Anurag Thakur: News

Anurag Thakur is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician and a four-time Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh. HAs of 2021, he is the Minister of Information & Broadcasting as well as Youth & Sports Affairs in the Government of India. Thakur did his BA from Doaba College, Punjab. Son of BJP leader and former two-time Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Prem Kumar Dhumal, Thakur contested elections for the first time in the 2008 Hamirpur Lok Sabha bypoll and won. He has successfully retained the seat from 2008 onwards and won the 2019 election with a record margin, defeating Congress's Ram Lal Thakur. He was the President of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) from 2011 to 2016. Earlier the Chairman of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), he took over as the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) chief in 2016, but was sacked from the post in 2017 by the Supreme Court of India for having failed to carry out the required reforms in the sports body and for not satisfying the criteria for the top office as set out by the court earlier. Thakur had worked as MoS for Finance & Corporate Affairs during 2019-21.

02 Jul 2024

Rahul Gandhi

'Can expunge as much…': Rahul defends 'truthful' speech in LS 

Congress MP and Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday stood by his Monday's speech in Parliament, saying that his statements were truthful.

01 Jul 2024

Rahul Gandhi

Opposition stages walkout from Lok Sabha over NEET controversy

The deadlock between the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Congress-led Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance in the Parliament persisted on Monday.

01 Jul 2024

Mallikarjun Kharge

As Parliament reconvenes, NEET row likely to take centrestage

When Parliament reconvenes on Monday, heated debates are expected in both houses on various issues, including the NEET paper leak controversy, the Agnipath initiative, and inflation.

28 Jun 2024

Droupadi Murmu

Parliament session: Modi's reply to Motion of Thanks next week

Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Union Minister Anurag Thakur will on Friday introduce the Motion of Thanks for the President's address in the Lok Sabha, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi expected to respond on July 2 (Tuesday).

09 Jun 2024

Narayan Rane

Who is not in Modi 3.0 cabinet 

Ahead of his swearing-in ceremony, Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi hosted a tea meeting at his residence on Sunday.

BJP fields all 6 ex-Congress MLAs in Himachal assembly bypolls

The Bharatiya Janata Party has nominated six former Congress MLAs to contest the upcoming bypolls in Himachal Pradesh, each from the constituencies they previously served.

23 Mar 2024

Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh: 6 ex-Congress MLAs, 3 Independents join BJP

In a major political shift in Himachal Pradesh, six former Congress MLAs and three Independent legislators formally joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday.

Centre bans 18 OTT platforms for 'vulgar content'

India's Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) has blocked 18 OTT platforms like Dreams Films, Voovi, and Yessma, on Thursday for "publishing obscene, vulgar, and, in some instances, pornographic content."

22 Feb 2024

Farmers Protest

'Delhi Chalo' march paused for 2 days after farmer's death

Farmer leaders have put the "Delhi Chalo" march on hold for two days after a protester was killed during clashes with the police at the Haryana-Punjab border.

22 Feb 2024

Narendra Modi

'Committed to farmers,' PM Modi says after sugarcane FRP increase

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that his government is dedicated to fulfilling all promises made to the farmers.

14 Feb 2024

Central Government

Farmers resume 'Delhi Chalo' march after a day of chaos

Protesting farmers resumed their "Delhi Chalo" march on Wednesday, undettered by clashes with the police at the Punjab-Haryana border a day earlier.

15 Jan 2024

Rahul Gandhi

Want to bring peace back to Manipur, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, on Monday, said that his party wants to bring peace back to strife-torn Manipur.

WFI suspension: IOC announces 3-member ad-hoc committee to run affairs

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Wednesday formed an ad-hoc committee to manage the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI)'s affairs.

25 Dec 2023

Sakshee Malikkh

WFI election: Sakshee Malikkh hints at reconsidering retirement decision

Former wrestler Sakshee Malikkh has hinted at reconsidering her recent retirement decision following the dissolution of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI)'s newly-elected governing body on Sunday.

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones to attend Bollywood party: Report

Hollywood stars Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are set to visit India and attend the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. Reportedly, Douglas accepted the invitation during the 76th Cannes Film Festival.

11 Oct 2023

Central Government

Centre unveils Mera Yuva Bharat platform for youth engagement, development

Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur on Wednesday unveiled Mera Yuva Bharat, an autonomous platform for youth development and social engagement.

11 Oct 2023

OTT releases

'Bharat Hain Hum': Anurag Thakur unveils trailer and release date

Union Minister Anurag Thakur recently unveiled the trailer for Krish, Trish and Baltiboy - Bharat Hain Hum, an animated series that shares stories from the Indian freedom struggle.

Centre hikes LPG subsidy for Ujjwala beneficiaries by Rs. 100

The Centre on Wednesday raised Ujjwala subsidy from Rs. 200 to Rs. 300 per LPG cylinder.

03 Oct 2023

Delhi Police

Delhi Police raids NewsClick journalists' homes in China funding case 

The Delhi Police is reportedly carrying out multiple raids at the residences of journalists and employees working with the news outlet NewsClick on Tuesday.

01 Oct 2023

LPG Cylinder

Commercial LPG cylinder price hiked by Rs. 209

The Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), a government-owned oil and gas company, has hiked the price of commercial Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders by Rs. 209 starting Sunday, The Economic Times reported.

26 Sep 2023

Waheeda Rehman

Waheeda Rehman to get Dadasaheb Phalke Award this year

On Tuesday, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Thakur announced that veteran actor Waheeda Rehman will be felicitated with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award this year.

15 Sep 2023

Pakistan News

No cricket with Pakistan until it stops terrorism: Anurag Thakur

Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur said that it has been India's long-standing decision not to engage in bilateral cricket relations with Pakistan until it stops promoting cross-border terrorism.

29 Aug 2023

LPG Cylinder

Centre cuts domestic LPG price by Rs. 200/cylinder

In a major relief for consumers amid the festive season, the central government on Tuesday announced a reduction in the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for domestic use.

Parliament greenlights Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill: What will change for industry

In a significant move to protect the film industry from piracy and unauthorized screenings, Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill 2023—following its approval by Rajya Sabha last Thursday.

Ex-Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee continues to be on ventilator support

Veteran Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPIM) leader and former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee reportedly continued to be on ventilator support at Kolkata's Woodlands Hospital on Sunday.

'Just an eyewash': Anurag Thakur on opposition INDIA's Manipur visit

Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anurag Thakur on Saturday lashed out at the newly-formed opposition bloc Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), saying the opposition leaders never spoke up when Manipur used to "burn" during their rule.

WFI polls: Brij Bhushan, son excluded; son-in-law to represent Bihar

Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) outgoing President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and his son, WFI vice president Karan Bhushan Singh, have been excluded from the electoral college for the upcoming WFI elections.

24 Jul 2023

Christopher Nolan

'Oppenheimer' controversy: I&B Minister Anurag Thakur demands CBFC's accountability 

The recently released Christopher Nolan film Oppenheimer starring Cillian Murphy has come under scrutiny in India following its release over a sex scene featuring Bhagavad Gita.

#IFFI2023: Who's most likely to win Best Web Series Award 

In a historic first, the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will see a separate category for web series, acknowledging the ever-expanding expanse of India's OTT sector.

17 Jul 2023

Igor Stimac

Igor Stimac appeals to Narendra Modi for Asian Games participation

Indian football team head coach Igor Stimac made an emotional appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur to allow the team's participation in the 2023 Asian Games.

Centre bans over 150 'anti-India' YouTube news channels and websites

The Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has removed more than 150 websites and YouTube-based news channels since May 2021.

Police ask wrestlers for pics, video to back allegations: Report

The Delhi Police has reportedly asked the female wrestlers who filed sexual harassment charges against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh to produce videos, pictures, or WhatsApp messages to back their claims.

10 Jun 2023

Sakshee Malikkh

Wrestlers coerced to compromise, minor backtracked under pressure: Sakshee Malikkh

Sakshee Malikkh, one of the top wrestlers protesting against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, said on Saturday that the "minor" complainant changed her statement against him allegedly under pressure.

Probe to complete by June 15: Government assures protesting wrestlers

Top wrestlers, who have been protesting against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, said on Wednesday that the Centre has assured them of the completion of the police investigation by June 15, reported NDTV.

Government ready for discussion with protesting wrestlers: Anurag Thakur

Union Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur in the wee hours of Wednesday tweeted that the government is willing to have a discussion with the wrestlers protesting against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh for alleged sexual harassment.

31 May 2023


Government approves cooperative grain storage program worth Rs. 1L crore

The Centre on Wednesday approved a Rs. 1 lakh crore program to increase the foodgrain storage capacity in India's cooperative sector by 700 lakh tons, said Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur, terming it the world's largest such scheme.

Women wrestlers flag faults in harassment probe, allege intimidation: Report 

At least three women wrestlers—who testified before the government-appointed Oversight Committee—alleged panel members tried to influence them and sought "video or audio proof" of their sexual harassment, The Indian Express reported.

Have faith in law and order: Sports minister to wrestlers

Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has urged the wrestlers protesting against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh to have faith in law and order and end their agitation.

05 May 2023

Delhi Police

Allow police to complete probe: Anurag Thakur to protesting wrestlers

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur stated on Friday that the Delhi Police were conducting an unbiased probe into the sexual harassment allegations against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) head Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

03 May 2023

Vinesh Phogat

Anurag Thakur tried to hush up matter: Wrestler Vinesh Phogat

Ace wrestler Vinesh Phogat on Tuesday claimed that complaints related to sexual harassment had been hushed up by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) in the past, and Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur did the same.

28 Apr 2023

Bajrang Punia

Sports minister only spent 2-4 minutes with us: Protesting wrestlers

Olympic medalist and renowned wrestler Bajrang Punia on Thursday dismissed Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur's claims that he spent 12 hours with the protesting wrestlers to discuss the matter.

Wrestlers complain against WFI chief, no FIR yet; resume protest

Seven women wrestlers lodged a complaint in Delhi against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, accusing him of sexual harassment, reported The Indian Express on Sunday.

Anurag Thakur slams NYT for op-ed on Kashmir's press freedom

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Friday lashed out at news outlet The New York Times, also known as NYT, for its recent opinion piece on freedom of the press in Kashmir.

16 Feb 2023


Day 3: I-T Department questioned BBC over financial transactions, subsidiaries 

The Income Tax Department's alleged survey at the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) offices in Delhi and Mumbai entered its third day on Thursday.

WFI President Brij Bhushan to step aside until probe ends

Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur revealed on Friday that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh would step down as the president of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) amid the allegations of sexual misconduct against him and his associates.