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.
In terms of revenue expectations, India slipped to third position from top in the previous quarter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The report assesses the competitiveness landscape of 138 economies. India jumped 16 ranks to 39th place compared to 55th rank in 2015-16 report.
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.
Mandi was judged as the cleanest district in “Hills” category and Sindhudurg as the cleanest in the “Plains” category.
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.
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.
Globally, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases represent the largest cause of death in people aged under 70 years.
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.
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.