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A commuter shows her COVID-19 status via Aarogya Setu app before entering Vaishali station. (File photo)(PTI)

Aarogya Setu row: Show cause notice dropped after officials explain what caused ‘no information’ fiasco

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 02:09 PM IST
The officials have said Information regarding Aarogya Setu app was scattered in different government departments.
Earlier this month, the government had also directed clubs, hotels, liquor shops and restaurants to ensure strict compliance of standard operating procedures (SOPs) to be followed to prevent the spread of Covid-19(AP)
Earlier this month, the government had also directed clubs, hotels, liquor shops and restaurants to ensure strict compliance of standard operating procedures (SOPs) to be followed to prevent the spread of Covid-19(AP)

Use of Aarogya Setu app to be mandatory for liquor shop workers: Delhi government

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON OCT 31, 2020 10:54 PM IST
At wholesale liquor vends, there should be strict compliance of social distancing norms during loading and unloading of stock besides compulsory mask wearing, the government circular stated.
The controversy and the response reinforce concerns about transparency on the project(PTI)
The controversy and the response reinforce concerns about transparency on the project(PTI)

Be transparent on Aarogya Setu | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 08:58 PM IST
Over 162 million downloads later, it is about time that these disclosures are made
Aarogya Setu application was born out of a need to bring a 21st century technology-based solution to an unprecedented problem presented by coronavirus pandemic(AP)
Aarogya Setu application was born out of a need to bring a 21st century technology-based solution to an unprecedented problem presented by coronavirus pandemic(AP)

Officials who embarrassed govt with RTI response on Aarogya Setu face action

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bharadwaj
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 08:03 PM IST
Aarogya Setu: The government has been encouraging people to downlload the mobile app that would help in contact tracing and alert the government to potential hotspots.
Officials said that the Union ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) has taken the lapses made in providing information on Aarogya Setu app, which has data of millions of users, very strictly.(File photo for representation)
Officials said that the Union ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) has taken the lapses made in providing information on Aarogya Setu app, which has data of millions of users, very strictly.(File photo for representation)

Committed to furnish all information for Aarogya Setu: Govt after RTI body’s notice

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 06:36 PM IST
The Centre said on Thursday it is committed to furnish all the information sought under the RTI Act over the Aarogya Setu contact tracing application and comply with the directions of Central Information Commission.
The CIC has directed the CPIOs of the agencies to appear before the bench on November 24. (Representative HT photo)
The CIC has directed the CPIOs of the agencies to appear before the bench on November 24. (Representative HT photo)

Govt pulled up by RTI body over evasive reply on Aarogya Setu. It clarifies

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bhardwaj
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 07:39 PM IST
The government said that Aarogya Setu was developed in record time to combat the prevailing Covid-19 outbreak and its source code and the names of those associated with developing the app are available in the open domain.
The Centre said the app was developed in a record time of around 21 days. (Aarogya Setu)
The Centre said the app was developed in a record time of around 21 days. (Aarogya Setu)

Aarogya Setu developed by ‘best of minds’ from government, private, academia; NIC part of it, Centre clarifies

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 07:46 PM IST
Giving details of how the app was developed, the Centre said the app was developed in a record time of around 21 days. It was a ‘Make in India’ effort for which the best of Indian minds from industry, academia and government worked round the clock.
Increased pollution levels at Agra have compromised the Taj Mahal’s visibility(REUTERS)
Increased pollution levels at Agra have compromised the Taj Mahal’s visibility(REUTERS)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Rising pollution at Agra reduces Taj Mahal’s visibility and all the latest news

Hindustan Times | By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON OCT 28, 2020 05:15 PM IST
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A commuter shows her COVID-19 status via Aarogya Setu app before entering Vaishali station on September 9.(PTI)
A commuter shows her COVID-19 status via Aarogya Setu app before entering Vaishali station on September 9.(PTI)

Ministry has no information on who created Aarogya Setu, RTI body issues showcause notice

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 11:11 AM IST
The complaint was filed by one Saurav Das who claimed to have approached the NIC, National E-Governance Division (NeGD) and the ministry of electronics and information technology seeking to know about the creation of the application.
The police’s emergency helpline, 112, which receive 15,000-20,000 calls daily, will send auto-generated text message “wear mask, follow social distance, and maintain hand hygiene” after each call as part of the plan.(Representational Photo/REUTERS)
The police’s emergency helpline, 112, which receive 15,000-20,000 calls daily, will send auto-generated text message “wear mask, follow social distance, and maintain hand hygiene” after each call as part of the plan.(Representational Photo/REUTERS)

Delhi Police to check Aarogya Setu app of all visitors to police buildings

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Karn Pratap Singh
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2020 01:54 PM IST
The Delhi Police have launched a 16-point action plan to educate people daily, both online and offline, about precautionary measures against Covid-19
A police personnel in Jammu and Kashmir displays the Aarogya sSetu aap after installing on their mobile phone in Reasi in this file photo.(ANI Photo)
A police personnel in Jammu and Kashmir displays the Aarogya sSetu aap after installing on their mobile phone in Reasi in this file photo.(ANI Photo)

Aarogya Setu is among ‘tried-and-tested public health tools’: WHO’s praise for app

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2020 05:26 PM IST
World Health Organization (WHO) director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a media briefing that the government has been using the Aarogya Setu app to notify users about the Covid-19 infections across the country.
Any organisation or entity registered in India with more than 50 employees can use the Open API Service of Aarogya Setu.(AP File Photo)
Any organisation or entity registered in India with more than 50 employees can use the Open API Service of Aarogya Setu.(AP File Photo)

Aarogya Setu’s new feature to help businesses function during Covid-19 pandemic: Govt

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 03:52 PM IST
Using the ‘Open API Service’ feature, organisations can check the health status of their employees or any other Aarogya Setu user, who has provided consent for sharing their status.
The blog post refers to events that happened in late June, and added that the issue was fixed a day after Shadow Map pointed it out to the relevant authorities.(AP)
The blog post refers to events that happened in late June, and added that the issue was fixed a day after Shadow Map pointed it out to the relevant authorities.(AP)

Aarogya Setu vulnerable? Drama over data firm’s contention

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Binayak Dasgupta
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2020 12:52 AM IST
The blog post refers to events that happened in late June, and added that the issue was fixed a day after Shadow Map pointed it out to the relevant authorities.
The new guidelines will come into effect from August 1(HT photo)
The new guidelines will come into effect from August 1(HT photo)

Unlock 3: Yoga centres, gyms to reopen, no night curfew

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Neeraj Chauhan
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2020 01:16 AM IST
The Union home ministry issued the plan, “Unlock 3”, prepared after receiving feedback from states and in consultation held with central ministries and departments, to open up more activities outside containment zones, an official statement said.
Representational image(Bharat Bhushan Hindustan Times)
Representational image(Bharat Bhushan Hindustan Times)

Athletes asked to bring own water, Aarogya Setu app must for entry as Noida stadium reopens

Noida | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2020 10:45 AM IST
Located in Sector 21 of the city, the stadium is managed by the Noida Authority, which had ordered its closure on March 15 in view of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The medical screening begins with placing a finger on the rear side camera of the smartphone.(Getty Images/iStockphoto/Representative image)
The medical screening begins with placing a finger on the rear side camera of the smartphone.(Getty Images/iStockphoto/Representative image)

Indian startup develops Covid 19 detecting mobile app, takes 5 minutes

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2020 04:05 PM IST
The technology uses the power of smartphone processor and sensors to capture a bunch of body signals to which are then analysed to detect propensity to Covid 19.
Officials from the culture ministry said the decision to open these sites outside containment zones was taken in consultation with ASI.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Officials from the culture ministry said the decision to open these sites outside containment zones was taken in consultation with ASI.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Monuments to open, Setu app must

Hindutsan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bhardwaj
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2020 06:40 AM IST
The official said there will be thermal scanners at the entry points, and visitors’ status on Aarogya Setu will be checked before they are allowed entry. ASI will also collect visitors’ phone numbers in case contact-tracing needs to be done.
A view inside the Metropolis Mall which is scheduled to reopen on July 01, three months after closing due to the lockdown against the coronavirus in Gurugram on Tuesday.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
A view inside the Metropolis Mall which is scheduled to reopen on July 01, three months after closing due to the lockdown against the coronavirus in Gurugram on Tuesday.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

Aarogya Setu, masks must as malls to reopen in Gurugram, Faridabad today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2020 11:23 AM IST
Mall authorities will have to ensure that every visitor is scanned for temperature via thermal scanners as well as to ensure that hand-sanitizers are placed at all entry points.
The purpose is to boost surveillance of positive cases and improve contact tracing, officials said.(AP)
The purpose is to boost surveillance of positive cases and improve contact tracing, officials said.(AP)

Aarogya Setu to be coupled with another IT-driven tool to boost surveillance, contact tracing in Delhi

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUN 24, 2020 06:11 PM IST
As per the orders issued by the Directorate General of Health Services in Delhi on Monday, all the chief district medical officers and surveillance officers of all the districts have received a revised response plan which prescribes use of Aarogya Setu coupled with ITIHAS system for cluster projection.
People gathered at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus to move back to their respective states by train during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the spread of the Covid-19 in Mumbai on Friday, May 29, 2020.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
People gathered at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus to move back to their respective states by train during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the spread of the Covid-19 in Mumbai on Friday, May 29, 2020.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By R Sukumar
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2020 07:44 AM IST
In Delhi, and in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, the proportion of tests returning a positive result remains high. In the seven days to May 21, the average daily positivity (as it is called) rate was 9.4% in Delhi. It was 17.9% in Maharashtra, and it was 5.7% in Tamil Nadu.
Migrants wait to get screened and register for transit buses that will ferry them to railway stations for Shramik Special trains, at Vasant Kunj in New Delhi on Thursday.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Migrants wait to get screened and register for transit buses that will ferry them to railway stations for Shramik Special trains, at Vasant Kunj in New Delhi on Thursday.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Centre may focus on states with more Covid-19 cases, migrants and all the latest news

Hindustan Times | News Delhi, Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2020 09:05 AM IST
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The code of Aarogya Setu for Android phones was shared at 12am on Wednesday on code-sharing website GitHub.(Reuters)
The code of Aarogya Setu for Android phones was shared at 12am on Wednesday on code-sharing website GitHub.(Reuters)

Coders flag host of issues, offer tips to improve Aarogya Setu

Hindustan Times | By Binayak Dasgupta and Deeksha Bhardwaj, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2020 08:40 AM IST
A review of issues posted by people varied from concerns over the way the app deployed Bluetooth, typos in the text displayed by the application and suggestions for improvements.
Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said the SOPs released by the aviation ministry gives detailed guidelines about it.(PTI file photo)
Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said the SOPs released by the aviation ministry gives detailed guidelines about it.(PTI file photo)

Domestic travellers with green status on Aarogya Setu needn’t be quarantined: Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by: Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2020 07:02 PM IST
“We have clarified that if anyone has the Aarogya Setu app, it’s like a passport and you are, why should anybody want any quarantine,” Hardeep Singh Puri said.
RBI governor Shaktikanta Das also extended the moratorium on payment of term loans (this includes mortgages or housing loans taken out by individuals, even personal loans) by another three months to August 31.(File photo)
RBI governor Shaktikanta Das also extended the moratorium on payment of term loans (this includes mortgages or housing loans taken out by individuals, even personal loans) by another three months to August 31.(File photo)

RBI cuts key rate, Oxford vaccine trials in next phase: Covid-19 news today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 23, 2020 08:45 AM IST
Here is a preview of the top Covid-19 news today from India and the world.
Data of millions of Indians, collected through the Aarogya Setu app, could be vulnerable to threats from adversarial state and non-state actors and pose a national security challenge, according to cybersecurity experts and former intelligence officials.(AP fie photo)
Data of millions of Indians, collected through the Aarogya Setu app, could be vulnerable to threats from adversarial state and non-state actors and pose a national security challenge, according to cybersecurity experts and former intelligence officials.(AP fie photo)

Protection or threat? Experts say Aarogya Setu poses national security risk

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Binayak Dasgupta
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2020 12:35 AM IST
Indian government officials reject these concerns, saying their encryption standards have adequate protection against data or network breaches.
The Centre’s directions are executive in nature, deriving their power from the Disaster Management Act, 2005, which doesn’t have any provision to deal with surveillance.(REUTERS)
The Centre’s directions are executive in nature, deriving their power from the Disaster Management Act, 2005, which doesn’t have any provision to deal with surveillance.(REUTERS)

Covid-19: Aarogya Setu needs legislative backing

By Amit Anand Tiwari
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2020 07:39 AM IST
The mandatory use of the mobile app brings many constitutional challenges such as the right to privacy of the citizens. Currently, there is no legal framework that governs it beyond its privacy policy and terms of use
FILE PHOTO: The Aarogya Setu app logo is seen on a mobile phone in this illustration picture taken May 3, 2020. Picture taken on May 3, 2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Illustration/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: The Aarogya Setu app logo is seen on a mobile phone in this illustration picture taken May 3, 2020. Picture taken on May 3, 2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Illustration/File Photo(REUTERS)

In Home Ministry’s sharp U-turn, Aarogya Setu not mandatory to resume office

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amrita Madhukalya
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2020 12:09 AM IST
A government official confirmed the rules warranted a rethink on pushing people to use the mobile application, particularly after people began finding workarounds that defeated the purpose of the application.
The Aarogya Setu app logo is seen on a mobile phone.(REUTERS)
The Aarogya Setu app logo is seen on a mobile phone.(REUTERS)

How can Aarogya be made mandatory, Kerala High Court asks Centre

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram/New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2020 03:46 AM IST
The hearing pertained to a petition challenging the Union government’s notification making Aarogya Setu – a tool meant to trace the contacts of people in case they are infected with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) – mandatory for when people travel to offices.
The finance department has prepared a department-wise time schedule to discuss the economy keeping in mind the effect that the nationwide lockdown has had on the state and the economic growth. (Photo @bhupeshbaghel)
The finance department has prepared a department-wise time schedule to discuss the economy keeping in mind the effect that the nationwide lockdown has had on the state and the economic growth. (Photo @bhupeshbaghel)

News updates from Hindustan Times: In Chhattisgarh, spending in govt departments cut by 30% to fight slowdown and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2020 05:08 PM IST
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These trains will be run as special trains from New Delhi station connecting 15 important cities of the country—Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Trivandrum, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.(Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)
These trains will be run as special trains from New Delhi station connecting 15 important cities of the country—Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Trivandrum, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.(Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)

Aarogya Setu to cancellation charges: Things to keep in mind while travelling on IRCTC special trains

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2020 11:32 AM IST
Booking for reservation on these trains started on Monday and will be available only on IRCTC website and mobile application. Booking of tickets through ‘agents’, both IRCTC and Indian Railways, shall not be allowed.
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