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 …

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 …

World’s rising urban population

About 1.4 million people move to cities around the world every week; nearly 55% of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. Ahead of October 31, World Cities Day, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday that about 1.4 million people move to cities around the world every 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 …

Girls under 5 years of age dying because of inequality in healthcare: Study

Context: Gender inequality across the world is associated with disproportionate death rates among girls under five years old, according to an analysis of data from 195 countries, including India. The study, published in the journal BMJ Global Health, suggests that the unequal treatment of females in society could be interfering Read More …

Suicides in India: What data shows

Context: If Indian states were countries, three states would have the third, fourth and fifth worst rates of female suicide in the world, recent data shows. Men commit suicide at a higher rate across the world, but India has not been able to lower the suicide rate among men, the Read More …

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 …

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 …