Prison Overcrowding in India

According to National Crime Records Bureau’s “Prison Statistics India – 2017” report, Indian prisons have an average occupancy rate of 115% of their capacity. In 16 of the 28 States covered in the report, occupancy rate was higher than 100% with States and Union Territories such as Uttar Pradesh (165%), Chhattisgarh (157.2%), Delhi (151.2%) and

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Health emergency declared in Delhi

The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) declared a public health emergency in the Capital as pollution levels entered the ‘severe plus’ category. According to the official data provided by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the overall AQI score of Delhi was 504 (normal range of particulate matter is  51 to100) at 3.30

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Kerala’s Maoists, and how they differ from their comrades elsewhere

Thunderbolt commandos of the Kerala Police killed four alleged Maoists in back-to-back encounters in the Attappadi forests of the state’s Palakkad district. The four individuals, including a woman, belonged to Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. This was the third encounter between police and Maoists in Kerala in almost three years. Over the last decade or so,

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What National Health Profile says about targeted, actual health spend

The National Health Profile (NHP) is an annual stocktaking exercise on the health of the health sector. At a time when Universal Health Coverage has become the new buzzword of healthcare in India since Ayushman Bharat, the National Health Profile 2019 throws up sobering figures. Between 2009-10 and 2018-19, India’s public health spend as a

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Relief for Pehlu’s sons: On Alwar lynching case

Relief to Pehlu Khan’s sons The Rajasthan High Court’s order quashing the cow smuggling case against the sons of Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer lynched by cow vigilantes in 2017, grants much-needed relief to the family. Justice for Pehlu’s murder pending The Khans are yet to get any sort of justice for Pehlu Khan’s murder,

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Whatsapp spyware is used for snooping

What has happened? The Centre has sought an explanation from messaging platform WhatsApp after the Facebook-owned company confirmed that some Indian users of its app came under surveillance using an Israeli spyware. Most targeted in India were journalists, Dalit and human rights activists and lawyers. Response by Whatsapp WhatsApp filed a complaint in a U.S.

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Indo-French Joint Exercise Shakti-2019

Series of ‘Exercise SHAKTI’ between India and France commenced in year 2011. Its a biennial exercise and is conducted alternately in India and France. As part of Exercise SHAKTI – 2019, French Army troops arrived in India for training with Indian Troops. The bilateral training exercise is conducted at Foreign Training Node at Mahajan Field

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What is Davos in the Desert?

The event Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attending in Riyadh. What is on the table, and why is it compared to Davos? Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a visit to Riyadh to attend an international event from October 29 to 31. Formally the Future Investment Initiative (FII), it is widely being described as “Davos

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Employment situation in India

Ever since the results of the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) 2017-18 became public — they showed that unemployment in India was at a 45-year high — there has been vigorous public debate about the true state of unemployment in the country. What has fueled this debate — and allowed different people to arrive at

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The Islamic State after Abu Bakr Baghdadi

The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the founder leader of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, is a signal moment in the fight against terrorism, at least in West Asia. Baghdadi, who announced the formation of his “Caliphate” from Mosul’s Grand Mosque in July 2014, blew himself up in an underground tunnel in a Syrian

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