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The group of experts were formed on the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(HT Photo)

Empowered groups on vaccine and oxygen working since 2020: Cabinet Secretary

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2021 10:57 PM IST
Cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba made it clear the the second doses of vaccine should be a priority to build effective immunity against the virus and that the states and UTs should minimise the wastage of vaccine.
The states showing a surge are Telangana, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal. (PTI)
The states showing a surge are Telangana, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal. (PTI)

Cabinet secretary to hold review meeting with 8 states, UTs

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 02:39 PM IST
The ministry said 85.75 per cent of 16,488 new cases registered in a span of 24 hours are from six states and UTs.
The oxygen is being procured for various central and state government hospitals. The entire exercise of importing and then distributing the medical oxygen is estimated to cost Rs 600-700 crore, official sources said.(REUTERS)
The oxygen is being procured for various central and state government hospitals. The entire exercise of importing and then distributing the medical oxygen is estimated to cost Rs 600-700 crore, official sources said.(REUTERS)

Covid-19: Govt to import 1 lakh liquid oxygen to meet any shortage during winters

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 14, 2020 04:48 PM IST
HLL Lifecare Limited, a public sector undertaking, has floated a global tender on Wednesday on behalf of the Health Ministry for procuring one lakh metric tonne of liquid oxygen.
A health worker in PPE collects a swab sample amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease, at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on Saturday.(Reuters Photo)
A health worker in PPE collects a swab sample amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease, at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on Saturday.(Reuters Photo)

For fourth consecutive day, India’s daily Covid-19 numbers hover around 95,000

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 10:17 AM IST
Amid a record surge in coronavirus infections in the country, PK Mishra, the principal secretary to the prime minister, reviewed the Covid-19 response in the country on Saturday.
During the meeting with the cabinet secretary, the states were advised to focus on containment, testing and tracing, upgrading health infrastructure, clinical management and community engagement for effective management of Covid-19.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
During the meeting with the cabinet secretary, the states were advised to focus on containment, testing and tracing, upgrading health infrastructure, clinical management and community engagement for effective management of Covid-19.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Doubling time of coronavirus cases in India improves to 17.4 days: Health ministry

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2020 05:57 PM IST
With 10,956 new coronavirus infections in 24 hours till Friday 8 am, India’s Covid-19 caseload reached 2,97,535 while the death toll rose to 8,498 with a record single-day spike of 396 fatalities, according to the Health Ministry data.
As part of the exercise, the Modi government is seeking to embark on an exercise to decriminalize criminal offences that are deemed to be minor.(HT File (Representative Image))
As part of the exercise, the Modi government is seeking to embark on an exercise to decriminalize criminal offences that are deemed to be minor.(HT File (Representative Image))

Centre looks to simplify laws, decriminalise minor offences

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amandeep Shukla, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2020 03:45 AM IST
The government has been making a concerted effort to simplify the laws and increase the efficiency of the criminal justice system.
Cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba(File photo)
Cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba(File photo)

States need to improve coordination: Cabinet secretary

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2020 02:19 AM IST
The Centre has asked state governments to be more proactive in reaching out to stranded migrant workers and improve last-mile coordination to ensure that the workers reach their destinations safely and aren’t driven by desperation to walk or use unauthorised transport to get home.
Select Union secretaries are expected to make presentations and may also provide clear instructions to the states for an effective implementation of the relaxations .(ANI)
Select Union secretaries are expected to make presentations and may also provide clear instructions to the states for an effective implementation of the relaxations .(ANI)

Covid-19 lockdown: Cabinet secy to meet chief secretaries on Saturday

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2020 09:43 PM IST
The cabinet secretary is expected to point out some loopholes and different interpretations of the central advisory that has led to confusion at the local levels and also take feedback from the senior bureaucracy on the possible measures they would expect to come into force when the lockdown ends on May 3.
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Trace missing foreign-returned persons: Haryana chief secretary

Hindustan Times/ Chandigarh | By Pawan Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2020 06:26 PM IST
A senior bureaucrat says there is a gap in the number of passengers who should have been monitored and the actual number
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba(File photo)
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba(File photo)

‘There is a gap’: Cabinet Secretary raises a red flag on Covid-19 surveillance

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2020 03:36 PM IST
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, the country’s senior-most bureaucrat, said there was a gap in the number of passengers who should have been monitored and the actual number.
Prime Minister’s Office on Saturday reviewed India’s preparedness to deal with the deadly coronavirus(REUTERS)
Prime Minister’s Office on Saturday reviewed India’s preparedness to deal with the deadly coronavirus(REUTERS)

PMO reviews India’s preparedness to deal with coronavirus cases

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2020 10:15 PM IST
The cabinet secretary, home secretary, foreign secretary, defence secretary, health secretary, civil aviation secretary and several other top officials attended the meeting.
The government is making all efforts to get onion stock from Egypt, Turkey and Netherlands (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
The government is making all efforts to get onion stock from Egypt, Turkey and Netherlands (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)

As onion prices spiral, government says keeping tabs

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2019 01:31 AM IST
To prevent hoarding, the practice of holding on stocks to ramp up the prices, the government has imposed limits on how much onion traders can stock. It had also banned onion export in September.
New Delhi, India – November 06, 2019: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressing a press conference after a cabinet meeting in New Delhi, India on Wednesday, November 06, 2019. (HT Photo)
New Delhi, India – November 06, 2019: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressing a press conference after a cabinet meeting in New Delhi, India on Wednesday, November 06, 2019. (HT Photo)

Govt intends to address concerns of telecom sector, says Nirmala Sitharaman

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2019 09:48 PM IST
While announcing its financial results on Thursday, telecom major Vodafone Idea (VIL) had said its ability to continue as a going concern is dependent on obtaining relief from the government and positive outcome of the legal remedy post the apex court ruling on the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) issue.
The principal secretary to the prime minister and the cabinet secretary will hold a high-level meeting Sunday evening to discuss the issue of deteriorating air pollution in Delhi-NCR(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The principal secretary to the prime minister and the cabinet secretary will hold a high-level meeting Sunday evening to discuss the issue of deteriorating air pollution in Delhi-NCR(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Govt calls high level meet after pollution levels spike in Delhi-NCR

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2019 05:34 PM IST
Pollution levels in Delhi and satellite towns shot up again on Sunday morning, with the air quality bordering the ‘severe plus’ category at several places.
The decision to set up the committee of secretaries comes a week after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), and against 15 telcos in a long-standing dispute.(Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times)
The decision to set up the committee of secretaries comes a week after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), and against 15 telcos in a long-standing dispute.(Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times)

Telcos can do with help, for a monopoly will hurt consumers

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON OCT 29, 2019 05:44 PM IST
A recent India Ratings report put the total debt of the top three telcos — Airtel, Vodafone-Idea, and Reliance Jio — at 3.9 lakh crore or 3.9 trillion in 2018-19. This can be partly attributed to Jio’s unnaturally low pricing, which has eroded the market share of other telcos, apart from forcing them to lower their own tariffs.
A seven-member team headed by the cabinet secretary will select the chairman of the National Medical Commission (NMC).
A seven-member team headed by the cabinet secretary will select the chairman of the National Medical Commission (NMC).

Cabinet secy-led team to select NMC chief from 300 applicants

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2019 01:41 AM IST
The last date for receiving applications is October 18.
Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba has been named as next cabinet secretary.(File photo: Livemint)
Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba has been named as next cabinet secretary.(File photo: Livemint)

Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba named next cabinet secretary

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2019 09:02 PM IST
Gauba, a 1982-batch IAS officer of the Jharkhand cadre, will initially join as the Officer on Special Duty in the Cabinet Secretariat, before he takes over the charge of the country’s top bureaucratic from the incumbent P K Sinha.
In his petition, Rakesh Asthana had challenged the FIR saying it was motivated at the behest of Verma.(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)
In his petition, Rakesh Asthana had challenged the FIR saying it was motivated at the behest of Verma.(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)

Delhi high court refuses to cancel bribery case against CBI No. 2 Rakesh Asthana

Hindustan Times | By Richa Banka
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2019 07:27 AM IST
In his petition, Asthana had challenged the FIR saying it was motivated at the behest of Verma.
Visitors during the inauguration of EV Expo 2018 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, December 21, 2018(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Visitors during the inauguration of EV Expo 2018 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, December 21, 2018(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Ambition alone is not enough to meet EV goals

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2018 02:47 PM IST
The rollout of critical plans for green vehicles in India has been far too slow
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has been “very complimentary” on some charges levelled against Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma by his deputy Rakesh Asthana and “very uncomplimentary” on some, the Supreme Court noted on Friday, indicating that the top vigilance watchdog has not given a clean chit yet to the head of the India’s premier investigating agency.(PTI)
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has been “very complimentary” on some charges levelled against Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma by his deputy Rakesh Asthana and “very uncomplimentary” on some, the Supreme Court noted on Friday, indicating that the top vigilance watchdog has not given a clean chit yet to the head of the India’s premier investigating agency.(PTI)

Mixed findings, says Supreme Court on vigilance report against CBI No. 1 Alok Verma

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2018 11:10 PM IST
The bench, comprising chief justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph, ordered that a copy of the report be handed over to Verma, whom it asked to file a response in a sealed envelope by 1pm on Monday.
CBI special director Rakesh Asthana (pictured) had approached the government with a note saying the agency’s director Alok Verma was interfering in probes undertaken by him.(HT File Photo)
CBI special director Rakesh Asthana (pictured) had approached the government with a note saying the agency’s director Alok Verma was interfering in probes undertaken by him.(HT File Photo)

Conflicting views on Gujarat case behind ugly CBI infighting?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rajesh Ahuja
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2018 01:13 PM IST
The country’s top federal investigation agency, the CBI on Friday took the unprecedented measure of issuing a statement saying it is probing the role of its own special director Rakesh Asthana, the senior-most officer after the chief Alok Verma, “in at least half a dozen cases”.
US President Donald Trump listens as David Shulkin speaks during a Department of Veterans Affairs Telehealth event at the White House in Washington, in August 2017. Shulkin, who served as US Secretary of Veterans Affairs , was fired on Wednesday.(Reuters File Photo)
US President Donald Trump listens as David Shulkin speaks during a Department of Veterans Affairs Telehealth event at the White House in Washington, in August 2017. Shulkin, who served as US Secretary of Veterans Affairs , was fired on Wednesday.(Reuters File Photo)

Trump fires second cabinet secretary in March, gives veteran affairs to White House doctor

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2018 06:17 PM IST
The department of veteran affairs is the second largest bureaucracy in the US government. It provides healthcare and other benefits to an estimated 9 million retired US military personnel and their dependents.
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