.New Delhi, Delhi, India
India has a higher fertility rate compared to China. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • There has been a steady drop in the birth rate experienced by China in the last few years
  •  A 2019 UN report predicted India will cross China as most populous country by 2027
  • Chinese demographers say that India’s population may overtake China’s well before 2027

.Beijing, China
China conducts the census every ten years to determine population growth, movement patterns and other trends. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • China's population shows slowest growth rate in decades
  • "The adjustment of China's fertility policy has achieved positive results," said Ning Jizhe
  • According to census data, average size of a family is now 2.62 people

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Kangana Ranaut said former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was killed for taking the issue of overpopulation head on. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@KanganaRanaut)

  • Kangana Ranaut called for "strict laws" to keep overpopulation in check
  • Netizens trolled her for herself having two siblings - elder sister Rangoli Chandel and younger brother Aksht Ranaut
  • She further compared the India's population and resources with that of US and China 

.Beijing, China
China is going to see a downfall in population(Photo credit: AFP)

  • China’s population is set to peak in just four years’ time and the milestone will experience a negative growth says Cai Fang 
  • “We need to pay attention to the impact of demographics on future consumption,” he said
  • Cai’s comments came as China is due to release its latest census later this month.

.London, UK
Police officers patrol in the London borough of Redbridge to enforce lockdown measures. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • The census will ask about gender identity to help develop policy, services and "further equality"
  • It will be held in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to gather detailed information on the country's population
  • It was postponed in Scotland until next year due to the pandemic

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
IIT Kharagpur's study is published in journal Science of the Total Environment . (Photo credit: Representative image/Unsplash)

  • Approximately 20% of India's total land area contains toxic levels of arsenic in its groundwater
  • More than 250 million people are exposed to poisonous arsenic in the country: Study
  • The study was based on a new AI-based prediction modelling

.Beijing, China
China's registered births are 15% down than last year. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

  • Figures showed there were 10.04 million registered births in 2020, which is 15 percent down from 2019
  • If the whole society regards childbearing as a pain, then there is a problem in this society," a user said on Weibo
  • The data also points to a fourth consecutive year birth numbers declined.

The previous record low was 166,000 babies born in 2010, the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese zodiac. (Photo Credit: Representative Image/Unsplash)

  • In 2020,  births plunged to 165,000, down by 7% from 2019
  • Birth rate in Taiwan has been falling continuously since 2000
  • In 2019, Taiwan's birth rate was the second-lowest in the world after South Korea

.Canberra ACT, Australia
The move had been previously floated to better recognise Indigenous Australian history. (Representational image: Unsplash)

  • The anthem would change 'For we are young and free' to 'For we are one and free'
  • PM Morrison said that the change of phrase does not anything away
  • Australia is still in the process of reckoning its colonial past