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Revealed: Docklands Revival, Mumbai’s Last Chance

Revealed: Docklands Revival, Mumbai’s Last Chance

For more than a half a century now, the forbidding ramparts of the Mumbai Port Trust have marked the mysterious, south-eastern boundary of India's crumbling, financial megapolis. Walled off from its grand, old port, Mumbai remains oblivious to the gateway’s pivotal role in the city's and India's 20th-century economy.…

Blown Pakistani Boat Furore Hides Coastal Insecurities

Blown Pakistani Boat Furore Hides Coastal Insecurities

“Blow the boat off…we don’t want to serve them biryani.” That controversial order from a Coast Guard deputy inspector general to sink an Pakistani trawler in December 2014, revealed in an Indian Express video on February17…

100% Wrong: Rural Medical Staff Make Diarrhoea Life-Threatening

100% Wrong: Rural Medical Staff Make Diarrhoea Life-Threatening

More than 90% of treatment for childhood diarrhoea and pneumonia--the leading causes of death among Indian children--is incorrect, a new study has said. Instead, largely unqualified medical practitioners, unfamiliar with relatively simple life-saving medication, prescribe antibiotics and other potentially harmful drugs, said the study…

Huge, Growing Crisis In Public-Sector Banks

Huge, Growing Crisis In Public-Sector Banks

The financial results of the just completed December 2014 quarter, compiled by IndiaSpend, point to a worsening crisis in India’s public-sector banks.…

Two Village Councils Have Governance Lessons For India

Two Village Councils Have Governance Lessons For India

As a nationwide clamour grows for better governance, an example of the hard-work and planning required to achieve that comes from the grassroots in southern India.…

Gujarat projects: Jayanthi Natarajan’s prime target

Gujarat projects: Jayanthi Natarajan’s prime target

Former Environment & Forest Minister Jayanthi Natarajan’s resignation drama may be quickly receding from public memory but some of the charges levelled by her in her goodbye letter to Sonia Gandhi are worth revisiting.…

Budget 2015: Modi's Moment of Reckoning

Rs 18,782-crore Hole Stares At Suresh Prabhu

Rs 18,782-crore Hole Stares At Suresh Prabhu

“Prabhu, yeh kaise hoga? (God, how will this happen?)” In droll fashion, that was the rhetorical question Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu posed to himself and God, as he presented the first full railway budget of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).…

Spending Soars. Yet, India’s Military In Crisis

Spending Soars. Yet, India’s Military In Crisis

The defence budget of India—the world’s largest arms importer—has more than doubled over the past decade from Rs 80,500 crore to Rs 229,000 crore for the financial year 2014-15. Yet, the defence forces are critically short of arms, and men and women at arms.…

Health Crisis Needs Money—But That Isn’t Enough

Health Crisis Needs Money—But That Isn’t Enough

India bears 21% of the global disease burden, losing at least 6% of gross domestic product (GDP) to premature death and preventable illness. Every indicator is grim. About 90% of treatments for childhood diarrhoea and pneumonia–the leading causes of death among Indian children–are wrong and 56 out of every 1,000 kids under the age of five died in 2012.…

282 Million Illiterate Indians: Education Waits For The Big Bang

282 Million Illiterate Indians:  Education Waits For The Big Bang

You would think a country of 282 million illiterate people and an ambition to become one of the world's leading economies would invest more in education. But despite a growing annual budget, India just does not do enough.…

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Train Accidents Continue But Fewer Are Dying

Train Accidents Continue But Fewer Are Dying

When the Bangalore-City-Ernakulam Intercity Express smashed into a rock and derailed on February 13, killing 11 passengers and injuring more than 100, it was the latest of more than 400 train accidents over five years to June 2014.…

The Highs And Lows Of India’s Mango

The Highs And Lows Of India’s Mango

With the lifting of the ban by European Union on mango imports from India, shipments are expected to see a jump of 40-50% over the next financial year, according to Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh.…

India’s Growth Rate To Overtake China in 2016: IMF

India’s Growth Rate To Overtake China in 2016: IMF

India is expected to grow at 6.5% in 2016 ahead of China, which is likely to grow at only 6.3%, according to a recent report released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF has raised the growth projections for the global economy from 3.5% in 2015 to 3.7% in 2016 due to lower oil prices.…

How To Cut Your—And India’s—Electricity Bills

How To Cut Your—And India’s—Electricity Bills

We may soon have to get used to seeing more LED bulbs in our homes and streets now with the government adopting a new programme to promote their use. With the Prime Minister’s backing, the National Programme forLED-based Home and Street Lighting will look to replace normal, incandescent bulbs that are widely used with more energy-efficient LED bulbs.…