A full day's work for PM Modi

A full day's work for PM Modi

A full day's work for PM Modi

On his first day as  Prime Minister, Narendra Modi held back-to-back discussions with Saarc leaders, presided over his first Cabinet meeting and took time out to make a courtesy call on his predecessor, Manmohan Singh.

Modi, known to be an early riser, reached his office at the South Block at 9 am. After stepping into the Prime Minister's office for the first time, he offered flowers to a picture of Mahatma Gandhi.

Later, he signed a few papers, which included his "first decision" after taking over - an announcement of relief of Rs 2 lakh each for the families of those killed and Rs. 50,000 for those seriously injured in Tuesday's train accident in Uttar Pradesh.

During his meeting with officials, Modi was keen to know more about climate change and sought details of weather reports as well as El Nino, which may affect India's monsoon this year, according to meteorologists

His first tweet of the day was a tribute to India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who died this day, 50 years ago.

The highlight of the day was, of course, his talks with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other Saarc leaders who had attended the swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday at Mr Modi's invitation.

Besides Sharif, Modi held bilateral meetings with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, Maldives President Yameen Gayoom, Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa, Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Mauritius PM Navin Ramgoolam, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and Bangladesh Speaker Shirin Chaudhury.