March.The other major stock indexes, the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the Nasdaq composite, also climbed after days-long droughts.Despite the broad gains, several well-known companies fell. Facebook plunged 10 per cent on its second day as a public company, dropping below Friday’s initial public offering price. JPMorgan Chase, under fire for a surprise trading loss, fell 3 per cent after announcing it will stop buying back its own stock.It wasn’t clear if the gains represented a corner turned or a temporary moment of relief. Concerns about Europe flowed freely even after the weekend’s G-8 summit at Camp David.Germany’s deputy finance minister on Monday derided a plan pushed by the new French president that would require Germany and other stronger European countries to fund “Eurobonds” to prop up weaker countries like Greece and Portugal. Bankia, a bank nationalized by the Spanish government, was ordered to come up with more money for possible bad loans.Clark Yingst, chief market analyst for investment banking firm Joseph Gunnar in New York, said the G-8 meeting had done little to calm investors’ fears. In fact, investors appear to be growing more worried that the European debt problems “might not be as manageable as they previously believed,” Yingst said. “Today’s rally has nothing to do with what is evolving around Greece.”Yingst was paying close attention to China, after Premier Wen promised to give more priority to boost any slowdown in the country’s economic growth. China, the world’s second-largest economy, has been instrumental in maintaining global growth as other parts of the world have stumbled through the past couple of years. Its economic growth fell to 8.1 per cent in the first quarter — a point of envy for most other countries, but a three-year low for China.The yield on the 10-year Treasury note climbed slightly, a sign that investors were pulling out of bonds to invest in stocks. That’s something they tend to do when they’re more optimistic about the market.It could also mean they’re tired of the paltry returns on government bonds. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note is around 1.7 per cent; the dividend yield on S&P 500 stocks is around 2.1 per cent, said Jim Russell, chief equity strategist of U.S. Bank’s wealth management unit in Cincinnati.“Bonds are expensive and stocks are cheap,” Russell said. “People are sniffing around for deals.”Russell said the market’s performance will depend heavily on news that comes out of Europe. Leaders of the 27 European Union countries will hold an informal meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.“That will be the key,” Russell said. But, he added, “I think the central banks and governments still have gun powder that is dry.”Elsewhere, oil prices rose after Iraq’s central government told its Kurdish leaders that they must get approval for their oil deals with Turkey.Lowe’s Cos., the world’s second largest home improvement chain, slumped 10 per cent after lowering its full-year earnings forecast. Campbell Soup fell 3 per cent after reporting that its profit fell even after it spent more on marketing to try to attract busy, younger consumers. by News Staff Posted May 21, 2012 2:13 pm MDT read more

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