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India has consistently been climbing up its Global Innovation Index (GII) rankings since 2015, but the country still has to improve on many indicators to catch up with China and others in the list of 126 nations.

High rates of overweight and obesity in Asia and the Pacific seriously threaten people’s health and undermine the region’s prosperity warns this new book published by the Asian Development Bank. According to this book, obesity causes 12% of total health care expenditures or 0.78% of gross domestic product in the region.

This study examines the importance of enhancing the cross-border transmission interconnections and regional electricity trade to promote hydropower in the South Asia region and quantifies the potential of hydropower development and trade under alternative scenarios.

This book develops a holistic appraisal methodology to ensure that economic benefits of investments in transport corridors are amplified and more widely spread, and possible negative impacts such as congestion, environmental degradation, and other unintended consequences are minimized.

The 2018 SDG Index and Dashboards report presents a revised and updated assessment of countries’ distance to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It includes detailed SDG Dashboards to help identify implementation priorities for the SDGs.

UN-Habitat and partners have published a new report called the SDG 11 synthesis report outlining the international community’s progress towards the so called ‘urban goal’ and the challenges faced.

Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Union of India Vs Mool Chand Khairati Ram Trust dated 09/07/2018 regarding free treatment to the weaker sections of the society in hospitals. The issue revolves around the Order passed by the Land & Development Officer dated 2.2.2012  wherein it was stated that the Government of India had taken a policy decision that all the hospitals which have been provided land by L&DO have to strictly follow the policy of providing free treatment as provided in it.  

Global fish production will continue to expand over the next decade even though the amount of fish being captured in the wild has levelled off and aquaculture's previously explosive growth is now slowing, says a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

High cost of medicines and treatment cited as a reason

An estimated 32 million women and girls of reproductive age living in emergency situations, all of whom require sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services. This systematic review assessed the effect of SRH interventions, including the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) on a range of health outcomes from the onset of emergencies.

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