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Jul 2019

Jul 31, 2019

Four States to Replicate Delhi's Happiness Classes

  • Education ministers and officials from Manipur, Madhya Pradesh, Puducherry and Nagaland visited different Delhi government schools to be a part of the Happiness Classes.
  • The visits come on the penultimate day of the Happiness Utsav, a 15-day festival organised by the Delhi government to celebrate a year of the Happiness Curriculum.
  • All education ministers unanimously agreed to replicate Delhi's Happiness Curriculum in their respective states after the visit. Several educationists and ministers have been visiting Delhi government schools in the past week to observe the classes and speak to students about it.

Jul 30, 2019

Red Wine Can Treat Depression

  •  Researchers have found a compound present in red wine which can treat depression and anxiety.
  • According to Ying Xu, Associate Professor, University at Buffalo in the US, the plant compound resveratrol displays anti-stress effects by blocking the expression of an enzyme which controls stress in the brain.
  • Resveratrol may be an effective alternative to drugs for treating patients suffering from depression and anxiety disorders.
  • The findings shed light onto how neurological processes are impacted by resveratrol, a compound having numerous health benefits and found in the skin and seeds of grapes and berries.

Jul 27, 2019

Cerebration Business Quiz

  • The Hindu Business Line is back with the 17th edition of Cerebration Business Quiz. Presented by Union Bank, the quiz would see a range of participants which include business professionals, corporate executives, students from prominent B-schools and MBA aspirants.
  • Packaged as the country's toughest corporate business quiz, it would be held across six cities — Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Kochi, Bengaluru and Mumbai.
  • Hyderabad would play host to the quiz on August 2.
  • The quiz would be held on August 9 in Bengaluru, in Chennai on August 10.
  • On August 23, Cerebration would take place in Kochi.
  • The quiz would be held on in Delhi and on September 7 in Mumbai.
  • Each team which registers should have 2 persons representing either the same college or corporate organisation. In the preliminary rounds which will be held across the six cities, participants will go through a written test with 20 questions following which the top six teams would qualify for the finals in that city.
  • One team in each centre would be declared as the regional winner and would be given the opportunity to fly to Mumbai to participate in the grand finale.

Jul 25, 2019

CBSE to Regulate Admissions to Class IX and XI

  •  The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will regulate admissions to classes 9 and 11 in all its affiliated schools across the country from 2020. This will be the first time that the board will be playing a direct role in school admissions.
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been formulated for admissions in these classes under which the board will itself approve the admission requests. 
  •  Currently, schools conduct admission to classes 9 and 11 on the basis of their own rules.
  • There are close to 20,000 CBSEaffiliated schools that offer education up to class 10, of these 12,000 run classes up to class 12.
  • The board had written to all its affiliated schools asking them to strictly abide by the SOPs, failing which strict action will be taken against them.
  • The board has described 11 categories under which admission can be sought in these two classes. These include transfer of parents, shifting of family, shifting of hostel, re-admission in other school after failing in these two classes, better education, long distance, medical condition, change of education board, among others.
  • The CBSE has also added new clauses for admission under these categories. For instance, if a student wants to take admission in any of these two classes in another school citing "better education" facilities, the parents will have to submit the results of last five years of both the schools (in which the ward is currently studying and the one in which admission is sought) along with the application.
  • They will also have to submit the qualification and teaching experience of the staff members of both the schools with the CBSE.
  • As per the CBSE,  the decision of formulating the SOPs was taken to "streamline" the process and to make sure that only "genuine students" get admissions. 
  • The board has also asked the schools to fix the deadline for admissions in these classes.
  • The board has further asked the schools not to give admissions to any student coming from any unaffiliated school in these classes.

Data Collection for 5th Health Survey

  •  India has started collecting data for the 5th National Family Health Survey (NFHS) that provides information on population, health and nutrition for the entire country.
  • All household members will be considered for certain biomarkers such as determining haemoglobin levels. Earlier it was 15 plus. Apart from that, there is no substantial shift in the questionnaire.
  • The survey was to begin last year as after the NFHS-4 results were out for the year 2015-16, the government had decided to conduct the survey every three years instead of the previously followed pattern of 10 years.
  • Special arrangements have been made for the first time to avoid discrepancies while collecting data.
  • The Indian Council of Medical Research, in partnership with Population Council of India, launched the National Data Quality Forum.

Jul 23, 2019

No. of Indian Men Migrating for Marriage Doubles in a Decade

  •  The number of men migrating for marriage more than doubled between the 2001 and 2011 censuses compared to a 33% rise in the number of women doing so. The most number of men migrating for matrimony are in the north-east and south India.
  • The data for migration in the nine years preceding the last two censuses was analyzed. In almost all states, the proportion of men migrating for marriage increased, with Meghalaya, TN, Mizoram, Kerala, Assam, Manipur, Karnataka and AP recording the highest figures.
  • These states had the highest proportion in the 2001 census too, but have seen further increases. Karnataka showed the biggest growth with the number almost tripling by 2011.
  • States with the lowest proportion of men migrating were Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and MP, with the number of men being less than 2% of the women moving to get married.
  • Interestingly, some of these states also saw the highest increase. In Rajasthan, the number of men migrating for marriage has more than trebled and in Delhi and UP it has increased by more than two and a half times.
  • In the southern and north-eastern states, the trend was significantly stronger in rural areas. 
  • Out of 146 million male migrants, just 5.3 million (4%) migrated for marriage.
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