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Modi Cabinet reshuffle: Nirmala is new Defence minister; Goyal gets railways


New faces was inducted into the Union Government today. Ahead of the oath taking ceremony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with his council of ministers for breakfast. Four former bureaucrats also sworn-into into the ministry. Six ministers had resigned to make way for new faces.

Modi Cabinet reshuffle LIVE: Amit Shah reaches prime minister's residence

Who will be promoted and which minister will get Railways and Defence?

Here are the highlights.

02: 36 pm: Congratulate all the 13 ministers. I hope they work together towards bringing in New India: Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh

02:35 pm: Giriraj Singh is now Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

02:33 pm: Ashwini Kumar Choubey gets MoS Health and Family Welfare; Anant Kumar Hegde appointed MoS Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

02:32 pm: Vijay Goel will be MoS Parliamentary Affairs and MoS Statistics and Program Implementation

01:51 pm: Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar also gets Ministry of Mines

01:50 pm: Arun Jaitley will keep Finance Portfolio & Ministry of Corporate Affairs

01:48 pm: Rajyavardhan Rathore is now also Minister (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Vijay Goel will be MoS

01:47 pm: Alphons Kannanthanam is MoS (Independent Charge) Ministry of Tourism and MoS Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

01:46 pm: Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also gets Skill Development and Entrepreneurship ministry

01:45 pm: Uma Bharti gets Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

01:32 pm: Smriti Irani retains Information & Broadcasting Ministry. Irani, who held the additional charge after the elevation of Venkaiah Naidu as the Vice-President of India, will now retain the I&B portfolio. However, India is likely to get a new textiles minister.

01:30 pm: Suresh Prabhu is the new Commerce Minister.

01:30 pm: Hopeful new team would help Andhra Pradesh, which has been facing problems after unfair and unscientific bifurcation, said CM Chandrababu Naidu to ANI

01:28 pm: Piyush Goyal gets Railways. Smriti Irani is the new Information and Broadcasting Minister and Suresh Prabhu the Commerce Minister.

01:27 pm: Nirmala Sitharaman is the new Defence Minister

01:26 pm: More barbs directed at Bihar CM Nitish Kumar after Lalu Prasad Yadav, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah expresses sympathies over twitter

12:40 pm: JD(U) spokesperson KC Tyagi says party will not comment on not being included in cabinet expansion.

"It was BJP's internal reshuffle and not NDA's, so we would not like to comment on it," said Tyagi, ANI reported.

12:38 pm: Congress party extends its wishes to the newly inducted ministers, but warns that is "watching" them.

12:10 pm: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut hit out at the BJP over not being included in the expansion. "This cabinet reshuffle and the one before, this were only BJP reshuffles not of NDA," ANI quoted him as saying.

12:00 pm: Piyush Goyal set to be new railway minister, replacing Suresh Prabhu, government sources said after the swearing-in ceremony.

11:37 am: Ministers who retained their portfolios:Arun Jaitley: Ministry of Defence and Finance MinistryRajnath Singh: Home MinisterNitin Gadkari: Minister of Road Transport and Highways of IndiaSushma Swaraj: Minister of External Affairs of India

11:19 am: All eyes now on the allocation of portfolios. The full list should be out anytime now.

11:07 am: After the elevation of four MoS to cabinet rank and the induction of nine new MoS rank ministers, the swearing-in ceremony is over.

11:05 am: Satyapal Singh takes oath

10:56 am: Hardeep Singh Puri to be MoS

Puri was one of the top diplomats of India. A 1974-batch IFS officer, he is reported to be made a MoS defence or commerce.

10:54 am: RK Singh takes oath

10:54 am: Ananth Kumar Hegde takes oath

Anantkumar Hegde, the Lok Sabha MP from Uttar Kannada, was one of the youngest MPs in the 11th Lok Sabha in 1996. Hegde is a five-term MP, who became a giantkiller by defeating Margaret Alva

10:51 am: BJP's Veerendra Kumar is a six-term MP from Tikamgarh and an important Dalit face of the BJP.

Kumar is a six-term MP from Tikamgarh and an important Dalit face of the BJP.

10:48 am: Ashwini Kumar Choubey takes oath

Choubey, who has been a health minister is the Nitish Kumar government in the past, is a Brahmin strongman from Bihar. He is currently a Lok Sabha MP from Buxar.

10:46 am: Rajya Sabha MP Shiv Pratap Shukla is the first one to take oath as Minister of State.

10:45 am: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi takes oath as Cabinet minister

10:43 am: Nirmala Sitharaman takes oath

10:42 am: Piyush Goyal second person to take oath as Cabinet minister

10:39 am: Dharmendra Pradhan Takes Oath

10:35 am: President Ram Nath Kovind arrives

10:32 am: PM Modi arrives for oath taking ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan

10:29 am: Oath taking ceremony of new inductees in Modi cabinet to being shorty at President House

10:26 am: Swearing-in to begin once Narendra Modi and Ram Nath Koivnd come to Rashtrapati Bhavan

10:25 am: Union Minister Uma Bharti not present at oath taking ceremony, she is at an event in Varanasi

10:22 am: Cabinet list disappears from website, new list now awaited

10:04 am: Union minister Uma Bharati will not attend the swearing in ceremony. According to NDTV, the firebrand leader will remain in Lalitpur.

10:03 am: Swearing-in ceremony to begin shortly as ministers arrive at Rashtrapati Bhavan

09:55 am: Thrilled, I was not expecting this.Great surprise: KJ Alphons,BJP

09:54 am: Hardeep Puri likely to be made MoS Commerce or Defence, say reports

09:53 am: BJP leader Hardeep Singh Puri says that he is grateful to the PM for making him a part of his team.

09:52 am: Meeting between new minsters and Prime Minister Narendra Modi ends

09:51 am: Unhappy Shiv Sena will not attend oath taking ceremony

09:40 am: Narendra Modi meets newly elected ministers.

09:25 am: Ahead of Cabinet resuffle Piyush Goyal likely to be the new Railways Minister.

09:11 am: Ahead of Cabinet reshuffle: "Our National President had already made it clear, so no question of me or anyone from JDU joining cabinet, says VN Singh, JDU

09:10 am: BJP President Amit Shah has reached PM Narendra Modi's residence ahead of the swearing in ceremony of the Union Council ministers.

08:53 am: BJP President Amit Shah has left for the breakfast meet ahead of the swearing in ceremony of the selected cabinet ministers.

08:50 am: Ministers leave for PM residence ahead of swearing-in.

08:46 am: Strength of ministry to be at 76 with nine new inclusions.

08:42 am: 'I thank the PM for expressing confidence in my ability. Portfolio has not been decided yet,' says RK Singh ahead of cabinet reshuffle.

08:40 am: Mukthar Abbas Naqvi, Nirmala Sitharam, Dharmendra Pradhan and Piyush Goyal likely to get promotion.

08:33 am: Nine new faces in Narendra Modi 's team have diverse backgrounds, vast experience

08:22 am: Ahead of Cabinet reshuffle, the breakfast meet between PM Narendra Modi and the newly selected ministers is going to take place at Lok Kalyan Marg.

08:18 am: Swearing-in ceremony of new ministers of the Union government will take place at 10.30 am on Sunday at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

08:15 am: I believe the information to be authentic only when I get it from official sources said Shiv Pratap Shukla. Meanwhile, celebrations had already broken out at his residence.

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07:45 am: It is yet to be seen if any leader from the BJP's ally JD(U) will be inducted. However there was no indication of any JD(U) leader making it to the ministry.

Read | Cabinet reshuffle: All you need to know about nine new ministers to be sworn-in

07:30 am: Modi is said to have not included anyone from the AIADMK since there is a tussle within the party still on.

07:15 am: The Shiv Sena is also not part of the reshuffle.

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