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Unregistered Births Put Many Indian Teen-Crime Suspects At Risk

Unregistered Births Put Many Indian Teen-Crime Suspects At Risk

The new Juvenile Justice Act 2015 came into force last month, paving the way for juveniles aged 16 to 18 to be tried under adult laws for heinous crimes. A major challenge now will be to establish the age of juveniles, which will not be easy because no more than 56.2% of India’s births were registered in 2000, according to the Civil Registration System.…

4 In 5 Indians Die Without Doctors Knowing Why

4 In 5 Indians Die Without Doctors Knowing Why

With four in five deaths in India not certified by medical professionals, according to a new census report, many more Indians may be dying than necessary because preventive measures are difficult without knowing why people are dying.…

Half Full, Half Empty: 10 Years of NREGA

Half Full, Half Empty: 10 Years of NREGA

The fruits of a people’s movement and the world’s largest anti-poverty public works, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) last year provided employment to 22% of all rural homes. At its peak five years ago, it was a lifeline for 55 million, or one in every three rural homes. But it has yet to expand to its full potential.…

How India Tackles Adverse Drug Reactions–By Ignoring Data

How India Tackles Adverse Drug Reactions–By Ignoring Data

With 10% of 3.63 trillion medicines popped worldwide in 2015, India is the world’s third-largest medicine market. It stands to scientific reason that these drugs will have side effects. Yet, in 2013, India reported no more than 2% of globally occurring adverse drug reactions (ADRs).…

The Air We #Breathe

Why Delhi’s Polluters Should Pay For Pollution

Why Delhi’s Polluters Should Pay For Pollution

Delhi’s January attempt to reduce road congestion (and the air pollution it causes) by using license plate numbers to restrict driving was a success: both congestion and air pollution were down in the 15-day trial period relative to the rest of the National Capital Region (NCR), according to a new study that used both government and IndiaSpend pollution monitor data. But with a new odd-even test set for April, does that mean restricting license plates is the answer to Delhi’s infamous congestion?…

Fouled By Trash Fire, Mumbai Air Still 95% Better Than Delhi

Fouled By Trash Fire, Mumbai Air Still 95% Better Than Delhi

Large enough to be seen from space, the fire from a burning garbage dump on Mumbai’s eastern edge shut schools, but the city’s air-pollution levels were almost twice as good–relatively speaking– as Delhi’s, according to data from IndiaSpend’s #Breathe air-quality sensors.…

How To Pinpoint Delhi’s Air-pollution Sources

How To Pinpoint Delhi’s Air-pollution Sources

Data obtained from the CPCB website for the 11 monitors run by the CPCB and DPCC show that PM2.5 was being recorded only 29% of the time at these sites last winter–the season associated with the most severe levels of particulate pollution. Coverage since March 2015 has increased to 46%, but these gaps in the data make it difficult to reliably characterise the actual air quality situation in the city.…

To Cut Delhi’s Air Pollution, Pinpoint The Source

To Cut Delhi’s Air Pollution, Pinpoint The Source

This winter, Delhi’s government and the judiciary have implemented several policies aimed at cutting Delhi’s air pollution. Over the years, multiple attempts to find out where the pollution comes from–-called source apportionment studies–have yielded contradictory results. Without a better knowledge of the portion contributed by different sources, any policy response, no matter how bold, will be a little like a blind attempt to pin the tail on the donkey.…

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Prime Time: India's Grand Challenges

70% Of Urban India’s Sewage Is Untreated

70% Of Urban India’s Sewage Is Untreated

There are four years left for the government target of ensuring all Indians use toilets, but in urban India alone, no more than 30% of sewage generated by 377 million people in urban India flows through treatment plants.…

Malnutrition Reducing But Undernourished Population High

Malnutrition Reducing But Undernourished Population High

Between 2006 and 2014 in India, stunting rates for children under five declined from 48% to 39%, there was a 35% reduction in the number of underweight children, but India is still home to more 40 million stunted children and 17 million wasted children under 5 years of age.…

Chubby, Affluent: India’s New Face of Malnutrition

Chubby, Affluent: India’s New Face of Malnutrition

Broadening girths are expanding India’s battle against malnutrition, a new Indian study has revealed, setting off a host of so-called lifestyle ailments. This is happening as India fights a losing battle with the bulge, hosting as it does the third-most number of obese people in the world, 61 million and growing.…

In 5 Years, Threat Of Drug-Resistant Superbugs Doubles

In 5 Years, Threat Of Drug-Resistant Superbugs Doubles

A 72-year-old woman in Bengaluru consulted a hospital physician about a severe skin infection and fever. She had previously consulted a couple of general practitioners, who prescribed a course of penicillin for three days and fluoroquinolones—both antibiotics—for two days.…

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