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As growth slows, demand for work under MNREGA shoots to 9-yr high
Fri, Apr 03, 2020

According to figures uploaded on the MGNREGA official portal, 5.47 crore households sought MGNREGA works, the highest since 2010-11, when the number was 5.5 crore. It was 5.27 crore in 2018-19.

Allow limited resumption or we lose markets to China: Exporters to Govt
Thu, Apr 02, 2020

During an interaction on Monday with Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, exporters said if India does not begin shipments at this juncture, its export market will be taken over by Chinese products.

Coronavirus: Over 20 crore women to get first instalment of relief this week
Thu, Apr 02, 2020

The Centre has entrusted the Ministry of Rural Development with the implementation of this component of the relief package.

Industry raises key issues in supply of PPEs, ventilators
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

During the meeting, chaired by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Monday, the industry is learnt to have raised the issue of demand assessment of ventilators in India.

Coronavirus: Empowered group likely to firm up medical emergency plan in next few days
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

“The group is expected to come up with a medical emergency action plan in the next few days,” a source said.

Double-digit MGNREGA hike for all states, UTs
Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Mizoram, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have seen an increase of Rs 14 whereas Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Jammu & Kashmir recorded a hike of Rs 15, Rs 16 and Rs 17, respectively.

Two months after first coronavirus case, Rs 15,000-crore booster shot for health facilities
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

The first COVID-19 case was reported in India on January 30. Fifty-three days later, the government announced an allocation to ramp up medical infrastructure, including ventilators.

Just 35% Indian homes wash hands with soap, water before meals
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

According to an National Statistics Office survey, while members of most households (99 per cent) wash their hands before a meal, only those in 35.8 per cent households do so with “water and soap/detergent”.

No community spread of coronavirus yet, all actions to stop it: NITI panel head
Tue, Mar 24, 2020

In an interview to The Indian Express, a day after the country observed Janata Curfew, Dr V K Paul said, “Today, you can say, as of now we are preparing for Stage 3 and intensification of containment to the best possible extent.”

NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul: ‘Still local spread… no harm over-reacting’
Tue, Mar 24, 2020

As in-charge of health-related issues at NITI Aayog, the former AIIMS heads of paediatrics formulated the Centre’s POSHAN Abhiyaan to fight malnutrition and the Ayushman Bharat initiative.

COVID-19: Opposition seeks financial package, govt says pressing panic button not good
Sat, Mar 21, 2020

Raising the issue in Lok Sabha, Congress leader in the House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that after the Prime Minister’s address to the nation, prices of essential commodities have risen.

Govt speeds up approval for COVID-19 testing kits, drugs
Sat, Mar 21, 2020

In a note, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) said, “Any firm having an In-vitro Diagnostic Kit already approved for COVID-19 in any other country can directly approach... through Public Relations Office regarding expedited review/accelerated approval for marketing in India.”

CDR collection: Govt comes under fire for ‘surveillance’ bid, says fixing call drops
Thu, Mar 19, 2020

The Indian Express reported Wednesday that cellphone operators had red-flagged ‘surveillance’ after local units of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) sought call data records of all mobile subscribers across several pockets of the country for specific days over the past few months.

Why ICMR will not expand coronavirus tests: Not rational given India size
Tue, Mar 17, 2020

ICMR on coronavirus testing: India has conducted roughly 6,000 tests so far, lower than the US (8,000), Japan (9,600), France (12,000), the UK (13,000), and Italy (23,000). South Korea has conducted as many as 2 lakh, which experts see as the reason for their significantly declining numbers.

Above-normal March rainfall likely to impact mustard output
Sun, Mar 15, 2020

Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research’s director Dr G P Singh told The Sunday Express that early March rain and hailstorm, which is a localised event, will have very little impact on wheat output. However, it may have a negative impact on the mustard crop, which is ready to be harvested, Singh said.

System of pvt booking agents must go: Piyush Goyal
Sat, Mar 14, 2020

During a debate on Demand for Grants for his ministry, Goyal said, “Now, I think the chain of vendors and ticketing agents is not required. I am considering that these agents and sub-agents, who have put boards claiming that passengers will get tickets quickly, should be done away with.”

National Infrastructure Pipeline: Include inputs from local MPs in DPRs, suggest 2 House panels
Tue, Mar 10, 2020

The suggestions came months after a few MPs, during the Winter Session, demanded that inputs from respective Parliamentarians be taken while preparing DPRs for better implementation.

Five Questions: ‘What is the need to postpone debate on Delhi violence,’ asks Cong’s Chellakumar
Sat, Mar 07, 2020

"We want the government to take up Delhi violence for discussion because 53 valuable lives have been lost," says Congress MP Dr A Chellakumar.

Committee chaired by Speaker to look into instances of indiscipline in Lok Sabha
Sat, Mar 07, 2020

The announcement was made by BJP member Kirit P Solanki, who was in the Chair, as Speaker Birla, reportedly upset over the conduct of members inside the House, stayed away from the proceedings for the third consecutive day.

BJP ally names Gandhis as LS discusses virus, seven Cong MPs are suspended
Fri, Mar 06, 2020

The din over communal violence in Delhi, that had been dominating the session since Monday, took a break for about 40 minutes when Health Minister Harsh Vardhan read out a suo motu statement, updating the House on the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

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