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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Karishma Mehrotra


Year later, One Nation, One Ration off to slow start
Thu, May 06, 2021

A native of Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur, Kumar was preparing for a 25-hour bus ride to his hometown with his family of 10 in fear of a lockdown.

Dr Anthony S Fauci on India’s Covid Crisis: ‘Shut down the country for a few weeks…hang in there, take care of each other, we’ll get to a normal’
Sat, May 01, 2021

Dr Anthony S Fauci, chief medical advisor to the Biden Administration and who has worked with seven US Presidents, spoke exclusively to The Indian Express on Friday from the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Study: Migrants who returned earned five-fold of those who stayed back
Wed, Apr 28, 2021

The survey, which will be released online Wednesday, shows that only 45 per cent of female migrants returned to their urban workplaces -- 40 per cent of them earned no income across a week in which they were tracked in February 2021.

Explained: Amid concerns in India and Brazil, the unused vaccine stockpile in US
Tue, Apr 27, 2021

According to Brown University School of Public Health Ashish Jha, the US is “sitting on 35-40 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine Americans will never use”.

Climate Summit: PM Modi, Joe Biden launch India-US clean energy initiative
Fri, Apr 23, 2021

The US pledged to cut emissions by 50 to 52 per cent of its 2005 levels by 2030. This is double the 2015 goal set by former President Barack Obama.

States brace for migrants’ return; helplines, control rooms start again
Tue, Apr 20, 2021

States such as Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Bihar, which were overwhelmed by the massive numbers of returnees last year, are hoping to be able to handle a similar situation better.

Covid-19 lockdowns return, with a change: migrants are now mostly single, male
Thu, Apr 08, 2021

While there is no such official nationwide data, experts note that the migration back to workplaces since the end of the first lockdown has been increasingly single, male migration, leaving families behind.

12 parties unite to oppose as Centre pushes through Delhi Bill; black day: AAP
Thu, Mar 25, 2021

As many as 12 Opposition parties in Rajya Sabha and nine in Lok Sabha opposed the Bill.

Niti group works on new policy to regulate civil society groups, member says for ‘healthy partnership with govt’
Wed, Mar 24, 2021

The working group includes Joint Secretaries of the Financial Action Task Force division of Department of Economic Affairs as well as the Counter Terrorism and Counter Radicalisation Division/Combating of Funding of Terrorist Cell in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

NDMA member highlights need to rethink Disaster Management Act
Tue, Mar 23, 2021

“The pandemic has taught us that risk is not confined. Risk ripples across sectors and geographies. We have to address the notion of systemic risk as opposed to silos of different hazards," said National Disaster Management Authority member Kamal Kishore.

Oppn parties protesting, Bill to amend mining norms clears Rajya Sabha
Tue, Mar 23, 2021

The Opposition demanded that the Bill be sent to a select committee. Congress MP Digvijaya Singh moved a motion to do so.

Rajya Sabha nod to Bill to modify Tamil Nadu SC list
Tue, Mar 23, 2021

Mallikarjun Khare, Leader of the Opposition, asked why this was brought up only before the Assembly elections in the state.

LS nod for Bill to modify SCs list in TN
Sat, Mar 20, 2021

Moving the The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021, Minister for Social Justice Empowerment Thawarchand Gehlot said seven sub-castes would be encompassed under Devendrakula Vellalar with the exclusion of the Kadian community in certain listed districts.

Nirmala Sitharaman says terror incidents down in Valley, Oppn disagrees
Fri, Mar 19, 2021

Sitharaman said, “Assembly elections can only be held after the process of delimitation is completed and the decision to hold elections lies with the EC.”

10 states/UTs have not sanctioned slum redevelopment housing under PMAY: Govt
Thu, Mar 11, 2021

In response to a question in Rajya Sabha, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has given a state-wise breakdown of houses sanctioned under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) slum redevelopment vertical.

Ease of Living Index: Bengaluru ‘most liveable’ city, Delhi at 13th spot
Fri, Mar 05, 2021

The Ease of Living Index, according to the government, is an assessment tool that evaluates the quality of life and impact of various initiatives for urban development.

Urban Affairs Ministry recommends amending Constitution for greater municipal autonomy
Thu, Mar 04, 2021

Municipal planning has also been highlighted by the report as having "fallen short".

Global freedom watchdog report downgrades India from ‘free’ to ‘partly free’
Thu, Mar 04, 2021

India’s score decreased from 71 to 67, with 100 being the ranking for the most free country, and its rank fell from 83 to 88 out of 211 countries

Phase 2 of Swachh Bharat Mission to focus on waste segregation at source
Wed, Mar 03, 2021

The second phase of the SBM, announced in the Union Budget, will be responsible for sewage management in all cities that have less than 1 lakh population.

Centre alerts banks on ‘slowdown’ in loans to street vendors
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

In a letter to public sector banks, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has noted that “sanctions and disbursements” of loans for street vendors, as part of a scheme instituted during the Covid-19 lockdown last year, have “slowed down”.

Explained: What is NITI Aayog’s draft national policy on migrant workers?
Mon, Mar 22, 2021

A NITI Aayog policy draft has proposed the contours of a national policy on migrant workers. Several key recommendations in the draft can be compared to a government working group report from 2017.

Enable vote, map skill, inter-state teams: First migrant policy draft
Sun, Feb 21, 2021

Last year’s migrant crisis sent 10 million labourers home, according to numbers provided to Parliament by Santosh Gangwar, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Labour and Employment.

Jal Jeevan Mission-Urban: Govt selects 10 cities for survey
Wed, Feb 17, 2021

A Pey Jal Survekshan will determine the distribution of water, wastewater, and water bodies in 10 cities: Patiala, Rohtak, Churu, Agra, Surat, Badlapur, Bhubaneswar, Tumkur, Kochi and Madurai. Five of these cities are water-scarce and five are water abundant.

Liberal in US, conservative in India: Survey finding on Indian Americans
Wed, Feb 10, 2021

The online survey, conducted in September 2020 by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Pennsylvania, covered 1,200 Indian American adult residents.

Migrant workers: Group starts putting umbrella job portal into shape
Sun, Feb 07, 2021

The group, that includes members from each of the ministries, held its first meeting in late December and is considering a blueprint on a 'United Platform for Skill Development and Employment Ecosystem'.