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Friday, March 05, 2021

Karishma Mehrotra


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?
Tue, Mar 02, 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'.

Govt notice to Twitter on restored accounts
Thu, Feb 04, 2021

Around 100 Twitter accounts and 150 tweets related to the farmers' protests went off the microblogging platform on Monday morning as the IT Ministry directed Twitter to remove these accounts under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.

Granted Rs 8,000 crore, govt looks at 8 new cities
Wed, Feb 03, 2021

Aim to build planned cities to take care of population in peripheral towns, says Housing Ministry secretary.

Twitter block to road spikes and a train diversion: bid to deter stir
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

On Monday, around 100 Twitter accounts and 150 tweets related to the farmers’ protests went off the microblogging platform as the IT Ministry directed Twitter to remove these accounts under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.

Flagship schemes in Budget 2021: Big hike in finance and health sectors
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

Along with the MUDRA scheme in the finance sector, the health and wellbeing sector saw a significant push, growing from a total outlay of Rs 20,000 crore last year to Rs 58,500 crore this year.

No increase of outlay for urban housing projects; transport, watery supply see renewed push
Mon, Feb 01, 2021

The mission allocation this year (2021-2022) is again Rs 8,000 crore, leading experts to deduce that the mission will again have to resort to extra-budgetary resources to finance the bulk of the mission.

In the pipeline: Flagship scheme to take tap water to all cities, towns
Sun, Jan 24, 2021

Jal Jeevan Mission-Urban: Cabinet to consider Rs 2,79,500-cr, 5-year plan.

Surge in dating apps in Tier-II cities, but skew against women
Mon, Jan 18, 2021

India is the second-largest revenue market for dating apps, after the US, with $323 million in revenue in 2020, according to

Sewage action plan: Himachal walks different path, despite Centre’s push
Tue, Jan 19, 2021

Himachal submitted its action plan this month to the Central Monitoring Committee (CMC), which is overseeing compliance to a set of National Green Tribunal orders to make sewage 100 per cent treated by March 2021.

Smart Cities Mission train officers in data-driven governance
Fri, Jan 15, 2021

In each of the 100 Smart Cities across the country, the appointed City Data Officer (CDO) is currently undergoing a six-week training by the Centre’s Smart Cities Mission and Tata Trusts to reimagine how data and information can solve local issues.

Twitter’s Trump ban: BJP slams it, Congress says welcome signal
Sun, Jan 10, 2021

Deplatforming sitting US President sets dangerous precedent; tech firms are now the new oligarchs, says BJP IT cell head.

The mob in the Capitol: An account of a day of mayhem unleashed by Trump on the US
Fri, Jan 08, 2021

The day’s violence made Biden’s major upcoming challenge even more clear: to quell a persistent belief amongst a section of the population that his victory is illegitimate.

25 Indian Americans in Joe Biden team to make new govt ‘look like the country’
Thu, Dec 24, 2020

As US President-elect Joe Biden continues to fill his government structure in a way that will “look like the country”, at least 25 Indian Americans are set to hold roles in the new administration, with at least 15 in key policy positions.

Explained: The US election prediction models, and what may have gone wrong in 2016 and 2020
Thu, Nov 19, 2020

Even though votes are still being counted and the data is still being sifted, American analysts have begun reflecting on the entire election forecasting industry, which predicted a much larger win for President-elect Joe Biden than what we saw last week.

Across US, several electoral wins for Indian Americans
Mon, Nov 09, 2020

At the state assembly level, several wins have bolstered representation, especially for Indian American women.

Finally, Biden trumps Trump
Sun, Nov 08, 2020

Victory in native Pennsylvania takes Biden above 270, Trump first to lose re-election in 25 years