FP2020’s Family Planning Report
A report on modern family planning was released recently. It has found that more women around the world have access to modern contraceptive method however this progress is not keeping pace with the projections made during the 2012 London summit on family planning. According to the ‘FP2020 Commitment to Action 2014–2015’ Progress Report, although an additional 24.4 million women and girls now have access to modern methods of contraception, this is 10 million fewer than the benchmark for 2015 projected at the time of the 2012 London Summit. There is concern that India, one of the 69 FP2020 focus countries committed to FP 2020 goals, has to catch up on accelerating the modern contraceptive prevalence rate (a measure of the percentage of women who are practicing, or whose sexual partners are practicing, any form of modern contraception).
Virtual Science Lab Launched
Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, launched an eLearning programme called OLabs, which enables high-school students to perform virtual science-lab experiments online. Under this nationwide initiative, 30,000 teachers across all states in India will be provided free training to teach students how to use OLabs. The eLearning programme will be hosted on the National Knowledge Network (NKN) to support its scaling to millions of students across the country. Olabs – short for Online Labs – has been developed by Amrita CREATE (http://www.amrita.edu/create), an educational technology research initiative of Amrita University under a research grant from the Department of Electronics and Information Technology.
Documentary on Lions
Lions of Sabi Sand: Brothers in Blood which is to release on December 31 tells the incredible journey of Africa’s most notorious pride, a deadly group of six male lions. For the past 16 years, the lions have been filmed continuously by both professionals and amateurs who have witnessed the five brothers and one half-brother stand strong in the brutal wilderness. Coming up against other lions who are not shy to massacre each other and their cubs in order to expand their territory, rangers and biologists were astounded by the pride’s relentless hunger for domination.