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Abhishek Jha

Abhishek Jha is a data journalist. He analyses public data for finding news, with a focus on the environment, Indian politics and economy, and Covid-19.

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Number Theory: How formidable is the SP-Congress alliance in UP?

The SP’s performance has been largely consistent in terms of vote share, unlike the Congress which has seen a long-term decline in vote share barring 2009.

Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi
Published on Feb 23, 2024 09:28 AM IST

Number Theory: This winter is a winter of extremes

India’s snow pack has been the lowest in satellite records since 2000-01 on every day starting November 13

This winter has averaged a warmer-than-normal minimum temperature and a cooler-than-normal maximum temperature.(Reuters)
Published on Feb 16, 2024 06:56 PM IST

Number Theory: Looking back at Sonia Gandhi’s Lok Sabha career

Both in terms of victory margin and vote share, Sonia Gandhi reached the peak of her electoral career in the 2006 by-election to the Rae Bareli seat in UP

Sonia Gandhi, 77, filed the nomination papers for Rajya Sabha on Wednesday(AP FILE PHOTO)
Published on Feb 15, 2024 07:41 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Number Theory: Three charts that explain the farmers' demand for MSP guarantees

A mindless expansion of MSP operations without a critical look at their existing structure can do more bad than good.

Police use tear gas shells to disperse farmers during their 'Delhi Chalo' march at Punjab-Haryana Shambhu border, near Patiala.(PTI)
Published on Feb 13, 2024 07:51 PM IST

Urban unemployment in India lowest since June 2018

India's urban unemployment rate dropped to 6.5% in Q4 2023, the lowest since Q2 2018. However, concerns remain over the quality of jobs as unpaid employment increased.

Survey showed the unemployment rate was 6.5% in the December quarter, 0.7 percentage point lower than in year-ago three months. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 08:46 AM IST

Number Theory: Are there long-term changes happening in western disturbances?

One reason IMD scientists cited for low snowfall this winter was that strong western disturbances were not arriving over India.

Homeless people sit around a bonfire on a cold winter morning under a National Highway flyover in Gurugram. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Feb 12, 2024 08:25 AM IST

Number Theory: Can the BJP win 370 seats in Lok Sabha polls?

One way to answer this question is to look at how much the BJP will have to gain compared to previous elections to achieve this target.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi predicted on Monday that the NDA will cross the 400 mark in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.(HT File Photo/Sanchit Khanna)
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 12:32 AM IST

Mfg recovers from pandemicdisruption: ASI

In terms of numbers, the average factory in the ASI sample frame is much bigger and the number of average workers per factory higher at 54.4 in 2021-22, compared to 50.3 in 2020-21 and 53 in 2019-20

According to data, the disruption of organized manufacturing might have contributed to the reverse migration seen during the Covid-19 pandemic, but this reversed itself by 2021-22. (AFP/ Representational Use)
Updated on Feb 06, 2024 08:32 AM IST

Number Theory: Western disturbances decreased temperatures, not rain deficit

Western disturbances have helped bring rain and snow to north-western India since the last week of January.

A boy walks on a snow-covered hilly road after fresh snowfall in the outskirts of Srinagar on Friday(Waseem Andrabi /HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 03, 2024 01:09 AM IST

Interim budget 2024-25: Capex raised to 3.4% of GDP despite fiscal consolidation

The capital spending in 2024-25 will be ₹11,11,111 crore, a number which is more like an auspicious figure than a hard-headed budgetary allocation.

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the interim budget on Thursday. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 12:43 AM IST

Number Theory: Ten years of Modi government and the Indian economy - I

This two-part data journalism series seeks to evaluate the economic performance of the Narendra Modi government which has been in office for 10 years

The run-up to the 2024-25 interim budget is a good opportunity to evaluate the economic performance of the Narendra Modi government which has been in office for 10 years. (AFP FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 03, 2024 12:03 PM IST

Number Theory: How little snowfall has India received this January?

Historical average shows that this time of the year, more than half of J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and almost all of Ladakh should be covered with snow

A glimpse of the snow-clad upper reaches of the Himalayas in J&K's Bandipora on January 27.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Jan 29, 2024 07:54 AM IST

Number Theory: Can India become self-sufficient in pulses?

Pulses are an important source of protein in non-meat-eating households

Union minister Amit Shah said the country should become self-reliant in pulses by December 2027(HT FILE/Bachchan Kumar)
Published on Jan 24, 2024 06:21 PM IST

Number Theory: The importance of pilgrims in tourism economy

According to the NSSO survey, the average religious or pilgrimage trip generated a bill of ₹2,717 in 2014-15. This is the third-lowest bill

Representative Photo
Updated on Jan 21, 2024 01:29 PM IST

Number Theory: How important are pilgrims among domestic tourists in India?

The run-up to the inauguration of the Ram temple in Ayodhya has generated discussions on the economic potential of religious tourism in India

Representative Photo
Updated on Jan 21, 2024 01:15 PM IST

Number Theory: Dim picture of India’s demographic dividend

Government surveys such as the Periodic Labour Force Survey suggest that 75% of India's 14-18 year olds live in rural areas

The findings indicate that schools are not of much help in educating students about really promising avenues of work or career building.(Reuters)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 07:53 PM IST

Number Theory: Record fires in Uttarakhand, Himachal and J&K as winter turns dry

An HT analysis of satellite data suggests that fires in the two hill states and Jammu & Kashmir are unprecedented this January

Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir have reported 1102, 925, and 486 fires from January 1 to January 15(ANI)
Published on Jan 16, 2024 05:07 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Number Theory: Will the BSP play a role in this year's elections?

With the BJP becoming a dominant party, a lot of the non-SC support, and perhaps even non-Jatav SC support the BSP enjoyed, has gone back to the BJP

BSP chief Mayawati at a press conference on her birthday in Lucknow on Monday.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Jan 16, 2024 08:34 AM IST

Number Theory: How sea surface temperatures broke records in 2023

Sea surface temperatures are important because sea temperature is among the big drivers of global climate

Warmer oceans lead to more water vapour in the atmosphere, which feeds weather events like rainfall, snowfall, and cyclones.(FILE AFP)
Updated on Jan 11, 2024 08:41 PM IST

Number Theory: What does 1.48°C warming in 2023 mean?

While there is still some distance to go before the 1.5°C target is breached, 2023 is the biggest step towards that target in the 10-year and 30-year averages

In all datasets, 2023 is likely to be the warmest year and by a big margin.(Representational Photo/ Creative Commons)
Updated on Jan 10, 2024 04:46 PM IST

Number Theory: Cold days, warm nights characterise this winter

Data shows that temperatures have dropped suddenly in the last week, which might have created a perception of it suddenly being cold in some parts of India.

A man sits around a bonfire on a cold winter morning. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 04, 2024 09:07 AM IST

What does data tell us about road accidents in India?

Here is what data on road accidents and their treatment within the criminal justice system tells us.

At least six people were killed after the car they were travelling in hit a road divider in Jamshedpur on January 1. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 03, 2024 04:46 AM IST

Number Theory: 2023 will be the warmest year, but will it also breach 1.5°C?

The 1.5-degree threshold is among the key objectives of the Paris Agreement, and considered crucial to prevent irreversible damages because of global warming

People suffer from heat stress when their bodies are unable to compensate for the heat and properly cool themselves.(Bidesh Manna/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 29, 2023 09:29 AM IST

Number Theory: How is India’s rural job market changing?

This is the final part of a four-part data journalism series on the key trends seen in the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS).

Unpaid family work has replaced some casual work in rural areas.
Updated on Dec 28, 2023 09:09 AM IST

Number Theory: Understanding the rise of unpaid workers in India

This is the 3rd part of a four-part data journalism series on key trends in Periodic Labour Force Survey. The 4th will show changes in India’s rural job market.

As expected, 82% of the growth in unpaid work since 2017-18 is from women(AP FILE)
Published on Dec 26, 2023 09:05 AM IST

Number Theory: The jobs that have been created in the past 5 years

This is the second part of a four-part data journalism series on the key trends seen in the Periodic Labour Force Survey.

Unpaid family workers (also known as self-employed helpers in household enterprises) account for 37% of the 112-million growth in the workforce since 2017-18(FIle Photo)
Updated on Dec 25, 2023 12:04 PM IST

Number Theory: Who is being added to India’s labour force?

This is the first of a four-part data journalism series on the key trends seen in the Periodic Labour Force Survey

Data released from the survey in October shows that key trends in India’s labour market remain the same as during the pandemic(PTI)
Updated on Dec 23, 2023 01:05 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Number Theory: Tamil Nadu is in its most extreme rain spell ever

The extreme rain has only helped bridge its deficit in Tamil Nadu just before the season’s official end

People shift from a flooded road after heavy rainfall, in Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu on Dec. 19(PTI)
Updated on Dec 20, 2023 02:29 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Number Theory: Decoding BJP’s improved showing in state elections

The BJP’s record in the last two Lok Sabha elections continues to be better than its performance in state elections in most cases

A long-term analysis of BJP’s state election performance suggests that it has improved its performance in them after 2014.(PTI)
Updated on Dec 19, 2023 01:11 AM IST

Number Theory: An unusually warm start to winter in several states

A strong El Niño prevailing currently means that this warming is likely to continue

A Delhi Metro Rail runs amid cold and smoggy weather at MG road metro station near Plaza Mall, in Gurugram(HT File Photo/Parveen Kumar)
Published on Dec 18, 2023 10:51 AM IST
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