‘State Has To Take Responsibility For Elder Care’

  There are more than 100 million people over the age of 60 years as per the 2011 Census. Almost 60% people are economically dependent, and nearly 50% people above 60 years are subject to physical and verbal abuse in their homes. Ashwani Kumar, 64, former member of Parliament and former law minister, explained to … Continued

‘You Can Deal With Mumbai Floods By Planning Or Shrug Your Shoulders And Say, Mumbai’s Spirit’

  Hurricane Irma has just devastated many nations. Closer home, nearly 17 million people in Bihar alone have been affected by floods. Storms and hurricanes will get bigger and occur more often, due to a rise in ocean temperatures. Sea levels are rising, and wildfires are growing. Bouts of heavy rain, as India has just … Continued ...

India Will Exceed Its Renewable Energy Targets: Climate-Change Expert

  On August 29, 2017, Mumbai was lashed by the highest rainfall it has recorded in a 12-hour period since 2005. The 2017 storm killed at least 20 people and crippled rail and air transport in India’s financial capital. Flooding also killed more than 1,200 people and affected the lives of 40 million across India, … Continued ...

“The Presence Of A Toilet Alone Does Not Guarantee It Will Be Used”

  Only a third of households surveyed by non-profit WaterAid India in 2016 across nine states and 34 districts had access to toilets, and 64% had at least a family member defecating in the open.   “The presence of a toilet alone does not guarantee use; programmes must identify and address the underlying drivers to … Continued ...

‘Gender Discrimination A Key Underlying Cause Of Malnutrition In India’

  The condition of girls and women-–their nutrition, health and social status–is one of the indirect cause of under-nutrition in India, said Purnima Menon, 46, a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a think tank.   Various forms of malnutrition contribute to almost 45% deaths of Indian children under five, … Continued

We Handled Dera Case Better Than Haryana Because We Were Prepared: CM Amarinder Singh

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh   The most recent test for Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, 75, was the violence threatened by disciples of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, after the self-styled godman was convicted for rape on August 28, 2017.   But Singh’s Congress government–one of five surviving in India–kept a grip on things, even … Continued

'A Uniform Civil Code Can Only Come Through Consultation'

Muslim women celebrate the Supreme Court’s verdict against instant talaq, in Lucknow on August 22, 2017. In a manner, 31 years after former Congress minister and Muslim-law reformer Arif Mohammed Khan first sought equal rights for Muslim women, the Supreme Court has endorsed his views.   Arif Mohammed Khan, 66, has consistently championed equal rights … Continued

As India Warms, Farm-Suicide ‘Epidemic’ Will Worsen: US Scientist Advises ‘Urgent’ Action

  Every one-degree-celsius rise in temperature beyond 20°C (degrees Celsius) during the growing season on India’s farms causes 67 suicides, with 59,300 suicides since 1980 attributable to climate change, according to a new study by Tamma Carleton, a doctoral student in agricultural and resource economics at the University of California-Berkeley, USA.   Crop losses and … Continued

Vaccination Failures, ‘Mediocre’ BRD Hospital, Claim Lives Of Eastern UP’s Children

Children admitted at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. Patients of Japanese encephalitis, the viral brain infection that killed many of over 70 children in BRD Medical College hospital, cannot survive longer than 15 to 20 minutes without oxygen. A leading Indian virologist tells us what’s going wrong in eastern … Continued

‘Casteism Will Not Allow Swacch Bharat Abhiyan To Succeed’

American scholars Dean Spears and Diane Coffey, co-founders of the Research Institute for Compassionate Economics   Why are children in India shorter than children from other countries even those poorer than India? It was the urge to solve some of India’s development puzzles like this one that drew American scholars Dean Spears and Diane Coffey … Continued