South Asia’s performance will maintain momentum, with the gap between its growth rate and that of East Asia slightly widening over time.
As per the report, at least 60 people who had been sentenced to death were exonerated in 9 countries in 2016
India is one of the most improved nations, gaining 12 places to reach the 40th position globally.
India, Pakistan and Panama are the three countries that have implemented a large number of tobacco control policies over the last ten years.
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.
The Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report 2017 advised countries to enable the energy transition with adaptable and co-designed policies.
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 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.
The highest ranking cities in Asia and Latin America are Singapore (25) and Montevideo (79) respectively.
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.
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.
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.
Infant Mortality Rate, IMR, declined from 57 to 41 per 1000 live births between NFHS-3 which was conducted in 2005-06.
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.
Barack Obama ranked 12th in the list and it was also the first time that he was eligible for the Presidential Historians Survey.
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.
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.
The survey is facilitated by NGO Pratham. It is carried out by volunteers from local partner organizations in almost all rural districts of India.
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.
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.
The International Monetary Fund expects India’s growth to pick up at a slower pace in 2017-18.
As per the report, working poverty rates have been declining over the long term and this trend is expected to continue in 2017.
The expert group observed that the use of SECC data would lead to better budgetary planning and allocation of resources for various programmes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UNCTAD’s report states that only four countries have graduated from the United Nation’s list of Least Developed Countries since 45 years.
Korea topped in the global ICT Development Index (IDI) for second straight year, while Niger was ranked 175.