Suresh Prabhu resigns; Piyush Goyal takes over as new Railways Minister

Suresh Prabhu resigns; Piyush Goyal takes over as new Railways Minister

The Prime Minister also reposed faith in the administrative capabilities of three former government officials by giving them independent charge of crucial portfolios.

She will be the country's second woman defence minister - Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had also acted as defence minister on two occasions.

As the Defence Minister, Ms Sitharaman will be a member of the crucial Cabinet Committee on Security whose members include the Prime Minister, Home Minister, External Affairs Minister and the Finance Minister.

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Her alleged suicide has generated widespread protest and condemnation against state and central governments. Anitha had scored 1,176 out of 1,200 marks in Class XII and had a cut off of 196.75 for medicine.

Goyal is expected to continue the reforms initiated by Prabhu in railways and bring new ideas to the table, said Jaijit Bhattacharya, partner and head, economics, regulatory and policy advisory, KPMG in India. However there was no indication of any JD (U) leader making it to the ministry. Mr Goel, who earlier held independent charge, has been shunted as the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Statistics and Programme Implementation.

Similarly, Smriti Irani, who was given the additional charge of Information and Broadcasting Ministry in July after M Venkaiah Nadu was made vice presidential nominee of the NDA, too retained the ministry.

After derailment of train in Uttar Pradesh, Mr Prabhu had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and offered to resign. Nine new faces - Hardeep Singh Puri, RK Singh, Shiv Pratap Shukla, Alphons Kannanthanam, Satyapal Singh, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Anant Kumar Dattatreya Hegde and Virendra Kumar - took oath as Ministers of State in a small ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

President Trump to donate $1 million to Harvey relief
Vice President Mike Pence flew to Texas on Thursday to survey the wreckage from the event. The storm is now threatening the region near the Texas-Louisiana state line.

Gadkari, who is minister for road transport, highways and shipping, is expected to focus more on the development of inland waterways or national waterways.

New faces will be inducted into the Union Government today.

Hope and glory as West Indies stun England
Windies still required 76 runs to win and just over 20 overs in which to do it but the tourists had clearly chose to go for it. It was about trying to get as many runs on the board as possible, so I'm actually pleased I got through the 90s a bit faster.

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