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55% of Indian population poor: New report
Published on : Thursday, July 15, 2010
According to new international Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI), 55 percentage of Indians are poor. The number of poor comes around 645 million. The index takes into account ten indicators.Kerala has the lowest poverty rate. Most people are deprived of nutrition, reports The Times Of India.
No accounting for caste
Published on : Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Caste is still a reality in India. Most people still bother to find out the caste identities of people they come across. But, it makes little sense to include caste information in the census. The importance of caste has diminished in course of time, writes Ravinder Kaur in Indian Express.
Dishonesty in Caste Census
Published on : Saturday, May 22, 2010
The quota system caters to 60 percentage of the population. Unfortunately planners don't realize that people responds to incentives. In the 1999 survey by NSS. It was found that 36% of the people are OBCs. In a repetition of the same survey in 2004-05, the percentage of OBCs shot up to 41%. Planners have no valid answer to this problem, writes Surjit Bhalla in Business Standard.
The Census: Vehicle for Social Engineering
Published on : Saturday, May 01, 2010
The census in a welfare state, then, creates a dynamic in which the exercise of one person’s rights ostensibly damages the interests of others. It thus has become a powerful symbol of social control over civil society, writes Wendy McElroy in The Independent Institute Newsroom.
GDP Fetishism
Published on : Monday, March 01, 2010
When economics professors teach the basics of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), we usually caution our students that it is not a good measure of welfare. Unfortunately, many economists go on to give GDP far more credit than it deserves, writes David R. Henderson in Library Of Economics And Liberty.
How Indians spend: Estimates from national accounts
Published on : Wednesday, February 04, 2009
With growing economy, India is spending more on services as the data reflects that the fastest growing components of household spending were related to the service sector, such as healthcare, communications and education. Consumers tend to spend relatively less on food and more on healthcare and education as their incomes increase, writes Mahendra Kumar Singh in the Times of India.
Man power imbalance in Indian military
Published on : Saturday, March 29, 2008
Press reports in early 2008 indicate that admissions to the National Defence Academy (NDA) and the Indian Military Academy (IMA) have dropped sharply. While standards for recruitment have remained the same for 30 years, at the NDA only 172 of the available 300 seats were filled. NDA cadets go through a three-year degree course for all three armed forces after which they go into the IMA, Air Force Academy or the Naval Academy for a year before being commissioned into the services. At the IMA, only 90 cadets enrolled for the 250 available seats, writes Devesh Kapur in Indian Express
China and India: head to head in figures
Published on : Sunday, January 13, 2008
On the eve of the Indian Prime Minister's visit to China, Times of India compiled this statistical comparison of the two Asian neighbours, who have been dominating the news in recent years.
Reading smoke signals
Published on : Friday, December 14, 2007
Few doubt tobacco has serious ill effects and large health costs, but the ministry of health’s proposal to use gory pictures of cancer patients on cigarette packs needs to be fully thought out, and the government first needs to come up with a plan to employ the 7-8 million workers in the sector, including 4.5 million making bidis and 2 million collecting the tendu leaves used in bidis, writes Sunil Jain in Busines Standard
Telephones Connections & Density
Published on : Friday, October 26, 2007
Telephone Connections & Density, graphics appeared in the Indian Express
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