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World Bank released report Globalization Backlash

Apr 18, 2017
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

South Asia’s performance will maintain momentum, with the gap between its growth rate and that of East Asia slightly widening over time.

Amnesty International released Death Penalty Report 2016

Apr 12, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

As per the report, at least 60 people who had been sentenced to death were exonerated in 9 countries in 2016

India ranks 40th in Travel and Tourism Competitive Index of World Economic Forum

Apr 10, 2017
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

India is one of the most improved nations, gaining 12 places to reach the 40th position globally.

Smoking causes one in 10 deaths worldwide: Study

Apr 8, 2017
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

India, Pakistan and Panama are the three countries that have implemented a large number of tobacco control policies over the last ten years.

Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar releases India Rankings 2017

Apr 4, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

A total of 2995 institutions have participated in the rankings. This includes 232 Universities, 1024 Engineering Institutions, 546 Management Institutions, 318 Pharmacy Institutions and 637 General Degree Colleges, and others.

WEF released Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report 2017

Mar 26, 2017
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report 2017 advised countries to enable the energy transition with adaptable and  co-designed policies.

India slips to rank 131 in Human Development Index, Norway tops again

Mar 23, 2017
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

India has been ranked 131 in the Human Development Index, below two of its SAARC counterparts Sri Lanka and Maldives, which have been categorised in the high human development category.

Norway ranked 1 in World Happiness Report, India slips to 122

Mar 21, 2017
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Norway slid up to rank 1 from its previous rank 4 in the World Happiness Report 2017. The other countries that featured in the top five include Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Finland.

Mercer released 2017 Quality of Living Survey

Mar 16, 2017
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

The highest ranking cities in Asia and Latin America are Singapore (25) and Montevideo (79) respectively.

UN launches Women in Politics Map 2017; India placed at 148th number

Mar 16, 2017
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

The report was launched on the sidelines of the 61st Commission on the Status of Women, known as the largest inter-governmental forum on women's rights and gender equality.

45% of country's bird species in Himachal Pradesh: Great Backyard Bird Count

Mar 6, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

In 2016, Great Backyard Bird Count saw participants from more than 130 countries who together counted 5689 species of birds on more than 162000 checklists.

Annual Survey of India’s City Systems 2016 released

Mar 3, 2017
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The survey advised the urban local bodies to strengthen their foundations – quality of laws, policies and institutions - to deliver a high quality of life to all citizens.

Government’s National Family Health Survey-4 shows improved sex ratio and decline in IMR

Mar 1, 2017
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

Infant Mortality Rate, IMR, declined from 57 to 41 per 1000 live births between NFHS-3 which was conducted in 2005-06.

Digital payments industry to hit USD500 billion by 2020: Google-BCG study

Feb 23, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The report said that more than 50 per cent of India's Internet users will use digital payments by 2020, when the size of digital payments industry in the country will be 500 billion dollars.

Presidential Historians Survey: Abraham Lincoln Best; Obama 12th Best

Feb 21, 2017
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

Barack Obama ranked 12th in the list and it was also the first time that he was eligible for the Presidential Historians Survey.

India ranks 143rd in 2017 Index of Economic Freedom

Feb 19, 2017
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

In its 23rd edition, the Index analyzed economic policy developments in 186 countries. Countries are graded and ranked on 12 measures of economic freedom that evaluate the rule of law, government size, regulatory efficiency, and the openness of markets.

Mt Everest to be remeasured by Survey of India

Feb 1, 2017
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The Survey of India is going to remeasure the height of Mount Everest in order to verify the doubts expressed by some of the scientists that the peak’s height is shrinking post the devastating Nepal earthquake.

Annual Status of Education Report (ASER 2016) released

Jan 24, 2017
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The survey is facilitated by NGO Pratham. It is carried out by volunteers from local partner organizations in almost all rural districts of India.

India ranks 78th in Global Passport Index

Jan 19, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The list was topped by Germany with a visa-free score of 157. On the other hand, Singapore overtook South Korea and became the highest ranked Asian passport with a visa-free score of 156.

Oxfam released report titled An economy for the 99 per cent

Jan 17, 2017
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The report calls for a fundamental change in the way we manage our economy so that they work for all people, and not just a fortunate few.

IMF downgrades India’s GDP growth forecast to 6.6%

Jan 17, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The International Monetary Fund expects India’s growth to pick up at a slower pace in 2017-18.

Unemployment in India pegged at 18 million in 2018: ILO

Jan 16, 2017
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

As per the report, working poverty rates have been declining over the long term and this trend is expected to continue in 2017.

Expert Group on SECC submitted report

Jan 13, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The expert group observed that the use of SECC data would lead to better budgetary planning and allocation of resources for various programmes.

World Bank releases January 2017 Global Economic Prospects report

Jan 11, 2017
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

In its latest report, the World Bank said, immediate withdrawal of a large volume of currency in circulation and subsequent replacement with new notes in November contributed to slowing growth.

Study: Birds with larger brains more likely to survive climate change

Dec 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

A study conducted by researchers from the University of Bath in the UK revealed that birds with larger brains are more likely to survive climate change.

Parliamentary Standing Committee: 55 percent rise in forest fires

Dec 24, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

A parliamentary standing committee report focussing on the prevention of forest fires reported that there has been an alarming rise in forest fires, especially in the Himalayan region, almost around 55 per cent.

India ranks 4th in Global Wind Power Installed Capacity Index

Dec 21, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The Index was topped by China, followed by USA and Germany. The cumulative installed wind power generation capacity of China is 145362 MW. The cumulative installed wind power generation capacity of the USA is 74471 MW and that of Germany is 44947 MW.

Forbes ranks PM Modi 9th among world's 10 most powerful people

Dec 15, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who topped in the list, was followed Donald Trump and Angela Merkel. Mukesh Ambani is the other entrant from India in the list.

Planet's least developed countries falling further behind

Dec 14, 2016
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

UNCTAD’s report states that only four countries have graduated from the United Nation’s list of Least Developed Countries since 45 years.

ITU released Measuring the Information Society Report 2016

Nov 24, 2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Korea topped in the global ICT Development Index (IDI) for second straight year, while Niger was ranked 175.

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