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38 Indian Cities In High-Risk Seismic Zones

38 Indian Cities In High-Risk Seismic Zones

At least 38 Indian cities lie in high-risk seismic zones; nearly 60% of the subcontinental landmass is vulnerable to earthquakes and except for rare exceptions—such as the Delhi Metro—India's hastily built cities are open to great damages from earthquakes.…

288% Rise In Teen Rape-Suspects, India Mulls New Law

288% Rise In Teen Rape-Suspects, India Mulls New Law

Rape was the fastest-growing crime among juveniles, 86% of teens arrested for various crimes come from poor families, only 6% were homeless and less than 6% were girls, reveal crime data for 10 years.…

In Bringing Back 66A, Warnings From Turkey, Russia

In Bringing Back 66A, Warnings From Turkey, Russia

NEW DELHI: Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra is still anxious, a month after the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional a controversial law that led to his arrest for emailing a cartoon that mocked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.…

In Underground Rock Caverns, Tanks, India Builds Oil Reserves

In Underground Rock Caverns, Tanks, India Builds Oil Reserves

Two giant, rock-cut caverns will soon be pumped full of crude oil in the eastern port of Vishakhapatnam, part of a set of new underground facilities that will hold India’s emergency oil reserves.…

Rural India Leads Record 35% Surge In Use Of e-Governance

Rural India Leads Record 35% Surge In Use Of e-Governance

Rural India and Gujarat led a record 35% surge over a year in mobile-phone and computer-based transactions with the government, an indicator of demand and future potential in recreating India’s interaction with its government.…

Prime Time: India's Grand Challenges

A Farmer’s Life Crisis—And India’s Farming Predicament

A Farmer’s Life Crisis—And India’s Farming Predicament

Lean, intense and troubled, pea-and-wheat farmer Ramlal is not supposed to be in crisis. At 35, Ramlal (he uses only one name), is part of India’s farming elite—the 19% that owns more than 1.1 hectare of land—and a rural representative of India’s booming middle class.…

A Bangalore Neighbourhood’s Toxic Air Portends India’s Future

A Bangalore Neighbourhood’s Toxic Air Portends India’s Future

On the day this story was written, April 10, 2015, the area with India’s most toxic air—among 10 cities where a new National Air Quality Index functions—was south Bangalore’s BTM Layout, a booming residential area dotted with restaurants and located conveniently near office towers and a web of highways.…

Keeping Chicken Healthy Threatens India’s Health

Keeping Chicken Healthy Threatens India’s Health

Outside the northern city limits of Bangalore, in a commercial poultry farm, cages packed with screeching chicken, sit on metal stilts. In a corner of the farm, men pack jute bags with bird feed. One of the workers--who would only say his name is Kumar--reveals the chicken feed is made in-house, and "medicines" are mixed with the feed.…

How 46 Million Indians Are Being Slowly Poisoned

How 46 Million Indians Are Being Slowly Poisoned

Around 46 million people in India—or size of the population of Spain—are exposed everyday to contaminated water, which could lead to serious health issues such as crippling skeletal damage, kidney degeneration, cirrhosis of the liver and cardiac arrest.…

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Modi's Message: India's States Reply

Agricultural Income Rises, Andhra Plans Industrial Future

Agricultural Income Rises, Andhra Plans Industrial Future

Agriculture’s share in the gross domestic product (GDP) of truncated Andhra Pradesh is growing—unlike the decline India is witnessing—but the state plans an industrial future for itself.…

In Election Year, Bihar Faces Financial Shock

In Election Year, Bihar Faces Financial Shock

Bihar, India'sthird-most-populous state and one of its poorest, faces financial shock in an election year--with a 42% decline in aid from Delhi and a doubling of debt.…

How Will—Unprepared—States Handle A $29-Billion Budget Bonanza?

How Will—Unprepared—States Handle A $29-Billion Budget Bonanza?

Last week the NitiAyog’s sub-group of Chief Ministers helda crucial meeting to discuss the future of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) in India. CSS, a key instrument through which social-sector priorities are financed, have been at the center of much public debate over the last month.…

Rajasthan Creates Surplus Budget—By Not Spending Money

Rajasthan Creates Surplus Budget—By Not Spending Money

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in Rajasthan—like its counterparts in Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir—is preparing for a slowdown in fund flows from the central government.…

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