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#Notebandi Frontlines: Small Stores Struggle To Survive, But Many Support Modi

#Notebandi Frontlines: Small Stores Struggle To Survive, But Many Support Modi

Days after announcing demonetisation, PM Modi requested 50-days’ time to restore normalcy. On day 54 and 55, to determine if that promise was being kept, we visited 24 kirana stores in urban, semi-urban, peri-urban and rural areas in and around Mumbai to find devastated lives--and more than half still supporting Modi.…

#Notebandi Frontlines: Out Of Cash, A Dying Textile Town Goes Silent

#Notebandi Frontlines: Out Of Cash, A Dying Textile Town Goes Silent

Before notebandi, despite a growing downturn, the buzz of looms was obvious. High electricity costs, international competition, and widespread violation of complex, unreformed labour laws were left unaddressed in Maharashtra’s northern textile town. Now, Malegaon town has fallen silent.…

#Notebandi Frontlines: As Tourists Stay Away, 50 Million Livelihoods At Risk

#Notebandi Frontlines: As Tourists Stay Away, 50 Million Livelihoods At Risk

Tourism, an industry that provides over 6% of India’s GDP and employs 10% of its workforce, has been badly hit by notebandi. IndiaSpend visited Goa at the peak of its tourist season and found that foreigners are packing up and leaving, restaurants and flea markets are empty, and workers at the celebrated shacks and cafes are facing job losses.…

92 Hours Of Lok Sabha Disruption Cost India Rs 144 Crore

92 Hours Of Lok Sabha Disruption Cost India Rs 144 Crore

MP Jay Panda said he would forgo part of his Nov-Dec salary to atone for the 92 hours lost during the current Lok Sabha session. It is a proverbial drop in the ocean. The Indian taxpayer paid nearly Rs 177 crore in salaries and other allowances to 545 Lok Sabha MPs during the last financial year.…

India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

India Reduces Baby Deaths But Still Hasn’t Met 2012 Targets

India Reduces Baby Deaths But Still Hasn’t Met 2012 Targets

India’s IMR in 2015 fell 10 short of the target 27 that it agreed to under the millennium development goals. India has also not achieved the IMR target of 30 that the government itself set for 2012 and trails the average IMR for 154 low- and middle-income nations.…

Over A Decade, 14-Fold Increase In Proportion Of Indians With Health Insurance

Over A Decade, 14-Fold Increase In Proportion Of Indians With Health Insurance

There was a 14-fold increase in proportion of Indians with health insurance over the decade ending 2014, according to a new report. Andhra Pradesh had the largest proportion of people (62%) with health insurance, followed by Kerala (39.5%) and Chhattisgarh (39.3%). The fewest were in Bihar (6.2%) and UP (4.2%).…

Rural Women Are Increasingly Accessing Government Hospitals

Rural Women Are Increasingly Accessing Government Hospitals

There was a 24% rise in rural women accessing public hospitals, according to a new report by Brookings India, a think tank. Despite the decline in dependence on private care, it remains significantly high in India and unsatisfactory quality of care at government hospitals is the biggest reason for not seeking public care.…

Inside India’s Blood Black Market

Inside India’s Blood Black Market

The first part of this series revealed how 14,474 cases of HIV infection through blood transfusion have been reported in India in the last seven years, and that the government has not even begun to address the crisis. In this second and concluding part, IndiaSpend looks at why the chances of an HIV patient in India having acquired the virus through blood transfusion are 3,000 times higher than in the US.…

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After 5 Years Of Fall In Learning, (Some) Progress For India’s Primary Schools

After 5 Years Of Fall In Learning, (Some) Progress For India’s Primary Schools

After five years of continuous decline in learning levels, data from a new report show an improvement in some primary school reading and arithmetic levels of children. But challenges for schools in rural India still remain.…

Too Many Vegetables, Too Little Money: Prices Crash Post #Notebandi

Too Many Vegetables, Too Little Money: Prices Crash Post #Notebandi

Tomato farmers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are the worst hit, as prices fall by 60-80%, while onion farmers are the worst hit in Maharashtra and Gujarat, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of vegetable prices in seven Indian cities.…

If IITs Had More Dalit Professors, Would Aniket Ambhore Be Alive?

If IITs Had More Dalit Professors, Would Aniket Ambhore Be Alive?

A year after Rohith Vemula, a dalit student at the University of Hyderabad, committed suicide, we explore if special hiring of faculty from disadvantaged communities can help dalit and tribal student beneficiaries of affirmative action make the most of opportunities at 23 IITs, India's premier technology institutes.…

Why India’s Richest State Cannot Hire Enough Teachers

Why India’s Richest State Cannot Hire Enough Teachers

With half as many permanent teachers as it needs for its government schools, Delhi is allowing its poorest, most vulnerable students to be taught by temporary, possibly unmotivated teachers. Our investigation of the recruitment process for teachers in Delhi found a system made dysfunctional by a thicket of, often, contradictory and illogical rules.…

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