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Jun 17, 2018
Small hydropower projects turning rivers into series of static water bodies, shows studyIndia is promoting small hydropower projects (SHPs) — defined as hydropower facilities of less than 25 megawatt (MW) — on the assumption that they are socially beneficial and more environment-friendly than larger ones.
Jun 13, 2018
Shortage of medicines at public hospitals forcing poor to turn to private pharmacies, says Chhattisgarh studyAs India readies itself for Ayushman Bharat, the national health protection scheme covering primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare, a study from Chhattisgarh reveals poor availability of generic drugs in the state’s public hospitals.
Jun 01, 2018
India lost 2.5% of GDP in 2014-15 to land degradation; area affected equivalent to Rajasthan, MP, Maharashtra put togetherThe annual economic loss due to land degradation and change in land use in India was valued at Rs 3.17 lakh crore in 2014-15 — 2.5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014-15.
May 29, 2018
High blood pressure affects nearly three in ten Indians, responsible for 17.5 percent deathsHypertension or high blood pressure affects nearly three in ten Indians and is responsible for 17.5 percent of all deaths and 9.7 percent of disability-adjusted life years (DALYS) in India, according to data released in 2017.
May 16, 2018
JD(S) likely to lead Karnataka government despite garnering lowest vote share in 20 yearsThe JD(S) vote-share of 18.3 percent, according to leads and results, was its lowest in nearly two decades since 1999 when it had a vote-share of 10.4 percent.
May 10, 2018
Congress' welfare schemes popular among rural people; four in five benefit from Anna Bhagya, shows surveyIn its election rhetoric against the ruling Congress government in Karnataka, there is one thing that rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rarely attacks–the state’s flagship welfare schemes, especially, Anna Bhagya which provides free rice and subsidised foodgrains for those living below poverty line (BPL).
May 08, 2018
As Karnataka Assembly election approaches, Congress government's support fails to alleviate farmers' distressThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) manifesto for the Karnataka Assembly elections 2018 released on 4 May, 2018, declared that farm loans upto Rs 1,00,000 in nationalised banks and cooperative societies would be waived.
May 07, 2018
Kerala’s poverty eradication mission Kudumbashree harnesses citizens' groups to help transform women's livesBetween 2008-09 and 2016-17, 90 percent of MGNREGS workers in Kerala were women.
Apr 25, 2018
BJP’s income rose 81 percent in 2017 while Congress’ declined 14 percent, reveals ADR reportWith its income rising 81.2 percent over a year to 2016-17, the income of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accounts for two-thirds (66.3 percent) of the total income of India’s political parties, according to a report by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), an advocacy.
Apr 23, 2018
Half of India’s 94 cities with toxic air are in 4 states including Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, shows government dataEvery third city that failed to meet national air quality standards in India–where most people die of air pollution than any other nation–was in two of the country’s biggest states, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, in five years to 2015, according to government data.