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49,000 slums in urban areas till July last year: Survey

A government survey has found that about 49,000 slums existed in urban areas of the country till July last year, with the highest number of them being in Maharashtra followed by Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.

Of the 49,000 slums, about 35 per cent existed in Maharashtra, 11 per cent in Andhra Pradesh and 10 per cent in West Bengal, according to National Sample Survey Office report.

The report said that 24 per cent of slums were located along drains while 12 per cent were along railway lines. About 48 per cent of the slums were "usually" affected by waterlogging during monsoon.

Though the percentage of underground sewerage had increased compared to the figures in 2002, it was found to be existing in about 33 per cent of notified slums and 19 per cent of non-notified slums.

While there was considerable improvement in drainage facility, about 10 per cent notified and 23 per cent non-notified slums still did not have it in the surveyed area. "The corresponding proportions in 2…

Minorities have "fundamental right" to set up ed. institutions: SC

The Supreme Court has held that minorities have a "fundamental right" to establish educational institutions and the Government cannot put any unreasonable restrictions on it.

"It appears that the appellant is a religious minority. As a religious minority, it has a fundamental right to establish and administer educational institutions of its choice in view of the clear mandate of Article 30," the apex court said in a judgement.

According to Article 30, "All minorities, whether based on religion or language, shall have the right to establish and administer educational institutions, in the country." The Article further provides that the State shall not discriminate against such institutions even if they obtain aid from the Government.

The apex court passed the judgement while upholding an appeal filed by Cannanore District Muslim Educational Association challenging a Kerala High Court decision that the association had no statutory right to run a higher secondar…

Childhood deaths down 60 per cent since 1970: study

The proportion of children under five who die each year across the globe has dropped 60 per cent over the past four decades, according to a published study.

In the last 20 years this salutary decline has accelerated, with the number of deaths among newborns, infants and one-to-four year olds falling from 11.9 million to an estimated 7.7 million in 2010, the new figures show.

That remains a staggeringly large number of young lives lost, many to preventable diseases and overwhelmingly in the world's poorest nations.

A child born today in Chad, Mali or Nigeria is nearly sixty times less likely to see her or his fifth birthday than one born in Scandinavia.

And progress still falls short of the trajectory needed to meet the UN's Millennium Development goal of slashing child deaths globally by 66 per cent between 1990 and 2015.

But the decline in under-five mortality is still an encouraging achievement, and suggests further progress is possible, the report says.

Even at the current rate o…

Cancer risk if you use mobile for 30 min a day: Study

Talking on a mobile phone for more than half an hour a day could increase the risk of brain cancer by up to 40 per cent, a study has indicated.

The biggest investigation of its kind found that people who regularly held long conversations over many years might have an increase in the risk of developing a tumour.

But the researchers said the results were not conclusive and that -- even if the risks were real -- it would equate to just a few hundred more cases in Britain.

Despite scientists in 13 countries contributing to the 10-year, 15-million-pound Interphone project, they said the findings were open to statistical error, The Daily Telegraph reported.

The study appeared to show that, for most people, there was no link between the amount of time spent on the phone and the susceptibility to brain tumours.

But researchers could not rule out that heavy use -- which is becoming more common now -- would pose a risk in the long term.

Elisabeth Cardis of the Centre for Research in Environmental Epi…

India to have over 600 pvt management colleges by 2012: Study

The number of private management institutions in the country is expected to double from the present 300 in the next two years, as the government has reduced its spending on higher education, an industry chamber study said.

"The number of private management colleges are expected to touch 600 mark from 300 now by 2012 as the public expenditure on higher education has been reduced which has encouraged investments by private sector," Assocham study said.

The study said another reason for increasing number of these colleges is that more and more students are opting for professional courses.

It also revealed that the number of engineering and medical colleges is likely to grow by 67 per cent and 47 per cent, respectively, by 2012 as demand for engineering and medical streams is also increasing.

"The number of engineering colleges in private sector is likely to reach 2,000 and medical colleges 200 in the next two years," Assocham president Swati Piramal said in a statement.

Cu…

Men tell more lies than women: Survey

It seems lying is an integral part of our lives and men do this nearly three times every day compared to around twice a day for women.

On average a male tells 1,092 lies annually while a female comes out with 728 fibs a year, according to a new survey of 3,000 adults by Market researchers OnePoll.

According to the survey, men are less likely to suffer a guilty conscience for lying than the typical woman, the Telegraph reported.

While 82 per cent of females questioned said telling a lie ate away at their conscience, only 70 per cent of men confessed to pangs of guilt, it found.

And while men said their lies were most likely to relate to their drinking habits, the most popular female falsehood is: "Nothing's wrong, I'm fine".

The findings also suggested that people are most likely to spin a yarn to their mothers with 25 per cent of men and 20 per cent of women admitting to this.

While some 75 per cent of people polled agreed it was "ok" to fib to save someone's…

Well-dressed employees taken more seriously at work: Survey

Turning up well-dressed at work could automatically mean half your battle is won as a survey found that employees who dress well are taken seriously at work than those that pay scant attention to those crumpled sleeves and faded collars.

Nearly 89 per cent of respondents of a survey by leading staffing company Team Lease feel that style of dressing has a long-term impact on the overall image of an individual. Three-fourth of the respondents felt that well-dressed people are taken more seriously at work place.

Regarding implementation of a dress code at work place, 47 per cent of those surveyed felt it was necessary. More than half the respondents in Kolkata and Pune opined that it enhances work productivity.

In the IT industry, 53 per cent considered implementing dress code is strict, but necessary.

Overall 44 per cent respondents' organisations have a strict dress code. Sixty-six per cent of the offices considered in the survey in Chennai and 59 per cent in Mumbai have a strict dress…

69 pc Indian women say they can balance home and work

A survey found that though there are competing pressures from both work and home for the fairer sex in India, 69 per cent women said that they can meet career goals and still devote sufficient attention to their personal lives.

This conclusion was based on a research conducted by the Kenexa Research Institute (KRI) in March 2010. The survey was conducted on 1,000 women professionals in the age group of 18 -58, employed in a variety of industries catering to the manufacturing, financial and hi-tech manufacturing sectors.

KRI is a division of Kenexa, a global provider of business solutions for human resources. "Women in India report they are more likely to achieve a balance when their stress level at work is reasonable. They enjoy, in fact, get excited about their work. They feel there is a promising future for them at the company. The company values their contribution and their manager makes a personal investment in their growth and development," the report said.

In India, 66 pe…

20% of female students abused by partners

One of every five female high school and college students has experienced abuse by their partners, including verbal and sexual abuse, a survey conducted by a civic group showed.

The poll by Aware, a city-based group that provides assistance to victims of partner abuse, also showed that 8.9 per cent of male students had suffered such abuse.

Noriko Yamaguchi, who represents the group, said, "The survey shows that many young people mix up violent acts with expressions of affection and have ambiguous perceptions of violence."

The survey covered 2,494 students who attended lectures organized by Aware from 2006 to 2007, which were designed to raise young people's awareness of partner abuse.

Of the 535 female and 314 male students who said they had partners at the time or previously, 121 of the female students, or 22.6 per cent, and 28 of the male students said they had experienced partner abuse, including sexual abuse.

Forty-six of the female students and 56 of the male students sa…

Suicides due to hardships in life, job loss up sharply in 2009

The number of people who committed suicide in Japan in 2009 stayed above 30,000 for the 12th consecutive year, with suicides due to hardships of life and losing jobs rising sharply, a survey has shown.

The number of suicides 2009 totaled 32,845, up 1.85 per cent from 2008, the National Police Agency said in a revised report.

Of the total, 24,434, or 74 per cent, were listed as suicides for which reasons were made clear due to notes left by those who killed themselves or the knowledge of people close to them, the NPA said.

Suicides traced to losing jobs surged 65.3 per cent to 1,071 while those attributed to hardships in life increased by 34.3 per cent to 1,731.

Depression continued to top the list of reasons for the third consecutive year, rising by 7.1 per cent from the previous year to 6,949.The NPA revised the categorisation of reasons and motives for suicide in 2007. Under the new categorisation, suicides are divided into 50 reasons with up to three reasons listed for each suicide.

The…

Number of stroke cases likely to touch 17 lakh in 2015

Job stress and stiff competition in a fast changing economic scenario have started taking their toll in India where the number of stroke cases is likely to reach 17 lakh by 2015, with upto 30 per cent of patients being below 40 years of age.

Data collected from hospitals across the country indicate that 15 to 30 per cent of stroke cases are occurring in persons below the age of 40.

The figures were arrived at by the Union Health Ministry based on the report of the National Commission on Macroeconomics and Health.

The number of stroke cases is likely to increase from 12 lakh in 2005 to 17 lakh in 2015, the report said.

The government is trying to address the disease burden of the non-communicable diseases including stroke cases by formulating a National Programme for Prevention and Control of Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (NPDCS), health ministry officials said.

Initially, the programme is proposed to be implemented in 100 districts in 15 states and Union Territories.

According…