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By NewsGram Staff Writer

“Just as degrees of AAP MLA and former Delhi Minister Jitender Singh Tomar are being verified, a probe should be carried out into Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s degrees,” said Narendra Modi’s brother, Prahlad in an interaction with reporters in Ghaziabad.

AAP and Congress have been demanding the Centre to probe the charges of false educational qualification against Irani.

When asked about the controversy over the help extended to tainted former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi by Union Minister Sushma Swaraj for travel documents, Prahlad said that it was done on “humanitarian” grounds and the issue should not be unnecessarily hyped.

Prahlad also commented on the issue of black money. He said, “The central government is making all efforts. Black money stashed in India is far more than that in foreign countries.”

Prahlad, who is also the Vice-President of All India Fair Price Shop Dealers’ Federation (AIFPSDF) also said, “Just as grocery is distributed from ration shops, LPG cylinders should also be supplied through them so that the income of such dealers increases”, suggesting the sale of cylinders from ration shops.

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Women in Science Largest Minority: Smriti Irani

She further advocated that these translated works of science be given to school children also to develop in them a "love for science"

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Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday said women in science are the “largest minority” in the country, with only 14 per cent of them contributing to the profession.

She spoke about an inherent gender bias against women in the society, hampering their entry in the highly competitive world of science.

Smriti Irani said this while inaugurating the 8th Women Science Congress — part of the Indian Science Congress — here at the Lovely Professional University, which is hosting both the events.

“While everyone knows that science is gender-neutral, what is not neutral is capacity of women to get scientific opportunity,” she said.

Women in science largest minority: Smriti Irani.

“Of the 2.8 lakh scientists and engineers employed in research and development across the country, women’s number is only 14 per cent… that makes women the largest minority in science,” she added.

The Minister also called for translation of academic journals and papers into regional languages from English.

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“English is the lingua franca of science. But according to census data, 96.7 per cent of the population resorts to 22 scheduled languages,” she said.

She further advocated that these translated works of science be given to school children also to develop in them a “love for science”. (IANS)