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At Top UK University, US, Chinese Students Outnumber Indians

At Top UK University, US, Chinese Students Outnumber Indians

India’s diaspora in the UK is one of its largest but one may wonder where it’s hidden on a walk down the old lanes of its university town. In Oxford, American and Chinese students outnumber Indians. India’s student strength in Oxford is fourth-highest after the US, China and Germany; definitely below potential and comparable to students from Italy. Germany sends nearly twice as many students.…

By Age 22, 50% Of Women Stay Home Or Are Married: New Study

By Age 22, 50% Of Women Stay Home Or Are Married: New Study

While three out of four men headed to work, about one in two women stayed at home by age 22 in undivided Andhra Pradesh, show the preliminary findings of an ongoing global longitudinal study of childhood poverty. Not only were fewer women training themselves for the labour market, only 11% men were married compared to 56% women at age 22.…

No Match For Modi Yet As Many More Indians Say Country On Right Track: Pew Survey

No Match For Modi Yet As Many More Indians Say Country On Right Track: Pew Survey

PM Modi is even more popular today than he was before being elected, according to a survey of 2,464 individuals by Pew Research Center. The survey was conducted between February 21 and March 10, 2017--after demonetisation and before the roll-out of the Goods & Services Tax. The share of people reporting they viewed Modi favourably rose 10 percentage points to 88% in early 2017 from 78% in 2013.…

9 Of Every 10 Living Near Raigarh’s Coal Mines Report Illnesses: Study

9 Of Every 10 Living Near Raigarh’s Coal Mines Report Illnesses: Study

In Sarasmal--a village in north Chhattisgarh’s Raigarh district--296, or 87%, of the 341 respondents living near coal mines suffered from one or more illness, including loss of hair, conditions affecting muscles, bones and skin, and dry cough, according to a new study focused on health problems of long-term residents--rather than of workers--living adjacent to, or within 2 km of, coal mines and coal-fired power plants in three Chhattisgarh villages.…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

732 Million Indians Have No Access To Toilet, At Risk Of Diseases: New Report

732 Million Indians Have No Access To Toilet, At Risk Of Diseases: New Report

India has the highest number of people, 732 million, with no access to toilet. This is despite the changes brought by the Swachh Bharat Mission, which increased the sanitation coverage from 39% in October 2014 to 65% by November 2017. Women and girls, 355 million, are among the worst affected: In rural India, 23% of girls listed menstruation as the chief reason for dropping out of school and 28% of them said they do not go to school during their period because they lack clean and affordable protection.…

Non-Communicable Diseases Rise In India, Poor States Still Grapple With Infectious Diseases

Non-Communicable Diseases Rise In India, Poor States Still Grapple With Infectious Diseases

More deaths in India (61.8%) in 2016 were due to non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a shift from 1990, when more deaths (53.6%) were due to communicable, maternal, neonatal and nutritional diseases. But large disparities exist across states, with a higher burden of communicable diseases in poorer states than in more developed states.…

New TB Infections Fall, But Drug-Resistant Cases Rise

New TB Infections Fall, But Drug-Resistant Cases Rise

Though the number of new tuberculosis cases in India fell in 2016, the number of drug-resistant TB cases increased, showing that India has a growing challenge in its fight against TB. Deaths due to TB in India fell 12%--from 480,000 in 2015 to 423,000 in 2016, according to WHO estimates. The number of new TB cases in 2016 that were drug-resistant increased by 13%, from 130,000 to 147,000.…

18 Children Die In Gujarat Hospital, Spotlighting State’s Malnutrition, Infant Mortality

18 Children Die In Gujarat Hospital, Spotlighting State’s Malnutrition, Infant Mortality

As national attention was focussed on the death of 18 children over three days in Ahmedabad’s main civil hospital in October 2017, officials said most children were underweight and thus vulnerable. That defence spotlights the fact that Gujarat--which is ranked second by industries and fifth by per capita income--is ranked 17th among 29 states on infant mortality and 25th on underweight prevalence among children under five.…

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IndiaSpend Interviews

‘Culture of Silence Enables Men To Continue Predatory Behaviour With Women’

‘Culture of Silence Enables Men To Continue Predatory Behaviour With Women’

The researcher who filed a complaint of sexual harassment against her former boss and TERI head, R K Pachauri, is still awaiting justice in her court cases. Recent revelations of sexual abuse by Hollywood boss Harvey Weinstein, however, came as no surprise to this whistle-blower who, in an interview to IndiaSpend, said that predatory behaviour by powerful men is endemic and exists throughout the world. It is enabled by a shameful culture of silence that must end, she said.…

‘Financial Inclusion Focus Has To Move From Individuals To Entire Informal Sector’

‘Financial Inclusion Focus Has To Move From Individuals To Entire Informal Sector’

MGNREGA workers were 75% more likely to opt for a Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojana account, the zero-balance account launched to attract the unbanked, Prabhat Labh, chief executive of Grameen Foundation India, the country arm of Washington, DC-based microfinance non-profit Grameen Foundation, told IndiaSpend in an email interview.…

‘State Has To Take Responsibility For Elder Care’

‘State Has To Take Responsibility For Elder Care’

There are more than 100 million people over the age of 60 years as per the 2011 Census. Almost 60% people are economically dependent, and about 50% people above 60 years are subject to physical and verbal abuse in their homes. Ashwani Kumar, 64, former Member of Parliament and former law minister, explained to us why he is fighting public-interest litigation in the Supreme Court seeking more assistance for the elderly.…

‘You Can Deal With Mumbai Floods By Planning Or Shrug Your Shoulders And Say, Mumbai’s Spirit’

‘You Can Deal With Mumbai Floods By Planning Or Shrug Your Shoulders And Say, Mumbai’s Spirit’

Hurricane Irma has just devastated many nations. Closer home, nearly 17 million people in Bihar alone have been affected by floods. Storms and hurricanes will get bigger and occur more often, due to a rise in ocean temperatures. Sea levels are rising, and wildfires are growing. Bouts of heavy rain, as India has just witnessed, will increase and be hard to predict, even as the rainfall over India is likely to decline.…