What the latest NFHS data says about the New Welfarism

News: Recently released National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) shows remarkable improvement in New Welfarism. Must read: NFHS-5 and its findings – Explained, pointwise What is New Welfarism? According to the authors, New Welfarism does not prioritise the supply of public goods such as basic health and primary education as governments have done around the world historically. Instead,… Continue reading What the latest NFHS data says about the New Welfarism

Climate disasters displace more people than conflicts now

What is the News? The “World Migration Report 2022” has been published. More about the report: It is a biennial report published by the “International Organization for Migration” (IOM) of the UN. The report quoted the regular data collation by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). The 2022 report on global migration focuses on migration… Continue reading Climate disasters displace more people than conflicts now

National Achievement Survey 2021 has been conducted successfully across the country, with enthusiastic participation of schools and students

What is the News? National Achievement Survey 2021 has been conducted successfully across the country. As per initial, nearly 96 percent of schools and 92 percent of the targeted sampled children participated in the survey. What is the National Achievement Survey? ​​National Achievement Survey(NAS) is a nationally representative large-scale survey of students’ learning undertaken by… Continue reading National Achievement Survey 2021 has been conducted successfully across the country, with enthusiastic participation of schools and students

How to buy better: India needs new mechanisms for defence purchases, for enhancing both efficiency & reputation

News: French portal Mediapart recently claimed in a new report that it has evidence of kickbacks[1] being paid by French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation to help secure the sale of Rafale fighter aircraft to India. Reports have further alleged that the CBI and the ED had evidence of bribes being paid since October 2018 but… Continue reading How to buy better: India needs new mechanisms for defence purchases, for enhancing both efficiency & reputation

Natural wealth of the nations

What is the News? The World Bank has released a report titled ‘The Changing Wealth of Nations 2021’. The report is a periodic evaluation of wealth generation and distribution beyond the traditional GDP [gross domestic product] matrix and includes natural resources as part of a country’s wealth. What are the key findings of the report?… Continue reading Natural wealth of the nations

At least 420 million hectares forest lost since 1990: Survey

What is the News? The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has released the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2020 Remote Sensing Survey. What is the FRA 2020 Remote Sensing Survey? The Survey was launched by FAO in 2018. The objectives of the survey are two-fold: To build country capacities to use… Continue reading At least 420 million hectares forest lost since 1990: Survey

UNEP production gap report: Net-zero targets by countries are empty pledges without plans

What is the news? UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has recently released the Production Gap Report (PGR). The released document is the 3rd assessment of the production gap report. This report highlights the discrepancy between countries’ planned fossil fuel production levels and the global levels necessary to limit warming to 1.5°C. About the Production Gap Report… Continue reading UNEP production gap report: Net-zero targets by countries are empty pledges without plans

Pandemic fuelled rise in child sexual abuse online: report

What is the News? The Global Threat Assessment report 2021 has been released by WeProtect Global Alliance. Note: WeProtect Global Alliance is a global movement of more than 200 governments, private sector companies and civil society organisations working together to transform the global response to child sexual exploitation and abuse online. What is the purpose… Continue reading Pandemic fuelled rise in child sexual abuse online: report

World’s most powerful passports as per Henley’s Index; India at 90th spot

What is the News? Henley & Partners has released the Henley Passport Index. What is the Henley Passport Index? Henley Passport Index(HPI) was started in 2006 as Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index (HVRI) and was modified and renamed in January 2018. The index ​​ranks the passports of countries according to the number of destinations… Continue reading World’s most powerful passports as per Henley’s Index; India at 90th spot

Around 1.3 billion people at high risk of conflict and displacement: Report

What is the News? Institute of Economics and Peace(IEP), an international think tank has released a report titled “Ecological Threat Report (ETR) 2021”. About Ecological Threat Report(ETR)  This is the second edition of the Ecological Threat Report (ETR), which analyses 178 independent states and territories.  The report assesses threats relating to food risk, water risk,… Continue reading Around 1.3 billion people at high risk of conflict and displacement: Report

Sowing better to eat better

Synopsis: Understanding the new challenges plaguing the agricultural system and remedies needed.  Introduction  The health of a country’s agri-food systems determine the health of its people. Findings from the first round of the 5th “National Family Health Survey” suggest that nutrition related indicators have worsened in most States. The survey covers 17 States and five Union Territories, which comprise 54% of India’s population. … Continue reading Sowing better to eat better

Boost tourism through disruption

Synopsis: Tourism infrastructure has huge untapped potential in India especially with respect to jobs. The government has to take steps to unleash the full potential.  Introduction  As per the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report of 2019, India improved from 65th position in 2013 to 34th position in 2019. However, the Indian tourism and hospitality sector was… Continue reading Boost tourism through disruption

NITI Aayog – UNDP Launch Handbook on Sustainable Management of Plastic Waste for ULB’s

What is the News? NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman has launched the NITI Aayog – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Handbook on Sustainable Urban Plastic Waste Management. What was the need for this handbook? Globally, only about 9% of the total plastic produced gets recycled, about 12% is incinerated and energy is recovered and the rest about… Continue reading NITI Aayog – UNDP Launch Handbook on Sustainable Management of Plastic Waste for ULB’s

Explained: The Ease of Doing Business rankings controversy 

Synopsis: Recommendations to improve the ranking methodology employed by now scrapped Ease of Doing Business index report.  Introduction  Few days ago, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) backed its Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, stating full confidence in her. The purpose was to end the long and increased questioning about Georgieva’s role in manipulating… Continue reading Explained: The Ease of Doing Business rankings controversy 

The many questions arising from QES data

Synopsis: The first quarter data of QES talks about different employment statistics  Introduction  Recently, the Labour Bureau has released the results of the All-India Quarterly Establishment-based Employment Survey (QES) for the first quarter of 2021 (April to June). The Sixth Economic Census serves as the basis of the QES survey. The survey covers establishments employing 10… Continue reading The many questions arising from QES data

In India, 5 out of 6 multidimensionally poor are from lower tribes or castes: UN report

What is the news?  The UN report: Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2021 highlights yet another divide in the Indian society as 5 out of 6 multidimensionally poor are from lower tribes or castes.  What is the key focus of the Multidimensional Poverty Index 2021? The report provides estimates on multidimensional poverty for 109 developing countries. Present multidimensional poverty estimates disaggregated by ethnicity and caste for 41 countries… Continue reading In India, 5 out of 6 multidimensionally poor are from lower tribes or castes: UN report

Education Ministry report: At least 40% school children in 7 large states lack access to digital devices

What is the news?  The report, “Initiatives by the School Education Sector in 2020-21“, released by the Union Ministry of Education talks about the response to challenges thrown up by the Covid-19 pandemic.  What are the key findings of the report?  The report shows that 40% to 70% of school-going children in seven large states do not have access to digital… Continue reading Education Ministry report: At least 40% school children in 7 large states lack access to digital devices

India’s school system faces acute shortage of teachers, says UNESCO report

What is the news? United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recently released its 2021 State of the Education Report (SOER) for India: “No Teachers, No Class”. About the State of the Education Report (SOER) for India It is an annual flagship report of UNESCO New Delhi. So far, two editions have been… Continue reading India’s school system faces acute shortage of teachers, says UNESCO report

41 Industrial Parks identified as “Leaders” in the Industrial Park Ratings System Report

What is the news?  The 2nd edition of the Industrial Park Rating System (IPRS) Report was launched by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT). All the States of India and 51 SEZs, including 29 Private, have participated in the IPRS 2.0 Report. What are the key findings of the IPRS 2.0… Continue reading 41 Industrial Parks identified as “Leaders” in the Industrial Park Ratings System Report

NIRF ranking does not give full picture of higher education in India

Synopsis: Recently released NIRF ranking showcased its limitation in comparison to other global rankings. Introduction Ministry of Education has released National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2021. Various lacunas are visible in the structuring of this ranking, which makes the ranking impactless. Read more: Fund and Faculty count in higher education rankings What are the different… Continue reading NIRF ranking does not give full picture of higher education in India

Lessons from the death of the ease of doing business index

Synopsis: This article explains issues and problems associated with the Ease of Doing Business report, why it gained so much importance, and should we reform the index or bring a new one in its place? Introduction The Ease of Doing Business Index (EoDB) is dead. The flagship product created by the World Bank came under… Continue reading Lessons from the death of the ease of doing business index

We require a more inclusive financial inclusion index

Synopsis: Recently, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) unveiled its newly conceptualized Financial Inclusion Index to “capture the extent of financial inclusion across the country”. For meaningful financial inclusion, we must have meaningful metrics in the public domain. Introduction RBI recently announced the formation of a composite Financial Inclusion Index (FI-Index) to capture the extent… Continue reading We require a more inclusive financial inclusion index

In pursuit of Happiness

Synopsis: The great degree of unhappiness in Indian society has a lot to do with the way the law and its institutions operate. Introduction The article talks about Happiness as an important factor to measure the quality of governance. Until the beginning of the publication of the United Nations World Happiness Report in 2012, happiness was not… Continue reading In pursuit of Happiness

Stopping short of social justice – Regarding NEET

Synopsis:  The Justice AK Rajan Committee report does not provide answers to the crucial questions it engages with. Introduction Justice AK Rajan Committee report states that the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) has adversely impacted the chances of less privileged students in gaining admission to government medical colleges in Tamil Nadu. The committee has used various parameters in making… Continue reading Stopping short of social justice – Regarding NEET

Three IITs among world’s top 200 in QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022

What is the News? The QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022 has been released. About QS Graduate Employability Rankings QS Graduate Employability Rankings is released by global higher education analysts Quacquarelli Symonds(QS). Purpose: It is an innovative exercise designed to provide the world’s students with a unique tool by which they can compare university performance in… Continue reading Three IITs among world’s top 200 in QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022

Around 66% children below 2 years don’t get nutritious diet: UNICEF 

What is the news?  As per the report “Fed to Fail? The Crisis of Children’s Diets in Early Life” published by UNICEF, two in every three children between six months and two years didn’t get the nutritious diet needed for healthy growth.  Policies and programmes to improve young children’s diets are not prioritised and are being further eroded by the COVID-19… Continue reading Around 66% children below 2 years don’t get nutritious diet: UNICEF 

State Food Safety Index: FSSAI

What is the news? Recently, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare released Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) -State Food Safety Index (SFSI). This index is used to measure the performance of States across various parameters of food safety. What is State Food Safety Index? It is an index is developed by… Continue reading State Food Safety Index: FSSAI

Fund and Faculty count in higher education rankings

Synopsis: The new edition of the National Institutional Ranking Framework highlights the huge gap between the best and the rest. Introduction National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF)  has recently released its sixth edition of ranking for Higher Education. Read more: Union Education Minister releases India Rankings 2021 What are the advantages of the ranking? Choice of… Continue reading Fund and Faculty count in higher education rankings

India scores 46th rank in the Global Innovation Index 2021

What is the News? The Global Innovation Index (GII) 2021 has been released. What is the Global Innovation Index? The Global Innovation Index is published by the ​​World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in partnership with the Portulans Institute and with the support of corporate network partners. Objective: The index ranks 132 world economies according to… Continue reading India scores 46th rank in the Global Innovation Index 2021

Ease of doing business at risk if issue of appointments to tribunals is not resolved

Synopsis: Article discusses the vacancies in the tribunals and how it’s affecting the Insolvency and bankruptcy code’s actual purpose to resolve the debt. Timely appointment will make strict time-bound insolvency resolutions a reality.  Introduction  Recently, Supreme Court questioned the government on vacancies in the National Company Law Tribunals (NCLT), and the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT).  What are the… Continue reading Ease of doing business at risk if issue of appointments to tribunals is not resolved

India will become 3rd largest importer by 2050: UK report

What is the News? The UK’S Department of International Trade has released a report titled ‘Global Trade Outlook‘. What are the key findings of the report? India’s Imports Currently, India is the eighth-largest importing country, with a 2.8% import share. It is set to become the fourth-largest importer by 2030.  Moreover, India will become the… Continue reading India will become 3rd largest importer by 2050: UK report

1.2 lakh people died in road accidents in 2020: NCRB

What is the News? National Crime Records Bureau(NCRB) has released a report titled ‘Crime in India’ Report, 2020. The report has talked about road accidents in India. Read more: Crime in India Report, 2020 What are the Key Findings of the Report on Road Accidents? Road Accidents in 2020: India has recorded 1.20 lakh cases… Continue reading 1.2 lakh people died in road accidents in 2020: NCRB