Rooftop Installations, Best Way Of Tapping Sun, Only 10-12% Of Current Capacity In India

Rooftop solar installations–which are decentralised, require no land acquisition, engage consumers and provide more employment opportunities compared to utility scale projects–have maintained a 10-12% share of overall solar capacity in India, much lower than other key markets like the US, Germany, China, Spain and Australia, according to an analysis by Bridge to India,  a consultancy … Continued

52% Increase In Stalking Cases Over 3 Years, Maharashtra Reports Most Cases

As many as 7,132 stalking cases against women were reported in 2016, an increase of 52% over 2014, according to this reply by Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, minister of state in the ministry of home affairs to the Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) on August 8, 2017.   Varnika Kundu, a 29-year-old woman, daughter of … Continued

In 10 Years To 2011, 28% Increase In Dilapidated Houses

There has been a 28% increase in dilapidated housing from 10.3 million in 2001 to 13.2 million in 2011, according to Census 2011 data.   A house is classified dilapidated if wall materials are of grass, thatch, bamboo, plastic or polythene, according to a census classification.   Serviceable houses (made from metal, asbestos sheets, burnt … Continued

Open Defecation: India Worst In 8 South Asian Nations in 2015

With 40% Indians defecating in the open in 2015, India was ranked 210 among the 232 countries/regions, according to the 2017 report of the joint monitoring programme for water supply, sanitation and hygiene produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  The global average was 12%.   In S Asia … Continued

Over 3 Years, 120 Bomb Hoax Calls Across 20 Airports

As many as 120 bomb hoax call alerts were made across 20 airports in India over the last three years, according to this reply by Jayant Sinha, minister of state in the ministry of civil aviation, to the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) on July 27, 2017.   In terms of security, as many … Continued

Only 52% Open-Defecation Free Villages Are Verified

Out of 204,245 villages that self-declared to be open-defecation free (ODF), only 105,456 villages or 51.6% have been verified by state governments, according to this reply to the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) by Narendra Singh Tomar, minister for drinking water and sanitation, on August 3, 2017 .   An independent verification agency has … Continued

In 5 Years To 2015, 44% Rise In Crimes Against Women

In the five years upto 2015, crimes against women recorded by the National Crime Records Bureau, a division of the home ministry, went up by 43.5%, which could be because of an increase in crimes or because women were more confident about reporting crimes against them.   In 2011, 219,142 crimes were reported against women, … Continued

As Early Breastfeeding Increases, Infant Mortality Declines Over 23 Years

There has been a decline in infant mortality rate (IMR, deaths per 1,000 live births of children under one year of age) from 78.5 in 1992-93 to 57 in 2005-06 and 41 in 2015-16 while there has been 32.1 percentage point increase in early breastfeeding, according to National Family Health Survey-4 (NFHS-4) data. data.   … Continued

India’s Per Capita Water Availability Fell 15% Between 2001-2011

Per capita water availability in India dropped almost 15% over a decade to 2011, from 1,816 cubic meter (cu.m) to 1,545 cu.m in 2011.   It is projected to have dropped a further 4.6% to 1,474 cu.m between 2011-15.   A country is categorised as ‘water stressed’ when water availability is less than 1,700 cu.m … Continued

In Two Years, Crimes Against Women Passengers On Indian Trains Up 35%

Between 2014 and 2016, there was a 35% rise in crimes against women passengers reported on Indian trains, according to data submitted by the railway ministry to the Rajya Sabha (upper house of Parliament). As many as 606 cases were reported in 2016, up from 448 in 2014.   The number of persons arrested in … Continued