SMRITI IRANI

  • Education policy: States raise concern over no-detention till Class 8 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Some states have expressed concern over the controversial no-detention policy up to Class-VIII, saying it has led to a sharp fall in academic exercise, at a high-level meeting on the proposed National Education Policy, consultations for which are expected to be over by December. At a meeting of state...
  • Sharad Yadav regrets remarks on Smriti Irani, says has a lot of respect March 18, 2015

    After much controversy, Rajya Sabha member Sharad Yadav on Wednesday expressed regret over his retort to Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani. The issue was raised by Leader of House Arun Jaitley, who asked Yadav to clarify on his remarks reported in the newspapers while these have been expunged from...
  • Anil Kakodkar resigns as Chairman of board of Governors of IIT-Bombay March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: Nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar has resigned as the chairman of the board of governors of IIT Bombay apparently because of differences with the HRD Ministry over selection of some IIT directors. Kakodkar, whose tenure was supposed to come to an end in May this year has, however, agreed to...
  • Woman MPs demand apology over sexist remarks but Sharad Yadav defiant March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Sexist comments made by Janata Dal United chief Sharad Yadav last week created uproar in Parliament with women MPs demanding an apology from him. A defiant Yadav, however, refused to apologise claiming that he never disrespected women. "I want to say that in India, women with dark complexion...
  • Bullet News: Catch the day's top stories March 12, 2015

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  • India @ 9 with Zakka Jacob March 12, 2015

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  • News 360: CNN-IBN reveals identity of AgustaWestland kingpin in VVIP chopper deal March 12, 2015

    In the latest development in the VVIP chopper deal, CNN-IBN on Thursday revealed the identity of AgustaWestland kingpin. The picture of middleman Christian Michel has been revealed for the first time. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has started tracking down the trail from Dubai to Delhi and also began tracking...
  • Irani, Hema Malini, Najma dropped from BJP National Executive March 12, 2015

    New Delhi: Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Najma Heptuallah and film-star-turned MP Hema Malini were on Thursday dropped from the BJP National Executive as party President Amit Shah reconstituted one of the top party panels inducting new entrants Suresh Prabhu and Birender Singh who are also ministers at the Centre. Shah...
  • Evil of female foeticide needs to be eradicated: Smriti Irani March 9, 2015

    Raipur: Strongly denouncing the practice of female foeticide prevailing in the country, Union Minister Smriti Irani on Monday stressed that people need to change their mindset towards women. "It is an irony that we worship goddess Maa Durga for nine days during Navratri, but the evil of female foeticide is still...
  • Commercial benefit from Nirbhaya documentary will stir up protest:Smriti Irani March 8, 2015

    Raipur: Expressing displeasure over the controversial BBC documentary 'India's Daughter', Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Sunday said that deriving "commercial benefits" out of a brutal incident would definitely trigger an outrage in the country. "I feel that the kind of outrage evoked after that (December 16, 2012 gangrape) incident, today...
  • Sanskrit being popularised in CBSE-affiliated schools abroad says Smriti Irani March 4, 2015

    New Delhi: Sanskrit is not only being popularised in schools in the country but also abroad in all CBSE-affliated schools, the government on Wednesday said. "Yes," said HRD Minister Smriti Irani in a written reply in Lok Sabha on whether the government is taking steps to popularise Sanskrit language in schools...
  • Over Rs 4800 crore released as scholarships to minority students says Smriti Irani March 2, 2015

    New Delhi: The government on Monday said it has released Rs 4,860.50 crore funds as sholarships to students belonging to minority community in three years including the current fiscal. During the period, Rs 2,812.02 crore funds were released under the pre-matric, Rs 1,309.91 crore under the post-matric and Rs...
  • Cut in education budget due to higher tax devolution to states: Smriti Irani March 2, 2015

    New Delhi: The huge cut of 16 per cent in the education sector for 2015-16 has been attributed to the higher tax devolution to the states as has been recommended by the Finance Commission. The Union Budget presented for 2015-16 has proposed Rs 69,074 crore as against Rs 82,771 allocated...
  • Over 2 per cent cut in education budget; new IITs, IIMs to be set up February 28, 2015

    New Delhi: The education sector saw over a two per cent cut in the outlay announced in the Union Budget on Saturday, even as the government proposed to set up new IITs and IIMs in some states. The slash in the education sector as compared to the revised allocation in 2014-15...
  • Union Budget 2015: Shashi Tharoor calls it anti-poor, Smriti Irani says pro-people February 28, 2015

    Soon after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the first full-fledged budget of the Narendra Modi government in Parliament, the Congress and the BJP reacted on the budget. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said that this budget is anti-poor, while BJP leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani said this...
  • Union Budget 2015: It is pro-poor, Opposition has lost it, say NDA ministers February 28, 2015

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's Cabinet colleagues have praised him for the Union Budget 2015 calling historical, pro-poor and visionary. Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted half-a-dozen tweets applauding the Budget. "Union Budget 2015 is a Budget with a clear vision. It is a Budget that is progressive, positive, practical, pragmatic...
  • This Budget was all about words, rhetoric: Congress February 28, 2015

    "This Budget was all about words, rhetoric," said Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. On the other hand, Smriti Irani said that the Budget was pro-people. "Budget is not just corporate-friendly. The opposition is doing nothing but spreading misinformation," she said. ...
  • Delhi elections: To preempt Smriti Irani, BJP declared Kiran Bedi as CM candidate February 18, 2015

    New Delhi: In order to preempt Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani, former IPS officer Kiran Bedi was projected in a huff as the Bharatiya Janata Party's chief ministerial candidate for the February 7 Delhi Assembly elections. According to sources in the RSS, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in favour of making...
  • Book stalls to be set up at railway stations, airports February 14, 2015

    New Delhi: To encourage people to read books, HRD Ministry would approach the Railway and the Civil Aviation ministries to set up book stalls of National Book Trust (NBT) on platforms and in airports. "We will get in touch with the Railway and the Civil Aviation ministries to enable NBT...
  • Delhi: Holy Child Auxilium school's office vandalised, police suspect case of theft February 13, 2015

    New Delhi: In yet another case of vandalism in the national capital, a school in south Delhi Holy Child Auxilium has allegedly been attacked. Around Rs eight thousand have been stolen from the school's office in the attack. According to prima facie evidence, the police is considering it to be a...
  • Programme to help 1 lakh children resume their education, says Smriti Irani February 1, 2015

    Mumbai: Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Sunday said the Rotary Club of India has partnered with her ministry to help one lakh children, who had stopped going to school due to various reasons, to continue with their education. "The HRD Ministry will undertake the initiative to ensure that one...
  • Don't let AAP make backdoor entry this time: Smriti Irani January 31, 2015

    New Delhi: In a scathing attack on AAP, Union Minister Smriti Irani on Friday asked the people of Delhi not to let the party, which has "now itself become a problem" make a "backdoor entry" in the upcoming election. "You people must show the same enthusiasm as you had shown during...
  • Delhi elections: 150 AAP members join BJP at Smriti Irani rally January 29, 2015

    New Delhi: Over 150 members of Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday joined BJP at a rally in Shakur Basti attended by Union Minister Smriti Irani over "resentment" against the local AAP candidate Satyendra Jain. The local joint-convener of AAP, Bhuwan Sharma led the breakaway group. Later, addressing the rally, Irani...
  • Washed utensils in hotel 15 years back, reveals Smriti Irani January 7, 2015

    New Delhi: Stressing the dignity of labour, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday told a conference of state education ministers that she had washed utensils 15 years back at a hotel in Mumbai. She referred to Prime Minister's Narendra Modi's emphasis on giving importance to skills and said no...
  • IIT Delhi faculty asks Director to withdraw resignation December 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The IIT Delhi faculty forum on Tuesday requested Director R Shevgaonkar to withdraw his resignation over which a controversy had erupted, describing him as a man of "dignity and integrity". The request came even as Chairman of the IIT-D's Board of Governors Vijay Bhatkar met HRD Minister Smriti Irani. "The...
  • IIT Delhi director quits over payment of dues to Subramanian Swamy; HRD Ministry issues denial December 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The Union Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry is in the midst of another controversy as IIT Delhi director Raghunath K Shevgaonkar has quit. While reports said Shevgaonkar resigned as he was facing pressure to give IIT land for a Sachin Tendulkar cricket academy and over pending dues of...
  • IIT Delhi director quits over land to Tendulkar cricket academy, dues to Subramanian Swamy December 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The Union Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry is in the midst of another controversy as IIT Delhi director Raghunath K Shevgaonkar has quit. Reports said Shevgaonkar resigned as he was facing pressure to give IIT land for a Sachin Tendulkar cricket academy and over pending dues of BJP leader...
  • Schools to remain closed on Christmas, says CBSE December 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Close on the heels of the controversy surrounding the observance of good governance day on Christmas day, the Central Board of Secondary Education on Monday made it clear that participation in the event was "voluntary" as schools will remain closed on that day and essays would be submitted...
  • PMO note to ministers suggests Christmas could be a working day for government departments December 22, 2014

    New Delhi: If a consensus is arrived at among the ministers, Christmas this year may well become a working day for BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) is learnt to have sent out a wish list to the ministers saying they consider making Christmas, which...
  • Modi has taken up with Brtain at highest level students visa norms: Smriti Irani December 22, 2014

    New Delhi: India on Monday said that it has taken up with Britain at the highest level the issue of dwindling students outflow to that country due to British government's new policies. Apparently referring to the issue of stringent visa norms for students, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said in Rajya...