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Citizens Could Save India’s Environment, If A 15-Year-Old Law Is Used Well

Citizens Could Save India’s Environment, If A 15-Year-Old Law Is Used Well

India’s attempt to preserve its biodiversity through the Biological Diversity Act--which aims to preserve the environment through the participation of the local population--is yet to yield results, with only 2.2% of local govt bodies documenting their biodiversity. India has 7-8% of the world’s known plant & animal species. Not only is biodiversity important to sustain life, millions are directly involved in ecosystem-based occupations such as farming and fishing.…

Crime Against Women Up 83%, Conviction Rate Hits Decadal Low

Crime Against Women Up 83%, Conviction Rate Hits Decadal Low

As many as 39 crimes against women were reported every hour in India, up from 21 in 2007, according to Crime in India 2016 report by National Crime Records Bureau. The rate of crime against women--crimes per 100,000 female population--was 55.2 in 2016, up from 41.7 in 2012. “Cruelty by husband or his relatives” was the most reported crime against women, accounting for 33% of all crimes in 2016.…

India’s Millets Makeover: Set To Reach Poor, School Meals

India’s Millets Makeover: Set To Reach Poor, School Meals

A new government proposal seeks to put millets back in the Indian diet, especially among poor Indians by offering it at Rs 1/kg in the government subsidised food programme and introducing it in free school meals. Millets also make for sustainable agriculture because they are hardy and fast growing. This could help Indian farm sector deal with the problem brought by climate change.…

2017 Deadliest Year For Cow-Related Hate Crime Since 2010, 86% Of Those Killed Muslim

2017 Deadliest Year For Cow-Related Hate Crime Since 2010, 86% Of Those Killed Muslim

After the recent murder of a dairy trader by cow vigilantes on the Rajasthan-Haryana border, 2017 has recorded 11 deaths, the highest toll from cow-related hate crimes since 2010, a new IndiaSpend database of hate crimes shows. Over the eight years since 2012, 29 persons have been killed in cow-related hate violence, 25 of whom were Muslim. View and analyse our newly launched database.…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

In A Poor Gujarat District, Infrastructure Cannot Compensate For Lack Of Jobs

In A Poor Gujarat District, Infrastructure Cannot Compensate For Lack Of Jobs

Why is the fourth richest state in the country, Gujarat, in the company of poorer states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand when it comes to maternal and child development indicators? IndiaSpend visited Dang district in south Gujarat, 400 km from the state’s capital Gandhinagar, and one of six Gujarat districts in the list of 283 of the most backward districts in India.…

2 Years To Swachh Bharat Mission Deadline, 62% Districts Still Report Open Defecation

2 Years To Swachh Bharat Mission Deadline, 62% Districts Still Report Open Defecation

With less than two years for Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) deadline, 62.5% or 400 of 640 districts across the country are yet to be declared open-defecation free (ODF), according to the latest data from the ministry of drinking water and sanitation. Tourism hub Goa, India’s smallest state by size, reported the worst progress towards turning open-defecation free. Three years into the mission, neither of Goa’s two districts are open-defecation free, data show.…

Support Groups Welcome New Rare Disease Policy, Seek Incentives For Orphan Drugs

Support Groups Welcome New Rare Disease Policy, Seek Incentives For Orphan Drugs

Shashank Tyagi, a 27-year-old Delhi-based businessman, was diagnosed with Gaucher’s disease when he was five. “I still remember I used to vomit after every small meal as food wasn't able to digest and fit into my stomach,” he says, recalling the frequent fatigue and pain. Gaucher’s is one of 50 rare genetic disorders collectively known as Lysosome Storage Diseases (LSD). Lysosomes are the recycling centres within our cells where enzymes break down unwanted substances. People with LSDs are born deficient in these enzymes, resulting in the collection of unwanted substances in the body, causing extensive damage and, if untreated, death.…

New Toilets In Indian Trains No Better Than Septic Tanks: IIT Study

New Toilets In Indian Trains No Better Than Septic Tanks: IIT Study

About 45,000 rail coaches deposit enough human excreta on India's rail tracks to fill 497 trucks daily. Over four years, Rs 1,304 crore was spent on installing more than 93,000 “bio-toilets” that use bacteria to break down excreta were installed, but an Indian Institute of Technology (Madras) study now says these toilets are no better than septic tanks, water discharged no better than raw sewage and essentially useless.…

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IndiaSpend Interviews

‘If You Destroy Aravalli Forests, Delhi, Gurgaon Will Be Devastated’

‘If You Destroy Aravalli Forests, Delhi, Gurgaon Will Be Devastated’

City forests sprawling across an area larger than south Mumbai are now at risk by a Haryana govt continuing efforts to lift protection to 17,000 acres. These forests, sprawled across some of world’s oldest mountain ranges, serve as lung space for NCR, one of the world’s most polluted regions and home to 46.7 million. We speak to naturalist and author Pradip Krishen, who is a part of the campaign to save the Aravalli forests.…

India Is Losing Its Night To Light, At 3 Times World Average

India Is Losing Its Night To Light, At 3 Times World Average

Light pollution is encroaching upon the Earth’s surface at an annual growth rate of 2.2%, as per a new study. In India, this growth is three times higher. Light pollution can cause insomnia, depression, cardiovascular disease and cancers of the breast and prostate. The author of the study tells us that new energy-efficient lighting fixtures do not help conserve energy because humanity is spending the savings on new night-time outdoor lighting applications.…

Why Adolescents, Not Adults, Are Key To Addressing India’s Teenage Problems

Why Adolescents, Not Adults, Are Key To Addressing India’s Teenage Problems

India has 253 million adolescents, more than any other country. India isn’t doing enough to ensure they become productive adults, health expert Sunil Mehra, whose advocacy MAMTA works with the government, tells us. Adolescent health featured in national policy for the first time three years ago, but addressing the issue is a complex process. In a country short of health professionals of all kinds, the key could be in expanding a network of adolescent counsellors.…

If We Ate Less Rice, Delhi’s Air Could Be Cleaner

If We Ate Less Rice, Delhi’s Air Could Be Cleaner

Stubble burning in the fields of Punjab and Haryana is believed to be the prime reason for the air pollution crisis that has hit north India. But why did this problem rise? Economist Sucha Singh Gill spoke to us about the historical and political aspects of agriculture in Punjab responsible for the situation: The six-fold growth in paddy cultivation at the cost of other crops, mechanised harvesting and the lack of political will to invest in alternate technologies.…