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As days go by, the impact of Cyclone Fani appears more severe

Initial media reports suggest how timely interventions by various official agencies in Odisha prevented loss of Human lives when Cyclone Fani hit that state on 3rd May. However, it is essential to also take into account recent official reports by different agencies, which indicate that the impact of the cyclone has been quite severe. A situation assessment report on the impact of Fani cyclone dated 15th May, 2019, which was released by the Sta

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The middle income trap that India must avert

ically experience lopsided expansion, with the positive fallout of an economic boom on top often failing to reach those below. Sustaining growth requires the mass mobilization of financial as well as Human resources, and if inequality is acute, the latter tend to come up short. This phenomenon is exemplified by Brazil and South Africa, among a few others. These countries increased their economic output at a fast clip for several years at a stretch, bu

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NYAY is an important first step toward social justice -Vani S Kulkarni and Raghav Gaiha

life expectancy, and a lonely widow may be unable to overcome ostracisation and depression. We use a unique all-India panel survey of income distributions for 2005 and 2012, reported in the India Human Development Survey, 2015, to address the central question. Three per capita income categories are considered: (i)<20%, (ii) 21-50%, and (iii) above 50%, designated as poorest, moderately better-off and (relatively) affluent, respectively. All

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Mumbaikars can now drink water straight from tap: BMC -Clara Lewis

he membrane filter technique, which provides precise readings in 24 hours. The samples are tested not by the water supply department, but by the health department that certifies them as fit/unfit for Human consumption. Furthermore, the water supply department identified 358 water sampling points in the city’s 257 water zones. Each point provides water to over 10,000 people. Water samples are also collected from 36 outlets of the 37 reservoirs

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India is far behind Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in rabies prevention -Lakshmi Venkataraman

ace and body by a rabid dog in 2018. He was taken to four different hospitals before being properly diagnosed; he passed away shortly after. His case is just one among the 20,000 annual canine-origin Human rabies deaths in India, the highest in the world. Only six people have survived the infection in India since 2010. Thus, India has seen its share of anti-dog sentiments, evident in the dog-culling campaigns in Kerala and in Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh.

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For a malnutrition-free India -Shoba Suri

te of undernutrition. Improving nutrition and managing stunting continue to be big challenges, and they can be addressed only with an inter-sectoral strategy. Stunting has lifelong consequences on Human capital, poverty and equity. It leads to less potential in education and fewer professional opportunities. According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-4, India has unacceptably high levels of stunting, despite marginal improvement over the

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The anatomy of India's middle class -Nikita Kwatra

o define the middle class. In doing so, Aslany borrows from the ideologies of three major theorists of class: Karl Marx, Max Weber and Pierre Bourdieu. Using this framework and data from the India Human Development Survey (2011–12) at the all-India level, Aslany profiles India’s population into different class groups. For instance, Aslyn captures the ‘lifestyle’ aspect of middle-class using data on a household’s consum

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Why are urban and rural voters dissimilar? -Narendar Pani

ctions substantially around groups. The fact that these groups are usually formed around caste and religion masks a more basic reason for their resilience. In a country that extends to a sixth of all Humanity, the primary concerns of voters in different parts of the country can vary quite substantially. While voters may share some common concerns such as national security or the need for state monetary support, there would be a very large number of lo

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London School of Economics announces Amartya Sen Chair; here's why Nobel laureate's name was chosen

o hold the position as the department delivers benefits to the people all across the world. It was in the year 1998, Amartya Sen won the Nobel Prize in the field of Economics. He also won National Humanities Medal in the year 2012. Amartya Sen’s main areas of work include welfare economics, social choice theory, development economics, political philosophy and economic theory. Mike Savage is currently leading the International Inequalities

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How electrification empowers Indian women -Nikita Kwatra

ly for India’s economic growth but also in empowering women in rural areas, according to a new World Bank study. In the study, Hussain Samad and Fan Zhang analyse data from the 2011-12 India Human Development Survey, covering more than 40,000 households and 200,000 individuals, and find that access to electricity is associated with significant improvement in women empowerment. The authors measure empowerment through an index that captures

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