Premature mortality due to air pollution contributed to over 29 million healthy years of life lost

By Dan Greenbaum and Bob O’Keefe* A comprehensive study led by IIT Bombay, the Health Effects Institute (HEI), and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) has found that household burning and coal combustion were the single largest sources of air pollution-related health impact in India in 2015, with emissions from agricultural burning, anthropogenic … More Premature mortality due to air pollution contributed to over 29 million healthy years of life lost

Publish white paper on subsidies given to all types of pilgrims, as also to religious functions and spots

The Minority Coordination Committee (MCC), Gujarat, has sent a letter* to the Union Home Ministry, on how efforts are being made by certain interested quarters to divide people on religious lines following the Government of India’s decision to stop the Haj subsidy. Text of the letter: As we already know, 2 days back the Government … More Publish white paper on subsidies given to all types of pilgrims, as also to religious functions and spots

Learning deficits seen in elementary school is carried forward to adolescents and young adults

A note on the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER 2017: Beyond Basics) released in New Delhi on 16 January 2018: Every year since 2005, the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) has reported on children’s schooling status and their ability to do basic reading and arithmetic tasks. Year after year, ASER has highlighted the … More Learning deficits seen in elementary school is carried forward to adolescents and young adults

Bhima Koregaon violence: In solidarity with the energetic struggles of dalits, minorities, youth

National Alliance of People’s Movement (NAPM) statement demanding high level judicial probe, release of all innocent dalit-bahujan youth detained /arrested by Maha police, action against those fanning communal hatred:  Bhima Koregaon, widely regarded as one of the most significant historical markers of Dalit resistance against the Peshwai feudalism in Maharashtra, witnessed an unprecedented wave of … More Bhima Koregaon violence: In solidarity with the energetic struggles of dalits, minorities, youth

Farming distress has attracted a class of neo-moneylenders who lend money to make a killing

By Moin Qazi* A recent report by IndiaSpend states that professional moneylenders, who can charge up to four times more interest than the government’s banking system, hold more rural debt than ever, from 19.6 percent in 2002 to 28.2 percent in 2013. According to a 2017 study by Stanford University’s Center on Global Poverty and Development, farmers take loans from … More Farming distress has attracted a class of neo-moneylenders who lend money to make a killing

Disclosures about breach of UID/Aadhaar database has compromised right to privacy of citizens

By Gopal Krishna* The planned Joint Citizens Protest against world biggest Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) of 12 –digit biometric Unique Identification (UID)/Aadhaar numbers happened at the Parliament Street from 3 pm onwards on 12th of January, 2018.  More such protests are planned across the districts and cities in the country.  Several speakers at the … More Disclosures about breach of UID/Aadhaar database has compromised right to privacy of citizens