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India’s New Year Present to Afghanistan

India has sent 5 lakh of the 1 million (10 lakh) promised doses of Covaxin to Afghanistan through Iran via air. The vaccines reached Iran from where they will be sent to Indira Gandhi Children Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. This help is being provided under ‘Vaccine Maitri’ which is a humanitarian initiative by the Indian government to provide vaccines around the world. Other countries including Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Morocco, South Africa, Nigeria, etc. too have been the beneficiaries of this initiative. Since the Taliban has taken over Afghanistan, no international flight has been properly operating there. Had it been so, the vaccines could have been directly sent to Afghanistan via flight. Though another convenient alternative could have been sending the vaccines t...

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India beats UK: Becomes the 3rd country to have largest number of Unicorns

Following USA at the 1st place with 487 and China at 2nd with 301 unicorns, India beats UK and replaces it at the 3rd place with 54 unicorns according to the Hurun Global Index 2021. The report says India has more than doubled the number of unicorns from last year. Not just UK, India is way ahead of countries like Germany, France, Israel, Canada, Brazil and South Korea. Moreover Bengaluru stands 7th in the list as the city with most number of unicorns in the world. Bengaluru alone comprises of 28 unicorns of India. The unicorns being talked about are not the horses with horns on their forehead (we all know they are mythical). This unicorn is a terminology used in the business world. Actually there are certain badges of honor or status given to startups based on their valuation. The...

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Russian Hockey Team In USSR Jersey: Raises Suspicion Amid Russia-Ukraine Tensions

The Russian national ice hockey team raised suspicion by wearing USSR jersey which had USSR or CCCP written in the Cyrillic alphabet in a game against Finland on December 19th. Though Finland won by 3-2 but the Russian team made it to the breakings because of the jersey which gave ways to various speculations amid the Russia-Ukraine tensions going on. The former Prime Minister of Finland, Alexander Stubb condemned this step by tweeting and calling it “an offensive gesture that does not belong to the sport or anywhere else.” Since last more than a month massive (around 90’000) Russian military troops have been deployed close to the border of Ukraine. This build up has alarmed the West and they have warned of the signs of Russia engaging into a war in efforts to capture Ukraine anyti...

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Decline In TFR And Increase In Female Population: NFHS Suggests Some Positive Demographic Changes In India

The discourse on the population of India has taken a new turn. The National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) has indicated a decline in the rate of population growth in India. It indicated that the Total Fertility Rate (TFR) has come to 2 i.e. one woman on average is giving birth to 2 children. To be more precise it’s 1.6 in urban and 2.1 in rural areas. Also for the first time, females outnumbered males. According to the survey, there are 1020 females per 1000 males in the nation. This survey is done by the central health ministry every 5 years. The results came out of the one conducted in two phases between 2019 and 2021. Though it is only a sample survey the estimations and conclusions of these surveys have been found to be precise over the years. The actual demographics will be clear aft...

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Enmity With India Costed Over 50,000 Crore To China This Festive Season

India’s apex trade body, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) estimated China a loss of worth 50,000 crore to China this Diwali. This came as a consequence of the call to boycott Chinese stuffs amid the anger it fired through its actions against India. On the basis of a survey done in 20 distribution cities, CAIT revealed that there were no orders for diwali goods or firecrackers that were placed with the Chinese exporters by the Indian traders. CAIT too itself called for boycotting Chinese goods. Though China has often been taking upsetting steps against India, the movement to boycott Chinese products aggravated immensely since the Galwan Valley dispute last year. Ladakh’s Galwan Valley witnessed a violent clash between the armies of India and China on 15th of June, 2020. Ten...

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