14 Died In 19 Stampedes Every Month Since 2001

On October 15, 2016, a stampede during a religious procession in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, left 25 people dead. Between 2001 and 2014, there were 3,126 incidents of stampede at mass gatherings, which resulted in the deaths of 2,421 people.   On average, 14 persons died in about 19 stampedes every month since the turn of … Continued

Robert Vadra Can (Still) Skip Airport Security

  Robert Vadra, son in law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, continues to be officially exempt from security checks at airports, according to a right-to-information (RTI) response received from the government by data journalism site factly.in.   This contradicts reports in September that Vadra’s name has been removed from what is called the “no-frisk list”. … Continued

644 Or 1,227? Home Ministry’s Internal Data Dispute

  India experienced 644 communal riots in 2014, according to data released by the home ministry. But if you believe data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)–a home ministry subsidiary–there were 1,227 riots that year.   The data discrepancy, reported by Factly.in, a data-journalism portal, is important because as an intolerance debate roils … Continued

NOTA Exceeds Margin Of Victory In 21 Bihar Constituencies

  In October 2013, the Election Commission of India–under orders from the Supreme Court–introduced the option to voters to vote for none of the candidates, by selecting the ‘None of the Above’ (NOTA) option. Though the subsequent state elections and the General Election in 2014 had this option, the recent Bihar elections was the first election … Continued

President Mukherjee Rejects 92% Of Mercy Petitions

Source: Factly.in   The rejection of Yakub Memon’s mercy plea by President Pranab Mukherjee has once again brought the issue of mercy petitions to the limelight. While some presidents were kinder, others were not, according to Factly.in, a data-journalism portal.   However, there is no consistency in the decisions taken by different presidents, While Pratibha … Continued

80% Assurances Made To Parliament Pending

  It’s not just promises made to citizens, the Centre has failed to implement assurances made to the Parliament as well, according to data compiled by Factly.in, a data-journalism portal.   More than 80% of the assurances made during the 16th (and current) Lok Sabha are pending, while this number stands at 30% for the 15th Lok Sabha, … Continued