Home > In Depth

In Depth

Mining dust eats into lives at Goa's Sonshi village
The incarcerated, including 23 women and one senior citizen, were arrested by personnel attached to the Valpoi police station and booked under various sections of the IPC Mayabhushan Nagvenkar,Sonshi (Goa), April 20: Although annual school exams are around the corner, homework or preparing for the series of tests is the last thing on the mind of 10-year-old Vasudev Gawde of Sonshi village, literally a speck in North Goa's dusty mining belt.Gawde as well as more than a dozen other minors are awaiting the release of their parents from incarceration. They were among the 45 people arrested on April 11 for protesting against dust pollution caused by the transportation of iron ore in trucks, the paucity of water due to mining in the village's vicinity, and an ore transportation jetty several kilometres away."There is too much dust in the area. Coming and going to school is very difficult due to the movement of trucks. We want clean air and water... I am not afraid because my pare...




In 5 yrs, private schools gain 17 mn students, govt schools lose 13 mn
Despite the Rs 1.16 lakh crore ($17.7 billion) spent on Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) -- the quality of learning declined between 2009 and 2014 Devanik Saha,Between 2010-11 and 2015-16, student enrolment in government schools across 20 states fell by 13 million, while private schools acquired 17.5 million new students, according to a new study that offers insights into India's public-school education crisis. Average enrolment in government schools -- where teachers are paid, on average, salaries that are four times those in China -- declined from 122 to 108 students per school over five years, while it rose from 202 to 208 in private schools, according to a research paper by Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, professor of education and international development at the Institute of Education, London.Yet, 65 per cent of all school-going children in the 20 states, about 113 million, continue to get their education from government schools, according to District Information System for Education...




List of personalities whose birth/death anniversary may no longer be holiday in UP
There should be no holidays in schools on birth anniversaries of great personalities. Instead, special two-hour programme should be held to teach students about them IndiaTomorrrow.net, Lucknow, April 15: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, while speaking on the occasion of 126th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar here on Friday, said schools should not be closed on the occasion of birth/death anniversary of great personalities, rather there should be two-hour program where students should be taught about them.   "There should be no holidays in schools on birth anniversaries of great personalities. Instead, special two-hour programme should be held to teach students about them," he reportedly said.   Here is a list of personalities whose birth/death/martyrdom is observed as a holiday in Uttar Pradesh and elsewhere. The website of UP government's Appointment & Personnel department has a list of holidays (both gazetted and non-gazetted) for year ...




Punjab, Haryana farmers suffer as crop gets 'electrocuted'
In Punjab's Patiala district, for instance, the crop over nearly 200 acres in Kathgarh Chana and Khagta Kalan villages was burnt last week Jaideep Sarin,Chandigarh, April 14: Farmers in the agrarian states of Punjab and Haryana are often blamed for causing environmental and health concerns by burning crop residue but scores of farmers also suffer burning of their crop for no fault of theirs.Incidents of standing wheat crop being burnt to cinder across hundreds of acres in Punjab and Haryana have come to light in the past 10 days, just ahead of the harvest.The reason? Short-circuiting of overhead high-tension electricity wires that criss-cross agricultural fields in both states.In Punjab's Patiala district, for instance, the crop over nearly 200 acres in Kathgarh Chana and Khagta Kalan villages was burnt last week."The short-circuit can happen anytime -- day or night. While in the daytime, the fire is noticed by someone and steps are taken to control it, at night it can cause...




Why 12.1 mn persons with disability in India are illiterate
Prachi Salve & SwagataYadavar, At the launch of the government's Accessible India Campaign in December 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested the term "divyaang" -- which translates into "divine body" -- for persons with disability, instead of the usual "viklaang", or handicapped. He said persons with disability are divinely blessed with "extra gifts".Many disabled rights groups later wrote to the Prime Minister arguing that changing terminology alone would not end the discrimination persons with disability face, and asking him to address the barriers that hinder their participation in the country's economic, social and political life.What does living with disability in India mean, particularly with regard to access to education and employment, 22 years after the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act was passed?As things stand, 45 per cent of India's disabled population is illit...




Why judicial reform should start with lower courts
A nationwide analysis is possible if we have standardised data to compare lower courts across the country. There is an urgent need for collecting case data in a structured and standardised format across the various courts in India. This will enable deeper insights and precise policy prescriptions. By Shobhit Mathur & Ram Prasath V.R,Of the 30 million pending court cases in India as of December 2014, over 80 per cent are in district and subordinate courts, which are short of about 5,000 (23 per cent) judges. But filling vacancies may not be the universal answer, according to our analysis, which found only a weak direct correlation between shortage of judges and performance of lower courts. India's judicial delays are legendary, and its shortage of judges well-known. Yet, despite the constraints, some courts manage to perform better than others, sometimes significantly so. Data can help identify such courts, as well as their innovations and best practices, so that these...




One week gone, Yogi yet to touch topmost promises of poll manifesto
IndiaTomorrow.net, Lucknow, March 27: What is the issue that got topmost position in the election manifesto of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s Bharatiya Janata Party? Slaughterhouses. Wrong answer. Anti-Romeo Squad. Wrong again. An ordinary person, however, could be forgiven for naming these two as the topmost poll promises of BJP because these were the only issues that got first and harsh attention of CM Yogi in the first week in office even though they were not the topmost promises made in written ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.   The 32-page Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra or election manifesto of BJP has 10 chapters. The first chapter is Agriculture Will Be Foundation of Development. Under this chapter, there are 13 sections. The first section is Financial Aid to Farmers. And here the first promise that BJP made is: Farm Loans of All Small Farmers Will Be Waived. The second promise is that All Small Farmers Will Be Provided Interest-free Loans. There are thre...




Decoding UP Assembly Elections 2017
Shafeeq Rahman, The massive victory for BJP in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections by winning two-third seats, specifically its victory in Muslim-concentrated constituencies, has surprised many political pundits. BJP has even won in most of the constituencies which were earlier known as the loyal seats of SP, BSP and INC. Such win has given an impression that Muslims at large have voted to BJP this time in the state.   To check the authenticity of the claim, a classification has been worked out according to the estimated Muslim population size in an Assembly Constituency and the voting pattern therein.   Muslims constitute 18% of the total state population. The population of the community is above 50% in 7 Assembly seats, above 40% in 25 seats and above 20% in 152 constituencies.   7 seats with above 50% Muslim population: SP won all the seven seats with 43% vote share. While BJP vote share was 28% only.   25 seats with above 40% Muslim population: SP+INC all...




In 8 years in Parliament, Yogi's most recurring debate topic: Hindu affairs, cow slaughter, uniform civil code
By Alison Saldanha,"It is unfortunate that some opponents, communalists are trying to portray him as a rabble-rouser and fringe personality. They should go through his parliamentary debates. Those reveal his seasoned thinking on various issues of governance," union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said on his Facebook page on March 19, 2017, referring to Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.Factchecker did just that, analysing hiss performance over the last eight years as a member of Parliament (MP) in the 15th and 16th Lok Sabhas, using data from PRS Legislative Research, an advocacy focussed on parliamentary affairs, and the Lok Sabha archives.Our four main findings:1. While the 44-year-old politician raised a variety of concerns -- including river pollution and rising cases of encephalitis -- his most recurring choice of debates focussed on Hindu affairs and cow slaughter, particularly over the last three years.2. In the 16th (current) Lok Sabha, 1...




9 of 11 varsities including AMU that govt. listed as 'under-performing', ordered audit have NAAC accreditation
IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, March 20: The Union Government has reportedly listed 11 centrally-funded universities including Aligarh Muslim University, Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University and Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (Lucknow) as “non-performing” varsities and has asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to conduct an audit of output, quality of research and students’ results of these institutions. It is said that National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous institution of UGC that evaluates academic institutions and award accreditation to them, will conduct the audit.   However, when IndiaTomorrow.net visited the website of NAAC and checked the accreditation status of all the 11 ‘under-performing’ varsities, we found (see list below) that nine of the eleven varsities have been granted accreditation by NAAC – some as early as 2016.   On 10th March, Times of India published a news story ...




6 challenges for the new UP government
IndiaSpend Team, With 200 million people, equivalent to the population of Brazil, but with an economy the size of Qatars -- which has 2.4 million people, the same as the town of Bijnore -- the new government of Indias most-populous state Uttar Pradesh faces myriad problems.The GDP of Uttar Pradesh is comparable to Kenya's, and its infant mortality rate rivals Mauritania, a poverty-ridden, west-African nation.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won an unprecedented victory in the state in the 2017 assembly election, with 312 out of 403 seats, but with some of India's worst development indicators, there is much to do.We analysed six major challenges and the corresponding promises made by the BJP to fix them in its election manifesto, called the""Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra-201"".1. Second-highest maternal mortality, half the child population stuntedDespite having the largest population, Uttar Pradesh spends Rs 452 per capita on health, 70 per cent less than the average spen...




A Bihar-type Mahagathbandhan could have restricted BJP to 111 seats in UP
Mumtaz Alam, Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, March 14: Yes, it’s true if one goes by the votes polled by Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi Party and Congress. It’s true that BJP has written a new history in Uttar Pradesh elections by winning 312 Assembly seats alone – thanks to its matured social engineering and caste-based alignments and well-calculated and fully-controlled communal polarization. But a grand alliance of major non-BJP parties – on the pattern of Bihar’s Mahagathbandhan in the 2015 Assembly polls – could have successfully countered BJP and ‘Modi wave’ in Uttar Pradesh also.   In the UP Assembly elections 2017, BJP got just 39.7% of the total votes but bagged more than 77% of the total Assembly seats (312 out of 403 seats). While BSP, SP and Congress got 50.2% vote share, they could win only 63 seats, that is just 15% of the total Assembly seats.   Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections Resu...




UP: MIM divided far fewer non-BJP votes than SP-Congress alliance and BSP did
Mumtaz Alam, Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, Lucknow, March 13: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) of Asaduddin Owaisi polled just 0.2% vote share (2.05 lakh votes) in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017. The party contested 36 seats but its best performance was on just one seat – Sambhal – where its candidate finished at No. 2. Out of those 36 seats, BJP won on 22 seats. Did AIMIM candidates divide non-BJP votes and help BJP win? A deep analysis of results data debunks the allegation.   How division of non-BJP votes among SP-Congress alliance and BSP helped BJP  Out of the 36 seats that AIMIM contested, Samajwadi Party won on 13 seats, Independent on 1 seat and BJP on 22 seats.   On 16 out of the 22 seats won by BJP, the sharp division of votes happened between candidates of SP-Congress alliance and BSP. The votes polled by these parties were far far more than the votes polled by winning BJP candidate (See the table below). On ...




322 of new UP MLAs crorepatis, 143 face criminal cases
New Delhi, March 12: A whopping 322 of the 403 new lawmakers elected to the Uttar Pradesh assembly are 'crorepatis' (multi-millionaires) while as many as 143 have criminal cases, including of murder, pending against them.According to a report by the National Election Watch, the list of multi-millionaires elected members is headed by the Bharatiya Janata Party's Ajay Pratap Singh elected from Colonelganj constituency in Gonda.Singh, who in his poll affidavit declares himself as a farmer, possesses properties worth over Rs 49 crore. That includes 60 kg of gold, seven vehicles and six guns, three each in his name and his wife's.As many as 1,455 multi-millionaires contested the assembly polls, the results of which were declared on Saturday.Of the 143 new legislaors who have declared pending criminal cases against them, 107 face serious charges including of murder and crimes against women.Mafia-don-turned politician Mukhtar Ansari of the Bahujan Samaj Party leads the pack of new legislators...




Huge division of votes helps BJP capture Muslim-dominated Western UP
IndiaTomorrow.net,Lucknow, March 11: By winning 30 out of 40 seats in western Uttar Pradesh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today made a big inroad in this Muslim-dominated region like it did in other parts of the state in this Assembly election.   One of the main reasons for BJP’s massive gain in seven districts of the western part of the state is huge split of votes among its rival parties. A comparison of the total votes polled by BJP with its top rival parties -- SP-Congress alliance and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in 27 Assembly constituencies of six districts of western UP reveals that on 22 seats, winning BJP candidates got fewer votes than those polled by their two top rivals together.Thanks to division of non-BJP votes this time, BJP has won 30 seats in the six Muslim-concentrated districts -- Amroha, Bulandshahar, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur.In 2012, the party had won only 5 seats here.In Muzaffarnagar assembly constituency, for example, the BJ...




Sharp division in non-BJP votes helped saffron party sweep Uttar Pradesh
IndiaTomorrow.net, Lucknow, March 11: BJP on Saturday added a new chapter in the history of Uttar Pradesh by winning 312 seats in the elections for 403-Member Assembly. Besides other factors, sharp division in non-BJP votes has also hugely helped the saffron party get the thumping majority. Out of 312, BJP has won 70 seats out of 86 reserved constituencies while its two allies have got 3 seats each. In 2012, BJP had won only 3 seats in the reserved belt of UP. What is the reason for this sweep this time?   A close look at the votes polled in each of the 84 SC seats and 2 ST seats reveals that the sharp division of votes between candidates of SP/Congress alliance and BSP of Mayawati helped BJP sweep the reserved belt.   Out of 70 reserved seats that BJP has won, there are 45 seats where candidates of SP-Congress alliance and BSP together polled far more votes than the winning BJP candidates.   Take Rampur Maniharan seat for example. BJP candidate has won th...




BJP sweeps in UP, Uttarakhand; Congress in Punjab
Both are in neck to neck fight in Manipur and GoaIndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, March 11: BJP has almost swept Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand while Congress has come back in Punjab with a thumping majority. Both parties are in neck to neck fight in Manipur and Goa as both are struggling to retain their No. 1 position there.  BJP has made a huge jump from 47 seats in 2012 to 310 seats in 2017. Consequently, all other parties including BSP, SP and Congress have taken a sharp fall -- like SP has come down from 224 in 2012 elections to just about 50 in this election.    Updated: 3:00 PM on 11 March 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly (403 seats) Party Seats won in 2007 Seats won in 2012 Seats won in 2017 (won+leading) BJP 51 47 91+219: 310 BSP 206 80 4+15: 19 Congress 22 28 1+6: 7 RLD 10 ...




Reserved Seats in UP: Will BSP regain lost ground or BJP make inroads or SP will repeat its 2012 performance?
Mumtaz Alam, IndiaTomorrow.net, Lucknow, March 9: The ruling Samajwadi Party had almost swept the Assembly constituencies reserved for the Scheduled Castes in the state Assembly elections in 2012 and dethroned Mayawati of Bahujan Samaj Party – the party which had long claimed ‘copyright’ on Dalits and other backward communities that fall under SC category. But will Mayawati regain her lost ground in the recently-held Assembly polls? Or will BJP, which has done lots of social engineering this time, make inroads in SC areas? Or will Samajwadi Party repeat its 2012 performance?   During her 5-yr term (2007-2012), Mayawati had spent thousands of crores of taxpayers’ money on parks where huge statues of her, her mentor Kanshiram besides stone elephants were installed. But the idea could not please her constituency and she lost the election.   Out of 85 seats reserved for SCs in 2012, Mayawati’s BSP could win only 15 seats while Samajwadi Part...




UP Assembly Elections: 36% candidates of 4 major parties have criminal background
IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, March 06: More than 36% of candidates from four major political parties have declared criminal cases pending against them in courts. The total number of candidates from BSP, SP, BJP and Congress is 1204. An analysis of their affidavits, jointly conducted by the Uttar Pradesh Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), reveals 436 of them (that is 36.21%) have criminal cases – many of them serious criminal cases like rape and murder.   Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has fielded 400 candidates in the elections for 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly. Some 150 (37.87%) of them have declared criminal cases pending against them. Some 137 (35.77%) out 383 candidates of BJP are facing criminal cases while 113 (37.17%) out of 307 candidates of SP have criminal background. Congress has 36 such candidates (31.57%) out of its 114.   UP Assembly Elections 2017 Candidates with Criminal Cases Seats BJP ...




In poor Manipur, ethnic conflict overshadows low infant mortality rate
Shreya Shah, The economic blockade of the Imphal-Dimapur and Imphal-Silchar roads, through which most goods enter the state, has overshadowed all other issues this election year in Manipur, the north-eastern state with one of India's highest poverty rates, high youth unemployment, and low growth. Elections in Manipur, a state half the size of Haryana, with one-third the population of Mumbai, over 30 tribal groups, and six active terrorist groups, will take place in two phases, on March 4 and March 8.The economic blockade -- a manifestation of the state's ethnic conflict -- is the "burning problem" right now, said Binod Kumai, a research associate with the Institute for Conflict Management, a New Delhi-based nonprofit. Prices of necessary commodities have skyrocketed, with cooking gas cylinders being sold for Rs 1,000 (Rs 651.50 in Delhi) and a litre of petrol for Rs 200 (Rs 71.33), he explained."People are not able to see beyond the hope of peace," said Pradip ...




<< Previous  1 2 3 4 5  Next >>
Page: 1 of 10