In 5 Years To 2016, Improvement In India’s Data Capacity Lags Bangladesh’s In South Asia

Between 2012 and 2016, the improvement in India’s statistical capacity indicator–which measures a nation’s ability to collect, analyse and disseminate high-quality data about its population and economy–was second among eight nations in South Asia at 7.3% after Bangladesh (13.4%), according to World Bank data.   In 2016, India was ranked second with an indicator score … 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 ...

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

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

#StopMediaBans: A Joint Statement By News Organisations On The Govt’s Clampdown On Media

  As citizens of a free nation and as journalists, we are keenly aware that an independent media is among the pillars of a vibrant democracy. For India to progress, we must move forward in the direction of more democracy, not less. Bans on news organisations are a big, dangerous step backward. Attempts to muzzle … Continued

#StopMediaBans: A Joint Statement By News Organisations On The Govt's Clampdown On Media

  As citizens of a free nation and as journalists, we are keenly aware that an independent media is among the pillars of a vibrant democracy. For India to progress, we must move forward in the direction of more democracy, not less. Bans on news organisations are a big, dangerous step backward. Attempts to muzzle … Continued

Why 10 Million Indian Women Secretly Undergo Abortions Every Year

Arti Chauhan, 28, a resident of district Sirohi, southwest Rajasthan, has had two abortions–the first surgical, the second medical–to terminate unwanted pregnancies. She said the medical abortion was easy and much cheaper than the surgical abortion. Like her, across India, millions of women who conceive because they lack access to contraceptive devices to limit or … Continued

Indian Kitchens Demand Oil; Production Declines, Imports Soar

A man loads empty containers of edible oil onto a tricycle at a roadside in Kolkata. India’s edible oil imports more than doubled in the decade to 2015, according to ministry of consumer affairs data.   Pushed by the rising use of oil as a medium for cooking in rural areas and the falling production … Continued

Can the BJP buck the J&K trend?

  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the people of Jammu & Kashmir not to vote for a ‘tooti-phooti sarkaar‘ (broken government). He was referring to coalitions created after elections. Though the assembly’s term is not affected, coalitions often result in weak governments.   The last two assembly elections in Jammu & Kashmir have not … Continued

That Rs 500 Note In Your Wallet Could Be Fake

  (RBI highlights features to be watched for identifying counterfeit notes)   On 26th October, 2014, Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers seized counterfeit notes worth nearly Rs 15 lakh from a border outpost in West Bengal’s Malda district. Counterfeiting has emerged as a new challenge to the government, a form of economic terrorism, say experts. … Continued