Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Trade and Development Report: UNCTAD

Source: Click here News: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development(UNCTAD) has released a report titled “Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Trade and Development: Transitioning to a New Normal”. Facts: Aim: The report provides a comprehensive assessment of the impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Trade and Development. Key Takeaways. The global economy would contract 4.3% this year… Continue reading Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Trade and Development Report: UNCTAD

Fifth Edition of National Family Health Survey

News: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has released the fifth edition of the National Family Health Survey(NFHS). Facts: NFHS: It was conducted after a gap of three years.It contains detailed information on population, health, and nutrition for India and its states and Union Territories. This is the Phase 1 of the survey conducted in 17… Continue reading Fifth Edition of National Family Health Survey

Sustainable Mountain Development Summit

Source: Click here News: The 9th edition of Sustainable Mountain Development summit commenced in virtual mode on the occasion of International Mountain Day. Facts: Sustainable Mountain Development Summit(SMDS): The summit was organized by Indian Mountain Initiative(IMI) Aim: To deliberate on issues such as migration, water security, climate resilience and innovative solutions for the farm sector and disaster risk… Continue reading Sustainable Mountain Development Summit

WHO releases Global Health Estimates 2019

Source: Click here News: World Health Organization(WHO) has released the Global Health Estimates 2019. Facts: Global Health Estimates: The report provides a comprehensive and comparable assessment of mortality and loss of health due to diseases and injuries for all regions of the world.The new data of Global Health Estimates cover the period from 2000 to 2019. Key… Continue reading WHO releases Global Health Estimates 2019

Emissions Gap Report 2020

News: United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP) has released the Emissions Gap Report,2020. Facts: Emissions gap report: The report assesses the gap between anticipated emissions and levels consistent with the Paris Agreement goals of limiting global warming this century to well below 2°C and pursuing 1.5°C. Key Takeaways: Temperature Rise: World is still heading for a temperature… Continue reading Emissions Gap Report 2020

India’s 1st LGBT+ workplace equality index launched

Source: Click here News: India’s 1st LGBT+ workplace equality index has been launched. Facts: India Workplace Equality Index: It is the country’s first comprehensive benchmarking tool for employers to measure their progress on LGBT+ inclusion at the workplace. Launched by: It was launched by non-profit Keshav Suri Foundation, partnered with Pride Circle, Stonewall UK and FICCI. Parameters: The index measures… Continue reading India’s 1st LGBT+ workplace equality index launched

HelpAge India gets ‘2020 UN Population Award’

Source: Click here News: HelpAge India,an NGO has received the ”2020 UN Population Award” in the institutional category for its contribution towards serving disadvantaged elderly people and raising awareness on their cause. Facts: UN Population Award: It was established by the United Nations General Assembly(UNGA) in 1981. Objective: The award honours an individual and/or institution in recognition of… Continue reading HelpAge India gets ‘2020 UN Population Award’

Partners in Population and Development (PPD)

Source : Click here News: Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare has addressed the Inter Ministerial Conference by Partners in Population and Development(PPD). Facts: Partners in Population and Development(PPD): It is an Intergovernmental alliance formed during the International Conference on Population and Development(ICPD) held in Cairo in 1994. Aim: To expand and strengthen South-South collaboration between and among… Continue reading Partners in Population and Development (PPD)

Urban Governance Index 2020

Source : Click here News: The Urban Governance Index 2020 has been released. Facts: Published by: The index has been published by Praja Foundation, a Mumbai-based think tank. Purpose: The index ranks states to indicate where they stand in terms of real empowerment of grassroot democracy and local self government. Themes: The ranking is based on these main themes—… Continue reading Urban Governance Index 2020

Smuggling in India Report 2019-20

Source : Click here News: Union Finance Minister released the Smuggling in India Report 2019-20. Facts: Prepared by: The report has been compiled by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). Aim: To analyse organised smuggling trends on Gold and Foreign Currency, Narcotic Drugs, Security, Environment and Commercial Frauds. Key Takeaways: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence detected 412 cases… Continue reading Smuggling in India Report 2019-20

Climate Change Performance Index(CCPI) 2020

Source: Click here News: Climate Change Performance Index(CCPI) 2020 has been released. Facts: Released by: The index has been developed by not-for-profit organizations Germanwatch and NewClimate Institute (Germany) together with the Climate Action Network(CAN International). Objective: It is an important tool to enhance transparency in international climate politics and enables comparison of climate protection efforts and progress… Continue reading Climate Change Performance Index(CCPI) 2020

US, China dominated arms market in 2019: SIPRI

Source: Click Here News: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute(SIPRI) has released a report on the global arms market. Facts: Key Takeaways: The total sales by the Top 25 arms manufacturers rose by 8.5% to $361 billion or 50 times the annual budget of the UN’s peacekeeping operations. S and Chinese companies dominated the global arms market in… Continue reading US, China dominated arms market in 2019: SIPRI

Urban Quality of Life Index

Source: Click Here News: IIT-Bombay researchers have released an Urban Quality of Life Index. Facts: About the Index: The index has compared the quality of life in various cities in India and ranked them on the basis of various categories such as water, power, electricity, literacy rate, employment rate among others. For the first time, the index has… Continue reading Urban Quality of Life Index

Energy Efficiency Report 2020

Source: Click here News: International Energy Agency(IEA) has released the annual Energy Efficiency Report 2020. Facts: Key Takeaways: The slow pace of global progress on energy efficiency is set to slow further in 2020 as a result of the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Global primary energy intensity – a key indicator of how efficiently the… Continue reading Energy Efficiency Report 2020

State of the Global Climate Report

Source: Click here News: The World Meteorological Organization(WMO) has released the annual State of Global Climate Report,2020 to keep a track of global warming. Facts: Key Highlights from the report: Hottest Year: 2020 will be one of the three hottest years just behind 2016 and 2019. Rise in Global Temperature: The global mean surface temperature for January-October 2020… Continue reading State of the Global Climate Report

World Malaria Report 2020

Source: Click here News: World Health Organization(WHO) has released the World Malaria Report 2020. Facts: Aim: To look at the 20 years of global progress and challenges in the fight against the Malaria. Key Takeaways: Malaria Control: The two decades from 2000 to 2020 was a period of extraordinary success in malaria control: As many as 1.5 billion… Continue reading World Malaria Report 2020

World Trade Report(WTR)

Source: Click here News: World Trade Organization(WTO) has released the report titled ‘World Trade Report 2020: Government Policies to Promote Innovation in the Digital Age’. Facts: World Trade Report: It is an annual report published since 2003 by the World Trade Organization to deepen understanding about trends in trade, trade policy issues, and the multilateral trading system… Continue reading World Trade Report(WTR)

Banking reforms

Context- RBI committee has recommended a series of changes that could transform the banking landscape by paving the way for large industrial conglomerates to set up banks. What are Non-Banking Financial Companies NBFCs? These are establishments that provide financial services and banking facilities without meeting the legal definition of a Bank. Hence they are frequently referred… Continue reading Banking reforms

Women workforce

Context – Declining female labour force participation. Why in news- Year 2020 marked as- The nearly fifty years since the Committee on the Status of Women in India (CSWI) submitted the report ‘Towards Equality’ to the United Nations (UN). It focused on women-sensitive policymaking in India, providing a fresh perspective on gender equality. The 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform… Continue reading Women workforce

Future of the federal framework

Context- The role of the Finance Commission as a neutral arbiter in the Centre-state relation in achieving the delicate balance. What are the key highlights of the latest report? The Fifteenth Finance Commission led by Chairman N. K. Singh submitted its report for the period 2021-2026 to President of India. Title of the report – ‘Finance Commission in COVID… Continue reading Future of the federal framework

Public Affairs Index-2020

News: The Public Affairs Index-2020 has been released. Facts: About the index: It is released by the Public Affairs Centre, a not-for-profit organisation headed by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K. Kasturirangan. Ranking: The states were ranked on governance performance in the context of sustainable development defined by three pillars of equity, growth… Continue reading Public Affairs Index-2020

UKIBC releases Doing Business in India Report 2020

News: UK India Business Council(UKIBC) has released the sixth edition of Doing Business in India Report 2020. Facts: About the report: The report is based on an in-depth survey of 106 UK organisations operating in India spanning manufacturing, services, and higher education sectors. Key Takeaways: Nearly two-thirds of the UK businesses believe it is getting… Continue reading UKIBC releases Doing Business in India Report 2020

Virtual Global Investor Roundtable (VGIR) for Foreign Investment in India

Context- Prime Minister has chaired the Virtual Global Investor Roundtable (VGIR), with an aim to attract investment. What Virtual Global Investor Roundtable (VGIR) 2020 conference? It is an exclusive dialogue between leading global institutional investors, Indian business leaders and the highest decision-makers from the Government of India and Financial Market Regulators. Organized by– Ministry of Finance and the National Investment and… Continue reading Virtual Global Investor Roundtable (VGIR) for Foreign Investment in India

Infra Investment

Context: Ministry of statistics and programme implementation (MOSPI) has released its latest report incomplete infrastructure projects. What were the problems highlighted in the MOSPI report? Inadequate data: The latest report showed that of a current total of 1,661 incomplete infrastructure projects, each costing above ₹150 crore, delays were assessable only for 754 projects on which timing… Continue reading Infra Investment

30 Indian cities will face ‘water risk’ by 2050: Water Risk Filter analysis report

News: World Wildlife Fund(WWF) has released the Water Risk Filter analysis report. Facts: Water Risk Filter: It is an online tool co-developed by the WWF that helps evaluate the severity of risk places faced by graphically illustrating various factors that can contribute to water risk. Key Takeaways: Water Risk: 100 cities that hold importance in… Continue reading 30 Indian cities will face ‘water risk’ by 2050: Water Risk Filter analysis report

Purchasing Managers’ Index(PMI)

Nikkei India PMI or Purchasing Managers’ Index India’s Manufacturing PMI Surges to a Decade High in October, 2020. What is  Purchasing Managers Index  PMI? PMI or Purchasing Managers’ Index(PMI) is an indicator of business activity both in the manufacturing and services sectors. It indicates the economic health and investor’s sentiments about the manufacturing and services… Continue reading Purchasing Managers’ Index(PMI)