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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: 7 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: 4 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: 8 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: 2 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: 10 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: 3 people agreed

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

India rises to second spot on global business optimism index: IBR Report

Nov 7, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

In terms of revenue expectations, India slipped to third position from top in the previous quarter.

Freedom of the Press 2016 report released

Nov 3, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

As per the annual report, press freedom declined to its lowest point in 12 years in 2015, as political, criminal, and terrorist forces sought to co-opt or silence the media in their broader struggle for power.

Maharashtra most farmer friendly state: NITI Aayog Index

Nov 2, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Almost two third states could not reach even halfway mark of reforms score. Major states like U.P., Punjab, West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and J&K are in this group.

Justice Reddy committee on OROP submits report

Oct 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The committee was appointed under the Chairmanship of Justice (Retd.) L Narasimha Reddy to look into the anomalies, if any, arising out of implementation of OROP.

World Economic Forum released Global Gender Gap Report 2016

Oct 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

India, which is among the top-ranked countries in South Asia, was ranked at 87th position. Top five countries with high gender equality are Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Rwanda.

Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017 released by World Economic Forum; India moves to 39th spot

Sep 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The report assesses the competitiveness landscape of 138 economies. India jumped 16 ranks to 39th place compared to 55th rank in 2015-16 report.

Fortune released list of most powerful women based outside the US

Sep 14, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

India’s top women bankers, SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya, ICICI head Chanda Kochhar and Axis Bank CEO Shikha Sharma, are among the 50 most powerful women based outside the US.

Swachh Survekshan for rural areas released, Mandi and Sindhudurg topped the charts

Sep 10, 2016
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

Mandi was judged as the cleanest district in “Hills” category and Sindhudurg as the cleanest in the “Plains” category.

Madhukar Gupta Committee on border protection submits report to MHA

Aug 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The committee was formed to suggest ways to strengthen the border protection along the border with Pakistan and address the issue of gaps and vulnerability in border fencing along Indo-Pakistan border.

9th edition of Global Innovation Index 2016 released

Aug 20, 2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

India has ranked 66th in the 2016 Global Innovation Index. In this edition, India has jumped up by 15 spots from 81st position in 2015 GII.

WHO releases report of 2015 Non-communicable Diseases Global Survey

Jul 19, 2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

Globally, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases represent the largest cause of death in people aged under 70 years.

Logistic Performance Index 2016 released by World Bank

Jul 5, 2016
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

2016 LPI is an interactive benchmarking tool created to help countries identify the challenges and opportunities they face in their performance on trade logistics and what they can do to improve their performance.

UNICEF released the State of the World's Children 2016 Report

Jun 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The report mentions that unless the world focuses more on the plight of its most disadvantaged children, by 2030 almost 70 million children may die before reaching their fifth birthdays.

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