Abhishek Jha

Abhishek Jha is a data journalist. He analyses public data for finding news, with a focus on the environment, Indian politics and economy, and Covid-19.

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4th coolest May on record across India amid cycle of rain, strong winds

India’s average maximum temperature for the first 30 days of May (data for May 31 will be published only on June 1) was 34.64 degrees Celsius (°C)

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Updated on Jun 01, 2023 12:04 AM IST

Urban unemployment lowest in 5 years in 2022-23: Official data

The urban unemployment rate was the lowest in 2022-23 (since 2018-19) for all quarters, according to PLFS data

The annual numbers for 2021-22, released on February 24 this year, show that the unemployment rate (4.1%) decreased to its lowest level since 2017-18 (Bloomberg File Photo.)
Updated on May 29, 2023 08:08 PM IST

Number theory: Green energy overturns investment gap, needs to cover lost ground

The world is expected to invest $1.74 trillion (2022 prices) in clean energy in 2023, 1.7 times the money which will go in fossil fuel investments.

Storing energy at lower prices is one of the central challenges in making things such as solar energy economically viable.(AP)
Updated on May 26, 2023 03:55 PM IST

Number Theory: Why sections in Congress have friction with AAP

The Congress is yet to take a stand over an ordinance issued by the Centre negating the recent Supreme Court verdict favouring the AAP-led Delhi govt.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal (HT Photo)
Updated on May 25, 2023 02:00 PM IST

Number Theory: Clues for 2024 from state elections held since 2019

An extrapolation of state election results between 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections would give the BJP just 222 of the 489 PCs which went to polls.

 Can an extrapolation-based analysis of these results tell us anything about possible implications for the 2024 elections?(PTI)
Updated on May 20, 2023 10:17 AM IST

Age at which children first own a smartphone impacts their mental health as adults: Study

A new global study by Sapien Labs has found that delaying smartphone ownership could result in better mental health among children and young people. The study shows that earlier age of smartphone ownership among current 18-24-year-olds is associated with much poorer mental health outcomes, with women being more badly affected. The report examines the mental wellbeing of 18-24-year-olds in relation to the age at which they first got their own smartphone or tablet to determine the cumulative impact of growing up with smartphones.

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Updated on May 16, 2023 12:15 AM IST

Has the Congress broken new ground in Karnataka?

The Congress was able to win both the BJP strongholds in Old Mysuru, two of the four in Mumbai Karnataka, and one each in the rest.

Congress workers celebrate the party's win in Karnataka Assembly elections, outside Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru.
Updated on May 15, 2023 11:36 AM IST
By, New Delhi

In Charts: Putting the BJP’s Karnataka loss in perspective

BJP managed to win just 64 seats, down from 104 in 2018, despite a high-voltage campaign that included rallies and roadshows by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Basavaraj Bommai with BJP president Jagat Prakash Nadda.
Updated on May 15, 2023 11:31 AM IST

In Karnataka, Cong did not retain all seats, but wrested several

112 out of the 224 ACs which went to polls have not elected the incumbent party in these elections.

Congress’s seat tally of 136 is the highest in Karnataka since the 1989 elections (File Photo)
Updated on May 14, 2023 11:01 AM IST

Do current seat trends mean Cong majority in Karnataka is sealed?

The Congress is leading in 118 assembly constituencies (ACs) while the BJP is leading in 73. The third main party, the Janata Dal (Secular) or JD(S), is leading in 25 ACs. The halfway mark in the Karnataka assembly is 113.

A counting booth in Karnataka’s Hubballi on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on May 13, 2023 12:07 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Number theory: Three factors that may influence Karnataka results

Most exit polls have predicted a tight contest between the Congress and BJP in the Assembly polls.

Karnataka is set for a big fight between the BJP, Congress and the JD(S) parties tomorrow.
Updated on May 13, 2023 03:38 PM IST

Three factors which could influence the Karnataka results

Results for Karnataka assembly elections to be declared today. Congress predicted to have an edge over BJP, but here are three factors which could explain final results.

EVMs and VVPATs being sealed at a polling booth in Bengaluru on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on May 12, 2023 10:36 PM IST

In Maharashtra, the moot question is still unanswered

SC delivered its judgment in the Shiv Sena case relating to the rift between Eknath Shinde and Uddhav Thackeray factions

Maharashtra deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis and CM Eknath Shinde address media persons. (HT photo | Anshuman Poyrekar)
Updated on May 11, 2023 11:38 PM IST

What do Karnataka’s past trends tell us about these elections?

Karnataka will vote in a single-phase election on May 10, with results announced on May 13.

Polling officials with their EVMs, VVPATs and other polling materials prior to leaving for the polling booths on the eve of the Karnataka Assembly elections. (CEO, Karnataka Twitter)
Updated on May 10, 2023 02:52 PM IST

Number Theory: Karnataka’s skewed economic geography

Even though Karnataka is among the richest states in India, its wealth is not equally distributed geographically. These charts aim to describe this inequality

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Updated on May 09, 2023 01:39 PM IST

May? Maybe not: Snow in parts of Kashmir and Himachal belies entry of summer in north India

Unusual snowfall in May has hit several towns in Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, with average temperatures among the lowest since 1951. The northern plains were also recording cooler-than-usual temperatures. The trend is due to a series of rain-bearing western disturbances, according to experts. Although snowfall in May is not uncommon in the higher reaches of the Himalayan ranges, it is unusual in towns at lower altitudes. The trend seems to be more concerning than usual and comes at a time when the climate crisis is predicted to lead to more such unusual weather.

Snow-covered mountains in Lahaul & Spiti. (PTI)
Updated on May 09, 2023 12:06 AM IST
By, Ashiq Hussain, , New Delhi/srinagar/shimla

Number theory: The relevance of NCP in Maharashtra and India

Sharad Pawar formed the NCP in 1999, after opposing Sonia Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate, and leaving the Congress

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar.(PTI)
Updated on May 05, 2023 02:44 PM IST

Number theory: Coolest ever May 1 in keeping with erratic weather in 2023

The May 1 temperature reading is not an aberration but in keeping with erratic weather patterns this year. Here are four charts which explain this in detail

A downpour in New Delhi. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2023 02:26 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Number theory: Four macro trends in India’s health spending

NHA gives data on health spending by the Centre and the state governments. A comparison of these numbers over the last six years is shown here in four charts.

OOP spending continues to have the highest share in total health spending in India.
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 06:29 PM IST

India's per capita health spend highest in nearly 15 years: Health ministry data

India's real per capita health spending in 2019-20 was the highest since 2004-05, reaching ₹3,516.

India’s total health bill was <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>655800 crore in 2019-20, according to NHA estimates. This is 9.96% more than in 2018-19. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 26, 2023 05:14 AM IST

Is 40°C a new normal for summer in the country?

HT has analysed India Meteorological Department’s gridded temperature data-set to answer the question. Here is what the data show:

A man covers his head with a towel to shelter from the sun during a heatwave.(AFP)
Updated on Apr 25, 2023 03:07 PM IST
By, New Delhi

World population data: Average Indian 10 years younger than Chinese

A comparison of the south Asian region shows that India’s median age is significantly lower than that of Sri Lanka (32.99 years).

The median age of India’s population is 28.2 years, data from the World Population Prospects (WPP) shows. (AFP)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 06:08 AM IST
By, New Delhi

India to overtake China in population by July 1: UN

WPP projections show that India’s population will reach a peak population of 1.697 billion in 2063 . China’s population, which started declining in 2022 is expected to fall to 1.168 billion by that time

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Updated on Apr 20, 2023 12:05 AM IST
By, , New Delhi/beijing

Number Theory: Will Nandini versus Amul have an impact on Karnataka elections?

Amul's entry into Karnataka's market has sparked fears of a fight with local dairy cooperative Nandini.

Bengaluru, Apr 17 (ANI): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar and general secretary KC Venugopal visited Nandini Milk parlour at JP Nagar, in Bengaluru on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
(Congress Twitter)
Updated on Apr 18, 2023 06:02 PM IST

What the debate over normal or below normal monsoon forgets

An HT analysis of IMD data shows obsessing too much about the quantum of overall rainfall could miss the point about other features of the monsoon rainfall.

Representational image. (RAVINDRA JOSHI/ HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 13, 2023 01:58 PM IST

Explaining India’s shift from 13th hottest February to 5th coolest April so far

In 2022, average maximum temperatures were at least a degree higher than normal on all days from March 16 to April 9 except two

A mother shields her child and herself from heat as temperature rises in Mumbai. (Praful Gangurde/ HT Photo)
Published on Apr 12, 2023 10:19 AM IST

Explaining India’s shift from 13th hottest February to 5th coolest April so far

In 2022, average maximum temperatures were at least a degree higher than normal on all days from March 16 to April 9 except two, with the nine days of April the ninth hottest since 1951

A mother shields her child and herself from heat as temperature rises in Mumbai. (Praful Gangurde/ HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 12, 2023 10:13 AM IST

Hottest to coldest: March logs drastic shift in weather pattern

The first two weeks of the month were among the hottest, the second half, among the coldest which could put it in the top 10 coldest March in the past 73 years.

Heavy rainfall lashed Noida on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 31, 2023 04:34 AM IST

Number theory: Five charts which explain the Karnataka contest

The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced on Thursday that elections to the Karnataka state assembly will be held on May 10 and the results declared on May 13.

(Agencies/Representative use)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Mar 30, 2023 11:23 AM IST

Number theory: Tracking how housing in India is transforming

Had the 2021 census been conducted, there would be a comprehensive database on the number of houses and amenities associated with them up to 2021

The MIS was conducted in 2020-21 and has recorded information on houses which have been built or bought after March 2014. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 24, 2023 11:39 AM IST
By, New Delhi
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