Global Hunger Index 2018

Context: India has been ranked at the 103rd position among 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index, says a report.  More about the Index: According to the report, prepared by Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide, India is among the 45 countries that have “serious levels of hunger”.  In 2017, India was Read More …

A clean environment for human empowerment

Context: Human beings and nature have a very special relationship. Mother Nature has nurtured and nourished us. The first civilisations were established on the banks of rivers. Societies that live in harmony with nature flourish and prosper. Today human society stands at an important crossroads. The path that we take Read More …

1 in 5 Indian children ‘wasted’, says GHI

Context: At least one in five Indian children under the age of five are ‘wasted,’ which means they have extremely low weight for their height, reflecting acute under-nutrition, according to the Global Hunger Index 2018. The only country with a higher prevalence of child wasting is the war-torn nation of Read More …

Role for CMs in river basin management

Context: To resolve differences among States on sharing water from rivers that are common to them, the Union Water Ministry has proposed creating 13 river basin management authorities. The inter-State basins to be covered under the proposed legislation are: Brahmaputra, Barak and other rivers in the North East; Brahmani-Baitarini; Cauvery; Read More …

The Swachh Bharat Mission Facts

Context: The Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) recently launched the 150th birth year celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi, as the Mission enters its fifth and final year of implementation. The SBM has transformed into a massive jan andolan created on the ground using Information, Education, and Communication, making it a behaviour change Read More …

What is the Sabarimala case?

Context: The Supreme Courtruled that women, of all age group, can enter Sabarimala temple in Kerala. The apex court in a 4:1 majority said that the temple practice violates the rights of Hindu women and that banning entry of women to shrine is gender discrimination.   A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Read More …

One manual scavenging death every five days: Official data

Context: SINCE JANUARY 1, 2017, one person has died every five days, on an average, while cleaning sewers and septic tanks across the country, according to numbers collated by the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK), the statutory body that was set up by an Act of Parliament for the Read More …