The Commonwealth - Fast Facts

The Commonwealth is made up of 53 independent countries that work together to pursue common goals which promote development, democracy, and peace. Our combined population of 2.4 billion is almost a third of the global population.
 
  • Trade between Commonwealth countries is projected to surpass $1 trillion by 2020.
  • Half of the top 20 global emerging cities are in the Commonwealth.
  • Seven of the top 10 countries in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which measures rule of law, human rights, participation, human development and sustainable economic opportunity, are Commonwealth members.
  • Seven of the top 10 countries for gender equality in Sub-Saharan Africa are Commonwealth countries, according to World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2015.
  • Five of the best performing 15 countries in the Youth Development Index are Commonwealth members.
  • Since 1991, 12 Commonwealth member countries have moved to multi-party democracy from military or one-party rule.
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COMMONWEALTH - Insights, Inspiration, & Innovation

February 26, 2019

"@FeedingIndia has served more than 13 million meals since it began in 2014."

An amazing stat from an amazing project. 

Founded by Ankit Kawatra, his unequivocal vision is to end hunger in his lifetime. #TeamQCT #SocEnt #SaturdayInspiration

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January 19, 2019

With global smart phone sales flattening, Apple has looked to India for new growth, with little success so far.

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January 12, 2018

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), Jan 11 (IANS) India began countdown early Thursday for launching 31 satellites in a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from its spaceport here, said the space agency.
"The 28-hour countdown began at 5.29 a.m. in the mission control here...

December 27, 2017

President Ram Nath Kovind will on Wednesday inaugurate the Andhra Pradesh Fibre Grid project, aimed at providing high-speed internet service to every household in the state at a nominal rate, an official said on Tuesday.

The project also aims to ensure every household i...

December 15, 2017

The Supreme Court will pronounce on Friday its order on several petitions seeking an interim stay on government directives making Aadhaar mandatory for various schemes and services.

A five-judge bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra concluded the hearing on Thursday du...

October 4, 2017

Butler, a stubby, orange robot, crawls along the aisles to fetch everything from smartphones to shampoos from warehouse shelves. It takes an hour to do what an average worker does in five. Its cousin Sorter, a smart conveyor belt, arranges parcels by weight, size and d...

September 19, 2017

India is poised to emerge as an economic superpower, driven in part by its young population, while China and the Asian Tigers age rapidly, according to Deloitte LLP.

The number of people aged 65 and over in Asia will climb from 365 million today to more than half a...

September 4, 2017

Nirmala Sitharaman, who just took oath as the new Cabinet member, has been given the Defence Ministry portfolio, according to a report of Times Now. Incidentally, she has become the first dedicated woman defence minister of India and only the second woman to hold the c...

July 29, 2017

Not inclined to pursue his studies beyond high school, 17-year old Abdul Alim dropped out of school in 2013. Unable to find a job in his hometown in northeast India, Alim moved to Chennai in the south with nothing more than Rs200 in his pockets. He spent months job-hun...

July 17, 2017

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s brand of Hindu nationalism will likely be bolstered Monday when the country holds an election to decide its next president.

The position will be voted on by an electoral college comprising members of both Houses of Parliament and st...

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