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Majority Of Indians Prefer Leaders From Own Caste, Religion, Tribe

Majority Of Indians Prefer Leaders From Own Caste, Religion, Tribe

Mumbai: A majority of Indians prefer political leaders from their own caste, tribe or religion, according to a 2018 study, indicating how identity politics plays a significant role in state and general elections. This was especially so among non-literates across caste and religious groups.…

India Accounts For 1/5th Of Global Deaths From Floods, As Climate Change Warning Is Sounded

India Accounts For 1/5th Of Global Deaths From Floods, As Climate Change Warning Is Sounded

Mumbai: India accounts for one-fifth of global deaths due to floods, according to government data that lend perspective to a new World Bank study that says climate change will lower the standards of living of nearly half of India’s population by 2050. As many as 107,487 people died due to heavy rains and floods across India over 64 years between 1953 and 2017,…

Climate Change Crisis: Why Fatuhi Khera In Punjab Changed From Cotton To Rice

Climate Change Crisis: Why Fatuhi Khera In Punjab Changed From Cotton To Rice

Mount Abu: Harsimranjit Brar, 26, has an unforgettable childhood memory of his family’s fields in Fatuhi Khera, a village in Punjab’s Sri Muktsar Sahib district. Just before harvest, it would be a sea of white fluff. Brar’s father, a seasoned farmer, used to cultivate cotton on a 40-acre plot every kharif (monsoon) season. All that changed after a deluge in 2009 submerged their land under 4-5 ft…

Indians Trust The Military The Most, Govt. Officials, Political Parties The Least

Indians Trust The Military The Most, Govt. Officials, Political Parties The Least

Mumbai: In India, the army enjoys the highest level of “effective trust”, followed by the supreme court (SC) and the high courts (HC), according to a 2018 study. Political parties were at the bottom in a list of 16 elected and non-elected institutions and offices. The study was conducted in 22 assembly constituencies with 16,680 respondents.…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

Health Expenses Pushed 55 Million Indians Into Poverty In 2011-12

Health Expenses Pushed 55 Million Indians Into Poverty In 2011-12

Mumbai: Out-of-pocket (OOP) health expenses drove 55 million Indians--more than the population of South Korea, Spain or Kenya--into poverty in 2011-12, and of these, 38 million (69%) were impoverished by expenditure on medicines alone, according to a new study.…

Fewest Mothers Die In States With Best ‘Health Performance’

Fewest Mothers Die In States With Best ‘Health Performance’

Mumbai: Fewer Indian mothers died in states that improved their overall “health performance”, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of the latest maternal mortality data. Seven of 10 Indian states with the lowest maternal mortality ratio (MMR) ranked highest in a 2015 health index produced by the government think tank NITI Aayog, our analysis showed.…

Improved, New Drug Offers Hope For Indian Mothers Dying In Childbirth

Improved, New Drug Offers Hope For Indian Mothers Dying In Childbirth

New Delhi: An improved version of the drug carbetocin could save Indian mothers who die due to postpartum haemorrhage--excessive bleeding during childbirth--according to a new study. Currently, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends oxytocin--a chemical cousin of carbetocin--to prevent excessive bleeding during childbirth,…

Shoddy Sanitary Napkins Impact Menstrual Hygiene Drive

Shoddy Sanitary Napkins Impact Menstrual Hygiene Drive

Mumbai: The use of sanitary napkins has increased from 50.7% to 54% between 2014 and 2015, driven by a government scheme to promote menstrual hygiene. But the scheme suffers from multiple problems--the quality and supply of sanitary napkins, lack of awareness and unsafe disposal techniques, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of government reports.…

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‘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.…

‘Small Hydropower Projects Turning Rivers Into Series Of Static Water Bodies’

‘Small Hydropower Projects Turning Rivers Into Series Of Static Water Bodies’

Mount Abu, Rajasthan: India is promoting small hydropower projects (SHPs)--defined as hydropower facilities of less than 25 megawatt (MW)--on the assumption that they are socially beneficial and more environment-friendly than larger ones. However, an assessment of the impact of two SHPs in the Western Ghats reveals the contrary, according to a scientific paper published in May 2018 in the Journal of Aquatic…

‘We Need To Remove The Stigma On Sanitation To Pull More Entrepreneurs In’

‘We Need To Remove The Stigma On Sanitation To Pull More Entrepreneurs In’

Mumbai: Tackling India’s water, sanitation and pollution challenges is not every banker’s idea of retirement. But for Naina Lal Kidwai, the former country head of HSBC India--and the first woman in the country’s history to lead a foreign bank--it was the next thing on her list. For the last ten years, Kidwai, 61, has been involved with projects related to environment and water issues and champions green finance initiatives…