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Indian population to overtake China by 2022, numbers to rise to 1.5 billion by 2050: UN

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United Nations: There will be more Indians than Chinese by 2022 when both Asian giants will have 1.4 billion people each and India’s population will grow at a faster pace, according to the UN.

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A report from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs on Wednesday said that in seven years, “India’s population is projected to continue growing for several decades to 1.5 billion in 2030 and 1.7 billion in 2050, while the population of China is expected to remain fairly constant until the 2030s, after which it is expected to slightly decrease”.

A similar UN report two years ago had projected that the population of each of the two countries would reach 1.45 billion in 2028 when India’s would start to grow at a faster pace than China’s.

The report issued periodically to update population project and the latest is called “World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision”.

It projects world’s population current population of 7.349 billion to grow by over a billion to 8.5 billion over the next 15 years and reach 9.725 billion by 2050.

India’s bigger population initially gives it the economic advantage of a demographic dividend or benefit from the increased productivity of the youth, but it will also put a greater stress on the resources of India’s area of 3.288 million sq kilometers compared to China’s 9.597 million sq kilometers.

India will also have to rev up its economy to create jobs for millions more and, therefore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s has set a target of creating 100 million jobs by 2022 and emphasizing the manufacturing.

Although India’s population will continue to grow, paradoxically the median age of Indians will increase because of the slowing fertility rate, eroding the demographic dividend. The median age now at 26.6 is expected to rise to 31.2 in 2030, to 37.3 in 2050 and 47 in 2100, the report said.

The fertility rate or the number of children born to a woman is currently 2.48 and is expected to go down to 2.34 by 2020, to 2.14 by 2030 and to 1.89 by 2050, according to the report.

Population experts consider a fertility rate of 2.2 children per woman as the replacement rate, that keeps the population constant over the long range.

(IANS)

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Lassi, Cold Coffee, Watermelon Juice: Most Preferred Indian Beverages to Beat Scorching Heat

Uber Eats on Monday released the Indian chapter of The Eats Cravings Report 2019, a snapshot of India's favourite cravings and the most popular binge worthy dishes

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The temperature is soaring, spreading the heat wave blues all over India. But people have come up with their own ways to beat the heat, especially with chillers like lassi and cold coffee. Pixabay

Lassi, cold coffee and watermelon juice are among the preferred beverages that are helping people across India beat the searing heat. The temperature is soaring, spreading the heat wave blues all over India. But people have come up with their own ways to beat the heat, especially with chillers like lassi and cold coffee.

Uber Eats on Monday released the Indian chapter of The Eats Cravings Report 2019, a snapshot of India’s favourite cravings and the most popular binge worthy dishes. Conducted between January and May 2019, the report revealed that Mumbai clocked in the highest number of orders for lassi.

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Conducted between January and May 2019, the report revealed that Mumbai clocked in the highest number of orders for lassi. Wikimedia Commons

It also stated that Jaipur ditched the traditional tangy summer drink of jal-jeera for a chilled cup of cold coffee, while Pune opted for a good old cup of hot tea. Chennai kept it healthy with a refreshing glass of watermelon juice. Oreo shake topped beverage charts across Mangalore.

The findings also provide an insight into some of the most widely received requests for sugar cravings across cities. Indians ordered gulab jamun to satiate their sweet tooth, followed by ice cream and ras malai.

It revealed that every city has its own personal favourite flavour – people in Bengaluru stayed true to their roots with the highest number of tender coconut ice-cream, while Mumbaikars are beating the heat with strawberry ice-cream. Belgian chocolate satiated palates for Delhiites, while Mango was the most popular flavour in Pune.

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Lassi, cold coffee and watermelon juice are among the preferred beverages that are helping people across India beat the searing heat. Pixabay

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When it comes to chocolate, Indians binged on chocolate milkshake the most with close competition from hot chocolate sundaes and Death By Chocolate pastries.

The report also revealed that ‘extra sauce’ topped the charts as the most popular food delivery request, followed by ‘spicy’ and ‘extra onions’. The western cities of Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Surat ordered the highest number of ‘Jain’ dishes. In the southern cities of Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam, onions were a popular craving choice. (IANS)