Narendra Modi announces portfolio of his Cabinet ministers

New Delhi, May 27 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced the portfolios of his cabinet ministers putting a stop at the speculations over the same. Modi kept charges of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space to himself. While Rajanth Singh was given charge of Home Ministery, Arun Jaitley is incharge of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence Ministry. Sushma Swaraj is the new External Affairs Minister, and Venkaiah Naidu is embodied with ministry of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs. Nitin Gadkari took oath as Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Miniter along with Prakash Javadekar as the Information and Broadcast Minister, whereas DV Sadananda Gowda is the new Railways minister Uma Bharti is given Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation ministry, whereas Najma Heptulla is the new Minority Affairs minister. May 27, 2014

Arun Jaitley takes charge as Finance minister

New Delhi, May 27 (ANI): Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Tuesday assumed charge as Finance Minister in the Narendra Modi-led government. He will also take the additional charge of Defence. After assuming charge, Jaitley said that it is a very challenging time and there is a need to restore pace of growth and contain inflation. He also added that the balancing act on inflation and interest rates will have to be done. May 27, 2014

Indian fishermen released by Pakistan thank Modi for their homecoming

Amritsar, May 27 (ANI): Indian fishermen released by Pakistan arrived in Amritsar and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for their homecoming. Pakistan freed Indian prisoners on May 25 as a goodwill gesture, a day ahead of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to New Delhi to attend Modi's oath-taking ceremony. Fifty-nine Indian prisoners, who were freed from Malir jail of Karachi, celebrated the joy of homecoming. A released fisherman, Pappu, thanked Modi for extending an olive to nuclear rival Pakistan, which ensured their release from jails. Most of the fishermen released were arrested for illegal fishing in Pakistani waters. May 27, 2014

Newly sworn-in ministers vow to work for nation

New Delhi, May 27 (ANI): Newly sworn-in ministers of the new government vowed to work for the betterment of the country and said that they would work for the fulfillment of the promises made to the people during Lok Sabha elections. BJP leader Smriti Irani, who took oath as a cabinet minister thanked Modi and party Chief Rajnath Singh and said that she has got an opportunity to dedicate her life to serve the nation Ananth Kumar who took oath along with 44 other ministers, said that people expect good governance and it will be delivered. Lok Janshakti Party President Ram Vilas Paswan, who also bagged a cabinet berth, said the cabinet would fulfill the promises made to people. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan hailed formation of new government. May 27, 2014

Nawaz Sharif visits Jama Masjid ahead of meeting with Modi

New Delhi, May 27 (ANI): Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday paid a visit to Jama Masjid in New Delhi after witnessing Narendra Modi's anointment as India's 15th Prime Minister yesterday. Sharif offered prayers at the Jama masjid and met the Shahi imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari, ahead of his meeting with Prime Minister Modi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to meet Nawaz Sharif and other SAARC leaders today The meeting has generated a huge interest as this is the first time that a Pakistani head of state has witnessed the swearing-in ceremony of an Indian Prime Minister. May 27, 2014

Narendra Modi takes charge as Prime Minister of India

New Delhi, May 27 (ANI): A day after Narendra Modi took oath as the 15th prime minister of India, he took charge at the PMO. After taking oath with his compact cabinet of 45 ministers, that included 23 Cabinet ministers, 10 ministers of state with independent charge and 12 other ministers of state, started his inning at the PMO on Tuesday. Apart from from Modi, some other ministers of his Cabinet, like Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley also took charge of their respective offices. After taking charge, Modi visited Hyderabad House accompanied by Sushma Swaraj. The Prime Minister is also scheduled to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif and other leaders from the SAARC countries in one of his first engagements after taking charge at around 11:45 AM. May 27, 2014

Narendra Modi sworn in as India's Prime Minister

India's Narendra Modi is sworn in as prime minister holding the strongest mandate for 30 years, promising to forge a 'strong and inclusive' country on a first day that signals his bold intentions. Duration: 00:52 May 27, 2014