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  • 15th Finance Commission would not like to penalise performing states: Singh  title=
    15th Finance Commission would not like to penalise performing states: Singh

    The Finance Commission would not like to penalise states that have performed well on various development parameters, a top official said on Thursday.

  • Census 2021 will collect OBC data (Lead)  title=
    Census 2021 will collect OBC data (Lead)

    India, the second most populous country with 1.34 billion people, will soon begin a census operation which will for the first time include a count of the backward classes.

  • Despite efforts, Rohingyas remain vulnerable in Bangladesh: WHO  title=
    Despite efforts, Rohingyas remain vulnerable in Bangladesh: WHO

    The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday expressed concern over the health condition of Rohingya refugees living in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh and said a severe fund crunch has threatened continuation of health services in the refugee camps.

  • The Age of Awakening (Comment)  title=
    The Age of Awakening (Comment)

    It took just over seven decades after the British left India, but recent growth trends make it clear that this year the latter will overtake its erstwhile coloniser to become the fifth-largest economy in the world.

  • Brexit hits London population growth: Report  title=
    Brexit hits London population growth: Report

    London's population has been rising steadily since the mid-1980s but evidence has emerged that Brexit and the high cost of buying and renting homes is deterring new people from coming to live in the city. The London Intelligence Report published on Wednesday by the think-tank the Centre for London showed that in the year to mid-2017 London's population experienced the slowest rate of growth in over a decade, Xinhua news agency reported. The growth rate in the city's population, which stands at 8.1 million people, nearly halved in the first full year since the Brexit referendum in June 2016 to 0.6 per cent per year, down from the 2015-16 figure of 1.1 per cent. This is the slowest rate of growth in over a decade, and means the 2017 population was 79,000 (0.9 per cent) lower than expected within 2016-based projections. Tom Colthorpe, researcher on the report told Xinhua: "There are many fewer people coming to London from other countries." "There is a bit of a nosedive. There is a pretty significant drop in international immigration which some might point to Brexit." The contribution of net international migration has declined considerably year-on-year to a net gain of just under 83,000 individuals. Though international migration remains the largest contributor to population growth, it now only contributes 5,000 more individuals than those added through natural change (births and deaths). Registrations for national insurance numbers (known as NI, a form of health tax necessary for most types of work) continued to fall, a trend seen since the Brexit vote. The number of EU nationals registering for NI fell by a quarter over the year, and the most recent quarter available (Q1 this year) saw the total 16 percent smaller compared to a year previously, and only just over half the Q3 2014 peak level. At the same time, non-EU registrations grew by 9 per cent, reversing the trend seen in the previous four consecutive quarters of falls. "It is obvious with EU citizens, that some of that (decline) is down to Brexit and that is down to the uncertain status of EU nationals in the UK," Colthorpe said. Figures in 2014 for EU nationals getting NI numbers spiked, when Romanian and Bulgarian nationals were allowed to apply for the first time, as part of the EU accession agreement for those countries in 2007. Colthorpe said: "When you see that in 2014 after the accession of Romania, Bulgaria, a lot of that causes a big spike of 80,000 in a quarter. Some of the decline has been because that pent-up demand has tailed off, but the fall has been accelerated by the Brexit factor." British nationals were also leaving the city, in higher numbers than previously. "Looking over a longer period, after the financial crisis people flocked to London, but now that trend is reversing,"he said.

  • Australia's King penguin population shrinks by 90%: Study  title=
    Australia's King penguin population shrinks by 90%: Study

    The world's largest colony of King penguins in the southern Indian Ocean has shrunk by nearly 90 per cent in the last three decades, yielding the territory to encroaching vegetation, an alarming research has found.

  • Long road ahead to ending hunger, malnutrition (Column: Active Voice)  title=
    Long road ahead to ending hunger, malnutrition (Column: Active Voice)

    The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) incorporate zero hunger as one of the 17 targets to be achieved by 2030 for a sustainable future. The criticality of this goal lies in the fact that removing hunger -- and malnutrition -- from the world is intertwined with the other goals such as ending poverty, providing universal quality education and promoting lifelong learning, sustainable economic growth and employment, good health and well-being.

  • Odisha cabinet approves state's own food security scheme  title=
    Odisha cabinet approves state's own food security scheme

    The Odisha cabinet on Monday approved the state government's own food security scheme to cover 34.44 lakh people, who have been left out under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).

  • Number of women in higher education up 45% in 8 years  title=
    Number of women in higher education up 45% in 8 years

    The number of women enrolling for higher education in India has gone up by 45 per cent to 17.4 million in 2017-18 from 12 million in 2010-11, according a survey report released on Friday.

  • Of 18 states ruled by BJP, only one is in top five best-governed ones: Study  title=
    Of 18 states ruled by BJP, only one is in top five best-governed ones: Study

    Mumbai, July 27 (IndiaSpend/IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), or a political alliance it is a part of, governs 18 of 29 states in India, home to nearly 63% of the countrys population. But only one BJP-ruled state, Himachal Pradesh, made it to the list of five best-governed states in India, according to a new study.