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How Aadhaar grew from an idea into one of the world’s largest identity platform
Sun, Jan 17, 2021

Ram Sewak Sharma, the first director general of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) writes an insider’s account in The Making of Aadhaar: World’s Largest Identity Platform

No policy changes till May, WhatsApp says will clear the doubts
Sun, Jan 17, 2021

The updated policy terms were first announced via an in-app notification to users by WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, asking them to agree to the new terms by February 8 or lose access to their accounts.

Concentration of power in India Inc: Regulator reviews seven key sectors
Fri, Jan 15, 2021

Simultaneously, it has started a review of all model concession agreements — the legal contract that forms the basis of the public-private partnership — across four key infrastructure sectors: airports, ports, electricity and railways.

Finance Ministry and Niti Aayog had raised red flags before Adani’s clean sweep of six airports
Fri, Jan 15, 2021

This assumes significance given that on August 31 last year, the Adani Group signed another deal to acquire a controlling interest in the country’s second largest airport, in Mumbai — the Airports Authority of India cleared that takeover on January 12.

Amazon makes entry, Byju’s eyes expansion: Ed-tech cos see boom amid pandemic
Wed, Jan 13, 2021

As a result of the growth witnessed due to the pandemic, India’s education segment saw a record inflow of over $2 billion during 2020.

Covaxin delivery starts, ‘full initial procurement allotted’
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

Along with the Serum Institute of India's Covishield, which was shipped out Tuesday, Covaxin will be part of the government's mass vaccination programme against Covid-19 starting Friday.

Explained: What are the new rules for flying into the US? 
Wed, Jan 13, 2021

The US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has said all passengers flying in to the country must produce negative Covid-19 tests. Why? Are there exemptions? What are the norms post arrival into the US?

Covid-19 vaccines hit the road, over 50 lakh doses shipped across India
Wed, Jan 13, 2021

The first consignment of 2.64 lakh doses of the vaccine took off for Delhi on a SpiceJet flight soon after 8 am, landing in the national capital a little before 10 am. A GoAir flight to Chennai and an Air India flight to Ahmedabad followed.

Covid vaccine flights take off: Domestic carriers start flying Covishield doses to cities across the country
Tue, Jan 12, 2021

The first flight carrying Serum Institute of India’s Covishield vaccine was SpiceJet’s SG8937 that left for Delhi carrying 34 boxes weighing 1,088 kg — just after 8 am on Tuesday. Shortly after the SpiceJet flight departed, GoAir’s flight G8-904 left for Chennai from Pune.

Students use ‘experts’ for GRE from home: Govt, US alerted
Tue, Jan 12, 2021

Besides informing the Educational Testing Service about the rise in fraudulent activities, the Indian franchisee has written to the Ministry of Education and Niti Aayog highlighting the ‘moral’ aspect of using unfair means and its impact on student’ quality.

Power to Rail, Defence to Education — all gears move for vaccine rollout
Sun, Jan 10, 2021

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Chief Ministers Monday to discuss the rollout, this pan-government mobilisation is comparable to the preparation ahead of a general election.

UK air arrivals stranded as Delhi orders quarantine without notice
Sat, Jan 09, 2021

According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's guidelines, all passengers arriving from the UK must undergo mandatory RT-PCR testing for Covid19 at airports and those testing negative can proceed for a 14-day home quarantine.

Economic Impact: ‘India lost $2.8 bn in 2020 to Internet shutdowns; over double of 20 others’
Wed, Jan 06, 2021

Of the 21 countries that curbed Web access last year, as per a report by the UK-based privacy and security research firm Top10VPN, the economic impact seen in India was more than double the combined cost for the next 20 countries in the list.

After ‘worst year’, airlines await revival; govt to push AI, airports privatisation
Mon, Jan 04, 2021

While restrictions on travel have not been fully lifted, airlines are looking at potential revival of fortunes with the vaccine rollout.

Explained: When India-UK flights resume on January 8, what will be the guidelines?
Wed, Jan 06, 2021

India-UK Flights resume: The Civil Aviation Ministry announced Friday that flights from the UK will resume on January 8 in a staggered manner. Which flights will resume? What do passengers arriving in India from the UK need to do?

UK flights to resume Jan 8; just 15 a week until Jan 23
Sat, Jan 02, 2021

Meanwhile, twenty-nine samples have so far tested positive for the UK variant of SARS-CoV-2 in India, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday.

Flight ban extended till Jan 7, UK variant found in 20 samples
Thu, Dec 31, 2020

Also on Wednesday, the Health Secretary wrote to all Chief Secretaries on the surge of cases being reported in Europe, and on the need to keep a strict vigil during New Year celebrations.

Explained: The UK flight ban extended till Jan 7; what happens after that?
Wed, Jan 06, 2021

India-UK flight ban: Why has the government extended the ban on flights from the UK? How will the flights resume post January 7? Should those who need to fly between the UK and India start planning?

AAI seeks 2.5 acres in Pune; airports and airlines prepare to be hubs for vaccine distribution
Sat, Dec 26, 2020

“The transfer of the land, which is currently owned by the IAF, to Pune airport has been a longstanding demand of the AAI. They have asked for a land exchange, and AAI has finalised the plan for this,” a senior government official said.

Concern over new strain: India stops UK flights until Dec 31; labs scramble to crack virus code
Tue, Dec 22, 2020

The Civil Aviation Ministry took the decision on the basis of a recommendation by the Health Ministry, which noted that the new UK strain of the novel coronavirus is “spreading and growing rapidly”.

FRL-Reliance deal: Delhi HC rejects Future plea to restrict Amazon from writing to regulators
Tue, Dec 22, 2020

The court, however, did not void FRL board’s nod for the Rs 24,173-cr deal with Reliance.

Explained: Why has India suspended flights to the UK?
Fri, Jan 01, 2021

India bans flights from UK: According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the government has decided that all flights originating from the UK to India will be suspended from 11.59 pm December 22 till 11.59 pm on December 31.

Explained: Why Future Group took Amazon to court, and what the Delhi HC said
Mon, Jan 04, 2021

Given that Future Retail failed to stop Amazon from presenting itself to the various government bodies and regulators, the e-commerce giant will be allowed to make its case, mainly on the basis of the arbitration award.

Explained: How will India’s new public Wi-Fi project rollout?
Mon, Dec 21, 2020

The Union Cabinat has cleared a proposal to set up public Wi-Fi access network interfaces. Why is a public Wi-Fi network needed in India? How have other countries gone about setting it up?

‘Doing passenger studies to understand requirements of travellers from north India’: Daniel Bircher
Mon, Dec 21, 2020

DANIEL BIRCHER, CEO of Zurich Airport International Asia and CMD of Yamuna International Airport Pvt Ltd told The Indian Express in an interview that the company was conducting passenger profile studies to identify the needs of travellers from a north Indian background.

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