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2017 Deadliest Year For Cow-Related Hate Crime Since 2010, 86% Of Those Killed Muslim

2017 Deadliest Year For Cow-Related Hate Crime Since 2010, 86% Of Those Killed Muslim

After the recent murder of a dairy trader by cow vigilantes on the Rajasthan-Haryana border, 2017 has recorded 11 deaths, the highest toll from cow-related hate crimes since 2010, a new IndiaSpend database of hate crimes shows. Over the eight years since 2012, 29 persons have been killed in cow-related hate violence, 25 of whom were Muslim. View and analyse our newly launched database.…

In 2016, NCRB Recorded 869 Communal Riots; Home Ministry Says 703

In 2016, NCRB Recorded 869 Communal Riots; Home Ministry Says 703

In 2016, 869 cases relating to communal riots were recorded by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) compared to 703 communal incidents by the ministry of home affairs. The government says the home ministry records incidents, NCRB records FIRs, and there could be multiple FIRs filed in an incident. But there are instances when there are fewer FIRs than incidents, the data show.…

12 Years Of Shivraj Chauhan: Large Income Growth, But Infant Mortality Highest In Madhya Pradesh

12 Years Of Shivraj Chauhan: Large Income Growth, But Infant Mortality Highest In Madhya Pradesh

Shivraj Singh Chauhan completed 12 years as the CM of Madhya Pradesh on November 28, 2017. MP’s per capita income grew faster than the India average between 2005-06 and 2016-17, and it made greater improvements in infant mortality and female literacy. Still, its child mortality rates were the country’s highest in 2015-16, one in three primary healthcare centres operated without a doctor in March 2017, and more than 88% of primary schools lacked access to electricity in 2014-15.…

In 10 Years To 2016, India Progressed On 1 Of 6 World Bank Governance Indicators

In 10 Years To 2016, India Progressed On 1 Of 6 World Bank Governance Indicators

India improved its ranking by 13 positions in the decade to 2016 on the World Bank’s corruption indicator, fell by one position each on government effectiveness and political stability, by eight positions on rule of law and three positions on regulatory quality, and remained where it was on accountability of public institutions.…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

In A Poor Gujarat District, Infrastructure Cannot Compensate For Lack Of Jobs

In A Poor Gujarat District, Infrastructure Cannot Compensate For Lack Of Jobs

Why is the fourth richest state in the country, Gujarat, in the company of poorer states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand when it comes to maternal and child development indicators? IndiaSpend visited Dang district in south Gujarat, 400 km from the state’s capital Gandhinagar, and one of six Gujarat districts in the list of 283 of the most backward districts in India.…

2 Years To Swachh Bharat Mission Deadline, 62% Districts Still Report Open Defecation

2 Years To Swachh Bharat Mission Deadline, 62% Districts Still Report Open Defecation

With less than two years for Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) deadline, 62.5% or 400 of 640 districts across the country are yet to be declared open-defecation free (ODF), according to the latest data from the ministry of drinking water and sanitation. Tourism hub Goa, India’s smallest state by size, reported the worst progress towards turning open-defecation free. Three years into the mission, neither of Goa’s two districts are open-defecation free, data show.…

Support Groups Welcome New Rare Disease Policy, Seek Incentives For Orphan Drugs

Support Groups Welcome New Rare Disease Policy, Seek Incentives For Orphan Drugs

Shashank Tyagi, a 27-year-old Delhi-based businessman, was diagnosed with Gaucher’s disease when he was five. “I still remember I used to vomit after every small meal as food wasn't able to digest and fit into my stomach,” he says, recalling the frequent fatigue and pain. Gaucher’s is one of 50 rare genetic disorders collectively known as Lysosome Storage Diseases (LSD). Lysosomes are the recycling centres within our cells where enzymes break down unwanted substances. People with LSDs are born deficient in these enzymes, resulting in the collection of unwanted substances in the body, causing extensive damage and, if untreated, death.…

New Toilets In Indian Trains No Better Than Septic Tanks: IIT Study

New Toilets In Indian Trains No Better Than Septic Tanks: IIT Study

About 45,000 rail coaches deposit enough human excreta on India's rail tracks to fill 497 trucks daily. Over four years, Rs 1,304 crore was spent on installing more than 93,000 “bio-toilets” that use bacteria to break down excreta were installed, but an Indian Institute of Technology (Madras) study now says these toilets are no better than septic tanks, water discharged no better than raw sewage and essentially useless.…

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IndiaSpend Interviews

‘If You Destroy Aravalli Forests, Delhi, Gurgaon Will Be Devastated’

‘If You Destroy Aravalli Forests, Delhi, Gurgaon Will Be Devastated’

City forests sprawling across an area larger than south Mumbai are now at risk by a Haryana govt continuing efforts to lift protection to 17,000 acres. These forests, sprawled across some of world’s oldest mountain ranges, serve as lung space for NCR, one of the world’s most polluted regions and home to 46.7 million. We speak to naturalist and author Pradip Krishen, who is a part of the campaign to save the Aravalli forests.…

India Is Losing Its Night To Light, At 3 Times World Average

India Is Losing Its Night To Light, At 3 Times World Average

Light pollution is encroaching upon the Earth’s surface at an annual growth rate of 2.2%, as per a new study. In India, this growth is three times higher. Light pollution can cause insomnia, depression, cardiovascular disease and cancers of the breast and prostate. The author of the study tells us that new energy-efficient lighting fixtures do not help conserve energy because humanity is spending the savings on new night-time outdoor lighting applications.…

Why Adolescents, Not Adults, Are Key To Addressing India’s Teenage Problems

Why Adolescents, Not Adults, Are Key To Addressing India’s Teenage Problems

India has 253 million adolescents, more than any other country. India isn’t doing enough to ensure they become productive adults, health expert Sunil Mehra, whose advocacy MAMTA works with the government, tells us. Adolescent health featured in national policy for the first time three years ago, but addressing the issue is a complex process. In a country short of health professionals of all kinds, the key could be in expanding a network of adolescent counsellors.…

If We Ate Less Rice, Delhi’s Air Could Be Cleaner

If We Ate Less Rice, Delhi’s Air Could Be Cleaner

Stubble burning in the fields of Punjab and Haryana is believed to be the prime reason for the air pollution crisis that has hit north India. But why did this problem rise? Economist Sucha Singh Gill spoke to us about the historical and political aspects of agriculture in Punjab responsible for the situation: The six-fold growth in paddy cultivation at the cost of other crops, mechanised harvesting and the lack of political will to invest in alternate technologies.…