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Modi govt’s 11 Covid empowered panels now replaced by six larger groups

Of the six groups — constituted to look into various aspects of the management of Covid-19 — four are headed by departmental secretaries and one each by NITI Aayog officials.
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Install automatic doors on Mumbai locals, other suburban trains, NITI Aayog tells Railways

The Niti Aayog has asked the Railways to ensure that all suburban trains have automatic doors in an attempt to curb deaths that occur due to overcrowding.
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Govt working to help Russia run trials, manufacture Sputnik V Covid vaccine in India

India says 'very special friend' Russia has reached out. The government has also asked everyone to come forward and get Covid tested, especially those displaying symptoms.
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‘Data rich’ and looking for loan? Niti Aayog’s new data-sharing framework could help

Under the proposed DEPA, Indians who have no access to formal credit due to lack of collateral will be able to apply for loans using several types of digital documents.
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All-powerful CEO, end to department culture — How Railways restructure will reshape it

Vinod Kumar Yadav has been appointed Railways’ first CEO in its over 100-year history. Restructure also opens up posts of the board to all officers regardless of service they are in.

India business climate has continuously improved, Amitabh Kant says after WB halts ease index

A day after World Bank suspended its ease of doing business rankings, Kant says the govt will work tirelessly to make India one of the easiest countries to invest in.
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NITI Aayog plans private partnerships to revive India’s degraded forests

Experts say the government’s focus on degraded forests is welcome, but express apprehensions about bringing in private players to save them.
Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon speaks during the budget session of state assembly, in Bhopal on 16 March 2020 | PTI

India’s MLAs not asking enough questions, Bills rushed. But all our focus is on the Centre

According to a report, 92 per cent of Bills in Karnataka’s previous assembly were passed within a week of their introduction, a trend seen commonly across India.
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Niti Aayog hires 38 domain experts at director, deputy secretary level in lateral-entry push

The 38 lateral-entry appointees, of whom 20 have already joined Niti Aayog, will be overseen by central civil service rules.
Niti Aayog’s health and nutrition adviser Alok Kumar

Cases, fatality rate or deaths per million, India in control of Covid: Niti Aayog expert

In an exclusive interview, Niti Aayog’s health and nutrition adviser Alok Kumar tells ThePrint that India has done way better than other countries with similar Covid numbers. 

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Opposition has finally come together on farm legislation. But that won’t be enough

Speaking boldly on Twitter won't work. Opposition can learn from anti-CAA protests ahead of Bihar and West Bengal assembly elections.
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Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.

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Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

No ‘major’ build-up at LoC but Pakistan pushing new Chinese-made assault rifles into Kashmir

Security forces have recovered EMEI Type 97 NSR rifles, manufactured by Chinese firm Norinco, which they believe were dropped into J&K through drones.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.