A resident of Pune, Maharashtra's second-most developed city, uses five times as much water as her counterpart in Latur, the district most ravaged by drought in the south-central Marathwada region.
That's the extent of water inequality in Maharashtra, India's most developed state, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of statewide water use, characterised by disproportionate availability and consumption of water across regions, crops and consumers.
It would be almost spiteful to walk upto the US ambassador and say: "Congratulations, you have Donald Trump as president." Which way would he look? Secretary of State John Kerry has already said it. He is profoundly embarrassed when foreign statesmen confront him with: "What is happening in your country?"
US President Barack Obama's Hiroshima speech (May 27) is a very carefully crafted document and merits some scrutiny - both for what it contains and what is ostensibly excluded. Predictably, Obama did not apologize for what the US did in August 1945 and this was stated even before he began the Japan visit.
My wife bought seedless grapes. I refused to eat them on moral grounds, but she didn't even care that they were the last surviving members of that particular grape family line. (Women are the tough-minded sex.) That disagreement ended with her telling our dinner guests: "My husband is an original thinker."
When Facebook-owned mobile messaging service WhatsApp announced to turn on end-to-end encryption for its over one billion monthly active users last month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg hailed this as an "important milestone for the WhatsApp community." It means that for WhatsApp users, every call they make and every message, photo, video, file and voice message they send, will be end-to-end encrypted by default, allowing users to protect their conversations from being hacked.
(IANS) It was a tough journey for 84-year-old Kantabai Nagar, but she finally made it. Despite her stoop, an undeterred Kantabai came all the way from Tirupati Nagar, Indore, to be a part of the Simhasth Kumbh Mela and bathe in the Shipra. However, she was not alone, her centenarian husband, Ram Chander Nagar, also accompanied her to participate in this spiritual carnival.
Almost 77 percent of Indian parents expect to live with their sons in old age while seven percent want to live with their daughters, according to the India Human Development Survey (IHDS), conducted jointly by researchers from University of Maryland and National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi.
These are the findings from the IHDS-2 (2011-12) data-set, covering a representative sample of 41,554 households across 33 states and union territories in both rural and urban areas.
In a recent "Mann Ki Baat" address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed that every government should focus on quality learning and outcomes rather than the school enrolment.
His concerns, expressed on April 24, 2016, are not unfounded.
As many as 62 percent of children in India attended a government primary school in 2014, compared to 72.6 percent in 2007-08 - indicating a surging preference for private schools - according to an IndiaSpend analysis of data in a recent survey on education released by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO).
New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) Could America have stopped going down its ruinous road in Vietnam if Jawaharlal Nehru had responded to president John F. Kennedy's plea for advice in 1961? Or South Asian history could have been different if the Soviet leadership had accepted Indira Gandhi's advice on ending their Afghan imbroglio in 1982?
India will need to generate 280 million jobs between now and 2050, the year when the working-age population (15 to 64) will peak, according to a new report, amid indicators that the country's demographic dividend could be at the cusp of disaster.
Over 22 years of unprecedented economic growth (1991 to 2013), less than half the Indians who sought jobs got them, 140 million of 300 million, according to a new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report.