Wednesday, 30 November, 2022

Topic: Statistics

Modi govt was handed weak data institutions by Congress, but it ruined them further

The BJP’s 2014 manifesto promised ‘real-time data’. Now, the Modi government has no data on migrant workers’ deaths during Covid pandemic.

Legendary statistician CR Rao, credited with restructuring field of statistics, turns 100

Indian-American statistician CR Rao is known for making seminal contributions to statistics such as development of Cramér-Rao Lower Bound, Rao-Blackwellization, & Lagrange multiplier test.

Credibility of India’s statistics back in question over official inflation data

Economists aren’t buying the Statistics Department’s methodology for calculating India’s consumer price inflation numbers for April and May.

World is talking in R0 values and infection rates, but coronavirus doesn’t care for such data

Averages are useful, to know where we're at in dealing with the pandemic, but there will be further flare-ups, easily large enough to overwhelm local resources.

India’s economic data releases to be delayed due to lockdown

The delay of high-frequency indicators such as inflation and industrial production may cloud the near-term assessment of economic trends.

Draft bill seeks to empower National Statistical Commission, but govt wants final say

The draft National Statistical Commission Bill, put out by Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation, is open for public suggestions until 19 January.

World’s top statisticians are urging scientists to ditch statistics and stick to mathematics

Statistical significance can be misleading because it sets an arbitrary threshold on the level of uncertainty science should be willing to accept.

Exclusive: Unemployment is low as people have to work to earn, says India’s chief statistician

Amid talk of jobless growth and the urgent need for India to create employment for its millions of young men and women, the Chief Statistician of India, T.C.A. Ananth, says there is not much evidence to show that the unemployment scenario may have worsened in the last three or four years. Anubhuti Vishnoi

TALK POINT: Can official data be fudged? How can we ensure that the credibility of official data is not damaged?

In recent months, many allegations have been made about fudging of official data by government departments in both the centre and the states. How...

On Camera


In Gujarat, voters want BJP’s alternative but not of Modi

After ruling Gujarat for 27 years, BJP knows how to shield election outcomes from ground realities such as people’s hardships, leaderless govt and corrupt bureaucracy.
File photo of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar | Maxim Shipenkov/Pool via Reuters

Modi govt asked by sanction-hit Russia for parts for key sectors, says report

Moscow has sent India a list of over 500 products including parts for cars, aircraft and trains for delivery as sanctions squeeze Russia's ability to keep vital industries running.


Illustration: Soham Sen | The Print

Modi govt moves with Arunachal Frontier Highway, among India’s ‘toughest’ projects yet, China in mind

The 2,000 km-long highway will be of strategic importance to military. Same equipment used on other side of LAC being deployed to carry out work on tough terrain, say officials.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.