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Workers stitch garments at a factory of an apparel shop in Jaipur.(REUTERS)

Indian economy to rebound with 8.9% growth in FY22: Report

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 06:25 PM IST
The National Statistical Organisation (NSO) on Thursday predicted that the economy will contract 7.7 per cent in the current financial year ending in March, the worst performance in four decades.
NSO’s spyware was also been linked to the slaying of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.(REUTERS)
NSO’s spyware was also been linked to the slaying of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.(REUTERS)

Hacking company NSO faces legal battle from Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Dell

By Reuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 05:55 AM IST
The brief, filed before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, opens up a new front in Facebook’s lawsuit against NSO.
The NSO land use change matrix shows a reduction in forest area may be because of diversion to built-up area, agriculture and wasteland.(HT file)
The NSO land use change matrix shows a reduction in forest area may be because of diversion to built-up area, agriculture and wasteland.(HT file)

Land under forest shrunk between 2011 and 2016, contrary to FSI’s findings

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 11:45 AM IST
The FSI’s report had shown last year that the country recorded a 0.56% improvement in its forest cover, as compared to 2017 but the NSO’s land use change matrix showed that forest area declined by 1.09%
A student takes note while attending an online class at her home in Srinagar.(Waseem AndrabiHT Photo)
A student takes note while attending an online class at her home in Srinagar.(Waseem AndrabiHT Photo)

Issues facing online education

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Jha, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 02:13 AM IST
Digital divide: Students who, in theory, have access to e-teaching will have to depend on inconvenient methods such as mobile phones
General courses such as humanities, sciences and commerce are now becoming more popular, a trend experts attribute to a growing gap between the skills professional degrees impart and what is needed in the job market.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
General courses such as humanities, sciences and commerce are now becoming more popular, a trend experts attribute to a growing gap between the skills professional degrees impart and what is needed in the job market.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

As science gains ground, fewer students opting for MBA, engineering

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Jha and Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2020 08:23 AM IST
The NSO released the findings of 2017-18 survey on Social Consumption of Education in India last month. A comparison with a similar 2014 report shows that management and engineering courses have seen biggest proportionate fall in share of students.
A New Education Policy was announced earlier this week after a gap of 34 years(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A New Education Policy was announced earlier this week after a gap of 34 years(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Mapping education inequalities

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore & Abhishek Jha, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2020 09:23 AM IST
Students from the richest 20% of the society are seventeen times more likely to be studying law than those from the poorest 20%.
An average hospitalisation case in India cost Rs 16,676 and Rs 26,475 in rural and urban areas, respectively. The average monthly wage of a regular worker — the best employment category in India — was Rs 15,504(Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)
An average hospitalisation case in India cost Rs 16,676 and Rs 26,475 in rural and urban areas, respectively. The average monthly wage of a regular worker — the best employment category in India — was Rs 15,504(Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)

A reality check of the health sector

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2020 07:34 PM IST
Factor in findings on infections, hospitalisation in policymaking
Vegetable price inflation grew at 1.9%, the lowest in fifteen months according to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy database.(File Photo)
Vegetable price inflation grew at 1.9%, the lowest in fifteen months according to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy database.(File Photo)

Inflation rises, food prices ease: Data

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2020 12:10 AM IST
The most important take away from the June numbers is a continuous deceleration in food prices. Food inflation growth in June was 7.9%, a nine month low.
On 29 May, the National Statistical Office (NSO) will release GDP data for the quarter ending March 2020. Normally, this data would not have attracted much interest.
On 29 May, the National Statistical Office (NSO) will release GDP data for the quarter ending March 2020. Normally, this data would not have attracted much interest.

Why Q4 GDP numbers will be crucial

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore and Rajeev Jayaswal
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2020 08:17 AM IST
NSO has already released the second advance estimates of GDP for 2019-20 in February. Real and nominal GDP growth in 2019-20 was projected to be 5% and 7.5% respectively.
Manufacturing sector output fell by 20.6 per cent compared to a growth of 3.1 per cent in the same month a year ago.(Bloomberg)
Manufacturing sector output fell by 20.6 per cent compared to a growth of 3.1 per cent in the same month a year ago.(Bloomberg)

Industrial production falls 16.7% in March

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2020 06:20 PM IST
The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) had grown by 2.7 per cent in March, 2019.
Electricity generation grew at 8.1 per cent as against a growth of 1.3 per cent in February 2019. Mining sector output grew by 10 per cent compared to a growth of 2.2 per cent earlier. (Photo by Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
Electricity generation grew at 8.1 per cent as against a growth of 1.3 per cent in February 2019. Mining sector output grew by 10 per cent compared to a growth of 2.2 per cent earlier. (Photo by Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)

Industrial production grows 4.5 % in February

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2020 06:09 PM IST
According to National Statistical Office (NSO) data, manufacturing sector output rose by 3.2 per cent compared to contraction of 0.3 per cent in the same month a year ago.
All policies rely on the official statistics for both design and implementation. The government needs to do more to rebuild trust with citizens, and restore integrity of the data-collection process(Sonu Mehta)
All policies rely on the official statistics for both design and implementation. The government needs to do more to rebuild trust with citizens, and restore integrity of the data-collection process(Sonu Mehta)

The new challenge for data collection | Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2020 10:29 PM IST
Apprehensions about CAA-NPR-NRC is affecting other government surveys
Chief Economic Advisor KV Subramanian during press conference on Economic Survey 2019 - 2020 at Media Centre, in New Delhi on Friday.(Vipin Kumar /HT File PHOTO)
Chief Economic Advisor KV Subramanian during press conference on Economic Survey 2019 - 2020 at Media Centre, in New Delhi on Friday.(Vipin Kumar /HT File PHOTO)

GDP growth for fiscal year 2019 revised downward

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2020 08:11 AM IST
A sector-wise breakdown of the revised numbers shows that the primary and secondary sector; which mainly comprise of agriculture and industry, are responsible for the downward revision.
The Economic Survey 2019-20 tabled in the Parliament on Friday has projected a 6%-6.5% growth for 2020-21(ANI screengrab)
The Economic Survey 2019-20 tabled in the Parliament on Friday has projected a 6%-6.5% growth for 2020-21(ANI screengrab)

Economic Survey projects 6%-6.5% growth for 2020-21, hints economy bottomed out

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2020 02:36 PM IST
India’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew at 4.5% in the second quarter of the current financial year, the lowest since March 2013. According to the National Statistical Office’s (NSO) first advance estimates, India’s GDP is expected to grow at 5% in 2019-20, the lowest since 2008-09.
Budget 2020-21 may have a provision that foreign investors in India have long sought.(Bloomberg image)
Budget 2020-21 may have a provision that foreign investors in India have long sought.(Bloomberg image)

Long-awaited FDI protection provision expected in Budget

By Rajeev Jayaswal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2020 05:38 AM IST
There have been several instances in recent years when foreign investors have made a significant investment, sometimes in a domain where the regulatory regime itself is evolving, only to see an adverse development on the policy front.
If India seeks to become a knowledge economy, enjoy the fruits of demographic dividend, and create aware citizens, it will need to make education accessible to more people(Amal KS / Hindustan Times)
If India seeks to become a knowledge economy, enjoy the fruits of demographic dividend, and create aware citizens, it will need to make education accessible to more people(Amal KS / Hindustan Times)

HT Editorial| In defence of affordable education, for all

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2020 07:34 PM IST
Economic deprivation should not hinder the ability of students to access education
The NSO survey shows that only 10.6% of the Indian population aged above 15 years has successfully completed a graduate degree.(Gurminder Singh/HT File Photo)
The NSO survey shows that only 10.6% of the Indian population aged above 15 years has successfully completed a graduate degree.(Gurminder Singh/HT File Photo)

Affordable education still out of reach for Indians | Opinion

By Ishan Anand
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2020 01:47 PM IST
The NSO recently released a report based on an all-India survey conducted in 2017-18. The survey shows that only 10.6% of the Indian population aged above 15 years has successfully completed a graduate degree. This proportion is only 5.7% in rural India and is 8.3% among women. The proportion of graduates in the same age group was 8.2% as per the 2011 Census.
The IIP growth during April-November period of the current fiscal came in at 0.6 per cent, down from 5 per cent in the same period of 2018-19.(Bloomberg)
The IIP growth during April-November period of the current fiscal came in at 0.6 per cent, down from 5 per cent in the same period of 2018-19.(Bloomberg)

IIP grows 1.8 percent in Nov, turns positive after 3 months of decline

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2020 06:04 PM IST
The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) had grown by 0.2 per cent in November 2018.The growth in the manufacturing sector was 2.7% as against a contraction of 0.7% in the same month last year.
India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth slowed to 5% in the quarter ended June.(HT File)
India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth slowed to 5% in the quarter ended June.(HT File)

GDP seen dropping to 5 per cent in 2019-20, indicates Govt data

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2020 06:17 PM IST
The decline has been mainly on account of deceleration in manufacturing sector growth, which is expected to come down to 2 per cent in 2019-20 from 6.2 per cent in the year-ago fiscal.
Policies should be specifically focused on generating mass demand and employment. Fiscal policy has to play an important role in achieving this(HT FILE)
Policies should be specifically focused on generating mass demand and employment. Fiscal policy has to play an important role in achieving this(HT FILE)

Agenda for 2020: Growth

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2019 08:27 PM IST
The government must focus on boosting economic sentiment
Engineering, information technology and management; the most sought after professional courses seem to be losing their popularity among students in India.(HT Photo)
Engineering, information technology and management; the most sought after professional courses seem to be losing their popularity among students in India.(HT Photo)

Engineering, management studies losing steam: Data

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2019 02:15 AM IST
The NSO released its report “Key Indicators of Household Social Consumption on Education in India” last week. The report is based on a survey conducted between July 2017 and June 2018.
It is time to give statutory status to the National Statistical Commission(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
It is time to give statutory status to the National Statistical Commission(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Reviving faith in India’s statistics

By Yamini Aiyar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 20, 2019 07:18 PM IST
Transparency of data is essential both for good governance and the health of democracy
The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) numbers would have provided much needed clarity in devising policies to address the economic slowdown(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) numbers would have provided much needed clarity in devising policies to address the economic slowdown(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Shooting the messenger

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON NOV 19, 2019 11:55 AM IST
Rejecting CES data undermines India’s statistical system
The Pegasus spyware of the nso group can hack both iOS and Android devices by targeting vulnerabilities in the operating systems. It is capable of running in the background without the targeted user ever knowing about the hack(REUTERS)
The Pegasus spyware of the nso group can hack both iOS and Android devices by targeting vulnerabilities in the operating systems. It is capable of running in the background without the targeted user ever knowing about the hack(REUTERS)

Why there cannot be any national security without individual privacy | Analysis

By Apar Gupta
PUBLISHED ON NOV 04, 2019 06:00 AM IST
NSO-Pegasus case: Set up an independent inquiry panel and conduct its proceedings transparently
Several human rights activists, lawyers and journalists in India came forward on Thursday to say that they had been identified as targets of Whatsapp hack.(REUTERS Photo)
Several human rights activists, lawyers and journalists in India came forward on Thursday to say that they had been identified as targets of Whatsapp hack.(REUTERS Photo)

WhatsApp sent second alert in September, informed 121 Indians may have been targeted

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amrita Madhukalya
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2019 07:53 AM IST
The two alerts – one in May and the September communication – were reiterated in the response, which was sent ahead of the November 4 deadline set by the government, this person said, asking not to be named.
The WhatsApp messaging application is seen on a phone screen.(Photo: Reuters)
The WhatsApp messaging application is seen on a phone screen.(Photo: Reuters)

Facebook sues Israel’s NSO on alleged WhatsApp malware hack

Bloomberg | By William Turton and Davide Scigliuzzo
PUBLISHED ON OCT 30, 2019 02:55 PM IST
Between January 2018 and May of this year, NSO created WhatsApp accounts that it used to send malicious code to targeted devices, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in San Francisco.
Understanding the basic requirements for the preparation of any competitive examination shall be kept at a priority and then head on to start the journey to accomplish the goal.(HT)
Understanding the basic requirements for the preparation of any competitive examination shall be kept at a priority and then head on to start the journey to accomplish the goal.(HT)

Gov jobs, competitive exams after 12th, entrance exams and their preparation strategy

New Delhi | By RL Trikha
PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2019 11:29 AM IST
Strategy: Every scholastic exam requires perseverance and routine
Despite being subject to violence and hostility since the 9/11 attacks in the US, the UK government’s National Hate Crime Plan has marginalised British Sikhs, says the Network of Sikh Organisations.(Getty images)
Despite being subject to violence and hostility since the 9/11 attacks in the US, the UK government’s National Hate Crime Plan has marginalised British Sikhs, says the Network of Sikh Organisations.(Getty images)

UK hate crime policy ignoring Islamophobia: British Sikhs

London | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2018 09:53 AM IST
The NSO intervention comes as the UK concluded its National Hate Crime Awareness Week over the weekend with an announcement of a review into whether additional offences such as misogyny and ageism should be hate crimes.
SOI’s PU student union presidential candidate Iqbalpreet Prince flanked by the party leaders Chetan Chaudhary (left) and Mehnazpreet Chahal on the campus on Wednesday.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT)
SOI’s PU student union presidential candidate Iqbalpreet Prince flanked by the party leaders Chetan Chaudhary (left) and Mehnazpreet Chahal on the campus on Wednesday.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT)

Panjab University elections: Assault accused is SOI’s face for student polls

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Arshdeep Arshi, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON JUN 28, 2018 11:15 AM IST
Panel recommendations say candidate should not have a criminal record or have been subjected to disciplinary action.
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