Gopal Rai: News

Gopal Rai is an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) politician and social activist, a Member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly since 2015. As of 2021, he is the Minister for Environment, Development, and General Administration in the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi Government. Rai obtained his Masters of Arts (MA) degree in Sociology from Lucknow University, Uttar Pradesh. Active in student politics during college years, Rai was a member of the All India Students Association (AISA), the student wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation. He participated in Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement in the early 2010s and joined AAP on its founding. He had a verbal clash with General VK Singh, former Chief of Army Staff, during Hazare’s fast in 2013 when the latter took a dig at the newly formed AAP for causing a divide in the movement. In 2013, Rai contested the Delhi Assembly elections from the Babarpur constituency but lost. Rai, however, won in the 2015 and 2020 elections from the same constituency. He has served as Minister for Transport, Labour, Environment, Development, and General Administration in the Delhi Government since 2015.

07 Nov 2022

Delhi Air Pollution

Delhi AQI improves slightly, decision on reopening schools, offices today

In a marginal respite from air pollution, Delhiites witnessed slight improvement, with the air quality index (AQI) declining to 326 in the "very poor" category at 7:00 am on Monday.

01 Oct 2022

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Delhi: No fuel from October 25 without pollution check certificate

The Delhi Government, led by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), has taken significant steps to reduce vehicle pollution in the national capital.

07 Sep 2022


Delhi: Firecracker ban to continue this Diwali, says environment minister

Delhi Government will continue its ban on firecrackers this Diwali as well, Environment Minister Gopal Rai said on Wednesday.

02 Dec 2021


Delhi shuts schools till further orders over air pollution

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday said all schools in the city will be closed from Friday until further orders due to severe air pollution.

24 Nov 2021


Delhi: SC pulls up Centre over delay in pollution-control measures

The Supreme Court on Wednesday criticized the Centre for delay in the implementation of pollution-control measures in Delhi.

24 Nov 2021


Delhi schools and colleges to reopen from November 29

Schools, colleges, and other educational institutions will reopen in Delhi from Monday, November 29, the city's Environment Minister Gopal Rai announced.

19 Aug 2021


Kejriwal to inaugurate Delhi's first smog tower on August 23

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will inaugurate Delhi's first smog tower at Connaught Place on August 23, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said on Thursday.

06 Nov 2020

Delhi Police

Delhi: Rs. 1 lakh fine on bursting or selling firecrackers

Bursting or selling firecrackers in the national capital this season could invite a fine of up to Rs. 1 lakh, Delhi's Environment Minister Gopal Rai said on Friday.

29 Oct 2020

Air Pollution

Delhi's air quality worsens to 'severe'; thick smog envelops capital

The air quality in Delhi fell into the 'severe' category on Thursday as residents awoke to a thick smog blanketing the national capital.

28 May 2020

Madhya Pradesh

Delhi braces for 'probable locust attack'; issues advisory

The Delhi government on Thursday issued an advisory to help tackle a "probable locust attack."

17 Feb 2020

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Delhi Cabinet finalized; Kejriwal to not hold any portfolios

After Arvind Kejriwal took charge as the Delhi Chief Minister for the third time on Monday, the portfolio allocation for the Cabinet was finalized.

16 Feb 2020

Narendra Modi

Everyone's CM, forgive opponents: What Kejriwal said after taking oath

Bureaucrat-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal took the oath as Delhi's Chief Minister for a third time on Sunday and delivered a speech to impress his voters and political opponents alike.

16 Feb 2020

Delhi Police

For third time, Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as Delhi's CM

Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal took the oath as Delhi's Chief Minister for a third straight time today.

09 Feb 2020

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

After exit polls, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal meets AAP leaders

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called a meeting of senior leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party after the exit polls for the Assembly elections were announced.

30 Mar 2019


Aam Aadmi Party: The good, the bad, the ugly

For weeks now, political circles have been busy with a question: Will they, won't they? The "they" signifying a probable alliance between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress for the ensuing summer elections. More so because AAP has been Congress' staunch critic.

20 Mar 2019

West Bengal

Lok Sabha elections: Congress fighting against time to stitch alliances

With general elections starting in less than a month, Congress has still not announced alliances in Bihar and J&K, hinting that the party is in soup.

#Elections2019: AAP releases song, makes full-statehood for Delhi principal agenda

The Aam Aadmi Party launched a song yesterday to establish that Delhi's full statehood will be their central agenda for the 2019 elections.

02 Mar 2019

Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha elections: AAP announces candidates for Delhi seats

Ending speculations of an alliance with the Congress, the Aam Admi Party announced the names of party candidates on six of seven seats today in Delhi for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

AAP to hold campaign highlighting BJP's 'injustice' on full-statehood issue

CM Arvind Kejriwal today appealed to PM Narendra Modi to grant full statehood status to Delhi, an issue that the ruling AAP is expected to raise in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls in an emphatic manner.

13 Feb 2019

West Bengal

Mahagathbandhan 2.0: At AAP's rally, Chandrababu Naidu to unite opposition

Almost a month after various opposition parties came together in Kolkata, West Bengal, to attend a mega rally organized by Trinamool Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party is all set to host another political event in Delhi on Wednesday.

01 Oct 2018

Delhi Police

Delhi: Court dismisses plea seeking FIR against Kejriwal, others

A court in New Delhi has refused to direct the Delhi Police to lodge an FIR against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia, and others for wrongfully restraining and criminally intimidating a person during their sit-in protest at the Lt Governor's (LG) office in June.

21 Jun 2018

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Another face-off looming in Delhi? Kejriwal plans Bengaluru-trip, bureaucrats worried

Two days after a months-long stand-off between the Delhi government and bureaucracy seemingly ended, things are looking uncertain once again.

19 Jun 2018

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Kejriwal ends sit-in-protest at L-G office; IAS-officers returning to work

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has finally ended his nine-day sit-in protest at Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal's office as the IAS officers on strike are now returning to work, according to Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.

18 Jun 2018

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Delhi: Sisodia hospitalized; health deteriorates as hunger strike enters 6-day

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who has been on hunger strike since June 13 at the Lieutenant Governor's office, was on Monday taken to hospital after his health deteriorated, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said.

18 Jun 2018

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain's condition is stable: LNJP Hospital

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain's condition is stable even as he is kept in ICU of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital.

18 Jun 2018

Delhi High Court

AAP's Satyendar Jain, Manish Sisodia hospitalized on Day-6 of hunger-strike

Six days after launching an indefinite hunger strike, Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain was rushed to hospital yesterday after his health deteriorated.

17 Jun 2018

Delhi Police

Delhi: Metro stations closed, security upped ahead of AAP's march

Five stations of the Delhi Metro have been shut down for the day for AAP's planned protest march to PM Narendra Modi's residence.

16 Jun 2018

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Is Rahul Gandhi supporting BJP, asks protesting Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, who is continuing his sit-in protest at L-G Anil Baijal's office, asked Congress President Rahul Gandhi to reveal if he is actually supporting Bharatiya Janata Party.

15 Jun 2018

Narendra Modi

PM, L-G refuse to intervene as AAP protest enters Day-5

The political drama in Delhi shows no signs of ending. The Center and L-G Anil Baijal have continued to remain mum, even as protests by AAP entered Day-5.

14 Jun 2018

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Delhi-drama: BJP launches counter-protest as former-veteran Yashwant Sinha joins AAP-battle

The political situation in Delhi turned more dramatic even as AAP leaders' sit-in protest at the L-G's office entered the fourth day.

13 Jun 2018

Narendra Modi

As sit-in protest enters third-day, Kejriwal trains guns on Modi

As Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's at the L-G's office entered Day-3, the AAP chief trained his guns on PM Narendra Modi.

12 Jun 2018

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Kejriwal's visit to L-G's office turns into nightstay, indefinite fast

A visit by AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal to Delhi L-G Anil Baijal's office yesterday turned into a nightstay, as they refused to leave till their demands were met.

09 May 2018

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Delhi BJP alleges labor fund scam, ACB registers case

Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari on Tuesday alleged that AAP workers were being registered as construction laborers to misuse labor welfare fund and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and minister Gopal Rai are responsible for it.

22 Feb 2018


Re-building bonds? Amitabh Bachchan starts following Congress leaders on Twitter

Is superstar Amitabh Bachchan getting close to the Congress once again? Speculations have abounded since social media users noticed he recently started following many party leaders on Twitter.

05 Dec 2017

South Korea

Delhi's New-Year gift: One common card for metro, bus travel

After several failed deadlines, Delhiites might finally get a common mobility card for the Delhi Metro and DTC buses this New Year.

05 Nov 2017


AAP to stage nationwide protests on first demonetization anniversary

The Aam Aadmi Party will observe November 8, the day PM Narendra Modi demonetized Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes last year, as 'Fraud Day'.

18 Jul 2017


AAP plans cabinet reshuffle, Sisodia might lose revenue

With plans to strengthen its base in rural Delhi, the AAP is considering a cabinet reshuffle. The changes are likely to bring Law and Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot to the forefront.

26 Apr 2017

Shashi Tharoor

MCD 2017 Results: Who said what

Three hours after counting for the MCD elections started, the BJP was gaining massive ground, ahead from its rivals AAP and Congress in 180 seats out of 272.

31 Oct 2016


Delhi bird flu death toll hits 77

Authorities recovered four dead crows from Shakti Sthal, taking the death toll of birds afflicted by avian influenza to 77.

29 Oct 2016


Delhi Bird flu death toll hits 73

Three more birds died of suspected avian influenza, two at Shakti Sthal and one at Paschim Vihar DDA Park, taking the total death toll to 73.