All stories by Ishaan Gera
Only 14.4 Judges Per Million PopulationRediff.com2 Aug 2022
The number of undertrials is at a historic high and comes at a time when vacancies in the judiciary -- across the lower courts, high courts, and the Supreme Court -- remain high.
500% Rise In Section 153A Zubair Was Booked UnderRediff.com22 Jul 2022
Cases filed under Section 153A had one of the lowest conviction rates.
Entry-level jobs no more easy to come by in formal sectorRediff.com11 Jul 2022
It is a trend that economists and researchers say might continue. The data shows the share of this age group in the net EPF accounts created - a proxy for net new formal jobs created - fell from 37.9 per cent in 2018-19 to 24.1 per cent in 2021-22.
Only 3% Indians Have Received Booster DoseRediff.com4 Jul 2022
Bihar, Delhi, Maharashtra, Haryana and West Bengal accounted for 70 per cent of the precautionary doses given to the 18-59 age group.
Why govt's skill development initiative still struggles with placements?Rediff.com24 Jun 2022
Even as the government seeks to recruit one million people in 18 months, it is interesting that the record of its flagship skill development programme, which aims to enhance the employment potential of Indians, has been poor. To be sure, the progress was not great to begin with, and it inevitably deteriorated during the two years of the pandemic. When the government announced its first skill development initiative in 2015, it aimed to train as many people as possible and provide them with placements.
ED's scope of probe under PMLA increased 2.5 times in six yearsRediff.com29 Apr 2022
Recently, Enforcement Directorate (ED) attached assets worth Rs 757.8 crore of Amway India Enterprises in connection with an alleged marketing scam. It claimed that Amway was running a multi-level marketing scam. The ED provisionally attached immovable and movable properties worth Rs 411.83 crore and bank balances of Rs 345.94 crore from 36 different accounts belonging to Amway. Data from the Department of Economic Affairs shows that in 2021-22 (until December 2021), ED had provisionally attached Rs 8,989.3 crore worth of assets.
No electrifying effect from government's EV pushRediff.com27 Apr 2022
State governments need to focus on building charging infrastructure to realise the goal of transitioning a large proportion of their sales to EVs, reports Ishaan Gera.
BharatNet plan to set up rural fibre networks slowed down in pandemicRediff.com22 Apr 2022
It has been over two decades since the cabinet cleared the BharatNet project, earlier known as National Optical Fibre Network. However, progress of the programme has been slow. While the government had set the target of connecting 100,000 gram panchayats by 2013, it took another four years to achieve this target in December 2017. Progress under the current administration has improved, but the government has again missed its targets.
Re-elected BJP legislators show steepest climb in incomeRediff.com28 Mar 2022
Re-elected MLAs from the ruling party added more wealth in the last five years than re-elected candidates from other political parties, shows an analysis of ADR electoral data.
2015 to 2018: Number of NRIs jumped 18%Rediff.com23 Mar 2022
Last year, in a reply to a question in Lok Sabha, the government informed Parliament that as of 2021, an estimated 13.5 million Indian nationals resided in various countries outside of India. Of these, 8.8 million were in the Gulf countries. Given the pandemic, there hasn't been a significant change in the number of Indians settling abroad, but data between 2015 and 2018 shows that the number of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) increased 18 per cent in these three years. In 2015, India had 11.4 million Indians settled abroad, which increased to 13.4 million in 2018.
Mobile Internet User Growth Slowed Down In 2021Rediff.com23 Mar 2022
By the end of December 2021, India had 389 million users who did not have access to mobile Internet, while there were 765.8 million mobile Internet users in the country.
How close were the 5-state election results really?Rediff.com11 Mar 2022
An analysis of seats across the five states shows that the race was won on tighter margins than five years ago, except for Punjab and Uttarakhand.
Russia accounts for most of India's arms importsRediff.com26 Feb 2022
49.4 per cent of India's arms imports between 2016 and 2020 were from Russia.
Will Indians have to work 12 hours a day?Rediff.com31 Dec 2021
India's time use survey for January-December 2019 had found that an average person in urban areas spends 485 (eight hours and five minutes) minutes on employment and related activities.
Booster shots will cost Rs 100 billionRediff.com24 Dec 2021
If booster shots are given on priority, the pace of vaccination may slow further. In the worst case scenario, the country will take till mid-March to vaccinate its entire adult population partially.
A third of women married were 18-20 years oldRediff.com24 Dec 2021
West Bengal, Rajasthan and Bihar were worst in terms of women marrying at an early age.
States' spending on police increased 66.2%Rediff.com23 Dec 2021
States' spending doesn't improve the public image of the police, so where is the money going?
Eight states see decline in govt school enrolmentsRediff.com1 Dec 2021
North-eastern states have led the charge in recording a decline.
Why India's asset monetisation dream may be hard to achieveRediff.com22 Sep 2021
India was among the top-five economies with the largest general government capital stock level, said, in 2015, an International Monetary Fund report called "Making Public Investment More Efficient". The report fuelled a debate on countries sitting on piles of cash that could be used better. India was believed to have public assets worth $4.5 trillion. The report urged countries to start asset recycling. Six years after the report, Australia's success in asset recycling has turned India into a believer; despite doing averagely in its previous efforts on roads, railways or meeting its divestment targets.
Vaccination in rural areas gains speed as hinterland lags behindRediff.com16 Sep 2021
As the rural areas account for more than 40% of the country's population, they need to receive at least 41.7 per cent of the doses to make vaccine administration more equitable, reports Ishaan Gera.