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Supreme Court Rules Triple Talaq Unconstitutional; About 80% Of Divorced Indian Muslims Are Women

Supreme Court Rules Triple Talaq Unconstitutional; About 80% Of Divorced Indian Muslims Are Women

The Supreme Court, in a landmark verdict on August 22, 2017, struck down the practice of triple talaq. A constitutional bench of five judges, belonging to different faiths -- Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Zoroastrianism -- ruled by a 3:2 majority that there was no constitutional protection for triple talaq.…

In 2016-17, India’s Derailment Death Toll Highest In A Decade

In 2016-17, India’s Derailment Death Toll Highest In A Decade

India’s death toll from train derailments in 2016-17 is now the highest it has been in a decade, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of data tabled in the upper house of parliament, the Rajya Sabha, on March 31, 2017 and August 11, 2017.…

Why Surat’s Textiles Traders Want GST Removed

Why Surat’s Textiles Traders Want GST Removed

Last month, textile traders across the country took to the streets to protest the imposition of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Surat, the largest hub of manmade fabric in India, became the epicentre of these protests.…

Indian Subcontinent Will Face Deadly Heat+Humidity By Century’s End

Indian Subcontinent Will Face Deadly Heat+Humidity By Century’s End

High humidity levels coinciding with high temperatures can threaten human survival. By the end of this century, climate change will make such conditions more frequent, putting people in large parts of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh at risk, according to new research.…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

In 2015, India Lost 2 Children Below Age 5 Every Minute

In 2015, India Lost 2 Children Below Age 5 Every Minute

Nearly 1.08 million children under the age of five died in 2015, as per data cited in a Lok Sabha reply dated July 28, 2017.…

Woman Battles Open Defecation In New Movie. Here’s The Reality

Woman Battles Open Defecation In New Movie. Here’s The Reality

In Akshay Kumar’s new movie Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, a bride walks out of her husband’s home because does not have a toilet. Her rebellion leads to a movement against open defecation in the village.…

About 321 Indian Children Died Every Day Of Diarrhoea In 2015, Reflecting Basic Health Failures

About 321 Indian Children Died Every Day Of Diarrhoea In 2015, Reflecting Basic Health Failures

Despite progress in preventing diarrhoea and the spread of medical remedies in India, diarrhoea remains the second most common cause of death of children under five years, killing an estimated 321 children every day in 2015, according to a May 2017 factsheet by the World Health Organisation(WHO).…

No Improvement In Drinking Water For Elementary Schools Over 6 Years

No Improvement In Drinking Water For Elementary Schools Over 6 Years

Over 85% of rural government elementary schools had a provision for drinking water in 2016, but only about 74% of schools had drinking water facilities that were useable, according to data collected for the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), a citizen-led survey of rural schools.…

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IndiaSpend Interviews

As India Warms, Farm-Suicide ‘Epidemic’ Will Worsen: US Scientist Advises ‘Urgent’ Action

As India Warms, Farm-Suicide ‘Epidemic’ Will Worsen: US Scientist Advises ‘Urgent’ Action

As global warming heats up the subcontinent, India’s “epidemic” of farm suicides is likely to worsen without urgent policy intervention, a new study has predicted. Every one-degree-celsius rise in temperature beyond 20°C during the growing season on India’s farms causes 67 suicides, with 59,300 since 1980 attributable to climate change, according to the study by Tamma Carleton, US doctoral student.…

Vaccination Failures, ‘Mediocre’ BRD Hospital, Claim Lives Of Eastern UP’s Children

Vaccination Failures, ‘Mediocre’ BRD Hospital, Claim Lives Of Eastern UP’s Children

Health workers are improperly trained, and no more than four in 10 of Gorakhpur’s children have received adequate vaccine protection for Japanese encephalitis--implicated for the death of many of over 70 children in Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College hospital, which is a “mediocre” institution serving an area particularly vulnerable to JE. Our interview with Milind Gore, 62, a scientist from the National Institute of Virology, Pune.…

‘Casteism Will Not Allow Swacch Bharat Abhiyan To Succeed’

‘Casteism Will Not Allow Swacch Bharat Abhiyan To Succeed’

Open defecation is unlikely to end in India with latrine-building campaigns like the ongoing Swachh Bharat Abhiyan because it is a habit that is deeply entrenched in casteist beliefs about purity and untouchability, says a new book Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development, and the Costs of Caste.…

Current Situation ‘Unsatisfactory’: India’s Top Doc Lays Out New Vision For Health, Research

Current Situation ‘Unsatisfactory’: India’s Top Doc Lays Out New Vision For Health, Research

In medical research, “The current state of affairs is far from satisfactory. There are only a few medical colleges in the country that encourage and promote the culture of research and we need to ensure that in the coming years many more medical colleges and medical college faculty get involved in research,” Soumya Swaminathan, director of the Indian Council for Medical Research, told IndiaSpend.…