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New Delhi: Manmohan Singh and 19 newly elected members of Parliament took oath as ministers in a simple ceremony at the President’s house on Friday. The Cabinet includes new entrants like former Karnataka chief minister S.M.Krishna, former J&K CM Ghulam Nabi Azad, Veerappa Moily, and C P Joshi. Heavyweights like Pranab Mukherjee, P.Chidambaram and others from the previous government are likely to retain their portfolios.

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/Content/Videos/2009-05-23/2205_WIR_MINT_TV.flv7790564c-46e8-11de-a574-000b5dabf636.flvThe success of the Congress in the general elections came as a surprise, even to the party itself. And with its victory came offers of unsolicited support from political parties like the SP and the BSP and other smaller groups, taking the Congress strength in Parliament to well over three hundred. Meanwhile with a far worse than expected results, the BJP is consoling itself, saying it’s now the only real opposition to the Congress.

In international news, it’s the end of the LTTE, but peace for Lankan Tamils may still be far away. With the death of LTTE chief V. Prabhakaran, is looking forward to a time of peace. Its military victory over the Tigers is not seen as a lasting solution to the Tamil problem in the country. The root of the issue, the hostility faced by the Lankan Tamils continues. And while President Mahinda Rajapaksa has pledged to resettle most of the 300, 000 Tamils displaced by the war within six months, he may find that this is easier said than done.

And Jet Airways has been allowed by the aviation ministry to expand its services to West Asia. With some six million Indians estimated to be working in the region, the airline was quick to expand into the lucrative routes. But while Jet’s rival Kingfisher does not operate in West Asia yet, large carriers expanding into the region would make the going tough for smaller carriers such as SpiceJet, which are also looking to fly international routes next year.

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