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With nearly 60,000 births, India records highest number of babies born on New Year: UNICEF

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According to the United Nations children’s agency, more than 3,71,500 babies were born worldwide on New Year (January 1, 2021), out of which, India, with 60,000 births, recorded the highest number of babies in the world.


UNICEF estimated that 3,71,504 babies were born around the world on New Year’s Day. Fiji, in the Pacific, welcomed 2021’s first baby while the United States welcomed its last baby minutes before the New Year began.

Globally, over half of these births are estimated to have taken place in 10 countries: India (59,995), China (35,615), Nigeria (21,439), Pakistan (14,161), Indonesia (12,336), Ethiopia (12,006), the United States (10,312), Egypt (9,455), Bangladesh (9,236) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (8,640).

The agency said that a total of 140 million children are expected to be born in 2021 with a life expectancy of 84 years.

Calling nations to make 2021 a fairer, safer, healthier world for children, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said, The children born today enter a world far different than even a year ago, and a New Year brings a new opportunity to reimagine it.

Today, as the world faces a global pandemic, economic slowdown, rising poverty and deepening inequality, the need for UNICEF’s work is as great as ever, added Fore.

Since the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF launched the Reimagine campaign that would help in preventing the virus from becoming a lasting crisis for the future generation.

The year 2021 would also mark the 75th anniversary of UNICEF. Over the course of the year, UNICEF and its partners would be commemorating the anniversary with events and announcements celebrating three-quarters of a century of protecting children from conflict, disease and exclusion and championing their right to survival, health and education.

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Remembrance

When Lata Mangeshkar got offended by Dilip Kumar and didn’t speak to him for 13 years

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Akshara Rohankar | Mumbai

Late Lata Mangeshkar and legendary actor late Dilip Kumar were known to share a special bond. She would also tie rakhi to the latter.

Nightingale of India, late Lata Mangeshkar and legendary actor late Dilip Kumar were known to share a special bond. So much so that the Queen of Melody would also tie rakhi to the latter. She was among the close ones who visited the late actor during his last days. But do you know the reason why their relation had gone sour, as a result of which they did not speak for 13 long years?

The story dates back to the time when Lata Mangeshkar was to sing ‘Laagin Naahi Chhute’ for the film Musafir, in 1957. At that time, Kumar told music composer Anil Biswas, “The Urdu of Marathis (Maharashtrians) is like dal and rice.” This offended the veteran singer, after which she decided to hone her Urdu speaking skills.

After 13 years when they met in 1970, the veteran singer remarked, “You know, Yusuf saab, I’d always heard you loathed me for being one up on you while recording the Laagi Naahin Chhute Rama duet with you in Musafir. But I only sang the way I can’t help singing any number.”

To this, Kumar gleefully asserted, “It’s precisely because you can’t help singing the way you do that my family and I adore you! How possibly could I loathe a voice so heavenly!”

On February 6, 2022, due to COVID-induced prolonged illness, the illustrious singer passed away in Mumbai.

 

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Politics

‘Even Modiji can’t finish my political career:’ Pankaja Munde

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Radhika Dhawad | Beed

Pankaja Munde (Photo by: Nitin Mankar/Nation Next)

BJP National Secretary Pankaja Munde said even Prime Minister Narendra Modi wouldn’t be able to end her political career if she lived in people’s hearts and minds. Munde said the same on Tuesday while addressing a public rally — part of PM Modi’s birthday celebrations for a fortnight across Maharashtra — at Ambajogai in Maharashtra’s Beed district.

Munde said, “If I live in people’s mind and heart, even Modiji cannot end my political career… Dynasty politics has been prevailing in the Congress party. Modiji, however, wants to end the dynasty rule… I hail from a political family, but if I live in your mind and heart, nobody will be able to finish (end the career) me. If I live in people’s minds and hearts, even Modiji cannot finish my political career.”

Also read: After cops intensify security at Nagpur’s RSS amid reported PFI threats, Centre bans PFI

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Nagpur News

September 27, 2022 | Nagpur News | नागपुर समाचार | Hindi News Bulletin | Nation Next

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Avani Arya | Nagpur

Nation Next Nagpur Bulletin brings to you a summary of major news events that took place in Nagpur on September 24, 2022.

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