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$94 Billion On Basic Education Doesn’t Address Teaching Crisis

$94 Billion On Basic Education Doesn’t Address Teaching Crisis

In February 2015, the western state of Maharashtra held its annual evaluation test for teachers of government-run schools, those who teach classes I to V and classes VI to VIII.…

Smartphone Use Soars, So Do Smut-Sharing Crimes

Smartphone Use Soars, So Do Smut-Sharing Crimes

Early this week, the Mumbai police registered a case against “unknown persons” for leaking a nude clip of actor Radhika Apte. Part of a 20-minute film directed by Anurag Kashyap, the clip went viral on instant messenger WhatsApp.…

India Lags Emerging World in Research, Imperils Innovation

India Lags Emerging World in Research, Imperils Innovation

As it attempts to drive growth and innovation, India—as a recent imbroglio over stipends reveals­—lags the developed and emerging world in a key area: research and development.…

Guwahati, Srinagar at Highest Earthquake Risk

Guwahati, Srinagar at Highest Earthquake Risk

Guwahati and Srinagar are the two Indian cities at highest risk of being devastated by an earthquake, with 36 other cities in areas prone to earthquakes, according to government data. Guwahati and Srinagar fall in what is called “very severe intensity zone”, or zone V, the highest-risk earthquake zone.…

Filthy Facilities Imperil Bihar’s Sterilised Women

Filthy Facilities Imperil Bihar’s Sterilised Women

Women recovering from surgery lay on cotton mats on the floor; • Healthcare facilities were strewn with used syringes and bandages, the walls were smeared with blood—these were the results of an audit of public healthcare facilities offering surgical sterilisation procedures in the eastern state of Bihar…

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For India’s Farmers, Harder Life Ahead: Latest Studies

For India’s Farmers, Harder Life Ahead: Latest Studies

Extreme rainfall events in central India, the core of the monsoon system, are increasing and moderate rainfall is decreasing —as a part of complex changes in local and world weather—according to a clutch of Indian and global studies reviewed by IndiaSpend.…

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.…

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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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