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.

Articles by Abhishek Jha

Budget 2023: 35,000 crore outlay for growth in green energy transition

India underlined that its nationally determined contribution to fight climate change will help achieve the long-term goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2070

FM Nirmala Sitharaman listed ‘green growth’ among four opportunities that can be transformative for India in the run up to 2047. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 03, 2023 03:01 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi,

Economic Survey's optimism on labour markets warrants caution

Data from quarterly PLFS rounds are available till the three months ended September 2022. Rural employment numbers, however, are released in the annual PLFS reports. These reports show tangible improvement on three key labour market statistics.

Labour force participation rate (LFPR) and worker participation rate (WPR) were at their highest in the two quarters till September last year.
Updated on Feb 02, 2023 08:14 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Eco survey: Quality of life improving as rural push yields dividends

Around two-thirds of India’s population lived in rural areas in 2021, according to United Nations Population Division’s World Urbanisation Prospects, and around 47% of India’s workers were dependent on agriculture, according to the Periodic Labour Force Survey 2020-21

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Published on Jan 31, 2023 11:45 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Importance of the Budget for agriculture sector

Agriculture accounts for about 15% of the GDP but employs more than 40% of Indian workers

A farmer harvests mint in Karnataka. (AFP)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 03:48 PM IST
By, New Delhi

The great global meat-up: See where India fits in

Local surveys around the world have reflected shifts in the amounts of meat the average person consumes. What drives such dietary changes in India?

Updated on Aug 04, 2023 12:24 AM IST

Number Theory: Decoding the electoral contest in three states

The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced dates for assembly elections to three states – Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura – on January 18.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) panel during the press conference on upcoming elections in Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura at Akashwani Bhawan in New Delhi, on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. (Photo by Raj K Raj/HT)
Updated on Jan 19, 2023 12:27 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Number theory: Why China’s population numbers are significant

China’s economic transformation from a poor Asian country to the world’s second largest economy is perhaps the most fascinating rags-to-riches story in the history of modern capitalism.

A 2022 United Nations estimates projected a decline in Chinese population in 2022 and also projected that India will replace China as the most populous country in the world in mid-2023.(AP)
Updated on Jan 18, 2023 02:47 PM IST

Number theory: In warm 2022, almost no place on Earth was colder than ‘normal’

While markers such as the global average of temperature shown above tend to hide regional variations, a disaggregated analysis of temperature in 2022 shows that both the northern and southern hemispheres were the sixth warmest on record.

Street artists paint a mural on a wall opposite the COP26 climate summit venue in Glasgow.(AFP)
Updated on Jan 16, 2023 03:45 PM IST

Number Theory: Bihar’s socio-economic landscape; known and unknown facts

Even though India stopped conducting a detailed caste census after 1931, the census does count the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) population separately.

The Bihar government has said that it hopes to complete the entire process of caste census by the first half of this year. (HINDUSTAN TIMES)
Updated on Jan 11, 2023 07:25 AM IST

Number Theory: Why Jan 2023 feels colder than last year

Large parts of north India are reeling under numbing cold with the mercury remaining below the freezing point at most places in Jammu and Kashmir. Is this winter really colder than what is normally the case? An HT analysis of the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) gridded database can answer some of these questions.

A cold wave is declared in the region when the minimum temperature is 4.5 degrees or more below the normal mark, or when it drops to 4°C or lower. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 10, 2023 07:33 PM IST

Why the Aravallis come to die in NCR

Among the 23 districts where Aravallis exist, Delhi, Gurugram, and Faridabad are the most urban.

Trees felled in the Aravalli in Sohna. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 07, 2023 04:51 AM IST

Number Theory: Four key questions that will matter for the economy in 2023

As the New Year begins amid renewed hope, what will 2023 hold for the economy — both Indian and global?

India continues to take proactive steps to reach their goal of $5 trillion economy. (HT file photo)
Updated on Jan 05, 2023 07:34 AM IST

Number Theory: Tracking employment data in ’22 as jobs return 2 yrs after Covid

Since the Covid-19 pandemic started in 2020, economies all around the world have learnt that they must balance lives and livelihood to survive.

Number Theory: Tracking employment data in ’22 as jobs return 2 yrs after Covid
Updated on Dec 30, 2022 04:12 AM IST

Max 15.6°C, min 5°C: Delhi fights biting cold as sun stays away

The night was coldest in south Delhi’s Aya Nagar, with the minimum a sharp 4°C, while the day was coolest in southwest Delhi’s Jafarpur, which saw a maximum of just 11°C.

A thick mist above the Yamuna on Monday morning. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 27, 2022 04:49 AM IST
ByJasjeev Gandhiok & Abhishek Jha

No sign yet of China virus surge in India Covid data

The rise in Covid-19 cases in neighbouring China now has the attention of the top authorities in India, including the prime minister and the union health minister. None of them has suggested any drastic measures yet (and rightly so), and only all advised pandemic-appropriate behaviour and more surveillance. There is good reason for this.

The seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases in India was 139 in the week ending December 21, the lowest since the week ending March 31 in 2020. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 23, 2022 09:24 AM IST

Three reasons India will not see a Covid-wave like China’s

An HT analysis of data from China and India suggests that India is likely better protected than China. However, this analysis also shows that this fact will not remain true without dynamic action on the vaccination front.

Visitors line up at Baoding No. 2 Central Hospital in Zhuozhou city in northern China's Hebei province on Wednesday(AP)
Updated on Dec 22, 2022 04:40 PM IST
By, New Delhi, Hindustan Times

If December isn’t very cold, 2022 will be one of the warmest ever years

Frost and snow gave way to a mild weather in the United Kingdom on Monday, a trend that is likely to persist up to Christmas, the country’s Met Office predicted . This has a parallel in India, where there has not been much or any snow in the Himalayas.

 (Vipin Kumar/ HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 21, 2022 04:55 AM IST

Number theory: Tracking the dramatic temperature changes India saw through 2022

To be sure, while 2022 is in the top 20% coldest years by maximum temperature, it ends up on the warmer half when we look at the minimum temperature.

Hazy weather over the skyline as sun sets in the backdrop over Vihar Lake in Mumbai.(HT file)
Updated on Dec 19, 2022 01:46 PM IST

India’s vaccine coverage stagnant for over a month amid surge in cases abroad

India has made remarkable progress in vaccinating people against Covid-19 since the beginning of the immunisation drive in January 2021. However, since September, when a free window for boosters was discontinued, it has faltered in this initiative.

(Representational image/Reuters Archive)
Updated on Dec 15, 2022 04:58 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Did Old Pension Scheme win Himachal Pradesh for the Congress?

Anecdotal accounts of the party’s campaign in Himachal Pradesh suggest that the Congress gained significantly because of its promise to restore Old Pension Scheme

If only postal ballots are taken into account, Congress has a lead in 50 assembly constituencies (ACs) out of 68 in Himachal Pradesh. Even in Gujarat, the Congress lead increases to 27 from its current tally of just 17 in the current assembly. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 10, 2022 04:34 AM IST

Vote split not key factor behind BJP’s win in Gujarat: Poll arithmetic decoded

Vote split alone cannot explain the results in Gujarat. It is likely the appeal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the efficient campaign the BJP ran, helped it more than vote cutting did.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won the biggest ever victory in a Gujarat assembly elections (AP)
Updated on Dec 10, 2022 05:18 AM IST

Congress’s dwindling fortunes, in 4 maps

In winning Himachal Pradesh back, the Congress has merely repeated a pattern that has held since 1990

In the 1996 polls, its vote share went below 30% for the first time and has never gone above since. (ANI image)
Updated on Dec 09, 2022 02:27 PM IST

Vote share spoilers hit poll fortunes of 3 major parties in Gujarat

Did the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) act as a spoiler in the 2022 Gujarat elections? If it did, how much of an impact did it have on the Gujarat results? An HT analysis shows that the answer is not straightforward

Mumbai, Dec 08 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters holding party flags celebrate the party's victory in the Gujarat Assembly Elections, at party office in Mumbai on Thursday. (ANI Photo) (Deepak Salvi)
Updated on Dec 09, 2022 02:18 AM IST

BJP footprint on seats it never won before in Gujarat assembly

Not only has the BJP added 29 seats to its previous all-time best of 127 seats in 2002, it has also beaten the record of 149 seats that the Congress achieved in the 1985 elections

Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel with other BJP leaders during the party’s celebrations after the election results on Thursday (ANI)
Updated on Dec 09, 2022 05:56 AM IST

Seat share vs vote share: Congress’s victory maths in Himachal

While the Congress’s seat share to vote share ratio has increased significantly from 0.74 to 1.34 between 2017 and 2022, the BJP’s has fallen sharply from 1.33 to 0.85.

Congress supporters celebrate the party’s victory in Kullu.region of Himachal Pradesh (HT PHoto/Aqil Khan)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Dec 09, 2022 04:07 PM IST

Four key messages from the elections

Is there a larger takeaway from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress victories in these two states?

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Published on Dec 09, 2022 12:03 AM IST
ByRoshan Kishore and Abhishek Jha

With 80% vote count so far, Congress takes lead over BJP in Himachal

The Congress party has established a lead over the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections with around 80% of votes counted in the hill state until 12

Congress takes lead in Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections (Representative Photo)
Published on Dec 08, 2022 01:01 PM IST

Victory margins show 2022 MCD polls more closely fought

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), that won on Wednesday, has a seat share of 54%, lower than the 66% seat share for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which won the elections in 2017

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal with Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann and Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia after the MCD poll in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI)
Published on Dec 08, 2022 01:59 AM IST

Delhi riots may have left impact on vote patterns

An analysis of the AAP’s seat share shows that in the Muslim-dominated assembly constituencies of North East Delhi and East Delhi parliamentary constituencies, the AAP has either lost seat share compared to 2017 or did not have a significant seat share to begin with

Security officers stand guard outside a strong room where ballot boxes are kept, after the Municipal Corporation of Delhi elections, in New Delhi. (PTI)
Published on Dec 08, 2022 12:47 AM IST

Significance of the MCD results — in three charts

The Aam Admi Party (AAP) has secured a simple majority in the 2022 Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, winning 134 wards in the 250-ward corporation. By doing so, it has wrested the (erstwhile) three MCDs from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which won 181 out of the 272 wards in the MCD polls held in 2017.

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Updated on Dec 08, 2022 02:11 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha and Roshan Kishore
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