Prakash Javadekar: News

Prakash Javadekar is an Indian politician who represents the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Previously, he has served as the Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, and Minister of Information and Broadcasting between 2014-2021. Javadekar was born on January 30, 1951, in Maharashtra and completed his education at the University of Pune. During his college days, he was actively involved in politics and was a member of ABVP. Javadekar participated in student movements against the government during the Emergency declared by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Following this, Javadekar was appointed as the National Secretary in Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, and later he was promoted to the General Secretary position. After BJP won in the 2014 Indian General Election, Javadekar was appointed Minister of State for Environment, Forest, and Climate Change by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also led the Indian delegation to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Javadekar has also written several books and presented more than 300 articles in several newspapers on contemporary issues.

Top CPI(M) leader in hot seat over 'talks' with BJP

Rumors of a meeting between veteran Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader EP Jayarajan and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Kerala incharge Prakash Javadekar have set political circles abuzz.

08 Jul 2023

Narendra Modi

Why PM Modi's Telangana visit is significant for BJP 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for several infrastructure projects worth Rs. 6,100 crore in Telangana on Saturday.

01 Apr 2021


Rajinikanth awarded the 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award; PM congratulates 'Thalaiva'

The 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award has been conferred upon superstar Rajinikanth.

23 Mar 2021


All people aged over 45 can be vaccinated from April

The central government will open its nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive to all persons above the age of 45 from April 1, 2021, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar announced on Tuesday.

11 Mar 2021

Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut meets Prakash Javadekar; discusses discrimination against 'outsiders'

Kangana Ranaut, who is known for voicing her opinions on multiple topics including nepotism and discrimination against outsiders in Bollywood, met Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday.

01 Mar 2021


'PUBG' just one of many violent, explicit mobile games: Javadekar

Many mobile games are "violent, explicit and addictive," and PUBG was just one example, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Sunday, announcing a government plan to set up a center of excellence in gaming and other related areas to promote Indian cultural ethos.

22 Dec 2020


India's leopard population increased in 4 years since 2014: Javadekar

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday released the Status of Leopards in India 2018 report which states India's leopard population increased from 8,000 to over 12,500 between 2014 and 2018.

Cabinet clears crisis-hit Lakshmi Vilas Bank's merger with DBS Bank

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the amalgamation of the crisis-hit Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB) with DBS Bank India Ltd (DBIL), the Indian arm of Singapore's DBS Bank.

Government considering common code of conduct for TV channels

The central government is considering a new code of conduct for television channels, the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar said on Monday.

11 Nov 2020


Digital news, streaming platforms to be regulated by I&B Ministry

Online news portals and content providers, like Netflix and Amazon Prime, will now be regulated by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, a notification issued on Wednesday read.

06 Oct 2020


50% occupancy, staggered show-timings: SOPs for re-opening cinema halls released

Shut since March as a part of coronavirus-linked restrictions, cinema halls across India will re-open from October 15. And, on Tuesday, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar released Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the same.

26 Sep 2020

Arvind Kejriwal

Stubble burning: Kejriwal approaches Centre over IARI's new tech

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written to the Centre over the issue of stubble burning, which poses a recurring headache for people in parts of North India, particularly the national capital.

02 Sep 2020

Narendra Modi

Cabinet approves Mission Karmayogi for major reforms in civil service

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved Mission Karmayogi, a scheme designed to bring post-recruitment reforms in civil services.

23 Aug 2020

Union Health Ministry

Centre issues SOPs for resumption of film and TV shooting

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday announced standard operating procedure (SOP) for resuming film and television production.

19 Aug 2020

Narendra Modi

Cabinet approves National Recruitment Agency to conduct Common Eligibility Test

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the establishment of a National Recruitment Agency (NRA) to conduct a Common Eligibility Test (CET). This process will help streamline the recruitment process for central government jobs.

India gets new education policy: Here are the highlights

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the new National Education Policy (NEP). The Ministry of Human Resource Development has also been renamed the Ministry of Education.

24 Jun 2020

Nirmala Sitharaman

Union government decides to bring cooperative banks under RBI's supervision

In a move meant to boost depositors' confidence, the Union government has decided to bring all cooperative banks under the supervision of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Union Minister Prakash Javadekar announced in a virtual press conference on Wednesday, after a Cabinet meeting.

01 Jun 2020

Narendra Modi

All important decisions taken on farmers, MSMEs during Cabinet meeting

Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar, Nitin Gadkari, and Narendra Tomar addressed media, a short while after Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a Cabinet meeting.

22 Apr 2020

Union Cabinet

7-year jail for attacking health workers, says government

Addressing a press conference after the Union Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar announced stricter laws for the protection of doctors and healthcare staff against violence.

06 Apr 2020

Narendra Modi

30% cut in salaries of MPs, including PM, for one-year

In the wake of coronavirus pandemic and its economic repercussions, the Union Cabinet has approved an ordinance to reduce the salaries of all Members of Parliament, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, by 30% for a year, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar said on Monday. Pensions will be reduced too.

28 Mar 2020


Doordarshan starts 'Ramayana' and 'Mahabharat' reruns from today; details here

National broadcaster Doordarshan has started airing reruns of the iconic 80s shows Ramayana and Mahabharat.

27 Mar 2020


On public demand, 'Ramayan' to air on Doordarshan again

Ramanand Sagar's iconic television series, Ramayan, which kept all Indian families glued to their television sets every Sunday morning in the late 1980s, is coming back to the small screen.

07 Mar 2020


Asianet, Media One back on air as government lifts ban

The ban on two Malayalam channels, Asianet News and Media One, was lifted on Saturday, ahead of the stipulated 48-hour window.

04 Mar 2020

Narendra Modi

Is government planning to censor streaming platforms

The clock is ticking fast for streaming platforms in India as the government wants them to finalize a self-regulatory code of conduct in 100 days.

23 Feb 2020

Lok Sabha

Those indulging in hate speeches should be removed: Manoj Tiwari

The task of ending BJP's dry spell in Delhi was put on Manoj Tiwari, the Bhojpuri actor-turned-politician under whose leadership the saffron party won corporation polls in 2017 and all seven Lok Sabha seats last year.

29 Jan 2020


Union Cabinet approves Bill allowing abortion at 24 weeks

In a move that will bring a sigh of relief for women, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a Bill that will allow abortion at 24 weeks, as opposed to the earlier upper limit of 20 weeks.

Hanging of Nirbhaya's rapists: Javadekar blames AAP's negligence for delay

The four men who raped Nirbhaya in 2012 in Delhi will not be hanged on January 22, and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar sees an Aam Aadmi Party conspiracy in this.

07 Dec 2019

Air Pollution

BJP leader Javadekar says, No Indian study shows pollution kills

On Friday, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar delivered an appalling statement, claiming no Indian study has established a direct link between pollution and a reduced lifespan.

09 Oct 2019


Diwali gift for government employees, Dearness Allowance increased by 5%

Diwali has come early for lakhs of central government employees as the Centre on Wednesday announced that their Dearness Allowance will be increased by 5%.

18 Sep 2019

Nirmala Sitharaman

Government to give 78-days wage as bonus to Railway employees

In what is sure to make Railway employees happy, the government announced that it will give wage of 78 days as a bonus. The announcement was made by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday, during a Cabinet briefing in New Delhi.

28 Aug 2019

Piyush Goyal

Government eases FDI norms for single-brand retail, digital-media, coal mining

Union Cabinet ministers Piyush Goyal and Prakash Javadekar held a press conference in the capital, following a meeting on Tuesday, concerning economic growth.

25 Jul 2019

Ravi Shankar Prasad

Government extends monsoon session of Parliament till August 7

After rounds of deliberation, the government has decided to extend the ongoing monsoon session of the Parliament till August 7, considering a plethora of pending bills in both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

31 May 2019


Former Uttarakhand CM Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank to head HRD Ministry

A day after taking oath for his second term as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi allocated portfolios to the newly sworn-in members of the Union Council of Ministers.

29 Jan 2019


This year, IITs could introduce 5% EWS reservation; IIMs unsure

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are likely to implement the recently announced 10% quota for economically weak sections (EWS) of the general category in a gradual manner.

16 Jan 2019

Lok Sabha

To enable quota for economically-weak, 25% hike in college seats

Union Minister for Education Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday announced a 25% increase in seats across universities and colleges in the country to ensure the new caste-agnostic reservation doesn't affect the existing quotas.

10 Jan 2019


Javadekar: Hindi not compulsory under New Education Policy (NEP)

Hours after reports stated that the New Education Policy (NEP) draft contained a provision for making Hindi compulsory in all schools till Class 8, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar dismissed such claims, calling these reports 'mischievous'.

08 Jan 2019


NCERT to cut syllabus by 10-15% from 2019-20: Details here

In a huge relief to school children, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has decided to reduce its textbooks' content by 10-15% from the 2019-20 academic year.

01 Dec 2018

IIT Madras

Moving beyond learning: In patents' race, IITs, IISc lead

In the race for patents in 2018, four centrally funded universities are leading. The four institutes which have performed exceptionally well this year are IITs in Bombay, Delhi and Madras, and IISc in Bengaluru.

Patriotism, not politics: Javadekar on UGC's 'Surgical Strike Day' notification

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said today that a University Grants Commission's communication asking varsities to celebrate the anniversary of surgical strikes is "patriotism, not politics" and it is not compulsory for institutes to organize it.

17 Sep 2018


#ModiBirthday: 568kg ladoo unveiled on PM Modi's birthday

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar and his cabinet colleague Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi unveiled a 568kg ladoo on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 68th birthday today.

09 Sep 2018


BJP National Meet: Javadekar says 2019 victory is "guaranteed"

BJP is conducting its two-day National Executive Meeting, ahead of crucial elections in several states and the upcoming 2019 general elections.

30 Aug 2018


HRD Ministry introduces Atal ranking for institutions to promote innovation

To promote a culture of innovation and research in higher education in India, the Union government has introduced Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA), Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar announced today.

10 Aug 2018


HRD Ministry may reconsider conducting NEET exam twice a year

The HRD Ministry may reconsider its decision to conduct the NEET medical entrance exam twice a year.

30 Jul 2018

Lok Sabha

Javadekar says only Letter of Intent issued to Jio Institute

Amid continuing criticism over "Institution of Eminence" tag for Jio Institute, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar today said only a "Letter of Intent" has been issued to it.

27 Jul 2018


Female student enrollment lowest in institutes of national importance: AISHE

The enrolment of female students is lowest in the institutions of national importance, followed by state private open universities and government deemed universities, according to the All India Survey of Higher Education (AISHE).

26 Jul 2018


Universities told to fill up all teaching-vacancies in 3yrs: Govt

Concerned over the rise in vacancies of college and varsity teachers, the government today said it has asked all universities to fill them up within three-years.