Gender-Focussed Budgets Can Reduce Spousal Violence, Improve Women’s Well-Being

New Delhi: States with gender budgeting showed significantly greater reduction in spousal violence between 2005-06 and 2015-16 than those without it, according to a recent study using data from Nation...

Clean Air Could Increase Life Expectancy of Indians By 1.7 Years

New Delhi: If Indians had cleaner air to breathe, their average life expectancy would increase by 1.7 years, from the current 69 years to 70.7, a new study has said. Air pollution caused one in eve...

Smartphones For Women In Rural Chhattisgarh Could Transform Lives–If Men Do Not Interfere

Ringni village, Durg district (Chhattisgarh): In a remote village in Chhattisgarh, over 200 women lined up outside a government office, each holding a small, orange ticket. One by one, they shuffled i...

India’s Villages Don’t Have Enough Health Workers. But Here Is How Modicare’s Wellness Drive Can Still Succeed

Mumbai: The acute shortage of qualified medical professionals in rural India may impact the relaunch of 150,000 health sub-centres and primary health centres (PHCs) as “health and wellness centres...

Printing Paper On Both Sides In SC Cases = Saving 2,000 Trees, 24,000 Tankers Of Water: Study

Mumbai: As many as 61,520 cases were filed in the Supreme Court (SC) between October 2016 and September 2017, and using paper printed on both sides in filings would have saved nearly 2,953 trees and 2...

India’s Rural Have-Nots: Unconnected, Without Drinking Water, Low Reading Ability

Mumbai: Up to 23 million households (in over 292,000 villages) without electricity; 7% (43,000) villages without mobile services; 17% rural habitations without clean drinking water; 25% of 14- to 18-y...

India Can Double Its Per Capita GDP In 30 Years By Turning More Secular: Study

If India discards religious beliefs that perpetuate caste and gender inequalities, it could more than double its per capita gross domestic product (GDP) growth of the last 60 years in half the time, a...

Govt Ad Spend Could Feed 46 Million Children Mid-Day Meals For A Year

Mumbai: Midday meals for 45.7 million children for a year. One day’s wages for 200 million workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS). About 6 million new l...

Centre On Course To Meet 2025 Goal Of Spending 2.5% Of GDP On Public Health

New Delhi: The Centre is on course to meet the 2025 target of spending 2.5% of India’s gross domestic product (GDP) on public health, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of national data. Consi...

India’s Transition To Green Economy Could Create 3 Million New Jobs

New Delhi: If 40% of India’s electricity comes from renewables by 2030 (from 7.5% in February 2018), the country could add about 3 million new jobs, according to a report by the International Labour...