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64% Rise In Terror Incidents in J&K Over 2 Years, As BJP-PDP Alliance Splinters

64% Rise In Terror Incidents in J&K Over 2 Years, As BJP-PDP Alliance Splinters

Mumbai: There was a 64% rise in terror incidents in Jammu and Kashmir over three years to 2017, providing some perspective to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) decision to call off its three-year alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Over 800 terror incidents have been reported in J&K over the three years ending 2017--up from 208 in 2015 to 342 in 2017--according to an IndiaSpend analysis of government data.…

Railways Mull Rs 6,250 Cr Replacement To Flawed Bio-Toilets–After Spending Rs 1,620 Cr

Railways Mull Rs 6,250 Cr Replacement To Flawed Bio-Toilets–After Spending Rs 1,620 Cr

Mumbai: Having spent nearly Rs 1,370 crore on 136,985 railway bio-toilets--criticised for being “no better than septic tanks”--and after earmarking Rs 250 crore to install bio-toilets on remaining trains by March 2019, the railway ministry is now considering “upgraded” vacuum bio-toilets at a cost of Rs 6,250 crore. "We have started experimenting with vacuum bio-toilets like those in an aeroplane,” Railway Minister Piyush Goyal told PTI.…

Smaller Indian Cities Better At Managing Waste Than Larger Ones

Smaller Indian Cities Better At Managing Waste Than Larger Ones

New Delhi: Some of India’s smallest cities, such as Vengurla and Panchgani in Maharashtra, and mid-level cities, such as Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, are more efficient in managing waste compared to similarly populated or larger cities, according to a recently released report on 20 cities across 10 states. Parts of the NCR--East Delhi, South Delhi & Gurugram--were among…

Toxic Air Is Now A Year-Round Problem For Delhi

Toxic Air Is Now A Year-Round Problem For Delhi

Mumbai: Delhi’s toxic air is no longer limited to winters. While Delhi is experiencing high levels of air pollution largely caused by a dust storm hitting western India, high 24-hour average levels of PM 2.5 have been recorded across the National Capital Region (NCR) between March & May 2018, an IndiaSpend analysis of CPCB data shows.…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

Nipah Contained, But More Than 80% Cases From Similar Brain Fevers Are Undiagnosed

Nipah Contained, But More Than 80% Cases From Similar Brain Fevers Are Undiagnosed

New Delhi: Kerala health minister KK Shailaja announced on June 10, 2018, that the state’s Nipah virus infection (NiV), which killed 17 out of 19 affected over 21 days and has no cure, had been contained, with the recovery of the last two patients who tested positive. “The virus has been stalled,” union minister of state for health Ashwini Choubey told the news agency PTI on June 9, 2018.…

Why India’s Poor Buy Essential Medicines From Private Pharmacies

Why India’s Poor Buy Essential Medicines From Private Pharmacies

New Delhi: As India readies itself for Ayushman Bharat, the national health protection scheme covering primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare, a study from Chhattisgarh reveals poor availability of generic drugs in the state’s public hospitals. Chhattisgarh had announced in 2013 a policy guaranteeing access to free generic medicines in all its public health facilities.…

How A Mobile Voice Message Service Is Helping Indian Mothers, Babies Stay Healthy

How A Mobile Voice Message Service Is Helping Indian Mothers, Babies Stay Healthy

New Delhi: “Are you pregnant?” asked social worker and health supervisor Daya Pandey as Sushma Paswan answered the door. “Yes,” Paswan, 24, answered, ushering Pandey into her home in West Delhi’s Sagarpur area. Pandey proceeded to tell Paswan about mMitra, a free pre-recorded voice-message service that gives pregnant women information about taking care of themselves & their newborns.…

Lessons From Rajasthan For India’s Latest Universal Health Coverage Programme

Lessons From Rajasthan For India’s Latest Universal Health Coverage Programme

Mount Abu, Rajasthan: Rambha Prajapati, 54, a resident of Mount Abu in Rajasthan’s southern district of Sirohi, has kidney disease. She needs regular dialysis, a life-saving procedure without which she would succumb to bodily toxins that her kidneys cannot eliminate. The community health centre in Mount Abu has no dialysis facility, so twice a week she visits a private hospital, where she presents…

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‘Small Hydropower Projects Turning Rivers Into Series Of Static Water Bodies’

‘Small Hydropower Projects Turning Rivers Into Series Of Static Water Bodies’

Mount Abu, Rajasthan: India is promoting small hydropower projects (SHPs)--defined as hydropower facilities of less than 25 megawatt (MW)--on the assumption that they are socially beneficial and more environment-friendly than larger ones. However, an assessment of the impact of two SHPs in the Western Ghats reveals the contrary, according to a scientific paper published in May 2018 in the Journal of Aquatic…

‘We Need To Remove The Stigma On Sanitation To Pull More Entrepreneurs In’

‘We Need To Remove The Stigma On Sanitation To Pull More Entrepreneurs In’

Mumbai: Tackling India’s water, sanitation and pollution challenges is not every banker’s idea of retirement. But for Naina Lal Kidwai, the former country head of HSBC India--and the first woman in the country’s history to lead a foreign bank--it was the next thing on her list. For the last ten years, Kidwai, 61, has been involved with projects related to environment and water issues and champions green finance initiatives…

‘Most Men Are Pressured By Society To Pass Off Their Sexual Abuse As A Rite Of Passage’

‘Most Men Are Pressured By Society To Pass Off Their Sexual Abuse As A Rite Of Passage’

Mumbai: In the middle of making her first short film ‘The Candy Man’, which deals with child sexual abuse, Insia Dariwala decided to change the protagonist from a young girl to a boy. “My journey has always been to produce work which uncovers aspects of society that people may not be aware of; these may be social issues, certain diseases or human drama & relationships,” Dariwala, a film-maker & social activist, told IndiaSpend.…

How Conflict-Ridden Afghanistan Improved Its Health In 10 Years

How Conflict-Ridden Afghanistan Improved Its Health In 10 Years

New Delhi: After the fall of the Taliban in 2001 and as a country recovering from conflict, Afghanistan had some of the worst health indicators in the world. More than one-in-two (54%) children under five were stunted and around four-in-ten (39%) children were underweight in Afghanistan in 2004.…