Every day, India witnesses the death of an estimated 2,350 babies aged less than one year. Among them, an average 172 are from Rajasthan and 98 from Gujarat. In 2014, of every 1,000 children born in the country, 39 did not see their first birthday. Today, that figure has come down to 33. That is... Continued.
Astronauts selected Four pilots from the Indian Air Force (IAF) will leave for Russia this month to receive training as astronauts of Gaganyaan, the first Indian crewed flight to space. They were shortlisted after a series of fitness and endurance tests. The four will leave in the third week of January to be trained at... Continued.
The unusually cold December this year could just be another instance of extreme climates becoming more and more frequent, a result of climate change. Across the world, the frequency and intensity of both heatwaves and cold waves have increased in the last few years. Extreme cold temperatures, rainfall and intense fog in the months of... Continued.
The country has 30 lakh individuals in the age group 10-17 years who consume alcohol, with a prevalence of 1.3 per cent, according to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in response to a question in Parliament. In the same age group, 20 lakh individuals use cannabis, a prevalence of 0.9 per cent, while... Continued.
On October 29, 2019, the journal Nature published an important paper identifying the dangers climate change poses specifically to Mumbai and other coastal cities. The research, carried by many newspapers including The Indian Express, indicates that anthropogenic climate change will inundate significant sections of Mumbai by 2050. Unless the city takes significant action in the... Continued.
Demand for stronger laws Last week’s brutal rape and murder of a 26-year-old veterinarian in Hyderabad has led to an outpouring of anger across the country and in Parliament. Several MPs questioned the adequacy of criminal laws and a judicial system that permits under-age convicts to get away with lenient punishment and others sentenced to... Continued.
New research investigates the jing kieng jri or living root bridges structures and proposes to integrate them in modern architecture around the world, and potentially help make cities more environment-friendly. Will it work? The jing kieng jri or living root bridges — aerial bridges built by weaving and manipulating the roots of the Indian rubber... Continued.
The Centre approved the Industrial Relation Code Bill, which is the third code under labour reforms. The government wants to codify 44 central labour laws into four broad codes. While Parliament has already approved the Code on Wages, the Labour ministry will push the Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Bill in the... Continued.
The 13 life convicts responsible for the massacre of six Dalit men in Tamil Nadu in 1997 have been released on the grounds of ‘good conduct’ in prison. The Madras High Court has voiced its displeasure over the release of the convicts. What was the case? The murder of Murugesan, who was elected president of... Continued.
In Thursday’s 3:2 Supreme Court ruling on the Sabarimala case, which deferred a decision on reviewing the 2018 verdict until a larger Bench can settle key points of law relating to the right to freedom of religion, the majority verdict was written by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi for himself and Justices A M... Continued.