New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held his first official engagement after bypass surgery, about a month before the country goes in to elections that will decide whether he returns to the post. Singh met President Thomas Boni Yayi of Benin on Wednesday morning at his residence in New Delhi.
The prime minister, 76, returned home from hospital on 1 February after his 24 January operation.
President accepts Oscar’s resignation
New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil has accepted the resignation of labour minister Oscar Fernandes from the Union council of ministers.
Fernandes has quit as part of the Congress party’s strategy to draft in Union ministers for full-time party work in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls.
Minister of state for statistics and programme Implementation G.K. Vasan has been given the additional charge of the labour and employment portfolio, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communiqué.