With a population of more than 1.2 billion, India is the world’s largest democracy. Over the past decade, the country’s integration into the global economy has been accompanied by economic growth. India has now emerged as a global player.
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South Asia is home to 13-15% of the world's biodiversity including some of the world’s most endangered species. The world’s tiger population has declined alarmingly, mainly due to poaching and the encroachment... Show More + of tiger habitats. 65% of the 3,000 or so remaining wild tigers are found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal. With South Asia’s rich biodiversity, the region is a lucrative place for illegal wildlife trade. To help preserve the region's biodiversity, the Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Wildlife Protection in Asia (SRCWP) project helps countries tackle illegal wildlife trade.ChallengeAccording to The Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network (TRAFFIC) report, the seizure of parts of more than 1,400 tigers across Asia in the last 13 years indicate an alarming rate of illegal trade of tiger parts. Illegal wildlife trade is largely controlled by criminal gangs who poach flagship species such as tigers and elephants in one country, store them in another, and then trade them outside Show Less -
Making Each Rupee go a Longer WayHow do we utilize every rupee spent on health care... Show More + in the best possible way? The issue is particularly important for India as it ramps up health spending and moves forward on its ambitious agenda of providing health insurance to all under the National Health Assurance Mission (NHAM).Even the world’s richest countries cannot assure all possible health services for every member of their population. In India the challenge is far greater. The country needs to meet the healthcare needs of one-sixth of all humanity with less than 1 percent of the funds spent globally on health care.Presently, India spends about 4 percent of its GDP on health, much less than other countries at similar income levels. And of this, about 60 percent is spent by households, making them susceptible to impoverishment due to catastrophic health expenses.The gove Show Less -