Britain on Friday voted to leave the European Union after a 43-year-long stint. But it had less than smooth relations with the group of nations -- its first application to join was peremptorily rejected by France's Charles De Gaulle in 1963, dealing a major blow to the career of then Conservative Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.
Obesity and overweight recorded an 8.6-fold increase in India's rural areas over 14 years, compared to a 1.7-fold increase in urban areas over 20 years.
In the rural areas of Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh where we've been working, we found that 40 per cent of reproductive-age women are overweight or obese (with a body mass index, or BMI, of 25 or higher; 18 to 22.9 is considered healthy in women). This rate of obesity is nearly three times higher than underweight prevalence, higher even than the average prevalence in Punjab, which leads all Indian states.
New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Markets bracing for the Monday of the week of "Brexit", when Britain possibly exits from the European Union, will now, following the BSE Sensex fall of 400 points last week provoked by this possibility, now have to contend with the shock news of RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan's Saturday decision to step down when his term ends in September.
When the then Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhury launched the Dhanalakshmi scheme in 2008, she hoped it would encourage families to educate girls. The scheme encouraged families to delay marriage, offering Rs 100,000 ($1,500) as insurance if the girl child was not married by 18.
However, more than two-thirds - 69 per cent - of those asked by a United Nations-funded survey said they would use such an incentive to meet marriage costs, while no more than 26 per cent said they would use it for the girl's education.
Among forms of transport as settings for stories, trains seem the most popular. Rail travel may not have the speed or 'glamour' of air travel, or the well-heeled ambience of, say, a cruise ship, but still has its own charm and mystique that lends itself well to stories. And some famous authors, from Agatha Christie to Ian Fleming, Graham Greene to J.K. Rowling and Khushwant Singh to Satyajit Ray used it to great effect.
As two senior Indian ministers tussle over the declaration of some wild animals as "vermin", the damage to crops from animal attacks declined 33 per cent over two years to 2012, according to an answer given to the Rajya Sabha in August 2014.
Crops damaged across India declined from 29,989 hectares in 2010 to 19,962 hectares in 2012, according to the government. Crops damaged in 2012 were 81 sq km, equivalent to an area roughly a fourth the size of Surat.
India is set to lose 3.6 per cent of annual daylight work hours by 2025 due to rising temperatures, reveals an IndiaSpend analysis of data in a new United Nations report.
The loss of daylight work hours could increase to 5.2 per cent in 2055 and eight percent in 2085, assuming a consistent rise of 2.7°C, according to Climate Change and Labour: Impacts of heat in the workplace, released by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
According to the World Urbanization Prospects of the UN Population Division, the percentage of people residing in urban areas is slated to rise to 60 percent by 2030 and to 66.4 percent by 2050, up from 54 percent in 2015. In 1950 the corresponding figure was just under 30 percent. This shows the magnitude of change happening across the world with an ever-increasing percentage of people residing in urban areas.
From 1.2 billion people in 2011, India is on course to become the world's most populous country with 1.6 billion by 2050. If India has to curb its population growth, a higher survival rate for its children is an important factor, our analysis of government data indicates.
In other words, if more children survive, women tend to have fewer children, which increases their chances of living longer. In some states, however, if that correlation is not apparent, female education is correlated with fewer children and higher survival rates for those children.