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In Kashmir Valley, 74% More People Certified Disabled During PDP-BJP Rule

In Kashmir Valley, 74% More People Certified Disabled During PDP-BJP Rule

Srinagar: In three years to 2017--when the coalition government of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was in power in Jammu & Kashmir--31,085 people were certified as disabled in the 10 districts in Kashmir valley, up 74% from 17,898 people in the three preceding years, data obtained through right to information requests show.…

India’s Richest Young Women Fear Public Transport Most; Poorest Fear Cinema Halls

India’s Richest Young Women Fear Public Transport Most; Poorest Fear Cinema Halls

Mumbai: India's richest girls and young women, aged 11 to 18, felt the least safe among all income groups in public spaces, according to a new report that explored safety perceptions among adolescent girls. Across urban (47%) and rural (40%) areas, young girls reported feeling more susceptible to molestation or abuse while using public transport, said the report, Wings 2018: World Of India’s Girls, released by Save The Children in India…

Why 277,160 Women Leaders Remain Invisible To Tamil Nadu’s Political Parties

Why 277,160 Women Leaders Remain Invisible To Tamil Nadu’s Political Parties

Chennai: Salma (50), the deputy secretary of the women’s wing of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), is among the few women to have made the transition from rural governance to mainstream politics in Tamil Nadu. Most other women have no choice but to retreat into their homes at the end of their 5-yr stint as panchayat chiefs.…

Indian Exports Drop Over Modi Period, Trade Deficit Highest Since 2012-13

Indian Exports Drop Over Modi Period, Trade Deficit Highest Since 2012-13

Mumbai: Exports of merchandise--from industrial to agricultural goods--to African countries, Latin America and Japan dropped over the four years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and grew at single digits to other regions, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of government data. In contrast, over 10 years of the two United Progressive Alliance (UPA-1 and UPA-2)…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

Shoddy Sanitary Napkins Impact Menstrual Hygiene Drive

Shoddy Sanitary Napkins Impact Menstrual Hygiene Drive

Mumbai: The use of sanitary napkins has increased from 50.7% to 54% between 2014 and 2015, driven by a government scheme to promote menstrual hygiene. But the scheme suffers from multiple problems--the quality and supply of sanitary napkins, lack of awareness and unsafe disposal techniques, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of government reports.…

Delaying Babies, Using Toilets Could Roll Back Anaemia Crisis Of Indian Women

Delaying Babies, Using Toilets Could Roll Back Anaemia Crisis Of Indian Women

Jaipur: Improved sanitation facilities and delayed pregnancy in India could reduce the rates of anaemia in pregnant women faster. The prevalence of anaemia in pregnant women in India (50%) is higher than all South Asian nations except Pakistan. A one-year increase in age at pregnancy between 2002-04 and 2012-13, and a 10% reduction in open defecation could each result in a 3.5- to 3.8-percentage point reduction in anaemia in pregnant…

Rs 3: Amount India Spends Every Day On Each Indian’s Health

Rs 3: Amount India Spends Every Day On Each Indian’s Health

New Delhi: The amount India spends on public health per capita every year is Rs 1,112, less than than cost of a single consultation at the country’s top private hospitals--or roughly the cost of a pizza at many hotels. That figure--which comes to Rs 93 per month or Rs 3 per day--has remained almost unchanged in nine years since 2009 and explains why India’s public expenditure on health is amongst the lowest in the world,…

Nipah Contained, But More Than 80% Cases From Similar Brain Fevers Are Undiagnosed

Nipah Contained, But More Than 80% Cases From Similar Brain Fevers Are Undiagnosed

New Delhi: Kerala health minister KK Shailaja announced on June 10, 2018, that the state’s Nipah virus infection (NiV), which killed 17 out of 19 affected over 21 days and has no cure, had been contained, with the recovery of the last two patients who tested positive. “The virus has been stalled,” union minister of state for health Ashwini Choubey told the news agency PTI on June 9, 2018.…

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‘Small Hydropower Projects Turning Rivers Into Series Of Static Water Bodies’

‘Small Hydropower Projects Turning Rivers Into Series Of Static Water Bodies’

Mount Abu, Rajasthan: India is promoting small hydropower projects (SHPs)--defined as hydropower facilities of less than 25 megawatt (MW)--on the assumption that they are socially beneficial and more environment-friendly than larger ones. However, an assessment of the impact of two SHPs in the Western Ghats reveals the contrary, according to a scientific paper published in May 2018 in the Journal of Aquatic…

‘We Need To Remove The Stigma On Sanitation To Pull More Entrepreneurs In’

‘We Need To Remove The Stigma On Sanitation To Pull More Entrepreneurs In’

Mumbai: Tackling India’s water, sanitation and pollution challenges is not every banker’s idea of retirement. But for Naina Lal Kidwai, the former country head of HSBC India--and the first woman in the country’s history to lead a foreign bank--it was the next thing on her list. For the last ten years, Kidwai, 61, has been involved with projects related to environment and water issues and champions green finance initiatives…

‘Most Men Are Pressured By Society To Pass Off Their Sexual Abuse As A Rite Of Passage’

‘Most Men Are Pressured By Society To Pass Off Their Sexual Abuse As A Rite Of Passage’

Mumbai: In the middle of making her first short film ‘The Candy Man’, which deals with child sexual abuse, Insia Dariwala decided to change the protagonist from a young girl to a boy. “My journey has always been to produce work which uncovers aspects of society that people may not be aware of; these may be social issues, certain diseases or human drama & relationships,” Dariwala, a film-maker & social activist, told IndiaSpend.…

How Conflict-Ridden Afghanistan Improved Its Health In 10 Years

How Conflict-Ridden Afghanistan Improved Its Health In 10 Years

New Delhi: After the fall of the Taliban in 2001 and as a country recovering from conflict, Afghanistan had some of the worst health indicators in the world. More than one-in-two (54%) children under five were stunted and around four-in-ten (39%) children were underweight in Afghanistan in 2004.…