New Age Islam News Bureau
26 May 2014
• Narendra Modi Is Sworn In As the 15th Prime Minister of India
• PM Modi Announces List of Cabinet Ministers with Portfolios
• Nawaz Sharif Says Will Pick up Threads of Ties from Vajpayee’s Rule
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
In First Message as PM, Modi Says, 'Let Us Script A Glorious Future For India'
TNN | May 26, 2014
NEW DELHI: Around the time Narendra Modi was being sworn in at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the website of the Prime Minister's Office put up Modi's first official message as Prime Minister of the country.
Greeting the people of the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "On 16th May 2014 the people of India gave their verdict. They delivered a mandate for development, good governance and stability. As we devote ourselves to take India's development journey to newer heights, we seek your support, blessings and active participation."
"Together we will script a glorious future for India. Let us together dream of a strong, developed and inclusive India that actively engages with the global community to strengthen the cause of world peace and development," Narendra Modi said.
Modi has all through his campaign been very proactively interacting via the social media, even tweeting just a few hours before his swearing-in ceremony.
In his very first message on the official website of the Prime Minister of India, Modi said, "I envision this website as a very important medium of direct communication between us. I am a firm believer in the power of technology and social media to communicate with people across the world. I hope this platform creates opportunities to listen, learn and share one's views."
Modi also added the website would be constantly updated with "latest information about my speeches, schedules, foreign visits and lot more. I will also keep informing you about innovative initiatives undertaken by the Government of India."
Narendra Modi, India's 15th Prime Minister took oath on Monday at a ceremony held in the open at Rashtrapati Bhavan and attended by the Who's Who of the nation, including political leaders, business honchos, celebrities and leaders of religious faiths, as well as leaders of neighbouring countries.
Narendra Modi Is Sworn In As the 15th Prime Minister of India
IANS | May 26, 2014
NEW DELHI: Narendra Modi, India's 15th Prime Minister took oath on Monday at a ceremony held in the open at Rashtrapati Bhavan and attended by the Who's Who of the nation, including political leaders, business honchos, celebrities and leaders of religious faiths, as well as leaders of neighbouring countries.
The oath of office and secrecy was administered in Hindi to Modi by President Pranab Mukherjee.
There was a certain poignancy to the momentous occasion as the inauguration of a new Prime Minister happened exactly 50 years after the death of India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
Present on the occasion of the change of guard was the outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who remained 10 years at the helm when the general election left the Congress battered and reduced to its lowest tally of 44 seats in the Lok Sabha.
A council of ministers, numbering around 45, also took oath.
Among the foreign leaders who attended the ceremony at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan were Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Also present were Mauritius Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay of Bhutan and Bangladesh parliament Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi and former presidents A P J Abdul Kalam and Pratibha Patil were among the over 4,000 people who gathered on the occasion.
PM Modi Announces List of Cabinet Ministers with Portfolios
ANI | May 26, 2014
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Monday sworn in as the 15th Prime Minister of India along with his key colleagues in the Cabinet.
Some of his key ministers are senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley who has been given the charge of finance ministry and additional charge of the defence ministry in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Apart from Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj has been given charge of ministry of external affairs and Rajnath Singh was given charge of the home ministry.
The List Of Ministers Includes:
Sushma Swaraj - Ministry of External Affairs
Ananth Kumar - Parliamentary Affairs + additional charge
Nitin Gadkari - Surface Transport Ministry and Shipping Ministry
Sadanand Gowda - Railways Ministry
Venkaiah Naidu - Urban Development Ministry
Ravi Shankar Prasad - Telecom Ministry, Law and Justice Ministry
Maneka Gandhi - Women and Child Development Ministry
Najma Heptullah - Ministry of Minorities
Smriti Irani - HRD Ministry
Radha Mohan Singh - Agriculture Ministry
Nirmala Sitharaman - MoS Commerce
Piyush Goel - MoS Power (Independent)
Prakash Javadekar - MoS Information & Broadcasting
Ram Vilas Paswan- Food and Civil Supplies Ministry
Rajnath Singh - Minister for Home Affairs
Arun Jaitley - Finance Ministry and additional charge of the Defence Ministry
Nawaz Sharif Says Will Pick up Threads of Ties from Vajpayee’s Rule
Press Trust of India
New Delhi | May 26, 2014, Arriving here with a “message of peace”, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said that he intends to pick up the threads with India’s new leader Narendra Modi from where he and then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee left off in 1999.
Sharif, who is in the national capital on a overnight stay to attend the swearing in of Modi as Prime Minister, arrived here from Lahore where he said he was going to New Delhi with a “message of peace”.
Later, speaking here, the Pakistan Prime Minister said both governments have a strong mandate and this could help in “turning a new page in our relations”.
Sharif will have a bilateral meeting with Modi tomorrow during which the two sides are expected to discuss ways to enhance cooperation.
“This is the same BJP’s Prime Minister Vajpayee for whom I have the greatest of respect. I intend taking up threads from where Vajpayee and I left off in 1999,” he was quoted as saying by NDTV.
The Pakistan leader also said that this was a chance to reach out to each other while noting that no two nations have ever possessed so much cultural and traditional similarities as India and Pakistan.
“Why not turn the similarities into our strength. I very much look forward to meeting Mr Modi. We should remove fears mistrust and misgivings about each other,” he was quoted as saying.
Both countries should rid the region of instability and security that has plagued it for decades, he added.
Sharif’s visit is seen as significant by political observers here given that hardline elements in Pakistan have expressed their unhappiness over his responding to the invitation positively.
Sources said it is expected that the Pakistan leader will also extend a formal invitation to Modi for a visit.
No breakthrough is expected during the visit but it will provide the two leaders an opportunity to cultivate personal relations which may go a long a way in reducing tensions.