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India's under-5 mortality of girls exceeds that of boys, unlike global trend, says report -Bindu Shajan Perappadan

-The Hindu Worldwide, one child/young adolescent died every 5 seconds in 2018, says UN inter-agency group India is among the few countries in the world where, in 2018, the mortality under-5 years of girls, exceeded that of boys, according to the ‘Levels and Trends in Child Mortality’ report by the United Nations (UN) inter-agency group for child mortality. The global report states that in 2018 fewer countries showed Gender disparities in child mortality,...

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Safeguarding the idea of India -Kaushik Basu & Nirvikar Singh

-The Hindu The nation’s current social and political predicament poses an existential challenge Ominous clouds have gathered over India, casting shadows of divisiveness and hate, threatening to undermine civil society and halt or even reverse economic progress. There is today a risk of going over a precipice beyond which there may not be a turning point. As the new decade dawned, the two of us decided to get together to write not on...

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How the states, UTs scored on various goals in SDG Index

-The Indian Express Kerala is in the top slot with a score of 70, while Bihar is at the bottom with 50. NITI Aayog has released its latest SDG India Index 2019, which assesses each state and Union Territory’s achievement on 16 sustainable development goals (SDG). Kerala is in the top slot with a score of 70, while Bihar is at the bottom with 50. Each of the 16 SDGs — ranging from...

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A persisting variance: On sustainable goals index

-The Hindu Even better performing States have not fared well in achieving Gender equality The NITI Aayog’s Sustainable Development Goals Index for 2019, released on Monday, does not reveal any surprising information. The South’s Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka are joined by Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Goa as the best performers while the northern/north-central and north-eastern States have been laggardly in achieving the U.N.-mandated goals by 2030. Poor performers...

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Hunger, Gender bias challenge

-The Telegraph Female labour force participation in India is declining and currently stands at 17.5% Hunger and Gender inequality pose two key challenges as India tries to achieve the objectives pledged under the Sustainable Development Goal, a report released by the Niti Aayog said on Monday. India is one of 193 countries that have pledged to end, among other things, poverty, hunger and Gender inequality by 2030. Since last year, the Niti Aayog...

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