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Dharmendra Pradhan Dharmendra Pradhan DOB: 26/06/1969

Dharmendra Pradhan is a BJP leader and currently the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepeneurship in the NDA government. He is the son of former BJP MP Dr. Debendra Pradhan. He started as an Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activist in the year 1983, and was elected President of Talcher College Students' Union in 1985. Soon he was elected as the national secretary of ABVP and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha from 2004 to 2006. He was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. Pradhan has represented the Deogarh constituency of Odisha. He was also a member of the 12th Assembly of Odisha (2000-2004). He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2012. Since then he was a member of several committees like Committee on Government Assurances, Joint Parliamentary Committee to examine matters relating to allocation and pricing of telecom licenses and spectrum, Committee on Rural Development and Committee on Agriculture. 2004 onwards, Pradhan was the party-incharge for Tripura, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and Odisha.

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Minister of Petroleum and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan 

Dharmendra Pradhan retains petroleum, gets steel too

India | May 31, 2019, 02:42 PM IST

Considered the party's chief ministerial candidate at one time, Pradhan had steered one of the Modi government's most talked about schemes Pradhan Mantri Ujjawla Yojana, an initiative to provide free cooking gas connection to poor women.

Dharmendra Pradhan, who held important portfolios like

Dharmendra Pradhan: From ABVP activist to Union Minister

India | May 30, 2019, 09:24 PM IST

Even though he lost one Assembly election from the Pallahara constituency in 2009, Dharmendra Pradhan's political journey has witnessed a rise and rise. Pradhan, who has been elected to the upper house of the Parliament this time from Madhya Pradesh, is a three-time MP and one-time MLA.

Modi Sarkar 2.0: Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan,

Modi Sarkar 2.0 formation: As it happened

India | May 29, 2019, 11:25 PM IST

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan and Prakash Javadekar are set to take oath as ministers in Modi Sarkar 2.0 on Thursday when Narendra Modi will be sworn in as the 16th Prime Minister of India.

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Congress is raising questions on Rafale deal to hide their failures: Dharmendra Pradhan

Politics | Dec 14, 2018, 11:16 PM IST

Gandhi also reiterated the Congress' demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the deal. He claimed that if it was conducted, names of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and businessman Anil Ambani will come to the fore.

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Piyush Goyal orders probe into Odisha land cave incident

India | Dec 07, 2018, 04:25 PM IST

In a letter to Goyal, Pradhan informed him of the incident that took place on Wednesday, saying it had caused panic among the residents.

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India to keep buying oil from Iran, thanks to PM Modi: Pradhan on US sanctions on Tehran

India | Nov 04, 2018, 01:01 AM IST

The US administration has allowed India and other seven countries to keep importing oil from Iran, despite its reimposition of crippling sanctions on the Persian Gulf nation from November 5.

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'Despite looming US sanctions, Indian companies will continue to buy Iranian oil in November'

India | Oct 09, 2018, 06:37 AM IST

"We have to fulfill our own domestic requirements. Some of our companies have already nominated theire quota for November," said the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, while referring to import of Iran's oil by Indian companies.

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No going back on fuel price deregulation: Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

India | Oct 08, 2018, 04:47 PM IST

  Pradhan said he had spoken to Saudi Oil Minister Khalid A Al-Falih and "reminded him of the June commitment of Opec to increase production by 1 million barrels per day" to help cool prices.

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Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan suggests Odisha reduce VAT on fuel

India | Sep 16, 2018, 04:31 PM IST

Reacting to Pradhan's proposal, Odisha Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera said the Centre should first reduce tax on the oil price.   

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Dharmendra Pradhan blames "isolated" American policies for fuel price rise

India | Aug 31, 2018, 08:16 PM IST

Earlier today, the Indian rupee slumped to a record low of 71 against the US dollar by falling 26 paise on persistent demand for the US currency amid rising crude prices.

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Government to move High Court against Reliance arbitration award, says Pradhan

India | Aug 03, 2018, 05:35 PM IST

Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday said the government will file an appeal in High Court against a ruling by an international tribunal which rejected its USD 1.55 billion claims against Reliance Industries for allegedly siphoning gas from fields operated by state-owned ONGC

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Petrol prices down by Rupee 1 in 10 days, diesel rates also dip

Business | Jun 08, 2018, 01:44 PM IST

However, despite the cut, petrol prices were hovering above the Rs 80-mark in Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.

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Modi govt mulling ‘immediate solution’ to deal with rising fuel prices: Dharmendra Pradhan

India | May 24, 2018, 08:15 PM IST

The minister recalled the central government had in October last year reduced the excise on fuel by Rs 2 per litre keeping in view the interest of the poor people, adding the Centre is looking at both short and long term solutions this time.

The issue of rising petrol, diesel prices is likely to be

Petrol at all time high of Rs 84.99 per litre in Mumbai; Govt likely to announce steps to control 'crisis'

Business | May 23, 2018, 12:53 PM IST

In Mumbai, petrol touched an all time time of Rs 84.99 per litre, while diesel was being sold at Rs 77. 76 per litre. Both the major petroleum products witnessed a hike of 29 paise per litre and 28 paise per paise per litre respectively.

As higher taxes take fuel prices to record high, Govt says

As higher taxes take fuel prices to record high, Govt says ‘working out on formula’ to reduce rates

Business | May 22, 2018, 10:54 PM IST

Amid the “crisis situation” created by rising fuel prices, BJP President Amit Shah on Tuesday said that the Centre taking the issue of oil prices seriously, and that it is working out on a formula to reduce the rates.

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Auction begins for laying PNG pipelines across 174 districts in India; check your district here

Business | May 08, 2018, 10:14 PM IST

Awards from the 9th CGD licensing round would help bring gas coverage to 174 districts in 22 states and Union Territories, covering 29 per cent of the country's area and 24 per cent of the population, Pradhan said.

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Petroleum products need to be brought under GST, says Dharmendra Pradhan

India | Apr 20, 2018, 10:13 PM IST

Both the central and state governments have started making up their mind in this regard, he said. Petroleum products are out of GST ambit which was rolled out in July last year.

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India needs 600 mn tonne refinery capacity by 2040, says Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

India | Jan 13, 2018, 04:24 PM IST

“India’s refining capacity must increase to about 600 million tonnes by 2040, from about 247 million tonnes currently. We have to add 20 million tonnes in every two-three years to achieve the target,” Pradhan said.

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India to send 3 lakh youth to Japan for on-job training

Business | Oct 11, 2017, 10:20 PM IST

India will send three lakh youth to Japan for on-job training for 3-5 years as part of the government's skill development programme.

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Gas trading platform to come up 'very soon' in India, says Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan

Business | Oct 11, 2017, 11:00 AM IST

The Oil minister said the government will soon come up with a gas trading platform.

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