India’s Sundarbans area features on the list of UNESCO’s 209 natural heritage sites of the world for supporting “an exceptional level of biodiversity in its terrestrial, marine and aquatic habitats.” In the last 40 years, the Sundarbans has lost 220 sq km of land area--nearly the size of Kolkata--to the sea. As the rising sea engulfs entire islands, residents are migrating en masse, in the absence of adaptation strategies and long-term planning by the government. Our ground report from the Sundarbans and the slums of Bengaluru, over 2,000 km away that some of these migrants now call home.
Source: Climate Action Tracker
C-Secs Have Doubled, Mostly In Urban Private Hospitals
Delhi and Mumbai are the two cities on which the World Bank bases its India findings for its ease of doing business rankings. A new study by the Centre for Civil Society has found that recent reforms by the Delhi government--part of the reforms that have helped move India up to the 77th position, from the 130th in 2016--have not been beneficial for small entrepreneurs. The reforms are “largely window-dressing”, a co-investigator of the study, Alston D’Souza, tells IndiaSpend in an interview.