Hardeep Singh Puri

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

03 Feb 2021

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.

Politics heats up over coronavirus vaccine, BJP leaders slam detractors

04 Jan 2021

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.

Aviation Minister says suspension of UK flights may be extended

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.

Decades after exit, Tata Group expresses interest in Air India

14 Dec 2020

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.

Centre extends cap on domestic airfare till February 24

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.

Barring tourists, government eases visa curbs for OCIs, PIOs, foreigners

22 Oct 2020

Barring tourists, government eases visa curbs for OCIs, PIOs, foreigners

Eight months after strict restrictions were imposed on inbound and outbound travel, the Indian government on Thursday eased visa curbs for Overseas Citizens of India (OCI), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO), and foreign nationals, saying they can visit the country for any purpose, except tourism.

DGCA serves notice to IndiGo over ruckus on Kangana's flight

11 Sep 2020

DGCA serves notice to IndiGo over ruckus on Kangana's flight

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has served a notice to IndiGo in connection to the chaos on its September 9 flight, which had Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut as a passenger.

Ease of doing business: Andhra Pradesh tops states' rankings

05 Sep 2020

Ease of doing business: Andhra Pradesh tops states' rankings

The Centre on Saturday released the rankings of states and union territories in terms of Ease of Doing Business (EoDB).

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

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.

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

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

22 Aug 2020

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.

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

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.

India plans bilateral 'air bubbles' with 5 neighboring countries

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.

Kerala crash: Digital flight data recorder, cockpit voice recorder recovered

08 Aug 2020

Kerala crash: Digital flight data recorder, cockpit voice recorder recovered

The digital flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder from the Air India flight that crashed in Kerala on Friday evening have been recovered, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Saturday.

Kerala crash: Pilot who died was a celebrated ex-IAF officer

08 Aug 2020

Kerala crash: Pilot who died was a celebrated ex-IAF officer

Had it not been for the deceased pilots, Wing Commander Deepak Vasant Sathe and Captain Akhilesh Kumar, the unfortunate Air India Express flight would have caught fire and taken more lives, survivors of last evening's crash said.

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

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.

Government may resume international flights by next month

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'

01 Jun 2020

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.

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

29 May 2020

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

25 May 2020

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.

India takes to skies again, air travel resumes with precautions

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.

Maharashtra lockdown may not end on May 31, says Thackeray

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?

24 May 2020

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.

Domestic flights to resume from tomorrow, but confusion persists

24 May 2020

Domestic flights to resume from tomorrow, but confusion persists

Even as domestic passenger flights are set to resume in India from Monday, some states have questioned the move citing issues with rules and their reluctance to accept flights.

Air India starts booking for domestic flights from May 25

22 May 2020

Air India starts booking for domestic flights from May 25

National carrier Air India has opened bookings for domestic flights scheduled from May 25 onwards, when civil aviation operations are slated to resume partially.

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

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.

Air fares will be capped for three months

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

21 May 2020

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.

Coronavirus: 3,434 dead in India; 5 states record biggest spikes

21 May 2020

Coronavirus: 3,434 dead in India; 5 states record biggest spikes

On Wednesday, the number of coronavirus infections in India surged past 1.12 lakh, with an uptick of over 5,200 new COVID-19 cases. The death toll in the outbreak also stood at 3,434.

Domestic flights to resume from May 25: Civil Aviation Minister

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.

Air, train travel restrictions to continue beyond May 3: Report

19 Apr 2020

Air, train travel restrictions to continue beyond May 3: Report

A day after Air India opened bookings for flights traveling May 4 onwards, a report said restrictions on air and train travel may continue beyond May 3.

Kunal Kamra's plea against flying ban dismissed by Delhi HC

20 Mar 2020

Kunal Kamra's plea against flying ban dismissed by Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to hear stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra's plea challenging a flying ban imposed on him.

Kunal Kamra's flying ban reduced; Delhi HC disposes comedian's plea

27 Feb 2020

Kunal Kamra's flying ban reduced; Delhi HC disposes comedian's plea

The aviation ban on stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra imposed by the airline Indigo has been reduced to three months from six months.

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

25 Feb 2020

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.

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

01 Feb 2020

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.

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

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.

After IndiGo and Air India, SpiceJet bans comedian Kunal Kamra

29 Jan 2020

After IndiGo and Air India, SpiceJet bans comedian Kunal Kamra

Since heckling journalist Arnab Goswami on a flight on Tuesday, stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra has been banned by three airlines.

Government wants to sell entire stake in Air India

27 Jan 2020

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.

Modi creates two cabinet committees to focus on jobs, economic-growth

06 Jun 2019

Modi creates two cabinet committees to focus on jobs, economic-growth

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has finally addressed the elephant in the room. On Wednesday, he formed two Cabinet committees to look into job creation and slow economic growth- two issues which his government is facing in its second term.

Election roundup: Big winners, losers and records broken

24 May 2019

Election roundup: Big winners, losers and records broken

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will govern India for the next five years after India showered BJP with a stunning and historic mandate.