- The real population worry (IE) A comparison of 2011 and 2018 SRS statistical reports shows that TFR declined from 2.4 to 2.2 during this period. Fertility declined in all major states. In 2011, 10 states had a fertility rate below the replacement rate.
GS2: International Relations
- China’s rise and fall at the UN (TH) It’s an opportune time for New Delhi to push for institutional changes and reformed multilateralism in the global system
GS2: Social Issues
- India fares poorly in hunger index (TH) India has the highest prevalence of wasted children under five years in the world, which reflects acute undernutrition, according to the Global Hunger Index 2020. The situation has worsened in the 2015-19 period, when the prevalence of child wasting was 17.3%, in comparison to 2010-14, when it was 15.1%.
- Far from a happy toy story an influx of cheaper Chinese toys, high GST, lack of innovation and funds, and inadequate training plague the traditional industry.
GS3: Disaster Management
- City and the deluge As Indian cities have expanded, they have wrested areas that were once major drainage points. At the same time, stormwater drains in most Indian cities remain locked in decades-old networks and are most often clogged. This means excessive rainfall gets trapped within city boundaries.
GS3: Science & Technology
- New research sheds light on declining star formation in Milky Way (TH) In a vital discovery which may help understand the mystery behind declining star formation activity in the Milky Way, a team of astronomers from the Pune-based National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA-TIFR) and Raman Research Institute (RRI) in Bengaluru have used the upgraded Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) to measure the atomic hydrogen content of galaxies seen as they were eight billion years ago when the universe was young.
- PM releases commemorative coin of Rs 75 denomination to mark the 75th Anniversary of FAO (PIB) The Prime Minister said over the years, FAO helped to increase agricultural production and eradicate hunger all over the world, including India and has played a huge role in increasing nutrition and its service is respected by more than 130 crore Indians. He said this year's Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Program is also a major achievement for the FAO. He remarked that India is happy with the partnership and engagement which has been historic.