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India Can Double Its Per Capita GDP In 30 Years By Turning More Secular: Study

India Can Double Its Per Capita GDP In 30 Years By Turning More Secular: Study

If India discards religious beliefs that perpetuate caste and gender inequalities, it could more than double its per capita gross domestic product (GDP) growth of the last 60 years in half the time, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of a new study. Secularisation precedes economic development and not the other way around as is commonly believed, said the study.…

Why Bengaluru’s Bus System Is India’s Best And Loses Least Money

Why Bengaluru’s Bus System Is India’s Best And Loses Least Money

Mumbai: Bengaluru is India’s third most-populous city, but its bus system is not only India’s largest with 6,448 buses (in 2015-16), it also lost the least money (Rs 101 crore) over six years to 2016 among eight metropolitan bus systems, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of transit data.…

33% Teaching Posts Vacant, Indian University Crisis Hits Rankings, Teaching, Research

33% Teaching Posts Vacant, Indian University Crisis Hits Rankings, Teaching, Research

Mumbai: India is one of the world’s top five economies and the country with the world’s largest working-age population--around 861 million aged between 15 and 64. These data emphasise why education is critical to India’s future growth. Yet, a third of teaching posts are vacant in India’s central universities, no Indian university finds a place in the global top 100.…

66% Working Indians Earn Less Because Of Childhood Stunting, One Of World’s Worst Rates

66% Working Indians Earn Less Because Of Childhood Stunting, One Of World’s Worst Rates

Mumbai: Around two-thirds of the working population in India are earning 13% less because of stunting in childhood--being excessively short for their age--one of the world’s highest such reductions in per capita income, according to a new report released by the World Bank. Children with stunted growth must endure adverse outcomes later in life.…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

As Health Crises Grow, 29% Of Funds With States Not Spent In 5 Years

As Health Crises Grow, 29% Of Funds With States Not Spent In 5 Years

MUMBAI: Even as health crises in India grew, National Health Mission (NHM) funds unspent by states over five years to 2016 increased by 29%, according to a recent audit by the government’s auditor. The audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India also reported delayed transfers & misallocation of these funds.…

Toilet Owners Defecate In Open In Villages Declared Open-Defecation Free: Rajasthan Study

Toilet Owners Defecate In Open In Villages Declared Open-Defecation Free: Rajasthan Study

Mumbai: With a little more than a year to go for Swachh Bharat Mission’s deadline of open-defecation-free India, patchy access to toilets, incomplete toilet construction and rampant open defecation among households with a toilet were some findings of a new study in gram panchayats (village councils) declared open defecation-free (ODF) in Rajasthan.…

6 In 10 Indian Babies Miss Out On Early Breastfeeding And Its Life-Saving Benefits

6 In 10 Indian Babies Miss Out On Early Breastfeeding And Its Life-Saving Benefits

New Delhi: While there has been an improvement in the number of babies getting breastfed in the first hour of life in India--reflected in a rise from 23.1% in 2005 to 41.5% in 2015--the majority of Indian babies still miss out and could face life-threatening consequences, a new global report said.…

Why Health Workers, Paid Rs 4,000 Per Month, Are Vital To India’s National Nutrition Mission

Why Health Workers, Paid Rs 4,000 Per Month, Are Vital To India’s National Nutrition Mission

Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh: Every morning, 26-year-old Meenakshi Gangwar packs a rucksack--a baby doll, a register and some nutrition charts--and sets off on her scooter to visit one of the 41 anganwadis (day care centres) that she is in charge of.…

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‘Reduce Stigma To Make Women Comfortable Accessing Safe Abortions’

‘Reduce Stigma To Make Women Comfortable Accessing Safe Abortions’

New Delhi: Abortion was legalised in India almost half a century ago, yet unsafe abortions--performed in unhygienic conditions by untrained providers--are the third largest cause of maternal death. Nearly 78% of the more than 15 million abortions conducted annually in India are outside of health facilities, giving rise to safety concerns.…

How A Healthy Gut Can Be A Bulwark Against India’s Lifestyle-Disease Epidemic

How A Healthy Gut Can Be A Bulwark Against India’s Lifestyle-Disease Epidemic

Mount Abu (Rajasthan): Processed food, an overly sanitised environment and an urban lifestyle can reduce beneficial bacteria in your gut, which primes the body against India’s epidemic of lifestyle diseases, according to Vineet Ahuja, gastroenterology professor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences,…

‘We Could Reverse Type 2 Diabetes In India In The Next 5 Years’

‘We Could Reverse Type 2 Diabetes In India In The Next 5 Years’

Mumbai: Aseem Malhotra PhD, is a man with a mission--to drastically reduce the amount of carbohydrates we eat. He claims by cutting back on sugary and starchy foods, we will not only benefit from feeling healthier and losing weight but lessen our chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Even those currently enduring insulin injections &…

We Will Not Accept Any Decision That Undermines The State’s Fiscal Domain: Kerala Finance Minister

We Will Not Accept Any Decision That Undermines The State’s Fiscal Domain: Kerala Finance Minister

Mumbai: The finance commission is a constitutional body created every five years to decide on Centre-state financial relations. The latest panel constituted for 2020-2025 was asked to use the 2011 population census for deciding every state’s share of the central taxes. This may mean that states with higher populations will receive more central funds.…