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The NITI Aayog office in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

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. 
Cybersecurity

Modi govt plans to change the way it handles data, to assess ministries on system they follow

Niti Aayog and NIC will conduct the assessment. A Data Governance Quality Index scorecard will be prepared based on the results and the ministries will be ranked.
Qure.ai's X-ray technology can help identify patients who may have Covid-19 | Photo: By special arrangement

From X-rays detecting infection to virtual OPD — how NIC is using AI to fight Covid

An AI model is being developed to detect signs of novel coronavirus infection by looking at an individual’s chest x-ray.
Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog | Twitter/@RajivKumar1

Reforms don’t mean complete abolition of labour laws: Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar

As concerns were raised over changes in labour laws in various states, Kumar said the central government was committed to protecting the interests of workers.
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How Niti Aayog plans to make India a Covid testing superpower with private help

While India can currently conduct 1.25 lakh RT-PCR tests a day, the majority involve the use of imported kits.
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New panel of officials, ‘credible journalists’ to help improve India’s press freedom rank

Officials say the panel was formed last month, before the latest World Press Freedom Index that ranked India 142nd among 180 countries was released.
The NITI Aayog office in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

NITI Aayog building sealed for 48 hours after staffer tests positive for Covid-19

NITI Aayog adviser Alok Kumar said that the health ministry was notified and necessary protocol was being followed.
An old man uses a tattered mask to cover his nose and mouth, in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Are India’s poor social distancing? Niti Aayog to survey over 100 districts to find out

Niti Aayog will conduct surveys every 2-3 weeks and collate results to see if govt messaging on Covid has reached districts and if govt machinery is working at that level.
(L-R) Joint Secretary of Home Ministry Punya Salila Srivastava, Joint Secretary of Health Ministry Lav Agarwal, Niti Aayog Member V.K. Paul briefing the media over COVID-19, in New Delhi

India would have seen over 1 lakh cases without lockdown: Covid-19 panel head VK Paul

At a media briefing, NITI Aayog member V.K. Paul said doubling rate of Covid-19 in India is almost ten days now — from three days on 21 March.

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Scuba divers are turning plastic waste in the oceans into Covid face masks

Diving organisation PADI has teamed up with a watersports clothing company to recycle bottles recovered from the ocean to make a range of face coverings.
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All about Odisha’s new credit scheme for 7 lakh landless farmers, a ‘first’ in India

Under the ‘Balaram’ scheme, the Odisha government will provide credit worth Rs 1,040 crore to 7 lakh landless farmers in the next two years.

Defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley clash, during his visit to Ladakh, in Leh on 3 July 2020 | ANI

Army slams ‘malicious’ claims on Leh hospital visited by PM, says troops get best treatment

Army said troops injured at Galwan are being treated in a repurposed hall that is part of the hospital complex as some wards have been made isolation facilities.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.