Fewer Children Out Of School, But Basic Skills Stay Out Of Reach: New Study

Mumbai: No more than 2.8% of children are out of school in India, the first time the figure has fallen below 3%, bringing the total school enrollment to a record 97.2%, according to the Annual Status ...

988 Mn Indians Do Not Have Life Insurance. Those Who Do, Are Insured For 7.8% Of What’s Needed To Cover Financial Shock

Chennai: At least 988 million Indians--more than the population of Europe and 75% of all Indians--are not covered by any form of life insurance, and an Indian is assured of only 8% of what may be requ...

Vast Income Inequalities Within Castes: Study. Top 10% Among Forward Castes Own 60% Wealth

Bengaluru: Although India’s upper caste households earned nearly 47% more than the national average annual household income, the top 10% within these castes owned 60% of the wealth within the group ...

‘One Of Every Four Households Told Us They’d Heard Of Threats To Withhold Government Benefits’ If They Didn’t Build Toilets

A group of villagers in central Bihar’s Begusarai district, including an elderly man, are seen holding their ears and doing sit-ups surrounded by policemen and government staff in this video posted ...

Government Cuts Funding To National Crèche Scheme, Crippling Lifeline for Poor Working Mothers

Mumbai: Aarti’s employers are busy, “important-looking” people who often work from home in their smart Colaba apartment, near South Mumbai’s art galleries. They like things to be quiet and wou...

Fighting Drug-Resistant TB: What India Can Learn From South Africa’s Successes

Johannesburg, Cape Town, Khayelitsha (South Africa): In July 2017, 40-year-old Noludwe Mabandlela, a single mother of two, collapsed at home. This ended up saving her life. The ambulance that responde...

Vaishali Shah, Struck By Drug-Resistant TB, Petitioned The PM’s Office For A Drug That Saved Her. Others Died Waiting For It

Mumbai, New Delhi: Wearing a face mask and weighing just 32 kg, 39-year-old Vaishali Shah appeared more a lanky teenager than an adult when IndiaSpend met her in October 2018, at her one-bedroom apart...

Why Rural Women Are Falling Out Of India’s Workforce At Faster Rates Than Urban Women

Mumbai: The number of women working in rural India is declining at a greater pace than that among women in the urban workforce, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of government data. Sustained h...

After 4 Years Of Swachh Bharat, Open Defecation Down 26 Percentage Points, But Toilet Use Does Not Match Construction Spree

New Delhi: More Indians living in villages owned a latrine in 2018 than four years ago, yet 44% of them still defecate in the open, according to a survey covering Rajasthan, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and ...

Sanitation Does Not End With Flushing A Toilet. A Tamil Nadu Town Shows How To Complete The Sanitation Cycle

Chennai: Karunguzhi in Kanchipuram district in north Tamil Nadu is one of 7,000 small towns in India where houses are not connected to an underground sewage network, and are entirely dependent on what...