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200 million less hungry people than 25 years ago

A U.N. report has noted that 795 million people were hungry in the year 2014. That's a mind-boggling number. But in fact it's 200 million lower than the estimated 1 billion hungry people in 1990. The improvement is especially impressive because the world population has gone up by around 2 billion since the '90s.

And the rate of hunger is also declining. Only 12.9 percent of the population in developing regions are hungry today, compared to 23.3 percent a quarter century ago. The world's hungry people consume fewer than the 2,000 or so daily calories the average person needs to survive (the amount varies based on age, gender and energy expended).

There are two reasons for this calorie deficit, says Pedro Sanchez, director of Agriculture and Food Security Center at Columbia University. There's acute hunger: When sudden conflicts and disasters like a drought leave people starving.That accounts for less than 10 percent of the hungry population, according to the World Food Program.

Source: http://www.npr.org/.


Mohun Bagan's I-League win

Bengal's sports-lovers are ecstatic. Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, the oldest club in the country which had beaten an English team in the pre-independence era to pen a glorious history of a post-colonial state, lifted its maiden I-League title on Sunday by drawing with Bengaluru FC. The 125-year-old club won an all-India crown after 13 long years, making the victory taste even sweeter.

Mohun Bagan AC's major feat came within five months after Atletico de Kolkata beat Keral Blasters to win the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League (ISL), the recently launched professional football league.

Two all-India titles in such a short span sparked huge celebrations among Bengal's football-lovers. "Football has seen a revival in Bengal," was the common reaction.

Source: http://www.oneindia.com


Aamir Khan for ‘waste-free’ Maharashtra

Aamir Khan has always promoted social causes and has even been the ambassador of ‘Athithi Devo Bhava’ campaign for years now. The actor has now decided to extend his support for a cleanliness drive to make Maharashtra a ‘waste-free’ state.

Addressing the issue of waste in Maharashtra, Aamir Khan mentioned about a few key factors that will help in the Swachh Maharashtra drive, out of which one of them, was to do away with dumping grounds. Elaborating on the ancient processes used for getting rid of waste, Aamir Khan added that recycling waste into biogas, a combination of modern technology with conventional methods will prove beneficial.

Assuring that he and his team will be a part of the campaign, Aamir Khan also stated that the campaign aims at making Maharashtra a symbol and inspiration for other states in the country.

Source:The Indian Express


Govt's web portal to help track missing children

The Union ministry of women and child development in partnership with the ministry of IT and communications recently launched a website to serve as a social media platform for missing and sighted children.

The website, khoyapaya.gov.in, will enable anyone to register information about a lost child, or about a child who has been found or sighted. Currently, it has 590 registered users, and by Tuesday, 33 missing complaints, and 25 sighting alerts have been registered on the site.

Between 2010 and 2014, over 3.25 lakh children went missing. More than 45% of them remain untraceable, with over 55% of them being girls. In February, 2013, the Supreme Court lambasted the government's inactivity in taking necessary action to recover these children. "Nobody seems to care about missing children. This is the irony," remarked the court.

Source: DNA


Laughing could be in your genes

If a joke leaves you in a fit of giggles, it might not be down to the teller’s comic timing so much as your own genes. People with a specific gene variant controlling serotonin smiled and laughed more while watching cartoons or amusing films, scientists found.

While previous research has found those with the short version were more sensitive to negative emotions, a latest study in the United States found they were similarly responsive to emotional highs.

For the study, published in the journal Emotion, participants were shown newspaper-style cartoons or a “subtly amusing” film clip. The scientists videotaped the volunteers’ faces and coded their responses. Because people sometimes smile or laugh simply to be polite, the researchers focused on subtle signals.

Dr Claudia Haase, from Northwestern University in Illinois, said: “People with short alleles may flourish in a positive environment and suffer in a negative one, while people with long alleles are less sensitive to environmental conditions.”

Source: Daily Mail

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