- India an attractive investment destination: Anurag Thakur (IANS Interview)(16:18)
By Navneet Mishra
New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur has said that India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is successfully fighting the battle against Covid-19. He said the government has chalked out a roadmap to make India a destination for attractive investment. He exhorted India Inc to take advantage of the initiatives announced by the government to step up investment in the country.
- In hotspot Dharavi, top priority is to reduce crowding: Minister (IANS Interview)(16:10)
By Saiyed Moziz Imam Zaidi
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Maharashtras Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad is a 4-term MLA from Dharavi and a second time Cabinet minister in the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government. Her constituency Dharavi has emerged as a cluster of Covid-19 with the total number of cases crossing 1,400. She says the government is trying to reduce crowding in the area and enforce social distancing. Besides, the government is also facilitating migrants return to their native places.
- Chhattisgarh launches Nyay, to ensure direct benefit to farmers: Baghel (IANS Interview)(16:46)
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Chhattisgarh on Thursday became the first state to launch the Congress flagship programme of 'Nyay.' Christened as Rajiv Gandhi Nyay Yojna, The scheme was launched by party chief Sonia Gandhi through video conferencing. The Nyay scheme that the Congress promised to implement in its manifesto was aimed at ensuring minimum income availability to the poor through direct bank transfer. This will directly help 20 lakh farmers. For this, a provision of Rs 5,100 crore has been made in the budget.
- Priyanka should look after her own states: UP BJP chief (IANS Interview)(19:46)
By Vivek Tripathi
Lucknow, May 20 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh BJP president Swatantra Dev Singh has launched a scathing attack on the Congress party saying that while the Modi and Yogi governments are fighting the Covid-19 pandemic with full force, the opposition Congress is engaged in petty politics over the issue of migrants. He advised Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to take care of migrants in the party's own states, alleging that their condition is deplorable and the Rajasthan and Punjab governments did nothing to provide them with transportation.
- Aarogya Setu safest app in India: MyGov CEO Abhishek Singh (IANS Interview)(05:41)
By Nikhila Natarajan
New York, May 20 (IANS) Pushing back against the steady hum of privacy concerns from critics of India's Aarogya Setu contact tracing app, MyGov CEO Abhishek Singh emphatically defended the app as the safest across all mobile apps that Indians currently use and a digital public good that Indians should be "proud" of.
- 'Install face mask vending machines or provide them at minimal cost' (IANS Interview)(18:14)
By Sumit Saxena
New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) With coronavirus cases in India crossing the 1 lakh mark and in the backdrop of the fresh relaxations of the lockdown measures, it is essential to install face mask vending machines or provide them in public transports at a nominal cost across the nation, feels S.K. Sarin, an eminent Delhi-based gastroenterologist at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS)
- In whatever format, JLF will endure: Sanjoy Roy (IANS Interview)(18:38)
By Vishnu Makhijani
New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) Earlier this year, the Rajasthan government ruled that the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), dubbed the greatest literary show on earth, would have to shift out of the Diggy Palace, its home for 13 years on logistical issues. Then came the coronavirus pandemic that has locked down India and much of the world and there was a question mark on whether the situation would stabilise for the 14th edition to be held as scheduled for January 28-February1, 2021. Regardless of the testing times, the show will go on, JLF Producer Sanjay K. Roy asserts â though there may be changes in the format.
- Maha govt responsible for sending migrants: UP Minister Maurya (IANS Interview)(14:31)
By Vivek Tripathi
Lucknow, May 16 (IANS) Lashing out at the Uddhav Thackeray government of Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh Labour Minister Swami Prasad Maurya said that Maharashtra is responsible for this migrant crisis. He said the Uddhav Thackeray government is deliberately sending migrant workers to UP in trucks. This may lead to increased infection in the state, he said.
- We need national policy on migrants: Ashok Chavan (IANS Interview)(12:58)
By Saiyed Moziz Imam Zaidi
New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ashok Chavan is now the PWD Minister in the Uddhav Thackeray cabinet. The Congress leader from Nanded was instrumental in stitching the three-party alliance, the Maha Vikas Aghadi, and persuading the party leadership to tie up with Shiv Sena.
- Exclusively studying Favipiravir before adopting wider use: Glenn Saldanha (IANS Interview)(11:57)
BY SANJEEV SHARMA
New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) In an interview with IANS, Glenn Saldanha, Chairman and Managing Director, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, said the company hopes to see similar positive outcomes in Indian patients of Covid-19 during the clinical trials of anti-viral Favipiravir for Covid 10. Globally, as per reports COVID-19 patients treated with Favipiravir have shown positive outcomes, such as reduced symptoms and quicker disease recovery.
- Stress levels, uncertainty will increase post-pandemic: Rachna Singh (IANS Interview)(19:36)
By Vishnu Makhijani
New Delhi, May 13 (IANS) Stress levels and uncertainty will increase for professionals post the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown it has caused due to fears of layoffs or overwork due to the heavy backlog that awaits them if an and when they return to work, says lifestyle & relationship expert and practicing therapist Rachna Khanna Singh, whose work over the last 20 years has touched over 10 lakh lives and over 100 organisations.
- We must use modern technology for online education: Prof Kuhad (IANS Interview)(16:16)
New Delhi, May 13 (IANS) Amid the coronavirus crisis that has affected academic studies across all universities, an expert committee of the UGC has come out with solutions to various issues such as how to conduct exams in universities, how to facilitate higher learning and how to begin the new academic sessions. Prof R.C. Kuhad is Vice-Chancellor of Central University of Haryana and heads the expert committee.
- Islam has strict guidelines for its institutions during pandemic: Grand Mufti (IANS Interview)(17:55)
By Sanu V. George
Thiruvananthapuram, May 12 (IANS) One of the countrys tallest Islamic scholars, Kanthapuram A. P. Aboobacker Musliyar, is the Grand Mufti of India and President of the Islamic Community of India. Based in Kozhikode in Kerala, the 89-year-old Islamic scholar is widely respected across the world and has good relations with top leaders cutting across political parties and is a widely travelled personality.