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  • Mapping the Social Progress Index of Each Country

    Mapping the Social Progress Index of Each Country

      The Social Progress Index, which is published by Washington-based non-profit organization Social Progress Imperative, measures the ability of the countries to provide the social and environmental needs of their people. The well-being of the people is measured through social and environmental outcomes. The performance of the nations is judged through the areas of basic
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  • What are the State and Local Sales Tax Rates in Each US State?

    What are the State and Local Sales Tax Rates in Each US State?

      In the United States, a sales tax is a tax that is levied on the sale or lease of goods and services. Sales tax is levied in almost all of the states of the country, barring a few. However, the tax rates are not uniform. Every state has its own sales tax rates, which
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  • Global Competitiveness Index: Switzerland Bags the Top Rank for the Eighth Year in a Row

    Global Competitiveness Index: Switzerland Bags the Top Rank for the Eighth Year in a Row

      The Global Competitiveness Index assesses the ability of the nations that are mentioned in the list to provide high levels of prosperity to their citizens. The index, which has been released as a part of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report for 2016-17, lists 138 countries on the basis of their competitiveness.
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  • Modern Slavery: A Scourge of the World

    Modern Slavery: A Scourge of the World

      Slavery was one of the most abhorrent and disgusting man-made tragedy. It not only wrecked the lives of the people who had the misfortune to fall in its trap, but also that of the affected person’s family members. Slavery was once widely practiced; however, in the modern age all of the recognized countries have
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  • Unemployment Plagues Women Around The World

    Unemployment Plagues Women Around The World

      In 2014, 6.4 percent of females across the world were unemployed. This figure was down from the 6.7 percent that was reported in 1991. This percentage indicates the female labor force that is without work, but is available for employment. According to the World Bank data, in 2014, the percentage of the unemployed female labor
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  • Females Around the World Face Hurdles to Economic Empowerment

    Females Around the World Face Hurdles to Economic Empowerment

      Governments around the world are working towards empowering women to participate fully in all spheres of life. Positive steps have been taken in this regard by reserving seats in the parliament as well as providing them better educational and health facilities; but, is it enough? In promoting women’s empowerment it is critical that their
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  • Despite Progress, Many Powerful Nations Lag Far Behind in Women Leadership

    Despite Progress, Many Powerful Nations Lag Far Behind in Women Leadership

    Women representation in parliaments, government and in the private sector has been steadily increasing over the years. According to a World Bank data, in the year 2016, the proportion of seats being held by women in national parliaments at the world level stood at 23 percent. This is a major step forward as compared to
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