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India Still Has 269 Million Poor, Bihar Leads Race In Reducing Poverty

  Highlights  * Number of people below the poverty line in India has declined from 407.1 million in 2004-05 to 269.3 million in 2011-12 * Most of the reduction was…

India’s Borrowings Are Rising & From Tougher Lenders

India’s borrowings from the global markets are increasing and the ratio of the country’s foreign exchange reserves to total foreign currency debt is declining. Would that be cause for worry,…

How Gujaratis Love Gujarat (And Other Migration Stories)

India has always witnessed a fair amount of internal migration. Over the years, the patterns have become fairly predictable, mostly rural to urban areas and from poorer, more populous states…

Punjab Tops In Rural Healthcare Access, Gujarat Lags

Highlights  * Gujarat has among the lowest doctor density ratio (1.5) in rural areas as against the national average of 2.4 doctors * India’s public health system has a shortfall…

India’s Biggest Bribe Takers; Police, Registry & Permits

  Highlights * Almost 71% people surveyed by Transparency International feels corruption has increased in India *68% people think anti-corruption policies are ineffective *54% Indians said they have paid a…

Will India’s Uneducated Youth Be A Demographic Problem?

  Highlights *Literacy rates among the youth in India are 69% and 86% for females and males, respectively * Only 29% of young women and 38% of young men have…

Rich-Poor Gap Widens In Urban & Rural India

  Highlights * The median monthly per capita expenditure (MPCE) increased 33% in rural areas and 34% in urban areas between 2009-10 and 2011-12. * While rural households are spending…