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Resiliency-building for India's annual rains

One of India's biggest Bollywood exports, Monsoon Wedding, shows the celebration that traditionally comes with the annual rains. Rural villages dance with excitement as the deluge recharges the water table, bringing hope for a good crop in the ensuing months. Urban areas, however, greet the monsoon with greater caution. Mumbai's 2005 flood shut the city down for days, resulting in loss of life and crippling the country's economic capital. Other Indian cities have experienced similar destruction. For urban informal communities, the annual rains wreak havoc on their lives. Read more or discuss.

The risk of bundling the 65 million that live in 'slums' in India

Slums in the census are defined as "residential areas where dwellings are unfit for human habitation" because they are dilapidated, cramped, poorly ventilated, unclean, or "any combination of these factors which are detrimental to the safety and health". For the latest round, the census designated slums in three different ways - notified, recognized and identified (identified slums do not have legal status as a slum, but must consist of at least 60-70 tenements with at least 300 people). Read more.

Bridging the skill gap: India's urban workforce

Manmohan Singh, India's prime minister, speaking during India's 66th independence day, admitted that the government has not done enough on skill building for India's youth and announced the setting up of a national skill development agency (NSDA). Read more.