Moushumi Das Gupta

Moushumi Das Gupta

Moushumi Das Gupta writes on infrastructure, urban development, water, and gender issues.

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UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandeysaid that till March 2018, Aadhaar has helped save the government Rs 90,000 crore.(HT Photo)
UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandeysaid that till March 2018, Aadhaar has helped save the government Rs 90,000 crore.(HT Photo)

Law should back future directives on Aadhaar linking, says UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2018 11:00 PM IST
UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey said the Supreme Court has accepted that there is a legitimate state aim in Aadhaar and it ensures dignity and empowers marginalised sections of the society.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets with self help groups (SHG) Sahiya workers during the launch of Health Insurance Scheme in Ranchi, Sunday, Sept 23, 2018.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets with self help groups (SHG) Sahiya workers during the launch of Health Insurance Scheme in Ranchi, Sunday, Sept 23, 2018.(PTI)

Show how key infrastructure projects impact lives: PMO tells ministries

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2018 08:49 AM IST
Ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, PMO wants officials to find out if programmes have benefitted people.
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Senior officials of all seven countries of the Bay of Bengal Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) will meet in Bangkok from Monday to discuss an ambitious rail, road, port and air connectivity master plan.(PTI File Photo)
Senior officials of all seven countries of the Bay of Bengal Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) will meet in Bangkok from Monday to discuss an ambitious rail, road, port and air connectivity master plan.(PTI File Photo)

Bimstec to launch ambitious land, air, sea transport plan

By Moushumi Das Gupta & Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2018 08:50 AM IST
The draft connectivity master plan has been arrived at after over a decade of discussions at various levels.
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The Deoria shelter home from where twenty-six girls were rescued after allegation of sexual exploitation of the inmates came to light.(PTI photo)
The Deoria shelter home from where twenty-six girls were rescued after allegation of sexual exploitation of the inmates came to light.(PTI photo)

After abuse, girls rescued from Deoria shelter kept at boys’ home: Report

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2018 07:53 AM IST
Immediately after the rescue, the victims were housed in a children’s home for boys, called Rajkiya Bal Grih, in Deoria, and were forced to share the facility with its inmates for a week
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There are still 100 districts that show a higher prevalence of marriage among 15- to 19-year-olds than the national average of 11.9%.(PTI File Photo)
There are still 100 districts that show a higher prevalence of marriage among 15- to 19-year-olds than the national average of 11.9%.(PTI File Photo)

Fewer teen marriages in India over a decade: Govt

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2018 11:34 PM IST
Murshidabad in West Bengal shows the highest prevalence (39.9%) of marriage among 15-19-years-old followed by Gandhinagar (39.3 %) in Gujarat and Bhilwara (36.4%) in Rajasthan.
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Currently, an investor is wary of putting money in projects where only minor construction work is pending as there is no clarity on return of their invested money. (Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo)
Currently, an investor is wary of putting money in projects where only minor construction work is pending as there is no clarity on return of their invested money. (Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo)

Govt panel wants RBI to relax norms to help stalled housing projects in Noida, Greater Noida

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2018 02:57 AM IST
Though the RBI circular on “Revised Framework for Resolution of Stressed Assets” provides certain conditions to the banks for additional funding in stalled projects, presently they are wary to come forward as these loans get classified as NPAs.
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The army’s surgical strikes in the early hours of September 29, 2016 was a response to an attack on an army base in Kashmir’s Uri on September 18 in which 19 soldiers were killed. India blames the attack on militants who crossed over from Pakistani territory.(HT File Photo)
The army’s surgical strikes in the early hours of September 29, 2016 was a response to an attack on an army base in Kashmir’s Uri on September 18 in which 19 soldiers were killed. India blames the attack on militants who crossed over from Pakistani territory.(HT File Photo)

Next in BJP’s operation 2019: ‘Surgical Strike Day’

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2018 07:33 AM IST
The government’s move to celebrate ‘Surgical Strike Day’ is significant in the run up to the 2019 general elections; it has been showcasing the surgical strike as an embodiment of its resolve to do whatever it takes when it comes to national security.
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Activists protest against recent incidents of rape in shelter homes of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, in Ahmadabad, India.(AP File Photo)
Activists protest against recent incidents of rape in shelter homes of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, in Ahmadabad, India.(AP File Photo)

New SOP lays probe norm for abuse at child shelters

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2018 11:25 PM IST
The government has tightened the norms for conducting inquiry into cases of escape, sexual abuse or death of any child living in child care homes
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The homes inspected were in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, West Bengal, Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.(File photo)
The homes inspected were in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, West Bengal, Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.(File photo)

Inspection by ministry of women and child development reveals sorry state of child adoption agencies

By Moushumi Das Gupta | New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2018 09:50 AM IST
An inspection of 15 specialised adoption agencies by the ministry of women and child development and the Central Adoption Resource Authority, carried out in January and February, has discovered glaring irregularities.
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A proposed law provides for monitoring by the district anti-human trafficking unit to ensure her safety. The proposed law provides for maintaining the confidentiality of the victim.(Representative)
A proposed law provides for monitoring by the district anti-human trafficking unit to ensure her safety. The proposed law provides for maintaining the confidentiality of the victim.(Representative)

Proposed law reforms how India treats human trafficking victims, gives them care

PUBLISHED ON AUG 27, 2018 03:42 PM IST
A proposed law frames a comprehensive framework for rehabilitating victims of human trafficking.
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Many of the wakf properties are located in prime locations such as Connaught Place, Janpath, Ashoka Road and are estimated to be worth crores.(Picture for representation)
Many of the wakf properties are located in prime locations such as Connaught Place, Janpath, Ashoka Road and are estimated to be worth crores.(Picture for representation)

Central govt panel to take call on 123 wakf properties in Delhi

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2018 02:50 AM IST
The previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government had de-notified the properties two months before its tenure ended in March 2014 and handed over their ownership rights to the Delhi Wakf Board.
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Air India chief Pradeep Singh Kharola and head of its Internal Complaints Committee, constituted to inquire into complaints of sexual harassment, has been summoned by the WCD ministry.(Reuters File Photo)
Air India chief Pradeep Singh Kharola and head of its Internal Complaints Committee, constituted to inquire into complaints of sexual harassment, has been summoned by the WCD ministry.(Reuters File Photo)

Explain delay in dealing with sexual harassment cases: Govt to Air India chief

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 17, 2018 11:26 PM IST
At least two air hostesses have written to the Union WCD minister Maneka Gandhi in the last six months complaining about sexual harassment at work and alleging delay on the part of internal committee investigating the matter, a senior officials said.
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A view of cloudy weather in the evening at Palika Bazar Park, Connaught Place, New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
A view of cloudy weather in the evening at Palika Bazar Park, Connaught Place, New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Liveability ranking will drive up investments in cities, improve infrastructure: Hardeep Singh Puri

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 14, 2018 07:51 AM IST
The rankings for ‘Ease of Living Index’ were released on Monday with Pune, Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai being the top three liveable places in the country. National capital Delhi ranked a measly 65th.
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Pune, Navi Mumbai (pictured) and Greater Mumbai are the three top liveable cities in India.(HT/File Photo)
Pune, Navi Mumbai (pictured) and Greater Mumbai are the three top liveable cities in India.(HT/File Photo)

The best city to live in India isn’t Delhi or Mumbai. It’s in Maharashtra

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Pune
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2018 10:08 PM IST
The rankings for ‘Ease of Living Index’ were released on Monday with Pune, Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai being the top three liveable places in the country. National capital Delhi ranked a measly 65th.
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Union minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi addresses a conference in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)
Union minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi addresses a conference in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

Will not be surprised if more cases like Muzaffarpur, Deoria come out: Maneka Gandhi

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2018 08:01 AM IST
There are 9000 government run child care institutions and shelter homes for women and girls across the country.
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Transport minister Nitin Gadkari may call a meeting next week with Opposition members to hammer out differences in the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill.(PTI)
Transport minister Nitin Gadkari may call a meeting next week with Opposition members to hammer out differences in the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill.(PTI)

Opposition demands overhaul in Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, Gadkari may convene meet next week

By Moushumi Das Gupta | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 26, 2018 11:06 PM IST
Opposition parties have alleged that the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill affects the federal structure of the Constitution and could jeopardise the states’ transport sector.
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The convenient location of the old headquarters could also be a factor behind the decision, party leaders said.(AFP File Photo)
The convenient location of the old headquarters could also be a factor behind the decision, party leaders said.(AFP File Photo)

BJP’s old Ashoka Road headquarters to be new poll ‘war room’

By Moushumi Das Gupta & Kumar Uttam | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 08:31 AM IST
A BJP leader, on condition of anonymity, said that there is a feeling among some members of the party that the new HQ has not been lucky for it and that the war room for 2019 shouldn’t be located there.
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The Union road transport and highways ministry’s ambitious vehicle scrapping policy, which proposed a mandatory cap of 20 years on the life of all commercial vehicles starting in 2020, has hit a roadblock.(Sakib Ali /HT Photo)
The Union road transport and highways ministry’s ambitious vehicle scrapping policy, which proposed a mandatory cap of 20 years on the life of all commercial vehicles starting in 2020, has hit a roadblock.(Sakib Ali /HT Photo)

Government’s plan to scrap old, polluting vehicles runs into roadblock

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2018 11:40 PM IST
The vehicle scrapping policy, which was aimed at reducing pollution, was welcomed by vehicle makers because it meant more sales for them.
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Calling the process of appointing the Lokpal under such circumstances “vitiated,” Mallikarjun Kharge cautioned the PM that any eminent person who would be chosen for appointment as Lokpal would not accept this appointment made by the selection panel that did not consider the views of the opposition.(PTI Photo)
Calling the process of appointing the Lokpal under such circumstances “vitiated,” Mallikarjun Kharge cautioned the PM that any eminent person who would be chosen for appointment as Lokpal would not accept this appointment made by the selection panel that did not consider the views of the opposition.(PTI Photo)

Panel formed to pick Lokpal as Mallikarjun Kharge boycotts meeting

By Moushumi Das Gupta and Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2018 11:14 PM IST
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge boycotted the meeting on the grounds that he was being invited as a “special invitee” without any right of participation, recording an opinion or voting.
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Currently, ministries have to only specify if a particular scheme has a gender balance aspect and component specifically for the welfare of persons with disabilities.(HT Representative Photo)
Currently, ministries have to only specify if a particular scheme has a gender balance aspect and component specifically for the welfare of persons with disabilities.(HT Representative Photo)

Want finance ministry approval for scheme? Child welfare component essential, says govt

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2018 08:12 AM IST
The new measure is aimed at ensuring that concerns related to children, who account for 40% of India’s population, are not overlooked in policy planning and implementation.
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India has 3,50,000 private, unaided schools — 24% of all schools — where 75 million children, or 38% of all students, study.(Representative Image)
India has 3,50,000 private, unaided schools — 24% of all schools — where 75 million children, or 38% of all students, study.(Representative Image)

Govt child rights body to recommend 10% cap on fee hike in private schools

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2018 08:31 AM IST
Inundated with complaints from parents, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), the country’s apex child rights body, has drafted regulations to put in place a uniform fee framework for unaided private schools.
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A man makes paintings during a protest at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar against the December 16, 2012, gangrape incident.(PTI File Photo)
A man makes paintings during a protest at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar against the December 16, 2012, gangrape incident.(PTI File Photo)

How the December 16, 2012 incident changed discourse around women’s safety in India

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2018 10:09 AM IST
Activists and legal experts say the December 16, 2012 gangrape incident in Delhi in which six men, one of them a juvenile, brutally assaulted a student in a bus, was a tipping point.
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Jharkhand had started cash transfers in place of subsidised grains on a pilot basis in October.(Bloomberg)
Jharkhand had started cash transfers in place of subsidised grains on a pilot basis in October.(Bloomberg)

Govt decision to introduce conditional cash transfers in place of ration hits roadblock

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2018 12:00 AM IST
Citing the adverse feedback from beneficiaries in the state to the cash-transfer scheme, the Union women and child development ministry has decided to seek PMO’s views on whether the ministry should go ahead with the pilot.
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Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has twice boycotted the meeting of the Lokpal selection committee.(PTI File Photo)
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has twice boycotted the meeting of the Lokpal selection committee.(PTI File Photo)

Snubbed twice, Modi govt reaches out to Congress on Lokpal selection meeting

By Moushumi Das Gupta and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2018 09:56 AM IST
The government reached out to Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge asking him to suggest a date for meeting to discuss appointment of Lokpal.
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File photo of Union women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi.(PTI photo)
File photo of Union women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi.(PTI photo)

Give option to drop father’s name in PAN form, Maneka Gandhi writes to finance ministry

By Moushumi Das Gupta | New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2018 07:49 AM IST
At present, it is mandatory to mention the father’s name in PAN (Permanent Account Number) card, which also serves as an identity proof. It is a unique ten digit alphanumeric identity that the Income Tax department allots to each tax payer.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a high-level meeting with industry leaders and top bureaucrats.(HT File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a high-level meeting with industry leaders and top bureaucrats.(HT File Photo)

Bureaucrats wary of lateral entry in govt service as deadline for applications looms

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2018 12:10 PM IST
The Union government had advertised and sought applications for a Joint Secretary (JS) rank, a mid-ranking position usually filled by officers selected through Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams.
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Last fiscal, the total disbursements of housing loans by PSBs and HFCs in 2017-18 also showed a growth of 33 % (Rs 3 lakh crore) as against Rs 3.2 lakh crore in 2016-17.(HT Photo)
Last fiscal, the total disbursements of housing loans by PSBs and HFCs in 2017-18 also showed a growth of 33 % (Rs 3 lakh crore) as against Rs 3.2 lakh crore in 2016-17.(HT Photo)

78% of new accounts booked in 2017-18 were home loans under Rs 25 lakh category: NHB

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2018 07:54 AM IST
Under PMAY, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 to provide housing for all by 2022, the Centre provides an interest subsidy on housing loans to the Economically Weaker Section/Low Income group and Middle Income group. The increased numbers point to a revival in the housing sector, clearly showing that the scheme is working, says NHB official.
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Union finance ministry has given “in-principle” approval to five proposed metro projects in Indore, Bhopal, Kanpur, Agra, and Delhi.(HT File Photo)
Union finance ministry has given “in-principle” approval to five proposed metro projects in Indore, Bhopal, Kanpur, Agra, and Delhi.(HT File Photo)

Finance ministry approves Metro rail projects in Bhopal, Indore, Kanpur, Agra and Delhi

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2018 08:27 AM IST
Besides the five metro projects, the Rs 32,000 crore Delhi-Meerut corridor of the proposed Rapid Rail Transit System also got the in-principle nod from the finance ministry.
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Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Union urban affairs minister Hardeep Puri in the cockpit of a metro train after the inauguration of the Mundka-Bahadurgarh section of the Delhi Metro's Green Line by Prime Minister Narendra Modi via videoconference, in Bahadurgarh.(PTI Photo)
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Union urban affairs minister Hardeep Puri in the cockpit of a metro train after the inauguration of the Mundka-Bahadurgarh section of the Delhi Metro's Green Line by Prime Minister Narendra Modi via videoconference, in Bahadurgarh.(PTI Photo)

PM Modi allows setting up panel to lay down standards for metro rail systems

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2018 11:38 PM IST
The committee to lay down standards for metro rail systems in the country will be headed by E Sreedharan.
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A general view of IIT Delhi metro station, displaying the name of FIITJEE coaching institute, in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT File Photo)
A general view of IIT Delhi metro station, displaying the name of FIITJEE coaching institute, in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT File Photo)

IIT Delhi metro station’s name to remain FIITJEE-IIT, but signage has a disclaimer

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2018 08:02 AM IST
A controversy erupted recently after the IIT-Delhi metro station, located just outside the institute’s campus, was named as “FIITJEE-IIT” after DMRC auctioned the naming right of the station to the coaching institute.
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