Smriti Irani

Smriti Irani is the current Union Cabinet Minister for Textiles and Women and Child Development. She is also a MP representing Amethi Lok Sabha constituency, which was a Congress stronghold once. In 2019, she defeated former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi by a huge margin of 55,120 votes, which was called a surprising feat. In the earlier BJP government, formed in 2014, Smriti was the HRD minister, which was mired with controversies. She was then given the textile ministry, after which she was made the Information and Broadcasting minister. She is also an actress, who shot to fame in the role of Tulsi Mihir Virani in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, her third TV series that spanned for 8 long years, from 2000.

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Union Minister Smriti Irani tests positive for COVID-19

28 Oct 2020

Union Minister Smriti Irani tests positive for COVID-19

Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani on Wednesday announced that she had tested positive for COVID-19.

MP: Kamal Nath issues clarification after 'item' remark sparks controversy

19 Oct 2020

MP: Kamal Nath issues clarification after 'item' remark sparks controversy

Madhya Pradesh Indian National Congress (INC) chief Kamal Nath on Monday sought to clarify his controversial remarks against state Minister for Women and Child Development (WCD) Imarti Devi.

Letter writers dropped from Congress' A-teams formed for UP polls

07 Sep 2020

Letter writers dropped from Congress' A-teams formed for UP polls

Congress, eyeing a resurrection in politics, on Sunday evening announced seven committees for Uttar Pradesh polls, which are still two years away. Unsurprisingly, it handed over a major snub to notable leaders like Jitin Prasada and Raj Babbar, who had signed the letter to party President Sonia Gandhi demanding the party's re-haul.

Smriti Irani claims domestic violence didn't increase during lockdown

08 Jun 2020

Smriti Irani claims domestic violence didn't increase during lockdown

Locked down India became disastrous for some women, who had to share the same roof with their abusers round the clock. Several reports suggested that domestic violence saw a spike after March when restrictions were enforced to contain coronavirus' spread.

Air, train travel restrictions to continue beyond May 3: Report

19 Apr 2020

Air, train travel restrictions to continue beyond May 3: Report

A day after Air India opened bookings for flights traveling May 4 onwards, a report said restrictions on air and train travel may continue beyond May 3.

Coronavirus-panic: Infected Kanika Kapoor met Dushyant Singh, he other MPs

21 Mar 2020

Coronavirus-panic: Infected Kanika Kapoor met Dushyant Singh, he other MPs

Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor, who tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, has sparked fears of mass infection after she met with almost the entire elite circle of Lucknow, Vasundhara Raje and her son Dushyant Singh.

On Sridevi's 2nd death anniversary, Janhvi shares heart-warming post

24 Feb 2020

On Sridevi's 2nd death anniversary, Janhvi shares heart-warming post

On this day two years ago, Bollywood's beloved first female superstar, Sridevi breathed her last, leaving a void in Indian cinema and our hearts.

#Elections2020: Kejriwal's advice for women on polling day miffs Irani

08 Feb 2020

#Elections2020: Kejriwal's advice for women on polling day miffs Irani

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union Minister Smriti Irani had a verbal duel on Twitter after the former gave a suggestion to women regarding Assembly Elections that are underway.

Congress and BJP MPs almost come to blows in Parliament

07 Feb 2020

Congress and BJP MPs almost come to blows in Parliament

The sanctity of the Lok Sabha was taken for a ride on Friday when parliamentarians of ruling BJP and opposition Congress almost came to blows and speaker Om Birla had to briefly adjourn the House.

SMS, voice calls on prepaid mobile connections back in J&K

18 Jan 2020

SMS, voice calls on prepaid mobile connections back in J&K

Five months after the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was put under an unprecedented communication blackout, the administration announced on Saturday that SMS and voice calls will be restored for all prepaid mobile users.

'Dynast' Rahul can't defeat 'self-made' Modi: Ramachandra Guha's sharp remark

18 Jan 2020

'Dynast' Rahul can't defeat 'self-made' Modi: Ramachandra Guha's sharp remark

Historian Ramachandra Guha has joined the long list of critics of former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, going as far as saying that Kerala's Wayanad committed a disaster by electing him.

Now, Smriti Irani slams Deepika Padukone for visiting JNU

10 Jan 2020

Now, Smriti Irani slams Deepika Padukone for visiting JNU

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is back in headlines after violence rocked the institution on Sunday.

People call for boycott of Farhan Akhtar's 'Toofan': Here's why

03 Jan 2020

People call for boycott of Farhan Akhtar's 'Toofan': Here's why

Even as Farhan Akhtar shared his much-awaited first look from the upcoming sports film Toofan, a section of netizens wasn't quite pleased with Farhan and his film.

'Rape in India' remark: BJP demands Rahul's apology, he refuses

13 Dec 2019

'Rape in India' remark: BJP demands Rahul's apology, he refuses

The Parliament witnessed a huge uproar on Friday with BJP's representatives tearing into Rahul Gandhi for his remarks about rapes.

#MeToo: Anu Malik steps down as 'Indian Idol 11' judge

21 Nov 2019

#MeToo: Anu Malik steps down as 'Indian Idol 11' judge

Following severe backlash over allegations of sexual misconduct, music composer Anu Malik has now stepped down as the judge from the ongoing 11th season of singing reality show Indian Idol.

Assembly elections 2019: How did star-candidates perform in Haryana, Maharashtra?

24 Oct 2019

Assembly elections 2019: How did star-candidates perform in Haryana, Maharashtra?

With each passing hour, the picture of Haryana and Maharashtra assemblies are becoming clearer.

Congress' problem is that Rahul Gandhi walked away: Salman Khurshid

09 Oct 2019

Congress' problem is that Rahul Gandhi walked away: Salman Khurshid

Evidently, Congress is fighting for survival. The party faced its straight second defeat in the Lok Sabha elections in May, proving it is extremely far from reality.

BJP's TikTok-star scolds for not chanting "Bharat Mata ki jai"

08 Oct 2019

BJP's TikTok-star scolds for not chanting "Bharat Mata ki jai"

As Haryana gears up for assembly polls on October 21, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate has quite conveniently taken the limelight.

Bachchan on Dadasaheb Phalke Award win: Deeply grateful and humbled

25 Sep 2019

Bachchan on Dadasaheb Phalke Award win: Deeply grateful and humbled

Amitabh Bachchan, who was "selected unanimously" for the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award, took to Twitter to express that he feels "deeply grateful and most humbled" for this honor.

Modi, Amit Shah, and other politicians condole Arun Jaitley's death

24 Aug 2019

Modi, Amit Shah, and other politicians condole Arun Jaitley's death

Two weeks after he was admitted to Delhi's AIIMS hospital following complaints of breathlessness, former Finance Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party veteran Arun Jaitley died on Saturday at the age of 66.

#RIPSushmaSwaraj: BJP leader to be cremated with full state honors

07 Aug 2019

#RIPSushmaSwaraj: BJP leader to be cremated with full state honors

A prolific leader, a brilliant orator, and one of the most-loved politicians of India, Sushma Swaraj passed away on Tuesday night. She was 67.

Azam Khan apologizes for sexist remarks, but Rama Devi unconvinced

29 Jul 2019

Azam Khan apologizes for sexist remarks, but Rama Devi unconvinced

On Monday, Samajwadi Party lawmaker Azam Khan apologized for his sexist comments, which he made against BJP MP Rama Devi last week in Lok Sabha.

'Aankhon me aankhein' remark: BJP-leaders seek punishment for Azam Khan

26 Jul 2019

'Aankhon me aankhein' remark: BJP-leaders seek punishment for Azam Khan

Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan should be punished for his sexist remarks and an example should be set for all- this is what BJP leaders demanded in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

Government extends monsoon session of Parliament till August 7

25 Jul 2019

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.

Amit Shah to head panel formed to tackle sexual harassment

24 Jul 2019

Amit Shah to head panel formed to tackle sexual harassment

At the peak of #MeToo movement in October last year, the Centre had formed a Group of Ministers (GoM) panel to deal with sexual harassment at workplace. But a few days ago, an RTI inquiry revealed the panel was "dissolved".

Amethi: Muslims attack Dalit-woman, thrash husband for 'running' coaching center

15 Jul 2019

Amethi: Muslims attack Dalit-woman, thrash husband for 'running' coaching center

A Dalit woman was molested, touched inappropriately, her kurta ripped off, and when her husband came to her rescue, he was brutally thrashed.

Rahul Gandhi hits 10 million followers on Twitter

10 Jul 2019

Rahul Gandhi hits 10 million followers on Twitter

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi hit the mark of 10 million followers on Twitter today.

Unlike Rahul, Smriti decides to build her house in Amethi

23 Jun 2019

Unlike Rahul, Smriti decides to build her house in Amethi

For more than a decade, Uttar Pradesh's Amethi had an absent parliamentarian- Rahul Gandhi.

Firm on resignation, Rahul Gandhi says party will decide successor

20 Jun 2019

Firm on resignation, Rahul Gandhi says party will decide successor

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who has been sulking since May 23 as his party was decimated in Lok Sabha elections, on Thursday confirmed that he hasn't changed his mind about quitting.

Happy birthday RaGa: Seven gifts that Congress President (desperately) needs

19 Jun 2019

Happy birthday RaGa: Seven gifts that Congress President (desperately) needs

Despite being the great-grandson of the longest-serving Prime Minister of India, the grandson of India's first woman PM, and son of the country's youngest state head, Rahul Gandhi isn't having the best of times.

Smriti gets longest applause while taking oath in Lok Sabha

17 Jun 2019

Smriti gets longest applause while taking oath in Lok Sabha

2019 Lok Sabha elections marked the death of dynasty politics and showed that voters are done pleading allegiance to a certain family.

After humiliating poll defeat, Priyanka Gandhi criticizes Congress workers

13 Jun 2019

After humiliating poll defeat, Priyanka Gandhi criticizes Congress workers

Congress was completely decimated in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Not just that, the Bharatiya Janata Party returned to power with a better tally than 2014.

Smriti Irani shared throwback picture, and Internet loved it

08 Jun 2019

Smriti Irani shared throwback picture, and Internet loved it

Once, Smriti Irani was the most sought after "bahu" (daughter-in-law) on Indian television and then she jumped into politics.

Aligarh Murder: Accused was earlier arrested for raping his daughter

08 Jun 2019

Aligarh Murder: Accused was earlier arrested for raping his daughter

As India is demanding justice for a two-and-a-half-year-old girl who was brutally murdered in Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh, a shocking detail related to the case has come to fore.

Meet the IAS-officer who will be Amit Shah's private secretary

08 Jun 2019

Meet the IAS-officer who will be Amit Shah's private secretary

There have been enough indications to prove Union Home Minister Amit Shah will enjoy the maximum clout in the second term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Smriti Irani 2.0: New HRD Minister Pokhriyal's degrees also fake?

02 Jun 2019

Smriti Irani 2.0: New HRD Minister Pokhriyal's degrees also fake?

It has been a couple of days, and the newly-appointed Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD), Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, finds himself in the center of a controversy.

Sheila Dikshit plans 'dharna' to stop Rahul Gandhi from resigning

29 May 2019

Sheila Dikshit plans 'dharna' to stop Rahul Gandhi from resigning

After a crushing defeat in the 2019 general elections, Congress is going through a crisis. Party President Rahul Gandhi is adamant to leave his post and the rest of the members are trying hard to convince him.

After winning Amethi, Smriti visits SiddhiVinayak, walks barefoot for 14-km

29 May 2019

After winning Amethi, Smriti visits SiddhiVinayak, walks barefoot for 14-km

A few days after her historic win in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, Smriti Irani walked barefoot for 14 kilometer to Mumbai's SiddhiVinayak Temple.

Amethi: Smriti Irani to ensure death sentence for aide's killers

27 May 2019

Amethi: Smriti Irani to ensure death sentence for aide's killers

When Congress President Rahul Gandhi was defeated by Smriti Irani, he asked the BJP leader to "take care" of Amethi.

Amethi: Smriti Irani lends shoulder to close aide's mortal remains

26 May 2019

Amethi: Smriti Irani lends shoulder to close aide's mortal remains

Newly-elected BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh's Amethi, Smriti Irani, on Sunday attended the funeral of her close aide, Surendra Singh, and also lent a shoulder to his mortal remains.