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Respiratory Illness; Alert in Six Indian States

Amidst the surge in respiratory illnesses among children in China, at least six states in India, including Rajasthan, Karnataka, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Haryana, and Tamil Nadu, are on high alert. This follows the central government's directive to review readiness in anticipation of the rising trend observed abroad.

Social Media Top News Source But Disinformation Galore

In India, 64 percent identify social media feeds as the primary source of disinformation and fake news. Paradoxically, despite this awareness, 56% of urban Indians still turn to social media feeds as their top choice for news and information, raising concerns ahead of the 2024 general elections, said the latest UNESCO-Ipsos survey on the influence of online disinformation.

India’s Healthcare Dilemma: Deficit in Infrastructure

India has a deficit of 2 billion square feet of healthcare space to accommodate the burgeoning population of 1.42 billion. The estimated requirement for additional beds, aiming for a recommended ratio of 3 beds per 1000 people, stands at a substantial 2.4 million beds, according to report by Knight Frank and Berkadia.

India Contributes 5 % to World’s warming

Despite representing 18% of the global population, India has contributed only 5% to the world's warming. This contrast sheds light on the significant variations in per capita territorial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across nations, said the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in its Broken Record report.

Historic Charm of Rashtrapati Niwas in Mashobra

In April this year, the Rashtrapati Niwas in Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh, opened its doors to the public, offering a unique glimpse into the past. This 173-year-old heritage property, characterized by its European architectural style, is one of India's four existing President's residences.

India’s Groundwater Depletion: Approaching Tipping Point

India has earned the dubious distinction of being the largest consumer of groundwater worldwide, surpassing both the United States and China combined, according to a dire warning from the United Nations University's Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).

Replacing ‘India’ with ‘Bharat’ in School Textbooks

A high-level committee for social sciences, formed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to revise the school curriculum, has recommended the replacement of "India" with "Bharat" in textbooks for all classes. The panel's suggestions, which also include introducing "classical history" instead of "ancient history" in the curriculum and incorporating the Indian Knowledge System (IKS) into all subjects, have been shared with the education ministry.

India Leads Migration Trends in OECD Countries

In the world of international migration, India has emerged as a prominent player, holding its position as the primary source of new migrants to OECD countries in 2020, 2021, and, if current trends persist, in 2022. The surge in migration in India increased to 172%, according to year’s OECD Outlook. These numbers have catapulted these nations into the spotlight, making them key sources of migration, just behind Ukraine.

China expanding military infrastructure along LAC

China continued to invest in enhancing its military infrastructure along the LAC in 2022. The country constructed underground storage facilities near Doklam, built new roads in all three LAC sectors, established new villages in disputed areas adjacent to Bhutan, added a second bridge over Pangong Lake, set up a dual-purpose airport in the central sector, and created multiple helipads.

India Worst among Countries to Work Remotely

In a significant shift in the global remote work landscape, India has been ranked 64th out of 108 countries in the Global Remote Work Index (GRWI). This marks a substantial decline of 15 places from the previous year, raising concerns about the country’s readiness for remote work.