Hardeep Singh Puri: News

Hardeep Singh Puri is a diplomat who has upheld India’s interests in various international forums such as the United Nations, Brazil, UK, Uruguay Round of UNDP/UNCTAD trade negotiations, etc. He completed a natural arc when he joined national politics in 2014 and later became a minister. Born on February 15, 1952, in Delhi, Puri completed his graduation and post-graduation in History from Hindu College, University of Delhi. He was a 1974-batch IFS officer. From 1994-1997, he served as a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. He was India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations during 2009-2013 and served as the President of the Security Council from August 2011 to November 2012. After retirement, he joined the International Peace Institute in 2013. It was BJP’s national security policy that attracted him to the party in 2014. In 2018, he became a member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh. In the second Narendra Modi government, he was appointed as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs and Civil Aviation and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry (2019-2021). During a cabinet overhaul in 2021, he was appointed as the Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs.

02 Jun 2024

Narendra Modi

'Not exit poll, it's Modi's fantasy poll…': Rahul

A day after exit polls predicted a massive victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Lok Sabha election, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has termed the exercise Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "fantasy poll."

03 Apr 2024


BJP sues Atishi for 'BJP approached me' claim

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has issued a legal notice to Delhi Minister Atishi over allegations that the party approached her to join the party.

01 Apr 2024

Arvind Kejriwal

Kejriwal's arrest: Wife Sunita makes 'dictatorship' claim against BJP

After the Rouse Avenue Court sent Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to 15-day judicial custody, his wife Sunita Kejriwal on Monday hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Centre.

29 Mar 2024

Arvind Kejriwal

'Madam prepping for post': Union minister's swipe at Sunita Kejriwal

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday took a swipe at Sunita Kejriwal, wife of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying that she is preparing to take over his position.

23 Jan 2024


India to become $5 trillion economy by 2024-25: Hardeep Puri

Union Petroleum Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri predicts that India's economy will hit a $5 trillion valuation by 2024-25 and double to $10 trillion by 2030.

16 Jan 2024

World Economic Forum

India to hit $5tn economy before 2028: Hardeep Singh Puri

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri is confident that India can become a $5 trillion economy well before the previously estimated year of 2028.

15 Dec 2023


India will buy Venezuelan oil, confirms Oil Minister Hardeep Puri

India is set to purchase Venezuelan oil, as announced by Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday.

MCD elections: BJP releases manifesto with big housing plan promise

Upping the ante for the upcoming elections for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday announced the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) master plan for MCD.

08 Oct 2022

Russia-Ukraine crisis

Moral duty toward people: Puri defends buying oil from Russia

India's Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday defended India's decision to acquire crude oil from Russia and stated that he had a moral duty to supply energy to the people of the country.

Centre's U-turn on Rohingyas: MHA says no flats in Delhi

Hours after Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced rehabilitation for Rohingya refugees in Delhi, the Centre released a statement objecting to the news.

13 Jul 2022

Narendra Modi

Row over 'aggressive' national emblem: Centre slams 'experts' over criticism

The Centre has defended the depiction of the national emblem cast atop the new Parliament building on Tuesday following opposition parties' criticism of its alleged "aggressive" makeover.

17 May 2022


Global wheat prices surge by 6% after India's export ban

When global markets opened Monday, international wheat prices were up nearly 6% per bushel (or 27.21 kg) compared to Saturday after India's wheat export ban.

15 May 2022


Wheat exports: Minister responds to G7 nations' criticism on ban

India's move to ban wheat exports drew criticism from the Group of Seven (G7) nations saying such steps might be unproductive and worsen the situation of rising commodity prices.

06 Apr 2022

Petrol Diesel Prices

Petrol, diesel prices hiked again; CNG gets costlier in Delhi

Fuel prices were raised again by 80 paise/liter on Wednesday, the 14th such increase in 16 days.

28 Mar 2022


Not considering buying Russian oil in rupees, minister informs Parliament

India is not considering purchasing oil from Russia or any other country using Indian rupees at present, following Western sanctions imposed on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, Rameshwar Teli, the junior oil minister, told Parliament on Monday.

20 Mar 2022


Diesel price for bulk customers hiked by Rs 25/liter

The price of diesel sold to bulk users has been raised by about Rs 25 per liter to reflect a nearly 40% increase in international oil rates, news agency PTI has reported.

28 Feb 2022

Jyotiraditya Scindia

Union Ministers to visit Ukraine's neighboring nations to evacuate Indians

Union Ministers Hardeep Singh Puri, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kiren Rijiju, and General (Retd) VK Singh will reportedly travel to the neighboring countries of Ukraine to help evacuate Indians from the country, sources told PTI.

23 Sep 2021

West Bengal

Petroleum Minister explains why petrol prices are not coming down

Petrol prices in the country are not coming down as the states do not want to bring fuel under the ambit of the GST, Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said.

23 Aug 2021


Sikh scripture copies, 75 people being flown in from Kabul

Three copies of Sikh scripture Guru Granth Sahib and 75 people, including 46 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, are being evacuated from war-ravaged Afghanistan on an IAF plane, people coordinating the evacuation efforts with the Indian government said on Monday.

08 Jul 2021


Delhi HC slams Saket Gokhale in Lakshmi Puri's defamation case

The Delhi High Court today slammed self-described activist Saket Gokhale for putting out allegedly defamatory tweets against former Indian envoy Lakshmi Puri.

17 May 2021


Why BJP minister Hardeep Puri helping Mallika Dua irked netizens?

Questions of celebrity privilege, political inclination, and rich-poor divide came to the fore surrounding actress/comedienne Mallika Dua recently.

Ease of Living Index: Bengaluru, Shimla 'most liveable' cities

Bengaluru was adjudged the most liveable among 111 cities in India in the government's Ease of Living Index (EoLI) released on Thursday, followed by Pune, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Surat, Navi Mumbai, Coimbatore, Vadodra, Indore, and Greater Mumbai.

With Rs. 8,000 crore grant, India plans eight new cities

The central government is planning to build eight new cities to meet the demands of urban expansion.

04 Jan 2021

Akhilesh Yadav

Politics heats up over coronavirus vaccine, BJP leaders slam detractors

While India's wait for a coronavirus vaccine is over with the approval given to Serum Institute Of India's Covishield and Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN, a number of Opposition leaders have raised questions over the process, only to get slammed by the members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

30 Dec 2020


New coronavirus strain scare: India-UK flights suspended till January 7

India on Wednesday extended the ban on flights to and from the United Kingdom until January 7 next year. The Centre had earlier suspended India-UK flights until December 31 but has now extended it by one week.

29 Dec 2020


Aviation Minister says suspension of UK flights may be extended

Last week, the Indian government suspended flights to and from the United Kingdom till December 31, in view of the mutated strain of coronavirus.

14 Dec 2020

Air India

Decades after exit, Tata Group expresses interest in Air India

One of India's largest conglomerates, the Tata Group, has submitted an expression of interest for acquiring the beleaguered national carrier Air India.

30 Oct 2020


Centre extends cap on domestic airfare till February 24

The lower and upper limits on fares for domestic air travel will remain in place for another three months, till February 24, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Thursday.

28 Aug 2020


Refusal to wear masks will get you on 'no-fly' list

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced that passengers who refuse to wear masks on flights would be put on a no-fly list.

25 Aug 2020


By Diwali, domestic air operations could be restored: Hardeep Puri

Come Diwali (November 14), much of India's domestic civil air traffic will be restored to original numbers, said Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday.

Delhi: Areas under three civic bodies among filthiest in India

The Swachh Survekshan (Annual Survey of Cleanliness) 2020, whose results were announced on Thursday, found that areas that come under three civic bodies in Delhi are among the country's filthiest places.

20 Aug 2020


Indore emerges India's cleanest city for the fourth consecutive time

In a moment of pride for Indore, it has emerged as India's cleanest city for the fourth time in a row, according to the Swachh Survekshan Survey 2020.

18 Aug 2020


India plans bilateral 'air bubbles' with 5 neighboring countries

India has proposed to establish bilateral air bubble arrangements with five of its neighbors, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Tuesday. Notably, Pakistan is not among the list of neighbors.

16 Jul 2020


India establishes bilateral 'air bubbles' with France, US: Details here

India on Thursday announced it has set up bilateral "air bubbles" with France and the US to resume international commercial flights from Friday.

04 Jun 2020


Government may resume international flights by next month

A recent report from India Today had suggested that the Ministry of Civil Aviation was contemplating to resume international flight operations in July.

Airlines told to keep middle-seats vacant or give 'wrap-around gowns'

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday asked airlines to keep middle seats vacant during journeys to ward off risks of coronavirus transmission.

29 May 2020

West Bengal

Lockdown 5.0: Here's what is likely to be allowed

As the fourth phase of the coronavirus lockdown nears its end, multiple reports have claimed that the curbs will be extended.

Five-year-old flies to Bengaluru alone, meets mother after months

As domestic flights resumed in India after weeks, among the first fliers was a five-year-old, who was stuck in Delhi for the past three months.

25 May 2020


India takes to skies again, air travel resumes with precautions

Two months after all air travel was suspended in India, amid coronavirus crisis, domestic operations restarted from today, with a number of precautions.

24 May 2020


Maharashtra lockdown may not end on May 31, says Thackeray

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said that the lockdown may not be lifted on May 31 as the "multiplication of the virus" is picking up.

With domestic flights resuming, what will change at Delhi airport?

As the government has allowed domestic flights to resume from Monday, Delhi's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport has decided to conduct operations from its Terminal 3.

21 May 2020


14-day quarantine not required for domestic fliers: Hardeep Singh Puri

As domestic flight operations are set to resume from Monday, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said there will be no quarantine for passengers.

21 May 2020


Air fares will be capped for three months

Once airlines restore partial services from Monday, they will have to adhere to the pricing guidelines of the Civil Aviation Ministry, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Thursday. The rates will be capped for three months.

Guidelines for domestic air travel announced: What's allowed, what's not

The Airports Authority of India, AAI, on Thursday released the standard operating procedure (SOPs) for domestic air travel, underlining that downloading the Aarogya Setu app will not be mandatory for children below 14 years.

20 May 2020


Domestic flights to resume from May 25: Civil Aviation Minister

Domestic flights are set to resume operations from May 25 after being grounded for nearly two months amid the nationwide lockdown, imposed to limit the spread of COVID-19.

25 Feb 2020

Delhi High Court

Delhi HC pulls up DGCA over Kunal Kamra's airlines ban

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) should not have asked airlines to put comedian Kunal Kamra on a no-fly list, the Delhi High Court observed on Tuesday while hearing a petition filed by him.

01 Feb 2020

Arnab Goswami

Kunal Kamra sends legal notice to IndiGo; demands Rs. 25L

Stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra has sent a legal notice to IndiGo airlines after the budget flier suspended him for six months.

30 Jan 2020


Kunal Kamra banned by airlines; what do lawyers, DGCA say?

Budget flier IndiGo on Tuesday suspended stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra from flying with the airline after the latter heckled journalist Arnab Goswami on a Mumbai-Lucknow flight.

27 Jan 2020

Qatar Airways

Government wants to sell entire stake in Air India

The government wants to sell Air India and has invited bids for the same. But unlike its previous attempt in 2018, this time the government has put its complete stake in the debt-ridden airlines on sale.

23 May 2019

Narendra Modi

Five famous civil servants in Modi government to know about

The Indian Civil Services are a dream for lakhs of youngsters.