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UP’s Slaughterhouse Crackdown: Butchers, Farmers, Traders Hit, Big Businesses Gain

UP’s Slaughterhouse Crackdown: Butchers, Farmers, Traders Hit, Big Businesses Gain

Despite repeated court orders and warnings from the state pollution regulator, slaughterhouses across UP failed to upgrade to comply with environment- and health-related rules.…

India’s Ambitious New Energy Policy Draft Tries To Bridge Dreams And Reality

India’s Ambitious New Energy Policy Draft Tries To Bridge Dreams And Reality

By 2040, India’s electricity demand will rise 4.5 times over 2012 levels, according to a new national energy policy draft, released by the government think tank, Niti Aayog, in June 2017. What is India’s plan to reduce reliance on fossil fuels? Is that even possible?…

More Public Money For Education In 6 Large, Poor States, But Little Progress In Learning

More Public Money For Education In 6 Large, Poor States, But Little Progress In Learning

Even though six of India’s least developed states in India--among nine high focus states in government jargon--spent more on education per elementary school student in 2014-2015 when compared to 2011-2012, learning outcomes of students did not improve, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of expenditure data and learning outcomes.…

As 7 Hindu Pilgrims Die, 164% Rise In Terror-Related Civilian Deaths in J&K Over A Year

As 7 Hindu Pilgrims Die, 164% Rise In Terror-Related Civilian Deaths in J&K Over A Year

The killing of seven Hindu pilgrims in southern Kashmir enroute from the holy cave of Amarnath is the latest bloody statistic in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), which witnessed a 45% rise in terrorism-related deaths--and 164% increase in civilian deaths alone--over the year ending June 30, 2017 according to an IndiaSpend analysis of data from South Asian Terrorism Portal.…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

Why India Needs To Count Its Broken Toilets

Why India Needs To Count Its Broken Toilets

In 2016, as many as 96.5% of rural elementary government schools in India had toilets, but more than one in four (27.79%) toilets were dysfunctional or locked, according to data collected for the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), a citizen-led survey on the status of elementary education in rural India.…

C-Section Rates Reveal The Need For Smarter Indian Healthcare Policy

C-Section Rates Reveal The Need For Smarter Indian Healthcare Policy

India spent 1.4% of its gross domestic product on public healthcare in 2014. In comparison, the OECD (a group of 35 advanced economies) spent an average of 7.7%.…

19 Indians Die Daily In Drink-Driving Mishaps. Here’s How That Can Change

19 Indians Die Daily In Drink-Driving Mishaps. Here’s How That Can Change

India’s daily drink-driving death toll of 19 could be reduced if police checking is made unpredictable to drivers who currently know where to expect checks, a new collaborative study between American researchers and the Rajasthan police has found.…

Benefits Of Ending Child Marriage, Early Birth = India’s Annual Higher Education Budget

Benefits Of Ending Child Marriage, Early Birth = India’s Annual Higher Education Budget

Over the next seven years, India could save $5 billion (Rs 33,500 crore) in healthcare costs if it eliminates child marriage and early births, according to a new report by the World Bank and International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). For perspective, this is equivalent to the country’s 2017-18 higher education budget of Rs 33,329 crore.…

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IndiaSpend Interviews

Overworked, Underpaid, Abused: Inside The World Of India’s Domestic Workers

Overworked, Underpaid, Abused: Inside The World Of India’s Domestic Workers

In the decade after liberalisation there was a 120% rise in the number of domestic workers in India, says author Tripti Lahiri in her recently released book, Maid In India.…

‘Diabetes Epidemic Shifting To Urban Poor, India Needs Urgent Prevention, Screening’

‘Diabetes Epidemic Shifting To Urban Poor, India Needs Urgent Prevention, Screening’

Diabetes, once a disease of the affluent, is now rampant among India’s urban poor too and preventive measures and free screening services are urgently required to control its impact: this is the recommendation of V Mohan, one of India’s pioneering diabetologists.…

India’s Wildlife Crisis, And Why Hope Is So Important

India’s Wildlife Crisis, And Why Hope Is So Important

India, a biodiversity rich country, has just 2.4% world’s geographical area but accounts for 11.4% of the world’s plants (about 48,000 species), and 7.5% of its animals (about 96,000 species), according to government data.…

Private Smarts, Public Spread: Anil Swarup’s Prescription For India’s Education Woes

Private Smarts, Public Spread: Anil Swarup’s Prescription For India’s Education Woes

Though India has almost universal enrolment in primary school, learning outcomes continue to be poor, with many children dropping out before secondary school.…