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In this May 11, 2012, file photo, an Air India aircraft stands at the Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi, India.(Photo: AP)

Centre puts entire stake of Air India on the block

By Anisha Dutta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2020 01:37 AM IST
The Air India Specific Alternative Mechanism (AISAM), headed by Union home minister Amit Shah, approved the release of the preliminary information memorandum (PIM) for inviting EOI for the disinvestment move.
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Union minister Piyush Goyal at a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
Union minister Piyush Goyal at a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

‘If I was not a minister, I would have bid for Air India’: Piyush Goyal

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2020 03:44 PM IST
In 2018-19, Air India’s net loss was around Rs 8,556 crore. The airline has a debt burden of more than Rs 80,000 crore.
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On violence on JNU campus on January 5, Union minister of housing and urban affairs and civil aviation Hardeep Singh Puri said, “let the enquiry report come and let’s find out who did it.”(PTI File Photo)
On violence on JNU campus on January 5, Union minister of housing and urban affairs and civil aviation Hardeep Singh Puri said, “let the enquiry report come and let’s find out who did it.”(PTI File Photo)

Delhi Elections 2020 - ‘We will focus on damage done to Delhi in the past few years’: Hardeep Singh Puri

By Anisha Dutta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2020 07:18 AM IST
“Unlike AAP, which is a single-pole tent Kejriwal. We have a rich line-up of people who have a lot of experience in Delhi,” said Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri on being asked about BJP’s face in Delhi polls.
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Unauthorised colonies, home to 40 lakh people in Delhi, have emerged as a major poll issue for the February elections.(HT File Photo)
Unauthorised colonies, home to 40 lakh people in Delhi, have emerged as a major poll issue for the February elections.(HT File Photo)

‘A jumla again’: Manish Sisodia trolls minister over unauthorised colonies

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2020 01:35 AM IST
Manish Sisodia and his boss Arvind Kejriwal had on Monday taken on the rival BJP accusing them of misleading the people over claims that the central government had regularised the unauthorised colonies.
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Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri launched the ‘e-BCAS Project: Training Module’ aimed at helping more than 1.5 lakh employees of various stakeholders by migrating from manual process of training to digital platform.(PTI Photo)
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri launched the ‘e-BCAS Project: Training Module’ aimed at helping more than 1.5 lakh employees of various stakeholders by migrating from manual process of training to digital platform.(PTI Photo)

‘We are issuing too many airport entry permits’: Civil Aviation Minister

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2019 09:47 AM IST
Currently, around 2 lakh employees of various stakeholders -- airlines, ground handling agencies, food chain operators, etc -- have AEP passes who move in & out of the airport on a daily basis.
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According to the DDA, nearly 1.55 lakh property owners in Delhi’s 1,731 unauthorised colonies have registered on its portal.
According to the DDA, nearly 1.55 lakh property owners in Delhi’s 1,731 unauthorised colonies have registered on its portal.

Delhi Elections 2020| Poll battle: BJP, AAP trade barbs over unauthorised colonies

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2020 03:01 AM IST
A Twitter spat erupted on the issue between top leaders of the two parties after Union housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri said they would start registry for granting ownership rights to residents of the 1,731 eligible unauthorised colonies in the next 8-10 days.
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Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri.(HT file)
Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri.(HT file)

Delhi’s land pooling policy: Government holds discussions with farmer associations

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2019 06:40 PM IST
The land pooling policy was drafted by the Delhi Development Authority in September last year under the Master Plan 2021. It mainly covers urbanizable areas of urban extensions at 95 villages in the national capital.
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Air India’s net loss in 2018-19 was around Rs 8,556 crore.(Reuters File)
Air India’s net loss in 2018-19 was around Rs 8,556 crore.(Reuters File)

‘Air India needs to survive till it is sold’: Airline chief in Facebook post

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2019 11:32 AM IST
On Dec 5, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had told Parliament that the preparation of Preliminary Information Memorandum (PIM) for inviting Expression of Interest (EoI) for Air India disinvestment is in process.
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The real estate e-portal will serve as the first point of contact or information for anyone who is looking to buy a house/property across India.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
The real estate e-portal will serve as the first point of contact or information for anyone who is looking to buy a house/property across India.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Govt’s e-commerce portal for real estate to launch next month: What to expect

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2019 11:09 AM IST
Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had last month announced that an e-commerce platform for the real estate sector could be launched around Makar Sankranti (January 15, 2020).
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Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri addresses the media at PIB Conference Hall, Shastri Bhavan, in New Delhi on October 23, 2019.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri addresses the media at PIB Conference Hall, Shastri Bhavan, in New Delhi on October 23, 2019.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Development to be BJP’s poll plank, says Hardeep Singh Puri

By Anisha Dutta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2019 03:12 PM IST
Puri said the BJP will highlight a list of projects where the Delhi government had allegedly created hurdles in providing the state’s share of funds which eventually had to be funded by the urban development ministry, he said.
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Air India owes more than $8.6 billion and has struggled to pay salaries and buy fuel, with losses mounting following earlier privatisation attempts.(Photo: Reuters)
Air India owes more than $8.6 billion and has struggled to pay salaries and buy fuel, with losses mounting following earlier privatisation attempts.(Photo: Reuters)

Air India focused on day-to-day survival as shutdown fears bite

By Agence France-Presse | Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 28, 2019 04:18 PM IST
Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said Wednesday that the airline would “have to close down if it is not privatised”, adding the government would soon invite takeover bids.
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An Air India aircraft photographed at Mumbai International Airport. (ABHIJIT BHATLEKAR/MINT)
An Air India aircraft photographed at Mumbai International Airport. (ABHIJIT BHATLEKAR/MINT)

Air India will have to close if not privatised, says aviation minister

By Reuters | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2019 07:26 PM IST
Air India has lucrative landing slots in India and across the world, but has been a burden on the exchequer for years.
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Birmingham City University is the second university in UK to mark the Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary.(HT Photo)
Birmingham City University is the second university in UK to mark the Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary.(HT Photo)

UK varsity to host ‘langar on campus’ to mark 550th Parkash Purb

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London, London
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2019 05:27 AM IST
It is the second university in Birmingham to mark the anniversary, after Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri last week delivered a lecture at the University of Birmingham and announced the setting up of Guru Nanak Chair with initial funding from the Indian government.
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Birmingham City University is the second university in UK to mark the Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary.(HT Photo)
Birmingham City University is the second university in UK to mark the Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary.(HT Photo)

‘Langar on campus’ for Birmingham City University students to mark Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
PUBLISHED ON NOV 08, 2019 07:58 PM IST
The Birmingham City University said on Friday that the annual langar event is usually held in February or March, but has been advanced in view of the founder of Sikhism’s birth anniversary being celebrated in India, UK and across the globe.
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University of Birmingham’s chancellor Karan Bilimoria (left) with Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri (centre).(Photo Credit: Hardeep Singh Puri / Twitter)
University of Birmingham’s chancellor Karan Bilimoria (left) with Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri (centre).(Photo Credit: Hardeep Singh Puri / Twitter)

India sets up Guru Nanak Chair at University of Birmingham

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, London, London
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2019 11:43 AM IST
Union minister for civil aviation Hardeep Singh Puri made the announcement during a lecture on Guru Nanak’s teachings organised by the university’s India Institute.
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Celebrated Indian classical musician Shubhendra Rao on Friday night took to social media and accused Air India of breaking his sitar.(Shubehndra Rao/FB)
Celebrated Indian classical musician Shubhendra Rao on Friday night took to social media and accused Air India of breaking his sitar.(Shubehndra Rao/FB)

Classical musician accuses Air India of breaking his sitar

By Press Trust of India | Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2019 02:45 PM IST
Indian classical musician Shubhendra Rao suggested the airlines should pay fine for damaging musical instruments.
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The central government will soon announce concession in Delhi Metro fares for students and senior citizens(Photo by Sanjeev Verma / Hindustan Times)
The central government will soon announce concession in Delhi Metro fares for students and senior citizens(Photo by Sanjeev Verma / Hindustan Times)

Discount soon in fares for students, senior citizens in Delhi metro : Hardeep Singh Puri

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2019 06:38 AM IST
In June this year, the Arvind Kejriwal government announced free-travel for women in Delhi Metro and buses in the national capital.
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Once the proposal is approved in the meeting, it will be put in public domain for a period of 30-45 days for suggestions/objections followed by a public hearing before the amendment is notified.(HT image)
Once the proposal is approved in the meeting, it will be put in public domain for a period of 30-45 days for suggestions/objections followed by a public hearing before the amendment is notified.(HT image)

DDA prepares draft to amend Master Plan to accommodate fitness centres

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2019 11:45 PM IST
The proposal will be tabled during the DDA’s meeting, which will be chaired by Delhi’s lieutenant governor Anil Baijal, on Wednesday.
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(From left) Jubilant Bhartia Group chairman Shyam S Bhartia, Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri, NGO EnAble India’s Shanti Raghavan and Dipesh Sutariya, and Jubilant Bhartia Group co-chairman Hari S Bhartia at the 10th Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award in New Delhi on Thursday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
(From left) Jubilant Bhartia Group chairman Shyam S Bhartia, Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri, NGO EnAble India’s Shanti Raghavan and Dipesh Sutariya, and Jubilant Bhartia Group co-chairman Hari S Bhartia at the 10th Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award in New Delhi on Thursday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

‘Social entrepreneurship key to economic progress’: Hardeep Singh Puri

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 04, 2019 03:59 AM IST
EnAble India has changed the mindset of 729 business houses and built frameworks of inclusion in universities and government agencies, thus creating a robust business case for employing PwDs in formal and informal sectors across India.
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The other three corridors which were put on hold were: Rithala to Narela, Inderlok to Indraprastha and Lajpat Nagar to Saket G Block.(HT image)
The other three corridors which were put on hold were: Rithala to Narela, Inderlok to Indraprastha and Lajpat Nagar to Saket G Block.(HT image)

Rithala-Narela corridor may get approval soon

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 04:46 AM IST
Speaking at an event organised by Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Puri acknowledged that connectivity was a concern in peripheral areas of the city, where the land pooling policy is to be implemented.
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The MPD-2021 describes the central vista as “one of the finest examples of urban design and monumentality in planning in the world”.(Ht image)
The MPD-2021 describes the central vista as “one of the finest examples of urban design and monumentality in planning in the world”.(Ht image)

Delhi will have to amend MPD-2021, say urban planners

By Risha Chitlangia | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 06:15 AM IST
The government has cited “shortage of working space, parking and amenities” as the reasons to push for redevelopment of the historic area spread over four square km between Rashtrapati Bhavan and India Gate.
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Ravidas temple: Arvind Kejriwal writes to union minister over denotification of forest land

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 12, 2019 07:56 AM IST
In his letter to the Union housing and urban affairs minister, Kejriwal also offered to rebuild the temple on the same site once the land is denotified and made available to the temple society.
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Former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley died at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences on Saturday.(HT archive)
Former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley died at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences on Saturday.(HT archive)

19 months spent in jail changed Arun Jaitley, writes Hardeep Singh Puri

By Hardeep Singh Puri | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2020 12:02 AM IST
A student activist, lawyer, an election campaign manager, leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha, Union minister, but above all, a friend, writes Hardeep Singh Puri, minister of state with independent charge of housing and urban affairs and civil aviation.
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The Rajya Sabha also passed the Consumer Protection Bill, 2019, that seeks to establish authorities for timely and effective administration and settlement of consumer disputes.(PTI)
The Rajya Sabha also passed the Consumer Protection Bill, 2019, that seeks to establish authorities for timely and effective administration and settlement of consumer disputes.(PTI)

Consumer protection bill gets Rajya Sabha approval

By HT Correspondent | Hindstan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2019 08:16 AM IST
The bill would enable the estate officer to apply summary proceedings for evicting the unauthorised occupants after a three-day notice.
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Amarnath pilgrims at a base camp after the Yatra was suspended in Jammu, Saturday, Aug 3, 2019. The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday asked Amarnath Yatris and tourists to immediately make necessary arrangements to cut short their stay in the Valley and return as soon as possible in the wake of intelligence inputs of "specific terror threats" to the pilgrimage.(PTI)
Amarnath pilgrims at a base camp after the Yatra was suspended in Jammu, Saturday, Aug 3, 2019. The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday asked Amarnath Yatris and tourists to immediately make necessary arrangements to cut short their stay in the Valley and return as soon as possible in the wake of intelligence inputs of "specific terror threats" to the pilgrimage.(PTI)

Union min Hardeep Singh Puri asks airlines to rein in soaring ticket fares

By Faizan Haider | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 04, 2019 03:33 AM IST
The Ministry of Civil Aviation said on Twitter, “Hon’ble Minister for Civil Aviation Shri Hardeep Singh Puri has asked all the airlines to rein in the surging air fares for pilgrims returning from Amarnath dham.”
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Parliament live blog.(PTI)
Parliament live blog.(PTI)

Parliament Live Updates: Amit Shah to table anti-terror bill in Rajya Sabha

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2019 01:48 PM IST

Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is expected to table the Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and The Dam Safety Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha on Wednesday for consideration and passing.Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri is likely to move The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019 for consideration.Rajya Sabha is likely to see Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Home Minister Amit Shah moving The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, and The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019, respectively, for consideration and passing.Narendra Modi led NDA government at the Centre secured Rajya Sabha’s clearance for the historic bill with support from the BJD, walkout by JD-U and AIADMK. The triple talaq bill was passed by the Lok Sabha last week.Amit Shah hailed the approval of triple talaq bill by Parliament and said the Modi government is dedicated to protecting women’s rights and ensuring their empowerment.:

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Housing and urban affairs (HUA) minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that in the next few days they will get comments on the proposal from stakeholders and then they will get approval from the Union cabinet.(HT Photo)
Housing and urban affairs (HUA) minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that in the next few days they will get comments on the proposal from stakeholders and then they will get approval from the Union cabinet.(HT Photo)

Unauthorised colonies: Process to give ownership rights to start in a month

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 06:57 AM IST
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had recently claimed that the Centre has agreed to the Delhi government’s proposal to regularisation of unauthorised colonies, including giving ownership rights to residents, sent to the ministry in November 2015.
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Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri this week said that Air India has to be privatized in order to save it.(ABHIJIT BHATLEKAR/MINT)
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri this week said that Air India has to be privatized in order to save it.(ABHIJIT BHATLEKAR/MINT)

Govt tells Air India to freeze all appointments, promotions: Reports

By Indo Asian News Service | Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2019 08:55 AM IST
After failing to find a bidder in its previous term, the Modi 2.0 government is working on war-footing to sell Air India to a private player. It has already reconstituted the group of ministers (GoM) to decide the course of privatization.
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The government is committed to national carrier Air India’s disinvestment due to its “unsustainable debt burden”, civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri told Lok Sabha on Thursday.(Sameer Sehgal / Hindustan Times)
The government is committed to national carrier Air India’s disinvestment due to its “unsustainable debt burden”, civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri told Lok Sabha on Thursday.(Sameer Sehgal / Hindustan Times)

Govt committed to disinvestment of Air India: Hardeep Singh Puri in LS

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2019 11:40 PM IST
Hardeep Singh Puri added they are keen to see that the airline remains in Indian hands.
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Union minister of housing and urban affairs, and civil aviation Hardeep Singh Puri in his office.(PTI)
Union minister of housing and urban affairs, and civil aviation Hardeep Singh Puri in his office.(PTI)

‘National renting policy will be in the public domain soon’: Hardeep Singh Puri

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2019 08:04 AM IST
Union minister of housing and urban affairs, and civil aviation Hardeep Singh Puri talks about Centre’s plan to put in place a contractual framework between tenants and landlords.
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