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Unsafe abortion is a leading cause of maternal death: Study

Unsafe abortion is the third leading cause of maternal mortality in India, and around eight women die from causes related to unsafe abortion each day, according to a report by the Guttmacher Institute, International Institute of Population Science

Making sense of Modi’s counter-intuitive economics

Dhiraj Nayyar’s book, Modi and Markets: Arguments for Transformation (published in October by Westland) came a bit too early. The title would have made for seductive reading had it coincided with RBI deputy governor Viral Acharya’s r

A gender perspective on migration

Khohar, a village located in Alwar district of Rajasthan, nestled in the foothills of Aravalis, is home to 154 families, most of whom are farmers by profession. The village has a large adult population with 65 percent over the age of 18. The vil

For the sunset years

The New Pension Scheme (NPS), the government of India’s flagship pension scheme, has been subject to a number of important reforms in recent times. This is a welcome change from the norm wherein the government’s and the regulators&rs

Who will pay the price of overpopulation?

Olden days of civilisation experienced famines and natural disasters that caused human misery. While human population was limited, natural habitats were undisturbed and abundant; so calamities of nature were absorbed without any serious cons

Schooling change

Jhunjhunu, in northern Rajasthan, is known for its grand havelis and the frescoes on their walls. But they weren’t on prime minister Narendra Modi’s mind when he spoke of the desert town in his Mann Ki Baat radio talk of March 2018.

The road ahead

A fter mixed response from the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) and BOT-Annuity (build, own, transfer) model, the road sector in India is exploring the Hybrid Annuity Model (HAM) for roadways construction. In HAM, 40 percent of th

Safety in numbers

A building comes up based on a plan, which is based on discussions among the client, the architect and the builder. Can they draw a blueprint without basic information like measurements of land, location, market price of materials required and s

India’s CSR funding set to reach Rs 20,000 crore

The corporate social responsibility funding in India is poised to grow to Rs 20,000 crore over the next three years. That is the estimate made by a new report that also says CSR funding has been growing at the rate of 9 percent a year.

Railways Diwali gift: Flexi fare removed from 15 trains

In what could be seen as a relief to lakhs of passengers, Indian Railways has discontinued flexi or dynamic fare system in 15 trains having monthly occupancy of less than 50 percent. The decision would also be applicable for 32 trains, having mont

Who’s to blame for Amritsar train tragedy

 The incident was not the railways’ fault. There was no lapse on our part and no action against the driver will be initiated. People should refrain from organising such events near tracks in future. I think if precaution had been taken,

What is rightfully yours

Had he not derided me, there would have been no article. His blunt question was, “If land records merely have presumptive value, then why examine them at all?” With his naiveté he stirred a hornet’s nest. It’s esta

The post office as a bank branch

Over the years, many of us have witnessed the rapid transformation in modes of communication; from the postman bringing letters, telegrams and money orders to our doorstep to telephones, cordless and mobiles phones ringing incessantly in our hom

Why Karnataka villages don’t get enough drinking water

The flagship scheme of the central government on rural drinking water supply – National Rural Drinking Water Programme (previously known as Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme) – has been audited by CAG of India. The performance a

The ‘not me’ syndrome

While reading down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, the supreme court acknowledged the apology that Indian society owes to people with sexual minority identities. This acknowledgement has evoked deep validation amongst people who identify t

How railways plans to go green

With about 23 million passengers on an average day, the Indian Railways itself is the size of a small country. When India plans to significantly increase the share of renewable energy in its consumption pie, the railways too aims to meet at leas

Railway electrification: Easier said than done

Even as the railways minister Piyush Goyal lays thrust on the 100 percent electrification of entire rail network by 2022, the task cut out for the railways seems to be a strenuous one as it comes with multifarious challenges. Indian

A space for faith

When the supreme court ruled that women of menstruating age cannot be prevented from going to the Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala, political parties in Kerala hailed it as a historic victory for gender equality. But now the streets of Kerala are fu

GSL’s highest ever financial performance in 2017-18

Goa Shipyard Limited, CMD, Rear Admiral (retired) Shekhar Mital said that GSL’s revenue has moved up by 32 per cent from Rs 1,102 crore in 2017 FY to Rs 1,4

“A casting director said if I become his girlfriend, he will flood me with good roles”

I have been in the television industry for four years now. A director once said to me, “You have the looks but you have not done work that gives you recognition.” He said that if I join hands with him life will be easy and I will not h

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