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POCSO amendments passed in Lok Sabha

The Bill was unanimously passed in the Lok Sabha in a rare show of consensus with the only exception being AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi, who opposed the death penalty clause.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Smriti Irani get front row seats in House, Rahul Gandhi stays in second

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari already occupy front seats. Prasad and Irani were members of the Rajya Sabha earlier. Sawant belongs to the Shiv Sena.

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Azam Khan's 'sexist' remark: House unites for action, Speaker to meet all party leaders

"This is a blot on all legislators including men. We cannot remain silent spectators to it. We have to speak in one voice that this is unacceptable," Smriti Irani said.

Death penalty for child sex assault: Rajya Sabha nod to POCSO amendments

Smriti Irani thanked members for their cooperation and also moved an amendment in deference to their wishes, urging state governments to be mindful of the condition of juvenile homes as pointed out by MPs.

POCSO amendment Bill for stricter penalties moved in Rajya Sabha

Moving the Bill, Irani said that she has risen to speak to the children who “are not vote banks but the foundation of a New India” and said that they “seek protection and security” from the legislators.

Sexual harassment at work: a few states see bulk of cases

In 2015, a large proportion of the 119 cases was registered in just three states — Delhi (36), Telangana (32) and Maharashtra (27), whose respective counts dropped to 9, 8 and 11 in 2016.

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Bill on death penalty for child sex abuse introduced in Rajya Sabha

Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani introduced the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill 2019, that seeks to amend the existing POCSO law of 2012.

After poll debacle, Rahul Gandhi to make first visit to Amethi on July 10

Amethi — the erstwhile stronghold of the grand old party —  was bagged by Smriti Irani by more than 52,000 votes as BJP made inroads into Congress bastions across the country. 

Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi: 19 years later, here's what I remember of the show

The favourite Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi plot point was plastic surgery. Whenever an actor decided to leave, his/her character met with an accident, was declared dead and returned after a few episodes with a new face.

19 years of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi: How the show changed the face of Indian television

We don't think any serial would ever manage to surpass Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi's popularity. For more than a show, it is an emotion that one has to experience.

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Big fight: Rahul Gandhi, Nitin Gadkari, Kanhaiya Kumar among key candidates

Spread across seven phases, the bitterly contested Lok Sabha election spanned from April 11 to May 19. As the results start pouring in, let's take a look at some of the prominent candidates.

Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections: Ahmed Patel wins, a look at all that happened

The Election Commission of India (ECI) invoked Article 324 of the Constitution to revoke the decision of its Returning Officer (RO) in the state and declare invalid the votes cast by two Congress MLAs.

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Textiles Minister Smriti Irani gets additional charge of Information and Broadcasting Ministry

With Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu now NDA’s Vice-Presidential nominee, his two ministerial portfolios have been given to Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Smriti Zubin Irani.

February Top Pictures: JNU protest, Jaitley's budget, Thane mass murder

JNU protest, Arun Jaitley's budget, Thane mass murder - Take a look at the top happenings in the month of February.

Massive landslide in Darjeeling, Indonesian plane crash, Digital India Launch

Narendra Modi launches Digital India campaign; Massive Landslide In Darjeeling, 38 Feared dead; Indonesian Air Force Plane Crashes, 100 Feared dead.

AAP protests in Delhi, demands Smriti, Sushma, Vasundhara's resignation

Aam Aadmi Party activists stage a protest against BJP leaders Smriti Irani, Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje and Pankaja Munde in New Delhi.

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Christian school allegedly vandalised in south Delhi, alumnus Smriti Irani stops over

The incident took place at Holy Child Auxilium School following which the school was shut.

Smriti Irani, Raj Thackeray hold rallies as Maharashra poll campaign intensifies

Ahead of the Assembly polls, HRD Minister Smriti Irani addressed a public meeting for BJP candidates in Kolhapur on Wednesday (October 8).

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Smriti Irani participate in 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Smriti Irani were seen participating in 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’.

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Will you take sanitary napkins soaked in blood to a friend’s home: Smriti Irani on Sabarimala row

Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani was once again in the spotlight on Monday when, during a conference, she said that if you don't go to friend's house in a blood-soaked sanitary napkin, would you do the same going to a God's house?

MJ Akbar and the #MeToo campaign: A timeline

Junior minister MJ Akbar has filed a case of criminal defamation against Priya Ramani, the first woman to have publicly accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour. Here's a timeline the case so far.

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MJ Akbar better positioned to speak on allegations of sexual harassment: Smriti Irani

At a FICCI event in Mumbai, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said the junior minister was better positioned to speak on the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by at least 7 women journalists.

Four years of the Modi government: In education, what the HRD ministry did, is doing and failed to do

Here’s what the many ministry of the HRD ministry did with education, in our series The Last Lap. 

Education Policy: Make Our Report Public Or I Will, TSR Subramanian To Smriti Irani

Former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian wrote to HRD Minister Smriti Irani today asking her to make public his panel’s report containing suggestions for the new national education policy — or else he will. Subramanian was the chairperson of the five-member committee entrusted with the responsibility of assimilating feedback collected by the HRD Ministry through grassroots […]

Smriti Irani left despite ‘begging’ with folded hands, says daughter of accident victim

TWO DAYS after Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s cavalcade was allegedly involved in an accident that left one dead and two injured, the victim’s family has alleged that Irani ignored their pleas to take them to a hospital. Sandali Nagar, the 13-year-old daughter of Dr Ramesh Nagar who was killed, said she requested Irani to […]

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Vemula suicide: Doctor rejects Irani's claim about scholar's death

Hyderabad, Feb 26 (ANI): The on-duty Chief Medical Officer M. Rajshree, who confirmed Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula's death, has repudiated HRD Minister Smriti Irani's assertion in the Parliament, saying she had reached the scene in three-five minutes. She further said that a group of students took her to the room where Rohith had attempted suicide and the police asked her if she could predict the time of Vemula's death. Irani on Wednesday pointed out that according to a report submitted to the Telangana High Court, the police had reached the hospital at 7:20 pm when they found the body.

I attended Mahishasura event in JNU: BJP MP

New Delhi, Feb 26 (ANI): Confirming his attendance at the ‘Mahishasura festival’ of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in 2011, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Udit Raj on Friday said that he changed his thoughts after joining the saffron party. Raj further stated that Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani’s remarks on the Mahishasura event were political and he attended the event as an activist then. Irani had yesterday created a huge uproar in the Rajya Sabha by reading out a document on the Mahishasur Puja, observed on the JNU campus every October since 2011.

Irani slams Rahul Gandhi over Rohith Vemula case

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Accusing the main opposition of practicing "political opportunism" Union Human Resource and Development Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday sought to know as to where was Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi when more than 600 students died during the Telangana movement. Irani said "Today I am being accused of discrimination. One student dies and there is political battle over it. In my 20 months as minister, I have served my country, people without any prejudice. I did my duty, and I won't apologise for it," said Irani in response to Vemula's suicide in Parliament's Budget Session. She added "I have been accused that with which authority, do I to write letters Universities? Just because I contested from Amethi, you would crucify me."

Strict action will be taken: Rajnath on JNU issue

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Speaking about an event at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that whatever happened at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was inappropriate. He said strict action will be taken against the anti-national elements. He added that if anyone raises anti-India slogans and tries to raise question on nation's unity and integrity, they would not be spared. Union Minister for Human Resource and Development (HRD) Smriti Irani also echoed similar sentiments, saying that academic institutions have the responsibility of following principles and thereby it should be kept in mind that institutions are respected. She added, “Nation can never tolerate any insult to Mother India:”

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