India has moved down 10 places to rank 68th on an annual global competitiveness index, largely due to improvements witnessed by several other economies.
Singapore has replaced the U.S. as the world’s most competitive economy.
India, which was ranked 58th in the annual Global Competitiveness Index compiled by WorldEconomic Forum (WEF), is among the worst-performing BRICS nations along with Brazil (ranked even lower than India at 71st this year).
India is ranked high at 15th place in terms of corporate governance, while it is ranked second globally for shareholder governance.
The Nobel Prize for Physics has been awarded to James Peebles for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology, and Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for discovering an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star.
This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics rewards new understanding of the universe’s structure and history, and the first discovery of a planet orbiting a solar-type star outside our solar system.
Researchers have found that dog ownership is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, along with other benefits.
People who own dogs benefit from increased physical activity that they have to undertake as a dog owner.
Researchers found a benefit in owning dogs of all breeds, however, the owners of hunting breeds such as retrievers, terriers, and scent hounds saw the most protection from death and cardiovascular disease.
The Centre is planning an ambitious plan to create a 1,400km long and 5km wide green belt from Gujarat to the Delhi-Haryana border.
It is planned on the lines of the “Great Green Wall” running through the width of Africa, from Dakar (Senegal) to Djibouti, to combat climate change and desertification.
The idea of forming a green belt from Porbandar to Panipat will not only help in restoring degraded land through afforestation along the Aravali hill range that spans across Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi, but also act as a barrier for dust coming from the deserts in western India and Pakistan.