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The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has released the 2019 Index of Cancer Preparedness (ICP) in which India's overall rank is 19th out of 28 countries, with a score of 64.9.
Index of Cancer Preparedness (ICP) 2019:
Australia tops the ICP, followed by the Netherlands and Germany.
Saudi Arabia, Romania, and Egypt are at the bottom in Index.
The ICP explores the issue of cancer preparedness through three broad domains:
policy and planning;
health systems and governance.
India and ICP:
India ranks 17th in cancer policy and planning, but it has a relatively high score of 80.8.
India ranked first for research and third for tobacco control in ICP.
In its delivery of cancer care, India ranks 20th with a score of 61.3.
With a score of 40.3, India’s healthcare system ranks 25th in the index, above only Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Egypt.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally and is estimated to account for 9.6 million death in 2018.
World Cancer Day is observed on 4th February every year.
Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU):
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), created in 1946, is the research and analysis division of The Economist Group and the world leader in global business intelligence.
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
19 April 2019
Norway is ranked first in the World Press Freedom Index 2019 for the third year running while Finland (up two places) has taken second place from the Netherlands (down one at 4th).
India dropped two places to be ranked 140th out of 180 countries in the global press freedom index analysis.
Violence against journalists – including police violence, attacks by Maoist fighters and reprisals by criminal groups or corrupt politicians – is one of the most striking characteristics of the current state of press freedom in India.
At least six Indian journalists were killed in connection with their work in 2018.
Turkmenistan (down two at 180th) is now last in the World Press Freedom Index 2019.
The index is released by Reporters Without Borders.
Top 5 countries in World Press Freedom Index 2019
Bottom 5 countries in World Press Freedom Index 2019
About Reporters Without Borders:
Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), or Reporters Without Borders (RWB), is a Paris-based non-profit organisation that works to document and combat attacks on journalists around the world.
Headquarter – Paris, France
Director General – Christophe Deloire
19 April 2019
Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and two Indian women lawyers Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju -- who fought the legal battle for LGBTQ rights and were instrumental in the overturning of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code -- are among the 100 named in TIME magazine's list of most influential people for the year 2019.
The list names the world's most influential people of the year in five categories – pioneers, leaders, artists, titans and icons.
The list also includes Indian-American comedian and TV host Hasan Minhaj, US President Donald Trump, Pope Francis, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, iconic golfer Tiger Woods and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Indians in TIME’s 100 most influential list
Top 10 most influential People in different categories
About TIME magazine:
It is American weekly news magazine.
Founded in 1923
An Asian edition is based in Hong Kong
Person of the Year,
TIME 100 - annual list of the 100 most influential people of the year
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12 April 2019
According to United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFP) State of World Population 2019 report, India’s population grew at an average annual rate of 1.2% between 2010 and 2019 to 1.36 billion, more than double the annual growth rate of China.
India’s population in 2019 stood at 1.36 billion, growing from 942.2 million in 1994 and 541.5 million in 1969.
China’s population grew at an average annual rate of 0.5% between 2010 and 2019.
In comparison, China’s population stood at 1.42 billion in 2019, growing from 1.23 billion in 1994 and 803.6 million in 1969.
In India, total fertility rate per woman was 5.6 in 1969, dropping to 2.3 in 2019.
India also recorded an improvement in life expectancy at birth. The life expectancy at birth in 1969 was 47 years and in 2019, it is 69 years.
India’s population composition in 2019:
♦ 27% of the India’s population was in the age bracket of 0-14 years and 10-24 years each.
♦ 67% of the country’s population was in the 15-64 age bracket.
♦ 6% of the country’s population was of the age 65 and above.
About United Nations Population Fund:
♦ It is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.
♦ Headquarters: New York,United States
♦ Head: Natalia Kanem
♦ Founded: 1969
♦ Parent organization: United Nations
10 April 2019
IIT Madras has been ranked as the 'Best Educational Institution' in the country in the latest edition of National Institutional Rankings Framework (NIRF) 2019.
The rankings was released by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.
IIT Madras also emerged as the 'Top innovative Institution' in the country in the maiden edition of the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA), launched by the Innovation Cell of MHRD in 2018, bagging the Rank number 1 in Government Institutions category.
The rankings were announced by the President Ramnath Kovind.
NIRF Rankings 2019:
♦ Top Engineering Institution in India 2019: Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
♦ Top University in India 2019: Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
♦ Top College of India 2019: Miranda House, Delhi
♦ Top Architecture Institute in India: Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
♦ Top Law Institute in India: National Law School of India University, Bengaluru
♦ Vellore Institute of Technology, Tamil Nadu, topped the Private or Self-financed Institutions category.
The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) was approved by the MHRD and launched by the Minister of Human Resource Development on September 29, 2015.
This framework outlines a methodology to rank institutions across the country.
The NIRF rankings was released for a total of 9 categories - Overall, Universities, Engineering, Colleges, Management, Pharmacy, Medical, Architecture, and Law.
5 April 2019
According to a new joint UN and European Union (EU) report, More than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced acute hunger last year, with conflict, climate-related disasters and economic turbulence mainly driving the food insecurity crisis.
‘Global Report on Food Crises 2019’ prepared by 15 leading global and regional organizations was led by UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
It was released by Food Security Information Network (FSIN).
According to the report, nearly two-thirds of those facing acute hunger come from just eight countries: Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
♦ FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization
♦ It is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
♦ Headquarters: Rome, Italy
♦ Founded: 16 October 1945
♦ Goal of FAO: To achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.
29 March 2019
According to the Skytrax World Airport Awards, Singapore's Changi Airport has been crowned the world's best aviation hub for the seventh time in a row, while New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport featured at number 59.
Singapore Changi Airport is known for its rooftop swimming pool, two 24-hour movie theaters and shopping spots.
At number two on the list is Tokyo International Airport (Haneda), up one place from 2018. This hub also won World's Best Domestic Airport and World's Cleanest Airport.
Incheon International Airport secured 3rd position in the list.
The other Indian aiports in the list were Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport at 64, the Rajiv Gandhi Hyderabad International Airport at 66, and Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport at 69.
28 March 2019
According to the Multi-dimensional Poverty Index 2018 report, the four poorest states namely Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh were still home to 196 million MPI poor people, which was over half of all the MPI poor people in India.
The Multi-dimensional Poverty Index 2018 report prepared by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative makes the following observations about India: India has reduced its poverty rate drastically from 55% to 28% in 10 years, with 271 million people moving out of poverty between 2005-06 and 2015-16.
Jharkhand had shown the greatest improvement, followed by Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, and Nagaland. Kerala, one of the least poor regions in 2006, reduced its MPI by around 92%.
26 March 2019
India has moved up two places to rank 76th on a global energy transition index, compiled by Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF).
This annual list has ranked 115 economies on how well they are able to balance energy security and access with environmental sustainability and affordability.
Sweden remains on the top and is followed by Switzerland and Norway in the top three.
India is amongst the countries with high pollution levels and has a relatively high CO2 intensity in its energy system.
Within Asia, Malaysia is ranked highest at 31st.
26 March 2019
According to the preliminary world airport traffic rankings for 2018 released by the Airports Council International (ACI), Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has now become the world's 12th busiest airport, moving up four places from the 16th spot in 2017.
It over took mega-hubs like Frankfurt, Dallas Forth Worth, Guangzhou and Istanbul Ataturk airports.
India became the world's third-largest aviation market in terms of passenger throughput, behind the US and China, in 2018.
The ACI-- Founded in 1991-- is the trade association of the world's airports, currently serving 641 members operating from 1,953 airports across 176 countries.
26 March 2019
Leading London-based NRI industrial tycoons, the Hinduja family has topped the Asian Rich List 2019 for the sixth successive year with £25.2 billion (over ₹2.3 lakh crore) wealth.
Steel magnates Lakshmi Mittal and his son Aditya Mittal were ranked second with £11.2 billion (over ₹1 lakh crore) wealth.
Petrochemicals billionaire SP Lohia was ranked third with £5.8 billion (over ₹53,000 crore) wealth.
25 March 2019
The “100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy” list is comprised of seven Indian names who took important measures to combat climate change. The list is prepared by Apolitical, a peer to peer learning platform for governments. The list has been topped by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Congresswoman, US Congress).
7 names from India:
♦ Piyush Goyal- Minister of Railways and Coal
♦ Dr.Harsh Vardhan- Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
♦ Mukta Tilak- Mayor of Pune
♦ Jyoti Kirit Parikh- Executive director of Integrated Research and Action for Development
♦ Sunita Narain- Director of the Centre for Science and the Environment
♦ Vandana Shiva- Founder of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy
♦ Upendra Tripathy- Director general of the International Solar Alliance
21 March 2019
Finland has been ranked as the happiest country in the world 2019 for the second year in succession. The report was released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations on March 20.
India secured 140th place, seven spots down from last year, on UN World Happiness Report- 2019. Indians are not as happy in 2019 as they were in 2018 and the country figures at 140th place, seven spots down from last year, on UN World Happiness Report- 2019.
The UN’s seventh annual World Happiness Report, which ranks the world’s 156 countries on “how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be”, also noted that there has been an increase in negative emotions, including worry, sadness, and anger.
Pakistan is ranked 67th, Bangladesh 125th and China is placed at 93rd position, according to the report. People in war-torn South Sudan are the most unhappy, ranked 156th, with their lives.
19 March 2019
According to the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, Asia's Lion City - Singapore has been joined by Paris and Hong Kong in a tie at the top of the table.
Switzerland's Zurich and Geneva and Japan's Osaka are also among top five most expensive cities.
According to the report, India's Bengaluru, Chennai and New Delhi are among the ten cheapest locations surveyed.
EIU’s 2019 Worldwide Cost of Living Survey compares the prices of more than 400 items across 160 products and services. These include food, drink, clothing, household supplies and personal care items, as well as private schools, domestic help and recreational costs.
19 March 2019
The chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Mukesh Ambani tops with a net worth of around $50 billion.
Ambani bought the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Mumbai Indians for over $100 million through RIL's 100 percent subsidiary IndiaWin Sports. The team had won the IPL crown in 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Former Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer who own the Los Angeles Clippers team placed at the second spot in the list. He purchased the basketball team for about $2 billion after he retired from Microsoft.
Red Bull energy drink company founder Dietrich Mateschitz followed at number three spot. He owns Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda, Formula One team Red Bull Racing and MLS club New York Red Bulls.
18 March 2019
Andhra Pradesh IT minister Nara Lokesh, BJP MP Poonam Mahajan and Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain are among the Indians featuring in the list of Young Global Leaders, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Telangana government's Chief Innovation Officer Phanindra Sama, SaveLife Foundation's Piyush Tewari and Kaleidofin's co-Founder Sucharita Mukherjee are also in the list.
The list has 127 of the world's "most promising social activists, business leaders, public servants, artists and technologists under the age of 40".
18 March 2019
Indian scientists have developed a common framework for the assessment of climate change vulnerability in all the states in the Himalayan region.
The assessment shows that the vulnerability index is the highest for Assam (0.72) and Mizoram (0.71).
Sikkim is the least vulnerable state with the index being 0.42.
Assam is highly vulnerable to climate change because of factors like low per capita income, deforestation, large number of marginal farmers, least area under irrigation, lack of alternative sources of income and high rates of poverty.
16 March 2019
This year’s ESPN World Fame 100 list, an annual list of the most famous athletes on the planet, placed the Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo at the top spot, followed by former Basketball player Lebron James and FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, stands on the seventh position and is the only Indian athlete in the top 10 club, whereas Dhoni is placed on the 13th position.
There were only three women in the list- Serena Williams (17), Maria Sharapova (37) and Sania Mirza (93); making Sania Mirza the only Indian woman athlete to feature in the list.
15 March 2019
The Austrian capital Vienna has topped Mercer's index of most liveable cities for the 10th year in a row.
Zurich in Switzerland, is placed second in the index, while Auckland, Munich and Vancouver came joint third.
Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu is ranked at 105 in Mercer's Quality Of Living Index and is the number one city from India.
Luxembourg was named the safest city in a separate personal safety league table.
Global consulting firm Mercer surveyed in 231 cities across the globe and were ranked them based on factors such as healthcare, education, public services, recreation, crime, housing and personal freedom. The ranking was based on data analysed between September and November 2018.
14 March 2019
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has released the data for the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) for the month of January. The IIP data shows that: Industrial output growth stood at 1.7% in January against the 2.6% growth recorded in December 2018.
Eleven out of the twenty-three industry groups in the manufacturing sector have shown positive growth during the month of January 2019 as compared to January 2018. The cumulative industrial production increased by 4% in April-January FY2019 compared with 4.1% growth in April-January FY2018.
Index of Industrial Production (lIP):
♦ IIP is a composite indicator that measures the changes in the volume of production of a basket of industrial products during a given period with respect to the volume of production in a chosen base period
♦ The base year for the IIP is 2011-12
About Central Statistics Office (CSO):
♦ Formed: May 2, 1951
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi, India
♦ Minister responsible: DV Sadananda Gowda
♦ The department functions under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation
♦ It responsible for co-ordination of statistical activities in India, and evolving and maintaining statistical standards
14 March 2019
The European Union has expanded its tax haven blacklist by including 10 countries. The list now has 15 countries. The list was first drawn up by EU in 2017 in the wake of several scandals that pushed the EU into doing more to fight tax evasion by multinationals and the rich.
Seven countries Aruba, Belize, Bermuda, Fiji, Oman, Vanuatu, and Dominica were moved from greylist to blacklist due to their inability towards reform commitments. Three other countries added into the list are Barbados, the United Arab Emirates, and the Marshall Islands.
Eu list of Tax Blacklist or Tax Havens:
Tax Havens provide taxpayers with opportunities for tax avoidance, while their secrecy and opacity also serve to hide the origin of the proceeds of illegal and criminal activities. Features of these Tax Havens include low or zero taxation, fictitious residences (with no bearing on reality) and tax secrecy.
13 March 2019
According to data provided by the World Gold Council (WGC), India has the 11th largest gold reserve and the current holding pegged at 607 tonnes.
The Netherlands holds the 10th position with 612.5 tonnes, or just about 5.5 tonnes ahead of RBI.
The top spot is occupied by US gold reserves of 8,133.5 tonnes, followed by Germany with 3,369.7 tonnes.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) ranks third on the list with total gold reserves of 2,814 tonnes.
7 March 2019
United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has referred to India as a Key Hub for Illicit Drug Trade.
The study has found more than 1,000 drug listings from India published across 50 online crypto-market platforms. The report also states that in 2017 Indian authorities have dismantled two illicit Internet pharmacies, seizing close to 130,000 tablets containing psychotropic substances.
India, Australia, France and Turkey together accounted for 83% of global production of morphine-rich opiate raw materials in 2017.
United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC):
♦ UNODC was established in 1997
♦ It is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime
♦ UNDOC came into with the merger of United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention
6 March 2019
In the release of the latest Forbes list of the ultra wealthy, Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, secured 13th place.
Jeff Bezos remains the world’s richest person with a wealth of $131 billion. Secondly, Bill Gates ranks second with wealth worth $96.5 billion and Warren Buffett in 3rd position.
♦ Forbes List can refer to one of the lists published annually by the American magazine Forbes, including:
(i) The Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest people in the United States
(ii) The World's Billionaires, a list of all the people with a net worth over $1 billion
5 March 2019
India ranked first in the Confidence Board Global Consumer Confidence Survey which was conducted in collaboration with a global performance management company Nielsen Holdings.
India maintained its 1st position from 3rd quarter and in the 4th quarter of 2018 India’s Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) score is 133.
South Korea has the most pessimistic consumer who are worried about rising inflation, lower wage growth, unemployment, a weak stock market and global trade uncertainties in the world.
CCI Confidence Board measured optimism towards job prospects, the health of personal finances and spending intentions in the next 12 months for the survey.
28 February 2019
As per Hurun Global Rich List 2019, Reliance Industries' 61-year-old Chairman Mukesh Ambani is the world's eighth-richest person with a net worth of $54 billion.
He is the only Asian among the top 10.
Amazon's Jeff Bezos topped the list for the second consecutive year with a net worth of USD 147 billion.
With a wealth of USD 96 billion, Microsoft founder Bill Gates ranks second, followed by Warren Buffett with net worth of USD 88 billion.
11 January 2019
According to the Henley Passport Index, Japan has retained its top spot as the world's most powerful passport this year, with its citizens able to enter 190 countries without requiring a visa.
India's passport was ranked 79th, having visa-free access to 61 destinations.
Singapore and South Korea come second with access to 189 countries each while France and Germany share the third spot with access to 188 countries each.
3 January 2019
Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) reported that Sweden has been named the first best performing country in the CCPI 2019 list. CCPI evaluates the climate protection performance of 60 countries, responsible for over 90% of global energy-related CO2 emissions.
Morocco has been named second. Morocco, the North African country significantly increased the share of renewables over the past five years and increased new renewable energy capacity. Lithuania is in the third position in CCPI 2019.
The bottom five in the list are Saudi Arabia, U.S., Iran, South Korea, and Taiwan. With the connection of the world’s largest solar plant to the grid, Morocco is on track for achieving its target of 42% installed renewable energy capacities by 2020.
20 December 2018
This year, the Gender Gap Index as released by World Economic Forum (WEF), was topped by Iceland with a score of 0.858, holding the top spot in the index for the 10th consecutive year.
Norway ranked at 2nd, Sweden at 3rd, and Finland at 4th.
India was ranked 108th in the Global Gender Gap Index 2018, same as it was ranked in 2017.
Among other South Asian countries, India fetched fourth place with top 3 being Bangladesh (48th), Sri Lanka (100th) and Nepal (105th).
10 December 2018
HCL Tech Vice Chairperson Roshni Nadar Malhotra (ranked 51st), Biocon Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (ranked 60), HT Media MD Shobhana Bhartia (ranked 88th), and actress Priyanka Chopra (placed at 94) have been named in Forbes' World's 100 Most Powerful Women list.
The list, which featured four Indians, has been topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the eighth consecutive year.
Others in the list include Serena Williams and Melinda Gates.
6 December 2018
Salman Khan has been named the highest-earning celebrity in India for the third time in a row by Forbes, with earnings of ₹253.25 crore.
The second spot was captured by Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli, with Rs 228.09 crore to his name, to become the first sportsperson to reach the position.
Akshay Kumar came third on the Forbes India Celebrity 100 2018 with Rs 185 crore, followed by Deepika.
The fifth spot went to former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who earned Rs 101.77 crore during 2018.
6 December 2018
The 32-year-old Indian actress was placed fourth in the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list with her earnings reaching Rs 112.80 crore during 2018.
Other women to feature on the Forbes Indian Celebrity 100 include:
Actresses Alia Bhatt (Rank 12, Rs 58.83 crore),
Anushka Sharma (Rank 16, Rs 45.83 crore),
Katrina Kaif (Rank 21, Rs 33.67 crore),
Priyanka Chopra (Rank 49, Rs 18 crore),
Shuttlers PV Sindhu (Rank 20, Rs 36.50 crore) and
Saina Nehwal (Rank 58, Rs 16.54 crore), and
comedian Bharti Singh (Rank 74, Rs 13.95 crore).
5 December 2018
Team India captain Virat Kohli has featured as the highest-earning sportsperson in the 2018 Forbes India Celebrity 100 list with ₹228.09-crore earnings.
Kohli was also the top-paid sportsperson in 2016 and 2017 with ₹134.44 crore and ₹100.72 crore earnings respectively.
Former captain MS Dhoni follows Kohli as the second highest-paid sportsperson in the 2018 list with ₹101.77-crore earnings.
4 December 2018
As per the ratings released by Passport Index, the United Arab Emirates has topped the Global Passport Power Rank 2018, emerging as the country with the most powerful passport in world.
UAE passport holders can now fly to 113 countries without a visa, and 54 others with a visa-on-arrival.
Singapore and Germany ranks second with 166 countries.
India ranked 66th in Global Passport Power Rank 2018.
30 November 2018
Nearly one-third of the world's 150.8 million stunted children live in India, the 2018 Global Nutrition Report revealed.
With 46.6 million children who are stunted, India tops the list of countries followed by Nigeria (13.9 million) and Pakistan (10.7 million).
Over 46 million Indian children aged under five years are stunted due to malnutrition and 25.5 million more are 'wasted', meaning they don't weigh enough for their height.
India is suffering from two forms of malnutrition– anaemia and stunting.
28 November 2018
According to the report the global average monthly gender pay gap was 21.2% in 2017, while Bangladesh gender pay gap was only 2.2%, the lowest in the world.
Pakistan topped the gap chart by 43.8%.
Nepal topped the low income group with 26.7% gap and the average gender pay gap is 21.2%.
28 November 2018
Shah Rukh Khan's wife and Renowned interior designer and co-owner of Red Chillies Entertainment, Gauri Khan debuts on the list of ‘Fortune India’s 50 Most Powerful Women’ in business’ this year.
Being the founder and chief executive office of Gauri Khan Designs, Gauri gained the 42nd spot.
The top five Fortune India's Most Powerful Women list 2018:
1. Zia Mody - Co-founder, AZB & Partners;
2. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw - Chairperson and MD, Biocon;
3. Suneeta Reddy - Managing director, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise;
4. Alice G. Vaidyan - Chairman and managing director, General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC Re);
5. Mallika Srinivasan - Chairman and CEO, Tractors and Farm Equipment (TAFE).
21 November 2018
The report shows that the number of migrant and refugee school-age children around the world today has grown by 26% since 2000 and could fill half a million classrooms.
The literacy levels in rural households of India dip with seasonal migration.
About 80% of seasonal migrant children in seven cities lacked access to education near work sites.
21 November 2018
India has slipped two places to rank 53rd on a global annual talent ranking released by IMD Business School Switzerland.
While Switzerland has topped the global ranking for the fifth year in a row, it is followed by Denmark, Norway, Austria and the Netherlands in the top-five.
Within Asia, Singapore has topped the charts with a global 13th place on the list that ranks 63 countries in developing, attracting and retaining talent.
Among BRICS nations, Brazil is ranked 58th, South African 50th and Russia 46th.
17 November 2018
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore (28th position) , Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi (53rd position) and Bombay are among the top education institutions from India that have made it to the top 150 list of the 'Global University Employability Ranking'.
The Harvard University topped the list, followed by the California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
3 November 2018
Kolkata tops in public transport index in terms of cleanliness and affordability of public transport.
New Delhi was rated highly in terms of safety and ranked the best among the big cities in affording parking space to its residents.
Patna and Bhubaneswar topped the list for growing and emerging cities.
2 November 2018
Pather Panchali, Satyajit Ray’s epic masterpiece, has been included in BBC’s list of 100 best foreign language films and is the only film from India to feature in it.
The film was released in 1955 and the first in Ray’s Apu trilogy was placed at number 15 in the list, which was topped by Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.
The list was culled out from a poll where over 200 critics from 43 countries picked a foreign language film they thought was the best. It was narrowed down to 100 films from 67 different directors, from 24 countries, and in 19 languages.
1 November 2018
According to the World Bank, India ranked 77th in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index 2018. The index ranks 190 countries based across the life-cycle of a business, from starting a business to resolving insolvency. The ranking is based on 10 different parameters. In the 2017 report, the country was ranked 100.
♦ Formation: July 1945
♦ Motto: Working for a World Free of Poverty
♦ Headquarters: Washington, D.C., U.S.
♦ Membership: 189 countries in IBRD, 173 countries in IDA
♦ Key people: Jim Yong Kim (President)
Kristalina Georgieva (CEO)
Shanta Devarajan (Chief Economist)
♦ Parent: World Bank Group
♦ The World Bank is different from the World Bank Group. The World Bank Group has five international organizations: International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), International Development Association (IDA), International Finance Corporation (IFC), Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
♦ The World Bank is a Monetary International Financial Organization
30 October 2018
World Health Organization’s (WHO) report on most polluted cities 2018 said 14 out of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in India. WHO reported that Delhi topped the charts of bad air quality nationally.
Also, the WHO children’s health report released on 29th October said that 93% of the world’s children under 15 years breathe polluted air. Indian environmentalists analysed the same issue in 14 cities using the Central Pollution Control Board of India (CPCB) data and concluded the same.
Most cities, unlike Delhi, do not have an emergency response plan to tackle air pollution. Some of the cities like Patna and Varanasi have recently formulated action plans. There is no special governing body in place to issue advisories or mitigate the pollution at the source level instantly as in the case of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).
16 October 2018
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.
14 October 2018
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.
14 October 2018
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:
4 October 2018
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.
28 September 2018
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.
28 September 2018
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.