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87% Of Indian Vehicle Owners Ready To Buy Electric Vehicles If That Reduces Pollution: Survey

87% Of Indian Vehicle Owners Ready To Buy Electric Vehicles If That Reduces Pollution: Survey

New Delhi: About 87% of Indian drivers and vehicle owners would buy an electric vehicle (EV), if that helped reduce air pollution, according to a new survey. Only 12% would switch to EVs to avoid using petrol and diesel, according to the survey commissioned by Climate Trends, a Bengaluru-based nonprofit.…

India’s Female Voters Not Turning Out To Vote As They Should

India’s Female Voters Not Turning Out To Vote As They Should

Mumbai: Although female voter turnout has been increasing across India, it remains low when compared with adult population sex ratio in most states. In 2014, Madhya Pradesh saw the fewest women voters exercise their ballot relative to their proportion in the state’s population, while Arunachal Pradesh saw more women than men turn out to vote.…

For Homeless Indians With Mental Illness, Institutional Care Need Not Be Final Destination

For Homeless Indians With Mental Illness, Institutional Care Need Not Be Final Destination

Chennai: A majority of homeless women with mental illness (73%) were able to reintegrate into community life after they were discharged from the institution where they were under care and reunited with their families, according to a study.…

Had Congress Lost Closely-Fought MLA Seats (1960-2000), India Would’ve Seen 11% More Communal Riots: Study

Had Congress Lost Closely-Fought MLA Seats (1960-2000), India Would’ve Seen 11% More Communal Riots: Study

Mumbai: Congress members of legislative assemblies (MLAs) forestall communal violence in their constituencies due to their reliance on Muslim votes and their multi-ethnic electoral prospects, a study by former Yale political science research scholars said.…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

Iron-Fortified Pearl Millet Fights Anaemia, Improves Learning In Teens

Iron-Fortified Pearl Millet Fights Anaemia, Improves Learning In Teens

New Delhi: Biofortified bajra (pearl millet) introduced into the diet of Indian adolescents led to reduced iron deficiency and improved learning skills and mental ability, a new study found. Biofortification is a process by which the nutritional value of a crop is improved through conventional plant breeding or bio-technology.…

In A Mumbai Slum, Children Become Healthier, As Their Parents Learn To Tackle Malnutrition

In A Mumbai Slum, Children Become Healthier, As Their Parents Learn To Tackle Malnutrition

Mumbai: “I think I perhaps knew how to hold a baby and play with one before I had my own, but not really anything else. I didn’t know what to expect when I got pregnant. Growing up, talking about diet and the best types of food isn’t really anything I remember,” recounted Sumita Anil Dhumale, 23, a mother of two.…

More Indians Die Of Poor Quality Care Than Due To Lack Of Access To Healthcare: 1.6 Million

More Indians Die Of Poor Quality Care Than Due To Lack Of Access To Healthcare: 1.6 Million

New Delhi: Some 2.4 million Indians die of treatable conditions every year, the worst situation among 136 nations studied for a report published in The Lancet. Poor care quality leads to more deaths than insufficient access to healthcare--1.6 million Indians died due to poor quality of care in 2016, nearly twice as many as due to non-utilisation of healthcare services (838,000 persons).…

India’s Public-Health Failures That PM’s Insurance Scheme Won’t Plug: The Story Of Arti And Kailash

India’s Public-Health Failures That PM’s Insurance Scheme Won’t Plug: The Story Of Arti And Kailash

The story of Arti and Kailash is a reminder of how India’s public healthcare system lacks essentials & leaves out its poorest. Ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s soon-to-be-launched Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme, it asks a basic question…

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‘Although Inadequate, Increase In Minimum Support Price Is Welcome’

‘Although Inadequate, Increase In Minimum Support Price Is Welcome’

Mumbai: Under pressure from farmers’ groups, the government announced a hike in the minimum support prices of kharif crops in July. Madhura Swaminathan, professor & head of the economic analysis unit at the Indian Statistical Institute, & chairperson of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, says although the MSPs are inadequate, any increase is welcome.…

‘Government Is Preparing The Ground For Decline Of Rural Jobs Programme’

‘Government Is Preparing The Ground For Decline Of Rural Jobs Programme’

Jean Drèze, a development economist and activist who is one of the architects of MGNREGS, says stagnation of real wages and the government’s chronic inability to ensure timely and reliable wage payments is discouraging workers from taking up MGNREGS work, which will lead to a decline of the scheme.…

Make Cooling Panels From Farm Waste Instead Of Burning It And Fouling Delhi Air: A Scientist’s Solution

Make Cooling Panels From Farm Waste Instead Of Burning It And Fouling Delhi Air: A Scientist’s Solution

Mount Abu, Rajasthan: November is when Delhi’s 16.3 million residents feel the worst effects of agricultural fires in Punjab and Haryana, crop stubble or waste set ablaze to clear land for the next crop. These fires cause about half of Delhi’s air pollution, according to a Harvard University study published in March 2018.…

Why India Must Discard Fear, Give Some TB Patients ‘Game-Changing’ Drug

Why India Must Discard Fear, Give Some TB Patients ‘Game-Changing’ Drug

Johannesburg, South Africa: Like South Africa, India should immediately make available the tuberculosis (TB) drug bedaquiline–till now used as a drug of last resort–to nearly 147,000 Indians with a multidrug-resistant version of the disease, a leading South African TB-HIV researcher told IndiaSpend.…