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HAQ Index

The Global Burden of Disease study published by the Lancet has ranked India 145 among 195 countries on health care access and quality, measured through their capacities to prevent premature deaths from 32 diseases. However, according to the study, India has improved in healthcare access and quality since 1990.

India performed poorly in tackling cases of tuberculosis, rheumatic heart diseases, Ischaemic heart diseases, stroke, testicular cancer, colon cancer and chronic kidney disease among others.

Goa and Kerala had the highest scores, both above 60, implying populations in these states have the best access to quality health care in the country, while Assam and Uttar Pradesh had the least scores, both below 40, meaning people there had the poorest access.


UN World Urbanisation Prospects 2018

According to this report, Indian urban population is about 34% out of the total population. The growth of mega urban clusters where population is above 50 lakh has remained constant, the country has witnessed a rise in smaller urban clusters with populations between 3-5 lakhs.


Swachh Survekshan Survey

The annual Swachh Survekshana Survey was released by the government. This year, Jharkhand was adjudged the best performing state in term of cleanliness. Indore became the top clean city.


World Employment And Social Outlook Report

The report was released annually by the International Labour Organisation. It had stated that India will see a loss of around 2.6 lakh jobs due to rise in temperatures.


The World’s Most Powerful People

The Forbes’ annual rankings of the World’s Most Powerful People have seen Chinese President Xi Jinping topping the list with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the top 10.


UN Economic And Social Survey Of Asia And The Pacific 2018

The report urged the countries in the region to aim for sustainable development with inclusive growth. As per the report, South and Southwest Asia are the fastest growing areas in Asia and Pacific. Countries in these regions need to increase social spending.


OECD Report – Private Philanthropy For Development

As per the report,

  • India is the biggest recipient of private philanthropy in the world
  • US is the biggest source of private philanthropy
  • Largest amount of money through private philanthropy is spent on health and reproductive health sector


Asian Development Outlook 2018 Report

  • Released by Asian Development Bank.
  • Projected that the Indian economy would grow to 7.6 per cent in 2019-20 from 7.3 in 2018-19.


World Economic Outlook Report Of IMF (International Monetary Fund)

  • The report expects Indian economy to grow at 7.4% in 2018 and 7.8% in 2019.
  • China is set to take the second place with 6.6% in 2018 and 6.4% in 2019.
  • Private consumption growth and implementation of GST are the factors that are to drive India’s growth as per the report.
  • As far as challenges to the economy are concerned, the WEO noted ‘inclusiveness’ in the economy as a key challenge.


Global Findex Database, 2017

  • It is a report that measures financial inclusion and Fintech Revolution.
  • It is released by the World Bank.
  • As per the report, inactive bank accounts are high in India when compared to the rest of world at 48%.
  • It is mainly due to Jan Dhan Yojana scheme.
  • Also, India is the second largest country with unbanked population.


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