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India’s Absent Teachers: Not As Big A Problem As We Think

India’s Absent Teachers: Not As Big A Problem As We Think

While teacher absence—the overall incidence of teachers being away from school--was 18.9%, teacher absenteeism without reason, or because of truancy, was only 2.5%, according to a recent study conducted by the Azim Premji Foundation, a non-profit that works in education across six Indian states.…

Sanitation Failures Kill, Stunt Children Most In UP, 4 Other States

Sanitation Failures Kill, Stunt Children Most In UP, 4 Other States

Despite improvements, primitive sanitation is killing, retarding the growth and leaving susceptible to disease millions of Indian children. UP, Bihar, MP, Assam and Chhattisgarh had India’s highest under-five mortality, higher stunting rates and higher prevalence of diarrhoea, attributable to a lack of improved sanitation.…

As Mallya Custody Sought, India’s Extradition Success Rate Is 36%

As Mallya Custody Sought, India’s Extradition Success Rate Is 36%

While 62 fugitives have been extradited to India from a foreign country between 2002 and 2016, 110 fugitives are yet to be extradited, though a formal request has been made by India. This means India managed one extradition of every three sought.…

2017 Deadliest Year, April 2017 Deadliest Month For Security Forces In Chhattisgarh In 7 Years

2017 Deadliest Year, April 2017 Deadliest Month For Security Forces In Chhattisgarh In 7 Years

With 71 security personnel being killed in Maoist-related violence in 2017, it is already the deadliest year in the past seven years. On April 24, 2017, 25 Central Reserve Paramilitary Force jawans were killed in an ambush by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district.…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

Sanitation Failures Kill, Stunt Children Most In UP, 4 Other States

Sanitation Failures Kill, Stunt Children Most In UP, 4 Other States

Despite improvements, primitive sanitation is killing, retarding the growth and leaving susceptible to disease millions of Indian children. UP, Bihar, MP, Assam and Chhattisgarh had India’s highest under-five mortality, higher stunting rates and higher prevalence of diarrhoea, attributable to a lack of improved sanitation.…

‘It Is Necessary To Involve Men In The Family Planning Programme In A Big Way’

‘It Is Necessary To Involve Men In The Family Planning Programme In A Big Way’

Male sterilisation's share in modern family planning methods was 0.62% despite being safer, quicker and easier. Poonam Muttreja, executive director, Population Foundation of India, an advocacy and research institute focused on population issues, tells IndiaSpend in an email interview, how more men can walk their talk.…

Text Messages Save Lives In State With Highest Maternal Deaths

Text Messages Save Lives In State With Highest Maternal Deaths

In the tea gardens of Tezpur in Assam, the state with India’s highest maternal mortality, women workers uncomplainingly suffered limited access to government health facilities, often charged for free services, including blood tests, transfusions, ambulance and medicines. Today, a text-message service gets them help from local authorities.…

India Won’t Meet National Health Policy 2017 Targets: Former Health Secy

India Won’t Meet National Health Policy 2017 Targets: Former Health Secy

Health has never been a national priority, and it is one of the reasons why we have the highest number of women dying during childbirth and under-five mortality rates, wrote K Sujatha Rao, former union health secretary in her recently published book. An IndiaSpend interview.…

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Currency Chaos

#Notebandi Frontlines: Farm To Loom, Textiles–Employer Of 25 Million–Totter

#Notebandi Frontlines: Farm To Loom, Textiles–Employer Of 25 Million–Totter

India’s textile supply chain--which employs about 25 million people--is reeling from cancelled orders, plummeting demand and job losses after demonetisation, an IndiaSpend investigation has found.…

#Notebandi Frontlines: Small Stores Struggle To Survive, But Many Support Modi

#Notebandi Frontlines: Small Stores Struggle To Survive, But Many Support Modi

Days after announcing demonetisation, PM Modi requested 50-days’ time to restore normalcy. On day 54 and 55, to determine if that promise was being kept, we visited 24 kirana stores in urban, semi-urban, peri-urban and rural areas in and around Mumbai to find devastated lives--and more than half still supporting Modi.…

#Notebandi Frontlines: Out Of Cash, A Dying Textile Town Goes Silent

#Notebandi Frontlines: Out Of Cash, A Dying Textile Town Goes Silent

Before notebandi, despite a growing downturn, the buzz of looms was obvious. High electricity costs, international competition, and widespread violation of complex, unreformed labour laws were left unaddressed in Maharashtra’s northern textile town. Now, Malegaon town has fallen silent.…

#Notebandi Frontlines: As Tourists Stay Away, 50 Million Livelihoods At Risk

#Notebandi Frontlines: As Tourists Stay Away, 50 Million Livelihoods At Risk

Tourism, an industry that provides over 6% of India’s GDP and employs 10% of its workforce, has been badly hit by notebandi. IndiaSpend visited Goa at the peak of its tourist season and found that foreigners are packing up and leaving, restaurants and flea markets are empty, and workers at the celebrated shacks and cafes are facing job losses.…