India's actor-turned-politician Smriti Zubin Irani was appointed the country's new information and broadcasting minister, Variety reported on Tuesday.
Irani is already in the cabinet as the union minister of textiles and the information and broadcasting is an additional portfolio.
She is the fourth information and broadcasting minister in three years under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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The cabinet reshuffle was necessitated by the decision of outgoing minister Venkaiah Naidu to stand as a candidate for India’s vice presidency.
Irani was a finalist at the Miss India pageant in 1998. She then became a television actress and was best known for her lead role in the soap “Kyunke Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.”
The Ekta Kapoor-produced show on Star Plus made her a household name across India and won her five best actress prizes at the Indian Television Academy awards.
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