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Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman (right in front row), Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (centre) and Maryam Nawaz Sharif attend an anti-government rally in Peshawar on November 22.(AP)

Pak oppn alliance holds massive rally despite govt refusing permission

By Imtiaz Ahmad , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Islamabad
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 09:33 PM IST
In his address to the rally, PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari predicted that the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan would be falling in January.
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Cabinet meet: Himachal shuts schools again as Covid cases see a spurt

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times/Shimla, Shimla
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 01:02 AM IST
Special vacation will be granted to all government and private schools, colleges, industrial training institutes, polytechnics, engineering colleges and coaching institutes from November 11 to 25
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Former Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari during an appearance at the Islamabad High Court in 2019.(AP file)
Former Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari during an appearance at the Islamabad High Court in 2019.(AP file)

Pak former president Asif Ali Zardari hospitalised

By Imtiaz Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Islamabad
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2020 08:26 PM IST
Zardari’s hospitalisation comes ahead of a planned national agitation by a joint front of 11 Pakistani opposition parties, including his PPP, against the Imran Khan government.
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Assam state zoo begins celebrations of 66th Wildlife Week 2020 in Guwahati on October 1.(ANI)
Assam state zoo begins celebrations of 66th Wildlife Week 2020 in Guwahati on October 1.(ANI)

Fund-starved zoos to be developed on PPP model

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 06, 2020 08:22 AM IST
A policy to upgrade 160 zoos on a PPP model would be announced in the next Union budget, which is expected to be presented on February 1, according to Union minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar
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Pakistan rejects US blogger Cynthia Ritchie’s visa extention plea, tells her to leave in 15 days

By Imtiaz Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Islamabad
PUBLISHED ON SEP 03, 2020 10:54 AM IST
The PPP took Ritchie, who claimed she worked for the military’s public relations department, to court where her legal status in Pakistan was brought under scrutiny
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AAI will receive Rs1,070 crore upfront from handing over the airports for redevelopment(Mint File Photo)
AAI will receive Rs1,070 crore upfront from handing over the airports for redevelopment(Mint File Photo)

Govt to lease out 3 airports via PPP

By Gireesh Chandra Prasad | Mint, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 05:34 AM IST
Jaipur, Thiruvananthapuram and Guwahati airports will be leased for operation, management, and development in public-private partnership (PPP) model to Adani Enterprises.
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The feasibility study in the report had advised the ministry to consider clarifying that the project would not be under oversight of the proposed regulator. (Photo @RailMinIndia)
The feasibility study in the report had advised the ministry to consider clarifying that the project would not be under oversight of the proposed regulator. (Photo @RailMinIndia)

‘Private trains’ fares to not be regulated, operators to decide’: Railways

By Anisha Dutta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2020 10:56 PM IST
Bombardier Transportation India, Siemens Limited, Alstom Transport India Ltd are among the 23 firms that have evinced interest in running private trains.
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While it is true that Internet access has to improve, statistics tell a different story. In 2020, the Internet penetration rate in India is 50%, and is rapidly increasing(AFP)
While it is true that Internet access has to improve, statistics tell a different story. In 2020, the Internet penetration rate in India is 50%, and is rapidly increasing(AFP)

It is time to move India’s higher education online | Opinion

By M Jagadesh Kumar
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2020 06:26 PM IST
The criticism does not hold. The digital divide is being bridged; antiquated classroom practices can be buried
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The total estimated cost for the redevelopment of the four stations is about Rs 1,300 crore. (Bloomberg)
The total estimated cost for the redevelopment of the four stations is about Rs 1,300 crore. (Bloomberg)

Nine firms in race to redevelop 4 railways stations under PPP model

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2020 08:54 PM IST
The redeveloped stations are proposed to be called ‘Railopolis’.
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Workers of the Piedrangel crematorium pick up the body of a victim of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) who died at home as a family member looks on, in Lima, Peru.(REUTERS/For Representative Purposes Only)
Workers of the Piedrangel crematorium pick up the body of a victim of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) who died at home as a family member looks on, in Lima, Peru.(REUTERS/For Representative Purposes Only)

Telecommunications workers held in Peru over Covid-19 5G scare

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Lima
PUBLISHED ON JUN 13, 2020 08:54 AM IST
The eight-member maintenance crew have been held since Wednesday by villagers in Acobamba province, more than 500 kilometers (300 miles) southeast of the capital Lima.
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Chennai: Employees work at the Secretariat after authorities eased restrictions, during the fourth phase of the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, in Chennai, Monday, May 18, 2020.(PTI)
Chennai: Employees work at the Secretariat after authorities eased restrictions, during the fourth phase of the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, in Chennai, Monday, May 18, 2020.(PTI)

Govt extends deadline to fulfill contractual obligations by up to 6 months

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2020 08:20 PM IST
In a recent office memorandum, the department said subsequent to this, further disruptions have affected transportation, manufacturing and distribution of goods and services in the country.
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Even though the PM clearly specified that the approach is to be self-reliant by actively participating and leading the global value chains without being self-centred or inward-looking, the Opposition resorted to scaremongering about MNCs being shown the door when the exact opposite is being attempted by the government.(PTI)
Even though the PM clearly specified that the approach is to be self-reliant by actively participating and leading the global value chains without being self-centred or inward-looking, the Opposition resorted to scaremongering about MNCs being shown the door when the exact opposite is being attempted by the government.(PTI)

Why the stimulus will boost the Indian economy, writes Hardeep Puri

By Hardeep Puri
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2020 08:15 PM IST
Even as the government has proactively dealt with the crisis, the Opposition has engaged in baseless criticism
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The government realises the threat that Covid-19 presents to India’s medical and economic health, and has taken some strong policy decisions to contain its spread(REUTERS)
The government realises the threat that Covid-19 presents to India’s medical and economic health, and has taken some strong policy decisions to contain its spread(REUTERS)

The importance of collaboration in fighting Covid-19

By Vidur Mahajan
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2020 02:48 PM IST
Given that our health care services industry will be strained to a great extent when Covid-19 spreads across the country, we must use all options available to fight it. Partnering with industry for developing advanced data analytics and AI tools in a PPP provides an effective way to initiate the development of tools to predict, diagnose and prognosticate, like never before
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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.(ANI)
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.(ANI)

Budget 2020: Setting up hospitals, medical colleges on PPP model welcomed

By Indo Asian News Service | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2020 12:33 PM IST
People favoured the government’s decision to establish hospitals and medical colleges in every districts through PPP model. Read on to know more...
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The government thinktank Niti Aayog’s proposal to allow private players to run medical colleges attached to District Hospitals under the public private partnership (PPP) model also found mention in the finance minister’s speech.(SHUTTERSTOCK.)
The government thinktank Niti Aayog’s proposal to allow private players to run medical colleges attached to District Hospitals under the public private partnership (PPP) model also found mention in the finance minister’s speech.(SHUTTERSTOCK.)

In Budget 2020-21, health sector allocations witness 8% jump

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2020 04:56 PM IST
Health Infrastructure upgradation has been the focus this year, with many announcements made by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman meant to improve the quality of medical colleges, especially at the district level, and also to increase the number of hospitals empanelled under the Ayushman Bharat scheme.
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Diagnostic centres to be set up in civil hospitals in Punjab under PPP mode

By Ravinder Vasudeva | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2020 10:00 PM IST
Policy being framed to invite private players to provide diagnostic facilities to patients inside hospital premises; government will regulate prices of tests at these centres, says health minister
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Due to inadequate investments in railways in the past, the government machinery faced the burden, he said, adding that the demand of ticket-seekers in some trains was more than 150 per cent.(HT Photo)
Due to inadequate investments in railways in the past, the government machinery faced the burden, he said, adding that the demand of ticket-seekers in some trains was more than 150 per cent.(HT Photo)

Government wants to end era of slow moving trains: Piyush Goyal

By Press Trust of India | Indore
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2020 09:50 PM IST
Piyush Goyal dismissed speculations of privatisation of the railway network, but highlighted the need for a public-private partnership funding model for the sector.
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Work on dinosaur park starts at Chhatbir Zoo

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON DEC 07, 2019 01:23 AM IST
The project, awarded to a private firm on public private partnership (PPP) mode, is expected to be completed by December-end
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AAI has recommended the Centre to privatise airports at Amritsar, Varanasi, Bhubaneswar, Indore, Raipur and Trichy(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
AAI has recommended the Centre to privatise airports at Amritsar, Varanasi, Bhubaneswar, Indore, Raipur and Trichy(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

AAI recommends Centre to privatise 6 airports including Amritsar, Varanasi: Report

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 01, 2019 04:49 PM IST
In February this year, in the first round of airport privatisation, the Adani Group bagged contract for all six airports by winning the bids with huge margins.
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A rendering of the Chandigarh railway station, as it would look after the facelift. The project is stipulated to be completed in 24 months.(HT photo)
A rendering of the Chandigarh railway station, as it would look after the facelift. The project is stipulated to be completed in 24 months.(HT photo)

Finally, firm hired to give Chandigarh railway station a swanky makeover

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 07, 2019 12:22 AM IST
The 131.4-crore project was awarded to Ludhiana-based Deepak buildersand engineers Pvt Ltd on October 30.
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A teacher teaching at a Government Inter College in Prayagraj.(HT file)
A teacher teaching at a Government Inter College in Prayagraj.(HT file)

Now select government secondary schools to run on PPP model

By K Sandeep Kumar | Hindustan Times, Prayagraj, Prayagraj
PUBLISHED ON SEP 07, 2019 10:41 AM IST
Under it, the government plans to make available infrastructure, including land and buildings, while private firm or individual would run and manage it, say a senior official of the state education department aware of the development.
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The banning of 30 private nursing homes in East Champaran district conducting illegal hysterectomies under RSBY is an example of profiteering by exploitative players in the private sector in the absence of regulation.(HT Photo)
The banning of 30 private nursing homes in East Champaran district conducting illegal hysterectomies under RSBY is an example of profiteering by exploitative players in the private sector in the absence of regulation.(HT Photo)

Opinion| Ayushman Bharat, building on country’s past healthcare efforts

By Sanchita Sharma | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2019 05:18 AM IST
While much larger in scale, PM-JAY expanded on several aspects of RSBY’s PPP model, such as scheme design, involvement of the private sector, use of contracts, incentives given and overall administrative structure to offer provider plurality without having to pay money upfront.
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Chandigarh chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar(HT File Photo)
Chandigarh chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar(HT File Photo)

Residents having domicile of Haryana to get family ID card

By Archana Mishra | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2019 07:07 AM IST
Khattar while launching the portal, www.meraparivar.haryana.gov.in, said that a system will be put in place to include families migrating from Haryana to other cities and vice versa.
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Construction work of the proposed 8-km-long mid-sea ropeway between Sewri and Elephanta Caves is set to block traffic of vessels sailing along the city’s east coast.
Construction work of the proposed 8-km-long mid-sea ropeway between Sewri and Elephanta Caves is set to block traffic of vessels sailing along the city’s east coast.

Ropeway project work set to stall sea traffic for 8 hours daily

By Mehul R Thakkar | Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2019 08:27 AM IST
The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) said daily traffic blocks of around eight hours will be put in place from this year-end.
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There is a shortfall of 20% sub-centres, 22% public health centres and 32% community health centres in India.(HT PHOTO)
There is a shortfall of 20% sub-centres, 22% public health centres and 32% community health centres in India.(HT PHOTO)

PPPs may help to ensure universal health coverage

By Sunil Mehra
PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2019 08:23 AM IST
The key to success of this partnership is respect and trust with the goal of providing quality care at affordable cost.
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Former Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari leaves the High Court in Islamabad on Monday.(AP Photo)
Former Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari leaves the High Court in Islamabad on Monday.(AP Photo)

Pak ex-president Asif Ali Zardari arrested in bogus accounts case

By Imtiaz Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Islamabad
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2019 10:06 PM IST
Zardari, who was president in 2008-2013, spent time in jail in the 1990s and 2000s, and was nicknamed Mr 10% for the commissions he had received on government contracts. His arrest came just hours after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan urged people to declare their assets and bank accounts under an amnesty scheme that will end on June 30.
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In the last few years, car travel in most metros has become a nightmare. Moving around by road in Bengaluru, for example, is nearly impossible with average speeds going down from 30kmph in 2005 to less than 10kmph in 2018. The city loses an estimated Rs 38,000 crore annually as a social cost of traffic congestion(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
In the last few years, car travel in most metros has become a nightmare. Moving around by road in Bengaluru, for example, is nearly impossible with average speeds going down from 30kmph in 2005 to less than 10kmph in 2018. The city loses an estimated Rs 38,000 crore annually as a social cost of traffic congestion(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

Car ownership must become a relic of the past

By Pradeep Parameswaran
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2019 06:16 PM IST
Millennials are making wiser choices for society’s benefit. It is high time Indian cities join the likes of London, Singapore and New York to further discourage private car ownership
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The Hariyali lake at Kopri has been revamped in the first phase of the project. It has got promenades, proper railings and fountains in the middle of the lake.(Praful Gangurde/ HT)
The Hariyali lake at Kopri has been revamped in the first phase of the project. It has got promenades, proper railings and fountains in the middle of the lake.(Praful Gangurde/ HT)

Cluster scheme pulls down Thane’s ranking in first smart cities survey

By Megha Pol | Hindustan Times, Thane
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2019 12:34 AM IST
Since cluster has urban renewal plans instead of detailed plan report, status was not considered in ranking
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Draupadabai Murlidhar Khedekar general hospital and trauma care centre is located in Bopodi.(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)
Draupadabai Murlidhar Khedekar general hospital and trauma care centre is located in Bopodi.(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)

Monday Musings: Has Marathi manoos gained from defunct 100-bed hospital?

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2018 02:35 PM IST
A classic case of public healthcare at the mercy of political goondaism in Pune is on display in Bopodi
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