1. In the world scenario India is very important because of its size. So, for the world to do well, India needs to do well.
2. India is one of the world’s most flood prone countries with 113 million people exposed to it. According to a UN report India’s average annual economic loss due to disasters is estimated to be $9.8 billion, out of which more than $7 billion loss is due to floods.
3. Around 30% Americans get less than seven hours of sleep per night, and among them in case of single mothers the figure rises to 47%.
4. Bengaluru was once a city of 2,500 lakes. It boasted of an efficient and strong water drainage system of interconnected lakes. If one lake overflowed, water would automatically flow to another lake. But with increasing encroachment and solid wastes blocking the channels, floodwater cannot flow to the next water body.
5. Hyderabad has reported extinction of 375 lakes and in Delhi out of 611 water bodies 274 bodies have dried up due to neglect and exploitation.
6. In India Waqf properties have become reservoirs of corruption, instead of being a resource to serve the poor in the community.
7. Indian Railways: 2016-17 period saw more people die in derailments than in any of the last 17 years. And of the 586 rail accidents in the last five years, around 53% were due to derailments.
8. Japan’s Shinkansen ‘bullet’ trains have been operating without fatality for over 50 years.
9. In India more than 85% of its train accidents are ascribed to human failure
10. Alignment of sun, moon, and earth causes the eclipse.
11.The one river in the country that did not reach the ocean was the Lavanyavati in Rajasthan which dried up in the desert.
12. The Ganga and the Indus are now among the most endangered rivers on the planet.
13. The kaveri is probably 40% of what it used to be 50 years ago.
14. For the last Kumbha mela in Ujjain, water had to be pumped in from the narmada to create an artificial river, because there was no water in the kshipra river.
15. Smaller rivulets of India don’t even reach the main river, they dry up along the way because of the blockades.
16. Human body is 72% water.
17. Agriculture contributes about 17% of the GDP but employs around 50% of the country’s workforce.
18. Of the 7132 cases of stalking registered in 2016 only 379 resulted in convictions—a rate of only 5%.
By Kamlesh Tripathi
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