Global Hunger Index 2018: India ranks 103rd out of 119 countries
As per the 2018 Global Hunger Index (GHI), published on October 10, 2018, the level of hunger and undernutrition worldwide fell to 20.9, down from 29.2 in the year 2000. India was ranked 103rd out of 119 qualifying countries.
South Asia’s child wasting rate constitutes a critical public health emergency. The child wasting rate for the region is amplified by India, which has the region’s largest population and highest level of child wasting at 21 percent. In South Asia and Africa south of the Sahara, the rates of undernourishment, child stunting, child wasting and child mortality are unacceptably high.
No original certificates needed while submitting admission form: UGC Notification
Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar on October 10, 2018 held a press conference to inform that the University Grants Commission (UGC) will soon issue a Notification on refund of fees and non retention of original certificates by institutions to facilitate smooth admissions.
From now on, no student will be required to submit any original academic and personal certificates at the time of submission of admission form and students will get refund of fee from the institution if they withdraw their admission from the programme.
Draft National Policy on Electronics 2018 released; aims $400 billion manufacturing industry by 2025
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) on October 10, 2018 released the draft of the National Policy on Electronics 2018, aiming for a turnover of USD 400 billion in domestic electronics manufacturing industry by 2025.
The policy targets production of one billion mobile handsets by 2025, valued at USD 190 billion (about Rs 13 lakh crore). It is targeted to export 600 million mobile handsets valued at USD 110 billion (about Rs 7 lakh crore). 20 greenfield and three brownfield electronic manufacturing cluster projects have been sanctioned with the project outlay of Rs 3898 crore, including Rs 1577 crore from the Government of India.
World Bank launches first Human Capital Index, Singapore tops list
The World Bank launched its first Human Capital Index (HCI) in Bali, Indonesia on October 11, 2018, as part of the World Development Report 2019. The index ranks countries based on their success in developing human capital.
The index ranks 157 countries based on their education and health outcomes and the impact they are having on productivity. While Singapore tops the rankings, African countries occupying the bottom spots.
Malaysian government decides to abolish capital punishment
The Malaysian Cabinet on October 11, 2018 decided to abolish the death penalty for all crimes and halt all pending executions. The decision is a rare move against capital punishment in Asia.
The government has taken the decision to scrap capital punishment following strong domestic opposition to the practice. The amendments to the laws with capital punishment are expected to be tabled in the Parliament on October 15. Capital punishment is currently mandatory in Malaysia for a wide range of crimes including murder, drug trafficking, treason, kidnapping, possession of firearms and acts of terror.
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