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Uttar Pradesh, Bihar Have India’s Youngest Population

Uttar Pradesh, Bihar Have India’s Youngest Population

UP and Bihar’s populations have the lowest median ages in India while Kerala and Tamil Nadu have the highest median ages. There is wide variation within India: Kerala’s median age of 31 years is close to Argentina’s (30.8), and UP’s median age of 20 is similar to Kenya’s (18.9).…

Varanasi, Allahabad Air Breached WHO Pollution Limits Almost Every Day In August

Varanasi, Allahabad Air Breached WHO Pollution Limits Almost Every Day In August

On more than 90% of the days in August this year, pollution levels in Varanasi and Allahabad exceeded World Health Organization guidelines for acceptable levels, an IndiaSpend analysis of data recorded by #Breathe, out 12-city network of air-quality monitoring stations, shows.…

Under Modi, Record Rise In Unspent Funds For Dalits/Tribals

Under Modi, Record Rise In Unspent Funds For Dalits/Tribals

The 2014-15 budget witnessed a 25% increase in allocation of the two funds meant for dalits and the adivasis–the Scheduled Caste Sub Plan and the Tribal Sub Plan funds. However, more than one-third of the funds allocated by central ministries–Rs 32,979 crore–remained unspent in 2014-15.…

Unspent Money For Dalits/Tribals, $42.6 Billion = 8 Times Agri Budget

Unspent Money For Dalits/Tribals, $42.6 Billion = 8 Times Agri Budget

IndiaSpend’s investigations, through a series of right-to-information requests, reveal that over the last 35 years, Rs 2.8 lakh crore ($42.6 billion) set aside to improve the lives of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes was simply not spent.…

India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

13 Deaths A Reminder Of Malnutrition in India’s Most Industrialised State

13 Deaths A Reminder Of Malnutrition in India’s Most Industrialised State

Nearly half of all children under five are stunted–short for their age, a sign of malnutrition–in Nandurbar (47.6%) and Yavatmal (47.4%) districts of Maharashtra--a rate higher than war-torn Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East.…

As Population Rises, UP’s Healthcare System Collapses

As Population Rises, UP’s Healthcare System Collapses

In Uttar Pradesh, the number of public health centres, the frontline of the government’s healthcare system, decreased 8% over 15 years to 2015, a period when the state’s population increased by more than 25%; smaller sub centres, the first point of public contact, increased by no more than 2% over 25 years to 2015, a period when the population grew by more than 51%.…

More Sanitation, Literacy = Fewer Anaemic, Pregnant Women

More Sanitation, Literacy = Fewer Anaemic, Pregnant Women

The proportion of anaemic, pregnant women dropped 12 percentage points over a decade to 2015, government health data show, but India still has more anaemic women than any other country and a prevalence rate above the global average.…

Public Spats Over Mosquito-Borne Disease In Metros Obscure Wider Resurgence

Public Spats Over Mosquito-Borne Disease In Metros Obscure Wider Resurgence

The incidence of these diseases is regarded as under-reported in India, but official data do indicate that while they are now of public concern–thanks to high-profile deaths in relatively wealthier cities, such as Delhi and Mumbai–the majority of cases are reported from poorer areas.…

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Making Sense of Breaking News

Over 3 Years, 31% Increase In Arrests of Repeat Offenders

Over 3 Years, 31% Increase In Arrests of Repeat Offenders

There was a 31% increase in arrests of recidivists—criminals who relapse into crime after release—nationwide over four years to 2015, according to our analysis of national crime data. As many as 69,427 more repeat offenders were arrested in 2015 than in 2012, among more than 3.6 million arrested under the Indian Penal Code, an increase of 11% over 2012.…

84% Rise In Foreigners Entering Illegally Or Overstaying

84% Rise In Foreigners Entering Illegally Or Overstaying

The number of foreigners overstaying or illegally entering India rose 84% in 2015 over the previous year, according to data released by National Crime Records Bureau. As many as 1,367 foreigners were arrested in 2015 under the Foreigners Act, 1946, which is meant to prevent illegal entry and stay in India.…

Army 2016 Death Toll Highest In Six Years; 31 Terrorists Killed

Army 2016 Death Toll Highest In Six Years; 31 Terrorists Killed

With 18 soldiers dying in a pre-dawn terrorist attack in North Kashmir's Uri area on September 18, 2016, the army's combat death toll in Jammu and Kashmir is 64 this year, the highest since 2010, when 69 soldiers died.…

1-in-3 Corruption Cases Result In Acquittal Of Central Govt Officials

1-in-3 Corruption Cases Result In Acquittal Of Central Govt Officials

One in every three corruption-related cases against officials of the central government since 2006, investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation with trial complete, resulted in the acquittal of officials.…

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