Nirmala Sitharamantakes charge as new Defence Minister of India

Updated: Sep 07, 2017, 22:08 IST

Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday assumed office as new Defence Minister of India. Sitharaman earlier held Commerce and Industries portfolio in the Narendra Modi-led government and was promoted to the post of Defence Minister during the third reshuffle of Modi cabinet. Sitharaman is the first full-time woman Defence Minister of the country. Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi also held the defence portfolio as additional charge