Children and Armed Conflict

Context: According to annual report of UN Secretary-General on children and armed conflict, over 21,000 cases of grave violations of children’s rights in armed conflict were verified in 2017. It is drastic increase from previous year (2016) with 15,500 violations. Among the violations in 2017, over 15,000 violations were perpetrated by non-state armed groups Read More …

Assam, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh worst states to be born in

Context: While India’s birth rate has dipped from 21 births per 1,000 population in 2014 to 20.4 births per 1,000 population in 2016, some states have seen a significant increase in birth rate. Worryingly, the laggard states such as Bihar, Uttar Pradesh have the highest birth rate: 26.8 births and Read More …

World’s hungry population on the rise again, says U.N. report

Context: The number of hungry people in the world has risen for the first time in more than a decade, according to a United Nations report. Other important findings: There are now approximately 38 million more undernourished people in the world, rising from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016, Read More …

Can India manage its toxic e-waste?

Context: Even one and a half years after the E-Waste Management Rules, which were notified in October 2016 was passed, there is little evidence that it is being implemented. i.e. manufacturers of electric and electronic equipments must facilitate their collection and return it to authorised dismantlers or recyclers. The matter came Read More …

World Bank’s report ‘South Asia’s Hotspots’

Context: A World Bank report has found that rising temperatures and changing monsoon rainfall patterns from climate change could cost India 2.8% of GDP and depress the living standards of nearly half the country’s population by 2050. The report, ‘South Asia’s Hotspots: The Impact of Temperature and Precipitation Changes on Read More …

The Asia-Pacific Gender-Parity Imperative

Context: Gender equality offers a sizeable economic opportunity for any country. A government that hopes to achieve strong growth without tapping into women’s full potential is essentially fighting with one hand tied behind its back. McKinsey Global Institute Research: New research from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) finds that Asia-Pacific economies could Read More …

Greener, Greater Cities

Context: What should a “green” city look like? Should it resemble Copenhagen, with its high rates of bicycle commuting and recycling? What about Curitiba, the capital of Brazil’s Paraná state, with its pedestrian-centered planning? Or perhaps Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, which is powered entirely by renewable energy? With more than Read More …

Skill development of the Youth

Context: Coupled with a continual increase in voluntary unemployment, the International Labour Organisation expects unemployment in India to be higher in 2018. demographic dividend In India, 65% of the population is below 35 years and unemployment, especially among youth, can limit the nation’s ability to reap the much-hyped demographic dividend Enhance youth Read More …