articles by Neerad Pandharipande

India

Overburdened ASHA workers, lack of access to contraceptives: How COVID-19 impacted family planning services across India

COVID-19 impact on family planning: In the wake of the pandemic, ASHA workers had to shoulder additional responsibilities, which prevented them from creating awareness about family planning and distributing contraceptive pills and condoms

India

COVID-19 vaccination: Delays in inoculating 18-44 could severely disrupt efforts to control second wave

While all people above 18 years of age are now eligible to receive coronavirus vaccines, the key question is when adequate jabs will be available

India

Centre should follow global example and make COVID vaccine free for all, says economist Ramakumar

The economist's comments comes in the backdrop of the Serum Institute of India’s hiking the price of its COVISHIELD vaccine. The Centre, meanwhile, has asked both SII and Bharat Biotech to lower the prices of their vaccines.

India

COVID-19 vaccination net to be cast wider from 1 May; experts flag inadequate supplies, pricing concerns

The crucial third phase of India’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy, under which everyone above 18 years of age will be eligible for inoculation, will begin from 1 May

India

Vaccinating teachers, students for board exams should've begun in January; offline exams risky now, says IWPA president

Anubha Shrivastava Sahai, lawyer and president of the India Wide Parents Association, on the risks of holding board exams, and possible alternatives

Politics

AAP celebrates strong show in Surat, but party has often flattered to deceive outside Delhi

If past experience is any indication, the party has often failed to capitalise on its initial bursts of success

Politics

Dinesh Trivedi's exit leaves TMC without key face in Delhi, urban Bengal ahead of bitter electoral battle

Trivedi is likely to cross over to the BJP, with media reports quoting him as saying that joining the BJP would be a 'privilege'

India

Govt should educate public on linkages between health, economic growth, says Chandrakant Lahariya

Funding for health research should have been boosted as recognition of the work of scientific bodies, says public health expert Chandrakant Lahariya

India

Farmers’ protest: SC-appointed committee will be impartial; well-being of agriculturalists ‘our priority’, say panel members

Notwithstanding the ambitious objectives of the committee, it is clear that the process of bringing about a consensus will be a long haul.

World

Twitter suspends Donald Trump's account, but company's crackdown on misinformation must be systemic, impartial

The suspension of Trump’s account, however, does raise troubling questions about the thin line between curbing misinformation and hate speech on one hand, and suppressing free speech on the other hand

India

MNREGA during COVID-19 pandemic: More households got work in 2020, but fund crunch a major concern, finds study

The importance of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme as a safety net for the rural poor increased manifold during the COVID-19 lockdown, a new report has found

India

COVID-19 vaccine shot for all Indians unrealistic; better health services, masks crucial, say experts

Universal mask-wearing is a non-pharmaceutical intervention that can help reduce the lethality of COVID-19 in the absence of a vaccine.

India

Non-registration of sexual offences is widespread, unfair media reporting compounds problem: Ex-UP DGP Sutapa Sanyal

The benchmark for police efficiency should be truly delinked with the number of FIRs registered, says former Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police Sutapa Sanyal.

India

Data shows UP’s rape, molestation figures falling, but independent study says police refusal to register FIRs is the reason

Official data would suggest a scenario which is rather implausible that crimes of rape and molestation reduced sharply in Uttar Pradesh in the same period that saw a massive increase in incidents of cruelty against married women by husbands or their relatives.

India

Reopening Mumbai local trains tougher than resuming public transport elsewhere, says state disaster management secy

In an interview with Firstpost, Kishor Raje Nimbalkar talks about how the Maharashtra government is planning to allow the general public to board Mumbai locals while preventing COVID-19 transmission

India

Protesting farmers fear dismantling of MSP system, creation of large monopolies: Agri expert Ajay Vir Jakhar

Jakhar said that the bills will result in a trickle-down model, which will only benefit large companies, not farmers or small traders

India

Serious health hazards force women beedi workers in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka to quit profession amid COVID-19

A research study found that a large number of workers frequently suffer cough, fatigue, body ache, etc. Worryingly, the study also found that they spend an average of Rs 7,248 per year on medical expenses, which amounts to 29.2 percent of their annual income

India

'Prepared for NEET, JEE, but terrified of catching COVID-19': Why students aren’t convinced by govt’s assurances

While the NEET is scheduled to be held on 13 September, the JEE-Main has been planned from 1-6 September.

India

Despite paltry wages, women beedi rollers have few other job prospects, shows research; gender gap exacerbates matters

While most beedi workers have been pushed out of the formal economy, the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax also appears to have had a negative effect on them.

India

Mumbai crime down during COVID-19 lockdown; sparse public movement, decreased reporting may be why

Reported cases of several crimes in Mumbai declined marginally during March, and then reduced sharply in April.