If National Streetlight Plan Works, India Will Save Rs 5,000 Cr Every Year

People walk through a road illuminated by street lights in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. The government’s Street Lighting National Programme aims to replace 35 million conventional street lights with LED bulbs to save 9,000 million units annually.   The government is planning to replace almost 6% of conventional street lights nationwide by installing two million power-saving … Continued

Over 3 Years, 31% Increase In Arrests of Repeat Offenders

Police officials present before press three accused arrested in connection with the theft of idols from a Jain temple, in Gurgaon, Haryana, on January 19, 2016. As many as 69,427 more repeat offenders were arrested in 2015 than in 2012, among more than 3.6 million arrested under the Indian Penal Code, an increase of 11% … Continued

84% Rise In Foreigners Entering Illegally Or Overstaying

Foreign tourists take pictures outside the historic Red Fort in the old quarters of Delhi. As many as 1,367 foreigners were arrested in 2015 under the Foreigners Act, 1946, which is meant to prevent illegal entry and stay in India.   The number of foreigners overstaying or illegally entering India rose 84% in 2015 over … Continued

17,000 Women In Prisons In 2014; 9% With Their Children

Women inmates watch visitors from their cell in a prison in Kolkata. The percentage of female inmates in Indian prisons has remained steady over a 30-year timeframe: 4% of total inmates, the same as in 1985.   As many as 17,681 women were in prisons at the end of 2014, according to data from the … Continued

Bengaluru Wastes Nearly 50% Water Supply From Cauvery

A view of the Krishna Raja Sagara Dam built on the Cauvery. Bengaluru consumes 50% of Cauvery water reserved for domestic use in Karnataka. As much as 49% of this water supplied is what is called “non-revenue water” or “unaccounted for water”, i.e. water lost in distribution.   As Karnataka continues its legal battle over … Continued

1,700 Died In Overcrowded Prisons In 2014; 89% Of Natural Causes

  As many as 1,702 prisoners died in jails nationwide in 2014, according to this reply by the ministry of home affairs to the Lok Sabha (Parliament’s lower house) in August 2016.   While 1,507 (89%) died of natural causes, 195 (11%) died of unnatural causes, such as “suicide, execution, murder by inmates, deaths due … Continued ...

Why There Is No Option To Sharing Cauvery Water

Police baton-charge farmers protesting the release of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu as they try to enter Krishnarajasagara dam in Mandya on September 9, 2016. Both states are short of water–with a “normal” monsoon masking local rainfall deficits–and the data indicate there is no option but to share the Cauvery’s water.   Tamil Nadu … Continued

India Will Miss Universal Upper Secondary Education Target by 50 Years

  India will not have universal upper secondary education (covering the age group 14-17 years and 9th to 12th standard) till 2085, over half a century late, according to the Global Education Monitoring Report 2016 by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).   This has to be viewed against the recent improvements in … Continued