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Half Full, Half Empty: 10 Years of NREGA

Half Full, Half Empty: 10 Years of NREGA

The fruits of a people’s movement and the world’s largest anti-poverty public works, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) last year provided employment to 22% of all rural homes. At its peak five years ago, it was a lifeline for 55 million, or one in every three rural homes. But it has yet to expand to its full potential.…

How India Tackles Adverse Drug Reactions–By Ignoring Data

How India Tackles Adverse Drug Reactions–By Ignoring Data

With 10% of 3.63 trillion medicines popped worldwide in 2015, India is the world’s third-largest medicine market. It stands to scientific reason that these drugs will have side effects. Yet, in 2013, India reported no more than 2% of globally occurring adverse drug reactions (ADRs).…

Why 75% Drop in Global Oil Prices Isn’t Reaching You

Why 75% Drop in Global Oil Prices Isn’t Reaching You

Record production in the US, weakened demand from the Euro zone and emerging economies like China and Brazil, and Iran’s entry into the international market have effectively slashed the price of Indian crude oil from $106 per barrel in July 2014 to $26 in January 2016—a 75% drop over 15 months. So, why are you not seeing evidence of this price cut at your local petrol and diesel station? The answer: As global crude prices reach at 11-year low, the Centre and state government steadily increase excise duties and value-added tax, shoring up their revenues and keeping fuel prices high for retail consumers.…

Why India Has World’s Most Stillborn Babies

Why India Has World’s Most Stillborn Babies

Shanta recounted how her baby was born dead. When she felt labour pains, she travelled by autorickshaw 20 km to the nearest district hospital at Hunsur, where they told her the baby had died in her womb, two days ago. Such deaths are common in Nagapura. Their dead-at-birth babies are part of the 592,000 stillborns in India, the largest of any country in 2015.…

The Air We #Breathe

Fouled By Trash Fire, Mumbai Air Still 95% Better Than Delhi

Fouled By Trash Fire, Mumbai Air Still 95% Better Than Delhi

Large enough to be seen from space, the fire from a burning garbage dump on Mumbai’s eastern edge shut schools, but the city’s air-pollution levels were almost twice as good–relatively speaking– as Delhi’s, according to data from IndiaSpend’s #Breathe air-quality sensors.…

How To Pinpoint Delhi’s Air-pollution Sources

How To Pinpoint Delhi’s Air-pollution Sources

Data obtained from the CPCB website for the 11 monitors run by the CPCB and DPCC show that PM2.5 was being recorded only 29% of the time at these sites last winter–the season associated with the most severe levels of particulate pollution. Coverage since March 2015 has increased to 46%, but these gaps in the data make it difficult to reliably characterise the actual air quality situation in the city.…

To Cut Delhi’s Air Pollution, Pinpoint The Source

To Cut Delhi’s Air Pollution, Pinpoint The Source

This winter, Delhi’s government and the judiciary have implemented several policies aimed at cutting Delhi’s air pollution. Over the years, multiple attempts to find out where the pollution comes from–-called source apportionment studies–have yielded contradictory results. Without a better knowledge of the portion contributed by different sources, any policy response, no matter how bold, will be a little like a blind attempt to pin the tail on the donkey.…

15 Days After Odd-Even, Delhi’s PM 2.5 Levels Rise 15%

15 Days After Odd-Even, Delhi’s PM 2.5 Levels Rise 15%

Air-pollution levels in Delhi rose 15% during the 15-day period (January 1 to 15, 2016) of the state government’s odd-even measure over the previous 15 days (December 17 to 31, 2015), according to an analysis of PM (particulate matter) 2.5 data, generated by IndiaSpend’s #Breathe air-quality monitoring devices.…

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Prime Time: India's Grand Challenges

70% Of Urban India’s Sewage Is Untreated

70% Of Urban India’s Sewage Is Untreated

There are four years left for the government target of ensuring all Indians use toilets, but in urban India alone, no more than 30% of sewage generated by 377 million people in urban India flows through treatment plants.…

Malnutrition Reducing But Undernourished Population High

Malnutrition Reducing But Undernourished Population High

Between 2006 and 2014 in India, stunting rates for children under five declined from 48% to 39%, there was a 35% reduction in the number of underweight children, but India is still home to more 40 million stunted children and 17 million wasted children under 5 years of age.…

Chubby, Affluent: India’s New Face of Malnutrition

Chubby, Affluent: India’s New Face of Malnutrition

Broadening girths are expanding India’s battle against malnutrition, a new Indian study has revealed, setting off a host of so-called lifestyle ailments. This is happening as India fights a losing battle with the bulge, hosting as it does the third-most number of obese people in the world, 61 million and growing.…

In 5 Years, Threat Of Drug-Resistant Superbugs Doubles

In 5 Years, Threat Of Drug-Resistant Superbugs Doubles

A 72-year-old woman in Bengaluru consulted a hospital physician about a severe skin infection and fever. She had previously consulted a couple of general practitioners, who prescribed a course of penicillin for three days and fluoroquinolones—both antibiotics—for two days.…

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