PM reshuffles cabinet, Goyal gets Finance, Irani divested from I&B

Major Cabinet reshuffle before 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

Railways and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal, meanwhile, was given temporary charge of Finance and Corporate Affairs ministries.

Union Minister Smriti Irani has lost her Information and Broadcasting portfolio in a cabinet reshuffle on Monday. Minister of state in the ministry Rajyavardhan Rathore has been given full charge of the I&B ministry.

Goyal enjoys a decent reputation as a minister, especially on the back of his work as the Minister for Power, his portfolio until he was appointed Railways Minister in September 2017.

Arun Jaitley underwent a successful kidney transplant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Monday and is stable after the more than four-hour surgery, hospital authorities said.

He was appointed finance minister in Modi's first government and has remained at the helm since as India rose to become one of the world's fastest growing economies. He continues as Minister of State for Tourism. The ministry's order said journalists accused of being purveyors of fake news would lose their accreditation as soon as a complaint was made, and even before charges were proven. The decision to remove her was taken right then, but the party wanted to wrap up the Karnataka election before announcing a reshuffle. Irani was involved in yet another row, when her ministry chose to withhold the salaries of the Prasar Bharti staff after a confrontation with the autonomous Prasar Bharti board chief Surya Prakash, who had allegedly questioned some of Irani's decisions.

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The North Korean government sees the outside world with distrust and restricts its own people from contacting that world. The possibility of peace in Korea has raised expectations that economic conditions in East Asia will soon improve.

Irani had assumed the charge of the ministry in July a year ago after M Venkaiah Naidu had resigned following his nomination as the NDA's vice presidential candidate.

Irani was also criticised by Opposition leaders for staying silent during the controversy surrounding the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry "guidelines to regulate fake news" had caused widespread outrage among media organisations and much to the embarrassment of the NDA government the guidelines were withdrawn after the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

That things were afoot in the ministry was sounded out earlier this week.

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