India appoints new defense minister in cabinet reshuffle-source

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 03, 2017 5:15 AM

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday appointed Nirmala Sitharaman as defense minister in a cabinet reshuffle, in a bid to speed up development work as he comes under pressure to deliver on election promises in the final 20 months of his term.

A senior official in the president's office said "Nirmala Sitharaman will be handling defense portfolio".

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was holding defense portfolio earlier, while Sitharaman was trade minister.

(Reporting by Rupam Jain; Editing by Himani Sarkar)