As the #MeToo movement against sexual violence gains global momentum, in India—the world’s second-most populous country—positive attitudes about consent and safe sex among men declined by seven percentage points in the decade ending 2016, showed an IndiaSpend analysis of National Family Health Survey, 2015-16 (NFHS-4) and 2005-06 (NFHS-3) data.
ASER survey paints bleak portrait of India's rural education system: Students struggle with reading, arithmetic, general knowledge
India is failing to train adolescents (aged 14 to 18) in rural schools, with most not being able to retain skills learnt in earlier classes, reveals the 2017 edition of the Annual Survey of Education Report (ASER)
Despite Centre's Aadhaar push, its benefits for poor are unclear and impact on PDS is not fully known, claims RBI report
The benefits of Aadhaar, India’s biometrics-based unique national identity system–the world’s largest–are unclear and the impact of direct benefit transfers it will be used to deliver to the poor is not studied enough, a new study published by an arm of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has concluded.
Railways' bio-toilet project deeply flawed, need 3,350 truckloads of cow dung at Rs 42 cr, reveals CAG report
The Indian Railways need to buy 3,350 truckloads of cow dung at Rs 42 crore in 2018 to “recharge” malfunctioning ‘bio-toilets’ that it has fitted on 44.8% of trains
India had highest number of pollution-related deaths, reveals study; 2.5 million died in 2015 due to poor air quality
In 2015, out of the 10.3 million deaths in India due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), 2.5 million were linked to pollution, according to a global study.
India can answer its environmental woes by involving local communities under Biological Diversity Act
One example of citizen participation comes from the Mendha Lekha village in Maharashtra, which recorded and tracked its biological wealth in 2004.
India is 'losing its night' over three times faster than global average through light pollution, says researcher Christopher Kyba
Light pollution is gradually encroaching upon more of the Earth’s surface with the annual growth of such newly lit areas pegged at 2.2 percent, according to a new study published in the journal Science Advances.
In Kashmir, focus on militancy left rising drug addiction unchecked: Political unrest and growing unemployment to blame
Drug addiction is a bigger challenge than militancy in Jammu and Kashmir today, the state’s director general of police, Shesh Paul Vaid, told a news agency on 16 November, 2017.
A state-wide programme, Jeevika today involves over 8.2 million rural women in self-help groups
While government fails to enforce pollution standards on power plants, India breathes more toxic air
India 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.
Politics and polls apart, Himachal Pradesh citizens better off than Gujarat in social index but earn little less
IndiaSpend 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).
Bengaluru municipal corporation's unpaid bills up 7,700% in four years, but top official insists things are improving
As 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.
Financial inclusion in India must focus on informal sector, says Grameen Foundation chief Prabhat Labh
Financial 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.
India's great health paradox: Children malnourished even as adults are overweight, says National Institute of Nutrition
India 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).
Elderly care in India: Centre and state must stop passing the buck, says former minister Ashwani Kumar
Ashwani 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.
More students than ever before are attending school in India, but they aren't receiving an adequate education
India 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.
Kashmir losing its agricultural land to rapid urbanisation and unplanned construction, reveals revenue report
Kashmir 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.
India needs science-based policies, climate modelling to prevent natural disasters, says Scientist Krishna AchutaRao
In 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”.
At 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).
Gauri Lankesh murder: India turning more unsafe for journalists with govt unwilling to act, suggests data
Even as many are comparing the murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru on Tuesday with the killing of Kannada writer, scholar and rationalist MM Kalburgi two years ago, her death threw sharply into focus, yet again, the ever increasing perils of being a journalist in India.