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The longest flight over the North Pole will be another feather in Zoya Agarwal’s cap as she was the youngest woman pilot to fly a Boeing-777 in 2013.(ANI/Twitter)

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By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 12:57 PM IST
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Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari seen interacting with the media in this file photo (PTI Photo)(PTI)
Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari seen interacting with the media in this file photo (PTI Photo)(PTI)

There is a cartel in cement, steel industry: Gadkari

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 01:14 PM IST
  • Gadkari said that if cement and steel industries keep charging higher prices, it will affect the implementation of infrastructure projects.
NHAI has been mandated the task to develop, maintain and manage national highways, the arterial roads of the country, for inter-state movement of passengers and goods.(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times file photo)
NHAI has been mandated the task to develop, maintain and manage national highways, the arterial roads of the country, for inter-state movement of passengers and goods.(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times file photo)

NHAI to use software to track delays in files processing, says Union minister Gadkari

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 03, 2021 02:30 PM IST
New technologies are being promoted, while attention is being paid on reducing the cost of construction of projects without compromising with the quality, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said.
FASTags will be mandatory for all vehicles with effect from January 1, 2021, in M and N categories of motor vehicles sold before December 1, 2017(HT PHOTO)
FASTags will be mandatory for all vehicles with effect from January 1, 2021, in M and N categories of motor vehicles sold before December 1, 2017(HT PHOTO)

FASTags mandatory from January 1, Govt clarifies only hybrid lanes will accept cash till Feb 15

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 10:41 PM IST
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways clarified on Thursday that only a single hybrid lane will be functional at tolls for accepting cash till February 15.
FASTag is an electronic toll collection system in India which is operated by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).(Parveen Kumar/HT file photo)
FASTag is an electronic toll collection system in India which is operated by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).(Parveen Kumar/HT file photo)

Centre extends deadline for FASTag toll collection till February 15

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 02:24 PM IST
The deadline was earlier set to January 1 with transport minister Nitin Gadkari saying that FASTag will be mandatory for all vehicles in the country
FASTags, which facilitate electronic payment of fee at toll plazas, was introduced in 2016. Making the tags compulsory would also help in ensuring that vehicles pass seamlessly through the toll plazas fee payment would be done electronically.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
FASTags, which facilitate electronic payment of fee at toll plazas, was introduced in 2016. Making the tags compulsory would also help in ensuring that vehicles pass seamlessly through the toll plazas fee payment would be done electronically.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

FASTag to be mandatory for vehicles from Jan 1, says Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 24, 2020 06:08 PM IST
FASTag was launched in 2016 and four banks together issued nearly a lakh of them. By 2017, their numbers went up to seven lakh and more than 34 lakh FASTags were issued in 2018.
With India’s pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 30%-35% by 2030 and efforts to cut down on Rs 8 lakh crore-worth crude oil imports, the focus is also on green fuel and electricity as well as Electric Vehicles (EVs).(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO (Representative Image))
With India’s pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 30%-35% by 2030 and efforts to cut down on Rs 8 lakh crore-worth crude oil imports, the focus is also on green fuel and electricity as well as Electric Vehicles (EVs).(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO (Representative Image))

Govt to expanding road infrastructure, focus more on EVs in 2021

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 24, 2020 02:12 PM IST
In the words of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, the driving force behind roadways expansion and numerous infrastructure development projects, the government decided to turn the crisis due to the pandemic into an opportunity.
Gadkari further informed that while construction of 841 kilometres roads worth Rs 4793 crore has been completed since 2014-15 in Telangana, work is going on for construction of another 809 kilometres at a cost of Rs 13,012 crore.(HT Photo)
Gadkari further informed that while construction of 841 kilometres roads worth Rs 4793 crore has been completed since 2014-15 in Telangana, work is going on for construction of another 809 kilometres at a cost of Rs 13,012 crore.(HT Photo)

Telangana: Gadkari lays foundation for over Rs 13,000 crore highway projects

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 01:26 PM IST
Speaking on the occasion, Gadkari informed that a total of 59 road works with an approved length of 1918 kilometres and a cost of Rs 17,617 crore have been sanctioned in Telangana in the last 6 years.
Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings president Upkar Singh Ahuja addressing the media in Ludhiana on Saturday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings president Upkar Singh Ahuja addressing the media in Ludhiana on Saturday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Ludhiana Inc seeks Centre’s intervention over hiked raw material rates

UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 10:58 PM IST
The industrialists said if the conditions prevail for some more time, 50 percent of the MSME sector will face closure, which will push around 5 crore staff/labourers towards unemployment.
He also said a long-term policy is needed for it as the prices hiked did not match raw material and labour prices.(HT Photo)
He also said a long-term policy is needed for it as the prices hiked did not match raw material and labour prices.(HT Photo)

Gadkari writes to PM over steel price hike, says projects becoming unviable

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 06:07 PM IST
The road transport, highways and MSME minister also said if the players failed to curb the practice, the government will have to change policies and encourage alternative technologies in projects.
FILE PHOTO: Transport minister Nitin Gadkari.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Transport minister Nitin Gadkari.(REUTERS)

‘Over Rs 100 lakh cr worth infrastructure projects underway by 2024-25’: Gadkari

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 10:54 PM IST
The National infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) is a first of its kind exercise to provide world-class infrastructure across the country, he said.
Union minister Nitin Gadkari said the government is ready to accept all good suggestions from farmers.(ANI Photo)
Union minister Nitin Gadkari said the government is ready to accept all good suggestions from farmers.(ANI Photo)

‘Don’t think Anna Hazare will join farmers’ stir, haven’t done anything against them’: Nitin Gadkari

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 08:31 AM IST
Gadkari also said that dialogue is the only way to find a solution to protest by farmer unions and a break in talks can lead to miscommunication.
Union Minister for MSME Nitin Gadkari takes a look at high quality Khadi fabric footwear, designed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).(PTI/ File photo)
Union Minister for MSME Nitin Gadkari takes a look at high quality Khadi fabric footwear, designed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).(PTI/ File photo)

Need to find ‘swadeshi alternative’ to imports from China, says Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi | By Asian News International| Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2020 11:52 AM IST
The Union Minister said that we aim to create employment and aid village and small industries to grow. He also said that the government is taking a step towards recognising and facilitating rural entrepreneurs.
“Presently, the MSME sector employs 11 crore people. Our target is to create 5 crore more jobs in the next 5 years,” Gadkari said.(HT Photo)
“Presently, the MSME sector employs 11 crore people. Our target is to create 5 crore more jobs in the next 5 years,” Gadkari said.(HT Photo)

Will increase turnover of village industry to Rs 5 lakh cr in 2 yrs: Gadkari

New Delhi | By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2020 12:07 PM IST
Addressing the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Global MSME Business Summit, the Union Minister said, “Presently, the turnover of our village industry is Rs 80,000 crores. My mission is to make it Rs 5 lakh crores in 2 years.”
Congress president Sonia Gandhi who is in Goa at present turns 47 on Wednesday.(ANI)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi who is in Goa at present turns 47 on Wednesday.(ANI)

‘Long and healthy life,’ PM Modi, Nitin Gadkari wish Sonia Gandhi on her birthday

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 11:40 AM IST
Sonia Gandhi is not celebrating her birthday in the view of the pandemic and the ongoing farmers’ protest.
File photo: Union minister Nitin Gadkari.(HT Photo)
File photo: Union minister Nitin Gadkari.(HT Photo)

Union minister Nitin Gadkari launches Rs 4127 cr national highway projects for Nagaland

Hindustan Times, Kohima | By Alice Yhoshü
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 10:26 PM IST
Gadkari termed Nagaland as one of the most important states in northeast India and said his ministry is committed to developing the state.
Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSME's, in conversation with Zakka Jacob, Managing Editor, CNN-News18 during the 18th edition of Hindustan Times Leadership Summit (HTLS), in New Delhi.(HT Photo)
Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSME's, in conversation with Zakka Jacob, Managing Editor, CNN-News18 during the 18th edition of Hindustan Times Leadership Summit (HTLS), in New Delhi.(HT Photo)

‘No use of such units’: Union minister Nitin Gadkari on caste-based cells in political parties

Nagpur | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 07:36 PM IST
He was referring to the cells formed within political parties to represent different castes or communities, like the minority community and Scheduled Caste (SC).
Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways Nitin Gadkari, who also participated in the virtual conference.(@SwedensAmbIndia/Twitter)
Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways Nitin Gadkari, who also participated in the virtual conference.(@SwedensAmbIndia/Twitter)

Business relations with India will continue to grow stronger, says Swedish official

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON NOV 29, 2020 06:18 PM IST
The one-day virtual event was jointly organised by India Unlimited in Sweden, in association with Embassy of India in Sweden, Sweden India Business Council and CII on Friday.
Nitin Gadkari also said there was no need to give “artificial push” to popularise electric vehicles (EVs) because they inherently had advantages to catch the imagination of the people as they were environment-friendly and significantly cost-efficient.(HT Photo)
Nitin Gadkari also said there was no need to give “artificial push” to popularise electric vehicles (EVs) because they inherently had advantages to catch the imagination of the people as they were environment-friendly and significantly cost-efficient.(HT Photo)

HTLS 2020: ‘No real Covid impact on highway projects’, says Nitin Gadkari

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2020 06:56 AM IST
Nitin Gadkari said that ensuring working capital requirement to the contractor was important, particularly for road construction.
Gadkari had lashed out at non-performing officials during the virtual opening of NHAI building and on Friday he pointed out what was amiss.(HT Photo)
Gadkari had lashed out at non-performing officials during the virtual opening of NHAI building and on Friday he pointed out what was amiss.(HT Photo)

Nitin Gadkari roasted officials at NHA event. He explains why he got ‘annoyed’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 10:59 PM IST
As an example of the “lot of good people doing excellent jobs”, Nitin Gadkari talked about the Zojila Tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir, to ensure all-weather connectivity between the Srinagar Valley and Leh.
File photo: Union minister Nitin Gadkari.(HT PHOTO)
File photo: Union minister Nitin Gadkari.(HT PHOTO)

‘Developing a portal to prevent accidents on highways’: Nitin Gadkari at HTLS 2020

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 10:24 PM IST
The minister also said that there has been no impact of Covid-19 on road construction projects.
Nitin Gadkari, the Union minister for road transport and highways and MSME's, is seen during the 18th edition of Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.(HT Photo)
Nitin Gadkari, the Union minister for road transport and highways and MSME's, is seen during the 18th edition of Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.(HT Photo)

HTLS 2020: ‘Be serious. Don’t take it lightly’: Covid survivor Nitin Gadkari’s advice

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 10:43 PM IST
Union minister Nitin Gadkari had tested positive for the coronavirus disease in September after he attended the monsoon session of Parliament.
Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs in conversation with Zakka Jacob, Managing Editor, CNN-News18 during the18th edition of Hindustan Times Leadership Summit (HTLS) in New Delhi on Friday.(HT PHOTO.)
Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs in conversation with Zakka Jacob, Managing Editor, CNN-News18 during the18th edition of Hindustan Times Leadership Summit (HTLS) in New Delhi on Friday.(HT PHOTO.)

HTLS 2020: Immense response to pro-industry reforms has led to more jobs, says Nitin Gadkari

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 07:50 PM IST
For reviving the economy after Covid-19, we need to revive and work on the country’s infrastructure. Fast tracking construction activities and completing pending ones not only gives an impetus to economic revival but also creates more jobs, the minister said.
File photo: Union minister Nitin Gadkari.(HT PHOTO)
File photo: Union minister Nitin Gadkari.(HT PHOTO)

HTLS 2020: ‘No impact of Covid-19 on road projects, construction,’ says Gadkari

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 10:24 PM IST
Gadkari was speaking on Day 4 of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2020 on Friday.
HTLS 2020: Ajay Bijli and Uday Shankar discussed business of cinema at the virtual summit.
HTLS 2020: Ajay Bijli and Uday Shankar discussed business of cinema at the virtual summit.

HTLS 2020: Uday Shankar confirms IPL 2020 has been the biggest ever, Ajay Bijli hopeful about Tenet’s release in India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Entertainment Desk
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 08:13 PM IST
HTLS 2020: The Indian Premiere League this year has been the biggest in terms of viewership and theatres and films are all set to follow suit. Entertainment moguls Ajay Bijli and Uday Shankar hold forth on the business of entertainment in a post-Covid world.
BJP senior leader Nitin Gadkari.(HT photo)
BJP senior leader Nitin Gadkari.(HT photo)

HTLS 2020: Paving India’s road for improved connectivity

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 08:58 AM IST
Seen as a doer, Nitin Gadkari is among the senior-most ministers in the Narendra Modi government and the man on whom rests the fate of India’s connectivity.
Narendra Modi on Sunday extended his greetings to Samajwadi party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on his 82nd birthday(ANI)
Narendra Modi on Sunday extended his greetings to Samajwadi party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on his 82nd birthday(ANI)

PM Modi greets Mulayam on his 81st birthday, prays for his healthy life

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 02:07 PM IST
The area around Singh’s residence was decorated with poster greetings and the party workers were seen reaching the party headquarters in large numbers to congratulate their leader.
He said the speech given by Swami Vivekanand in Chicago is our inspiration.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
He said the speech given by Swami Vivekanand in Chicago is our inspiration.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

India not ‘expansionist’, believes in welfare of world: Nitin Gadkari

Pune | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 17, 2020 02:04 PM IST
Addressing an event in Pune via video-conferencing, Gadkari said to achieve self-reliance, there is a need for knowledge, entrepreneurship, science, technology, research and successful practices.
The minister admitted that significant EV-specific concerns persist like on batteries, charging, and driving range that prevent a large-scale consumer pull, but these issues being addressed rapidly(File Photo)
The minister admitted that significant EV-specific concerns persist like on batteries, charging, and driving range that prevent a large-scale consumer pull, but these issues being addressed rapidly(File Photo)

Reduce EV cost, forgo profit initially to capture market: Gadkari to automakers

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 07, 2020 02:19 AM IST
The minister said he is scheduled to make an hour-long presentation on EVs before the Chief Justice of India post-Diwali. He was addressing a virtual “Electric Mobility Conference 2020 - The Spark Revolution in India” by industry body Ficci
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been nudging the bureaucracy to change the way they operate, moving away from being process driven to become outcome oriented.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been nudging the bureaucracy to change the way they operate, moving away from being process driven to become outcome oriented.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

‘Nalayak’: Gadkari diagnosed bureaucratic malaise, Modi must inject cure | Analysis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 03:52 PM IST
A classic example of how the bureaucracy functions is the hundreds of minutes spent by officials to discuss steps needed to curb radicalisation of Kashmiri students going to Pakistan for higher education
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