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Jay Mazoomdaar


Express Investigation Part-4: Foreign secy, Niti CEO on list; Facebook bans Zhenhua Data
Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Responding to The Indian Express reports, Zhenhua Data late Tuesday night said it was privately owned, its partners did not have any background in the Chinese military or the Chinese government, and its operation was “not illegal or unreasonable”.

Explained: Why China harvests India data, why track public figures
Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Zhenhua Data scrapes information that’s in public domain. So what’s the big deal? The big deal is in how big data works, the sweep of the targets — and the uses it can be put to.

Tracked by Chinese firm: Over 6,000 accused of financial crime, terrorism, IPL betting, narcotics, smuggling, big to small
Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Among the high-profile entries being tracked are income-tax evasion cases against 19 companies founded by friends or relatives of former Satyam Group chairman Ramalinga Raju; the Vyapam scam involving Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board.

Express Investigation Part-2: New economy under Chinese watch — Tech start-ups, range of apps from payment to healthcare
Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Unsurprisingly, the top payment apps are part of the database. So are the supply chain portfolio and delivery apps. Also under watch are the tech startups in the urban transportation segment.

China is watching — Hybrid warfare: What data they collect, why it’s cause for concern
Wed, Sep 16, 2020

What kind of data has it collected on the targets, what does it mean when it says it’s engaged in hybrid warfare, what’s the cause for concern?

China is watching — On list: Chief of Defence Staff; military, science top brass
Tue, Sep 15, 2020

China is watching: Among the top sleuths on the list are former RAW chief VikramSood; former IB additional director Gurbachan Singh and former deputy director general of Central Economic Intelligence Bureau Kailash Sethi.

China watching: President, PM, key Opposition leaders, Cabinet, CMs, Chief Justice of India…the list goes on
Tue, Sep 15, 2020

China is Watching: Over 10,000 Indians, entities from politics to business, judiciary to media, even crime-accused, tracked by big-data firm linked to Chinese govt.

As if no rule of law: SC panel chief to govt on Char Dham ‘violations’
Wed, Aug 26, 2020

Underlining that laws have been violated “as if the Rule of Law does not exist”, HPC chairperson Ravi Chopra, in an August 13 letter to the Environment Secretary, said the project has caused “incalculable and long-term damage to the Himalayan ecology”.

What camera traps saw during survey: More domestic dogs than tigers in major reserves
Mon, Aug 03, 2020

Experts say the proliferation of dogs and livestock, mostly feral and abandoned, inside forests carries the risk of transmission of various diseases to wildlife.

741 tigers gained, 4685 sq km of tiger forest lost: Report
Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Due in September 2019, the quadrennial report was delayed by 11 months. On July 29, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a summary report, announcing a 33 per cent jump in India’s tiger number from 2,226 in 2014 to 2,967 in 2018.

NGT panel red-flags violations at OIL’s Baghjan project
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

In a preliminary report, the panel has recommended “scrutiny of all existing projects of OIL in Assam” in view of “serious and grave infraction against the statutory environmental safeguards”.

No breathability norms in place, ‘sweat chamber’ PPE kits pile up
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

Healthcare experts at the forefront of the race to contain the Covid outbreak continue to complain that these kits are “suffocating” and “unwearable”.

Makers of rapid test kits flounder as unclear policy constricts market size
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

Till June 19, the ICMR validated 56 rapid antibody test kits, 11 of which are Indian. But the test does not even figure in its June 23 advisory on ‘Strategies for Covid-19 testing’.

Test kits: Firms stuck between zero import duty and export ban
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

While India has reached the 10-million-test landmark, domestic manufacturers supply only 25-30% of RT-PCR kits used. Given that ICMR has validated over two dozen Indian manufacturers, that is a small improvement from the country’s 100% dependence on imported test kits in March.

Days before Assam fire, OIL cleared curbs to get nod for project inside national park
Mon, Jul 06, 2020

On May 11, OIL obtained environment clearance from the Centre for drilling seven wells inside Dibru Saikhowa using the sub-surface Extended Reach Drilling (ERD) technology from three existing wells (Baghjan 3, 5 and 11) adjacent to the park.

Explained: Reading the draft Environment Impact Assessment norms, and finding the red flags
Mon, Aug 10, 2020

The Delhi High Court has extended the window for public feedback to the draft Environment Impact Assessment Notification 2020. A look at the changes proposed in the norms, and why these bother activists.

Delhi HC rejected, police repeated: bail will ‘send adverse message to society’
Sun, Jun 28, 2020

In its order granting bail to Firoz Khan, an Old Mustafabad resident sent to judicial custody on April 3 in a case lodged in Dayalpur, the High Court said: “Prison is primarily for punishing convicts; not for detaining undertrials in order to send any ‘message’ to society. The remit of the court is to dispense justice in accordance with law, not to send messages to society.”

Environment Impact Assessment draft: Officials propose 60-day extension for responses, get only 20 days
Fri, Jun 26, 2020

Since the draft was published on April 11, the mandatory 60-day public notice period would end on June 10. By setting June 30 as the new deadline, Javadekar in effect settled for an extension of only 20 days.

Paradise Papers: Cox & Kings used offshore route to cut tax in Germany, UK
Sun, Sep 13, 2020

On June 8, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) searched the office of Cox & Kings, the residences of its promoter Ajay Ajit Peter Kerkar and other senior executives under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in connection with a Rs 3,642 crore fraud at Yes Bank Ltd.

Coal India unit misled wildlife board: Expert member writes to Javadekar
Mon, Jun 01, 2020

In a letter to Environment minister Prakash Javadekar, Raman Sukumar, eminent elephant expert and NBWL member, also sought action against North Eastern Coalfields for suppressing from the NBWL the extent of violations at the project site.

May 1 marks the beginning of early trend of reversal in dipping Covid growth rate
Wed, May 06, 2020

According to figures shared by the Union Health ministry, the 7-day compounded daily growth rate (CDGR) of Covid-19 cases started dipping on April 8.

Allow hydel project in NE, but give Rs 4 cr to study tigers, says Institute
Sun, Sep 13, 2020

Funded by the developer, the WII study concluded that the project would not affect tigers since none was camera-trapped in the project area during the four-month fieldwork.

Centre allows new lessees to mine for 2 yrs before getting fresh clearances
Mon, Apr 06, 2020

The Ministry’s move, in an order issued on March 28, was necessitated by the need to align government policies after the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957, was amended in January 2020 to include provisions for transfer of statutory clearances.

Green impact assessment not needed for bulk drug makers: Environment Ministry
Sat, Apr 04, 2020

Projects under Category A are appraised by the Ministry, and those under category B by states. Projects exempted from EIA and public hearings are classified under Category B2.

On the heels of Robert Vadra, I-T raids premises of his former aide
Thu, Mar 05, 2020

The searches, I-T officials said, were conducted in the morning in connection with alleged money laundering and benami landholdings in Bikaner. Earlier, properties belonging to the Nagar brothers were searched by the Enforcement Directorate and the I-T Department in April 2017 and October 2019 respectively.