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PM Modi is Worried About Population Explosion, a Problem Set to Go Away in 2021 -Saurabh Rai and M Sivakami

se total fertility rate (TFR) and annual population growth rate to quantify population growth. The desired value for TFR is 2.1, at which a population reaches a replacement level of fertility. The National Family Health Survey (NFHS), which provides demographic estimates and which the government uses for policymaking, shows India’s TFR was 2.2 in 2016: 2.4 in rural areas and 1.8 in urban; the latter is below the replacement rate. Eighteen sta

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What can help in controlling population in India--society or law? -Neetu Chandra Sharma

ber of educated girls," Ranjana Becon, Consultant Gynaecologist, Columbia Asia hospital said. India continues to witness a social and gender bias in terms of family planning. According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 4-(2015-16) data, 99% of married women and men age 15-49 know at least one method of contraception. However, female sterilization remains the most popular modern contraceptive method. Please click here to read more.

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Focus turns to domicile laws, land, jobs in proposed Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh -Peerzada Ashiq

-The Hindu Pandits, Dogras and Buddhists demand maintenance of current population status, rights over land With the revoking of the special status of Kashmir, Pandits, Dogras and Buddhists have made separate demands for domicile laws in the proposed Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The reasons they cite include the need to maintain the current population status, ensuring jobs for local people and the rights over land use. BJP State spokesman Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, w

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Population explosion is a bogey the government should ignore

ates, even the states that have a higher fertility rate—Bihar (3.2), Uttar Pradesh (3), Madhya Pradesh (2.7), Rajasthan (2.6), Jharkhand (2.5), Chhattisgarh (2.4) and Assam (2.3)—than the National TFR have shown precipitous decline in fertility rates. Just a decade ago, for instance, Bihar had a TFR of 4 and UP of 4.1 while MP, Jharkhand and Rajasthan had a TFR of 3.5 each.   Please click here to read more. 

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'The Idea of India' is failing -C Rammanohar Reddy

-The Times of India The middle class that led India’s nation-building project has now embraced a Nationalism that has no place for diversity The “Idea of India” has always been grander in promise than in fulfilment. At Independence, the dream was that the people of a country of so much diversity — in language, religion, and tradition — would enjoy constitutionally guaranteed rights and through democratic means, bu

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Flash floods, landslides kill 31 in HP, Uttarakhand

ees on Sunday. Himachal Pradesh received its highest ever single-day rainfall, recording an average of 102.5mm on Sunday, 1,065% higher than normal. Around 670 roads across the state, including 13 National highways, have been blocked by landslides or flash floods, or have been washed away, including six bridges. Raghav, 22, a tourist from Telangana, was among the dead after being hit by a shooting rock during a landslide near Manikaran in Kullu.

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What happened to poverty during the first term of Modi? -Himanshu

ight months ago. Fortunately, a gist of what happened to consumption expenditure during the term of the previous government can be gleaned from the data on consumption expenditure collected by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), as part of the other socioeconomic surveys, including the PLFS. These surveys do have single questions on usual consumer expenditure, even if they are not as detailed as the quinquennial consumption surveys. However,

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Centre and states spent Rs 6,900 cr for flood relief -Pradeep Thakur

lease of Rs 3,150 crore for rescue and relief operations where Rs 676 crore has been released through its State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) while the Centre has contributed Rs 2,474 crore through its National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF). The death toll of 245 in Maharashtra has been the highest among states affected by floods. Please click here to read more.

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Economist Jean Dreze: Article 370 helped reducing poverty in Jammu and Kashmir -Vishwadeepak

-National Herald Figures prove due to special status, J&K outscored Gujarat on selected indicators. As per Dreze it is an illusion that removing Article 370 will bring development in the Valley Life expectancy at birth is higher in Jammu and Kashmir which is depicted as a terrorist-state by media as compared to Gujarat which is projected as a model state in India; percentage of the rural population living below the poverty line in Jamm

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Landline services in 17 exchanges of Kashmir restored

-PTI There are a little over 100 telephone exchanges in the region. Landline services in 17 exchanges of the Kashmir Valley were restored on Saturday, officials said. Seventeen out of a little over 100 telephone exchanges were made operational. These exchanges are mainly in Civil Lines area, Cantonment area, airport of Srinagar district. The landline services have been restored in Budgam, Sonamarg and Manigam areas of central Kashmir. In north Kashmir, the services have been restor

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