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Delhi police's crime-solving rate dipping

One-fourth of the total cases of theft, dacoity and murder reported in the national capital were solved this year with official figures showing that the work out rate of these crimes has come down in the last four years.

to Delhi Police statistics, only 4,308 of the 17,773 cases of theft, dacoity and murder reported this year till October 31 have been worked out with the arrest of 6,701 people.

"Only 24.23 per cent of the cases under these three heads have been worked out. A whopping 13,465 cases remain unsolved. We are working on these cases," a senior police official said.

figures show that the success rate in solving cases has been going down in the past four years, though the number of theft, dacoity and murder cases was on the decline.

year, police managed to solve 27.8 per cent (6,210) of the total 22,319 cases arresting 9,785 people while in 2008, the solving rate was 31.21 per cent (6,069) of 19,445 cases. As many as 9,426 people were arrested in 2008.

2007, 35.46 per cen…

Anupam Kher, William Dalrymple, ACRA honoured

New Delhi: Ctrl S & iCONGO (Indian Confederation of NGOs) in association with UN recently presented the 5th Annual KARMAVEER PURASKAAR and KARMAVEER CHAKRA, India's most prestigious civilian award for social work recognising INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS who are pivotal in leading a change, beyond their business and profession, by being committed at individual levels to work on social issues.

On this occasion, Actor Anupam Kher, author William Dalrymple, and members of the popular music band Indian Ocean were among individuals honoured in New Delhi by the Indian Confederation of NGOs for their contribution to society and work on social issues.

At a function in the capital, the group awarded a number of individuals with the fifth annual Karamveer Puraskars and Karmaveer Chakra award for their contribution beyond their work areas.

Besides Kher, Dalrymple, Sanjana Jon and Indian Ocean, also on the awardee list was journalist and social activist Shahid Siddiqui among others.

While Dalrymple w…

Over 6 lakh people die every year by passive smoking: WHO

Secondhand smoke is estimated to cause more than 600,000 deaths a year worldwide, 165,000 of them among children younger than 5, according to a World Health Organisation research group.

The group urged policymakers to immediately enforce the global body's framework convention on tobacco control to create smoke-free environments in all indoor workplaces as well as in public places and on public transport.

The study, which the group claims is the first global estimate of deaths from the exposure to secondhand smoke, was recently released in British medical journal The Lancet.

Analysing data from 192 countries, the group found that 40 per cent of children younger than 15, 35 per cent of female nonsmokers and 33 per cent of male nonsmokers were exposed to secondhand smoke worldwide in 2004.

This exposure led to heart disease, respiratory infections, asthma and lung cancer, resulting in 603,000 deaths that year, accounting for about 1.0 per cent of worldwide deaths, it said.

About 60 per ce…

Manual scavenging still prevalent in western UP

India may be hailed as a world power with impressive economic growth but there are places where people, mostly women, are still engaged in the inhuman age-old practice of manual scavenging.

Thousands of people in Badaun district of western Uttar Pradesh clean 'dry toilets' every morning and get Rs 20 per month from each family in return.

Shockingly, these women remove human excreta from the dry latrines with bare hands -- making their lives unhygienic and undignified.

"We put some ashes on the excreta and remove it with bare hands. We work in a dry latrine once in a day. We mostly complete the work before noon. The next day, when we come for work, it will be filled with waste," said 45-year-old Munni, mother of four children, who belongs to a village close to Badaun town.

Taking serious note of the situation, UNICEF and the district administration, armed with the support of locals, have been able to free at least 2,000 people from the cruel practice in the last four mont…

JD(U)-BJP combine headed for clear victory in Bihar: polls

Exit polls at the final phase of the Bihar Assembly elections predicted a clear victory for the JD(U)-BJP combine.

While CNN-IBN-The Week post poll study projected that the JD(U)-BJP alliance will sweep the polls with 185-201 seats, a Star AC Nielson exit poll predicted that Nitish Kumar-led NDA will get 150 seats.

An exit poll, conducted by CVoter, projected JD(U)-BJP combine coming back to power in Bihar. It said the combine will get 142-54 seats.

The CNN-IBN-The Week post poll study projection claimed that NDA will emerge victorious with 185-201 seats out of the total 243 assembly seats.

The CNN-IBN-The Week post poll study projected JD (U)-BJP combine emerging as the single largest alliance in Bihar with 46 per cent vote share in its kitty followed by RJD-LJP alliance at a distant 27 per cent and Congress at merely 9 per cent as the sixth and final final phase of polling comes to an end.

The Lalu Prasad-led RJD-LJP alliance was predicted to be gaining 22-32 seats while Congress gain b…

Over 93 mn people will be living in slums by 2011: Govt

The country will have about 93.06 million people living in slums by next year, up by over 18 million in the past 10 years, the government said.

An expert committee, constituted to look into various aspects of slum census, projected the population living in this cluster in 2011 at 93.06 million, up from 75.26 million since 2001, Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja said in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

The expert committee, which submitted its report to the Ministry on August 30, was headed by Pranab Sen, principal adviser to the Planning Commission and the country's former chief statistician.

According to the Minister, the committee has recommended that it is absolutely essential to count the slum population even in cities having less than 20,000 population for policy formulation purposes.

For the purpose of planning for Rajiv Awas Yojna and a slum-free India, it has suggested that "it would be necessary to count the population of slums in …

Less than a third of ruralites have access to tap water

Painting a dismal picture, a government survey revealed that only 30 per cent of rural population had access to safe drinking (tap) water in the country.

It said 55 per cent depend on tube well or hand pumps to meet their drinking water requirement.The findings are stated in the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) study on Housing Condition and Amenities in India, 2008-09.

It may be recalled that the government is working on a comprehensive water policy to charge for the use of the natural resource.

In public outburst yesterday, the Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia had said the country needs to charge a reasonable price for water to minimise wastage.

The report of NSSO reveals that 15 per cent of rural populations were still looking for a dependable source of water.

The study also brings out that even in Urban India there are still eight per cent population that does not have any drinking water source although in this case 74 per cent urban population have…

14 lakh infants died in India from preventable med conditions

Nearly 14 lakh infants died of five preventable medical conditions in India during 2005 due to want medical intervention, says a latest study, raising concern that neonatal death rate is not falling fast enough in the country.
The study led by Registrar General of India estimates 23 lakh child between the age group of 1-59 months died during the year 2005 in which nearly 14 lakh died from preventable causes like Pneumonia, Diarrhoea, premature birth and low birth weight, delivery infections and trauma and suffocation during the delivery process.
The results were presented in two categories- deaths within one month of birth and deaths within 1-59 months of birth. The study published in the latest issue of medical journal Lancet shows nearly 10 lakh infants succumbed within one month of their birth while another nearly 13 lakh died before completing their fifth birth day.
This figure corresponds to more than 20 per cent of all deaths in children younger than five years worldwide, which …

9.4 pc unemployment rate in labour force in 2009-10: survey

The unemployment rate in the labour force was estimated to be 9.4 per cent during the 2009-10 financial year, a government survey has said.
According to the first national level household survey conducted by the Labour Bureau, out of 1,000 employed persons, 455 were employed in agriculture, forestry and fisheries group during this period.
The survey was conducted with a view to study the overall employment-unemployment situation in 300 districts of 28 states and union territories except the North Eastern states, a government release said today.
It also revealed that out of 1,000 persons employed, 439 persons were self-employed.The worker-population ratio was estimated at 325 persons per 1,000 persons.
A total of 45,859 household schedules were canvassed during the survey, out of which 24,653 were in rural areas and 21,206 are in urban areas.
Another finding that emerged out of the survey was that the sex ratio (number of females per 1000 males) was estimated at 917 for the rural and urban …

'India's growth fails to translate in poverty alleviation'

India has failed to make any significant improvement in its poverty figures, with over 400 million -- more than the total in the poorest African nations -- still struck in poverty, the Human Development Report 2010 said today, listing India at the 119th position on the Human Development Index.

Though India has jumped one position during the last five years, it continues to have high absolute poverty of people living below USD 1.25 per day along with high incidence of multidimensional poverty which is characterised by lack of access to health, education and living standards.

"Eight indicant states with poverty as acute as the 26 poorest African countries, are home to 421 million multidimensionally poor people, more than the 410 million people living in those African countries combined," says the Report issued by the UN Development Program, highlighting the magnitude of people subjected to "widespread deprivations".

"That success doesn't mean fast growth but ho…