India tough place for business: US report

Source: TOI What is the News? The US State Department has released a report titled ‘2021 Investment Climate Statements: India’. Key Findings of the Report: India remains a challenging place to do business despite taking up many reforms and improving its position in the ease of doing business index. This is because: Protectionist Measures: New… Continue reading India tough place for business: US report

Explained: ICMR’s fourth serosurvey and its findings

Sources: The Indian Express, The Hindu, The Mint, Times of India and Down to Earth About the news: The fourth nationwide serological survey was conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in June-July. Its findings are significant because this is for the first time children aged 6-17 years were included in the national… Continue reading Explained: ICMR’s fourth serosurvey and its findings

Midday meals leave a long-lasting impact: study

Source: The Hindu What is the News? A Study titled “Intergenerational nutrition benefits of India’s national school feeding program’” has been published in Nature Communications. The study used nationally representative data on mothers and their children from 1993 to 2016 to assess whether the mid-day meal scheme has supported intergenerational improvements in a child’s linear… Continue reading Midday meals leave a long-lasting impact: study

India largest source of govt. info requests, says Twitter

Source: The Hindu What is the News? Twitter has released the biannual Twitter Transparency Report. The report shares details on the number of government and legal requests, removal requests and data around accounts actioned for various violations. Key Findings of the Report:  Government’s Request for Account Information: Globally, Twitter received 14,561 government requests for account… Continue reading India largest source of govt. info requests, says Twitter

E-classes leading to learning gaps in higher education: Survey

Source: Times of India Introduction: The gap in learning outcomes has been acknowledged across the world. World Bank data indicate nearly 220 million students have faced the brunt of the pandemic’s impact on education. Education technology solution provider TeamLease Edtech surveyed over 700 students and officials from 75 Indian universities to assess the learning gap… Continue reading E-classes leading to learning gaps in higher education: Survey

India’s neurological disease burden rising

Source: The Hindu What is the News? India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative has published in Lancet the first-ever comprehensive estimates of disease burden due to neurological disorders in India from 1990 to 2019. Note: India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative is a collaborative effort between the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Public Health Foundation of… Continue reading India’s neurological disease burden rising

Rising fuel prices eating into health spends: SBI report

Source: Times of India  What is the news? A recent report by SBI shows that expenditure on non-discretionary items (including health) is reducing due to rising fuel prices. This calls for urgent lowering of prices through tax rationalisation. Background: SBI has released a report which tries to show the relationship between rising inflation and expenditure… Continue reading Rising fuel prices eating into health spends: SBI report

State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 report

Source: Down to Earth What is the news? Key findings of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s latest State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 report The FAO report has quoted a study done in 63 low- and middle-income countries covering a population of 3.5 billion on changes in the income of people. It… Continue reading State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 report

Investing in water, sanitation and hygiene can fuel economic recovery: Report

Source: Down To Earth What is the News? Water Aid, an international non-profit organisation has released a report titled “Mission-critical: Invest in water, sanitation, and hygiene for a healthy and green economic recovery”. About Mission Critical Report: The Mission Critical Report calls on all government and private bodies to mobilize investments in water, sanitation, and… Continue reading Investing in water, sanitation and hygiene can fuel economic recovery: Report

Over 7 lakh yearly deaths in India linked to abnormal temperatures: Lancet study

Source: The Hindu What is the news? An international team, led by researchers at Monash University in Australia, found that globally more than five million extra deaths a year can be attributed to non-optimal temperatures. The team looked at mortality and temperature data across the world from 2000 to 2019, a period when global temperatures… Continue reading Over 7 lakh yearly deaths in India linked to abnormal temperatures: Lancet study