Population growth in India’s capital has fallen over to its lowest since 1931. New Census data shows Delhi’s population grew 21% to 1.67 crores since 2001. In the previous decade it shot up 47%. Part of the reason for this fall is simply the migration to suburbs. Areas like ranging from Gurgaon to Noida and Faridabad have seen their populations surge. But the Census report also concluded that the removal of slums over the last ten years was a contributing factor. The initial figures also indicate slum populations have fallen, even though the definition of what constitutes a slum has been widened. Several slums in Delhi were razed in the mid-2000s and in the run up to the Commonwealth Games.
The government is considering new laws to provide more security to surrogate mothers. A new draft bill will make it compulsory for parents to provide life insurance cover for the woman carrying the child. Since the identities of most surrogate mothers tend to be confidential, they’ve been denied such cover in the past.
Indian shares rallied on Monday with the Sensex hitting its highest in almost three months. The index shot up 281 points to 19,702. And the Nifty rose 82 to wind up at 5,908.