India’s population to beat China by 2024

According to reports, China’s population of 1.41 billion and India with 1.34 billion people, maintain the tag of the most populous countries in the world, comprising 19% and 18% of the total global population.

The World Population Prospects: The 2017 revision released by the Population Division of the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs stated that India is likely to surpass China’s population by 2024.

In India, 71 years will be the life expectancy at birth in 2025-2030, rising to 74.2 years in 2045-2050. While under-five mortality rate will decline from 32.3 deaths under age five per 1,000 live births in 2025-2030 to 18.6 in 2045-2050.

UN proclaims that each year, roughly 83 million people are added to the world’s population and this upward trend is expected to continue in spite of a pervasive decline in fertility rates, which has dropped steadily since the 1960s. The report stated that the current world population of 7.6 billion is expected to stretch to 8.6 billion in 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion by 2100.

China and India are anticipated to have approximately a population of 1.44 billion each. Over the coming decades, India’s populace is estimated to reach 1.5 billion around 2030 and approaching 1.66 billion in 2050. In the meantime, China’s count is projected to remain stable until the 2030s, and then decline gradually.

Sources: NDTVJ, The Indian Express

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South Korea alleges North Korean drone as a ‘Grave provocation’

South Korea confirmed on, 21st June, 2017 that the drone discovered in early June on a mountain near the Demilitarised Zone border is a North Korean drone surveillance. According to the reports by Reuters, this violates the Korean War truce. Seoul describes this act as a ‘grave provocation’ and is demanding a probe into the matter by the United Nations.

The drone was equipped with a camera and aerial photographs of a U.S. anti-missile defence system. The contents of the camera analysed by the military revealed a 64-gigabyte memory chip that had been spying on the missile defence system known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD). Seoul condemns this spying mission by Kim Jong-un and threatens to retaliate by using their strong military force.

Military officials stated that the drone was launched in the Kumgang-gun area on May 2 and started photographing a few kilometres north of the southeastern county of Seongju. The defence ministry found resemblances between this latest drone and another North Korean drone discovered in 2014 on Baengnyeong Island, near the inter-Korean maritime border.

Sources: Reuters, Daily Mail