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Smriti Irani & Rathore retain two portfolios each, latter elevated

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NEW DELHI: Textile minister Smriti Zubin Irani has also been made the union minister for information and broadcasting (MIB) in the allocation of portfolios after reshuffle and expansion of the Union Cabinet.

Irani was earlier given the additional charge of the ministry of information and broadcasting after M Venkaiah Naidu resigned following his nomination as the vice-president. It was feared that she would be divested of one of her two portfolios after the reshuffle, but she will continue to hold both.

Meanwhile, Col. (Retd.) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has been elevated as the minister of state (independent charge) of youth affairs and sports, even as he will continue to hold the post of minister of state for information and broadcasting.

Irani comes from a media and entertainment background having been a television actress. Rathore is a professional shooter who won a silver in the Olympics and multiple medals at the Commonwealth and Asian Games and is the recipient of both, a Padma Shri for sports and an Ati Vishisht Seva Medal for the Army.

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