More layoffs likely as India’s manufacturing sales shrink

Despite the government’s efforts to attract investment under its Make in India campaign, sales of manufactured goods fell 3.7 per cent during 2015-16 — the first decline in seven years –sparking fears of layoffs and debt default in the months to come. Spurred by a global slowdown and lack of demand, sales of manufactured goods[…]

Assam youth’s Facebook campaign saves girl from child marriage, puts her back in school

On February 16, 13-year-old Mamtaz Begum of Assam would have been married off to a man three times her age, if it were not for a youth from her village, Illias Rahman Sarkar. Mamtaz is a Class VIII student of Shilayer Par Middle English Madrassa in Kokrajhar district of of the state. Earlier this year,[…]

More Layoffs Likely As India’s Manufacturing Sales Shrink

Despite the government’s efforts to attract investment under its Make-in-India campaign, sales of manufactured goods fell 3.7% during 2015-16–the first decline in seven years–sparking fears of layoffs and debt default in the months to come. Spurred by a global slowdown and lack of demand, sales of manufactured goods were falling even before demonetisation, affecting sectors[…]

Water woes: BMC’s rainwater harvesting policy leaves much to be desired

Summer is almost here, and so are water woes. Both come with such a regular togetherness that it sometimes begs the question: Are they an item, inseparable? That said, ‘shortage of water’ was a prominent issue in the just concluded Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections, and summer wasn’t. Mumbai received good rainfall in 2016. The year before[…]

With Pastures Shrinking, India May Have To Import Milk By 2021

India may have to import milk in four years, if it cannot increase fodder supply for its 299 million cattle, as rising pressure on land reduces pastures nationwide. Spurred by rising incomes, a growing population and changing food preferences, the demand for milk and milk products will grow to at least 210 million tonnes by[…]