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UP CM Akhilesh Yadav sacks 8 ministers, strips 9 of portfolios


Lucknow: The move is being seen as a precursor to the cabinet reshuffle scheduled for October 31 when some new faces are likely to be included in the 43-month-old Samajwadi Party government.

The ministers who have been removed from the state cabinet are Shiv Kumar Beria, Bhagwat Sharan Gangwar, Ambika Chowdhary, Aridaman Singh, Alok Kumar Shakya, Yogesh Pratap Singh, Shivakant Ojha and Narad Rai.

Sources say the ministers have been removed on action initiated by the SP high command for their non-performance and, in some cases, on specific complaints.

The nine ministers who have been stripped of their portfolios include Raguhraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya, Avdhesh Prasad, and Ahmad Hasan, who held the health and family welfare portfolio.

Other ministers to be divested of their ministries are Paras Nath Yadav, Ram Govind Chowdhary, Durga Prasad Yadav, Brahma Shankar Tripathi, Iqbal Masood and Mehboob Ali. Their departments, for now, will be with the chief minister.

Close aides of the chief minister sai that the cabinet expansion scheduled for Saturday will see a “stamp of Akhilesh Yadav and will be a mix of young energy and experience”.

Earlier, Akhilesh Yadav called on Governor Ram Naik late on Wednesday to discuss expansion of his cabinet and to take Naik’s consent.

The oath-taking ceremony of the new ministers in slated for October 31 at 10.30 a.m. at Raj Bhawan in Lucknow.


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New Portfolio: Full List of Union Council of Ministers after Reshuffle

Here are the revised portfolios of the ministers:

Union Council of Ministers
Shri Narendra Modi sworn in as Prime Minister. Pixabay

New Delhi, Sep 03, 2017: Following is the complete list of Union Council of Ministers after Sunday’s reshuffle and expansion:

Narendra Modi: Prime Minister, in charge of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space, all important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.

Cabinet Ministers:

1 Rajnath Singh – Home Affairs

2 Sushma Swaraj – External Affairs

3 Arun Jaitley – Finance and Corporate Affairs

  1. Nitin Gadkari – Road Transport and Highways; Shipping; and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

5 Suresh Prabhu – Commerce and Industry

6 D.V. Sadananda Gowda – Statistics and Programme Implementation

7 Uma Bharati – Drinking Water and Sanitation

8 Ramvilas Paswan – Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

9 Maneka Sanjay Gandhi – Women and Child Development

10 Ananthkumar – Chemicals and Fertilisers; Parliamentary Affairs

11 Ravi Shankar Prasad – Law and Justice; and Electronics and Information Technology

12 Jagat Prakash Nadda – Health and Family Welfare

13 Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati – Civil Aviation

14 Anant Geete – Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises

15 Harsimrat Kaur Badal – Food Processing Industries

16 Narendra Singh Tomar – Rural Development; Panchayati Raj; and Mines

17 Chaudhary Birender Singh – Steel

18 Jual Oram – Tribal Affairs

19 Radha Mohan Singh – Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

20 Thaawar Chand Gehlot – Social Justice and Empowerment

21 Smriti Zubin Irani – Textiles; and Information and Broadcasting

22 Harsh Vardhan – Science and Technology; Earth Sciences; and Environment, Forest and Climate Change

23 Prakash Javadekar – Human Resource Development

24 Dharmendra Pradhan – Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

25 Piyush Goyal – Railways; and Coal

26 Nirmala Sitharaman – Defence

27 Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi – Minority Affairs


Ministers of State (Independent Charge)


1 Rao Inderjit Singh – Planning (independent charge); and Chemicals and Fertilisers

2 Santosh Kumar Gangwar – Labour and Employment

3 Shripad Naik – Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH)

4 Jitendra Singh – Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge); Prime Minister’s Office; Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; and Department of Space

5 Mahesh Sharma – Culture (independent charge); and Environment, Forest and Climate Change

6 Giriraj Singh – Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

7 Manoj Sinha – Communications (independent charge); and Railways.

8 Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore – Youth Affairs and Sports (independent charge); and Information and Broadcasting.

9 R.K. Singh – Power; and New and Renewable Energy

10 Hardeep Singh Puri – Housing and Urban Affairs

11 Alphons Kannanthanam – Ministry of Tourism; and Electronics and Information Technology


Ministers of State


1 Vijay Goel – Parliamentary Affairs; and Statistics and Programme Implementation

2 Radhakrishnan P. – Ministry of Finance; and Shipping

3 S.S. Ahluwalia – Drinking Water and Sanitation

4 Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi – Drinking Water and Sanitation

5 Ramdas Athawale – Social Justice and Empowerment

6 Vishnu Deo Sai – Steel

7 Ram Kripal Yadav – Rural Development

8 Hansraj Gangaram Ahir – Home Affairs

9 Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary – Mines; and Coal

10 Rajen Gohain – Railways

11 V.K. Singh – External Affairs

12 Parshottam Rupala – Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; and Panchayati Raj

13 Krishan Pal – Social Justice and Empowerment

14 Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor – Tribal Affairs

15 Shiv Pratap Shukla – Finance

16 Ashwini Kumar Choubey – Health and Family Welfare

17 Sudarshan Bhagat – Tribal Affairs

18 Upendra Kushwaha – Human Resource Development

19 Kiren Rijiju – Ministry of Home Affairs

20 Virendra Kumar – Women and Child Development; and Minority Affairs

21 Anantkumar Hegde – Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

22 M.J. Akbar – External Affairs

23 Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti – Food Processing Industries

24 Y.S. Chowdary – Science and Technology; and Earth Sciences

25 Jayant Sinha – Civil Aviation

26 Babul Supriyo – Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises

27 Vijay Sampla – Social Justice and Empowerment

28 Arjun Ram Meghwal – Parliamentary Affairs; and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

29 Ajay Tamta – Textiles

30 Krishna Raj – Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

31 Mansukh L. Mandaviya – Road Transport and Highways; Shipping; and Chemicals and Fertilisers

32 Anupriya Patel – Health and Family Welfare.

33 C.R. Chaudhary – Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; and Commerce and Industry

34 P.P. Chaudhary – Law and Justice; and Corporate Affairs

35 Subhash Ramrao Bhamre – Defence

36 Gajendra Singh Shekhawat – Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

37 Satya Pal Singh – Human Resource Development; and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation


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MP Manoj Tiwari misbehaves with School Teacher but kneels before Bollywood Actress

Manoj Tiwari. Wikimedia
  • Manoj Tiwari is the BJP MP who came in media highlights for his verbal assault on a teacher
  • The MP who was invited to a cultural event in UP celebrating the birth anniversary of Munshi Premchand
  • However, he did take out time to meet some of his friends from Bollywood

August 2, 2017: “You do not have manners to speak to an MP?” (Translated) were BJP MP Manoj Tiwari’s words to a primary school teacher, enraged at her for requesting him to sing at a school function in the presence of CCTV cameras. Continuing his rant, he had asked the teacher to get off the stage and probed all present officers to take an action against her. Tiwari later received a lot of flak for the video, which had surfaced in May this year.

However, when Bollywood actors Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma reached Varaṇasi on July 31 to promote their upcoming movie ‘Harry Met Sejal’, the BJP MP was the first in line to join them for the promotions.

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Tiwari was not only gracious enough to host the event for the actors but also very willingly knelt on his knees throughout the event to perform songs for Anushka. The highlight of the event was when he sang a Bhojpuri song while the crowd rejoiced during the promotional event held at a private institute.

Need we remind you, this is the same BJP MP who had misbehaved with a female teacher over her request to sing at a school function.


If this wasn’t news enough, the MP who recognizes himself as his ‘people’s person’ got so involved with the stars that he failed to interact with locals on his visit to the PM’s Parliamentary constituency. Tiwari chose to be associated with such an event while the people of Varanasi were expecting a discussion for the development of the constituency from him, given his contacts and his high-profile image.

However, what further hurt the sentiments of the people of UP was not the enthusiasm the MP showed for the promotion of a film he is not associated with whatsoever, but his willingness to forego a cultural event scheduled at village Lamhi.

The President of the Delhi unit of BJP failed to fulfill a political commitment of attending a cultural event scheduled at village Lamhi to celebrate the birth anniversary of Munshi Premchand.

So much for being an artist, we’d say!

While these developments may not gather national attention, the people of Varanasi are sure to hold Tiwari accountable for his involvement in such foolish and murky dealings.

– prepared by Soha Kala of NewsGram. Twitter: @SohaKala

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You May have a Twin stranger: List of Indian Cities that Have Doppelganger Abroad!

Here is a list of cities in India which have doppelgangers in all over the world

Indian Cities Doppelganger
Kochi in Kerela has its namesake in Japan as well. Pixabay

July 12, 2017: 

Do you know there are myriads of cities in India which have doppelganger name in the abroad as well? No. Well, here is a list of cities in India which have a doppelganger in all over the world.

KOCHI: Kerela/Japan

Kochi, alias Cochin, in India is popularly known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. The place was incipiently established as a castle town encompassing the seat of the lords of Province of Tosa, the Kochi Castle.

PATNA: Bihar/Scotland

Patna in India is the oldest inhabited places in the world. Previously, it was known as Patliputra. Patna has also been the home to famous astrologists and scholars including Chanakya, Aryabhata, Kalidasa, and Panini. There is another Patna in Scotland that got its name from the Indian city itself. William Fullarton, the founder of the village was the son of a person who served the East India Company.

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh/United States

Lucknow is the capital of Indian state Uttar Pradesh and the largest cultural hub in the state. Its namesake in the United States is a small unincorporated community in Pennsylvania. It is a 5,500-acre mountain estate mansion and surprisingly Lucknow in the United States is also named after the city of Lucknow in India.

BARODA: Gujarat/United States

Vadodara in Gujarat, aka Baroda, is popular for furniture, textiles, handicraft items and food. While its namesake in the United States is a 1.7 sq km village established by Michael Houser. The name was suggested by CH Pindar, a constructor on the railroad born in Baroda.

INDORE: Madhya Pradesh/United States

Indore in Madhya Pradesh has a marvellous past. While Indore in the United States is an unincorporated community in West Virginia that derived its name from Endor, a place cited in the Hebrew Bible.

BALI: Rajasthan/Indonesia

Bali is a town located in Rajasthan on the left shore of Mithari river. The major draw of this town is forts. While Bali in Indonesia houses several islands including Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, and Nusa Ceningan. It is also a popular tourist destination across the world.

KOLKATA: West Bengal/United States

Kolkata, now called Calcutta is the capital of West Bengal. It is also called as ‘Cultural Capital of India’ and ‘City of furious, creative energy’. While its namesake in Ohio state of the US and was designed in 1810.

SALEM: Tamil Nadu/United States

Salem in Tamil Nadu is girded by hilly regions that were part of Chera dynasty and a trade route with the Roman empire. Its namesake is a city in the US state of Massachusetts which is popular for its Witch trials. Contrastingly,‘Salem’ in Hebrew means ‘Peace’.

–  by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94