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UMMEED: Comprehensive School Plan for Suicide Prevention

Context: The Ministry of Education released draft guidelines known as UMMEED (Understand, Motivate, Manage, Empathise, Empower, Develop), for schools to prevent suicide among students. Reason for increasing cases of suicides among students Warning Signs of Students at Risk About UMMEED Plan of action for […]

WHO approves use of malaria vaccine with adjuvant tech

Context: The World Health Organisation (WHO) approved the R21/Matrix­M malaria vaccine, which has been jointly developed by the University of Oxford (Jenner Institute) and the Serum Institute of India.  Technology Used : Recommending Authority Other Participants

Cholera cases double in 2022: WHO

Context: According to World Health Organization (WHO), the world reported more than twice as many cholera cases in 2022 as in 2021. Also, between these years, the number of countries reporting more than 10,000 cholera cases doubled. Most cholera cases continue to be reported […]

Caring for the old

Context: As per the United Nations Population Fund’s India Ageing Report 2023, it is projected that the proportion of people aged 60 and above will undergo a significant increase, doubling from 10.5% (equivalent to 14.9 crore individuals as of July 1, 2022) to 20.8% […]

Social Audit Units

Context: As per the statistics with the Union Rural Development Ministry in the ongoing financial year, less than 14% of the amount flagged by the social audit units has been recovered so far. Rule 4 of Audit of Schemes Rules, 2011 stipulates that each […]

India Ageing Report 2023

Context: The United Nations Population Fund, India, has released the “2023 India Ageing Report,” which projects a significant increase in the elderly population in India.  The report used data from the 2011 Census, the 2017-18 Longitudinal Ageing Survey in India (LASI) conducted by the Health […]

Salt intake in India

Context: Indians are consuming more than the WHO-recommended amount of salt every day, 8 gm instead of 5 grams across all categories of people, according to a recent survey by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The study is based on a sample […]

What are the findings of the Parliament panel on the New Education Policy?

Context: Recently the Parliament Standing Committee on Education, headed by Vivek Thakur, tabled a report during the special session of Parliament on the “Implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020 in Higher Education.” Issues discussed by the panel?  Findings of the report?  Recommendations […]

PM Vishwakarma Scheme

Context: PM Vishwakarma Scheme is a central sector scheme under Ministry of Micro, Small and Micro Enterprises to provide end-to-end support to artisans and craftspeople who work with their hands and tools. What is PM Vishwakarma Scheme? Coverage of the scheme: PM Vishwakarma scheme […]

Global report on hypertension

Context: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released its fir-ever report on the blood pressure (hypertension), also known as silent killer.  About hypertension Key findings of the report Key findings about India

The Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Act, 2023

Context: The Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Act, 2023 Birth certificate Act to come into force from October 1. An Act amend the Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969. About the Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Act, 2023 Features of this […]

Malaviya Mission: Teacher Training Programme

Context: The Ministry for Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship has launched the Malaviya Mission for the training of teachers in higher educational institutes.  About Malaviya Mission The 8 themes include  Objectives of the Scheme:  Salient objectives of the scheme in alignment with NEP […]

Linguistic diversity of India

There is a popular aphorism that depicts India’s linguistic diversity rather well: Kos-kos par badle paani, chaar kos par baani (The language spoken in India changes every few kilometres, just like the taste of the water).  Growth of Hindi: The obvious explanation of this […]

In India, 74% can’t afford a healthy diet: UN agency report

Context: The report, ‘State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World’ (SOFI) 2023, was published recently shows that while the cost of a healthy diet has increased in recent years in India, it is still the lowest among the BRICS nations (including the […]

The state of scholarships for minorities

Context: In the past few years, the Centre has discontinued two key educational schemes for religious minorities, narrowed the scope of another and gradually cut down on the expenditure incurred on multiple programmes of the Ministry of Minority Affairs. Importance of Scholarships for Religious […]

Only the Central Government is entitled to conduct Census

Context: The Centre government has opposed the Bihar government’s decision to conduct a caste-based survey in the state, stating that it is a ‘Union subject’. Major Highlights: Caste-based census in India: The first and last caste census: Is Caste Census constitutionally mandated? Rationale behind […]

Population growth and Economy

Context: Moody’s Investors Service released a report stating that although India’s population growth could expand its labor force, this alone wouldn’t suffice to strengthen the economy or enhance fiscal outcomes due to the country’s education quality. The report emphasized the importance of improved education […]

Social Safety Net

Context: Around 53% of all the salaried workforce does not have any social security benefits in India, Says the Periodic Labour Force Survey Annual Report 2021-22. Social safety nets are non-contributory transfer programs generally targeted to the poor or those vulnerable to shocks, e.g.  […]

Hunger and Malnutrition

Context: Recently the Prime minister, in his Independence Day speech, has claimed that the government had lifted 135 million people out of poverty from 2015-16 to 2019-21. Though it was a commendable achievement, the reduction in the poverty did not result in reduction in […]

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