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Roughly one-third of offenders who committed online harassment were unknown to their victims, shows recent LIRNEAsia reportRoughly one-third of offenders who committed online harassment were unknown to their victims, shows recent LIRNEAsia report
August 14, 2018

Good news about digital inclusion often leaves little room for reporting on bad experiences, which netizens encounter in the digital world. A recent report by LIRNEAsia – an ICT [information and communication technology] policy and regulation think tank working in the Asia-Pacific – says that almost one among five Indian netizens in the age-group 15-65 years had faced online harassment in 2017. In contrast, roughly twelve out of hundred internet users had witnessed online harassment in Pakistan and Bangladesh each. Entitled AfterAccess: ICT Access and Use in India and the Global South, the study reveals that 28 percent of Indian netizens (sample size: 919) who experienced online harassment (178 out of 919) had reduced their use of the particular website. However, 48 percent of the netizens who faced online harassment said that it had no effect. Out of those who faced online harassment, roughly 15 percent had deleted the app or...

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More than 4 lakhs posts in the Central govt. lying vacant, shows latest available dataMore than 4 lakhs posts in the Central govt. lying vacant, shows latest available data
August 9, 2018

Since jobs have shrunk due to the deployment of information technology in sectors such as banking, quotas won't guarantee employment, said Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari recently, according to a PTI news dated 5th August, 2018. But the truth is somewhat different from what Mr. Gadkari told journalists about falling jobs against the backdrop of demand for reservation by the Marathas. Let us see why this is so. The total number of sanctioned posts for Central government civilian regular employees (both gazetted and non-gazetted) had increased from 36.46 lakhs to 36.49 lakhs between 1st March, 2014 and 1st March, 2015 viz. by 0.11 percent. But it fell down from 36.49 lakhs to 36.34 lakhs between 1st March, 2015 and 1st March, 2016 viz. by -0.43 percent. The total number of positions filled in the Central government for civilian regular jobs (both gazetted and non-gazetted) had gone up from 32.24 lakhs to...

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New EPF enrolment during Sep., 2017 to Apr., 2018 confined to a few industries & states, indicates dataNew EPF enrolment during Sep., 2017 to Apr., 2018 confined to a few industries & states, indicates data
July 26, 2018

  A document of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) dated 25th June, 2018 says that the number of members subscribing to the Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) scheme give one an idea of the level of employment in formal sector viz. mostly employment in establishment employing 20 or more persons (though EPF is applicable for certain organisations, which employ less than 20 persons, subject to certain conditions and exemptions). The updated estimates on enrolment in EPF scheme released on 25th June and then again on 20th July  this year prove that the total formal sector employment may not have grown that much between September, 2017 and March, 2018 as was calculated earlier on 25th May, 2018.   The modified estimates of payroll data, which was provided by the MoSPI on 25th June this year, indicates that 34.4 lakh net new subscribers were added to the EPF scheme between September, 2017 and March,...

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New Save the Children report reveals insecurity of teenage girls from the outside world, but are our homes safe enough?New Save the Children report reveals insecurity of teenage girls from the outside world, but are our homes safe enough?
July 25, 2018

Released in May this year, a study by Save the Children has found that if you are an adolescent girl living in the country, you are most likely to be afraid about being harassed outside your homes viz. in public places. Entitled WINGS 2018 - World of India's Girls: A study on the perception of girls’ safety in public spaces, the study shows that nearly one-third of teenage girls surveyed were afraid of travelling narrow by-lanes of their locality, apart from the road which they take to go for school or the local market. Nearly, one-fourth of adolescent girls residing in rural areas felt unsafe while using open spaces/ agricultural fields for open defecation at dawn. The report by Save the Children, which is based on a sample survey (non-probability sampling technique used) undertaken in six states of the country, namely Assam, Delhi-NCR, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana and West Bengal,...

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1,648 people died every year during 1953-2016 due to floods or heavy showers, shows recent CWC data1,648 people died every year during 1953-2016 due to floods or heavy showers, shows recent CWC data
July 5, 2018

The Central Water Commission (CWC) has released the state-wise and national-level annual data on human and economic costs associated with floods or excessive rainfall for the last 64 years at a time when the North East is devastated by nature's fury. That data indicates that on an average 3.2 crore Indians were affected by floods or excessive rainfall every year between 1953 and 2016. Floods or downpours took a heavy toll on human lives (1,648 per annum) as well as cattle lives (94,104 per annum) during this period. According to the latest available CWC data, which was released in May this year, roughly 2.6 crore Indian citizens on an average were annually affected by floods or excessive rainfall between 2007 and 2016. However, in the previous decade viz. 1997-2006, a much higher number of Indians (viz. 3.4 crore citizens) on an average were affected annually by the natural calamity.   At the...

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