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Women Migrate For Work At Double The Rate That Men Do

Women Migrate For Work At Double The Rate That Men Do

Between 2001 and 2011, the number of women migrating for work grew by 101%, more than double the growth rate for men (48.7%). This same applied to women who migrated for education.…

How Govt Skills Training Programmes Aimed For Wrong Targets & Wasted Public Funds

How Govt Skills Training Programmes Aimed For Wrong Targets & Wasted Public Funds

India’s goal of skilling 400 million people under the National Skills Development Programme 2015 is too large, unnecessary and unattainable, a government-appointed committee has said in its report.…

UP’s Slaughterhouse Crackdown: Butchers, Farmers, Traders Hit, Big Businesses Gain

UP’s Slaughterhouse Crackdown: Butchers, Farmers, Traders Hit, Big Businesses Gain

Despite repeated court orders and warnings from the state pollution regulator, slaughterhouses across UP failed to upgrade to comply with environment- and health-related rules.…

India’s Ambitious New Energy Policy Draft Tries To Bridge Dreams And Reality

India’s Ambitious New Energy Policy Draft Tries To Bridge Dreams And Reality

By 2040, India’s electricity demand will rise 4.5 times over 2012 levels, according to a new national energy policy draft, released by the government think tank, Niti Aayog, in June 2017. What is India’s plan to reduce reliance on fossil fuels? Is that even possible?…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

No Improvement In Drinking Water For Elementary Schools Over 6 Years

No Improvement In Drinking Water For Elementary Schools Over 6 Years

Over 85% of rural government elementary schools had a provision for drinking water in 2016, but only about 74% of schools had drinking water facilities that were useable, according to data collected for the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), a citizen-led survey of rural schools.…

In Mumbai, TB Deaths Spark Data Dispute Between Govt, NGO

In Mumbai, TB Deaths Spark Data Dispute Between Govt, NGO

India's richest municipal corporation has denied nonprofit Praja Foundation's assessment--made from the corporation's own data--that 18 people die of tuberculosis every day, even as Praja Foundation claims the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has no way of knowing if the assessment is wrong because it cannot access its own death-related data ever since it moved to a new software.…

As India Plans Healthcare Privatisation, New Study From Rural Chhattisgarh Reveals Pitfalls

As India Plans Healthcare Privatisation, New Study From Rural Chhattisgarh Reveals Pitfalls

As India prepares a new national plan to privatise large swathes of healthcare, a new study reveals how the poor in Chhattisgarh already prefer private care, even though it is twice as costly as public healthcare and likely to push them into financial emergencies.…

Why Indian Women Must Eat With Their Families, And How It Can Change India

Why Indian Women Must Eat With Their Families, And How It Can Change India

Can India reduce malnutrition among women by simply improving food supply through government initiatives? No, proves a Rajasthan nutrition project that worked with poor tribal communities in two districts of the state.…

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How India’s Sunny, Solar Forecast Could Become Reality

How India’s Sunny, Solar Forecast Could Become Reality

On May 12, 2017, India recorded its lowest-ever solar tariff of Rs 2.44/unit of electricity. That is a 73% fall since 2010, and compares favourably with India’s cheapest power source--coal, electricity from which now ranges between Rs 3/unit and Rs 5/unit.…

Overworked, Underpaid, Abused: Inside The World Of India’s Domestic Workers

Overworked, Underpaid, Abused: Inside The World Of India’s Domestic Workers

In the decade after liberalisation there was a 120% rise in the number of domestic workers in India, says author Tripti Lahiri in her recently released book, Maid In India.…

‘Diabetes Epidemic Shifting To Urban Poor, India Needs Urgent Prevention, Screening’

‘Diabetes Epidemic Shifting To Urban Poor, India Needs Urgent Prevention, Screening’

Diabetes, once a disease of the affluent, is now rampant among India’s urban poor too and preventive measures and free screening services are urgently required to control its impact: this is the recommendation of V Mohan, one of India’s pioneering diabetologists.…

India’s Wildlife Crisis, And Why Hope Is So Important

India’s Wildlife Crisis, And Why Hope Is So Important

India, a biodiversity rich country, has just 2.4% world’s geographical area but accounts for 11.4% of the world’s plants (about 48,000 species), and 7.5% of its animals (about 96,000 species), according to government data.…