11% Decline In Dowry Death Cases & 6% Fewer Murder Cases In 5 Years To 2015

In five years to 2015, there was a 11% decline in cases of dowry deaths and 6% decline in murder cases despite a 31% increase in violent crimes in India, according to data from the National Crime Records Bureau.   The 335,901 violent crimes recorded include murder, robbery, rape, kidnapping, dacoity, dowry deaths, arson, riots … Continued

In 2014, India Better Only Than Bangladesh Among Neighbouring Nations In Electricity Access

India provided electricity access to less than 80% of its population in 2014, according to data from the World Bank.   Only Bangladesh’s population, among India’s neighbours, had lower electricity access at 62.4%.   Countries like Bhutan, China and Maldives have provided 100% population with access to electricity while Pakistan has provided electricity access to … Continued ...

20,000+ Agitations In Tamil Nadu In 2015, No Police Casualties

Tamil Nadu recorded the highest number of agitations in 2015 (20,450) but reported no police casualties while West Bengal reported three police deaths and 641 injured in 3,089 recorded agitations, according to this 2016 report by the Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPRD), a division of the home ministry.     Source: Bureau Of … Continued

In 5 Years To 2015-16, Real Farm Income/Cultivator Up 0.44% Annually

In five years to 2015-16, inflation-adjusted farm income per cultivator grew at only 0.44% a year, according to this March 2017 policy paper by National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog. Since 1993-94, it has risen 108.5% to Rs 44,027 in 2015-16 in real terms, the paper reveals.   Data for the number of cultivators … Continued

India’s Demographic Dividend: 64.4% Youth, 27.3% Children In 2015

India has a big youth population with about 64.4% of its total population between the ages of 15 and 59 years in 2015, according to data from the sample registration survey of India (SRS) statistical report.   Children between the ages of 0 and 14 years made up 27.3% of the population–the future demographic dividend … Continued

India Eliminated Leprosy 12 Years Ago, 79,000 New Cases In 6 Months Of 2016

Leprosy may have left the public discourse but it is still prevalent in India: in six months from April to September 2016, 79,000 leprosy cases were detected, according to National Health Profile, 2017.   Leprosy is a slow progressive disease that damages the skin and the nervous system. Caused due to infection by Mycobacterium leprae, … Continued

73% Indians Trust Government Compared To 30% Americans

About 73% Indians have shown confidence in their government in 2016 as against 30% Americans, according to the Government At A Glance 2017 report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD, a forum to help governments foster prosperity and fight poverty through economic growth and financial stability.)   For India, the confidence level … Continued ...

Education Gender Gap Increases With Level of Education

In 2014, a greater proportion of women in India were illiterate as compared to men, and a lower proportion of women were educated at every level than men, with the gender gap greatest in secondary school, according to data from the National Sample Survey Organisation.   About 13% of men had completed primary education, 16.3% … Continued

Coal’s Share in India’s Commercial Energy Production To Be Over 66% In 2022

Prospects for coal-generated electricity are receding globally, yet India remains one of the last countries to use the oldest and dirtiest energy source, although construction of new coal-fired power plants is faltering.   Coal is the mainstay of India’s energy production with 75% electricity produced from coal in 2014. Despite India’s commitments to limit emissions … Continued

2,736 Stone-Pelting Incidents in J&K Over Year To March 2017

As many as 2,736 stone-pelting incidents were reported over a year ending March 2017, according to this reply to the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) on April 11, 2017, the latest data available.   The killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016, sparked clashes and mass unrest in Kashmir valley. … Continued ...