Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, a think tank that is famous for bringing out world rankings of institutions, reported that Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, has topped the first-ever standalone ranking of Indian higher education institutions.
The top 8 Indian institutions in QS rankings are:
1. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
2. Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
3. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
4. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
5. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
6. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
7. University of Hyderabad
8. University of Delhi
The Centre is trying to facilitate more foreign faculty and foreign students’ intake in Indian institutions in order to improve global rankings of Indian institutions.
The World Bank released the Human Capital Index (HCI) as part of the World Development Report 2019. The theme of the World Development Report (WDR) this year is “The Changing Nature of Work”. As part of this report, the World Bank has launched a Human Capital Project (HCP). The HCI has been constructed for 157 countries. The HCI for India has been estimated at 0.44. The Index was released at the World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia.
Singapore ranked first for its universal health care system, education exams results and life expectancy figures. It is followed by South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Finland. India was ranked at the 115th position.
Oxfam International’s report, the UK-based charity, released Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) Index. In the Index, India ranked 147th among 157 countries and was labelled as “a very worrying situation” with respect to the rising inequality in the country.
Out of 157 countries measured, Denmark topped first based on its high and progressive taxation, high social spending and good protection of workers. The top 10 countries are listed below:
U.S. President Donald Trump ranked number 259 on the list released by Forbes’s wealthiest 400 billionaires. In 2017, he ranked number 248. Mr.Trump’s net worth has flatlined at $3.1 billion. In 2015, Forbes valued his net worth at $4.5 billion.
Forbes attributes his declining wealth to deeper reporting about his assets, the decline in brick-and-mortar retail, the slowdown in real estate, particularly in the luxury sector, and how being President affects the brand.
As per the 2018 report on Economic Freedom in the World, released by the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) in conjunction with Canada’s Fraser Institute, India stands at 96th rank out of 162 countries in economic freedom. Last year, India’s rank was 98.
Hong Kong and Singapore again topped the index ranking first and second respectively.
The other countries in the top 10 were: New Zealand, Switzerland, Ireland, the US, Georgia, Mauritius, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada (tied for 10th) respectively.
Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore has been named the top Indian institute for the fifth straight year in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and was placed in the 251-300 bracket.
IIT Indore (351-400) was placed second, ahead of IIT Bombay and IIT Roorkee.
Globally, Oxford University continues to hold the first place, followed by Cambridge, Stanford, and MIT.
Badminton player and Olympian PV Sindhu is the only sportsperson featuring in the Forbes India's maiden 'tycoons of tomorrow' list of 22 young achievers in the fields of business, acting and sports.
Other prominent names in the list are
♦ Karan Adani, chief executive of Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone;
♦ Anant Goenka, group executive director of Indian Express;
♦ Ashni Biyani, managing director of Future Consumer;
♦ Birla scion Ananya Birla, founder of Svatantra Microfinance, co-founder, CuroCarte and co-founder of Mpower;
♦ Radha Kapoor Khanna, the daughter of Yes Bank CEO Rana Kapoor;
♦ Ritesh Agarwal of Oyo Rooms.
Mukesh Ambani, chairman of India’s second most valued firm Reliance Industries, has topped the “Barclays Hurun India Rich List 2018”. His total net worths Rs.3,90,500 crore. This is his seventh consecutive year in holding that position.
Every year Barclays Hurun India Rich List 2018 lists out a compilation of the richest individuals who have a net worth of Rs.1,000 crore or more in India. The compilation featured 831 Indians. Last year it has 617 members.
The report also highlights the most successful business families in India. The top position in this list is dominated by the Ambani family with a combined wealth of Rs.3,90,500 crore, while the next four positions are held by the Godrej family with a wealth of Rs.2,23,000, the Hinduja family with Rs.1,59,000 crore, the Mistry family with Rs.1,38,800 crore, and the Shanghvi family with Rs.92,400 crore, respectively.
India climbed one spot to 130 among 189 countries in the latest Human Development Index (HDI) released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
India's HDI value for 2017 moved to 0.640, up from 0.624 in 2016.
HDI measures the progress in key dimensions of human development such as education, health and living standards.
The top five countries in the global HDI ranking were:-
♦ Norway (0.953),
♦ Switzerland (0.944),
♦ Australia (0.939),
♦ Ireland (0.938) and
♦ Germany (0.936).
Kolkata has topped OpenSignal's list of 4G availability with over 90.7% coverage, across all of India's 22 telecom circles for the May-July period this year.
It is followed by Punjab (89.8%), Bihar (89.2%), Madhya Pradesh (89.1%) and Odisha (89%).
The Jammu and Kashmir circle comes at the last spot with 80.23 percent 4G availability.
Nuclear Security Index (NSI) published a report on theft rankings of ‘weapon-usable’ nuclear materials, in which India holds a score of 46 out of 100. It is followed by Pakistan on the 20th position with 44 points.
Australia and Switzerland are on the first position with a score of 94 each, followed by Canada with 89, Germany and Japan with 88 out of a total of 100.
The report noted that except in North Korea, all the other countries had shown improvement in minimizing and eliminating the world’s deadliest materials.
India Captain Virat Kohli, who had become the top-ranked Test batsman for the first time on August 5, reclaimed the spot after scoring 200 runs in the third (Trent Bridge) Test against England.
Kohli also reached a personal best of 937 rating points, which is the 11th best ever in terms of rating points.
Cheteshwar Pujara remains the second highest ranked India batsman in the list, in sixth position.
MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 23 August, following the Trent Bridge Test):
According to Forbes magazine, Akshay Kumar has emerged as the seventh highest-paid actor in the world by earning USD 40.5 million in 2018.
Salman Khan ranked ninth place with USD 38.5 million.
Hollywood star George Clooney tops the list of 'World's Highest-Paid Actors 2018' with $239 Million.
Forbes list of the World's best-paid male actors 2018:
George Clooney - $239m;
Dwayne Johnson - $119m;
Robert Downey Jr - $79m;
Chris Hemsworth - $64.5m;
Jackie Chan -$45.5m;
Will Smith - $42m;
Akshay Kumar -$40.5m;
Adam Sandler - $39.5m;
Chris Evans - $34m;
Salman Khan - $33.5m.
As per the RoutesOnline company report, Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), Bengaluru is next to Tokyo's Haneda Airport which is the world's fastest growing airport, in terms of actual growth in number of passengers.
KIA opened in May 2008 was initially named Bangalore International Airport.
The Government of India has granted Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) to operate KIA airport for 30 years.
Mukesh Ambani-led telecom company Reliance Jio secured the top spot in Fortune's global 'Change the World' list released on August 20.
American pharma company Merck ranked second while Bank of America ranked third on the list.
Chinese group Alibaba is ranked 5th on the list.
With earnings of $8.5 million (nearly ₹60 crore), Rio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu is the only Indian to feature in Forbes' list of top 10 highest-paid female athletes of 2018.
Placed seventh, Sindhu is the only badminton player in the list, which features eight tennis players and one race car driver- Danica Patrick.
Twenty-three-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams tops the list, with $18.1-million total earnings.
Smitha V. Crishna, a third-generation heir of the Godrej family, ranks first in the Kotak Wealth Hurun-Leading Wealthy Women 2018 list with an estimated wealth of ₹ 37,570 crore.
Roshni Nadar, CEO and executive director at HCL, ranks second in the list with an estimated wealth of ₹30,200 crore.
Indu Jain, the chairperson of the Times Group, ranks third in the list with an estimated wealth of ₹26,240 crore.
Of total 111 cities ranked under the 'Ease of Living Index 2018' which was released by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Pune has been ranked first while Navi Mumbai has surfaced as the second preferred spot in terms of 'liveability'.
Top 10 cities in 'Ease of Living Index' 2018 list are:
♦ 1- Pune;
♦ 2- Navi Mumbai;
♦ 3- Greater Mumbai;
♦ 4- Tirupati;
♦ 5- Chandigarh;
♦ 6- Thane;
♦ 7- Raipur;
♦ 8- Indore;
♦ 9- Vijaywada;
♦ 10- Bhopal.
According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranking, India has been placed 177th rank out of 180 countries on the Environmental Performance Index 2018. The Union Environment Ministry has rejected the score by considering it as arbitrary and unscientific. India slipped 36 points from 141 in the 2016 report, prepared by Yale and Columbia Universities along with the WEF.
WEF said that India’s remark was linked to the poor performance in the environmental health policy and deaths due to air pollution categories. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change said that the reason for India’s decline is because of the change in parameters between two editions of the report.
Seven Indian companies feature in the US magazine Fortune 500 list of the world's largest firms, with state-run Indian Oil Corp (IOC) remaining the top-ranked Indian company and 137th position in World Level in the 2018 rankings.
American retail giant Walmart tops the latest Fortune listing.
Reliance Industries Ltd was the most profitable Indian firm on the list. On the globally most profitable list, it secured the 99th position. This list was topped by Apple.
Other Indian companies feature in the Fortune 500 list are:
1) Reliance Industries Ltd - 148th rank;
2) Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) - 197th rank;
3) State Bank of India (SBI) - 216th rank;
4) Tata Motors - 232nd rank;
5) Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) - 314th position;
6) Rajesh Exports - 405th rank.
Other Indians in the Variety magazine's list of 500 most influential business leaders shaping the global $ 2 trillion entertainment industry, include writer-director Karan Johar, Star India CEO Uday Shankar, Essel Group Chairman Subhash Chandra, Aditya Chopra of Yash Raj Films, Balaji Telefilms' Ekta Kapoor, Zee Entertainment CEO Punit Goenka and Siddharth Kapur of The Film and Television Producers Guild of India Ltd.
Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Robert Iger tops the list.
World's richest person Jeff Bezos and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg also featured on the list.
For those coming to Australia on the skilled visa, India with 2,34,395 individuals (19 per cent) bagged the top rank, followed by England and China at 160,558 (13 per cent) and 146,842 (12 per cent) people, respectively.
According to a data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 1,54,012 Indians have acquired Australian citizenship.
Under the family visa programme, China with 95,532 immigrants (14 per cent) ranked first, followed by UK at 60,108 (8.8 per cent) and India at 56,406 (8.3 per cent).
The heritage city of Udaipur has been ranked third among a list of 15 best cities in the world by Travel + Leisure. The first two cities on the list are San Miguel de Allende and Oaxaca, both in Mexico.
Rajasthan's Udaipur city is also known as "City of Lakes" and the "Venice of the East".
American Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has been named the world's highest paid celebrity by Forbes with earnings of $285 million in the last 12 months.
Actor George Clooney take the No. 2 spot with the highest annual pay of his career.
Reality star Kylie Jenner, 20, came in third on the annual Forbes Celebrity 100 list.
Lionel Messi (ranked 8th with $111 million) and Cristiano Ronaldo (ranked 10th with $108 million) were the only other athletes in the top 10.
Diane Hendricks, cofounder and chairman of ABC Supply, reclaims the top position on Forbes 2018 list of America's most successful women entrepreneurs, with a net worth of $4.9 billion.
♦ 20-yr-old Kylie Jenner youngest among US richest self-made women, with a net worth of $900 million.
♦ Two Indian-origin women featured on this list are Computer networking company Arista Networks CEO, Jayshree Ullal (ranked 18th with a fortune of $1.3 billion) and IT consulting firm Syntel Co-Founder Neerja Sethi (ranked 21st with $1-billion).
♦ The 60 women on the list have a record combined fortune of $71 billion.
This year, India ranked as the 57th most innovative nation in the world, and has improved its ranking from 60th position last year.
Since 2011, Switzerland has been ranked at the top every year.
Top 10 Countries in Global Innovation Index 2018 are:
2. The Netherlands,
4. The United Kingdom,
6. United States of America,
The Western Ghats, one of India’s Hottest Biodiversity Hotspots and UNESCO World Heritage site, has been marked fourth in the Lonely Planet’s top five ‘2018 Best in Asia’ list.
Older than the Himalayas and well known for its rich and unique flora and fauna, the Western Ghats supports the life of 7,402 species of flowering plants, 1814 species of non-flowering plants, 139 mammal species, 508 bird species, 179 amphibian species, 6000 insects species and 290 freshwater fish species.
One of the flowering plant species, Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana) which blooms once every 12 years and has started to bloom in the famed hill station of Munnar, has been mentioned in the report.
There are four lenders from India that now rank among the world's 500 most valuable companies. HDFC Bank is followed by its housing finance cousin Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Kotak Mahindra Bank and State Bank of India.
♦ There are now 11 Indian companies among the world's 500 biggest firms in terms of market cap. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) tops the chart with a market cap of $103 billion, followed by Reliance Industries.
♦ HDFC Bank has gone past Russia's Sberbank to become the most valuable bank in the emerging market outside China. HDFC Bank’s current market capitalisation is $78.4 billion against Sberbank's $74.4 billion.
♦ Industrial & Commercial Bank of China topping the list with a market cap of $273.4 billion, followed by China Construction Bank ($225.1 billion).
India has emerged as one of the top 10 countries to have registered maximum improvement in transparency in real estate over last two years, showed JLL’s Global Real Estate Transparency Index (GRETI) 2018.
According to the survey, UK is at the top position followed by Australia and the US. France, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Germany, Ireland and Sweden are in top 10 in the list of 100 countries.
Venezuela is the least transparent market with 100th rank.
According to Mercer's 24th annual Cost of Living Survey, Mumbai is India’s most expensive city, followed by New Delhi and Chennai.
Kolkata and Bengaluru are the least expensive Indian cities ranked.
Mercer’s survey reveals that Hong Kong took the top spot as the world’s most expensive city for expatriates.
Tokyo and Zurich are in second and third positions, respectively, with Singapore in fourth.
According to research firm SmallBusinessPrices.co.uk, Bengaluru has claimed the second spot in the list of best locations for launching tech startups.
The first place was secured by Boulder city in the US while the third best location was Johannesburg in South Africa.
The research measured the average internet speed, the average business valuation, and cost of living, among other metrics.
According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation survey on women's issues, India is the world's most dangerous country for women due to the high risk of sexual violence and being forced into slave labour.
The list of the 10 countries ranked as the most dangerous for women by the survey, conducted between March 26 and May 4:-
5. Saudi Arabia
7. Democratic Republic of Congo
10. United States
According to the Knight Frank Wealth Report 2018, Mumbai ranks 16th among the top 20 costliest cities in the world.
Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru feature among the top 100 cities in the list.
According to a study titled "Manufacturing Excellence and Emergence in India: The state level analysis" which was conducted by ASSOCHAM's Economic Research Bureau, Karnataka stands at top among the Indian states in terms of manufacturing excellence.
Kerala ranks second.
2018 World University Rankings which was published by the Times Higher Education (THE) are:
1. University of Oxford
2. University of Cambridge
3. Caltech, Stanford University.
IISc, Bangalore has been named the top university in India. The other top Indian Universities are: