Updated 3rd January, 2017
Events or changes 2016
- Indian railways are very dangerous
- India has highest road deaths – 17 per day
- India overtakes Mexico as immigrants to USA
- Indians have worst access to safe drinking water
- Indians are most satisfied with work
- India and China have most deaths from pollution
- Modi pledges Rs800bn for Kashmir relief and development
- India’s consumers are world’s most confident
- GIFT the smart city that could cost India $23,500 per person
- India behind Pakistan and Nepal in sanitation
- Rag pickers given status by government
- Indian farmer suicide rate very high
- Indian roads very unsafe
- Yoga being promoted strenuously
- Primary care improvements planned
- Mahatma Gandhi statue installed in London Parliament Squarer
After decades of little action, with Modi’s accession to the Indian Premiership, many moves are afoot, including:
- Rivers to be cleaned
- Toilets to be built
- Free banking for poor to reduce opportunity for corrupt officials to siphone of money
Bot more rape cases:
- Teenage German tourist raped on Indian train
- India Supreme Court orders investigation after tribal rape outcry
And, sadly, Caste still matters; but more urbanites marrying outside of caste
- Death penalty for rape: On September 13, 2013, after a nine-month-long trial, fast track court handed down death penalty to all the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case.
- More rape cases
- New anti-rape law: On April 3, 2013, President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the Anti-rape Bill which provides for life term and even death sentence for rape convicts besides stringent punishment for offences like acid attacks, stalking and voyeurism.
- Demons at work: Nation was shocked with two back to back cases on alleged sexual harassment of women. Justice Ganguly and Ex Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal faced alleged sexual harassment charges from their colleagues.
- Sexual Harassment Act is a reality: The Sexual Harassment at the Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act and Rules, 2013 finally got notified by the ministry of women and child development and came into force from December 9, 2013.
- Banking on women: On November 19, 2013, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated the country’s first all-women bank, Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB). http://zeenews.india.com/business/news/bharatiya-mahila-bank-indias-first-all-women-bank-opens_89042.html
- Food for all: The National Food Security Bill, 2013 received the assent of the President and came into force from 10th September 2013. The scheme is targeted to alleviate the poverty by offering free food to the poor and needy.