For Delhi Voters Who Struggled To Breathe Two Months Ago, Air Pollution Is No Longer An issue

New Delhi/Bengaluru: Ashok Chauhan, 60, runs a jewellery showroom in Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar and repr...

Delhi Climbs The Social Indicator Index But Struggles With Crime

  Highlights* Delhi’s gross state domestic product (GSDP@ current prices) grew year on year at a mean average of 16% (using arithmetic mean method) since 1998.   *The average growth rate of 10.3% at (constant prices 2004-05) between 2005-06 to 2012-13 and average growth rate of 5.4% at (constant prices 1999-2000 prices) from 1999-2000 to 2003-04.   … Continued

UP, Delhi & Rajasthan; Most Unsafe States For Indian Women

  Highlights * UP, Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh account for 84% of total complaints with National Commission For Women. * Gujarat had 0.7% of total complaints registered with NCW. * Complaints against police apathy/harassment increasing over the years.   The recent gang rape case in Delhi has once again highlighted the issue of … Continued

Delhi Beats The Heat & How

Which states will perform best on social and physical infrastructure indicators in coming years? The reason we pose this question: states which look like goners (Orissa, Bihar) are actually not, at least fiscally speaking. While some that appear to be in good shape today are perhaps headed for trouble; Punjab and Kerala.   IndiaSpend’s Dhritiman … Continued

J&K, Maharashtra, Project Delay Culprits; Delhi, Goa Score

Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra lead the list of states where some 190 out of 555 Central projects with investment outlays of over Rs 150 crore have reported cost overruns of Rs 1,30,089 crore or 60.3%   The sectors which are the main culprits for these overruns are Railways, Power, Petroleum and Roads Transport and Highways. … Continued

Kerala, Delhi: India’s New BRICS Nation-States

What ifIndiawere to opt out of the famous BRIC composite? And instead, a few states were to stand-in for the country? Not that there is a choice but how would things look then, particularly on parameters like the critical United Nations’ Human Development Index (HDI)? Or other indicators?   IndiaSpend’s Dhritiman Gupta surveys a host ofIndia indicators … Continued

Delhi’s Amazing Story Of A Hospital That Isn’t

Healthcare spending in India is abysmally low. But that’s not the only problem. IndiaSpend recently reported on the status of an ambitious project to replicate the Delhi-headquartered All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in 8 centres across the country.  That project was launched in 2004 at a cost of Rs 2,600 crore ($577 m) … Continued

Jamming At Tihar

We have a possibly morbid but continuing interest in the affairs of Delhi’s Tihar Jail, now home to many of India’s rich and famous. In an earlier newsletter, we showed how the prison’s woman population (547) was substantial enough to put a question mark on DMK leader’s Kanimozhi’s bail application on the grounds that she … Continued

Women In Tihar

Jailed DMK leader Kanimozhi (in the 2G telecom spectrum scam case) made a plea to the Supreme Court in June that she be granted bail because she has a 10-year-old child to look after. Touching indeed. IndiaSpend decided to look at whether Kanimozhi is the lone woman (or man) in such a predicament. Well, depends. … Continued