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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Indian Prime Minister changes his Information Minister in a

[b]Indian Prime Minister changes his Information Minister in a mini-cabinet reshuffle[/b]

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from new Delhi

[b]New Delhi 19 November ([/b] Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday carried out a mini reshuffle of his cabinet. This was contrary to expectations. The speculation has been rife for a long while that he would reconstitute his team, which has been in place for over a year and in the process fill up vacant slots.

This exercise he did not carry out. It may be undertaken in January 2006, a top level Congress functionary indicated to this correspondent. "Yes, it is possible even in December but January appears likely", he said.

The reshuffle saw S Jaipal Reddy giving up the prized Information and Broadcasting Ministy in favour of Priyaranjan Das Munshi, who is now entrusted with Parliamentary affairs as well. Water Resources handled hitherto by Munshi has been allocated to Santosh Mohan Deb, the minister for Heavy Industry as an additional charge; Jaipal has been made to be content with Urban Development and he appeared to sulk a wee bit.

Oscar Fernandes, who was expected to go to the Congress organization for full time work, was entrusted with two more portfolios - youth & sports and Overseas Indians - in addition to his Planning and Programme Implementation.

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