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5 Elections to Watch in 2019

5 Elections to Watch in 2019

The year 2019 will see important and consequential elections. Some of those might come as a surprise. Rumours already abound that some parliamentary systems might call snap elections. But many elections are already on the calendar. Here are 5 to watch. 1. Ukrainian Presidential Election (March 31) The two leading contenders are familiar faces: incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and former …

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Rising Fear and Anger across the World

Rising Fear and Anger across the World

A colossal change is awaiting the world, which will cause a series of economic and political crises. However, it is not easy to foresee in which region or country the first indicators of this change will be seen. The US is still, of course, the centerpiece of the world system. But, despite the wealth and extraordinary military power of the …

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Hypersonic Weapons An Explainer

Hypersonic Weapons

Hypersonic weapons are those that can travel at Mach 5 or higher, which is at least five times faster than the speed of sound, or around one mile (1.6km) per second. For reference, commercial airliners fly subsonically, just below Mach 1 whereas modern fighter jets can travel supersonically at Mach 2 or Mach 3. A traditional jet engine could operate …

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Quotable Quotes For Competitive Exams

Quotable Quotes For Competitive Exams

Education 1. “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela 2. “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” — Benjamin Franklin 3. “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” — Margaret Mead 4. “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learnt in school.” …

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GLOBAL PROSPECTS AND POLICIES

GLOBAL PROSPECTS AND POLICIES

Global growth for 2018–19 is projected to remain steady at its 2017 level, but its pace is less vigorous than projected in April and it has become less balanced. Downside risks to global growth have risen in the past six months and the potential for upside surprises has receded. Global growth is projected at 3.7 percent for 2018–19 – 0.2 …

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Why World Economy is so Fragile?

World Economy

According to Goldman Sachs, the momentum of global economic growth slowed markedly in 2018. The most globally significant slowdown has been in the Chinese economy – the main engine of global growth since the financial crisis of 2007-08. But, Germany and Japan also recorded economic contractions in the third quarter of last year, i.e. 2018. Stock markets have also been …

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China’s Mission to the “Dark Side” of the Moon

China's Mission to the “Dark Side” of the Moon

On January 03, China successfully landed a robotic spacecraft – Chang’e-4 – on the far side of the Moon, the first ever such attempt and landing. Named after the mythical moon goddess Chang’e, the Chang’e-4 mission will test plant growth and listen for radio emissions normally blocked by Earth’s atmosphere. Chang’e-4 landed in a vast impact region measuring some 2,500km …

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SAUDI ARABIA’S VISION 2030

SAUDI ARABIA'S VISION 2030

Vision 2030 is the latest and most ambitious iteration of Saudi Arabia’s policy for economic diversification, intended to adapt one of the world’s most oil-dependent economies for a transition to a post-oil future. Despite never explicitly mentioning politics, it has profoundly political implications. If it were to be actually implemented, Vision 2030 would seem to dismantle the political economy model …

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What is in Paris Agreement Rulebook forged at Katowice?

What is in Paris Agreement Rulebook forged at Katowice?

On December 15, international climate change negotiators reached an agreement, the “Paris Rulebook” at COP24 Katowice, in Poland. The text charts a path forward for countries to set tougher targets for cutting greenhouse gases under the Paris climate agreement, as well as stronger transparency rules for countries in disclosing their emissions. Delegates believe the new rules will ensure that countries …

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