Global Nutrition Report 2018

Context: Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has always maintained that “Hunger is quiet violence”, which appears more realistic year by year as India struggles to combat malnutrition. According to the Global Nutrition Report 2018, India is facing a major malnutrition crisis as it holds almost a third of world’s burden for Read More …

#MeToo’s importance for women’s jobs

Context: The #MeToo campaign has implications for the much-debated issue of India’s female labour force. India’s female labour force participation rate: The country’s female labour force participation rate (LFPR)—the share of women in the working age range (15 years and above) engaged in any economic activity or looking for work—stands Read More …

RIMES terms Titli cyclone ‘rarest of rare’

Context: The Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) for Africa and Asia, a 45-nation international organisation on disaster warning, has termed ‘Titli’, the severe cyclonic storm that devastated Odisha in October, as ‘rarest cyclone’. Details of the report: More than 200 years of cyclone track history in the Odisha Read More …

Do not disturb this Andaman island

Context: After 12 years, the Sentinelese have again rejected external contact in the most emphatic way possible. In 2006, two fishermen went harvesting crabs illegally off North Sentinel Island and did not return. Last week, American John Allen Chau made a landing with the help of some local people — Read More …

Drought: When, and how, does a state govt declare one?

Context: Large parts of Maharashtra are reeling under drought, aspects of which are being reported in the ‘Dry Wave’ series of this newspaper. While the word ‘drought’ usually brings to mind a period of unusually dry weather, crop damage and water supply shortages, there are guidelines in place for a Read More …

Water ATMs may help in bridging safe water gap

Context: For thousands of communities across India, the process of getting drinking water is now the same as the process of getting cash: they head to an ATM. Facts: With 82 crore people who still do not have access to piped water and 70% of water in the country contaminated by pollutants, Read More …

A national policy for internal migration

Context: Though migration is expected to enhance consumption and lift families out of absolute poverty at the origin, it is not free from distress — distress due to unemployment or underemployment in agriculture, natural calamities, and input/output market imperfections. Internal migration can be driven by push and/or pull factors. In India, over Read More …

The legacy of Kepler, retired planet-hunter

NASA’s Kepler space telescope, which has been retired after running out of fuel (The Indian Express, November 1), is being widely described as the most prolific planet-hunting machine in history. Indeed, by June 2017, it had discovered more than 4,000 planet candidates and 2,300 confirmed planets. Kepler also showed that Read More …

GLOBAL COMPACT FOR MIGRATION

Background: The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is the world’s first, intergovernmentally negotiated agreement covering all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner. It was finalised under United Nations auspices on July 13 this year, and is due to be formally approved at a Read More …

12 facts about the man who united India

1. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, born on October 31, 1875, was a political and social leader of Indiawho played a major role in the country’s struggle for independence and subsequently guided its integration into a united, independent nation. 2. As the first home minister and deputy prime minister of India, Patel organised relief for refugees Read More …