India's Modi expands cabinet, expected to name new defense minister

November 9, 2014 2:22 PM

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India's Modi expands cabinet, expected to name new defense minister

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi beefed up his cabinet on Sunday, adding four ministers in a move likely to free Finance Minister Arun Jaitley from the defense portfolio to focus on the budget and reforms to revive the economy.

Including junior ministers, Modi added a total of 21 new names into his team. There was no official confirmation of which posts were filled, but former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar was tipped to become defense minister.

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