A total of 13 ministers are expected to be sworn-in along with Chief Minister-designate Nitish Kumar in the oath-taking ceremony on Monday evening at the Raj Bhawan in Patna. Governor Phagu Chauhan will administer Nitish and others the oath of office and secrecy. The ceremony will be attended by Union minister Amit Shah, and BJP’s national president Amit Shah. This will be Nitish’s fourth consecutive term as the Chief Minister of Bihar. He will take oath as the Bihar CM for a record seventh time in a row. BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi will not be a part of his Cabinet with the BJP announcing Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi to the deputy CMs.
Top aides to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went before a Congressional panel on Wednesday to defend President Donald Trump’s decision to fire the former State Department inspector general while he was investigating weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and allegations that Pompeo misused department funds.
Americans are steadily losing confidence in President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with his net approval on the issue that has dominated the U.S. election hitting a record low in a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.
On Twitter, Trump said, “We should have the small remaining number of our BRAVE Men and Women serving in Afghanistan home by Christmas!”