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Vayalar given additional charge of science and technology

August 10, 2012 20:11 IST

Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi was today given additional charge of ministries of science and technology, earth sciences and micro, small and medium enterprises following ill health of Vilasrao Deshmukh.

"The President of India, as advised by the prime minister, has directed that Vayalar Ravi, minister of overseas Indian affairs is allocated the additional charge of the ministry of science and technology, the ministry of earth sciences and the ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises," a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement said.

The President has further directed that Vilasrao Dagadojirao Deshmukh shall continue as Minister without portfolio, it said. Deshmukh has been admitted to a Chennai hospital for treatment of a serious liver ailment.

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