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25th NOVEMBER 2019

NSO SANITATION SURVEY REPORT

Around 71.3 per cent of rural households and 96.2 per cent of urban households had access to toilets during 2018, according to the survey
The findings have come more than a month after Prime Minister
Narendra Modi declared rural India to be open defecation-free (ODF).
According to the survey, a household has access to a toilet if a majority of its members has the facility of using it
Swachh Bharat Mission, had set a target of making rural areas open defecation-free by October 2 this year
A target was to “provide access to toilet facilities to all rural households in the country”.

MANIPUR, J&K TOP UAPA CASES LIST

More than 35% cases registered under the stringent Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) were recorded in Manipur
Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act is an Indian law aimed at effective prevention of unlawful activities associations in India
Its main objective was to make powers available for dealing with activities directed against the integrity and sovereignty of India
The National Integration Council appointed a Committee on National
Integration and Regionalisation
-to look into, the aspect of putting reasonable restrictions in the interests of the sovereignty and integrity of India

KERALA ROADS : NATPAC IDENTIFYING BLACK SPOTS

an accident blackspot or black spot is a place where road traffic accidents have historically been concentrated
The state government, on the direction of a Supreme Court committee on road safety, has identified 355 black spots in the state
National Transport Planning and Research Centre (Natpac), 200 black spots are on national highways & 110 black spots are on state highways.
It is worth noting that both national highways and state highways together constitute only 9% of the total roads in the state.
However, majority of accidents happen in these roads.

MEASLES KILLS MORE THAN 4,000 IN THE CONGO

Around 4.7K people have died in Democratic Republic of the Congo
(DRC) -one of the worst outbreaks of measles in history
The country is already in the throes of an Ebola virus epidemic.
Monkeypox is also wreaking havoc in the DRC, having made 4,374 people ill since January 1 this year.
Paucity of funds, armed conflicts adversely affecting health response: WHO

SUMATRAN RHINO IS NOW EXTINCT IN MALAYSIA

Iman, the last Sumatran rhino in the country, passed away
he Sumatran rhino is the smallest of the five extant rhino species in the world
The other species include the White Rhino, the Black Rhino, the
Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros and the Javan Rhino
now just 80 Sumatran rhinos left in the world, all of them in Indonesia, especially on the island of Sumatra and the Indonesian part of Borneo
In Indian subcontinent in the 19th century, the Sumatran rhinoceros occurred in Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram etc

RURAL INDIA’S EXPENDITURE ON FOOD DECLINING

consumption expenditure is a critical one. Expenditure on consumption is accepted as a proxy for measuring income.
On the other hand, income level is used to measure poverty in the country.
The economy might have grown but there was no proportionate increase in household expenditure on consumptio
More worryingly, Indians — particularly in rural areas — are spending less and less on food
n rural areas, the dip in consumption expenditure is sharper at 10 per cent per annum.

November 25, 2019