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Samsung India’s R&D unit tops chart of IT patent applicants

        Samsung R&D Institute India filed the maximum number of patent applications in the IT sector in 2015-16, followed by home-grown TCS and Wipro according to Indian Patent Office survey. 

     In the scientific and research and development organizations category, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has topped the chart.  Indian Patent Office comes under the Commerce and Industry Ministry.


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India ranks 40th in WEF’s global travel & tourism ranking

            India has jumped 12 places to 40th rank globally in travel and tourism competitiveness list by World Economic Forum.India is one of the countries that improved the most as it gained 12 places in Asia, but lagged behind its other Asian peers like Japan and China which were ranked way ahead at 4th and 13th place, respectively. Spain is ranked at the top in the list.

          In the global ranking Spain, France and Germany were ranked at the top three positions, making them the most tourism friendly economies.

           Traditional strong travel and tourism destinations, including Japan (4th), the United Kingdom (5th), the United States (6th), Australia (7th), Italy (8th), Canada (9th) and Switzerland (10th), have also made it to the top 10.While advanced economies still hold the top slots, 12 of the top 15 most improved countries are emerging markets.

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India’s is the world’s 7th largest tourism economy in terms of GDP

             India's travel and tourism sector ranks 7th in the world in terms of its total contribution to the country's GDP, according to a new report of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). According to data, the travel and tourism sector generated Rs 14.1 trillion (USD208.9 billion) in 2016, which is world's 7th largest in terms of absolute size; the sum is equivalent to 9.6% of India's GDP.

The USA topped the list followed by China and Germany at the second and third positions, respectively.


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India ranks 3rd for third year in a row in WADA doping charts

     India has been ranked third for the third year in a row in a doping violation report published by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for 2015 with 117 athletes from the country being punished after testing positive for banned substances.
 
      India followed Russian Federation (176 athletes) and Italy (129 athletes) at the third spot in the doping violation chart released by the WADA.
 

Out of the 115 analytical ADRVs, 78 are committed by male athletes, while 37 are by female.

Among individual sports, weightlifting has taken over athletics as the dirtiest with a whopping 56 Indian lifters (32 male and 24 female) punished for doping.




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India becomes 3rd largest aviation market in domestic traffic

       India has become the third largest aviation market in terms of domestic passenger traffic, beating Japan.

        India's domestic air passenger traffic stood at 100 million in 2016 and was behind only the US (719 million) and China (436 million), Sydney-based aviation think-tankCentre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) said in its latest report.

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