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Deadly Afternoons: 35% Of Indian Road Accidents Reported Between 3 pm & 9 pm

Deadly Afternoons: 35% Of Indian Road Accidents Reported Between 3 pm & 9 pm

Afternoons are the most accident-prone hours for commuters on Indian roads: 85,834 of 480,652 (18%) accidents in 2016 were reported between 3 pm and 6 pm, according to a new government report, which does not reveal the deaths or injuries during these hours. Between 2005 and 2016, as many as 1,550,098 people--more than the population of Bahrain (1.4 million)--died in roads accidents across India. An Indian died every three minutes in 2016, which saw, on average, 1,317 accidents every day or 55 every hour.…

India Enrolls More Children In Secondary School, But Is Failing To Teach Them

India Enrolls More Children In Secondary School, But Is Failing To Teach Them

India has enrolled more children than ever before in secondary schools, but it is failing to teach them what they should be learning, with the most vulnerable, such as students from scheduled tribes, falling further behind the rest, reveal the preliminary findings of an ongoing global study across four countries. For instance, while enrolment in grade IX rose to 91% in 2016 from 78% in 2009, the proportion that could answer maths questions fell by two percentage points to 10% in 2016 from 12% in 2009.…

Conflicts Across India As States Create Land Banks For Private Investors

Conflicts Across India As States Create Land Banks For Private Investors

State governments across India are rushing to build land banks, using both private and common lands, in an effort to attract investment. Nearly 2.68 million hectares of land--an area larger than Meghalaya--have been set aside in land banks in the eight states including Odisha, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh that declare these statistics.…

Why Lush Kashmir Is Losing Its Paddy Fields And Wetlands

Why Lush Kashmir Is Losing Its Paddy Fields And Wetlands

In Srinagar, its suburbs and other towns of Kashmir, a construction boom is swallowing large tracts of agricultural lands and wetlands. Kashmir is losing an average 1,375 hectares of agricultural land annually. Srinagar now has only 50% of the wetlands it had in 1911. This building boom has impacted the state’s agricultural produce and is damaging its ecology.…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

In India’s Malaria Hotbed, A Remote, Tribal Village Fights Back

In India’s Malaria Hotbed, A Remote, Tribal Village Fights Back

Kotagarh, Kandhamal: One recent August day, a festive atmosphere enveloped Budabirmaha hamlet in the tribal Kandhamal district of Odisha. The day had started with dancing to the beating of drums as the villagers welcomed their “guests”, health workers who would test them for malaria.…

Heart Disease Kills 1.7 Million Indians, Continues To Be Top Killer in 2016

Heart Disease Kills 1.7 Million Indians, Continues To Be Top Killer in 2016

As India reduces under-five mortality and deaths due to infectious disease, it faces the emerging challenge of non-communicable diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cerebrovascular disease and diabetes, which have been increasing over 10 years to 2016.…

India’s Child & Neonatal Mortality Rates Lag World, Disease Prevalence Among World’s Highest

India’s Child & Neonatal Mortality Rates Lag World, Disease Prevalence Among World’s Highest

India’s child and neonatal mortality rates are worse than the world average, its maternal mortality rate has been lower since 2013, and disease prevalence rates are amongst the worst in the world. As the world prepares to achieve sustainable development goals for 2030, we compare India’s progress with global figures to identify opportunities and threats.…

In 3 Years, Cancer Rate Rises Up To 4 Times Faster Than National Rate In Small Provinces

In 3 Years, Cancer Rate Rises Up To 4 Times Faster Than National Rate In Small Provinces

In three years to 2016, the cancer rate (cases per 100,000 people) rose four times faster than the national rate in some of India’s smallest provinces, two of which are also among India’s richest by per capita income, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of government data submitted to parliament. Union territories Daman & Diu (41 points), Dadra & Nagar Haveli (22 points), Lakshadweep (18 points) and Puducherry (13.5 points) and the state of Kerala (13 points) were the top five by increase in number of cancer cases per 100,000 people between 2014 and 2016, shows our analysis.…

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IndiaSpend Interviews

‘You Can Deal With Mumbai Floods By Planning Or Shrug Your Shoulders And Say, Mumbai’s Spirit’

‘You Can Deal With Mumbai Floods By Planning Or Shrug Your Shoulders And Say, Mumbai’s Spirit’

Hurricane Irma has just devastated many nations. Closer home, nearly 17 million people in Bihar alone have been affected by floods. Storms and hurricanes will get bigger and occur more often, due to a rise in ocean temperatures. Sea levels are rising, and wildfires are growing. Bouts of heavy rain, as India has just witnessed, will increase and be hard to predict, even as the rainfall over India is likely to decline.…

India Will Exceed Its Renewable Energy Targets: Climate-Change Expert

India Will Exceed Its Renewable Energy Targets: Climate-Change Expert

On August 29, 2017, Mumbai was lashed by the highest rainfall it has recorded in a 12-hour period since 2005. The 2017 storm killed at least 20 people and crippled rail and air transport in India’s financial capital. Flooding also killed more than 1,200 people and affected the lives of 40 million across India, Bangladesh and Nepal in the past three months, the Guardian reported on August 30, 2017.…

“The Presence Of A Toilet Alone Does Not Guarantee It Will Be Used”

“The Presence Of A Toilet Alone Does Not Guarantee It Will Be Used”

Only a third of houses had toilets and 64% households had a family member defecating in the open, according to a 2016 nine-state survey on Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Mission) by non-profit WaterAid India. “The presence of a toilet alone does not guarantee use. To encourage use, programmes must identify and address the underlying drivers,” said Arundati Muralidharan, manager policy (WASH in health & nutrition, and Schools) at WaterAid India. In an email interview with IndiaSpend, she answered questions on the relationship between hygiene and malnutrition and awareness about washing hands across India.…

‘Gender Discrimination A Key Underlying Cause Of Malnutrition In India’

‘Gender Discrimination A Key Underlying Cause Of Malnutrition In India’

The condition of girls and women--their nutrition, health and social status--is one of the indirect cause of under-nutrition in India, according to Purnima Menon, 46, a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Various forms of malnutrition contribute to almost 45% deaths of Indian children under five, she said in an interview with IndiaSpend.…