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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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Agra and Sikkim have bagged positions in New York Times' top travel destinations list


  • Agra and Sikkim featured in New York Times' list of '52 Places to go to in 2017'.
  • While Agra has ranked third in the list, Sikkim has bagged the 17th position among the top travel destinations for this year.
  • Canada, on the other hand, has been declared the top travel destination of the year.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which two Indian places featured in New York Times' list of '52 Places to go to in 2017'?
- Agra and Sikkim. 
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30 Indian-origin men, women in Forbes list of super achievers


  • Over 30 Indian-origin
    1.innovators,
    2.entrepreneurs and
    3. leaders
    have been featured in the 2017 edition of Forbes' list of super achievers under the age of 30 who seek to break the status quo and transform the world.
  • The Forbes list has 30 game changers in 20 industries including ;
    1.healthcare,
    2.manufacturing,
    3.sports and
    4.finance.
  • The 600 in the list are "challenging the conventional wisdom and rewriting the rules for the next generation of entrepreneurs, entertainers, educators and more.
  • They are passionate and formidable bunch, and for good reason. Their goal is nothing short of breaking the status quo and transforming the world."
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
How many Indian-origin personnels have been featured in the 2017 edition of Forbes' list of super achievers under the age of 30? 
 - 30.
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Swachh Bharat survey in 500 cities


  • In a bid to encourage competition to improve sanitation standards, the government will kick start a survey, Swachh Survekshan from Wednesday to rank 500 cities across the country on cleanliness.
  • The survey will be conducted by Quality Council of India.
  • The areas of evaluations include;
    1. waste collection,
    2.sweeping and transportation,
    3.open defecation free and toilets,
    4.municipal solid waste-processing and disposal,
    5. information,
    6. education and behaviour change, and
    7.Capacity building Swachh Bharat Mission e-learning portal.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
In a bid to encourage competition to improve sanitation standards, the government will kick start which survey to rank 500 cities across the country on cleanliness? 
- Swachh Survekshan
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Salman Khan tops 2016 Forbes India Celebrity 100 List


  • Salman Khan has replaced Shah Rukh Khan to rank in the top spot in Forbes India’s annual Celebrity 100 list.
  • Shah Rukh Khan has ranked second in the list and Virat Kohli, who has had a dream year, ranked in third.
  • The list is compiled based on two parameters: estimates of entertainment related earnings and estimates of fame.
  • The period under consideration was 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian celebrity has replaced Shah Rukh Khan to rank in the top spot in Forbes India’s annual Celebrity 100 list of 2016? 
 - Salman Khan. 
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Kapil Sharma ranked 11th in Forbes India Celebrity 100 list


  • Comedian Kapil Sharma has been ranked eleventh in the Celebrity 100 list of 2016 by Forbes India.
  • He has been ranked seventh in terms of fame, beating the likes of;
    1. Aamir Khan,
    2.Deepika Padukone and
    3.Priyanka Chopra.
  • His total earnings were estimated to be Rs. 30.17 crore, which is higher than the earnings of a few Bollywood actors.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian personality has been ranked eleventh in the Celebrity 100 list of 2016 by Forbes India?
- Kapil Sharma. 
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Priyanka ahead of Depp, DiCaprio on IMDb most popular list


  • Actress Priyanka Chopra has been ranked 55th on IMDb's most popular celebrities' list, ahead of Hollywood celebrities like ;
    1.Jennifer Aniston,
    2.Emma Watson,
    3.Leonardo DiCaprio and
    4.Johnny Depp among others.
  • She is reportedly the only Indian to have featured on the list.
  • Algerian actress Sofia Boutella, who will be next seen in 'The Mummy', topped the list.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:  
Which Indian actress has been ranked 55th on IMDb's most popular celebrities' list? 
- Priyanka Chopra. 
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Jodhpur listed in top 10 preferred tourist places for 2017


  • Jodhpur has been listed among the top ten preferred destinations for travellers in 2017, according to 'TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards for Destinations on the Rise'.
  • The list is based on feedback from travellers and the booking interest for the destination.
  • The list was topped by ;
    1.San Jose del Cabo in Mexico,
    2.followed by Kihei in Hawaii and
    3.Baku in Azerbaijan.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which city of India has been listed among the top ten preferred destinations for travellers in 2017, according to 'TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards for Destinations on the Rise'?
 - Jodhpur. 
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Bali named most popular year-end destination in Asia


  • The island of Bali has been picked by travelling reviewer website TripAdvisor as the most popular year-end destination for South East Asian travellers.
  • The list, which mentioned places suitable for travel during December 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017, also included;
    1. Luzon island in the Philippines,
    2.Hong Kong,
    3.Bangkok and
    4.Tokyo.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which island has been picked by travelling reviewer website TripAdvisor as the most popular year-end destination for South East Asian travellers?
 - Bali Island. 
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