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Delhi’s Air Quality Could Improve 90% If Stubble-Burn In Fields Is Stopped

Delhi’s Air Quality Could Improve 90% If Stubble-Burn In Fields Is Stopped

Farmers outside India’s capital have started to burn the post-harvest straw from their fields, heralding the onset of north India’s toxic-air season. Stopping the burning of such straw, or stubble, and other biomass could improve air quality in Delhi by 90%, according to a 2016 apportionment study by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.…

Maoists Acknowledge ‘Setback’ As Violence Falls 53% In 6 Years

Maoists Acknowledge ‘Setback’ As Violence Falls 53% In 6 Years

In February 2017, the top leadership of CPI (Maoist) held a meeting to assess the state of its armed struggle across the country. Its conclusion? That the movement is suffering a setback almost everywhere including Dandakaranya. Analysis of home ministry data shows that Maoist incidents fell by over 52% in the last 10 years, and by 40% between January and August this year. This can be traced to escalating police action against the Maoists which peaked last year.…

How India Can Meet Its Sustainable Development Goals On Poverty & Hunger Despite Economic Slowdown

How India Can Meet Its Sustainable Development Goals On Poverty & Hunger Despite Economic Slowdown

As India aims to reach the new and more ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, experts say the ongoing slowdown in growth could increase the need for government programmes to alleviate poverty and hunger, especially in rural areas, and is an opportunity for policymakers to invest public spending in capacity-building and health to make the benefits endure.…

Why India’s Largest Smart Meter Rollout May Not Be Very Smart

Why India’s Largest Smart Meter Rollout May Not Be Very Smart

In choosing GPRS over rival technologies, India wants to use the existing telecom network to transmit data from smart meters, obviating the need for building a communication network from scratch and reducing upfront cost. But what happens in poor network areas? And will meters be obsolete every time 5G or newer technology comes in?…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

Why India’s National Health Insurance Scheme Has Failed Its Poor

Why India’s National Health Insurance Scheme Has Failed Its Poor

India’s government-run national health insurance scheme was started nine years ago with the aim of reducing the out-of-pocket expenditure--among the world’s highest--incurred by families living below the poverty line. However, it has had little impact on its 150 million beneficiaries. The poor are still paying personally for healthcare, and the scheme has not yet reached 40% of its target population.…

Indian Children Remain Underweight Even As Childhood Obesity Soars Globally

Indian Children Remain Underweight Even As Childhood Obesity Soars Globally

Obesity among children between the ages of five and 19 has increased ten times over the past four decades across the world, a new global study has found. At this rate, there will be more obese than underweight children by 2022. Yet, India is one of the few regions in the world with a high number of undernourished children--97 million moderately to severely underweight children in 2016.…

India Falls 3 Places In Latest Global Hunger Index, Ranks 100 Of 119 Nations

India Falls 3 Places In Latest Global Hunger Index, Ranks 100 Of 119 Nations

With 21% of its children wasted, India ranks 100 of 119 countries, sharing that rank with Rwanda and Djibouti, in the 2017 Global Hunger Index. With a score of 31.4 (with 0 being the best and 100 the worst), India’s 2017 GHI falls in the high end of the “serious” category. India is last among the BRICS nations, worse off than Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka and better than Pakistan and Afghanistan.…

In India’s Cities, Malnourished Children And Obese Adults

In India’s Cities, Malnourished Children And Obese Adults

Urban India is suffering from the twin burden of malnutrition among children and obesity among adults, according a recent study by the National Institute of Nutrition. Among children under five, 25% were underweight, 29% stunted and 16% wasted. On the other hand, obesity affects 34% men and 44% women in cities. Together, these two problems are pushing the country’s burden of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.…

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IndiaSpend Interviews

‘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.…

India Will Exceed Its Renewable Energy Targets: Climate-Change Expert

India Will Exceed Its Renewable Energy Targets: Climate-Change Expert

On August 29, 2017, Mumbai was lashed by the highest rainfall it has recorded in a 12-hour period since 2005. The 2017 storm killed at least 20 people and crippled rail and air transport in India’s financial capital. Flooding also killed more than 1,200 people and affected the lives of 40 million across India, Bangladesh and Nepal in the past three months, the Guardian reported on August 30, 2017.…