Low Attendance, High Dropouts Major Hurdles To Universal School Education In India

Low Attendance, High Dropouts Major Hurdles To Universal School Education In India

By Ashwini Deshpande and Manjistha Banerji/ IndiaSpend.org Around 3.5 per cent of children between the ages of 11 and 14 years, and 13.5 per cent between the ages of 15 and 16 years were dropouts, while...
Why Six Month Paid Maternity Leave Is Still A Distant Dream For Many

Why Six Month Paid Maternity Leave Is Still A Distant Dream For Many

New Delhi: Six and a half months of maternity leave for women in the organised sector is now a reality after President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017 last week. The critics...
Dealing With Depression: Every Case Of Suicide Is Preventable, Say Psychiatrists

Dealing With Depression: Every Case Of Suicide Is Preventable, Say Psychiatrists

New Delhi: Three patients are on a suicide watch in the psychiatric ICU of Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) in Delhi. Among them is Rajani. The 33-year-old has made three suicide attempts...
How Children With Special Needs Found Place In Mumbai Classrooms

How Children With Special Needs Found Place In Mumbai Classrooms

By Swagata Yadavar/ IndiaSpend.org For the first 14 years of his life, Javed Shaikh's world was confined to the four walls of his house in Kala Tanki slum in Sewri, South Mumbai. Javed was born...
Why 12.1 Million Children With Special Needs Cannot Read Or Write

Why 12.1 Million Children With Special Needs Cannot Read Or Write

By Prachi Salve and SwagataYadavar/ IndiaSpend.org 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...
In Its War Against Tuberculosis, Why India Should Use Private Pharmacies

In Its War Against Tuberculosis, Why India Should Use Private Pharmacies

Swagata Yadavar/IndiaSpend.org India has over 850,000 private pharmacies or chemists nationwide; yet, only nine per cent of them have been engaged in efforts to control tuberculosis (TB), according to a January 2017 paper published in...
Meet The Woman Who Brought Drinking Water, Toilets To A Tamil Nadu Village

Meet The Woman Who Brought Drinking Water, Toilets To A Tamil Nadu Village

By Bhanupriya Rao/ IndiaSpend Melamarungoor, Sivagangai district (Tamil Nadu): Mazharkodi Dhanasekar has a radiant smile and is keen to talk about her achievements, which, as it emerges, are considerable: Building 650 toilets and making her...
Women’s Day Special: Ordinary Girls, Extra Ordinary Achievers

Women’s Day Special: Ordinary Girls, Extra Ordinary Achievers

Ahead of International Women’s Day, six girl achievers were felicitated in Mumbai on Sunday. They received a cash prize of Rs 50,000 and a laptop by the Governor of Maharashtra C Vidyasagar Rao as...
Despite Law, 70% Working Women Don’t Report Sexual Harassment At Workplace, Shows Study

Despite Law, 70% Working Women Don’t Report Sexual Harassment At Workplace, Shows Study

Manisha Chachra/ IndiaSpend Ridhima Chopra, 25, once with a NGO in New Delhi is among the growing number of Indian women encouraged to complain -- without an end-result -- about harassment at work by the...
13 Amputees Break Beauty Stereotype, Are Now Calendar Girls And Boys

13 Amputees Break Beauty Stereotype, Are Now Calendar Girls And Boys

Changing the way the world sees the differently-abled, India’s first amputee calendar is out and is giving neck-to-neck competition to the celebrity calendars. With prosthetics on, 13 amputees pose with poise for a calendar...

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