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Encouraging STEM education, empowering girls to be tech innovators

India is now the sixth-largest economy in the world, with a 2017 GDP of $2.6 trillion, according to the database of the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook (WEO) for April 2018.  The country’s labour force is also

Making medicines affordable

Calling for a pragmatic and compulsive licensing system in healthcare, chairperson, Cipla, Dr Yusuf Hamied said that government must formalise essential drugs. Making a strong voice for compulsory licensing and voluntary licensing to make medicine

Delhi, NCR ranked most polluted cities in the world: Report

India`s national capital region (NCR) has been ranked as the world`s most polluted region in the world, said a report by NGO Greenpeace.    The latest data compiled in the IQAir AirVisual 2018 World Air Quality Repo

Subsidised LPG cylinder cost goes up by Rs 2.08

IOCL has increased the price of LPG cylinder by Rs 2.08 per unit, taking cost of a subsidised LPG cooking gas cylinder from Rs 493.53 in February to Rs 495.61 in March 2019 in Delhi.   While the price of non-subsidised L

The high road to despair

India has 16 crore people who drink and 6.5 crore drug users, a survey by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences estimates. Of those who take alcohol, 5.7 crore have health or dependency problems. But only 2.6 percent of them report getting a

Producers accountability e-waste(d)

India has a relatively low per-capita usage of electronics, yet it is the second largest contributor of e-waste in Asia, after China. Globally, it is the fifth largest – China, USA, Japan and Germany are the top four countries in generating

When caste overtakes nationalism

As India waits for Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman`s return from Pakistan, Google search on the 34-year-old `braveheart` saw a major spike. Not surprisingly, people were more keen on finding out his caste more than anything else. 

Railways plan to enhance goods trains speed from 65 to 100 kmph

The railways are making concerted efforts to significantly enhance the speed of freight trains from 65 kmph to 100 kmph for raising revenue and give a fillip to the goods segment.   Railway board member (rolling stock) R

Tech firm, telcos prepare to enter 5G era

As the government is set to roll out the 5G spectrum auction, the network providers are also equipping 5th generation network-ready LTE technology.  According to the government, the technology would have an impact of more than $1 trillion on

Many electronic companies still have no take-back system: Report

In 2016, 44.7 million tonnes of e-waste was generated globally which is expected to increase to 52.2 million tonnes in 2021. As of 2016, it was found out that India is the second and fifth highest generator (in Asia and globally respectively) of e

Vande Bharat halts midway near Tundla

In a major embarrassment to the railways, the much touted Vande Bharat Express developed a technical snag at Chamraula, 15 kms from Tundla junction.   Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the train on Friday from New Delhi

PM flags off India’s first semi high-speed train

Indian Railways entered a new era as prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday flagged off the country’s first semi high-speed train, Vande Bharat Express, from the New Delhi railway station. The new train is also seen as a success stor

Happily working away!

There’s no dearth of self-help books. They come in a multitude of single-topic and hybrid varieties: habit change, management, habit change in management, spirituality, spirituality in management...you get the drift. Happiness at Work: Mindf

Budget and Modi’s ‘neo middle class’ strategy for elections

Those who have gained the most from the latest budget are the ones who are going to have the most crucial impact on the Lok Sabha election results. Who are they? They are hiding in plain sight. They have come to work in metros and cities, probably

Gandhi’s essence

For a novice reader, MK Gandhi presents a formidable challenge. The starting point is usually the a

Missing: The woman farmer

Land rights structurally escape women. This is a fundamental issue in understanding why women’s work as farmers is largely invisible. However, the large-scale migration of men towards pursuing other non-farm employment opportunities due to t

Constitutional morality is rooted in the constitution: Justice DY Chandrachud

There is a huge social prejudice and discrimination in society both in law and beyond law and the path to change society is a difficult process. "It is bound to take time and requires wider social partnership,” said Justice Dhananjay Ch

Even with sufficient funds, several projects under MCGM delayed: Report

The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai’s (MCGM) presented the budget for the FY 2017-18 which have highlighted current state of financial management. A report released by Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy has provided an o

6 percent reduction in tobacco use in India: GATS 2

Tobacco consumption in India has decreased by 6 percent among the adult population. As per the latest GATS 2 (Global Adult Tobacco Survey), tobacco consumption among adults aged 15 and above has come down from 34.6 percent in 2009-2010 (GATS1) to

Interview with a changemaker

On first meeting Rokeya (name changed for confidentiality reasons) you wouldn’t take her for a fighter. She comes across as a shy, soft-spoken person. She is 24 years old now, stays in a village in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal w

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