Raghuvansh babu, the architect of MGNREGA and India’s most influential rural development minister

A simpleton (his brother saw Delhi for the first time after Raghuvansh babu became a Union minister), Singh once gave five pieces of advice, written in a paper napkin, on how to run the Bihar government on a flight to chief minister Nitish Kumar. He threw his only annual party in Delhi on Makar Sankantri, […]

Is Covid-19 less fatal in India’s villages?

With the pandemic spreading to rural areas, fatality should have gone up. India’s rural population is poorer compared to their counterparts. According to the 2011-12 consumption expenditure survey (latest available estimates) average monthly per capita expenditure was ₹1,430 in rural areas compared to ₹2,630 in urban areas. This has a direct bearing on ability to […]

An agenda for India’s New Deal to fix the Covid-infected economy | Opinion

India’s battle with coronavirus is on, with daily spikes in infections threatening to cross the one lakh mark. With easing of lockdown restrictions, things have improved slightly on the economic front but we have a long way to go to even catch up with the February 2020 level that itself was well below par. The […]

69.4% people infected with coronovirus in rural Indian villages: National Sero Survey

New Delhi: The much-awaited findings of the first national serosurvey conducted by the ICMR, published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, indicated that a total of 69.4% of people were infected with coronovirus infection in rural villages in India.

India had estimated 6.4 million COVID-19 infections by early May: National Sero Survey

The present findings of seropositivity in the strata of districts with zero to low incidence of COVID-19 cases underscores the need to strengthen surveillance and augment the testing of suspected cases in these areas, the survey report said.

Close to 1 lakh daily cases push India’s Covid-19 tally to above 4.4 million

“Data suggests that Covid-19 has already derailed a lot of our efforts and is taking us back to where we were 20 years ago. This is a stark reality and we need to take cognizance. On our part, we left no stones unturned to contain and mitigate the virus. I would say India has responded […]

India, China differences remain despite five-point consensus on easing tensions

The people cited above reiterated that Indian troops hadn’t crossed the LAC and it was the Chinese troops that had fired in the air during the latest face-off on September 7 on the south bank of Pangong Lake. “We are committed to a resolution though peaceful dialogue but it is the Chinese side that has […]

‘Awas Yojna for rural areas not dominated by Delhi’: PM Modi

The PM said having put in place infrastructure like electricity, road, toilets et cetera., in five years up to 2019 in the rural areas now the government’s effort was to strengthen the villages with modern facilities. On August 15, the government resolved to lay optical fibre across up to 6 lakh villages in 1,000 days. […]

The Latest: India’s cases rise to 4.75M with another spike

Dr. Rebecca Shadowen, who tested positive for the virus on May 13, died on Friday night, Med Center Health in Bowling Green said. Gov. Andy Beshear tweeted Saturday that he was “heartbroken” to hear of her death and urged people to follow her advice and “wear a mask in her honor.”

App launched to monitor development schemes

“During COVID-19, senior government officers… could not physically inspect the ongoing projects and maintenance of existing infrastructure in various parts of the State. Hence we felt the importance of launching an application on which field-level officers can update details with relevant pictures and videos,” said B.C. Archana Kalyani, head, Land Use Division, SDPC.