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Deposits In Jan Dhan Accounts Up 118% Over 21 Months

Deposits In Jan Dhan Accounts Up 118% Over 21 Months

The average deposit per account under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY)—a financial inclusion programme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in August 2014– increased 118% from Rs 795 in September 2014 to Rs 1,735 in May 2016, according to IndiaSpend analysis of government data.…

US Power: California Has 3% Of India’s Population, 125% Of Its GDP

US Power: California Has 3% Of India’s Population, 125% Of Its GDP

India’s economy–ranked eighth in 2015 with a GDP of $2 trillion–is projected to climb past Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan and become the world’s third-largest in 2030 with a GDP of $7.3 trillion.…

Govt Building Homes That Poor Do Not Want

Govt Building Homes That Poor Do Not Want

Over 10 years, the central government spent Rs 21,482 crore building houses for the urban poor but 23% of them are vacant, according to government data. Houses for the poor often lack water and electricity and are far from their places of work, the government has admitted.…

Extra Kilos Among Rural Poor Weighing India Down

Extra Kilos Among Rural Poor Weighing India Down

Obesity and overweight recorded an 8.6-fold increase in India’s rural areas over 14 years, compared to a 1.7-fold increase in urban areas over 20 years.…

Making Sense of Breaking News

Americans 12 Times More Likely To Be Killed By Guns Than Indians

Americans 12 Times More Likely To Be Killed By Guns Than Indians

The US experienced its worst-ever mass shooting at a gay night club in Orlando, Florida, leading to 49 deaths, renewing a debate on easy gun ownership in the USA. India has a firearm homicide rate of 0.3 (per 100,000 population) against the US' 3.4.…

Modi Visits 38 Nations In 2 Years, Manmohan Visited 23

Modi Visits 38 Nations In 2 Years, Manmohan Visited 23

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited 38 countries (visiting some countries more than once) making 19 international trips till June 8, 2016, traveling abroad for 97 of 743 days since he assumed office on May 26, 2014.…

Alcohol Kills An Indian Every 96 Minutes

Alcohol Kills An Indian Every 96 Minutes

The per capita consumption of alcohol in India increased 38%, from 1.6 lt in 2003-05 to 2.2 lt in 2010-12, according to a WHO report, which also revealed that more than 11% of Indians were binge drinkers, against the global average of 16%.…

83% Of Puducherry MLAs Are Crorepatis

83% Of Puducherry MLAs Are Crorepatis

As many as 428 (53%) newly elected legislators in five states (Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal) are crorepatis, according to data analysed by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a New Delhi-based think tank, which analysed the affidavits of 812 members of legislative assembly (MLA).…

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Prime Time: India's Grand Challenges

6 Indicators of India’s Looming Demographic Disaster

6 Indicators of India’s Looming Demographic Disaster

India will need to generate 280 million jobs between now and 2050, the year when the working-age population (15 to 64) will peak, according to a new report, amid indicators that the country's demographic dividend could be at the cusp of disaster. With fears that India is experiencing jobless growth and skepticism abounding that the country may not be able to cash in on its "demographic bonus", the world's largest working-age population—869 million by 2020—because of limited progress on health, education and job skills, we identified six warning signs.…

How To Get India’s Women Working? First, Let Them Out Of The House

How To Get India’s Women Working? First, Let Them Out Of The House

India boasts superior rates of women serving in political office compared to other emerging economies: the nation just swore in its 16th female Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti. Yet it lags well behind its competitors in its rate of women’s labour force participation. There is surprisingly little data to answer why. But one reason stands out: women can’t get to work.…

Groundwater Levels Plunge, Contamination Rises, Crisis Grows

Groundwater Levels Plunge, Contamination Rises, Crisis Grows

In a country where 74% of farmland is not irrigated and water shortages are growing, India is on course to become “water scarce” within nine years, with depleting groundwater adding to an ongoing farm crisis.…

Ignited Hopes, No Jobs. Why Jats, Others Revolt

Ignited Hopes, No Jobs. Why Jats, Others Revolt

Traditional landowners, the Jats are a powerful Hindu caste now demanding classification as a “backward” caste, so that government jobs can be reserved for them. However, an IndiaSpend analysis of employment data and evaluation of aspirations of young Jats revealed that the protests are manifestations of India’s slow, inadequate job-creation and a failing education system creating thousands of “unemployable” graduates.…

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