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Sex ratio up from 918 in 2014-15 to 934 in 2019-20

Improvement in Sex ratioApprox Read Time: 5 min In News: As per the ministry of women and child development (WCD), there has been an improvement in sex ratio at birth 934 girls per 1,000 boys in 2019-20. The WCD ministry issued the data to mark the National Girl Child Day on 24th of January. News Summary: As per the ministry of women and child development, there has been an improvement in sex…

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75m Indians above 60 suffer from chronic disease: Survey

Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI)Approx Read Time: 6 min In News: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently released the Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI). Longitudinal Aging Study in India: Launched in 2016, the LASI is a full–scale national survey of scientific investigation of the health, economic, and social determinants and consequences of population ageing in India.LASI, Wave 1 (phase 1) covered 72,250 individuals aged 45 and above for the 2017-18 period. This…

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Science policy draft: 30% top posts for women, spousal benefits for LGBTQ+

STIP 2020 draftApprox Read Time: 5 min In News: The draft Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) 2020 was recently released by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). Once finalized, STIP 2020 will replace the STI policy of 2013.The DST has invited suggestions, inputs and comments for making changes by January 25. Vision of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) 2020 Achieve technological self-reliance and place India among the top three scientific superpowers in the…

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Shigella: The intestinal infection is not deadly in most cases

Shigella InfectionApprox Read Time: 2 min Shigella Infection In News: Health officials in Kozhikode district of Kerala recently conducted emergency meetings after six cases of shigella infection and nearly two dozen suspected cases were detected.The first suspected case of the infection was a 11-year-old child, whose condition worsened resulting in his death. About: Shigella infection Shigellosis, or shigella infection, is a contagious intestinal infection caused by a bacteria known as shigella.The bacteria, after entering the body…

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Who are the Tharu tribals of the UP terai whose home and land the govt wants to open to tourists

Tharu Tribals of UP teraiApprox Read Time: 4 min Tharu Tribals of UP terai In News: The Uttar Pradesh government is working on a scheme to take the unique culture of its ethnic Tharu tribe across the world. News Summary: Tharus are the biggest tribe in the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP).Recently, the UP government also launched a "Tharu Arts and Crafts Complex" in Dudhwa, Lakhimpur district with a museum…

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Global Concerns: Where Rohingya are being sent

Rohingyas being shifted to Bhasan CharApprox Read Time: 5 min In News: Rohingyas being shifted to Bhasan Char Bangladesh has begun sending Rohingya refugees from the overcrowded camps on its port town, to Bhasan Char, a remote island formed by sedimentation (char is Bengali for sediment) close to the coast. News Summary: Most of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are currently in camps in Cox's Bazar, a port town close to…

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How much of India’s population lives with disabilities?

International Day for Persons with Disabilities (PwD)Approx Read Time: 6 min International Day for Persons with Disabilities (PwD) In News: December 3 is marked by the United Nations as the International Day for Persons with Disabilities (PwD), to promote a more inclusive and accessible world for the differently-abled and to raise awareness for their rights.The day is also observed in India, under which various events are conducted by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.…

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In a mirror of economy, agricultural exports grow amid overall decline

India's Agricultural ExportApprox Read Time: 3 min India's Agricultural Export In News: India’s agricultural exports are up 4.6% year-on-year in dollar terms during April-September, even while the overall goods exports saw a decline. News Summary: In the first 6 months of this financial year, from April to September 2020, India’s agricultural exports grew 4.6% year-on-year in dollar terms.This comes even as the country’s overall merchandise exports for the same period have…

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