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.

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.

20 Jan 2023


Wrestlers demand WFI chief's sacking, minister says wait for probe

After a meeting with protesting wrestlers on Thursday night, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur assured them of strict action if any Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) coach or official is found guilty of sexual harassment.

19 Jan 2023

Sexual Harassment

WFI president rings Anurag Thakur to clarify sexual harassment allegations

Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President, reportedly called Sports Minister Anurag Thakur to clarify the recent sexual harassment allegations made against him and the officials of the federation by national and international wrestlers.

23 Dec 2022

Indian Government

Centre blocks several YouTube, social media accounts for spreading misinformation

The Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Thakur, said that the Indian government blocked 104 YouTube channels, 45 videos, four Facebook accounts, three Instagram accounts, five Twitter handles, and six websites.

13 Jul 2022


Free COVID-19 booster doses for adults at government centers: Centre

India will begin administering free COVID-19 precautionary shots to its adult population above the age of 18 starting Friday (July 15) at government centers, Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur announced on Wednesday.

09 Jul 2022

Central Government

Literature outlawed under British rule revived by central government

The Centre has republished a body of writings banned under the British rule in India to mark the 75th year of Independence.

04 Jun 2022


I&B Ministry orders removal of controversial Layer'r Shot advertisement

The Information & Broadcasting Ministry has taken cognizance of the controversial Layer'r Shot deo advertisement and ordered its suspension.

No curbs on news media in Jammu & Kashmir: Centre

Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur on Thursday informed Parliament that no restrictions on any news media were imposed by the Centre in Jammu & Kashmir.

23 Aug 2021


Anti-India, absurd: Anurag Thakur on Mehbooba Mufti's Taliban remarks

Union Minister Anurag Thakur has termed "anti-India" and "absurd" PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti's statement referring to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan to call upon the Centre to restore Jammu and Kashmir's special status.

20 Aug 2021

Himachal Pradesh

Centre prepared to tackle possible COVID-19 third wave: Anurag Thakur

The Centre is fully ready to tackle a possible third wave of COVID-19 and a provision of Rs. 23,123 has been made for this purpose, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said on Friday.

12 Aug 2021

Tokyo Paralympics

National Sports Awards function delayed to include paralympians

The National Sports Awards function, which is held on August 29 every year, has been pushed back since the government wants the selection panel to consider the performances of para-athletes competing in the Tokyo Paralympics.

14 Jul 2021

Dearness Allowance

Dearness Allowance for government employees hiked from July 1

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a hike in the Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) for employees of the central government and pensioners.

15 May 2020

Nirmala Sitharaman

Day 3: Nirmala Sitharaman announces stimulus for agriculture, allied activities

On the third day of addressing the press on the Rs. 20 lakh crore package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today focused on agriculture and allied activities.

14 May 2020

Narendra Modi

Migrant workers to get free-food for next two months: Sitharaman

Addressing media for the second straight day on the economic package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today's announcement revolves around migrant workers, small farmers, street vendors, etc.

13 May 2020

Narendra Modi

MSMEs to get Rs. 3 lakh crore collateral-free loan: Sitharaman

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressed the media on Wednesday, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Rs. 20 lakh crore package to help the economy, which is suffering due to coronavirus.

'Goli maaro...' slogan raised at Rajiv Chowk station, six detained

The spiteful slogan — Desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maaro sa***n ko, has spilled beyond rallies and public meetings. This was proved today when a bunch of men raised the slogan at the busy Rajiv Chowk metro station, in the heart of Delhi.

26 Feb 2020

Delhi Police

Delhi HC asks police to consider FIRs against BJP leaders

Expressing concern over the recent incidents of violence in the national capital, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday said that they cannot allow a repeat of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

07 Feb 2020

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

High-pitched campaign for Delhi Elections ends. It's voters' turn now!

Noisy loudspeakers, shouty pamphlets, and divisive statements by politicians took over Delhi in the last couple of weeks, but all of that has now come to an end.

03 Feb 2020

Lok Sabha

Ballot over bullet: After inciting violence, Anurag Thakur softens stand

Not long ago, Union Minister Anurag Thakur said that traitors of the country must be shot at, without listing out "who fits in the category".

03 Feb 2020

Lok Sabha

'Goli maarna band karo': Opposition disrupts Anurag Thakur's speech

Anurag Thakur, the Minister of State (Finance), met with resistance in the Lok Sabha today as he stood to speak about pressing matters affecting the country.

Courtesy EC, Anurag Thakur, Parvesh Verma removed as BJP's star-campaigners

Two leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Singh Verma, have been removed as star-campaigners on the order of Election Commission for giving controversial speeches.

29 Jan 2020

Dilip Ghosh

Why aren't protesters at Shaheen Bagh 'dying', wonders BJP leader

The Bharatiya Janata Party's unhealthy obsession with the ongoing protest in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh was reflected again on Tuesday when the chief of party's West Bengal unit, Dilip Ghosh, wondered why agitating "women and children weren't dying".

28 Jan 2020

Delhi High Court

They will rape sisters/daughters: BJP MP on Shaheen Bagh protestors

With election season reaching its peak in Delhi, controversial statements have become the order of the day.

28 Jan 2020

Kapil Mishra

Anurag Thakur's 'Goli Maaro...' chant invites trouble, he remains defiant

Union Minister Anurag Thakur behaved irresponsibly at an election rally when he openly called for shooting the "traitors" of the country.

23 Sep 2019


Meet the 13-year-old who clicked a selfie with Modi, Trump

A thirteen-year-old boy is now making headlines after clicking, what the netizens have dubbed, the 'most powerful selfie.'

Amid economic slowdown, Anurag Thakur faces embarrassment at auto event

On Friday, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur addressed the slowdown in the auto industry at the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) annual summit in New Delhi.

13 Jul 2019

Lok Sabha

Hema Malini sweeps streets, junta finds the photo-op unreal

Actor-turned-politician Hema Malini was caught in a photo-op on Saturday, one which she was clearly unprepared for.

10 Jul 2019

Aadhaar Card

Now, get an e-PAN within 10 minutes: Here's how

In a bid to make it easier and faster to get new Permanent Account Number (PAN) card, the Income Tax department has come up with a plan, under which e-PAN (electronic PAN) cards shall be allotted to applicants instantly, ie. within 10 minutes.

25 Feb 2019


Parliamentary Committee gives Jack Dorsey 10 days to answer questions

On Monday, the Parliamentary Committee on IT met with Twitter's Global Vice President of Public Policy Colin Crowell in lieu of CEO Jack Dorsey.

13 Feb 2019


Is Twitter really biased against right-wing? Let's dig deep

Come election season and lines have been clearly drawn on social media. Before parties send their cadres on streets, millions are doing the same job on Twitter.

19 Dec 2017

Saudi Arabia

Meet the millionaire Independent who defeated Anurag Thakur's father-in-law

One of the most prominent defeats in the Himachal elections was of BJP stalwart Gulab Singh Thakur, Anurag Thakur's father-in-law.

03 Oct 2017

Narendra Modi

Himachal Pradesh: Bhakra Dam oustees to attend PM Modi's rally

PM Narendra Modi is visiting Himachal Pradesh to kickstart BJP's campaign in the poll-bound state with a rally at Bilaspur's Luhnu ground.

07 Jul 2017


SC asks Anurag Thakur to tender unconditional apology

The Supreme Court has asked former BCCI President Anurag Thakur to give a fresh apology in the perjury case. His previous apology has been rejected by the apex court.

07 Mar 2017


Anurag Thakur makes first court appearance in BCCI matter

In his first court appearance in the BCCI matter, former board chief Anurag Thakur stood by as the proceedings witnessed yet another refusal to comply with the SC's orders.

27 Feb 2017


Top BCCI officials meet Srinivasan; come under COA scanner

Board of Control for Cricket in India's treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary and joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary came under scanner of BCCI's Committee of Administrators after they were present at an unauthorized meeting conducted by former BCCI president N Srinivasan.

06 Feb 2017


BCCI: Officials appointed by Anurag Thakur sacked

In a new turn of events at the BCCI, the Supreme Court appointed panel has decided to sack board officials appointed by former president and secretary.

30 Jan 2017


SC appoints new administrative team for BCCI

The Supreme Court today nominated a four-member panel to look after the administration of the BCCI.

24 Jan 2017


SC stays order on naming BCCI administrators

The Supreme Court today held back its order to name the BCCI administrators. The cricketing body said that they also wanted to submit some names as administrators in the cricketing body in a sealed cover.

20 Jan 2017


SC questions BCCI panel over their list of candidates

Supreme Court today raised questions over the names of people submitted by the Amicus Curiae in the BCCI case as to why were there people aged above 70 in the list.

04 Jan 2017


Karnataka State Cricket Association bosses give up the office

Karnataka State Cricket Association President P.R. Ashok Anand, secretary Brijesh Patel and treasurer P. Dayananda Pai have stepped down in wake of the Supreme Court's order.

04 Jan 2017


Not running for BCCI president's post: Sourav Ganguly

Former Indian captain and current Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly said that he is not looking to be the president of BCCI.