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Nov 15, 2017
While government fails to enforce pollution standards on power plants, India breathes more toxic airIndia wants more electricity and needs more power plants to get it, but the government is not enforcing the pollution standards it needs to on these plants.
Nov 08, 2017
Politics and polls apart, Himachal Pradesh citizens better off than Gujarat in social index but earn little lessIndiaSpend analysed different government data and found that while Himachal Pradesh’s per capita income is almost equal to Gujarat’s, the Himalayan state is better off in six of seven social indicators we considered: Infant mortality rate (IMR), sex ratio, literacy rate among men and women, underweight prevalence among children, crime rate against women and crime rate against scheduled castes (SCs).
Oct 31, 2017
Bengaluru municipal corporation's unpaid bills up 7,700% in four years, but top official insists things are improvingAs India’s fifth-largest city and technology capital battles flooding, a sea of potholes, uncleared garbage and unfinished projects, the municipal corporation’s unpaid bills rose 7706% over four years and–six months into 2017–no more than 3.6 percent of its budget for new projects was spent, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of data released by Janaagraha, a think-tank. Since 2013-14, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP’s) pending bills—for projects begun in previous years—grew 76 times, from Rs 15 crore to Rs 1,171 crore, according to Janaagraha’s Budget Performance Report H1 of the BBMP, released on 24 October, 2017.
Oct 15, 2017
Financial inclusion in India must focus on informal sector, says Grameen Foundation chief Prabhat LabhFinancial inclusion needs to focus on the entire informal sector rather than individual customers, according to Prabhat Labh, chief executive of Grameen Foundation India, the country arm of Washington-DC-based microfinance non-profit Grameen Foundation.
Oct 09, 2017
India's great health paradox: Children malnourished even as adults are overweight, says National Institute of NutritionIndia is now dealing with the twin issues of undernutrition and overnutrition, both swelling its burden of non-communicable diseases, according to a recent study conducted by National Institute of Nutrition (NIN).
Oct 08, 2017
Elderly care in India: Centre and state must stop passing the buck, says former minister Ashwani KumarAshwani Kumar, 64, former member of Parliament and former law minister, explained to us why he is fighting a public-interest litigation in the Supreme Court seeking more assistance for the elderly.
Sep 20, 2017
More students than ever before are attending school in India, but they aren't receiving an adequate educationIndia has enrolled more children than ever before in secondary schools, but it is failing to teach them what they should be learning, with the most vulnerable, such as students from scheduled tribes, falling further behind the rest, reveal the preliminary findings of an ongoing global study.
Sep 18, 2017
Kashmir losing its agricultural land to rapid urbanisation and unplanned construction, reveals revenue reportKashmir is losing its prime agricultural land and wetlands to rapid urbanisation and faulty land-use, according to a December 2016 state policy document on land use.
Sep 17, 2017
India needs science-based policies, climate modelling to prevent natural disasters, says Scientist Krishna AchutaRaoIn the 1990s, when climate change was still a fledgling idea, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an international body, was the first to prove irrevocably (in its second assessment report) that “the balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence on global climate”.
Sep 14, 2017
Arsenic has been discovered in Pakistan’s groundwater: This will affect India tooAt least half of the people who were so far known to be at risk of arsenic contamination live in the Ganges-Brahmaputra basins of Bangladesh and India (West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Chhattisgarh).