World Population Day

World Population day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. This year, the theme for the World Population Day is ‘Family Planning is a Human Right’. According to UN, China with 1.4 billion & India with 1.3 billion people are the 2 most populous countries, contributing to 19% & 18 % of the global population respectively.

India is home to 19,500 mother tongues

According to Registrar General and Census Commissioner, more than 19,500 languages or dialects are spoken in India as mother tongues. Nearly 96.71% population in the country have one of the 22 scheduled languages as their mother tongue. There has been a significant increase in Bengali speaking people and a decrease in Bhili language speaker.

19,500+ mother tongues spoken in India

According to the latest analysis of 2011 census, more than 19,500 languages or dialects are spoken in India as mother tongues. There are 121 languages which are spoken by 10,000 or more people in India, which has a population of 121 crore. 96.71% population in the country have one of the 22 scheduled languages as their mother tongue.

Climate change may cost India 2.8% of GDP

According to a World Bank report, changing monsoon patterns & rising temperatures driven by climate change could cost India 2.8% of GDP. Climate change could depress the living standards of nearly half of India’s population by 2050, which now lives in vulnerable areas. The worst hit would be people in 10 districts in Central India, which have been identified as severe hotspots by the report.

Mumbai costlier than Washington and Melbourne

According to a Mercer survey, Mumbai is the most expensive city in India to live in for expatriates as compared to Washington and Melbourne. Hong Kong is ranked as the world’s costliest city to live in for expatriates, followed by Tokyo, Zurich, Singapore, and Seoul. Bengaluru, which has a high population of expatriates is getting more reasonable on cost of living.

India’s first ‘Tribal Queen’ : Pallavi Darua

Pallavi Durua, who belongs to Odisha’s Koraput district, was crowned as the first Tribal Queen at the Adi Rani Kalinga Tribal Queen competition held at Utkal Mandap. The contest was organised by SC & ST department, Govt of Odisha and the State Tourism Department. Tribal population constitutes nearly 22.5% of the Odisha’s population.

KKA being implemented in 25 villages

The Ministry of Agriculture and farmers’ welfare has launched the Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan (KKA) from 1st June 2018 till 31st July 2018. The Abhiyan will aid, assist and advice farmers on how to improve their farming techniques and raise their incomes. The Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan will be undertaken in 25 Villages with more than 1000 population each in Aspirational Districts.

India saw 211 tuberculosis cases per 1 Lakh

19 : According to the ‘World Health Statistics 2018’ released by World Health Organisation (WHO), India saw an estimated 211 cases of tuberculosis (TB) per 1,00,000 people in 2016, Nepal and Bhutan recorded fewer number of TB cases per 1,00,000 population than India. India has pledged to eradicate tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the global target set by WHO.

World Hypertension Day observed

World Hypertension Day was observed all over the world yesterday on May 17th, 2018. The objective of observing this day is increasing high blood pressure awareness in all populations around the world. The World Hypertension Day was first inaugurated in the year 2005 and has become an annual event ever since. The theme for this year is ‘Know Your Numbers’.

Delhi to become the most populous city

According to new United Nations estimates, Delhi is projected to become the most populous city in the world around 2028. Tokyo is the world’s largest city with an agglomeration of 37 million inhabitants, followed by New Delhi with 29 million, Shanghai with 26 million. The projected population size of New Delhi in 2028 is about 37.2 million, surpassing Tokyo’s 36.8 million.

Mangaluru is the best in waste management

The Union government has selected Mangaluru as “India’s best city in solid waste management”. It was selected under the categories of cities having a population between three lakh and 10 lakh under Swachhata Survekshan 2018. The survey by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs assessed 4,203 urban local bodies under the aegis of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban).

Australia to help save the koala

Australia unveiled a US$34-million plan to help bring its koala population back from the brink, following a rapid decline in the furry marsupial’s fortunes. The Australian Koala Foundation estimates there may be as few as 43,000 koalas left in the wild. Under the Aus$45 million plan, thousands of hectares will be set aside to preserve the marsupial’s natural habitat.

India doing extremely well on electrification

India is doing “extremely well” on electrification with nearly 85% of the country’s population having access to electricity, the World Bank has said. According to the World Bank, between 2010 and 2016, India provided electricity to 30 million people each year, more than any other country. India is all set to achieve the target of universal access to electricity before the 2030 target date.

World’s oldest spider discovered in Australia

Scientists have discovered what may be the world’s oldest recorded spider – a 43-year-old arachnid in Australia.The Giaus Villosus trapdoor matriarch, had outlived the previous world record holder, a 28-year old tarantula found in Mexico. The spider has recently died during a long-term population study.

India: World’s 2nd largest unbanked population

According to World Bank, India has 19 crore adults without a bank account, making it the world’s 2nd largest unbanked population.India’s adult population with a bank account has more than doubled to 80% since 2011. Jan-Dhan Yojana has brought an additional 310 million Indians into formal banking system by March 2018. China has world’s largest unbanked population, followed by India & Pak.

Bihar has highest rate of crime against SC/ST

Bihar reports the highest rate of crimes against SC/ST population, while West Bengal reports the lowest, according to latest data released by National Crime Records Bureau.For crimes against SCs specifically, Madhya Pradesh is highest at 43.4%, and WB is lowest at 6%. For crimes against the ST population specifically, Rajasthan is the highest at 12.9%, with WB being the lowest at 1.6%.

Delhi women safety app fail to serve purpose

The women safety app =”Himmat” has failed to serve its purpose as it has only 30,821 registered users out of Delhi‘s population of 1.9 crore, a parliamentary panel said. The panel identified the app‘s complex registration process and non-availability in Hindi as the reasons for its limited number of users. =Himmat‘ app was launched by the Delhi Police in 2015.

Delhi, Mumbai to be world’s 10 biggest cities

As per the report released by United Nations’ World Urbanization Prospects, Delhi and Mumbai would be among the 10 largest cities in the world by 2030.At present, Tokyo is the most populated city in the world with a population of 38 million.As per the report the population in the Middle East, Asia and Africa is only going to increase by 2030.

WB Becomes 1st State To Opt Out Of ‘Modicare’

Bengal CM Mamata has opted out of Centre’s ‘Modicare’ scheme. She said state already has a scheme of its own.This makes West Bengal the first state to withdraw from the ambitious programme. Arun Jaitley had announced the NHPS on February 1, making it the biggest global plan to provide quality health cover to a population larger than the combined citizenry of the US, UK, Germany & France.

Mumbai 12th richest city globally

India’s financial capital Mumbai, with a total wealth of $950 billion, has been named among the top 15 wealthiest cities globally, while New York topped the list.Mumbai which also features among the top 10 cities in terms of billionaire population is the home to 28 billionaires. Going forward, Mumbai is expected to be the fastest growing city in terms of wealth growth over the next 10 years

Dubai opens sustainable floating drive-thru

A floating burger joint, billed as the world’s first sustainable floating drive-thru, has come up in Dubai.The joint, named Salt Bay, provides a catering service to customers on boats, jet skis and yachts.Its owners say it currently serves burgers but will expand its menu to include pizzas and desserts if the joint gains popularity.

Rwanda to Provide Eye Care For All

2 : Rwanda became the first low-income country to provide universal eye care for its 12 million population.The government has partnered with the organisation Vision for a Nation (VFAN) to train more than 3,000 eye care nurses based in 502 local health centres.They will prescribe glasses and refer those with serious eye problems to national clinics.

Govt allots ` 56k cr for SC welfare

Arun Jaitley announced ` 56,619 crore for SC welfare and ?39,135 crore for ST welfare.Every block with more than 50% ST population and at least 20,000 tribal people will have an ‘Ekalavya’ model residential school by 2022.Ekalavya Model Residential School is a scheme for model residential school for Indian tribals across India. It was established by the Tribal Ministry, Government of India.

India’s richest 1% have 73% of wealth

The richest 1% in India cornered 73% of the wealth generated in the country last year, a new survey showed.Besides, 67 crore Indians comprising the population’s poorest half saw their wealth rise by just 1%. It is according to the international rights group Oxfam. The annual Oxfam survey is keenly watched and is discussed in detail at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.

49% teenage girls married in Jharkhand

Among all the states, Jharkhand has the highest proportion of girls aged 15-19 years currently married at 49%.The proportion of married girls aged 15-19 years ranged from 13% to 49% across four states–Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar and Rajasthan. The data comes from the 2017 report More than Brides Alliance: A Baseline prepared by non-profits Population Council, Save The Children and Oxfam.

Gujarat to count elusive tigers

Gujarat, which houses a rich population of lions, will now see an exercise to find out if tigers also inhabit the State.The last time a tiger was spotted in Gujarat was way back in 1985. The proposal was approved by the NTCA, a statutory body under the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, Gujarat’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), G.K. Sinha, said.

Shrivallabh Vyas passes away

Shrivallabh Vyas, known for his work in films like Lagaan and Sarfarosh, passed away on January 7 in Jaipur.Shrivallabh Vyas had appeared in over 60 Hindi films, with occasional stints in regional cinema, television and theatre. Some of Shrivallabh’s popular films are Sarfarosh, Abhay, Aan: Men at Work, School, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero and Sankat City.

IAF conquers ‘Seven Summits’

After scaling of Mt Everest in 2005, IAF launched a unique and unprecedented series of mountaineering expedition ‘Mission Seven Summits’.It had the aim to fly the tricolour and the IAF flag on the highest peaks in every continent. A team comprising 5 IAF mountaineers, led by Capt RC Tripathi has successfully scaled Mt Vinson in Antarctica, thus completing the assigned Mission.

Only 1.7% Indians paid income tax

Just over 2 crore Indians, or 1.7 % of the total population, paid income tax in the assessment year (AY) 2015-16, according to data released by the I-T department.The number of income-tax return filers increased to 4.07 crore in assessment year 2015-16 (FY 2014-2015) from 3.65 crore in the previous year.Only 2.06 crore actually paid tax as the others claimed income below taxable limits.

Punjab bans production, use of ‘manjha’

Punjab has imposed a complete ban on manufacturing, sale, production, storage, supply, and usage of the kite-flying thread made out of nylon, plastic or any other synthetic material including the Chinese ‘manjha’ in the state.It has been observed that synthetic manjha has an adverse effect on humans, cattle population, birds, soil and ecology.One can fly kites only using a cotton thread.

Venezuela opposition banned

Venezuela’s President, Nicolas Maduro, says the country’s main opposition parties are banned from taking part in next year’s presidential election.He said only parties which took part in mayoral polls would be able to contest the presidency.Leaders from the Justice First, Popular Will and Democratic Action parties boycotted the vote because they said the electoral system was biased.

Commission to study minority status

National Commission for Minorities has formed a 3 member committee to study the matter of minority status to Hindus in 8 states where their population is less than 50%. The panel, led by commission’s Vice Chairman George Kurien, has been given 3 months to submit its report. The states & UT named in the plea are Lakshadweep, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, J&K, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur& Punjab

Kapu reservation bill passed in Andhra

The Andhra Pradesh assembly unanimously passed the Kapu reservation bill which will provide the community with a 5% quota in education and employment in the state.However, Kapu quota if issued will take the total quota in the state to 55%, which is more than 50% limit restricted by the Supreme Court.The Kapu community forms 27% of the population.

‘Bandhan Tod’ app for school girl

Patna-based Gender Alliance, an initiative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), had launched the Android-based app named ‘Bandhan Tod’.It is to sensitize people across the state against dowry, child marriage, domestic violence and gender inequality.A Bihar girl, 13 years old, sent out a distress message through this app and was saved from becoming a victim of child marriage.

Thodupuzha Vasanthi passes away

Popular Malayalam stage, movie and television actor Thodupuzha Vasanthi passed away at a private hospital in Thodupuzha, Kerala. Thodupuzha Vasanthi was 65 years old. She was battling cancer for some time now. Her film career began in 1975. She had acted in over 450 films. She had won the state government award for theatre acting.

Nayantara Sahgal gets Award

Nayantara Sahgal was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award at Times Lit Fest 2017. The writer of the immensely popular novel Rich Like Us, is the winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1986. When The Moon Shines By Day is her latest book.

Northeast to get ‘Air Dispensary’

Northeast is all set to get India’s first-ever “Air Dispensary” based in a helicopter. The Union Ministry of Development of Northeast has already contributed Rs. 25 crore funding for this initiative. Nearly 1/3rd of India’s population did not have access to proper hospital bed care, as a result of which, poor patients living in remote areas remained deprived of crucial medical care.

National Rural Drinking Water Programme

Cabinet has accorded its approval for continuation and restructuring of National Rural Drinking Water Programme. The scheme was launched to ensure good quality service delivery to the rural population. The restructuring will make the programme flexible and will enable the Ministry towards to reach the goal of increasing coverage of sustainable Piped Water Supply.

Modi leaves to attend ASEAN Summit

PM Modi has left for Philippines, where he will participate in various bilateral & multilateral programmes, including India- ASEAN Summit. Modi would also take part in celebrations of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, RCEP Leaders’ Meeting & ASEAN Business & Investment Summit. The 10-member grouping ASEAN & India comprise a total population of 1.85 bn people which is 1/4th of global population.

Jackson named top-earning dead celebrity

Michael Jackson, who died in the year 2009 i.e, Eight years ago, is still generating millions of dollars. Jackson named top-earning dead celebrity for the 5th time. He was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. He was one of the most popular entertainers in the world and was the best-selling music artist at the time of his death. His earnings have been estimated to be $75 million.

Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index

India is ranked 28th out of 30 countries in the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index 2017 published by Australian Centre for Financial Studies. It reviewed pension system of 30 countries which together cover 60% of the world’s population. India’s overall index is 44.9, which marks an improvement over index value of 43.4 in 2016. Denmark topped the index for 6th consecutive year.

State of World Population 2017: report

According to ‘State of World Population 2017’ released by United Nations Fund for Population Activities 27% of India’s children get married by age 18 as compared to 28% the world over. Among its neighbours, Bangladesh is worst off, with 59% of the married couples being under-age, followed by Nepal (37%). The report, notes India’s total fertility rate lower than the world average of 2.5.

Indian Army organises Jashn -e-Kokernag

On 19th October 2017, the 19th batch Rashtriya Rifles of the Indian Army, organised ‘Jashn-e-Breng’ festival in Kokernag village of the Anantnag district. It was celebrated with the slogan of “Jawan aur Awaam Amun Hai Muqam”, to promote peace and brotherhood between security forces and the local population. The soldiers also arranged free medical assistance and several cultural programmes.

Grandmaster William Lombardy passed away

William James Joseph Lombardy was an American chess grandmaster, writer, teacher, and Catholic priest who passed away at the age of 79. He gave up the game at the height of his career and become a priest. Lombardy led the U.S. Student Team to Gold in the 1960 in World Student Team Championship in Leningrad. He was the only World Junior Champion to win with a perfect score.

Report on worst cities for women

As per a survey by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, India’s capital Delhi is one of the worst megacities in the world on the parameter of women safety. The survey was conducted in 19 megacities (having more than 10 million population) of the world between June and July 2017. Japan’s capital Tokyo emerged as the safest city in terms of risk of sexual harassment.

Hypertension high in Kerala

According to the study, titled ‘Diet and Nutritional Status of Urban Population in India and Prevalence of Obesity, Hypertension, Diabetes and Hyperlipidaemia in Urban Men and Women’, non-communicable diseases have become a growing threat. The survey was carried out by the National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau. According to the study Kerala has the highest prevalence of hypertension.

Madhya Pradesh loses 17 tigers in 2017

Madhya Pradesh, once popularly known as the ‘tiger state’, has lost 17 big cats so far this year, as per National Tiger Conservation Authority. India is currently home to 70% of the world’s tiger population in over 17 states and 50 sanctuaries across the country. At present, there are 38 tiger reserves, while 6 of them, namely – Kanha, Panna, Bandhavgarh, Pench, Satpura and Sanjay are in MP.

Highest number of leopards in Mizoram

Mizoram’s Dampa Tiger Reserve now holds the distinction of housing the highest number of clouded leopards in Southeast Asia. The density of population of clouded leopards locally knows as ‘Kelral’, is 5.14 per 100 sq km. The reserve is situated along the Mizoram-Bangladesh-Tripura.

Urban Maharashtra open defecation free

President Kovind on his maiden visit to Maharashtra declared urban areas of the state as Open Defecation Free. Almost half of Maharashtra has become open Defecation free, since 49% population in lives in urban areas. Maharashtra govt has ensured toilets to all in the 384 urban areas in the state. State authorities said that rural Maharashtra would be open defecation free by March 2018.

Retirement age of govt doctors raised

Union cabinet has increased the retirement age of central govt doctors to 65 years with an aim to meet the shortage of medical staff in the country. Govt’s decision will be applicable to all AYUSH & central govt doctors and dentists except those in the Central Health Service. India has a little more than 1 million modern medicine doctors to treat its population of 1.3 bn people.

SBI opens new branch in Singapore

State Bank of India has opened its sixth branch in Singapore, extending its services in the country’s heartland. The new branch has come up in Ang Mo Kio area, which is popular for its housing estates. The SBI offers the highest interest rates on deposits among other banks in Singapore, handles wealth management, insurance and rupee remittances among a wide range of services.

SBI tops trust and popularity charts

According to a survey conducted by Brand Finance, State Bank of India is India’s most trusted and most popular bank. SBI is followed by HDFC Bank and Central Bank of India whereas on the popularity charts, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank take the second and third spots respectively. Among public sector banks, SBI and Canara Bank showed high customer loyalty.

WHO grants $175,000 for Rohingyas

WHO has released its first tranche of emergency funding of $175,000 to provide lifesaving healthcare to “vulnerable population” in Bangladesh. Grant will support 20 mobile medical teams to provide essential services for at least two months. WHO is working closely with UNFPA, UNICEF & other health, partners in ensuring that adequate health services are provided to the vulnerable population.

Tunisia lifts ban on Muslim women

Tunisia has abolished a 44 yr old ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims as president seeks to secure equal rights for country’s female population. Until now a non-Muslim man who wished to marry a Muslim Tunisian woman had to convert to Islam & submit a certificate of his conversion as proof. Commission led by a female lawyer & rights activists was created, aimed at drafting revised rules.

Indian Boy gets top score in Mensa IQ

A 13-year-old Indian-origin boy, Dhruv Garg in the UK has got the highest possible score of 162 on a Mensa IQ test. This score qualifies him amongst the rare one per cent of the population who take the Mensa exam worldwide in both the exams. He also scored the highest mark in the second test, known as the Culture Fair scale, getting 152.

India has 27312 elephants

Preliminary results from the first ever synchronised all India Elephant Population Estimation pegs India’s Asian elephant population at 27312. According to the report, released by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change on Aug12, Karnataka has the highest number of elephants, followed by Assam & Kerala. The survey was carried out by the Asian Nature Conservation Foundation

Lord Krishna-themed coin to be released

A limited edition silver coin on Lord Krishna will be released on Janmashtami on August 15 by Republic of Chad in commemoration of 5,244th birth anniversary of the Hindu God. This full-dimensional 3D coin weighs 100 grams and has been made of pure silver. The coin is designed by Alok K Goyal. The initiative was taken seeing the popularity of Indian art and culture.

Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples

United Nations’ International Day of World’s Indigenous People is observed on Aug 9 every year to promote & protect rights of indigenous population. There are 370 mn indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries, they make up less than 5% of the world’s population. Indigenous peoples are inheritors & practitioners of unique cultures & ways of relating to people & environment.

Jiyo Parsi phase II campaign launched

The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs has launched Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-2 in Mumbai, Maharashtra under the Jiyo Parsi scheme. The campaign was launched in 2014, to address the issue of dwindling population of India’s Parsi community. The last 2011 census put the number of Indian Parsis at 57,264, dropping from 114,000 in 1941.

World Population Day

World Population day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. Theme this year is Family Planning- Empowering People, Developing Nations. On this occasion, Health Minister JP Nadda launched 2nd phase of family planning campaign & logistic management information system. Around 83 million people are being added every year.

Sharjah named World Book Capital

Sharjah has been declared as the World Book Capital by UNESCO for the year 2019. It has been chosen by an international committee of UNESCO experts for the quality of its literary and cultural activities and its efforts to make books accessible to the entire population of the country. Sharjah will also launch Sharjah Publishing City, a space entirely dedicated to publishing and printing.

Facebook crosses 2 billion monthly users

Facebook has hit a new milestone by crossing more than 2 billion monthly active users in less than 5 years after hitting the 1 billion mark. Facebook’s user base is now bigger than the population of any single country and represents more than a quarter of world’s 7.5 billion people. Twitter by comparison has 328 million monthly active users while instagram has over 700 million active users.

India to surpass China by 2024

According to a UN forecast India’s population could surpass that of China around 2024, two years later than previously estimated. India’s population is projected to touch 1.5 billion in 2030. India’s population may eventually see a decline in the half century after 2050 to 1.51 billion by 2100 but it will still be the most populous country in the world.

65 million people displaced in 2016

According to a report by United Nations a record 65.6 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced from their homes owing to conflict or persecution by the end of 2016. This is the highest figure since UNHCR started collecting records. Syrians continued to be the largest forcibly displaced population, with 12 million people at the end of 2016.

APY can now be subscribed digitally

Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority has introduced APY@eNPS which involves complete digital enrolment process. It has been done to give additional push to cover the unreached population at greater ease. Under APY, subscribers would receive a minimum guaranteed pension at the age of 60 years, depending on their contributions. APY subscribers’ base is more than 54 Lakhs.

C Narayana Reddy passes away

Eminent poet, litterateur and Jnanpith awardee C. Narayana Reddy passed away. He was popularly known as CiNaRe. He was known for his use of Telugu in its pure form, and would not be swayed by filmmakers on the use of the language. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1977 and the Padma Bhushan in 1992. His compilation of poems, titled ‘Viswambhara’, got him the Jnanpith award in 1988.

Tiger population up

The Tiger count in at least two of Assam’s four reserves has registered a growth since the tiger census conducted last year. Manas National Park has recorded the presence of 30 tigers, while Orang National Park has put the figure at 28. The tiger population is expected to reach 140.

India’s skewed sex ratio to worsen

As India’s proportion of youth in the total population falls, the sex ratio will dip to 898 girls for 1,000 boys in 2031 from 939 in 2011. The projection is based on very low sex ratio at birth in India. The number of girls born for 1,000 boys – the definition of sex ratio – was 914 in 2011 and is projected to fall further in coming decades.

Android to become worlds most popular OS

Android has become the most popular OS, snatching the 1st place from Windows for the 1st time, according to web analytics firm StatCounter. Look at combined usage across desktop, laptop, tablet, mobile, Android usage climbed 37.93%, edging out Windows’ 37.91%. StatCounter only measures internet-connected devices, which will exclude a small number of desktop PCs used for specific tasks.

Computing ability, rural India is lost

The ability to use computers remains low in the country, in spite of campaigns for digitalisation, an analysis of NSSO data reveals. An estimated 8.8% of the rural population has computing ability. In urban areas, the figure is nearly four times higher, at 30.2%. Computing ability was defined as an user’s ability to operate a desktop, laptop, palmtop, notebook, smartphone and tablets.

China’s population to 1.45 bn by 2030

China’s population is expected to peak to 1.45 billion in 2030, then drop to 1.4 billion by 2050 and 1.1 bn by the end of this century. Working age population will gradually drop to 985 million in 2020 and to around 800 million by 2050. China had relaxed its decades-old rigid ‘one child policy’ amid concerns over rapidly ageing population was expected to climb sharply in the coming year.

Saudi Launches Campaign to Collect Fund

Saudi Arabia has launched a fundraising campaign for Syrians displaced by a five-year civil war. More than 11 million Syrians – around half of the population – have been displaced by the fighting, which began in 2011 and has killed more than 300,000 people. Saudi Arabia has been one of the main supporters of rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Akodara becomes First Digital Village

Akodara village in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat has earned the coveted tag of becoming India’s first digital village in India. The village with a total population of 1,191 people uses a various cashless system for payments. All transactions in the village are carried out through digital modes like SMS, net-banking or debit cards. The village was adopted by ICICI Bank in 2015.

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples observed on 9th August

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. The theme for 2016 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is ‘Right to Education’. It was first pronounced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1994, marking the day of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub-commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, in 1982.

Naidu launches Swachh Survekshan for 500 cities

Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu has launched Swachh Survekshan-2017 for 500 cities in the country with an idea to make competitive environment make the cities clean in New Delhi. The main objective of Swach Survekshan is not to point out shortcomings but to suggest ways to improve the state of cleanliness in the particular area. This is the second round of survey to cover 500 cities and towns, including those with a population of one lakh and above, besides capital towns with less than one lakh population and towns known for heritage, tourism, and hilly locations.

World Tiger Population

World Wildlife Fund and Global Tiger Forum announce that, after a century of constant decline, global wild tiger population have increased.

Hindus share dips below 80%, Muslim share grows but slower

The share of Hindus in India’s population has shown the sharpest dip in a decade since Independence and has dropped below 80 per cent. According to figures of the religion census of 2011, yet to be officially released, Hindus comprised 78.35 per cent of the total population of 121.05 crore, compared with 80.45 per cent of the total population in 2001. In absolute terms, however, the Hindu population increased 14.5 per cent from 82.75 crore to 94.78 crore during the period (2001-11). The 2011 religion census data also shows that the share of Muslims in the population has risen from 13.4 per cent in 2001 to 14.2 per cent with some border states showing a high increase. The share of other religious groups like Sikhs and Christians in the total population remained steady at a little over 2 per cent each, roughly in the same range as in the 2001 census.

Vulture conservation gaining momentum

Vulture conservation in the state is gaining momentum with more than 200 village panchayats in Coimbatore district passing a resolution to protect this endangered species from extinction. Four species of vultures are found in the state-whitebacked, long-billed, Egyptian and red-headed vultures. At present a good number of vulture population is found in the Moyar Valley region and Eastern slopes of the Nilgiri’s North Forest division, up to Thengumarahada village.

Telangana is born in 29th state in India

Celebration erupt all over Hyderabad as the newest State of India – Telangana – is born on the stroke of midnight. The 29th State, having population of over 3.53 crore, has an area of 1,14,849 square km.

India tops in illiterate population

In UNESCO’s Education for All Global Repon (GMR), India tops in having largest illiterate population in the world.

Validity of family cards extended by a year

The validity of family cards has been extended by one more year-upto Dec. 31, 2014. The extention of the validity period has been atributed to the delay in completion of operations of the census Department, according to an official released said. The govt’s plan is to issue electronic family cards (also called smart cards) on the basis of National Population  Register (NPR) and enrolment of bio-metric data of the people. The release stated that as the cards would be issued only during 2014-15, the decision to extend the validity of the existing cards had been made.

State keen on issuing smart cards to families

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa urged district collectors to ensure expeditious enrolment of people under the National Population Registrar (NPR) so that the state was in a position to issue smart cards (family cards) to all families at the earliest. She made this appeal at the inauguration of a three day long conference of District collectors and police officers at the Secretariat. As part of the process of enrolment, bio-metric information of residents was being collected. Till now, nearly 70 per cent of the people (aged five year and above) had been covered. Of a total of about 6.74 crore, the bio-metric details of around 4.71 crore had been collected.

Uruguay becomes the first nation in the world to legalise marijuana

Uruguay becomes the first nation in the world to legalise marijuana; its sale and production.

Call for insurance for labourers

Unorganised man power, especially construction workers, comprises more than 9 per cent of the labour force in Tamil Nadu. As such, there is a dire need to extend the employees’ state insurance scheme to the unorganised labour sector. This scheme that is a part of the Employees’ State Insurance Scheme Act, 1948, will allow workers in the unorganised sector to be entitled to all medical benefits if they are enrolled in it.

UN releases a report titled The World Population Prospects

The UN releases a report titled “The World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision”. As per the report, the 2013 global population of 7.16 billion will rise by almost one billion within the next 12 years to touch 8.08 billion by 2025. It is projected-to increase to 9.55 billion by 2050, before crossing a whopping 10.85 billion by the turn of the century. As per the projections, India will become the most populous country in the world by 2028.

Rural Population live on less than 35 a day

A new government survey shows that around 60 percent of India`s rural population live on less than 35 a day, and nearly as many in cities live on 66 a day.

UN reports – India largest increase in urban population

A UN report reveals that India will witness the largest increase in urban population in the next four decades followed by China.

India may turn capital of demantia

Those bouts of memory lapse, confusion and mood swings in the elderly may not always be part of the ageing process but could be the signs of the onset of dementia, according to a group of doctors who have recently formed the Dementia Society of India (DSI) Chennai. Importantly, unlike in the West where Abyhvner`s disease is the most common form of the memory-cognitive disorder, vascular dementias that involve loss of blood flow to the brain are the predominant form in the Indian Population. India, with its rapidly aging population as a result of increased life expectancy, is likely to turn into the domentia capital of the world.

Urban Development Mission to prove basic amenities

With the state witnessing a high level of migration from rural areas to urban localities and cities expanding at a rapid pace, the govt. has launched the 6,654 crore Integrated urban development mission to provide basic facilities in Corpn., municipal and town panchayats. It will spend 757.28 crore then fiscal for works in urban localities related to laying new underground drainage and storm water drains, providing safe drinking water, roads, solid waste management, streetlights and other basic amenities, stated an official release.

The Hindu forges ahead again as South India’s No. 1 English Daily

 The Hindu has registered a big increase in its readership, the just released bindings of the Indian Readership Survey (IRS)for the third quarter of 2011 show. Among the top three English dailies in India. The Hindu has registered the highest growth in readership compared with the readership numbers of the last quarter. IRS 2011 Q3 reveals that our flogship newspapers has added 92,000 readers and its current  average issue readership stands at 2,169,000.

Cabinet defers decision on Food Security Bill

The Union Cabinet deferred a decision on the draft National Food Security Bill, which seeks to give legal entitlement to subsidised foodgrains for 46 per cent ‘priority’ families of the 75 per cent rural population and 28 per cent. ‘Priority’ households of the 50 per cent urban population. The Bill was deferred after senior Ministers raised questions. The sources said the Prime Minister wanted to hear all views before taking a decisions. It is likely to be taken up at the next cabinet meeting. These are concerns about identification of beneficiaries, which is being done through a social and economic caste census.

Yahoo mail in 8 regional languages

Yahoo India’s mail service a now available in eight Indian regional languages, including Hindi and Bengali. The latest version of Yahoo Mail now comes in languages such as Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi and Gujarathi. The latest Yahoo Mail version is also available in 22 new languages.

Maternity aid from December

Assistance under the new, enhanced maternity assistance scheme of the State govt. will be disbursed from Dec. 12, according to health officials. Under the new scheme, a compliance – linked assistance programme, women who were delivered of babies on or after June 1 this year, will be eligible for three instalments of  12,000, according to R.T. Porkaipandian, Director of Public Health. The older scheme, providing assistance of    6000 in two instalments was suspended for the rollout of the new scheme. A total of 5,00,000 mothers will receive this assistance during the current financial year (2011-12), and   773 crore has been budgeted for the purpose, according to official sources. Not all of them will receive the whole amount. About one lakh mothers will be eligible for the entire 12,000, having completed delivery, and immunisation for the child. Others will receive one or two instalments, depending on the stage of that pregnancy, according to K. Vanaja, Joint Director, Immunisation.

US Bureau of Labour Statistics reveals

The US Bureau of Labour Statistics reveals that after hovering above the 9-percent mark for most of 2011, the US’s unemployment rate finally dropped to 8.6 percent in November 2011.

Expanded Chennai Corporation divided into 3 regions

The expanded Chennai Corporation will be divided into three regions – north, south and central. The govt. has given an in-principle approval to divide the city covering 466 sq. km. into three regions. North Chennai region would have zones of Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Tondaiarpet and Royapuram covering a total area of 142.07 sq.km. with a population of 16.5 lakh (2001 census). The head office would be located in Basin Bridge. Central Chennai region would cover zones of Thiru-vi-ka Nagar, Ambattur, Anna Nagar, Teynampet and Kodambakkam. It would have an area of 128.31 sq. km. and a population of 29.31 lakh. The head office of Central Chennai region would be in Shenoy Nagar. South Chennai region would include Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Adyar, Perungudi and Sholinganallur and have a total area of 158.84 km. The population of the region would be 10.8 lakh. The head office of the South Chennai region would be in Saidapet.on as a political party.

Plea to CMDA on OSR lands as parking lots

The Chennai Corporation Council adopted resolutions to top the potential of open space reservation lands for parking purposes and for creation of parks. It adopted a resolution requesting Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) to make suitable changes to the development regulations to facitated the creation of parking lots in OSR lands. The civic body has imposed restrictions on the maintenance of the parks by private agencies. The private agency would not collect money from the public for visiting the park. The civic body has 260 parks, 228 playgrounds and 234 gymnasiums. A total of 84 pieces of OSR lands have been handed over to the civic body. OSR lands in newly added areas have also been handed over to the corporation.

World Population cross 7-billion mark

The United Nations Population Fund announces that the world population will cross the 7-billion mark by October 31, 2011.