India’s domestic workers — as many as 40 million by some estimates — are often trafficked or coerced into the trade by dire circumstances. For many it is a form of virtual slavery, as they are paid far below the minimum wage. But as big cities modernize, slow undercurrents are beginning to organize this vast, informal network. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from India. Continue reading
It will take all of three seconds to recognize UNICEF India’s recent “Take The Poo To The Loo” is not your average public service announcement. The Indian government and private aid groups have struggled with the country’s rural sanitation for … Continue reading
From products that help small businesses track their finances to a text message-based app that helps workers in India’s informal workforce find better jobs, cell phone technology is being used across the developing world to solve serious problems and respond to inefficiencies. Continue reading
The Obama administration criticized India’s solar energy policies Tuesday for discriminating against U.S. exporters and creating challenges for investing in India’s solar infrastructure. The announcement came after Michael Froman, the U.S. trade representative, filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization Monday claiming the solar program doesn’t follow WTO rules.
Indians who have no access to computers, but looking for work as drivers, nannies, or cooks, for instance, can use their cell phones to text or call Babajob and connect with potential employers. Continue reading
Viewers respond to our January 18, 2104 report on the Indian space program. Continue reading
India’s Mars Orbiter Mission is a point of great national pride. It will be completed for just over $70 million, a tiny fraction of the cost spent by NASA on similar programs. But is spending any resources on a mission to Mars wise when hundreds of millions of Indians struggle to meet basic needs? Continue reading
Health officials in India have hit a milestone in their efforts to eradicate polio: It has been three years since the country’s last reported case of the crippling disease. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on India’s challenge to remain vigilant in its campaign to immunize children one mouthful at a time. Continue reading