1. Modi Cabinet: 37 Ministers Are Out, 24 New Faces in Team, Average Age Below 60Exactly a week after he led the BJP to a decisive victory in the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his second term after being administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan Thursday evening, 30 May.Modi was sworn in along with a 57-member Council of Ministers that included his trusted lieutenant and BJP president Amit Shah, and a surprise entrant, former foreign secretary S Jaishankar, as Cabinet ministers.Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj missed out on a place in the new government, as did 36 others from the previous Council of Ministers. Among those excluded are Suresh Prabhu, Maneka Gandhi, Uma Bharti, Mahesh Sharma, Radha Mohan Singh, Rajyavardhan Rathore, Jayant Sinha, Jual Oram and Ram Kripal Yadav.(Source: The Indian Express)Shah, Jaishankar among 19 first-time ministers in Modi government2. Gujarat to Centre: How Modi-Shah Partnership Will Shape Govt, PartyThe induction of BJP president Amit Shah into the government is set to introduce the Modi-Shah partnership, widely credited for the BJP’s electoral gains in the last five years, into the government as well.Shah is the third person after Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari to bring his political experience of having served as BJP president into the government.However, his proximity and the long association with Prime Minister Narendra Modi since their days in Gujarat sets him apart from his senior colleagues in the Cabinet. Though the portfolios for ministers have not been announced, Prime Minister Narendra Modi clearly signalled his political weight in the government by placing him as second-most senior in the ministerial pecking order just after Rajnath Singh, Home Minister in the previous government.(Source: The Indian Express)Amit Shah to Smriti Irani, Who’ll Get What in Modi Cabinet 2.0?3. Mamata Leads Sit-In Protest, Alleges Attacks on Trinamool WorkersWest Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday led a sit-in protest against the alleged attacks on her Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers in Barrackpore. She blamed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the attacks.“I hate and despise the BJP. I will wrest Barrackpore. You [BJP] will not win a single seat in the 2021 Assembly polls,’’ he said.Banerjee’s sit-in came a day after she opted out of Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony in Delhi on Thursday after relatives of BJP workers allegedly killed in political violence in Bengal were invited for the ceremony.Barrackpore was one of the 14 seats in West Bengal that the BJP won in Lok Sabha elections following a bitter campaign.(Source: Hindustan Times)Met With ‘Jai Shri Ram’ Chants, Mamata Says ‘Will Skin You Alive’4. INX Media Case: Special Court to Decide if Indrani Mukerjea Can Turn ApproverThe matter pertaining to former director of INX Media, Indrani Mukerjea, who has sought a Delhi court’s approval to turn approver in an alleged corruption case against her company and involving Congress MP Karti Chidambaram, will now be heard by a special court.District Judge OP Saini on Thursday transferred the matter to Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj, who sought time to peruse the case file and listed it for hearing on 7 June.The approver application was heard on Wednesday by a CBI special judge, who sent the matter to the District Judge to mark it to the designated court which has the authority to deal with MPs and MLAs.(Source: The Indian Express)Court Reserves Order on Granting Pardon to Indrani Mukerjea5. Woman, 4-Yr-Old son Killed in Central Delhi HouseAn unknown assailant murdered a 26-year-old woman and her four-year-old son in central Delhi’s Prem Nagar on Thursday evening, 30 May. The woman’s husband was reportedly away at work at the time of the incident.Confirming the developments, DCP (central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said that the victims have been identified as Roopa Devi and Rocky. A case under IPC Section 302 (murder) has been registered.The incident came to the fore at 7:03 pm when the police control room received a call about a boy’s body hanging in his house in gali number 1, Prem Nagar. Six minutes later, while a police team was on the way to the crime spot, they got another call about a woman and her son being murdered in the same locality.(Source: The Times of India)6. Delhi BJP’s Website Hacked, Party ProbesThe official website of BJP’s Delhi unit was hacked on Thursday around the same time PM Narendra Modi and his council of ministers were taking oath of office for a second term. Several pages of the website were replaced with recipes of beef dishes, accompanied with a message: Hacked by ‘Shadow_V1P3R’.The navigation bar on homepage of ‘delhi.bjp.org’, official website of the Delhi unit of the party, was edited and the word, BJP, on the scroll down menu was replaced with ‘BEEF’ and ‘BJP History’ was changed to BEEF history. The remaining content on the homepage was left untouched.Sources said the website was closed as soon as hacking was brought to the party’s notice and IT experts were put on job to repair it. Delhi BJP’s media and IT incharge Pratyush Kanth said the party would report the issue to cybercrime cell only after ascertaining that the website was actually taken over by hackers.(Source: The Times of India)Delhi BJP website hacked, shows beef dishes7. Amid Confusion Over Rahul’s Resignation, Cong Goes Off AirAfter being thrashed in the polls, Congress has decided it will not be part of television debates for a month. In the last few years, the party had fought a key part of its battle against BJP from TV studios.AICC spokesman Randeep Surjewala tweeted on Thursday, 30 May, “Congress has decided to not send spokespersons on television debates for a month. All media channels/editors are requested to not place Congress representatives on their shows.”The move appears to be in line with the decision taken by Samajwadi Party, which like Congress was also drubbed by BJP. The buzz in Congress circles is that more opposition parties may follow suit.(Source: The Times of India)‘Look Forward to Working With You’: Cong to PM Modi’s New Cabinet8. Former Foreign Secy Jaishankar Joins NDA CabinetFormer foreign secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar was the surprise addition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet on Thursday, taking oath ahead of several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders who held key posts in the previous government.Jaishankar, the son of one of India’s foremost strategic thinkers, K Subrahmanyam, had joined the Tata Group as president of global corporate affairs after his stint as the foreign secretary from January 2015 to January 2018.He is considered to be very close to the prime minister and was part of a troika with Modi and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval that played a major role in shaping foreign policy in the early years of the last NDA government.(Source: Hindustan Times)Modi 2.0 Cabinet: Amit Shah, S Jaishankar & Other Big Surprises9. Ex-Minister Sushma Swaraj Tweets Farewell Note to PM Modi, Ends With a PrayerSushma Swaraj, India’s foreign minister in the outgoing government, tweeted a ‘Thank you’, note to Prime Minister Narendra Modi after she was not inducted into his new council of ministers.In the tweet, Sushma, 67, thanked him for giving her the opportunity to serve people – Indians and non-resident Indians – and for the respect and courtesy extended to her during the last five years.“I am grateful to you. My only prayer to God is that our government has a glorious run,” Swaraj, who had won millions of admirers for using the micro-blogging site to help out people, said.(Source: Hindustan Times) We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.