Iceland Current Affairs - 2019

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Global Peace Index 2019: India ranked 141

In the recently released Global Peace Index (GPI) of Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), India’s rank slipped by five places to 141 among 163 countries on GPI 2019 and Iceland was ranked 1st. India was ranked 136 in GPI 2018. Key Findings of Report Most Peaceful Country: Iceland with rank 1st remains the most Read More…

Month:  Categories: Reports & IndicesUPSC


India re-elected as an Observer to Arctic Council

At 11th Arctic Council ministerial meeting held at Rovaniemi in Finland, India was re-elected as an observer to intergovernmental forum Arctic Council. India promised its commitment towards contributing more to Arctic Council. About 11th Arctic Council Major issues discussed at the Council meeting: With growing tensions worldwide, how to deal with global warming and jurisdiction Read More…

Month:  Categories: International


World Happiness Report 2019

The United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network has released the World Happiness Report 2019. The report ranks countries on six key variables that support well-being: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity. The United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network ranks the world’s 156 countries on “how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be”. Read More…

Month:  Categories: InternationalUPSC


Japan to Withdraw from the International Whaling Commission

Japan has announced its decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC). The withdrawal would enable Japan to resume commercial whaling activities. Japan has said that it would undertake commercial whaling  from July 2019 limited to Japan’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zones. As per the announcement, Japan would not undertake whaling activities in Read More…

Month:  Categories: International


Global Peace Index 2018: India ranks 136th

India was ranked 136th among 163 countries in Global Peace Index 2018 that was released by Sydney-based think tank Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). In Last year’s index, India was ranked 137th. 2018 GPI was twelfth edition of index since it was launched in 2006. Iceland was ranked most peaceful country in the world Read More…

Month:  Categories: InternationalReports & Indices


Global Gender Gap Index 2017: India ranks 108th

India was ranked low at 108th position out of 144 countries in Global Gender Gap Index 2017 released as part of World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report 2017. India slipped by 21 places compared to 87th rank last year. Global Gender Gap Index The index measures gender gap as progress towards parity between Read More…

Month:  Categories: Reports & Indices


CarbFix Project: World’s first negative emissions carbon-capture plant begins operations in Iceland

The world’s first negative emissions plant under the CarbFix Project to turn atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) into stone has begun operations in Hellisheidi, Iceland. It is intended to lock away carbon dioxide by reacting it with basaltic rocks. Work on the project began in 2007. CarbFix Project In it, the CO2 is captured from ambient Read More…

Month:  Categories: Science & Technology