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Kannanthanam and Puri are presently not members of Parliament and are likely to be elected to the Rajya Sabha within the stipulated six months.

R K Singh, former Home Secretary, was given charge of Power and New and Renewable Energy portfolios.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Dharmendra Pradhan, Nirmala Sitharaman and Piyush Goyal were elavated to the cabinet rank and nine fresh faces inducted as Ministers of State in a major rejig of his team by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.

Former Railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday said that number of accidents has gone down during the last three years ever since he assumed the office, but a single accident is painful and he took the moral responsibility of it. Pradhan was given the additional charge of the Skill Development Ministry, which was earlier held by Rajiv Pratap Rudy who quit the post a few days ago.

Minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore was shifted to the sports ministry as minister of state (independent charge).

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Last week, Rohingya militants attacked police and border outposts, and security forces responded. A military source , however, blamed what he described as insurgents for torching the buildings.

Goyal, who was Minister of State with independent charge, held Coal and Power Ministry before his elevation.

Two ministers Santosh Gangwar and Giriraj Singh have also seen a promotion as they are now MoS with independent charge of Labour and Employment and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises respectively.

Reacting to her appointment, Former Defence Minister and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told reporters, "Very excellent, well thought-out decision".

Mr Prabhu had offered to resign after a spate of accidents, but was asked to wait by Mr Modi.

PM Modi stripped Cabinet minister Uma Bharti of the charges of water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation and handed them over to Nitin Gadkari.


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