Indian babies will account for 18% of the expected 3,95,072 births across the world on the New Year’s Day, UNICEF said.
An estimated 69,944 babies will be born in India, and of these Uttar Pradesh will welcome around 16,000.
“Yes, the craze for new arrivals on January 1 still lingers. Would-be mothers still insist on having their delivery on the first day of the year. However, the most maddening of all January 1sts in this respect was the first day of the new millennium,” said Dr Jyotsna Mehta, a gynaecologist.