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On World Population Day, Indians number 1,274,234,538

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New Delhi: On World Population Day, Indians numbered 1,274,234,538 at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday, constituting an estimated 17.23 percent of the overall global inhabitation of humans, as per data available with an independent socio-economic statistical organization.

Accwpd-pic-1ording to Indiastat.com, which compiled secondary level socio-economic statistical information on India based on official figures, the numbers were based on data from the National Commission on Population and the US Census Bureau.

World Population Day seeks to raise awareness about issues related to demographics globally. The theme for this year is “Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies”.

India has been forecast to overtake China as the most populous country by 2028, as per official estimates. But the government also says that population growth rate of the country has declined significantly from 21.54 percent for the decade of 1991-2000 to 17.64 percent during 2001-11.

This apart, out of 36 states and Union territories, 24 have reached population stabilization.

“A mission mode strategy may be thought of for population stabilization in critical states,” Health Minister J.P. Nadda said on Saturday at an event to commemorate the UN-mandated global population day.

“Development partners and NGOs have a key role to play. We can’t achieve the goal alone no matter how effective our mechanisms are. Their experiences and interventions are required to reach out to the masses,” he said.

“We started our population program in 1952. Positive results are showing up.” (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)