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India ranks 129 out of 189 countries & territories in terms of human development index for 2018

-United Nations Development Programme, released on 9 December, 2019 According to the Human Development Report 2019: Inequalities in Human Development in the 21st Century,  India’s HDI value for 2018 is 0.647— which put the country in the medium human development category—positioning it at 129 out of 189 countries and territories. Between 1990 and 2018, India’s HDI value increased from 0.431 to 0.647, an increase of 50.0 percent. Between 1990 and 2018, India’s...

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A greater ease of living -Amarjeet Sinha

-The Indian Express Discussions of rural poverty fail to factor in multi-dimensional changes in the sector in the last five years Rural poverty in India has been the subject of discussion in recent times. Low increase in prices of agricultural commodities and the slower increase in rural agricultural wages have been seen by some as signs of a crisis for the rural poor. Many acknowledge the role of pro-poor public welfare...

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Jean Dreze contests Amit Shah with Gujarat data -Pheroze L Vincent

-The Telegraph Dreze showed how Jammu and Kashmir outscored Gujarat on the basis of a raft of development indices New Delhi: Economist Jean Dreze held up a placard at a protest rally here on Wednesday, displaying stats to contest home minister Amit Shah’s claim that Jammu and Kashmir was less developed than the rest of India. Dreze showed how Jammu and Kashmir outscored Gujarat on the basis of a raft of development indices. “I...

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Shaky building blocks -Shailaja Menon

-Newsclick.in The draft National Education Policy reinforces outdated ideas about the goals of a foundational literacy programme Many children in elementary classrooms across India cannot read and write proficiently, as demonstrated on an annual basis by the Annual Status of Education Reports (ASER). This affects other school-based learning, as well as functioning in societies and economies that prize literacy. Capabilities of young children It was heartening, therefore, to see a chapter devoted to “Foundational...

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For assistance, police and lawyers are the least desired by female victims of sexual violence

During the last 2-3 months, one has seen complaints related to sexual harassment surfacing on social media as part of the #MeToo campaign. Many people have questioned why the victims were so late to reveal the harassments they faced in the past. Sceptics have also asked why the victims of sexual harassment did not seek either legal or police help. If you have similar doubts in mind, then you should...

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