- “Swachh – Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan” (PIB)
To strive to make our beaches clean and create awareness amongst citizens about the importance of coastal ecosystems, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) are undertaking a mass cleanliness-cum-awareness drive in 50 identified beaches under the “Swachh – Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan”
- ‘In G20, only India on course to 1.5°C target’ (ToI)
Extreme weather events led to around 16,000 deaths..
- Centre begins work on NCR Regional Plan 2041 (TH)
Improving rank of NCR on ease of living index will be priority
- Casting the Net wide (TH)
Kerala’s plan for providing free Internet access to the poor is worthy of emulation by others
- "Can court ask a secular state to construct a temple? (TH)
Ayodhya judgment raises several questions for jurists to answer
- Several positives for the Muslim plaintiffs (TH)"
Minorities and defenders of the rule of law and secularism need not feel disappointed with the Ayodhya verdict
- THE CASE FOR MID-DAY MEALS FOR ALL (Mint)
New data on the poor nutritional status of school-going children and adolescents in the country makes a case for a broader mid-day meal programme
- India is making dramatic strides in addressing extreme poverty (Mint)
In 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030, of which the first two are “ending extreme poverty and hunger". Extreme poverty is defined as living on less than $1.90 a day, measured in 2011 purchasing power parity prices.
- Telling Numbers: Indian Police — feeble capacity, high vacancies, and low diversity (IE)
The report underscores the capacity deficit plaguing policing in the country. According to the report, only 1 of the 22 states for which data were available, was able to fully utilise its police modernisation fund.
Art and Culture
- ‘Suranga Bawadi’ enters World Monument Watch list (TH)
The unique underground water system in Vijayapura will receive funds for restoration work
- Anaemia among men a major public health issue (TH)
Its prevalence is 23.2% among men, finds study
- Suicides by daily wage earners rose between 2014 and 2016: report (Mint)
A staggering 25,164 daily wage earners took their own lives in 2016, the highest share of suicides among all occupational groups, data from the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report showed.
- Capacity-building programme for Afghan diplomats begins (TH)
Two-week intensive course is part of India-China initiative
- Policy on credit ratings for MSMEs in the offing
The government is in the process of formulating a policy on credit ratings for micro, small and medium enterprises to help investors and other players take informed decision, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Monday.