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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Data also suggests that at least some of the improvement could be because of an increase in poor-quality jobs, a trend seen regularly since the Covid-19 pandemic
Even as investigations into the alleged murder of Shradha Walkar by her live-in partner Aftab Poonawala continue, there have been efforts in some quarters to link this dastardly crime to “love jihad”.
If the AAP does manage to get a vote share in Gujarat to reckon with and the contest does become triangular, what impact will it have on the state’s politics?
An analysis of the 2017 assembly results shows that the BJP’s losses were not confined to the poorest regions of the state, suggesting that there isn’t a complete correlation between economic well-being and support for the party in the state.
Not everything is judicially manageable, the Supreme Court said on Thursday as it declined to grant an urgent hearing to a petition demanding fresh guidelines on stubble burning and other crucial steps to curb the rising pollution in Delhi and surrounding areas.
In a 3-2 verdict, a five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court upheld the 103rd constitutional amendment, which gave a 10% reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) of social groups hitherto not entitled to reservations earlier
According to the Air Quality Index (AQI) bulletin published by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), this year (AQI) saw the cleanest air since 2015, when the body started measuring air quality. But that may perhaps not be the best measure. This is because some air quality stations can stop functioning during the high pollution episodes of Diwali.
The average Air Quality Index (AQI) from consistently available data from Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) bulletins shows that as recently as in the week ending October 21, the AQI in 2022 was better than the 2019-2021 average in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh.
Given the state of the Congress, it is fighting nothing short of a battle for survival. If one were to take a slightly long-term view of the Congress’s political performance, one can argue that Kharge’s challenge is to solve a problem which, in many ways, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi could not resolve during their terms as the Congress president.
Delhi has experienced some rare days of good air this week. The good air on two days was the result of unprecedented rain – the fourth highest since 1901 for the first 11 days of October – but it also serves as a warning of a coming peak of air pollution, an HT analysis of past rain, air quality, and active fires data shows.
An HT analysis of latest Google Mobility Data shows that festivals have likely led to a big push to consumer spending.
An HT analysis of IMD’s gridded dataset – it differs slightly from IMD’s published statistics although it is directionally similar– shows that this year’s rainfall is more a statistical normal than what the term would suggest in practice.
Data analysed by HT shows that even though more than 84% of all adults in the country are currently eligible for booster shots, less than a quarter have so far opted for the third shot – highlighting the challenge that still lies ahead in terms of booster coverage.
The Indian National Congress, founded in 1885, led India’s freedom movement and then went on to become India’s dominant political party after Independence. For years, it was the only pan-Indian political party in the country. Does the Congress enjoy a similar stature today?
Consistent rain has led to a sharp drop in daytime temperatures, with Thursday and Friday, when most of the rain took place, 7-8°C cooler than normal
Inclement weather and rain are expected to continue over the weekend, though the intensity may reduce slightly on Sunday, weather scientists have predicted.
Rains – first the lack of it, and then an almost continuous six-day spell – are the reason for these wild fluctuations
The New Pension Scheme (NPS) – it was first implemented by the Centre in 2004 and 27 states have shifted to it since then – does not even come close in terms of future earnings to the OPS.
An HT analysis of global temperature database maintained by NASA shows that the June-July-August (JJA) period might indeed have been the warmest the world has seen since 1880.
As of Sunday night, there has so far been no announcement regarding a possible extension of the 75-day window to administer precaution doses free of cost to all aged 18 and above.
An HT analysis of the preliminary results fact sheet released by NTA gives important insights into the exam.
The latest report of National Health Accounts (NHA) – it has data for 2018-19 – shows that the burden of health spending on Indian households continues to reduce.
The fact that such instances are spreading to more cities and happening with greater frequency, suggests that something is broken in our response to such events.
The city received more rain in the 24 hours to 8.30 AM Monday than it did in 99.9% of the days since the begining of the 20th century (the average for the city was 58.5 mm, the 44th highest in any 24-hour period since January 1, 1901).
The quarterly bulletin of the Periodic Labour Force Survey also suggests that at least some of this improvement is because of a higher than usual engagement in poor quality jobs in the quarter ending June 2022
The month of August ended with 41.6mm of rainfall for Delhi, translating to a deficit of 83% from the normal of 247.7mm for the month, making it the Capital’s driest August in 16 years, data from India Meteorological Department (IMD) showed on Wednesday.
Two of India’s Himalayan states, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have seen multiple instances of flash floods this monsoon season. Is this a result of abnormal rainfall, or something else? An HT analysis of various data sets shows that multiple factors, including growth in habitations, need to be taken into account to understand the growing risks of floods in these regions and that mechanical interpretation of rainfall data can be misleading.
An Economic and Political Weekly paper shows that skill enhancement programmes such as the government’s Skill India Mission can play a major role. The only challenge seems to be that workers are either not aware of or not convinced about the benefits of such programmes
Suicide deaths per million population were at their highest level in India in 2021, data released last week by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) showed, continuing a disturbing trend also evident in 2020
The fastest increase in deaths by suicide was observed among students and small entrepreneurs, much like what was observed in the 2020 edition of the reports