Congress likely to be reshuffled before Diwali

Cabinet reshuffle: Manmohan's new team to take charge todayA day after the new-look Manmohan Singh cabinet unfolded, the much-awaited Congress reshuffle is likely to happen before Diwali, which falls on Nov 13, party sources said on Monday.

Congress sources indicated that the reshuffle may see party general secretary Rahul Gandhi take on

a more prominent role assuming the post of vice president or working president. 

"The hurdle of cabinet reshuffle is over. An AICC (All India Congress Committee) makeover could either happen in the next few days or after Nov 4," a Congress Working Committee member who declined to be named said.

Nov 4 is crucial as the Congress has planned a big rally in Delhi, which will be addressed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

Besides AICC leaders, central ministers, chief ministers, members of parliament and state unit chiefs are expected to attend the rally in a show of strength.

While Rahul Gandhi is believde to have played a key role in finalising the list of 22 ministers, who were sworn in Sunday, he is expected to give important roles to his close aides, including party MPs Ashok Tanwar, Meenakshi Natrajan and Manicka Tagore.

 Rahul Gandhi's imprint was clearly visible in the cabinet rejig in which Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot, Jitendra Singh and Manish Tewari were given independent charges of ministries.

Congress sources said new faces in important organisational positions would convey the message that the party is prepared to face future challenges.

While former external affairs minister S.M. Krishna is set to play an important role in Karnataka, which will have assembly elections in May 2013, former information and broadcasting minister Ambika Soni is expected to be drafted for party work.

According to party sources, the blueprint for the AICC reshuffle has been prepared. Sonia Gandhi will decide when to announce it, said the sources.

"The AICC reshuffle has to match the scale of the cabinet reshuffle," a Congress leader, refusing to be named, said.

The AICC reshuffle is expected to ready a team which will take on the challenges of nine assembly elections in 2013, culminating in the big electoral battle of the 2014 general elections.

However, a section of the Congress leaders said given the political situation in the country, the party should be ready for the Lok Sabha polls next year as well.
Source - hindustan times

RAIL NEWS CENTER: Pawan Kumar Bansal is new Railways Minister

RAIL NEWS CENTER: Pawan Kumar Bansal is new Railways Minister: Pawan Kumar Bansal has been selected as the new Railways Minister . Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expanded his cabinet on Sunday, sayin...

New list of Union ministers

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh effected a major Cabinet reshuffle on Sunday. Several ministers were elevated to the Cabinet rank, with many new faces being included at the MoS level, even as portfolios of several ministers were changed.

After the reshuffle, the new list of ministers is as below:


Vayalar Ravi : Overseas indian affairs

Kapil Sibal : Communications & information technology

CP Joshi : Road transport & highways

Kumari Selja : Social justice & empowerment

Pawan Kumar Bansal : Railways

Salman Khursheed : External affairs

Jairam Ramesh: Rural development

M Veerappa Moily: Petroleum & natural gas

S Jaipal Reddy: Science & technology and earth sciences

Kamal Nath: Urban development & parliamentary affairs

K. Rahman Khan: Minority affairs

Dinsha J. Patel: Mines

Ajay Maken: Housing & urban poverty alleviation

MM Pallam Raju: Human resource development

Ashwani Kumar: Law & justice

Harish Rawat: Water resources

Chandresh Kumari Katoch: Culture


Manish Tewari: Information & broadcasting

Dr. K Chiranjeevi: Tourism

Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia: Power

K.H. Muniappa: Micro, small & medium enterprises

Bharatsinh Madhavsinh Solanki: Drinking water & sanitation

Sachin Pilot: Corporate affairs

Jitendra Singh: Youth affairs & sports


Dr. Shashi Tharoor: Human resource development

Kodikunnil Suresh: Labour & employment

Tariq Anwar: Agriculture & food processing industries

KJ Surya Prakash Reddy: Railways

Ranee Narah: Tribal affairs

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury: Railways

AH Khan Choudhury: Health & family welfare

Sarvey Sathyanarayana: Road transport & highways

Ninong Ering: Minority affairs

Deepa Dasmunsi: Urban development

Porika Balram Naik: Social justice & empowerment

Dr.(Smt.) Kruparani Killi Communications & information technology

Lalchand Kataria: Defence

E. Ahamed: External affairs

D. Purandeswari: Commerce & industry

Jitin Prasada: Defence & human resource development

Dr. S. Jagathrakshakan: New & renewable energy

R.P.N. Singh: Home

K.C. Venugopal: Civil aviation

Rajeev Shukla: Parliamentary affairs & planning

Source - timesofindia

Detailed Profile of Shri Sachin Pilot

NameShri Sachin Pilot
Constituency from which I am electedAjmer
Father's NameLate Shri Rajesh Pilot
Mother's NameSmt. Rama Pilot
Date of Birth07 Sep 1977
Birth PlaceSaharanpur (Uttar Pradesh)
Maritial StatusMarried
Date of Marriage15 Jan 2004
Spouse NameSmt. Sara Pilot
No. of ChildrenNo.of Sons:2   No.of Daughters:0
State NameRajasthan
Party NameIndian National Congress
Permanent AddressVillage - Baidpura, Distt. - Gautam Budh Nagar,Uttar Pradesh
Present Address3, Safdarjung RoadNew Delhi - 110 011Tels. (011) 24368757, 24368758 (O), 23795070, 23795060 (R) Fax. (011) 23795080, 24360958 (O)
Email idpilotoffice[at]nic[dot]in
Educational QualificationsB.A. (Hons), M.B.A. Educated at St. Stephens College, University of Delhi, Delhi and Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
Positions Held
2004-2009Elected to 14th Lok Sabha
Member, Committee on Home Affairs
5th Aug.2006-2009Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Civil Aviation
Member, Committee on Home Affairs
2009Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
2009 onwardsUnion Minister of State, Communications and Information Technology
Special InterestsDomestic and International News and Current Affairs, International Trade and Economics,Agriculture and Rural Development, stategic and foreign affairs
Sports and ClubsShooting ( rifle and pistol), squash & cricket
Favourite Pastimes and RecreationFlying light aircrafts, watching movies & plays and travelling
Countries VisitedWidely Travelled
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Detailed Profile of Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch


Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch
Constituency from which I am elected
Father's Name
Late Shri Hanumant Singhji
Mother's Name
Smt. Krishana Kumari, Ex-MP
Date of Birth
01 Feb 1944
Birth Place
Maritial Status
Date of Marriage
04 Dec 1968
Spouse Name
Shri Aditya Katoch
No. of Children
No.of Sons:1   No.of Daughters:0
State Name
Party Name
Indian National Congress
Permanent Address
S - 43, Greater Kailash, Part - I,New Delhi
Present Address
S - 43, Greater Kailash, Part - I,New DelhiTels. (011) 29231921, 9013180307 (M), 9811913543 (M) Fax. (011) 29231921
Email id
(i) chandresh[dot]kumari[at]sansad[dot]nic[dot]in (ii) chandreshkumarimp[at]gmail[dot]com
Educational Qualifications
Undergraduate Educated at Jodhpur University, Rajasthan
Positions Held
Member, Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly
Deputy Minister, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh
Member, Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly (second term)
Member, Public Accounts Committee, Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly
1984 (for 9 Months)
Minister of State, Tourism, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh
Elected to 8th Lok Sabha
Member, Standing Committee on Tourism
Member, Consultative Committee Ministry of Energy
Deputy Chief Whip, Congress Party in Rajya Sabha
President, All India Mahila Congress
Member, Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly (third term)
Cabinet Minister, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh
Chairman, Estimates Committee
Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
31 Aug. 2009
Member, Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice
23 Sep. 2009
Chairperson, Committee on Empowerment of Women
Special Interests
Reading and working on computer
Sports and Clubs
Horse riding and tennis
Favourite Pastimes and Recreation
Listening to music and looking after animals
Countries Visited
Other Information
Patron, Maharaja Sansar Chand Memorial Degree College, Thural, Himachal Pradesh; Joint Secretary, All India Congress; Gen. Secretary, All India Mahila Congress;Member, (i)All India Animal Welfare Board; (ii) All India Social Welfare Board; (iii) Wildlife Board, April, 2010; and (iv) Indian Council of World Affairs, June, 2010

Detailed Profile: Shri Manish Tewari

Shri Manish Tewari
Constituency from which I am elected
Father's Name
Late Dr. (Shri) Vishwanath Tewari, Ex. M.P
Mother's Name
Dr. (Mrs.) Amrit Kaur
Date of Birth
08 Dec 1965
Birth Place
Maritial Status
Date of Marriage
12 Mar 1996
Spouse Name
Mrs. Naaznin B. Shafa
No. of Children
No.of Sons:0   No.of Daughters:1
State Name
Party Name
Indian National Congress
Permanent Address
228 - A, Sarabha Nagar, Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana - 141 003PunjabTels. (0161) 2450009 Fax: (0161) 2451009
Present Address
C - I/3, Lodhi Garden,New Delhi - 110 003Tels. (011) 24644627, 24644628 Fax.(011) 24658384
Email id
Educational Qualifications
B.A. (Hons.) Economics, LL.B. Educated at Punjab University, Chandigarh and University of Delhi, Delhi
Positions Held
College Unit President, National Students` Union of India (NSUI), DAV College, Chandigarh
General Secretary, NSUI, Chandigarh
Vice President and Officiating President, DAV College, Chandigarh General Secretary, NSUI, Punjab
Oct. 1984
Joint Secretary, National Committee, NSUI
May 1985
General Secretary, National Committee, NSUI
National President, NSUI
Member, All India Congress Committee (AICC)
President, International Union of Students
Secretary, All India Congress Committee (AICC)
National President, Indian Youth Congress (IYC)
Jul. 2004
Secretary, All India Congress Committee (AICC)
Feb. 2008
National Spokesperson, All India Congress Committee
May 2009
Elected to 15th Lok Sabha
6 Aug. 2009
31 Aug. 2009
Member, Standing -Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice
Sep. 2009
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Defence
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Law and Justice
Nov. 2009
Member, Committee on Regional Direct Taxes Advisory, Ministry of Finance
Social and Cultural Activities
Pro bono legal assistance to the poor, watching historical and period movies, reflection and pondering.
Sports and Clubs
Swimming and running; and captained the Chandigarh and Punjab University teams to various National and Inter Varsity Swimming and Water Polo Championships
Favourite Pastimes and Recreation
An avid reader of world history, military history, international affairs, strategic studies and comics
Countries Visited
Austria,Bhutan,Brazil, China, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Lands, Egypt, DPR Korea, France,Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Namibia,Nepal, Russia,Slovakia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, UAE, United Kingdom and USA
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Detailed Profile Of Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

NameShri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury 
Constituency from which I am electedBaharampur
Father's NameLate Shri Niranjan Chowdhury
Mother's NameLate Smt. Saraju Bala Chowdhury
Date of Birth02 Apr 1956
Birth PlaceBerhampore, Distt. Murshidabad (West Bengal)
Maritial StatusMarried
Date of Marriage15 Sep 1987
Spouse NameSmt. Arpita Chowdhury
No. of ChildrenNo.of Sons:0   No.of Daughters:1
State NameWest Bengal
Party NameIndian National Congress
Permanent Address26/1/A Sahid Surya Sen Road, Gonbazar, Berhampore,Distt. Murshidabad West Bengal
Present Address9, Harish Chandra Mathur Lane,New Delhi - 110 001Tel. (011) 23354920, 09868180498 (M)
Email idadhir[at]sansad[dot]nic[dot]in
Educational QualificationsUnder Matriculate Educated at I.C. Institute, Berhampore,West Bengal
Positions Held
1996-99Member, West Bengal Legislative Assembly
1999Elected to 13th Lok Sabha
1999-2000Member, Committee on Information Technology
Member, Railway Convention Committee
Member, Committee to Review the Rate of Dividend Payable by the Railway Undertaking to the General Revenues
2000-2004Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of External Affairs
2004Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
Member, Committee on Estimates
Member, Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of External Affairs
1 May 2008Member, Financial Committee on Estimates
5 Aug. 2007Member, Committee on Transport, Tourism & Culture
2009Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
9 Jun. 2009Member, House Committee
6 Aug 2009Member, Committee on Estimates
31 Aug. 2009Member, Committee on Energy
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Food Processing
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of External Affairs
1 May 2010Member, Committee on Estimates
Social and Cultural ActivitiesRendering service to the poor in the form of blood donation, flood relief and drought relief by setting up a club for the purpose; runs a public library
Sports and ClubsCricket and Football
Favourite Pastimes and RecreationTravelling and reading
Countries VisitedBhutan and Nepal
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