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Transparency International – a German based NGO has released its 2019 edition of “Global Corruption Perception Index”

In brief

  • India’s ranking in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI-2019) has slipped from 78 to 80 compared to the year 2018.
  • First launched in 1995 by the Transparency International, the Index has been widely credited with putting the issue of corruption on the international policy agenda.

Transparency International:

  • Transparency International, an international non-governmental organization which is based in Berlin, Germany was founded in 1993.
  • It is a non-profit purpose is to take action to combat corruption and prevent criminal activities arising from Corruption.
  • Other report published by Transparency International is Global Corruption Barometer.

‘Rising CO2 Levels May Double Floods, Storms’

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The report “Impacts of Carbon Dioxide Emissions on Global Intense Hydro-meteorological Disasters” has established a link between climate change and the rising incidence of hydro-meteorological events, specifically floods and storms across the world.

In brief

  • The report has collected climate data from 155 countries over 46 years (1970 to 2016).
  • The analysis is based on econometric modelling which involves accounting for a country’s vulnerability to hazards, its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), population density and changes in mean rainfall.
  • Hydrometeorological disasters include floods, droughts, hurricanes, tornadoes, landslides, etc.
  • Extreme disaster is termed as one that causes 100 or more fatalities and/or affects 1,000 or more people).
  • The risk of extreme floods or storms could double every 13 years at the rate carbon-dioxide concentrations are building up in the atmosphere.

Nepal Invites Modi, Imran For Sagarmatha Dialogue

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Nepal has invited the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan along with several other heads of govt and heads of state for the Sagarmatha Sambaad.

In brief

  • SagarmathaSambad is an initiative of the Government of Nepal to host a permanent biennial global dialogue starting from 2020.
    • It is expected to be the biggest diplomatic initiative in Nepal’s recent history.
    • It was established in 2019 and is headquartered in Kathmandu (Nepal).
    • The Sambad (dialogue) is named after the world’s tallest mountain Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) which is also a symbol of friendship and is meant to promote the notions of the common good and collective well-being of humanity.
    • It is a multi-stakeholder dialogue forum committed to deliberate on the most prominent issues of global, regional and national significance.
    • The first edition of SagarmathaSambad will be held in Kathmandu from 2 to 4 April 2020 featuring the theme ‘Climate Change, Mountains and the Future of Humanity’


Myanmar must take steps to protect its minority Rohingya population, the top UN court unanimously ruled