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India fares poorly in hunger index

Global Hunger IndexApprox Read Time: 3 min In News: The Global Hunger Index 2020 was recently published by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe.For the 2020 GHI report, data was assessed for 132 countries. Out of these, there was sufficient data to rank 107 countries.The scores for GHI 2020 reflect data from 2015-19. Data from the United Nations and other multilateral agencies are used for the calculation. CAVEAT: Issues with the Index Over the past few…


Indian spends 3.5% of avg daily income on food, New Yorker 0.6%: UN report

Cost of a Plate of Food ReportApprox Read Time: 2 min In News: World Food Programme (WFP) recently published the ‘Cost of a Plate of Food 2020’ report, on the occasion of World Food Day (October 16). About: Cost of a Plate of Food report The report highlights the impact of various factors on people's access to affordable food.It is published by the World Food Programme (WFP).It takes an estimated per…


TN govt to reject eminent status for Anna university

Institutions of Eminence SchemeApprox Read Time: 3 min Institutions of Eminence Scheme In News: Tamil Nadu higher education minister declared that the Anna University in the state does not require Institute of Eminence (IoE) status as it posed a threat to the existing 69% reservation policy of the state. News Summary: Tamil Nadu higher education minister declared that the Anna University in the state does not require Institute of Eminence…


24 states, UTs join scheme on affordable rental housing

Affordable Rental Housing SchemeApprox Read Time: 3 min Affordable Rental Housing In News:  24 states and UTs have come on board to implement the scheme for Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHCs), aimed at providing affordable rental accommodation to the working class in cities and towns. News Summary: 24 states and UTs have come on board to implement the scheme for Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHCs).The union housing and urban affairs ministry…


Cabinet nod for World Bank aided STARS project, National Assessment centre

STARS ProjectApprox Read Time: 2 min STARS Project In News: The Union Cabinet has approved the implementation of Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States (STARS) project, partially funded by the World Bank.The project will have a total project cost of Rs 5,718 crore, with the World Bank’s support amounting to about Rs 3,700 crore ($500 million). About: STARS project The STARS project would be implemented as a new Centrally Sponsored Scheme under Department of…


MSP vs Markets: A question of efficiency

MSP SystemApprox Read Time: 5 min Agri sectors where government controls prices are in trouble: Issues with the MSP system: Created huge grain stocks with the government:MSP is implemented primarily in paddy and wheat in selected states. In recent years, some amounts of pulses, oilseeds, and cotton are also bought by the government occasionally.As a result of MSP-dominated system of rice and wheat, the stocks with the government are bulging way…


India’s health budget fourth lowest in world: Oxfam

Reducing Inequality IndexApprox Read Time: 3 min In News: The Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) Index 2020 was recently released. This is the third edition of the report. About: Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) Index 2020 The CRI Index is developed and delivered through a partnership between Development Finance International and Oxfam International, with inputs from independent experts.The index doesn’t aim to measure inequality, instead it focuses on what each government is doing to fight inequality.It shows how…


Property cards launched, will end disputes, says PM

Property Cards (Svamitva) schemeApprox Read Time: 2 min In News: The Prime Minister has launched the physical distribution of property cards under Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology (Svamitva) scheme.The launch will enable around one lakh property holders to download their property cards through an SMS link sent on their mobile phones.This would be followed by the physical distribution of property cards by respective state governments.The scheme’s pilot project is being implemented in 763 villages…