Goa ranks top, Bihar at bottom of Gender Vulnerability Index
- India has placed himself at the place on the 21 by the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap index to a lowly 108, by its neighbors China and Bangladesh, in the starting there are very few of the participation has seen in the women in the economy and low wages, a report on gender vulnerability, conducted for the first time by Plan India and released by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, seems to offer a clearer picture as to just why that may have happened.
- “As many as 40 percent girls are underweight and more than 60 percent of women are anaemic in these states,” it says.
- “The regional disparities for crimes against women are appallingly high, nationally the figure stands at 53.9 percent, in states like Assam and Delhi this rate crosses over 140 percent; child sex ratio is far below an acceptable standard; child marriages is over 40 percent in West Bengal, whereas it’s estimated to be less than 8 percent in Punjab. At the same time, the highest proportion of girls and women in the country who have ever experienced violence during a pregnancy are in Karnataka,” it says.
- “While Sikkim has five students per teacher at primary, and 15 at higher secondary; Uttar Pradesh has a ratio of 39 at primary and 97 at higher secondary level. Moreover, the percentage of girls with correct scores for mathematics and languages differ by state, by a maximum of 11.2 and 9.8 percentage points, respectively,” the report says.
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Inter-State Council reconstituted with PM Modi as chairman
- The Inter-State Council, which has decided for the estimation of the research and the equalities, has been reconstituted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as its chairman and six Union ministers and all chief ministers as members.
- According to a gazette notification, the Union ministers who will be members of the reconstituted council are Rajnath Singh (Home), Sushma Swaraj (External Affairs), Arun Jaitley (Finance), Nitin Gadkari (Road Transport), Thaawar Chand Gehlot (Social Justice and Empowerment) and Nirmala Sitharaman (Defence).
- Eight other Union ministers have been made permanent invitees to the council. They are Suresh Prabhu (Commerce), Ramvilas Paswan (Food), Harsimrat Kaur Badal (Food Processing Industries), Jual Oram (Tribal Affairs), Prakash Javadekar (HRD), Dharmendra Pradhan (Petroleum) and Piyush Goyal (Railway).
- The chief ministers are N Chandrababu Naidu (Andhra Pradesh), Amarinder Singh (Punjab), Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh), Manik Sarkar (Tripura), Naveen Patnaik (Odisha), Vasundhara Raje (Rajasthan) and Yogi Adityanath (Uttar Pradesh).
Assam signs MoUs with Singapore for skilling state’s youth
- Assam government today signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) and Terms of Reference (ToR) with Singapore for skilling youth of the state.
- “Assam is a beautiful land with hills and mountains which are full of greenery. This land is strategically located and has huge potential. We are mandated by the Prime Ministers of both the countries to work for mutual growth”, Balakrishnan said.
- He further mentioned, “As the economy in the world is rapidly transforming, it is important to provide jobs and skills to our youth. Singapore is partnering with Assam to train the trainers to amplify the impact of the training centre“.
- Sonowal said, “Assam Government aims to create a workforce empowered with upgraded skills, knowledge and internationally recognised qualifications to gain access to employment and ensure India’s competitiveness in the dynamic global market with support from Singapore Government.”
- “As the state aspires to become the new engine of growth for the country through Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Act East Policy, I am glad to acknowledge Singapore’s cooperation towards achieving this goal by skilling our youth through Technical & Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system to usher in a period of rapid socio-economic development by sharing knowledge and building capacity”, he said.
- “Guwahati has a large number of water bodies, open spaces, parks which can be holistically developed as one large potential area for green space. This unique project is sought to be designed and developed on the model of “Park Connector Network” being implemented by National Park Authority in Singapore”, he said.
- Assam is a state in northeastern India known for its wildlife, archeological sites and tea plantations
- In the west, Guwahati, Assam’s largest city, features silk bazaars and the hilltop Kamakhya Temple
- Umananda Temple sits on Peacock Island in the Brahmaputra river
- The state capital, Dispur, is a suburb of Guwahati
- The ancient pilgrimage site of Hajo and Madan Kamdev, the ruins of a temple complex, lie nearby
- Capital: Dispur
- Districts: 33
Haryana to give lifetime pensions to ‘Hindi Satyagrahis’
- The Haryana government has announced on Wednesday by giving the monthly pension of Rs 10,000 for Hindi Satyagrahis and those from the state who were jailed during the Emergency, while also enhanced financial assistance to World War-II veterans and their widows.
- Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has given the statement that 10 hours electricity supply to farmers from tomorrow. This statement has given at the time for last of the closing ceremony of the year-long Swarna Jayanti celebrations of the state at Mahabir Stadium here.
- Welcoming Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, who was the chief guest for the occasion, Khattar said Hindi Satyagrahis were “ignored” for years despite Haryana being an outcome of a language agitation.
- The state government has decided to give them lifetime monthly pension of Rs 10,000 which would continue to be provided to their widows after their death, he said.
- The state government has identified 194 Satyagrahis who were imprisoned during the Hindi Satyagraha launched by the Punjab Arya Pratinidhi Sabha in 1957 to promote the language.
Italy PM Paolo Gentiloni’s two days visit to India
- Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has reached here on Sunday of two-day state visit to India, the first such visit in a decade, there is the term of the ties between the New Delhi and Rome after the faceoff over two Italian marines.
- “Coming after a gap of more than a decade, the visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral, political and economic relations between the two countries,” the external affairs ministry said in a statement ahead of Gentiloni’s visit.
- Diplomatic ties between India and Italy virtually has been came of the piece of the February 2012 firing by two Italian marines, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, from MV Enrica Lexie, killing two Indian fishermen off Kerala.
- India’s exports to Italy total $4.90 billion and imports $3.89 billion, resulting in a trade balance of $1 billion in favour of India. In the first four months of fiscal 2017-18, bilateral trade has reached $3.22 billion.
- There are over 600 Italian companies active in India covering various sectors such as fashion, garments, textile and textile machinery, automotive, automotive components industry, infrastructure, chemicals, energy, confectionery and insurance.
- Italy, a European country with a long Mediterranean coastline, has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins
- Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s “David” and Brunelleschi’s Duomo; Venice, the city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital
- Capital: Rome
- Official language and national language: Italiana
- Currency: Euro
India has largest number of malnourished kids in world – Report
- By the report there has been the most number of the malnourished children in the world, a report said on Wednesday, by seeing this there has been the important that the India should focus on reducing health and social inequities.
- “Over the decade (2005-15), there has been an overall reduction in the infant mortality rate and under-five mortality rate in India, yet the country is housing about 50 per cent of undernourished children of the world,” said the joint study by Assocham and EY. The report found that towards the end of 2015, 40% of the Indian children were undernourished.
- “On the other hand, it pointed out that urban India is faced with the challenge of overnutrition. India is ranked as the third most obese nation in the world after the US and China and also the diabetes capital of the world, with about 69.2 million people living with it as per the 2015 data by World Health Organisation,” said the report.
- “About 37 per cent of our under-five children are underweight, 39 per cent are stunted (low height-for-age), 21 per cent are wasted (low weight-for-height) and 8 per cent are severely acutely malnourished,” said the study. While the percentage of stunted children under five reduced from 48% in 2005-06 to 39% in 2015-16, the percentage of children who are wasted increased slightly from 19.8% to 21%, according to the report.
- “Only about 10 per cent children under the age 6-23 months were reported to receive an adequate diet. This inequality in access is accentuated by the stark state level disparity in nutritional status,” observed the study findings.
- “The policies need to focus on reducing health and social inequities within populations, raising educational attainment and providing WASH facilities as well as secured jobs to ensure access to services. Programmes and policies that aim to address this nutrition burden present a double-win situation,” said the report in its recommendations.
World’s third largest book fair opens in Sharjah
- There are more than the 1.5 million book titles and 1,650 publishing houses from 60 countries, Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) opened its doors to public and trade visitors today.
- Now there is the book fair in the world, the publishing mega-event takes place from 1 to 11 November at the Expo Centre Sharjah, which has added a 42,000 square foot (3,900 sqm.) temporary expansion for the fair.
- That event has been organised by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), some two million visitors are expected to attend International Book Fair over its 11 days, underlining the emirate’s key role in the region’s book publishing sector.
- In the recent it is announced that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the ‘World Book Capital 2019’, Sharjah yesterday inaugurated Sharjah Publishing City (SPC), the world’s first specialised book publishing free zone. The zone currently offers 40,000 square metres of offices and office space for up to 550 publishers, distributors, printers and other associated publishing businesses.
Banking and Finance
Yes Bank Unveils Bhim Yes Pay
- Yes Bank on Monday has introduced the BHIM YES PAY, which is the one of the upgraded virsion of the payment wallet service. The new version will support a comprehensive set of applications provided by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).
- In this wallet there are not only the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) as a service but also allows for easy and quick peer-to-peer (P2P) payments through money loaded in wallets, merchant payments through QR code, virtual card access and Bill payment through Bharat Bill Payment Service.
- “We continue to focus on building partnerships to drive digital payments while also offering an omni-channel experience on YES Bank platforms,” said Ritesh Pai, chief digital officer, YES Bank.
- Distinguishing itself from its peers, Pai said the app recognises which payment method needs to be invoked (Rupay Card/ UPI/ IMPS) to carry-out the transaction. “This is in contrast to the traditional approach in which apps drive users to a payment method like IMPS, UPI and then prompt them to carry out a fund transfer,” he added.
- Yes Bank is India’s fifth largest private sector bank, founded by Rana Kapoor and Ashok Kapur in 2004
- Yes Bank is the only Greenfield Bank licence awarded by the RBI in the last one decade
- Customer service: 1800 2000
- Headquarters: Mumbai
- CEO: Rana Kapoor (2004–)
- Founder: Rana Kapoor
- Founded: 2004
EESL receives $454 mn funding from Global Environment Facility for energy efficiency programs
- In the term to boost the India’s efforts to transition to a low-carbon economy, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will provide $454 million in funding for energy-efficiency projects run by state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL).
- “The project will receive a composite funding of $454 million comprised of a GEF grant of $20 million and co-financing of $434 million in the form of loans and equity, including a $200 million loan from the Asian Development Bank. EESL further proposes an Energy Efficiency Revolving Fund (EERF) for a sustainable funding mechanism of energy-efficiency projects,” EESL said in a statement.
- “The GEF project further brings together many technical and financing partners including United Nations Environment (UN Environment Programme), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), which aim to mitigate 60 million tonnes of CO2eq (carbon dioxide equivalent), and will enable a total direct energy savings of 38.3 million gigajoules (GJ) by 2022 and 137.5 million GJ by 2032,” the statement added.
- In response to a query on India’s performance on reducing emissions, Naoko Ishii, chairperson and chief executive officer (CEO), GEF, said: “The political commitment made by your leaders is really inspiring, not only to India but to the global community.”
- “Today is a momentous occasion for India. We are not only walking the talk by implementing the world’s largest energy efficiency programmes, but have also gained global recognition and participation in our commitment,” Saurabh Kumar, managing director, EESL, said in the statement.
- “With the strong leadership of EESL and the Government of India, we believe fostering penetration of these clean energy technologies will help India leapfrog to a more sustainable future while helping reduce local and global emissions,” Naoko Ishii said in the statement.
Walmart India launched its first fulfillment centre in Mumbai
- Walmart India, that is the local hand for No.1 Fortune 500 Company, opened its first fulfillment centre near Mumbai on Wednesday.
- According to retail industry experts, “Walmarts latest move shows that it is in a hurry to expand its operations in India as its feels that its online rival Amazon is making serious inroads into Indian consumers. Only in April this year, Walmart India had inked an agreement with the Telangana government to set up 10 wholesale stores in the state over a span of five to seven years. The company currently has one store in Hyderabad.”
- “Metro cities are great markets for consumers but availability of large real estate at a reasonable cost is a challenge,” said Krish Iyer, CEO at Walmart India. Nearly half its sales are generated out of its 20-odd big-box formats through online and sales staff ordering, he said.
- “The idea was conceived nearly a year ago and we first piloted it in Lucknow,” Iyer said. “Last-mile delivery and the time taken are a challenge but we have to manage that. We have promised delivery within 24 hours to our hours to our members.”
Science and Technology
Using particle physics, scientists find hidden structure inside Egypt’s Great Pyramid
- An international team of scientists has discovered a large hidden cavity within Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza, and that has said to be the muons — particles sent to Earth by cosmic rays from space.
- “What we are sure about is that this big void is there,” said Mehdi Tayoubi, president of the nonprofit Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute in Paris, which led the effort. ”But we need to understand [it] better.”
- “I think it’s a big discovery and an important one,” said Manuelian, who was not involved in the research.
Federer fights back to win 8th Basel title
- Roger Federer has shown his strength for the battle against the past Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro 6-7(5) 6-4 6-3 for an eighth Swiss Indoors title in front of a partisan Basel crowd on Sunday.
- The 36-year-old, Roger Federer who is favorite of the locals, has beaten by del Potro in consecutive Basel finals in 2012 and 2013, was ragged at times and looked in danger of an unwanted hat-trick, but showed all his fighting qualities to turn the match around.
- This is Federer’s 95th career title. In edging past Ivan Lendl’s 94, Federer has now only left at the place of second place on the all-time list which Jimmy Connors leads with 109.
Awards and Recognitions
Chanda kochhar, Priyanka Chopra featured on Forbes 100 most powerful women in the world
- Five Indian women that is headed by ICICI Bank chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director (MD) Chanda Kochhar and in that contains of Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, have featured on the list of the world’s 100 most powerful women compiled by Forbes, which was topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
- Other Indians on the list include Shobhana Bhartia, chairperson and editorial director for HT Media, at the 92nd place and Priyanka Chopra, “the most successful Bollywood actor to cross over to Hollywood”, at 97.
- Merkel is followed by UK Prime Minister Theresa May at the second position, who is “leading her country through Brexit, a historic, complex and transformative time for the country and the European Union”, Forbes said.
- “Ivanka’s step-mother Melania has mostly abdicated the first-lady spotlight (and doesn’t appear on this year’s list), but Ivanka has become a key player in the Donald Trump White House,” Forbes said.
- The 2017 ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ identifies a “new generation of icons, game-changers and gate crashers who are boldly scaling new heights and transforming the world”, Forbes said.
Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s Daughter Dina Wadia Dies At 98
- Dina Wadia, daughter of Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah, has died at the age of 98 years at their home of the New York today, family sources said in Mumbai.
- Author Sheela Reddy, in her recent book Mr and Mrs Jinnah, writes: “A strange flaw in Ruttie’s warm and affectionate personality was that she paid little attention to her only daughter, leaving her at home with nannies and maids.’’
- Dina, who was more than a match for her father, replied, “Father, there were millions of Muslim girls in India. Why did you not marry one of them?’’