Naidu is among the most experienced leaders in the BJP, and is pitted against Opposition's Gopalkrishna Gandhi, in the 2017 vice-presidential polls.

In 2003, some 26,000 people were killed by a magnitude 6.6 quake that flattened the historic southeastern city of Bam.

Iran's education department has banned ugly teachers from the classroom, including women with facial hair or those suffering from acne.

A list of proscribed ailments, including having a scar or a fungal infection was released by the FARS news agency.

Anyone who is cross-eyed, has ugly facial moles or skin conditions such as acne or eczema faces redundancy.

Art teachers will be sacked if they report they are colourblind and infertile female teachers will also be banned from the classroom.

According to Euro News, users on Twitter citicised the rules, claiming if implemented in full, the people such as Stephen Hawking would be prevented from teaching students in Iran.

In a Cabinet reshuffle in 2016, both Irani and Tomar had lost their portfolios.

Irani was replaced by Prakash Javedekar as the HRD Minister and Piyush Goyal replaced Tomar and was given additional charge of Minister of Mines.

She was arrested for criticising MPs at the age of 19, while pregnant, before finding work as an investigative journalist.

In 2009, she fled to the UK, then to the US, where she lives with her son and husband.

Smriti Irani has been given the additional charge of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting after M Venkaiah Naidu resigned to contest the vice-presidential election, according to media reports. The position fell vacant after Naidu resigned from his post as Union minister in the Narendra Modi Cabinet.