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Delhi’s sex ratio improves, still lower than national average

According to data from the fifth round of the National Family Health Survey (NHFS-5) that was released by the Union health ministry on Wednesday, Delhi’s sex ratio is now 923 girls for every 1,000 boys
In other welcome news for the Capital, there has also been a decline in the infant mortality and under-five mortality rates, the survey findings show. Infant mortality dropped from 31.2 to 24.5 per 1,000 live births -- much better than the national average of 35.2. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
In other welcome news for the Capital, there has also been a decline in the infant mortality and under-five mortality rates, the survey findings show. Infant mortality dropped from 31.2 to 24.5 per 1,000 live births -- much better than the national average of 35.2. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Nov 25, 2021 06:19 AM IST
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National Family and Health Survey: More women than men in India for the 1st time

All three radical findings are part of the summary findings of the fifth round of the National Family and Health Survey (NFHS), which were released by the Union health ministry on November 24.
The share of population under the age of 15 years, which was 34.9% in 2005-06, has come down to 26.5% in 2019-21. 
The share of population under the age of 15 years, which was 34.9% in 2005-06, has come down to 26.5% in 2019-21. 
Updated on Nov 25, 2021 10:59 AM IST
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ByRoshan Kishore, New Delhi

Delhi sex ratio up to 933 females per 1,000 males: Manish Sisodia

Sex ratio is usually used as a yardstick to assess gender-based sex selection in a certain region.
Manish Sisodia said there has been a positive change in sex ratio in Delhi due to the “Kejriwal government’s efforts”. (ANI)
Manish Sisodia said there has been a positive change in sex ratio in Delhi due to the “Kejriwal government’s efforts”. (ANI)
Updated on Oct 29, 2021 06:48 AM IST
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ByAbhishek Dey, New Delhi

Sex ratio at birth in India: Recent trends and patterns

The study has been authored by Purushottam M. Kulkarni for the United Nations Population Fund
The instances of gender biased sex selection are obviously not recorded but the numbers of cases can be estimated indirectly based on the deviation of the observed SRB from the natural level.(Representative image)
The instances of gender biased sex selection are obviously not recorded but the numbers of cases can be estimated indirectly based on the deviation of the observed SRB from the natural level.(Representative image)
Published on Oct 12, 2021 05:51 PM IST
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ByUnited Nations Population Fund

Uttarakhand has lowest child sex ratio in the country: Niti Aayog's SDG index

The Sustainable Development Goals index evaluates progress of states and UTs on social, economic and environmental parametres. It was first launched in 2018.
Uttarakhand's sex ratio is 840, against the national average of 899, according to Sustainable Development Goals.(Representative Photo)
Uttarakhand's sex ratio is 840, against the national average of 899, according to Sustainable Development Goals.(Representative Photo)
Published on Jun 07, 2021 08:39 AM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Women less likely to reproduce for the first time in urban environment: Study

A new study has found that female-biased population sex ratio of cities lowered women's probability to reproduce for the first time in urban environments whereas this was not the case in rural areas
Women less likely to reproduce for the first time in urban environment: Study(Photo by Alexander Dummer on Unsplash)
Women less likely to reproduce for the first time in urban environment: Study(Photo by Alexander Dummer on Unsplash)
Updated on Mar 18, 2021 04:45 PM IST
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46 million girls lost to gender bias: Report

In India, around 460,000 girls went missing -- which means they were not born due to sex-selection biases -- each year between 2013 and 2017, said the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report.
China (50%) and India (40%) together account for around 90% of the estimated 1.2 million girls lost annually to female foeticide.(HT Photo)
China (50%) and India (40%) together account for around 90% of the estimated 1.2 million girls lost annually to female foeticide.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 30, 2020 07:58 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanchita Sharma

At 920 girls, sex ratio increases in Mohali district of Punjab

Till October this year, number of girls per 1,000 boys reached 920. The district had 902 girls per 1,000 boys last year
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Updated on Dec 02, 2019 01:16 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mohali | ByHT Correspondent, Mohali

Why women’s representation in politics matters | HT Editorial

Political parties want the ‘woman vote’ but don’t want to share power with them
Having women political representatives aids the case of gender equality(PTI)
Having women political representatives aids the case of gender equality(PTI)
Published on Oct 17, 2019 07:52 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

Stress during pregnancy may affect baby’s sex

Stress can also affect the mother’s immune system, leading to changes that affect neurological and behavioural development in the foetus.
For the findings, published in the journal PNAS, the research team examined 27 indicators of psychosocial, physical and lifestyle stress collected from questionnaires, diaries, and daily physical assessments of 187 otherwise healthy pregnant women, aged between 18 to 45.(Shutterstock)
For the findings, published in the journal PNAS, the research team examined 27 indicators of psychosocial, physical and lifestyle stress collected from questionnaires, diaries, and daily physical assessments of 187 otherwise healthy pregnant women, aged between 18 to 45.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Oct 15, 2019 06:02 PM IST
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Indo Asian News Service | ByIndo Asian News Service, New York

Opposition is supplying bogus unemployment figures, says Manohar Lal Khattar

Khattar said 52,000 new industries had been set up in the state in the last five years and 4 lakh people had been employed in the private sector.  
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday slammed the opposition for misleading the public by presenting bogus unemployment reports.(HT Photo)
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday slammed the opposition for misleading the public by presenting bogus unemployment reports.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 29, 2019 10:44 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Karnal | ByHT Correspondent, Karnal

Maharashtra has 914 women against 1,000 men voters

After the recent summary revision of the electoral rolls, the total number of electors in the state reached 8.94 crore or 71.94% of the total population. Of them, 4.67 crore (52.25%) are men and 4.27 crore (47.74%) women.
The CEO said the elections will be held on electronic voting machines (EVMs) as the system is foolproof. “EVMs are tamper-proof.(HT image)
The CEO said the elections will be held on electronic voting machines (EVMs) as the system is foolproof. “EVMs are tamper-proof.(HT image)
Updated on Sep 12, 2019 02:46 AM IST
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MUMBAI | BySurendra P Gangan

The perils of a two-child policy

Concerns about a national law on population revolve around two questions. Will it be coercive and will it further skew our already precarious sex ratio?
At 1.37 billion people, projected to swell to two billion by the end of the century, concerns about India’s burgeoning numbers are not new(RAHUL RAUT/HT PHOTO)
At 1.37 billion people, projected to swell to two billion by the end of the century, concerns about India’s burgeoning numbers are not new(RAHUL RAUT/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 06, 2019 10:57 PM IST
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Gurugram’s sex ratio falls to 857 from 901 in 2018

Sex ratio at birth indicates the gap between registered male and female births, calculated as the number of females per 1,000 males, and is recorded monthly by the health department.
The average for the year is taken as the annual sex ratio.(HT image)
The average for the year is taken as the annual sex ratio.(HT image)
Updated on Aug 21, 2019 12:05 AM IST
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Gurugram | ByHT Correspondent

No village gets top rating in state govt’s assessment scheme

Wazirpur, which received four stars last year, improved its ranking and is the only gram panchayat in the district this year with six stars.
As many 38 villages have received a one-star rating, including a large number of villages from the Farrukhnagar block.(HT image)
As many 38 villages have received a one-star rating, including a large number of villages from the Farrukhnagar block.(HT image)
Updated on Aug 18, 2019 05:14 AM IST
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Gurugram | ByArchana Mishra

Centre to collate data to study sex ratio trends

The ministry, which relies on health ministry data to determine trends up to the district level, will now study more detailed data sets.
The move has been prompted by fluctuations in sex ratio rates in different states that emerged from different data sets.(HT Photo)
The move has been prompted by fluctuations in sex ratio rates in different states that emerged from different data sets.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 02, 2019 12:16 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAmrita Madhukalya

‘No girl child birth’ claim on Uttarkashi village may have been misread

Chauhan said many villages in the region were thinly populated, and, therefore, saw the births of only one child in the three-month period.
No girl child was born in 133 villages in Uttarkashi.(HT Photo)
No girl child was born in 133 villages in Uttarkashi.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 25, 2019 05:25 AM IST
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Purola/Saundari | BySuparna Roy

Bengal rhino population up 14% in 4 years, adverse sex ratio a concern: Report

Wildlife experts attributed best conservation practices as the reason behind the increase in the population by 36 in just four years.
The number of rhinos in Jalpapara and Gorumara landscapes are 237 and 52 respectively.(AP File Photo/ Representative image)
The number of rhinos in Jalpapara and Gorumara landscapes are 237 and 52 respectively.(AP File Photo/ Representative image)
Updated on Jun 18, 2019 11:46 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Siliguri | ByPramod Giri

Injured tiger given tranquilliser dies ‘due to heat stroke’ in Rajasthan

While some forest officials attributed ST-16’s death to a heat stroke, others said administering the tranquilliser in the afternoon heat may have proved fatal.
The post-mortem examination has, however, been put off till experts from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly, arrive on Sunday.(HT File Photo)
The post-mortem examination has, however, been put off till experts from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly, arrive on Sunday.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 08, 2019 11:20 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByHT Correspondent

State fails to hold PCPNDT meets in more than a year: National team

Maharashtra’s health minister Eknath Shinde acknowledged that the meetings had not been held.
Dr Singh said that every state as per the PCPNDT Act is expected to constitute a state advisory committee headed by the health minister.(HT Photo)
Dr Singh said that every state as per the PCPNDT Act is expected to constitute a state advisory committee headed by the health minister.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2019 02:40 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByNozia Sayyed

‘Heart diseases, infection leading killers in Delhi’: Reports

Heart disease and stroke accounted for 19.25% of all deaths in 2017, which is a 1.6 percentage points increase over reported deaths in 2016. Infectious and parasitic diseases caused 14.78% of all deaths; followed by respiratory ailments, which led to 8.405% of deaths.
In 2017, sixteen deaths were also reported from neonatal tetanus, which was eliminated (less than one case in every 1,000 live births) in India in 2015.(HT Photo)
In 2017, sixteen deaths were also reported from neonatal tetanus, which was eliminated (less than one case in every 1,000 live births) in India in 2015.(HT Photo)
Published on May 15, 2019 06:46 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAnonna Dutt

Lok Sabha elections 2019: In Haryana, only four women elected MPs in 40 years

With just four elected Members of Parliament (MPs) in the last 40 years, women empowerment remains a distant dream in Haryana, which, for years, has remained infamous for its skewed sex ratio and high rates of crimes against women.
A study of Haryana’s parliamentary records shows that of the 151 MPs elected from the state (including from when it was a part of Punjab), women were elected only seven times.(File Photo)
A study of Haryana’s parliamentary records shows that of the 151 MPs elected from the state (including from when it was a part of Punjab), women were elected only seven times.(File Photo)
Published on Mar 14, 2019 02:51 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Karnal (Haryana) | ByNeeraj Mohan

To promote girl child, Delhi govt plans award

The award will be given by Delhi’s Pre Conception, Pre-Natal Diagnostics Techniques (PC-PNDT) cell to motivate families and boost the sex ratio in Delhi, which stood at 902 females born against every 1,000 males in 2016.
In India, there are just 919 females children between the ages of 0 and 6 for every 1,000 males of the same age, according to Census 2011 data.(Picture for representation)
In India, there are just 919 females children between the ages of 0 and 6 for every 1,000 males of the same age, according to Census 2011 data.(Picture for representation)
Published on Mar 13, 2019 01:38 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAnonna Dutt

PC-PNDT act misused to close centre: Proprietor

Delhi government’s PC-PNDT team took action against the centre in December 2017 after a surprise inspection by a national inspection and monitoring committee found the centre had not maintained proper records.
The Pre-Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC-PNDT) Act enacted to prevent sex-selective abortions that is skewing India’s sex ratio in favour of boys by regulating ultrasound machines further is being misused.(NYT)
The Pre-Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC-PNDT) Act enacted to prevent sex-selective abortions that is skewing India’s sex ratio in favour of boys by regulating ultrasound machines further is being misused.(NYT)
Published on Mar 02, 2019 02:07 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

International adoptions: UP witnesses ten-fold rise over four years

Girl child preferred: As many as 33 girls and 10 boys adopted by couples from outside India, last year. Parents in India adopt 94 girls and 49 boys.
According to CARA, 43 children from UP were adopted by parents located outside India, in 2018. This is ten times more than the number of inter-country adoptions witnessed by the state in 2014-15 -- four.(Representative image)
According to CARA, 43 children from UP were adopted by parents located outside India, in 2018. This is ten times more than the number of inter-country adoptions witnessed by the state in 2014-15 -- four.(Representative image)
Published on Feb 20, 2019 12:11 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | BySaurabh Chauhan, Lucknow

Delhi government to reward informers, decoys for help in busting illegal sex test centres

This initiative, the government said, will help improve Delhi’s sex ratio. As of 2016, 902 girl children were born for every 1,000 live births of boys.
Hospitals, nursing homes and diagnostic centres are not allowed to determine and disclose the gender of the foetus to the parents under the Pre-Conception, Pre-Natal Diagnostics Technique Act.(HT File)
Hospitals, nursing homes and diagnostic centres are not allowed to determine and disclose the gender of the foetus to the parents under the Pre-Conception, Pre-Natal Diagnostics Technique Act.(HT File)
Updated on Feb 07, 2019 01:04 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Here’s how gender inequality finds voice on social media

Previous studies have shown that children’s books are dominated by male central characters; in textbooks, females are given fewer lines of text; and in films, on average, twice as many male characters as female ones are in front of the camera.
Researchers also found that posts about sons receive, on average, 1.5 times more likes.(Unsplash)
Researchers also found that posts about sons receive, on average, 1.5 times more likes.(Unsplash)
Updated on Jan 28, 2019 12:36 PM IST
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Asian News International | ByAsian News International, Washington D.c.

‘Why force women to give birth to boys?’ asks Selfie with Daughter campaigner

Sunil Jaglan, a gender rights crusader and father of two girls raised awareness against infanticide and female foeticide, and worked tirelessly to expand the scope of his campaign.
Sunil Jaglan, who launched the Selfie with Daughter campaign, says he wants his two daughters, Nandini and Yashika, to grow up in a world that doesn’t differentiate between men and women.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Sunil Jaglan, who launched the Selfie with Daughter campaign, says he wants his two daughters, Nandini and Yashika, to grow up in a world that doesn’t differentiate between men and women.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 16, 2019 09:54 AM IST
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BySunil Jaglan

Haryana government ad shows jump in sex ratio, data tells different story

Another FIR has been filed by the education department on Monday against the same accused for running the unauthorised school.
Haryana health department has recorded sex ratio from January to October 2018, which is 910 female births per 1,000 male births, while hoarding only shows increased figures till May 2018.(HT Photo)
Haryana health department has recorded sex ratio from January to October 2018, which is 910 female births per 1,000 male births, while hoarding only shows increased figures till May 2018.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 19, 2018 11:59 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Ambala | BySunil Rahar, Ambala

Despite raids and police cases, sex determination clinics flourish in Gurugram

Historically, Gurugram’s sex ratio has been skewed in favour of males. Its sex ratio in 2014 was 843.34, which gradually rose to 904 in 2017. For the first time, the district’s sex ratio crossed the 950 mark and was 957 in May this year. However, the July to September quarter saw a sex ratio of 859.
Gurugram police had arrested two persons for illegally selling machines that facilitated sex determination four years ago. Despite several raids and FIRS, there has been only one conviction to date.(HT Photo)
Gurugram police had arrested two persons for illegally selling machines that facilitated sex determination four years ago. Despite several raids and FIRS, there has been only one conviction to date.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 04, 2018 12:18 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Gurugram | BySonali Verma, Gurugram
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