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

Number Theory: How did lockdown affect jobs in election states?

India’s average unemployment rate saw a big jump during the quarter ended April-June 2020. At 14.7%, it increased 1.7 times compared to April-June 2019.

The latest quarterly and annual figures from PLFS are available until March 2021 and June 2020.(HT File Photo | Representational Image)
The latest quarterly and annual figures from PLFS are available until March 2021 and June 2020.(HT File Photo | Representational Image)
Updated on Jan 25, 2022 05:58 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

Third Covid wave now spreading faster in rural districts

Although urban districts continue to report a higher volume of cases than rural areas, daily cases there are now decreasing, while they continue to rise in rural districts.

At a Covid-19 testing centre at a government hospital in Hyderabad on Monday. (PTI)
At a Covid-19 testing centre at a government hospital in Hyderabad on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 25, 2022 05:59 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Over 50% eligible kids get jabs in two weeks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the milestone as encouraging news and Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said it marked a big day for India’s fight against Covid-19.

Data analysed by HT showed that while the pace has been impressive, especially in the first four days after the vaccination was opened for this age group, there has been a significant slowdown recently.(PTI)
Data analysed by HT showed that while the pace has been impressive, especially in the first four days after the vaccination was opened for this age group, there has been a significant slowdown recently.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 06:04 AM IST
By, Abhishek Jha, New Delhi

How cold and long is this cold spell in Delhi

What explains this year’s chill? HT looked at long-term weather data to make sense.

People huddle around a bonfire on a cold winter evening at Nizamuddin, on Tuesday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
People huddle around a bonfire on a cold winter evening at Nizamuddin, on Tuesday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 03:05 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, New Delhi

Why lockdowns won’t work in the current wave

The seven-day rolling average of cases in India has been rising every day since December 27 or for 18 days

The seven-day average of deaths at the national-level does not seem to be increasing consistently despite the average for cases increasing every day since December 27.(ANI)
The seven-day average of deaths at the national-level does not seem to be increasing consistently despite the average for cases increasing every day since December 27.(ANI)
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 11:53 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

What’s in store for the upcoming state elections

The Election Commission of India on January 8 announced the schedule of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur

Elections in these five states will be held from February 10 to March 7 in seven phases. (Picture for representation)
Elections in these five states will be held from February 10 to March 7 in seven phases. (Picture for representation)
Updated on Jan 08, 2022 11:50 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Covid-19: 3rd wave limited to big cities, but has started to spread beyond

The seven-day average of Covid daily cases has increased every day for the past 10 days: from 6,780 on December 27 to 40,459 on January 5, the highest since September 7 last year

Another way in which the impact of this wave can be possibly reduced is by fully vaccinating the entire eligible population.(Bloomberg)
Another way in which the impact of this wave can be possibly reduced is by fully vaccinating the entire eligible population.(Bloomberg)
Updated on Jan 07, 2022 05:08 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

4.2 million kids vaccinated against Covid-19 as next phase kicks off

Between 8am and 8pm, 4.12 million doses were delivered, data from the Union government’s Co-Win dashboard showed. This age-group accounted for 42% of all doses delivered till that time on Monday.

The Day 1 excitement was palpable at the vaccination centres at schools, hospitals, and special vaccination sites.(AFP)
The Day 1 excitement was palpable at the vaccination centres at schools, hospitals, and special vaccination sites.(AFP)
Updated on Jan 04, 2022 07:29 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha and Soumya Pillai, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Five charts that capture 2021 for India

2022 begins today

HT Image
HT Image
Published on Dec 31, 2021 10:51 PM IST
ByRoshan Kishore and Abhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Productivity in Parliament

Parliament worked longer than last year, but not by much. Here are charts to explain its functioning. 

Despite the suspension of MPs and the early adjournments, both actions criticized by opposition parties, 2021 was not the least productive year in the Indian Parliament(File Photo)
Despite the suspension of MPs and the early adjournments, both actions criticized by opposition parties, 2021 was not the least productive year in the Indian Parliament(File Photo)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 01:39 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: State elections

The BJP gained most MLAs this year, but not all will be important for Rajya Sabha

To be sure, a gain or loss of an MLA in Kerala or Puducherry does not mean the same for Rajya Sabha elections as the gain or loss of an MLA in West Bengal or Tamil Nadu(ANI)
To be sure, a gain or loss of an MLA in Kerala or Puducherry does not mean the same for Rajya Sabha elections as the gain or loss of an MLA in West Bengal or Tamil Nadu(ANI)
Published on Dec 30, 2021 02:57 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Health services

Disruption in non-Covid health services continued this year

51.7 million patients had accessed outpatient services in 2018 in the January-May period, the only months for which data is available in 2021(Rajeev Gupta)
51.7 million patients had accessed outpatient services in 2018 in the January-May period, the only months for which data is available in 2021(Rajeev Gupta)
Published on Dec 29, 2021 05:58 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

Key numbers about India’s new vaccination plan

At least 92 countries have administered boosters, and not all of them are rich, western nations. The list includes India’s neighbours Sri Lanka (15.7% of the population given boosters) and China (8%), and economic peers such as Brazil (11.5%).

As much as 47% of the 18-45 age group, 30% of the 45-60 age cohort, and 33% of the 60 plus years are yet to be fully inoculated against the coronavirus disease.(Santosh Kumar/HT)
As much as 47% of the 18-45 age group, 30% of the 45-60 age cohort, and 33% of the 60 plus years are yet to be fully inoculated against the coronavirus disease.(Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Dec 28, 2021 11:48 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

2021 in numbers: Infant, child vaccinations dropped 15% in May compared to 2019

Data suggests that India’s immunisation programme was largely on track this year. However, the drop in May this year and in several months of 2020 suggests some of the increase in 2021 could also be due to delayed vaccinations

A health worker administers polio vaccine drops to a child during a national Pulse Polio Immunisation (PPI) programme at a Urban Primary Health Centre at Heritage street in August 2021. (HT File Photo/Sameer Sehgal)
A health worker administers polio vaccine drops to a child during a national Pulse Polio Immunisation (PPI) programme at a Urban Primary Health Centre at Heritage street in August 2021. (HT File Photo/Sameer Sehgal)
Updated on Dec 28, 2021 04:04 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

2021 in numbers: Rural hospital deaths increased 45% compared to 2020 in Jan-May

2021 in numbers: In all, 480,000 people have died due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the country since March 2020, according to figures compiled from state bulletins. 69% of these deaths took place in 2021.

2021 in numbers: According to HMIS, there were 1,432,783 deaths in January-May 2021, 45% more than in 2020 when 987,945 deaths took place in the same period. (AFP File Photo)
2021 in numbers: According to HMIS, there were 1,432,783 deaths in January-May 2021, 45% more than in 2020 when 987,945 deaths took place in the same period. (AFP File Photo)
Updated on Dec 27, 2021 04:50 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Recovery in education is not same for genders or states

The loss of jobs and incomes due to the pandemic has also meant that children were put out of school in 2020

Financial distress could also be a likely factor influencing another shift in school education that the pandemic has brought about (Raj K Raj/HT FILE PHOTO)
Financial distress could also be a likely factor influencing another shift in school education that the pandemic has brought about (Raj K Raj/HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 25, 2021 03:26 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Delhi’s air was better than usual; weather and lockdown helped

2021 in numbers: The average AQI in Delhi for the January 1-December 23 period in 2021 is 205.5, which is still lower than the corresponding figures for 2018 (221.4) and 2019 (210.7).

2021 in numbers: A month-by-month comparison of Delhi’s air quality does not indicate that the improvement in annual average AQI in 2021 over 2018 or 2019 has much to do with steps to control pollution (Amal KS/HT Photo)
2021 in numbers: A month-by-month comparison of Delhi’s air quality does not indicate that the improvement in annual average AQI in 2021 over 2018 or 2019 has much to do with steps to control pollution (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 24, 2021 06:01 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, New Delhi

Can a law to raise marriage age for women work?

New Delhi: There is no rational reason why the minimum age of marriage for women should be lower than men

Uttar Pradesh government officials have been asked to submit affidavits declaring that no dowry was taken during their marriage. (Representational image)
Uttar Pradesh government officials have been asked to submit affidavits declaring that no dowry was taken during their marriage. (Representational image)
Updated on Dec 24, 2021 02:33 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

2021 in numbers: Temperature in India

Here are three charts that show how the temperature in 2021 followed or did not follow its long-term trends

It is this pattern that suggests that rainfall had an impact on temperature(PTI)
It is this pattern that suggests that rainfall had an impact on temperature(PTI)
Published on Dec 23, 2021 04:00 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Rainfall

An HT analysis shows that 2021 has been unique in following only part of this long-term trend at the country-level. Here are three charts that show how

According to gridded data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), India has received 1236.6 mm of rainfall up to 8:30 AM on December 21(L. Anantha Krishnan)
According to gridded data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), India has received 1236.6 mm of rainfall up to 8:30 AM on December 21(L. Anantha Krishnan)
Published on Dec 22, 2021 03:40 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Central government's spending

Is the government likely to spend more than it had budgeted for in this financial year? Here are two charts that explain this.

How did the government spend more in the last financial year when its receipts declined?(HT Archive)
How did the government spend more in the last financial year when its receipts declined?(HT Archive)
Published on Dec 21, 2021 05:07 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

When maximum is minimum: Explaining Delhi’s winter chill

Parts of the National Capital Region recorded cold wave conditions for the first time this winter on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.

While a wind chill factor is also taken into account when declaring a cold wave, the minimum temperatures were low in parts of Delhi on Sunday night – 3.3 degrees Celsius at Jafarpur and 3.6 degree at Lodhi Road – even without accounting for it. (Representational image)
While a wind chill factor is also taken into account when declaring a cold wave, the minimum temperatures were low in parts of Delhi on Sunday night – 3.3 degrees Celsius at Jafarpur and 3.6 degree at Lodhi Road – even without accounting for it. (Representational image)
Updated on Dec 21, 2021 07:29 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, New Delhi

2021 in numbers: Central government’s receipts

The central government’s receipts also took a hit in the last financial year. This is what receipts look like in the current financial year that began in April

According to the Union budget presented in February, the central’s government receipts in 2020-21 suffered a big blow (PTI)
According to the Union budget presented in February, the central’s government receipts in 2020-21 suffered a big blow (PTI)
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 03:21 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

No surge in Covid-19 cases, but vulnerable lag in full vaccination

Omicron is proving to be more resistant to vaccines than its predecessors.

Apart from transmissibility, Omicron is proving to be more resistant to vaccines than its predecessors. (Representational image)(Sunil Ghosh/HT photo)
Apart from transmissibility, Omicron is proving to be more resistant to vaccines than its predecessors. (Representational image)(Sunil Ghosh/HT photo)
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 04:46 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, New Delhi

2021 in numbers: Rural wages

Wages can decline if the number of jobs of a particular kind decrease and job-seekers remain the same. Here’s what happened to wages in 2021

Wage data for all kinds of workers – which is published with the annual PLFS statistics – is available only up to June 2020 (ANI)
Wage data for all kinds of workers – which is published with the annual PLFS statistics – is available only up to June 2020 (ANI)
Updated on Dec 19, 2021 08:05 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Jobs in India 

How has the labour market fared in 2021? Official employment statistics for both rural and urban areas are available only up to June 2020

The unemployment rate for women was far better than in 2019, thus moderating the effect of the male unemployment rate on the overall unemployment rate(Reuters )
The unemployment rate for women was far better than in 2019, thus moderating the effect of the male unemployment rate on the overall unemployment rate(Reuters )
Updated on Dec 17, 2021 03:02 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Inflation facing producers

How did Wholesale Price Index (WPI) inflation fare in 2021? The following two charts will explain this.

The cost of producing goods is an important factor that determines prices for consumers (File Photo)
The cost of producing goods is an important factor that determines prices for consumers (File Photo)
Updated on Dec 16, 2021 04:38 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Inflation in India

The World Inequality Report released this month showed that inequality has worsened after Covid. How did inflation affect Indian households in 2021? Here are three charts that explain this.

Core inflation – for commodities excluding the food group and the fuel and light (kerosene, electricity, petrol, diesel and even firewood) group – was 4.96% for January-November last year, although it was increasing almost every month (Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Core inflation – for commodities excluding the food group and the fuel and light (kerosene, electricity, petrol, diesel and even firewood) group – was 4.96% for January-November last year, although it was increasing almost every month (Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Updated on Dec 15, 2021 04:50 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Sectors of the economy

How are different parts of the economy doing in this financial year? Here are three charts that explain this.

GVA comparisons show that agriculture, which had grown by 4.6% in the first three quarters of the 2020 calendar year too, has grown 4% in the same interval this year (AFP)
GVA comparisons show that agriculture, which had grown by 4.6% in the first three quarters of the 2020 calendar year too, has grown 4% in the same interval this year (AFP)
Updated on Dec 13, 2021 05:21 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

Explaining the decline in women’s role in workforce

Women’s participation in India’s labour force is low and has been declining this century, official employment surveys have shown

Women working at a construction site under MGNREGS.(Reuters/Image for representation)
Women working at a construction site under MGNREGS.(Reuters/Image for representation)
Updated on Dec 13, 2021 07:41 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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