Impersonation, Identity Theft Most Common Cyber Crimes Reported In Bengaluru (By Elizabeth Mani)

Bengaluru: A Kannada film actress was recently in the news for filing a police complaint alleging that unknown persons had morphed and circulated “nude” pictures of her on social media. Some months back, a legislator from a constituency near Bengaluru had approached the police against hackers who had siphoned off Rs 190,000 from his bank[…]

Unfazed By Censure, Maharashtra’s Polluting Factories Make Its Rivers The Filthiest In India (by Raina Paul and Prabhpreet Singh Sood)

There was a time when Hanif S Parkar, a fisherman from Dhabol Khadi village in the coastal district of Ratnagiri in Maharashtra, could net 25 different kinds of fish from Vashisthi, the local river. For the past 25 years, factories in the neighbouring industrial belt of Lote Parshuram have been dumping untreated effluents in the[…]

Over 10 Years, Bengaluru Molestations Reported Rose 417%, Conviction Rate Was 0.37% (by Elizabeth Mani)

In a decade to 2016, the incidents of molestation reported in Bengaluru increased more than four-fold, statistics compiled by the Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru, on cases of molestation (under Section 354) show. Yet, according to our analysis of police data, of the 4,241 complaints filed between 2006 and 2016, the conviction rate was 0.37% (16[…]

Small Political Parties Are A Thriving Business In UP

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh: As India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh (UP) has the highest number of assembly seats in the country–404–and one-fourth of all unrecognised political parties (1,786) in the country (a party can be registered but unrecognised). Among its 474 unrecognised political parties are sundry small outfits vying for seats against the bigwigs–the Bharatiya[…]

UP’s IPS Officers Transferred At Four Times The Indian Average

Lucknow/Bengaluru: Over 10 years (2006-15), Uttar Pradesh (UP) transferred Indian Police Service (IPS) officers at four times the Indian average, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) data. Although the rate of transfers declined 37% over this period, the average IPS officer stayed at her post for less than a 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[…]

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[…]

Driven By Male Reluctance, India’s Contraceptive Use Falls, Population Surges

Over eight years to 2016, as India’s population surged, the use of contraceptives declined almost 35%, as abortions and consumption of emergency pills–both with health hazards and side effects–doubled, according to health ministry data. Despite a 14% percentage-point rise in national literacy over a decade to 2011, hazardous birth-control measures of the last resort, emergency[…]

Too Many Vegetables, Too Little Money: Prices Crash Post #Notebandi

Sunil Kumar, a 31-year-old farmer in Tondala village, Kolar district, 85 km east of Bengaluru, lost Rs 300,000 in November when tomato prices crashed after the November 8, 2016, scrapping of 86% of bank notes, by value, and the excess supply of vegetables. Kumar, who cultivates tomatoes on his five-acre farm, said he made a[…]