Wired up for festive cheer this Christmas

BT PHOTO: YEN MENG JIIN

A photo illustration of a wire frame Christmas tree. While affluent countries decorate streets and homes with lights to celebrate the festivities, some 1.06 billion people worldwide continue to live without access to electricity, says the World Bank. India alone accounts for about one-third of the global deficit. South Asia is, however, making strides in wiring up, improving electrical access from 57 per cent to 80 per cent between 2000 and 2014.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 25, 2018, with the headline 'Wired up for festive cheer this Christmas'. Print Edition | Subscribe