This is the second time that Smriti Irani has been moved from a key ministry as she was earlier shifted from the HRD Ministry to the relatively low-profile Textile Ministry.
Besides this, Union sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore was given additional charge of the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry which was till now under Smriti Irani.
The 15th Asia Media Summit, held in India for the first time, was hosted by two autonomous bodies of the I&B Ministry. The three-day summit ended on Saturday.
India is expected to have nearly 969 million Internet users in the next three years, Irani said. “This is the time to put laws, ethics and rules into place which helps us balance out the industry, so that we don’t have one dominant player,” she said.
Avengers: Infinity War: Much like most Marvel films, the latest movie had a snippet at the end after the credits rolled out. Turns out that the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani also waits for it.
The I&B Ministry was forced to issue a fresh termination order on April 24 removing Paragraph 2 in the first sacking order of February 27 which had cited irregularities and “failure to adhere to prescribed procedures” by Gupta as reasons for firing her from the post of NFDC Managing Director.
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The Delhi Police have filed a chargesheet against four people for allegedly stalking Union Minister Smriti Irani last year while she was returning to her residence in Chanakyapuri in the national capital from the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
The proposal was moved by the Smriti Irani led I&B Ministry. Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala alleged that Smriti Irani wanted to now know what shows people watch within the four walls of their bedrooms.
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The ten-member committee will be headed by the I&B Secretary.
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Sources said that the PMO was “not consulted” and was unaware of Irani’s directive until it became public. “A fuming Prime Minister told his office to direct the I&B Ministry to withdraw the directive with immediate effect,” said an official.
Before this week, governments have pushed the narrative of ‘fake’ or ‘false’ news earlier in 1982, 1988, and 2017. The circumstances and fallouts of attempts at putting curbs on journalists have several similarities. A recall of the battles for media freedom in India.