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India ranks 148 in representation of women in government, Europe at top


  • India ranks 148 globally in terms of representation of women in executive government and parliament, according to a report published by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women.
  • The data published in the report Women in Politics 2017 Map showed that women make up only 11.8 per cent (64 MPs) of the 542-member Lok Sabha and 11 per cent (27) of the 245-member Rajya Sabha.
  • India ranks 148 globally in terms of representation of women in executive government and parliament, according to a report published by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women.
  • Regionally, women’s representation in the Americas made the most significant gains, according to the report, rising from 22.45 per cent in 2015 to 25 per cent.
  • In Europe, the total percentage stood at 22.5 per cent.
  • The report was launched on the sidelines of the 61st Commission on the Status of Women.
  • A total of 227 countries were analysed in the survey.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
India ranks at which position globally in terms of representation of women in executive government and parliament, according to a report published by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women? 
 - 148. 
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IISc, IIT-B among THE's top 50 Asian universities list


# The Times Higher Education's Asia University Rankings 2017 released listed Bengaluru's Indian Institute of Science at 27
 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay is at number 42.
# Chennai's Veltech University is at number 43.
# With 33 universities in top-300 (up from 16 last year), India more than doubled its representation, becoming the third most-represented nation on the chart for the first time.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
According to the Times Higher Education's Asia University Rankings 2017, what is the rank of Bengaluru's Indian Institute of Science in it? 
 - 27.
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Tata Steel, Wipro in world's most ethical companies' list


  • Two Indian companies, Tata SteelBSE and Wipro have been named in the list of world's most ethical companies by American think tank Ethisphere Institute.
  • Ethisphere honours those companies who recognise their role in society to influence and drive positive change in the business community and societies around the world.
  • In 2017, there were 124 honorees spanning five continents, 19 countries and 52 industry sectors.
  • Wipro is one of the two information technology companies named in the list, the other being Xerox Corporation.
  • Meanwhile, Tata Steel is also one of the two companies named in the metals, minerals & mining space. US-based Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc is the other company in this segment.
  • Ford Motor Company has been named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the eighth straight year.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which two Indian companies, have been named in the list of world's most ethical companies by American think tank Ethisphere Institute?
 - Tata Steel and Wipro. 
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Hyderabad best Indian city in living standards: Mercer


  • Hyderabad for the third year in a row has emerged as the best city in terms of living standards among Indian cities, while Vienna has been ranked at the top globally in a list by consultancy firm Mercer.
  • The National Capital for the second straight year hit the lowest score among Indian cities for living standards, as per the Mercer's Quality of Living rankings 2017.
  • Both Hyderabad and Pune ranked higher for quality of living than the country's traditional business centres ;
    1. Mumbai and
    2. New Delhi,
    which have been ranked at 154 and 161, respectively, by the report.
  • New Delhi scored well on account of its;
    1. airport facility,
    2. availability of international schools and the 3. low probability of natural disasters.
    These positives were offset by a variety of negatives including ;
    1. a 'notorious' crime rate,
    2. air pollution and
    3. water availability
  • Globally, Vienna remained at the top for overall quality of living for the eighth year running, with the rest of the top-ten list mostly filled by European cities.
  • European cities in the top ten list are:
    Zurich (2)
    Munich (4),
    Dusseldorf (6),
    Frankfurt (7),
    Geneva (8),
    Copenhagen (9) and
    Basel -- a newcomer -- at 10th place.
  • The only non-European cities in the top ten are;
    Auckland (3) and
    Vancouver (5).
  • Singapore topped the city infrastructure ranking, followed by;
    Frankfurt and
    Munich
    both in 2nd place.
  • While on the other hand;
    Baghdad (230) and
    Port au Prince (231)
    ranked at the bottom for city infrastructure.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian city has emerged as the best city in terms of living standards among Indian cities, in a list by consultancy firm Mercer? 
 - Hyderabad. 
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IISc makes it to top 10 global universities ranking


  • The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore has become the first Indian educational institution to make it to the top 10 of a global ranking for universities.
  • IISc has been ranked eighth in the Times Higher Education or THE Rankings, 2017 in the “best small universities” category, joining the elite list that includes ;
    1. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) from the US,
    2. Ecole Normale Superieure from France and
    3. Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea.
  • Small universities are those with a student strength of less than 5,000.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian institute has been ranked eighth in the Times Higher Education or THE Rankings, 2017 in the “best small universities” category? 
 - The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore. 
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Hyderabad airport ranks 1st in world in airport service quality


  • GMR’s Hyderabad International Airport has secured first position in the world in the prestigious Airports Council International (ACI)-Airport Service Quality (ASQ) survey in the 5-15 million passengers per annum (MPPA) category for the year 2016.
  • The survey shows that Hyderabad Airport has steadily improved its score from 4.4 in 2009 to 4.9 in 2016 (measured on scale of 1 to 5).
  • Hyderabad Airport, running in to its 9th year of operations, is designed to cater to 12MPPA. It has witnessed a growth of more than 20% in the last year with a passenger throughput of close to 15MPPA in calendar year 2016.
  • As the industry’s most comprehensive passenger service benchmarking tool, the ACI ASQ survey has reliably captured passengers’ immediate appraisal from check-in through departure at the gate at more than 300 airports worldwide.
  • The ASQ award ceremony will be held at the 27th ACI Africa/World Annual General Assembly, Conference & Exhibition in Port Louis, Mauritius from 16-18 October.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian airport has secured first position in the world in the prestigious Airports Council International (ACI)-Airport Service Quality (ASQ) survey in the 5-15 million passengers per annum (MPPA) category for the year 2016? 
- GMR’s Hyderabad International Airport. 
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Centre launches survey on Gangetic dolphins


  • The Centre has launched the first ever across-the-river survey in the Ganga to determine the population of aquatic life, including that of the endangered Gangetic doplhin.
  • The survey will create a baseline scientific data for the government to take suitable measures to improve quality of the river water, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has said.
  • The first leg of the census was launched on March 1 from Narora in Uttar Pradesh to Bijnor (covering distance of nearly 165 km) to establish the number of the national aquatic animal.
  • Counting in the Allahabad to Varanasi stretch (close to 250 km in length) is expected to be launched this week.
  • The authority is conducting the survey through Wildlife Institute of India (WII),, under the Namami Gange programme.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The Centre has launched the first ever across-the-river survey in which river to determine the population of aquatic life? 
- Ganga. 
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Thiruvananthapuram beats Delhi, Mumbai, ranks No 1 in urban governance


  • Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, has again topped the list of top Indian cities equipped to manage urbanisation, according to an evaluation of 21 major cities across 18 states by Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy.
  • Thiruvananthapuram, which had ranked number 1 in 2015 as well, has maintained its position.
  • The national capital dropped two places to rank 9. Similarly, Mumbai’s rank slipped from 4 to 2 and Bengaluru’s came down to 16 from 12.
  • Irrespective of 2016 ranking, the cities in India have continued to score low over the last four editions of ASICS. This indicates that progress on fixing City-Systems has been slow.
  • Janaagraha recommends changes in planning laws to address the issues challenging the efficient planning of the cities.
  • The Indian cities quality of;
    1. laws,
    2. policies and
    3. institutions
    significantly to improve service delivery and thereby, deliver a high quality of life to citizens.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which city has again topped the list of top Indian cities equipped to manage urbanisation, according to an evaluation of 21 major cities across 18 states by Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy? 
 - Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
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INSEAD world’s best B-School, ISB tops the list from India, says FT rankings


  • INSEAD is the best B-school in the world for the second consecutive year in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking of the best 100 programmes for 2017.
  • Indian School of Business (ISB) has been ranked best from India.
  • Other than ISB;
    1. Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad,
    2. IIM-Bangalore and
    3. IIM-Calcutta
    were the other top schools finding a mention in the best 100 programmes worldwide.
  • While the ISB has jumped two places to the 27th rank, IIM-A has slipped five places to 29th position this year as against the year before.
  • IM-Bangalore has been ranked at 49th position—up from 62 last year. IIM-Calcutta is at 95th position.
  • China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) from Sanghai is the top-ranked B-School from Asia with a rank of 11—up from 17 in 2016
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the best B-school in the world for the second consecutive year in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking of the best 100 programmes for 2017? 
- INSEAD.
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Economic Survey 2017 tabled in Parliament: Key highlights


  • Union finance minister Arun Jaitley tabled the Economic Survey 2016-17 in Parliament budget session.
  • The survey projects the economy to grow in the range of 6.75% to 7.25% in the next fiscal year 2017-18 in the post-demonetisation year.
  • The survey prepared by chief economic adviser in the finance ministry Arvind Subramanian said the adverse impact of demonetisation on GDP growth will be transitional.
  • The Economic Survey 2016-17 advocates the concept of Universal Basic Income (UBI) as an alternative to the various social welfare schemes in an effort to reduce poverty.
  • Gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2016-17 lowered down to 6.5%, from 7.6% in last fiscal.
  • Expected economic growth is 6.75 to 7.5% in 2017-18.
  • Fiscal windfall from Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, low oil prices.
  • Growth of Farm sector to be at 4.1% in the current fiscal.
  • Fiscal gains from Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be realised later.
  • Industrial Sector's estimated growth rate to be moderated to 5.2% in 2016-17 from 7.4% last fiscal.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
According to Union finance minister Arun Jaitley by a survey project the economy to grow in the range of what percentage in the next fiscal year 2017-18 in the post-demonetisation year? 
 - 6.75% to 7.25%. 
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ORF emerges top Indian think tank in Asia category, ranks 5th out of 90


  • The Observer Research Foundation (ORF) has emerged as the top ranked think tank in;
    1. India,
    2. China,
    3. Japan and
    4. the Republic of Korea
    category, according to the latest Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.
  • In the Asia region, ORF finished 5th out of 90 think tanks in this category, improving its position from 6th(out of 65) last year.
  • While the first rank was retained by the Korea Development Institute, Republic of Korea in the Index, prepared annually by the Lauder Institute, Pennsylvania University, US.
  • Japan Institute of International Affairs came second while Korea Institute for International Economic Policy came in third.
  • ORF was ranked the highest think tank in India in the 'Top Foreign Policy and International Affairs Think Tanks' category.
  • In the world ranking, it came 64th out of 133 think tanks, moving up from the 85th position in the last Index report.
  • Brookings Institution came in the first place.
  • In the 'Top Education Policy Think Tanks', only ORF featured from India. It came 63rd out of 65 think tanks.
  • ORF was ranked the highest Indian think tank in the categories of;
    1. 'Best Managed Think Tanks',
    2. 'Think Tanks with Best Use of Internet'
    3.' Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks' and
    4. 'Think Tanks with the most Innovative Policy Ideas/Proposals'.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who emerged as the top ranked think tank in the Asian category, according to the latest Global Go To Think Tank Index Report?
 - The Observer Research Foundation (ORF). 
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Gujrat in Walnut’s cashless score card


  • Telangana ranked second in the `Cashless India Scorecard’ prepared by Walnut app to track the growth of digital payments in the country.
  • The scorecard is meant for comparing how each state is moving towards a cashless economy post- demonetisation based on an aggregate and anonymised analysis of Walnut’s over five million user data.
  • It ranked States based on percentage increase in overall cashless transactions, growth in shoppers using debit or credit card for the first time and growth in merchants accepting digital payments.
  • Based on these parameters;
    1. Gujarat,
    2. Telangana and
    3. Haryana
    emerged as the top three states with the highest growth in going cashless.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which state was ranked first in the `Cashless India Scorecard’ prepared by Walnut app to track the growth of digital payments in the country? 
- Gujarat. 
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India ranked 79th in the Corruption Perception Index 2016


  • India has been ranked 79th among 176 countries in the Corruption Perception Index 2016 released by the Transparency International organisation.
  • Its score marginally improved from 38 in 2015 to 40 in 2016. India had a score of 36 in 2012.
  • The organisation has used the World Bank data, the world economic forum and other institutions to rank countries by perceived levels of corruption in public sector.
  • The score runs from zero to 100, from highly corrupt to 100.
    1. Belarus,
    2. Brazil, &
    3. China
    shared the same ranks as India.
  • The list was topped by New Zealand and Denmark with a score of 90 each.
  • Higher-ranked countries tend to have higher degrees of ;
    1. press freedom,
    2. access to information about public expenditure,
    3. stronger standards of integrity for public officials, and
    4. independent judicial systems.
  • Somalia was ranked the most corrupt country with a score of 10.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
India has been ranked at which position among 176 countries in the Corruption Perception Index 2016 released by the Transparency International organisation?
Answer - 79th. 
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Himachal Pradesh beats Kerala in learning outcomes: ASER


  • The Annual Status Education Report (ASER) 2016 found that Himachal Pradesh is doing well in many regards, on the education front, as compared to the rest of the states.
  • It has the country’s highest reading and mathematics learning levels, shooting past even Kerala, which has an almost spotless track record of maintaining its position as the most literate state.
  • Himachal Pradesh has the highest rate of children who can read a standard II level of text in the country.
  • This stands at 47 per cent for standard III level of learning, a 70.5 per cent for standard V and an 87.9 per cent for standard VIII.
  • Even in mathematics, the students of the state are faring better than most of the nation.
  • Although it came up second after Manipur in the standard III level of learning in mathematics, it maintained the highest rates for standards V and VIII at 53.7 and 59.2 per cent.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
According to The Annual Status Education Report (ASER) 2016 , which state is doing well in many regards, on the education front, as compared to the rest of the Indian states?
- Himachal Pradesh. 
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Bengaluru is Most Dynamic City in the World, Says WEF Report


  • At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting being held in Davos, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) has published its list of world's most dynamic cities - the main ranking factors being ;
    1.rapid adoption of technology and
    2.innovation
    and Bengaluru has taken the top spot, leaving behind global tech hub Silicon Valley.
  • In fact, six of the top 30 cities are from India, hinting that the country's urbanisation rate is exponential.
  • In JLL's 2017 City Momentum Index, Bengaluru secures the pole position, followed by Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, while Silicon Valley in the US comes in at third.
  • After Bengaluru, the next Indian city to be in the top ranks is Hyderabad - securing the fifth spot, lagging behind Shanghai.
  • This also makes India the only country in the world to have two cities in the top five.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian city is the Most Dynamic City in the World, according to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting being held in Davos? 
- Bengaluru.
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India 60th in inclusive development index


  • India has been ranked 60th among 79 developing economies, below neighbouring;
    1.China and
    2.Pakistan,
    in the inclusive development index, according to a WEF report.
  • WEF’s ‘Inclusive Growth and Development Report 2017' said that most countries are missing important opportunities to raise economic growth and reduce inequality at the same time because the growth model and measurement tools that have guided policymakers for decades require significant readjustment.
  • The Inclusive Development Index (IDI) is based on 12 performance indicators. In order to provide a more complete measure of economic development than GDP growth alone, the index has three pillars —
    1.Growth and Development,
    2.Inclusion and Intergenerational Equity, and
    3.Sustainability.
  • Lithuania tops the list of 79 developing economies that also features;
    Azerbaijan and
    Hungary
    at second and third positions, respectively
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
What is the rank of India in WEF’s ‘Inclusive Growth and Development Report 2017'? 
 -  60th.
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India slips 3 places to 92nd rank on global talent competitiveness


  • India has slipped 3 places to 92nd rank on the global index of talent competitiveness that measures how countries grow, attract and retain talent, a list topped by Switzerland.
  • India's ranking is worst among the five BRICS countries.
  • While China was ranked at the 54th place, Russian Federation was placed at 56th, followed by South Africa at 67th and Brazil 81st.
  • Switzerland topped the overall index, followed by
    1.Singapore and
    2.the United Kingdom
    in second and third places respectively .
  • List was released by INSEAD Produced in partnership with The Adecco Group and the Human Capital Leadership Institute of Singapore (HCLI).
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
India has slipped to which rank on the global index of talent competitiveness that measures how countries grow, attract and retain talent? 
 - 92nd rank
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Netherlands' KLM rated best international airline of 2016


  • Netherlands' flag carrier KLM has been rated the best international airline of 2016 by aviation insights company FlightStats, which ranked carriers on their on-time performance records.
  • KLM, with an 11.47% chance of a flight delay, was followed by ;
    1.Spain's flag carrier Iberia (11.82%) and
    2.Japan's flag carrier JAL (12.2%).
    3.Qatar Airways and
    4.Austrian Airlines
    completed the top five.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which airlines has been rated the best international airline of 2016 by aviation insights company FlightStats? 
 - Netherlands' flag carrier KLM
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Air India ranked third-worst performing airline in the world


  • Every year, the aviation insights company FlightStats puts together a list of the international airlines with the best on-time performance records.
  • Air India ranked third-worst performing airline in the world.
  • 1. Icelandair – 41.05%
    2. El Al – 56% are on first and second position respectively.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which airlines was ranked third-worst performing airline in the world by the aviation insights company FlightStats? 
 - Air India. 
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Kerala Ranks 8 in '12 Destinations to Watch' in 2017 by ABTA


  • Kerala figures at number eight in the "12 destinations to watch in 2017" by Britain's largest and prominent travel and tours operators association.
  • The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has ranked Kerala higher than premier destinations like
    1. the US,
    2. Sardinia (island of Italy),
    3.South Africa and
    4. Vietnam
  • The rankings consist of locations that are expected to capture traveller's imaginations over the next year.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian travel destination featured at number eight in the "12 destinations to watch in 2017" by Britain's largest and prominent travel and tours operators association?
 - Kerala.
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