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Least Productive Lok Sabha Session In 4 Years Wasted Rs 198 Crore

Least Productive Lok Sabha Session In 4 Years Wasted Rs 198 Crore

Mumbai: The recently concluded budget session was the least productive in four years for the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament), where four in five hours stipulated for business were lost due to interruptions, according to an analysis by PRS Legislative Research, a think tank. The 2015 budget session was the most productive for the Lok Sabha, when it conducted business for 122% of the stipulated time.…

25 Indian States Ban Plastic Bags. Yet, 600 Truckloads Of Plastic Discarded Every Day

25 Indian States Ban Plastic Bags. Yet, 600 Truckloads Of Plastic Discarded Every Day

Srinagar: Twenty five Indian states/UTs now have some form of ban on polythene carry bags, but implementation is often lax, and plastic--which takes hundreds of years to decompose--continues to be used, which gathers in India’s water bodies and landfills, according to an IndiaSpend investigation. In Jammu and Kashmir, many vendors have not heard of the three-month-old ban.…

For Rich And Poor Indians Alike, Diabetes Epidemic Shows No Sign Of Abating

For Rich And Poor Indians Alike, Diabetes Epidemic Shows No Sign Of Abating

Mumbai: India’s economic development has brought higher incomes--and a large helping of diabetes. As salaries have increased, and all socio-economic groups have experienced a rise in living standards, diabetes--a condition caused by the body’s inability to regulate insulin-levels, which can lead to tissue damage and organ failure--became the country’s fastest growing disease burden over 16 years to 2016.…

India’s Trade Deficit With China Up Two-Fold In A Decade To 2016-17; Can India Benefit From US-China Trade War?

India’s Trade Deficit With China Up Two-Fold In A Decade To 2016-17; Can India Benefit From US-China Trade War?

Mumbai: India’s trade deficit with China increased more than two-fold (219%) from $16 billion in 2007-08 to $51 billion in 2016-17, according to commerce ministry data. India’s imports ($61 billion) from China were six times its exports ($10 billion) in 2016-17, making rising trade imbalance a major concern.…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

1 In 5 Multidrug-Resistant Patients Do Not Complete Treatment, Imperiling India’s Battle Against TB

1 In 5 Multidrug-Resistant Patients Do Not Complete Treatment, Imperiling India’s Battle Against TB

New Delhi: Nearly one in five multidrug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB) patients put on treatment in the public sector were lost to follow-up (LFU). This means that they either did not start treatment or their treatment was disrupted for more than two months. India has approximately 2.8 million TB patients, a quarter of the world’s total TB cases.…

Puducherry Has Among The Best Health Indicators In India, And Here’s Why

Puducherry Has Among The Best Health Indicators In India, And Here’s Why

Puducherry: Between 8.00 and 9.00 a.m. every day, 150 diabetes patients gather at the out-patient department (OPD) of Puducherry’s Kosapalayam Primary Health Centre (PHC) to get their daily insulin shots. This is a rarity in India’s public health system, as it requires good community-wide disease management and consistent supply of medicines, something Puducherry’s health system is uniquely known for.…

More Younger, Educated Indian Women Giving Birth At Unsafe Intervals

More Younger, Educated Indian Women Giving Birth At Unsafe Intervals

New Delhi: Indian women aged 15 to 29 years and those with more years in school gave birth at shorter, unsafe intervals over the decade to 2015-16, shows an IndiaSpend analysis of health data. Birth intervals--the time between two successive live births--of less than 24 months may lead to low birth weight and death of a child, according to the 2015-16 report of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS).…

India’s Child Deaths From Diarrhoea Down 52% In Decade, But Pakistan, Bangladesh Do Better On Solutions

India’s Child Deaths From Diarrhoea Down 52% In Decade, But Pakistan, Bangladesh Do Better On Solutions

New Delhi: In a decade to 2015, India’s efforts to tackle diarrhoea--a disease easily preventable through sanitation, safe drinking water and hygiene--have led to a 52% fall in deaths of children below the age of four, but the prevalence of diarrhoea, at 9.2%, has remained high, according to national health data. The decline in deaths was driven by improved treatment cover even as fewer affected children were given increased diet and fluids…

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IndiaSpend Interviews

‘India Can’t Arrest Child Stunting If It Can’t Fight Poverty’

‘India Can’t Arrest Child Stunting If It Can’t Fight Poverty’

New Delhi: In the 1970s, undernutrition was a common problem in the urban slums and poorer regions of Sao Paulo in southeastern Brazil. Brazilian health crusader Carlos Monteiro, who was practising medicine in these pockets then, recalls the large number of stunted children he dealt with. Brazil was then known as one of the most unequal societies in the world.…

Why India Is Failing To Educate Its School-Going Children And How That Can Change

Why India Is Failing To Educate Its School-Going Children And How That Can Change

India has enrolled more children in secondary schools than ever before, but is failing to teach them what they should be learning, while the most vulnerable are falling further behind the rest, as IndiaSpend reported on September 20, 2017. The Annual Survey of Education Reports (ASER), brought out by the education advocacy Pratham since 2005, have corroborated this fact.…

‘Land Reforms Have Failed, Formalising Tenancy Only Option To Address Farm Distress’

‘Land Reforms Have Failed, Formalising Tenancy Only Option To Address Farm Distress’

New Delhi: In the last 10 months, farmers across the country have staged half a dozen large protests. On March 12, 2018, 35,000 farmers from all over Maharashtra walked 180 km over seven days to reach Mumbai and demand land titles, better prices for agricultural produce and farm loans. In July 2018, farmers from Tamil Nadu had protested in Delhi with skulls hanging from their necks to demand a loan waiver after the state was hit by a drought.…

‘Why Earlier Govt Health Insurance Failed? That Is Like Asking a Foster Parent About The Child’s Low Grades’

‘Why Earlier Govt Health Insurance Failed? That Is Like Asking a Foster Parent About The Child’s Low Grades’

New Delhi: In a country where 63 million people are pushed into poverty every year by healthcare expenditure, a strong government insurance scheme could be an effective mechanism to ensure universal health coverage. The National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) launched in February 2018 by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government comes with such a promise.…