Monday, October 31, 2011

Nargis, born in UP, is world's 7 billionth baby

New Delhi: The United Nations announced that the world population will hit 7 billion on Monday, October 31, but could not pinpoint exactly where the child will be born.

Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, where an estimated 11 children are born every minute, is a likely candidate, with the NGO Plan International announcing the birth in Mal, 20 km from Lucknow.

A baby girl named Nargis, born to Ajay and Vineeta at 7:20 am has been named the symbolic 7 billionth baby.


Meanwhile, Philippines also welcomed the world's symbolic seven billionth baby.

Weighing 2.5 kg, Danica May Camacho, was delivered just before midnight on Sunday at Manila's Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital. The parents and the baby were met by top United Nations officials in the Philippines, who presented the child with a small cake.

Local benefactors gifted the baby a scholarship grant for the child's study and a livelihood package to enable the parents to start a general store.

But India needs to worry as the country is set to become the world's most populous by 2025 at the current growth rates.

Currently, India and China account for more than one-third of the world's population.

But where China has made strides in controlling population, India's population growth continues to be explosive and will overtake China's population in 2025.

China's population will decline around 2050, whereas India's population will only begin its decline by 2060.

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