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Half Of India’s 94 Cities With Toxic Air In 4 States (Including 1 Himalayan State)

Half Of India’s 94 Cities With Toxic Air In 4 States (Including 1 Himalayan State)

New Delhi: Every third city that failed to meet national air quality standards in India--where most people die of air pollution than any other nation--was in two of the country’s biggest states, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, in five years to 2015, according to government data. Maharashtra was followed by Uttar Pradesh (15), Punjab (8) and Himachal Pradesh (7). Half of the 94 cities were in these four states.…

Tamil Nadu’s Women Leaders Live, Work In The Shadow Of Violence

Tamil Nadu’s Women Leaders Live, Work In The Shadow Of Violence

Urapakkam (Kancheepuram district), Tamil Nadu: Even by normal standards of violence in Tamil Nadu’s panchayat politics, the events of March 29, 2001, were troubling. Menaka, 35, the feisty dalit president of Urapakkam panchayat near Tambaram, a Chennai suburb, was hacked to death right in front of her office in daylight. It was 11:30 am, when a gang of four men, armed with long knives, barged into her office.…

2 Muslim Men Attacked On Rumours Of Beef At Wedding–80th Such Incident Since 2010

2 Muslim Men Attacked On Rumours Of Beef At Wedding–80th Such Incident Since 2010

Mumbai: In the second cow-related hate crime recorded in 2018, two Muslim men were injured when a mob turned violent in Nawalidh village of Koderma district, Jharkhand, on April 17, 2018, on the suspicion that bovine meat had been served at a wedding in the neighbourhood the previous night. This is the 80th cow-related hate crime recorded since 2010, according to an IndiaSpend database that records such violence.…

How India’s Need For Cash Caused Cash Shortages

How India’s Need For Cash Caused Cash Shortages

Mumbai: India's currency stocks have not kept pace with the Indian need for cash, and there are no reserves that allow the country to cope with sudden spikes in demands, such as those that led to recent shortages in many states, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of Reserve Bank of India data.…

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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

‘To Double Farm Incomes, India Must Get People Off Farms’

‘To Double Farm Incomes, India Must Get People Off Farms’

New Delhi: Increasing climate variability, extreme weather events and rising temperatures pose challenges to India’s food and nutrition security, according to the 2018 Global Food Policy Report by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), an agriculture think-tank based in Washington DC, US, IndiaSpend reported on Mar 22, 2018.…

‘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.…