17 July 2020

Quick Headlines

  • At 273 million people, India records largest reduction in number of people living in poverty
  • Bengal to get another 4000 Covid beds soon, Mamata appeals for public support to expand isolation facilities
  • Serena Williams to headline new WTA event in Lexington
  • DCGI approves India’s 1st homemade Pneumonia vaccine
  • Digital Indo-Italian Business Mission on Food Processing

At 273 million people, India records largest reduction in number of people living in poverty

About 273 million Indians moved out of multidimensional poverty between 2005-6 and 2015-16, according to a UN report, which noted that India has recorded the largest reduction in the number of people living in this category. The data, released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), shows that 65 out of 75 countries studied significantly reduced their multidimensional poverty levels between 2000 and 2019.

Multidimensional poverty encompasses the various deprivations experienced by poor people in their daily lives such as poor health, lack of education, inadequate living standards, poor quality of work, the threat of violence, and living in areas that are environmentally hazardous, among others.

Bengal to get another 4000 Covid beds soon, Mamata appeals for public support to expand isolation facilities

The global advisory committee comprising of Nobel laureate Dr Abhijit Banerjee, that was constituted by Mamata Banerjee post the outbreak of Covid-19, had recently advised the state government to be prepared for a steep spike in the next few months with the increase in testing. In the wake of rising numbers, the state government has also realized the need for more beds to be able to handle the pressure. Thus, the West Bengal government has worked out a plan to increase 3500 to 4000 beds across the state in the next few days, announced the chief minister on Thursday.

“We are increasing beds in the state. Private hospitals too have extended their support. Existing private covid hospitals are increasing their capacity. Within a few days, we will have another 3500 to 4000 beds,” said Ms Banerjee

Of the 65 countries that reduced their Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) value, 50 also reduced the number of people living in poverty. The largest reduction was in India, where approximately 273 million people moved out of multidimensional poverty over 10 years, the report said.

Serena Williams to headline new WTA event in Lexington

The tournament organisers of the Top Seed Open announced on Thursday that US Open champions Williams and Sloane Stephens are set to compete at the event set to begin on August 10 in Lexington, Kentucky.

The event will be Williams’ first match action since she helped Team USA defeat Latvia in Fed Cup in February, where she defeated Jelena Ostapenko and was beaten by Anastasija Sevastova.

DCGI approves India’s 1st homemade Pneumonia vaccine

Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has approved India’s first fully indigenously developed Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Conjugate Vaccine (Pneumonia vaccine).

The vaccine will be utilized for active immunization against invasive disease and pneumonia caused by “Streptococcus pneumonia” among infants.

Digital Indo-Italian Business Mission on Food Processing