In 9 Months To Dec 2015, More Than Half Unemployed Couldn’t Find Jobs Fit For Their Skills

In April-December 2015, 58.3% unemployed graduates and 62.4% unemployed post-graduates said they couldn’t find a job because the offers they got didn’t match with their education/skill and experience, according to the labour and employment ministry’s Report on Fifth Annual Employment-Unemployment Survey (2015-16).   Inadequate pay was cited by 22.8% of graduates and 21.5% of post-graduates … Continued

Centre Yet To Release 46% Of Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) Funds For Constructing Toilets

The central government has still to release 46% of funds provisioned for constructing toilets under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), according to this reply to the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) by the ministry of housing and urban affairs on July 26, 2017.   The centre has allocated Rs 4,819 crore from October 2, … Continued

7,448 Indians Imprisoned In 81 Countries

As many as 7,448 Indians are in prisons across 81 countries, according to this reply to the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) by minister of state for external affairs M J Akbar on July 19, 2017.   Saudi Arabia tops the list with 2,046 Indians jailed, followed by United Arab Emirates (1,376), Nepal (852), … Continued

258 Of 336 Posts For Professors At AIIMS Vacant

76% posts for professors at six All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) institutions are vacant, health minister J P Nadda informed the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) on July 21, 2017.   The six AIIMS at Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur and Rishikesh were established under the first phase of the Pradhan Mantri … Continued

Forest Cover In India Increased By 3,700 Sq Km In 2015

In 2015, forest cover all over India increased by 3,775 sq km–six times the size of Mumbai–as compared to 2013, according to the State of Forests Report.   The highest increase was in Tamil Nadu (2,501 sq. km) followed by Kerala (1317 sq. km), Jammu and Kashmir (450 sq. km) and Karnataka (289 sq. km). … Continued

In 2016, India Had 4th Largest Number Of Threatened Mammal Species In The World

India, with 92 threatened mammal species, was fourth in a list of 218 regions across the world, according to data from the World Bank.   In 2016, six of 10 regions with the most threatened mammal species in the world were in Asia, in particular Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.   Indonesia, with 188 … Continued

In 2015, India Better Only Than Afghanistan In South Asia In Providing Access To Basic Drinking Water Services

With 88% of its population able to access “basic drinking water services” in 2015, India ranked 165 among 233 countries/regions globally, according to the 2017 report of the Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene produced by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. The global average was 89%.   Among its South Asian … Continued

Acid Attacks Nationwide Up 9%, Stalking 33% In 2015

Acid attacks increased 9% to 222 in 2015 from 203 in 2014, according to data from the National Crime Records Bureau, a division of the home ministry. ‘Attempts to acid attack’ declined 11% (from 52 to 46 ), data show.   NCRB started classifying acid attacks as a separate crime only in 2014.     … Continued ...

Southern, Western States Hit By H1N1 Virus

As many as 13,188 cases of Influenza A (H1N1) and 632 deaths due to the virus have been reported across the country this year till July 2017 compared to 1,786 cases and 265 deaths in 2016, according to this reply by union health minister J P Nadda to the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) … Continued

Killer Potholes: 29 Accidents Reported Every Day Over 3 Years

Even as radio jockey Malishka and radio channel Red FM 93.5 are embroiled in a controversy with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) over a satirical video about the bad condition of the city roads, almost 29 accidents per day, or one accident every 50 minutes, were reported due to potholes across the country … Continued