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 …

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2018 report

Context: A fast-changing climate, conflict, inequality, persistent pockets of poverty and hunger and rapid urbanization are challenging countries’ efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a UN report. The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 found that conflict and climate change were major contributing factors leading to growing numbers 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 …

First Health Repository

Context: The Union ministry of health and family welfare has launched the first ever registry in the country registry of authentic, standardised and updated geo-spatial data of all public and private healthcare. Objective: “to create a reliable, unified registry of country’s healthcare resources showing the distribution pattern of health facilities Read More …

Paid Paternity Leave for new dads: UNICEF

Context: According to the new analysis by UNICEF, India is among almost 90 countries in the world without national policies in place that ensure new fathers get adequate paid time off with their newborn babies. Important points from UNICEF’s Analysis The analysis said that nearly 90 million, almost two-thirds of Read More …

Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis

Context: Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare inaugurated the 10th meeting of Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GAELF). India and GAELF: India as a Global leader is committed to eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) transmission and disease burden so that our future generations are free from Lymphatic Filariasis. He Read More …

New norms for college teachers

Context: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has brought out a new set of regulations to alter the conditions for recruitment and promotion of college and university teachers, so as to make universities more focussed on research and colleges on the teaching-learning process. Recent Changes: For the first time, requirements for promotions — Read More …

Menstruation Benefit Bill

Context: The Menstruation Benefit Bill tabled by a Member of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh earlier this year triggered widespread debate on the need for India to put in place a system of paid leave for all working women every month. Bill in other countries & In India: Several countries have Read More …