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World’s baby No. 7 billion could be born in India
New Delhi, JAN 24 (AGENCIES):
Published on 25 Jan. 2011 3:05 AM IST
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In the midst of all the handwringing over population explosion, the Indian government might miss preparing for a global record-setting event, the birth of the baby that would take the population of planet earth to seven billion mark.
The momentous birth is projected to happen towards October or November. But what’s that got to do with India? Well, we just happen to be the country with by far the highest number of babies born every minute at 51. The probability of Baby 7 Billion being an Indian is higher than for any other nationality. In fact, Uttar Pradesh alone has about 11 babies born every minute- a figure no nation other than China exceeds and Nigeria matches.
The event may even happen as late as early or mid 2012, depending on which person or organization’s estimates you take as valid. After all, there is no agreement even on when exactly the six billion mark was crossed. While the UN said its calculations showed that the six billion figure was reached on October 12, 1999, the US Census Bureau said it was reached on July 22, 1999. The quibbling over the exact date seems quite pointless considering the fact that 267 babies are estimated to be born every minute in the world, almost a fifth of them in India.
The UN had chosen Adnan Nevic born in Sarajevo, Bosnia as the symbolic Six Billionth Baby but UN officials insisted there was no special significance in the choice. If it’s as random as that, don’t bet on a UP-ite or indeed an Indian baby being conferred the title this time round
After taking about 250,000 years to reach the first billion sometime around 1800, humanity has been increasing its pace of growth rapidly. In just 127 years, human population crossed the next billion in 1927 and accelerated further, reaching the next billion within 33 years in 1960. It then raced to touch four billion in 1974.

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