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Fourth round of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) on around 6 lakh households in 2015-16 has revealed that Bihar is India's poorest state, while Delhi is the richest. The survey classifies all households into five wealth quintiles, according to which Bihar has more than half of its households in the bottom quintile, while Delhi has over 60% households in the top quintile.

At the foundation stone-laying ceremony of an international cruise terminal in Mumbai, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari announced that the Mumbai Port Trust will create the "world's largest garden" by reclaiming 350 hectares of land. Works of Rs 2.41 trillion have been initiated in Maharashtra as part of the Sagarmala plan.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has lost his place as the world's fourth-richest person to Zara Founder Amancio Ortega. Zuckerberg's fortune fell by $3.3 billion after he revealed plans to shift users' News Feed towards content from family and friends, instead of content from publishers and businesses. Facebook shares tumbled nearly 4.5%, reducing Zuckerberg's fortune to $74 billion.

Telecom regulator TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) reduced international incoming call termination rate ie., ITC - international termination charge to 30 paise, from 53 paise, to curb the "grey route". The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said the new rule "shall come into force from the 1st February, 2018".

A Saudi Arabia private company opened the first car showroom in Le Mall, Jeddah for women only just five months before a decision allowing females to drive takes effect. In a decree issued in September, King Salman ordered by June an end to the ban on women drivers, a conservative tradition that has limited women’s mobility and been seen by rights activists as an emblem of their suppression.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are set to conduct a breathtaking stunt at Mahendragiri hills in Tamil Nadu. A bungee jump is being planned for Chandrayaan-2 craft as part of soft landing tests using a 100-metre tall crane (as tall as a 10-storeyed building) specially built for the purpose. Chandrayaan-2 is India's second Moon mission.

India has signed an MoU with the United Kingdom to enable the return of illegal Indian migrants within a month of their detection by authorities abroad. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju confirmed that the pact was signed by him and UK Minister of State for Immigration Caroline Nokes in Britain.

Following the success of the world’s largest battery, South Australia is aiming to build the world’s largest thermal solar plant. The project is being developed by US company SolarReserve at a budgeted cost of A$650m (£380m), and construction is set to begin this year. The new development will be located near Port Augusta, the site of the last coal power station in South Australia. The new development marks a big step towards making the southern state 100 per cent renewable by 2030.

India has emerged as a top borrower from the China-sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) with USD 1.5 billion worth of loans last year and USD three billion more in the pipeline. Next to India, Indonesia has emerged as the second largest borrower with about USD 600 million loans. AIIB President:- Jin Liqun

Actress Kajol, an active supporter of eradicating preventable deaths from hygiene-related issues, has become an advocacy ambassador for a Swachh Aadat Swachh Bharat initiative.