India has been ranked third in Anti-Doping Rule Violations Report for year 2013 released by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). As per the report 91 athletes from Indian have been tested positive for banned substances in year 2013. Of these 91 Indians athletes, 20 were women athletes.
Russia was ranked first in this report with maximum number of doping athletes with 212 testing positive. Turkey was placed at second position with 155 positive doping athletes’ cases. France came fourth in this list with 90 positive doping cases. Overall 1953 athletes across the globe had committed anti-doping rule violations. Out of 1953 athletes, 1687 were actually found guilty for using banned substances while 266 violated other rules. The comprehensive report had dealt with testing of 207,513 samples which were covered from 115 nationalities and 89 sports events.
Track and field athletes lead in this report with 280 global cases. In this case 30 Indian athletes were involved. Weightlifting is second sports event with 19 doping cases. Wrestling is third sporting event with 9 Anti-Doping Rule violation cases. Other sports are powerlifters (8), bodybuilding (8), judo (7), boxing (4), aquatics (2), cycling (2), kabaddi (2). Cricket, football, taekwondo and volleyball reported one case each.
As per recently released Global Peace Index (GPI) for year 2015, India was placed at 143th rank out 162 countries. The report was published by Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). India’s rank has remained same compared to previous year global rankings.
Top 10 peaceful countries: Iceland (1st), Denmark (2nd), Austria (3rd), New Zealand (4th), Switzerland (5th), Finland (6th), Canada (7th), Japan (8th), Australia (9th) and Czech Republic (10th).
Top 10 least peaceful countries: North Korea (153rd), Pakistan (154th), Congo (155), Sudan (156), Somalia (157), Central Africa (158th), South Sudan (159th), Afghanistan (160th), Iraq (161st) and Syria (162nd).
India’s neighbours: Bhutan (18th), Nepal (62nd), Bangladesh (84th), Sri Lanka (114th), Pakistan (154th).
In 2014, the violent events had cost $14.3 trillion from the global economy. It accounted for 13.4% of global GDP. About 50 million people i.e. 0.75% of the current world population are displaced. In 2014, deaths from terrorism were reported in 69 countries reported. It was up from 60 in 2013 highlighting the increasing use of terror tactics. In case of India, violence has cost it $341.7 billion i.e. 4.7% of its GDP in 2014 which is the fourth highest cost in the world.
It is an annual report published by the Sydney (Australia) based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) since 2007. GPI uses 22 indicators to measure levels of world peace. Indicators range from a nation’s level of military expenditure to its relations with neighboring nations and the percentage of prison population in 162 countries. It also includes safety and security in society, extent of domestic and international conflict. The IEP is an international and independent think tank dedicated to draw the world’s attention towards peace as a positive, achievable, and tangible measure of human well-being and development.
Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved introduction of Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015 in coming session of Parliament. The new bill seeks to replace the existing Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Act, 1986 with an aim to bring in more products under the mandatory standard regime and end the inspector raj.
Add provision for establishment of statutory Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) as the National Standards Body of India. The Bureau will perform its functions through a Governing Council consisting of President and other members.
Manipur State Forest Department has decided to translocate a section of critically endangered species of Brow Antlered (Sangai) deer with an aim to save it from extinction. The deer is endemic to Keibul Lamjao National Park (KLNP) will be translocated to Pumlen Pat which is close existing habitat to Loktak. Pumlen Pat was chosen for translocation as it is also a floating biomass (phumdi) and comprises of small hillocks which will provide natural habitat for this deer species.
Sangai Deer (Rucervus eldii) also called the Dancing Deer is the state animal of Manipur. Once it was found across the Manipur Valley in abundant now only its remaining natural habitat is found in Keibul Lamjao National Park. It is listed as an endangered species by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Conservation efforts have helped in reviving the population of the deer to 204 in 2013 from less than 100 in 2008.
KLNP is a floating biomass in Manipur’s Loktak Lake. It is only floating national park in the world. It is known around the world for its unique composition which is made up of biomass vegetation (locally called phumdis) that floats on the surface of the lake. The park which was initially declared as a Sanctuary in 1966 and later in 1977 it was declared as National Park through a gazette notification.
Japan has passed a law lower the voting age to 18 years from its current 20 years. The bill in this regard to revise the public office election law was passed by the upper house after being approved in the lower chamber. With passing of this law, 2.4 million of its population from 18 and 19-year-olds age group will extend the franchise in future elections. This move also has brought Japan in line with other developed countries in terms of voting age. Last time, Japan had lowered the voting age from 25 to 20 years in 1945 after its surrender in World War II.
At present, around a quarter i.e. 26 percent of Japan’s 127-million population is aged 65 or over indicating population ageing with negative growth rate. Japan is in last i.e. third stage of demographic transition as a result of low birth rates and death deaths. The age structure of Japan is an inverted age pyramid representing large population of elders.
Some facts: Presently, 170 nations in the world have voting age of 18 years. In case of India, the voting age was lowered to 18 years by the Constitution (Sixty-first Amendment) Act, 1988.
Asia Pacific region has overtaken Europe as the world’s second richest region for the first time in terms of global wealth management. It was revealed in recently released report by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm.
Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan) has held around 47 trillion dollars in private wealth in 2014. The main reason for the growth in wealth in this region was due to increase in number of new millionaires in China and India. North America region has remained as the world’s richest region with 51 trillion dollars. Asia Pacific region is going to surpass North America region in 2016 as world’s richest region with forecasted wealth to reach $57 trillion in 2016 compared to $56 trillion of North America. It is also projected that Asia Pacific region will hold 34 per cent of global wealth in 2019. Forecasted average growth rate of private wealth is expected to be around 6 percent per year. It is going to reach $222 trillion in 2019. In 2014 the private financial wealth globally has grown by nearly 12 percent to $164 trillion. Nearly three-quarters i.e. 73 percent or $13 trillion of private wealth growth was achieved through the growth of existing assets. While remainder 27 percent of wealth growth or $5 trillion was generated by newly created wealth.
Union Cabinet approved increasing India’s solar power capacity target under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) to 1 Lakh Mega Watt (MW) by 2022. Decision to increase solar power capacity by five times form current capacity was taken by Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. 1 Lakh Mega Watt (MW) target principally will comprise of 40,000 MW from Rooftop and 60,000 MW through Large and Medium Scale Grid Connected Solar Power Projects. After meeting this ambitious target, India will become one of the largest Green Energy producers in the world by surpassing several developed countries.
Apart from this decision, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) also approved setting up of over 2,000 MW of Grid-Connected Solar Power Projects on BOOT (build, own, operate, transfer) basis. It will be set up by Solar Power Developers with Viability Gap Funding under JNNSM with total investments of 12,000 crore rupees. These projects will help in generation of additional 2000 MW capacity of Grid-connected solar power projects and create employment of about 12,000 people in rural and urban areas. It will also help to reduce about 3.41 Million Tonnes (MT) of carbon emissions into the open environment every year.
Earlier in June 2015, Union Cabinet had recommended promulgation of this ordinance to the President. The ordinance will help to tackle issues related to cheque bounce cases and allow filing of cheque bounce case at the place where the cheque was presented for clearance and not at the place of issue. It will benefit around 18 lakh people facing cheque bounce cases across the country.
Union government had taken ordinance route after Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2015 was not able to pass in Rajya Sabha in winter session of Parliament after it was passed by the Lok Sabha.
Kirk Kerkorian billionaire Las Vegas mogul and casino tycoon passed away after a brief illness. He was 98. Kirk Kerkorian was born on 6 June 1917 as Kerkor Kerkorian in California, US to Armenian immigrants. Apart from being casino tycoon he was Hollywood tycoon and had diversified investments in airlines and auto industry. Initially, he had worked as skilled aviator and had flown dangerous missions of delivering warplanes from Canada to Britain during World War II. Later, he had opened a charter flight business serving gamblers wanting to get from Los Angeles to Las Vegas more quickly than a 10-hour drive.
Kirk Kerkorian had founded MGM Resorts International and was its largest shareholder till his date. He had first made his fortune in the 1950s and 1960s in Las Vegas, the desert gambling capital and had built the world’s biggest hotel in Las Vegas. He also made fortune by investing in the automobile industry such as Chrysler in 1990s and General Motors and Ford in the 2000s.
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