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Indians world's 2nd most confident about economy

Indians have emerged as the second most confident people about their economy, across the world, on account of higher consumption and increased foreign investment, according to a report by research firm Ipsos.

The report said that India's economic confidence grew by 6 points to 75 per cent in the month of October compared to the previous month, becoming the second most economically confident country after Saudi Arabia.

"The Indian economy has been well insulated from global economic conditions as it has been fueled by domestic consumption and the increased FDI into the country. Our economy has remained steady at a robust 8.1 per cent and this positive consumer sentiment is seen reflected in our survey," Ipsos India Managing Director Mick Gordon said.

The report, which examined citizens' assessment of the current state of their country's economy, said that the overall global average economic confidence was down by one point to 38 per cent last month.

In terms of gains,…

'31 pc Indian students have comprehensive knowledge on AIDS'

Only a third of India's youth acquainted with adult education programmes have comprehensive knowledge about HIV transmission and prevention while an equal proportion of teachers need to improve their awareness on these issues, a UN study has found.

The survey conducted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) stated that only 31 per cent students from schools with adult education programmes (AEP) and 20 per cent non-AEP had comprehensive knowledge about HIV and AIDS.

The students could identify all modes of transmission of HIV, an executive summary of the report 'Concurrent Evaluation of The Adolescence Education Programme 2010-11' said.

A third of teachers of both types of schools do not have comprehensive knowledge of mode of transmission of HIV virus and pregnancy-related issues and experts pointed out the need "to improve the transaction of knowledge on the issue".

"Knowledge on methods that can prevent both HIV and pregnancy (male and female condoms) i…

Only 31% back Katju's views on 'News Media':Survey

Only 31 per cent of news consumers back Press Council Chairman Justice Markandey Katju's views that Indian media is anti-people, a survey has claimed.

According to the survey conducted by a marketing agency for 'Outlook' magazine, two out of every three Indians preferred self regulation by media rather than any government intervention.

"Notwithstanding the ripples created by his recent comments, barely 31 per cent of news consumers share Katju's perception that Indian news media is anti-people," a release issued by the magazine said.

On the contrary, the trust in the credibility of media is as high as 92 per cent.

Katju has kicked up a controversy soon after assuming office of Press Council Chairman by remarking that he held a "poor opinion" of media personnel in general accusing them of often working in an "anti-people" manner and advocating more teeth to the council to regulate them.

The survey said that 59 per cent of TV viewers agreed with …

'Over 1,800 appointments made using fake certificates'

Government said more than 1,800 appointments in various departments were made using fake caste certificates.

"1,832 appointments were allegedly secured on the basis of fake/false caste certificates," Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions V Narayanasamy told Lok Sabha in a written reply.

He said the highest number of 157 appointments were in State Bank of India (SBI), 146 in General Insurance Corporation, 135 in Central Bank of India, 112 in Indian Overseas Bank and 103 in Syndicate Bank, among others.

Besides them, 93 appointments using forged caste certificates were in National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (Mumbai), 91 in Border Security Force (BSF), 79 in Indian Bank, 62 in Defence Ministry, 57 in Department of Heavy Industry, 50 in Department of Atomic Energy and 49 in Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited.

"The Government instructions provide that an appointing authority should verify the caste status of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/Ot…

26 pc fall in migration of labourers from Bihar

Migration of labourers from Bihar in search of livelihood to places like Punjab and Delhi has declined by over 26 per cent, thanks to initiatives taken by the Nitish Kumar government in the past five years to check their exodus, according to a survey report.

Flight of unskilled workers from Bihar to different parts of the country came down by 26.53 per cent in 2006-08 as compared to 2001-03, the survey carried out by non- governmental body Bihar Institute of Economic Studies said.

The survey work was carried out in the districts of Siwan, Madhubani, Saharsa, Bhagalpur, Nalanda and Rohtas to assess the impact of government initiatives to curb migration ratio, the institute's director Pyare Lal told. He said another survey will be done in January-February next year.

Bihar Labour minister Janardan Singh Sigriwal said the target is to bring down migration of unskilled labourers to zero.

BJP MP from Patna Saheb Shatrughan Sinha also showered praise on Nitish Kumar, saying, "Bihari use…

'Climate change key driver of extreme weather'

Man-made climate change has already boosted heatwaves and flood-provoking rainfall and is likely to contribute to future natural disasters, according to a report by UN scientists unveiled.

But the toll from these extreme weather events will depend as much on the measures taken to protect populations and property as the violence of Nature's outbursts, it warned.

The report, released 10 days before climate talks in Durban, South Africa, is the UN's first comprehensive review of global warming's impact on weather extremes and how best to manage them.

"We can actually attribute the increase of hot days in the past few years to an increase in greenhouse gases," said Thomas Stocker, co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which published the report at a meeting in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

"And it is virtually certain that increases in the frequency and magnitude of warm daily temperature extremes, and decreases in cold extremes, will occ…

'Water pollution, drought threaten world's poor'

Prosperous countries have not lived up to their promises to help the poor, the UN declared, saying poor people often go hungry because of polluted water, drought and other environmental factors that are increasing poverty.

In its annual report on the quality of life worldwide, the United Nations Development Programme said more should be done to address international environmental concerns and that sustainability must become a way of life as the world population grows above 7 billion.

"Sustainability is not exclusively or even primarily an environmental issue," UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said in the report's introduction.

"It is fundamentally about how we choose to live our lives, with an awareness that everything we do has consequences for the seven billions of us here today, as well as for the billions more who will follow."

The report noted that although aid to poorer countries grew 23 percent from 2005 to 2009, it was not enough.

"Rich countries have con…

India improves score in global bribery index, still ranked low

When it comes to companies bribing public officials when doing business overseas, India's score has improved the most in a global index, rights group Transparency International said.

Nevertheless, India continues to be ranked near the bottom of the global Bribe Payers Index, as there was a high likelihood of Indian companies paying bribes abroad.

In a list of 28 countries, India has been ranked 19th, while China and Russia were fared the worst, at 27th and 28th positions, respectively.

The index was based on a survey of 3,000 business executives from developed and developing countries, the anti- corruption group said in a report.

The countries were evaluated on a scale of 0-10 points, with the maximum 10 points corresponding to the view that companies from that country never indulged in bribery abroad and a zero score being equivalent to these companies having always paid bribes.

India's score improved to 7.5 points, up by 0.7 points since the last survey in 2008.

This was the maxim…

'Women far behind men in economic participation'

The world has make great progress in eliminating inequality between men and women in health and education, but not in economic participation and political empowerment, according to a survey of 135 nations.

The annual survey by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum shows that four Nordic countries Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden lead the world again in promoting equality of the sexes, and the United States continues its ascent in the rankings, rising from 19th to 17th place.

The survey shows that a number of relatively poor countries have made major strides to close the gender gap and rank in the top 25 the Philippines, Lesotho, South Africa, Cuba, the Bahamas and Burundi. They outrank Russia at number 43, China at 51, Brazil at 82, Italy at 74, Qatar at 111, India at 113 and Saudi Arabia at 131.

But no country has closed the gap between men and women when it comes to health and survival, educational attainment, economic participation and opportunity and political empowerment.

"A …