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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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Most cities low on economic ability

The last, which has a weight of almost one-third in the rankings, is a completely subjective parameter.

The average score of the 111 cities is the least on the economic ability pillar. The average score on this pillar is 13.17 compared to 51.38 for quality of life, 53.63 for sustainability, and 76.1 for citizen’s perception.
Published on Mar 05, 2021 01:58 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Urban areas still more vulnerable to coronavirus but cases now evenly spread

While India seems to have so far escaped a second wave of Covid-19 infections, tracking the geography of the pandemic in the country over the last one year makes for an interesting analysis.

A health worker wearing protective gear takes a nasal swab sample of inbound travellers for Covid-19 coronavirus tests at CSMT railway station, in Mumbai.(Bhushan Koyande / HT file photo)
Published on Mar 01, 2021 04:43 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, New Delhi

Five charts that explain the upcoming elections

Three out of the four states going to polls; Assam, West Bengal and Kerala are also the top three states by share of Muslims in the population. With 26.7% Muslims and 16.6% Christians, Kerala has the lowest share of Hindus -- to be sure, they are still a majority – among India’s important states.

The states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Assam account for 13% out of the 543 seats in Lok Sabha.(File photo. Representative image)
Updated on Mar 27, 2021 10:53 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha,

Congress needs to worry more about rebels than opponents in Puducherry

The only time the Congress has lost Puducherry, it has been because of a rebel. The Congress and DMK together have won over 50% seats in every assembly elections in Puducherry since 1980, except in 2011

Representational image. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 22, 2021 06:32 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

The lessons to be drawn from Chamoli disaster

The effects of the climate crisis on Uttarakhand’s weather patterns and their impact on the environment’s capacity to sustain damage being done by the construction of dams makes the state particularly vulnerable.

Rescuers on Thursday recovered another body from the Tapovan dam tunnel in Uttarakhand’s flash flood-hit Chamoli district, taking the toll from the tragedy to 59,(PTI)
Updated on Feb 20, 2021 10:01 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, Jayashree Nandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Number Theory: What does mobility data tell us about the state of the economy?

While mobility has been increasing continuously, its recovery is relatively slower when compared to NIBRI. To be sure, mobility levels had reached 90% of pre-lockdown values (median value for the day of the week in the January 3, 2020 to February 6, 2020 period) in December 2020 itself.

The latest NIBRI numbers indicate a moderation in labour participation rate (LPR), which is defined as the share of working age population working of looking for a job.(Reuters)
Published on Feb 16, 2021 03:51 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

No Covid death in Delhi first time since May 11

According to government data, the highest number of Covid-19 cases in a day (8,593) was recorded on November 11, and on November 18, the city recorded the highest number of single-day deaths (131).

Hundred new cases in Tuesday’s bulletin, reported from 56,410 tests conducted the previous day, took the case tally to 636,260, but active cases were down to 1,052.(HT photo)
Updated on Feb 10, 2021 06:11 AM IST
By, Abhishek Jha, New Delhi

Path to a just transition to lower CO2 emissions

Even at the time these lockdowns were imposed, an improvement in indicators of air quality raised hopes that a world with lower emissions from burning of fossil fuels was not an unachievable target.

Continuing this trend of lower CO2 emissions, however, will also have socio-economic consequences, such as workers in fossil-fuel based power plants or in coal mines falling out of the workforce.(AP (Representative Image))
Published on Feb 09, 2021 03:14 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, New Delhi

Number Theory: How much does an average Indian earn?

The average annual per capita income of households interviewed in the LASI survey conducted in 2017-18 is ₹44,901. This is just about 39% of the per capita income in the same year according to the National Account Statistics

On average, perceived destitution (financial condition being well below average) is 3.4 times more widespread than perceived opulence (financial condition being well above average) in India.(PTI image)
Updated on Jan 16, 2021 03:02 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, New Delhi

Is there deferred distress in rural labour markets?

This generated fears of a glut in rural markets and hence a rise in unemployment and crash in rural wages, which had already been declining.

India does not have official high-frequency data on rural employment.(Reuters)
Published on Jan 09, 2021 04:53 AM IST
ByVineet Sachdev, Abhishek Jha, New Delhi

The number theory: Imagining India, 10 years from now

India’s first climate change assessment by the ministry of earth sciences (MoES), published in 2020. said that the climate change seen in the country since the middle of the 20th century is expected to continue in the future.

India will overtake China to become the most populous country in 2023, when its population will reach 1.42 billion.(Reuters)
Updated on Jan 05, 2021 03:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByVijdan Mohammad Kawoosa, Abhishek Jha and Vineet Sachdev

2020: A year of strange weather events

Floods, cyclones, colder winter, unexpected rains, India has seen them all.

A deserted Marina beach is seen during rains before Cyclone Nivar's landfall, in Chennai.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 29, 2020 04:21 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAbhishek Jha

West Bengal polls and the possible role of defections

West Bengal’s polity since 2014 has been a story of growing polarisation. With the Communist Party of India (Marxist) led Left Front continuously losing ground against the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) in election after election, the BJP started positioning itself as the principal opposition party in the state.

Union home minister Amit Shah during an election campaign rally ahead of West Bengal assembly polls 2021, at Bolpur in Birbhum.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Dec 21, 2020 07:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRoshan Kishore and Abhishek Jha

Are we undercounting India’s women workers?

An HT analysis of per capita worker incomes and per capita incomes in China and India showed that India’s gap with China was much larger when it came to per capita incomes than per worker incomes.

Two government reports suggest that there is significant ambiguity about the number of women workers in the country.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 18, 2020 08:27 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRoshan Kishore and Abhishek Jha

Cold wave conditions in Delhi from December 16 to 18

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) designates days as cold wave days in the plains if the minimum temperature is 10 degree Celsius or lower and at the same time 4.5 degrees or more below the normal minimum temperature for the day for two consecutive days.

A person using an electric scooter inquires from police personnel manning barricades on Rajpath near India Gate in New Delhi on Saturday, December 12, 2020.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 15, 2020 10:14 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAbhishek Jha

Would Virat Kohli be fastest to 12k runs in another era?

Would Kohli have scored his 12,000 runs as quickly as he did if he played during Tendulkar’s time? One may never know for sure – but an HT analysis looks at the changing scoring patterns one-day internationals to try and answer the question.

India captain Virat Kohli(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 12, 2020 10:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAbhishek Jha

Will cash transfers help SC/STs better? A look at a Niti idea

On November 27, the Economic Times reported that Niti Aayog had proposed a plan for replacing the existing Scheduled Castes Sub Plan (SCSP) and Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) method of budgeting for the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) with a central consolidated fund.

In the last five years, the total spending under SCSP and TSP has risen from 2.8% to 4.5% of the size of the budget, although figures for 2019-20 and 2020-21 could be revised downwards.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)
Updated on Dec 07, 2020 12:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAbhishek Jha

Delhi: Bad air days retreat, but next spell may not be far

An HT analysis of historical trends suggests that Delhi’s pollution status depends on a mix of meteorological, outside (such as farm fires) and local factors.

As temperatures drop further, air quality is expected to worsen again after what is at best a temporary respite.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Nov 19, 2020 07:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAbhishek Jha

Bihar Assembly Election 2020 Result: Were these the closest Bihar polls in 43 years?

This is the smallest majority to a ruling alliance after since the October 2005 elections when the NDA managed to get 143 MLAs.

NDA supporters wearing masks of CM Nitish Kumar and PM Narendra Modi celebrate the alliance's leads on counting day of Bihar Assembly polls, in Patna.(Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 12, 2020 06:45 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAbhishek Jha

LJP: Biggest X-factor of the elections

This talk of being a part of government formation has little meaning now -- the NDA has managed a simple majority of 124 in the assembly, and the LJP has won just one seat.

LJP President Chirag Paswan during a meeting with party candidates via video conferencing, ahead of Bihar Assembly Election, in New Delhi.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 11, 2020 05:51 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAbhishek Jha

Bihar Assembly Election 2020: Left records higher strike rate than RJD, Cong; lags in popular support

With 16 legislators in the 243-member assembly, the left’s seat share is 6.6%. This is its highest in the Hindi belt since 1995 when the three parties together had a seat share of 14% in the 243 seats that comprise the current Bihar assembly.

CPI (ML) General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya addressing 'Nukker Sabha' during an election meeting ahead of Bihar Assembly Election in Patna.(ANI)
Published on Nov 11, 2020 04:54 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAbhishek Jha

Bihar Assembly Election 2020: Did Modi push propel NDA in tight poll race?

A comparison of NDA performance in ACs in each phase where the Prime Minister addressed and did not address rallies shows that these rallies generated relatively greater tailwinds for the NDA in the third phase.

Rangoli artists are seen giving their final touch on Rangoli of PM Narendra Modi and Home minister Amit Shah at Thane. The BJP and the JD(U) have won 73 and 43 seats in the new assembly.(Praful Gangurde/ HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 11, 2020 06:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAbhishek Jha

What to look for in the Bihar poll results today

Anecdotal accounts and exit polls point towards a massive anti-incumbency against Nitish Kumar, who, except for a nine-month gap when he voluntarily stepped down from the chief minister’s post, has been in office for 15 years now.

A security official keeps a vigil as voters stand in queues to cast their votes at a polling station during the third phase of Bihar Assembly Elections, at Mahua in Vaishali district.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 10, 2020 05:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRoshan Kishore and Abhishek Jha

How has Nitish fared on Bijli-Sadak-Paani front?

Bijli, sadak, paani — or power, roads, water — were indeed part of chief minister Nitish Kumar’s seven resolves ahead of the 2015 Bihar elections.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addresses an election rally during the second phase of Bihar Assembly election, in Darbhanga.(Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 04, 2020 10:06 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAbhishek Jha

Why are farm reforms not a big election issue in Bihar?

An HT analysis shows that the reason for this could be that Bihar’s agriculture is among the most low-income, low-cost operations in the country, and does not allow more than subsistence level earnings.

A farmer harvest wheat crop in a field in Patna during nationwide lockdown in April 2020.(Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 30, 2020 05:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAbhishek Jha and Roshan Kishore

Steady dip in urban unemployment rate before lockdown, finds survey

While the decline in the unemployment rate is relatively smaller for young people, their labour force participation rate (LPFR) has grown more than that of the older age groups in the first three quarters of 2019-20 compared to the corresponding periods in 2018-19.

A man sits outside a closed store in Mumbai.(Bloomberg File Photo)
Updated on Oct 30, 2020 05:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAbhishek Jha, New Delhi

Why is everyone promising jobs in Bihar elections?

The political polemics notwithstanding, what explains the mad rush for promising jobs in the Bihar elections? An HT analysis shows that unemployment may be a bigger problem in Bihar than in the rest of India.

According to the 2018-19 Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS), the official source of employment statistics in India, the unemployment rate in Bihar was 10.2% in India.(Reuters)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 08:16 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAbhishek Jha and Roshan Kishore

Unemployment rate improved in July-Sept ’19, shows NSO data

The National Statistics Office on Monday released employment indicators for the quarter ending September 2019.This is the fourth such quarterly bulletin based on the new Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) started in 2017-18 and gives estimates only for urban areas.

In September 2018, the unemployment rate was 9.7%.(Reuters)
Updated on Oct 20, 2020 02:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhishek Jha

Women do most of the heavy lifting in Indian households: NSO report

An average Indian woman spends 19.5% of her time engaged in either unpaid domestic work or unpaid care-giving services, according to the survey conducted between January and December 2019.

A woman assists an elderly to carry a bucket filled with tanker water at Shakar Pada village near Shahapur, on the outskirts of Mumbai.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Sep 30, 2020 02:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAbhishek Jha

EC announces poll dates: Understanding the Bihar elections

Voting for Bihar assembly elections will be held in three phases on October 28, November 3 and November 7 in one of the biggest elections globally during the Covid-19 pandemic, followed by counting of votes on November 10.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora with election commissioners Sushil Chandra (left) and Rajiv Kumar (right) announces the schedule for the Bihar assembly elections on Friday.(PTI Photo)
Published on Sep 25, 2020 10:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhishek Jha
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