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14 days ago
India reduces baby deaths but still hasn't met 2012 targets

First, the good news: 37 babies died for every 1,000 that were born in 2015, two better than the government's projections of an infant mortality rate (IMR) of 39 for that year, according to new data released last week. That's a drop of 53 per cent over 25 years. Now, the bad news: The target for IMR reduction was 67 per cent; it has fallen 10 short of the target 27 that India agreed to u...

14 days ago
India reduces baby deaths but still hasn't met 2012 targets

First, the good news: 37 babies died for every 1,000 that were born in 2015, two better than the government's projections of an infant mortality rate (IMR) of 39 for that year, according to new data released last week. That's a drop of 53 per cent over 25 years. Now, the bad news: The target for IMR reduction was 67 per cent; it has fallen 10 short of the target 27 that India agreed to u...

4 months ago
Under-5 Child Mortality Rate fell 4 points in 2014: Nadda

New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) There has been a four-point decline in the Under 5 Mortality Rate (U5MR) during 2013-14, said Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Tuesday. Recent data from the Registrar General of India (RGI) for the Sample Registration Survey (SRS) for the year 2014 indicates 8.16 per cent decline in under-five mortality (during 2013-2014) as compared to 5.76 per cent decline during ...

5 months ago
MPs get lessons on sustainable development goals

New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) The Speaker's Research Initiative (SRI), conceptualised by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, on Tuesday organised a workshop on sustainable development goals (SDGs) for members of Parliament in the Parliament Library. The speakers at the workshop included experts from Niti Aayog, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), The Energy and Resou...

6 months ago
India needs to up its social development indices

Social development and environmental concerns are often not accorded the attention they deserve in public policy discourse. The reason for this is that they are often seen in direct conflict with economic prosperity. However, over the years, development practitioners have realised that there is a strong link between social, environmental and economic development. This, they opine, is cen...

7 months ago
One woman dies every 5 minutes during pregnancy: WHO

Mumbai, June 12 (IANS) Every five minutes, at least one Indian woman dies during pregnancy and child birth, the World Health Organisation said on Sunday. According to WHO, of the 529,000 maternal deaths occurring every year, 136,000 or 25.7 per cent take place in India. In fact, two-thirds of maternal deaths occur after delivery, postpartum hemorrhage being the most commonly repo...

1 year ago
Modi's 'convenient' action at CoP-21

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) As India and the world have had their eyes on Prime Minister Narendra Modi from even before the crucial Conference of Parties-21 (CoP-21) UN Climate Change Conference began, he was conveniently seen saying that climate change was not of India's making. Global environment watch-dog Greenpeace said although India's emissions could be low compared to the developed, i...

1 year ago
72.54 percent turnout in 3rd phase of Jharkhand panchayat polls

Ranchi, Dec 5 (IANS) The third phase of polling in panchayat elections in Jharkhand on Saturday witnessed a 72.54 percent turnout, an official said. Polling took place in 70 blocks in 22 districts. There were a total of 44.63 lakh voters and 14,098 polling stations open from 7 am to 3 pm. The overall polling percentage in the third phase was 72.54 per cent with Deoghar district ...

1 year ago
'Not possible for Pakistan to meet SDGs'

Islamabad, Nov 29 (IANS) It is not possible for Pakistan, which failed to achieve the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an expert has said. Developing countries like Pakistan should identify goals based on their resources and try to meet those, Dawn online quoted National University of Science and Technology (NUST) as...

1 year ago
Government apathetic to meeting SDGs: Experts

New Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) The very institutions in India that are supposed to drive the efforts to meet the sustainable development goals (SDGs) are apathetic to the global agenda, experts said at an ongoing international conference here on Sunday. Our governmental institutions are not adequately appreciative of the global goals, said development economist Rajeev Malhotra, who participate...

1 year ago
Up to central government to revoke Maggi ban: Goa CM

Panaji, Nov 5 (IANS) Sale of Nestle's Maggi noodles will resume only after the central government lifts the ban on the product, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Thursday, adding that the state government has no role in resumption of the sales of the popular instant noodle. Maggi noodles have been banned by the central government. It is up to them to revoke the ban, Parsekar told...

1 year ago
China's 2020 poverty alleviation goal attainable: Xi

Beijing, Nov 3 (IANS) China will be able to achieve its 2020 poverty relief target, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday. Xi made the remarks while addressing the fifth plenum of 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, which convened last week to map out the blueprint for China's development from 2016 to 2020, or the 13th Five-Year Plan, Xinhua reported. As of the ...

1 year ago
Make in South Africa, says foreign minister

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Even as India woos the world with its Make in India programme, South Africa wants Indian firms to manufacture in the country, South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana Mashabane said here. In New Delhi for the India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS), Mashabane said South Africa wanted to enhance economic partnership with India in a way ...

1 year ago
Tuberculosis ranks alongside HIV as leading killer worldwide: WHO report

Geneva, Oct 29 (IANS) In 2014, tuberculosis (TB) killed 1.5 million people, 400,000 of whom were HIV-positive, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday, ranking the disease alongside HIV as a leading killer worldwide. WHO said in a report that the fight against TB is paying off, however, with this year's death rate nearly half of what it was in 1990, Xinhua news agency repor...

1 year ago
Pakistan to get 34 free T-37 aircraft from Turkey

Islamabad/Ankara, Oct 28 (IANS) Pakistan and Turkey signed a defence cooperation agreement on Wednesday under which Turkey will provide Pakistan with 34 T-37 trainer-cum-fighter aircraft and its spare parts on a gratis basis. An agreement was signed after the conclusion of the 11th Meeting of the Pakistan-Turkey High Level Military Dialogue Group (HLMDG) in Ankara, Dawn reported. ...

1 year ago
India opposes unilateral embargoes, joins call to lift Cuba sanctions

United Nations, Oct 28 (IANS) India reiterated its unambiguous opposition to unilateral embargoes imposed by countries through their domestic laws as New Delhi voted Tuesday for a resolution calling for an end to the United States embargo against Cuba. The vote on the General Assembly resolution completely isolated the US will all its allies, except Israel, abandoning it. Of the 193 memb...

1 year ago
UN at 70: A Charter moment for the world body

The Charter of the United Nations came into force on October 24, 1945, 70 years ago to this day. Addressing the General Assembly, on September 25 2015, Pope Francis reminded leaders of the founding purpose of the United Nations: saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war and promoting social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom. These are, in fact, the very ...

1 year ago
At 70, UN sets 17 goals: To be achieved in less than 17 years

Just imagine that when you enter 71, you dare an adventure by declaring your resolve to achieve 17 new goals by the time you turn 85. You do not just proclaim this but also show an extraordinary determination by providing 169 quantifiable targets for these goals to prove that you mean business. Further, you venture into great festivity by displaying those 17 goals by illuminating your ow...

1 year ago
'UN Sustainable Development Goals expensive but worth it'

Lima, Oct 11 (IANS) World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has described the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as expensive but worth it. During a panel on answering how the SDGs could be financed at the World Bank-International Monetary Fund (IMF) Annual Meetings in Lima, Kim said that accomplishing the SDGs would cost trillions of US dollars. They are incredibly ambitious...

1 year ago
Jaitley urges unconventional funding for UN's SDG targets

Lima, Oct 9 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has called for unconventional ways to raise funds in the current context of global economic slowdown to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, an official statement said on Friday. Addressing the meeting of G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors in the Peruvian capital on Thursday, Jaitley said: India has ...

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