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Lucknow: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said the central government was not giving any presentations or report card to the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) as reported in some sections of the media.
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Taking part in a conclave organised by a prominent media house, the minister said he was proud to have his roots in the RSS but denied that the ministers of the union government were reporting to the RSS.

“We are volunteers of the RSS and would always remain so, but to accuse us of acting on its guidance is misplaced. But yes, we do share experience and our views since the RSS pracharaks have their own wisdom and experience,” he said.

At the same conclave, HRD Minister Smriti Irani also denied reports that she made a presentation at the RSS headquarter recently and said the media should not feed the people with unconfirmed news.

She also took on the media for acting as “judge and jury” and said while she did not have a dislike for the media she “understood the business of media” and hence preferred to keep to her work.

(IANS)

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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)