Samarth Bansal is a data journalist based in New Delhi, with a keen interest in politics and public policy.
Articles by Samarth Bansal
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jatin Gandhi and Samarth Bansal
PUBLISHED ON AUG 19, 2017 09:30 AM IST
Actual attendance figures for the second half of the day could be far lower because many MPs do not sit through the entire day’s business
Hindustan Times, Sitapur/Bahraich (Uttar Pradesh) | By Samarth Bansal
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2017 10:29 AM IST
India’s rural electrification scheme guzzles thousands of crores of rupees annually but does not guarantee that power reaches the people.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aman Sethi and Samarth Bansal
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2017 07:36 AM IST
In recent months, websites maintained by NIC have inadvertently published the Aadhaar numbers and financial details of millions of citizens.
All eyes on Gorakhpur, but these 5 maps show that it isn’t even close to how bad healthcare is in UP
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2017 08:44 AM IST
HT’s analysis of NFHS data for Uttar Pradesh shows that many other districts fare worse than Gorakhpur.
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2017 05:00 PM IST
For years, red tape has meant that departments have failed to secure and utilise all of their funding, which has often led to critical work being affected
Hindustan Times | By Samarth Bansal
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2017 06:41 PM IST
While students’ placement is important — and perhaps the most crucial aspect for the majority of students — it can’t be the primary objective of the country’s premier technical institutions.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Samarth Bansal and Suchetana Ray
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2017 11:46 PM IST
Just 10 days are left for the nationwide roll out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) , but there are still question marks about the GST Network (GSTN) -- the IT backbone of India’s most ambitious indirect tax regime.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Suchetana Ray and Samarth Bansal
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2017 01:23 PM IST
GST Suvidha Providers are companies chosen by GST Network to develop user friendly software, based on the government provided tech interface or APIs for GST payment, documentation and compliance.
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Aman Sethi and Samarth Bansal
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2017 11:06 AM IST
The government is pushing for the unique identity, to register everything from infant children to bank accounts, but the biometrics of millions of people are not foolproof.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Samarth Bansal and Manas Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2017 11:34 PM IST
For instance, 55% of all the boys who appeared in the 2015 exam took mathematics as a subject, compared to just 36% girls. Biology was opted by 22% girls and 12% boys.
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2017 07:33 PM IST
Three years after Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister and promised jobs, it is difficult to say whether he has delivered because of a lack of credible figures and surveys.
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2017 09:46 AM IST
Last week, seven people in Jharkhand were lynched in 24 hours over rumours circulated on WhatsApp spooking villagers into believing their children may be targeted by abduction gangs
Hindustan Times | By Samarth Bansal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2017 02:51 PM IST
Spreading fast and wild on WhatsApp fake news about riots, ‘miracle’ currency
New Delhi | By Samarth Bansal and Piyush Aggarwal
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2017 10:48 AM IST
The average number of deaths across all categories – civilians, soldiers and militants – in 2011-17 was less than half the number in 2005-10
Hindustan Times, New Delhi/ Ranchi | By Aman Sethi, Samarth Bansal and Saurav Roy
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2017 06:31 PM IST
Digital identities of more than a million citizens had been compromised by a programming error on a website maintained by the Jharkhand Directorate of Social Security.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Ranchi | By Aman Sethi, Saurav Roy and Samarth Bansal
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2017 07:54 AM IST
Cyber security analysts warn of vulnerabilities that could lead to hacking of identity details of individuals.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi and Ranchi | By Aman Sethi, Samarth Bansal and Saurav Roy, New Delhi And Ranchi
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2017 11:04 AM IST
Jharkhand has over 1.6 million pensioners, 1.4 million of whom have seeded their bank accounts with their Aadhaar numbers to avail of direct bank transfers for their monthly pensions. Their personal details are now freely available.
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2017 12:44 PM IST
The government and activists are on a warpath over allegations that more than half of all workers under the rural jobs scheme will be denied employment because the deadline for Aadhaar enrolment has passed.
Hindustan Times, Gurgaon/New Delhi | By Snigdha Poonam and Samarth Bansal
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2017 01:41 PM IST
A tech support scam begins by planting a pop-up message in the target user’s web browser that alerts them to a so-called virus infection, employees and experts say.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Malavika Vyawahare, Gulshankumar Wankar and Samarth Bansal
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2017 05:11 PM IST
New emissions for vehicles in India which come into effect on April 1, will mean costlier cars and fuel, but will eventually cut cost of health care because of pollution induced health problems will fall.
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Samarth Bansal
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2017 12:20 AM IST
24% of positions vacant for the posts of junior and senior statistical officers at the National Sample Survey Office.
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2017 11:40 AM IST
There is no definitive data to back claims that Muslims voted in favour of the BJP or against it.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jatin Gandhi, Samarth Bansal and Gurman Bhatia
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2017 08:48 PM IST
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) proved a spoiler for the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine in Punjab, unlike pre-poll perception that new entrant in the state’s politics will erode Congress votes
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Samarth Bansal and Smriti Kak Ramachandran
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2017 12:35 PM IST
BJP blames conversion for upswing of community’s numbers in Arunachal and Manipur, experts cite migration.
Hindustan Times | By Suchetana Ray and Samarth Bansal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2017 10:03 PM IST
Government Wednesday said it will raise Rs 72,500 crore through disinvestment of PSUs, including listing of three railway PSUs IRCTC, IRFC and IRCON, and proposed merger and consolidation to create globally competitive public sector units.
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2017 12:26 PM IST
While the minister said the government spends 4.5% of GDP on education, budget documents show that figure is around 3% only.
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Samarth Bansal
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2017 01:46 AM IST
Do finance minister Arun Jaitley’s budget pronouncements match up to what the numbers say?