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Women@work: In A Haryana Factory, Tradition Clashes With Aspiration

Women@work: In A Haryana Factory, Tradition Clashes With Aspiration

All over India, women have been falling off the employment map at an alarming rate. Nationally, female labour force participation fell to 27% in 2013. But in Haryana, despite higher than average educational attainment for women, the female employment rate is just 17.6%, amongst the worst in the country.…

10 Years of Domestic Violence Act: Dearth of Data, Inadequate Implementation,  Delayed Justice

10 Years of Domestic Violence Act: Dearth of Data, Inadequate Implementation, Delayed Justice

In the 10 years since the the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA) was enacted, over 1,000,000 cases have been filed across the country under sections pertaining to “cruelty by husband” and dowry, data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) show.…

Road Accidents Killed 46% More People In J&K Than Armed Violence Over 13 Years

Road Accidents Killed 46% More People In J&K Than Armed Violence Over 13 Years

In Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), traffic accidents have killed more civilians in the 13 years since 2004 than armed conflict in twice as many years (since it began in 1989-90), as per records from the J&K Traffic Police and the central Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).…

More Indian Women Could Opt For Paid Work, If They Found Reliable Caregivers

More Indian Women Could Opt For Paid Work, If They Found Reliable Caregivers

More mothers with young children could opt for paid work if they found reliable alternative caregivers to take care of family-related responsibilities, a survey in Rajasthan’s Udaipur district shows.…

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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

‘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.…

‘Indian Poultry Farms Use Antibiotics To Replace Nutrition, Hygiene; Endanger Human Lives’

‘Indian Poultry Farms Use Antibiotics To Replace Nutrition, Hygiene; Endanger Human Lives’

There is rampant misuse of antibiotics, says a new study, in Indian poultry farms, endangering the health of Indians as chicken and egg consumption grows. Antibiotics are being used to boost growth and to compensate for poor sanitation.…

‘Leaders Treat Environment Like Indian Gods, Do Puja And Aarti, Pay Lip Service’

‘Leaders Treat Environment Like Indian Gods, Do Puja And Aarti, Pay Lip Service’

He has been a member of the Rajya Sabha since 2004 and held several portfolios including rural development and drinking water and sanitation during the second term of the UPA regime from 2009-14, but Jairam Ramesh is still best known as environment minister.…