NITI Aayog will release the Second Delta Ranking of
the Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP) .Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI
Aayog will release the Second Delta Ranking under ADP and brief the media on
The districts have been ranked in a transparent basis
on parameters across Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture & Water
Resources, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure
through key performance indicators.
The rankings, for the first time, will also factor in
inputs from household survey conducted by NITI Aayog’s knowledge partners,
namely, TATA Trusts and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).
The Aspirational District Programme was launched by
the Prime Minister on January 5, 2018. It aims to rapidly transform the
districts that have shown relatively lesser progress in key social areas and
have emerged as pockets of under-development, thereby posing a challenge to
ensure balanced regional development.
The first Delta ranking for the Aspirational Districts
was released in June 2018.It ranked the Aspirational Districts on improved
performance across five developmental areas of Health and Nutrition,
Education, Agriculture and Water Resources, Financial Inclusion and Skill
Development, and Basic Infrastructure, over the months of April and May
2018, on the basis of self-reported data.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hailed
final tests of a hypersonic missile, which he had earlier said would render
existing missile systems obsolete.
“On my instructions, the Ministry of Defence prepared
and conducted a final test of this system. This has just been completed with
absolute success,” Mr. Putin said, during a televised meeting with members
of the government.
The Kremlin told Russian news agencies that the test
had taken place in far eastern Kamchatka. Mr. Putin had unveiled features of
the Avangard during his annual address in March, which he said would be part
of a new generation of “invincible” weaponry.
The hypersonic missile could fly at 20 times the speed
of sound and manoeuvre up and down, meaning that it could breach defence
systems, he had said at the time.
The final test comes after U.S. President Donald Trump
announced plans to pull out of a key Cold War-era nuclear weapons pact, the
three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). Mr. Putin
has laid out plans to develop missiles banned under the deal if the U.S.
Japan on Wednesday said it is withdrawing from the
International Whaling Commission (IWC) and will resume commercial whaling
next year, in a move expected to spark international criticism.
The announcement had been widely expected and comes
after Japan failed in a bid earlier this year to convince the IWC to allow
it to resume commercial whaling.
Tokyo has repeatedly threatened to pull out of the
body, and has been regularly criticised for catching hundreds of whales a
year for “scientific research” despite being a signatory to a moratorium on
hunting the animals.
Leaving the IWC means Japanese whalers will be able to
resume hunting in Japanese coastal waters of minke and other whales
currently protected by the IWC.
The IWC, established in 1946 to conserve and manage
the world’s whale and cetacean population, introduced a moratorium on
commercial whaling in 1986.
Tokyo has long exploited a loophole allowing whales to
be killed for “scientific research” and says it is trying to prove the
population is large enough to sustain a return to commercial hunting.