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13 Apr, 17

Haldia Port Tops the List in The First Ever Ranking of Ports on Sanitation Parameters

  • For the first time ever, the twelve major ports under the Ministry of Shipping have been ranked on sanitation parameters, based on the efforts undertaken by them to counter waste generating sources with respect to;
    1. port operation,
    2. office area,
    3. township area and
    4. the response to incoming ships.
  • The assessment methodology included official interview, direct observation by the designated team from Quality Council of India and stakeholder’s interaction.
  •  The exercise was undertaken during the ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ observed from the 16th to 31st of March 2017.
  • Quality Council of India (QCI) was tasked to assess the Swachhata activities undertaken by all the Ports.
  • While Haldia and Vizag ports bagged the first and second ranks respectively, almost all ports have achieved the benchmark for cleanliness or are well above it.
  • The ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ was a major sanitation and cleanliness campaign launched by the Hon’ble Minister of Shipping, Sh. Nitin Gadakari on the 16th of March 2017 at the Shipping House in Mumbai, and observed by all the twelve major ports, five PSEs and seven attached offices/organizations of the Ministry of Shipping.
  • This was a culmination of one year of activities undertaken to promote the vision ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi on 2nd October 2014.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian port has topped the list in the first ever ranking of ports on Sanitation Parameters, undertaken during the ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ observed from the 16th to 31st of March 2017?
 - Haldia Port. 

9 Apr, 17

India ranks 9th among 41 countries in corruption in businesses: Survey

  • India ranks ninth among 41 countries in bribery and corrupt practices in businesses, according to the findings of a recent survey.
  • Nearly 78 per cent respondents queried in the country said that bribery and corrupt practices happen widely in businesses here, as per the EY Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) Fraud Survey 2017.
  • India ranks behind;
    Ukraine,
    Cyprus,
    Greece,
    Slovenia,
    Croatia,
    Kenya,
    South Africa and
    Hungary
    in the perception survey.
  • The ranking has improved marginally from the survey findings in 2015 when India was at the sixth position, owing to better regulatory scrutiny and emphasis on transparency and governance.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
India is ranked at which position among 41 countries in bribery and corrupt practices in businesses, as per the EY Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) Fraud Survey 2017?
- 9th.

7 Apr, 17

India’s is the world’s 7th largest tourism economy in terms of GDP

  • India's travel and tourism sector ranks 7th in the world in terms of its total contribution to the country's GDP, according to a new report of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).
  • According to data, the travel and tourism sector generated Rs 14.1 trillion (USD208.9 billion) in 2016, which is world's 7th largest in terms of absolute size; the sum is equivalent to 9.6% of India's GDP.
  • Visitor exports, money spent by foreign travellers in India, only represents 12% of tourism revenues and in 2016 totalled Rs 1.5 trillion (USD22.8bn).
  • This is 5.4% of the country's total exports, compared to a global average of 6.6%. Data from the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) shows that India received only 9 million international arrivals in 2016, placing it at 40th place in the world; a tenth of those received by top-ranking France.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
India's travel and tourism sector is ranked at which position in the world, according to a new report of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)? 
- 7th. 

5 Apr, 17

IISc ranked India’s top university in 2017 NIRF Survey

  • The Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc), Bengaluru was adjudged as the best Indian university in the 2017 National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) released by Union Human Resource Development Ministry.
  • NIRF survey is a ranking framework for higher education institutions in the country. Parameters of ranking broadly cover;
    1. Teaching,
    2. Learning and Resources,
    3. Research and Professional practices,
    4. Graduation Outcomes,
    5. Outreach and inclusivity and
    6. Perception.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian Institute was ranked as the best Indian university in the 2017 National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) released by Union Human Resource Development Ministry? 
 - The Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc), Bengaluru. 

4 Apr, 17

IISc India’s best educational institution in HRD ministry’s NIRF rankings

  • Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore has emerged at the top of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) that rates Indian higher educational institutes on the basis of their performance.
  • The ranking based on six broad parameters;
    1. teaching,
    2. learning and resources (0.30 weightage);
    3. research and professional practices (0.30 weightage);
    4. graduation outcomes (0.20 weightage),
    5. outreach and inclusivity (0.10 weightage) &
    6. perception (0.10 weightage).
  • The second edition of the rankings, compiled by the ministry of human resource development, lists seven Indian Institutes of Technology among the top 10—
    1. Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore
    2. Indian Institute of Technology Madras
    3. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
    4. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
    5. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
    6. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    7. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
    8. Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
    9.Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
    10. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian Institute has emerged at the top of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) that rates Indian higher educational institutes on the basis of their performance? 
- Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore. 

25 Mar, 17

India ranks 87th on energy architecture performance: WEF

  • India has marginally improved its position to 87th place on a global energy architecture performance index, but ranks among the worst for pollution.
  • Switzerland topped the annual list released by Geneva- based World Economic Forum (WEF) and was followed by ;
    Norway,
    Sweden,
    Denmark and
    France
    in the top five.
  • Indias rank improved three places from 90th last year.
  • According to the findings, the worlds biggest energy consumers struggle to take leading positions on the index as they grapple with inherent challenges of their large, complex energy systems and are outperformed by more nimble economies.
  • Bahrain is ranked the lowest at 127th.
  • The report, developed in collaboration with Accenture Strategy and launched today at the European Commission, ranked 127 countries based on their ability to provide energy across three dimensions of the energy triangle.
  • It has 18 indicators defined across the three sides of the energy triangle --
    1. economic growth and development,
    2. environmental sustainability, and
    3. energy access and security.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
India is ranked at which position on energy architecture performance on the annual list released by Geneva- based World Economic Forum? 
- 87th. 

24 Mar, 17

India ranks 131 on Human Development Index

  • India came down by one slot and was ranked 131st among 188 countries on Human Development Index (HDI) 2016 released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  • India fell under the "medium human development category" and its HDI, at 0.624, was behind ;
    1. Sri Lanka and
    2. The Maldives
    in South Asia.
  • Sri Lanka and the Maldives were ranked 73 and 105 respectively and figure in the "high human development" section.
  • The top three countries in HDI were ;
    Norway (0.949),
    Australia (0.939) and
    Switzerland (0.939).
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
India ranks at which position on Human Development Index (HDI) 2016 released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)? 
 - 131. 

22 Mar, 17

Salman Khan tops Forbes India Celebrity rich list

  • Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has unseated his actor Shah Rukh Khan to become the top earning celebrity of 2016 in the Forbes India Celebrity 100 List with an estimated income of Rs. 270.33 crore.
  • The other leading names in the list include;
    1. Virat Kohli,
    2. Akshay Kumar and
    3. M S Dhoni chronologically.
  • However, the 50-year-old Salman is ranked at No 2 in terms of fame, which is topped by ace cricketer Kohli.
  • In the fifth rich 100 celeb list released by Forbes India, the ranking is based on two parameters:
    1. estimates of entertainment-related earnings and
    2. estimates of fame during the period October 2015 to September 2016.
  • SRK at No 2, has reportedly earned Rs. 221.75 crore and also comes at No 3 in terms of fame.
  • He lost his perch at the top in what was a mixed year for him both in terms of box office success and brands endorsed.
  • When it comes to fame ranking, test cricket captain Virat Kohli is the most popular celebrity and this has improved his earnings.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who topped the Forbes India Celebrity rich list of 2017? 
- Salman Khan. 

Bill Gates tops Forbes richest list again, Mukesh Ambani leads India's 101 billionaire club

  • India is home to world's fourth highest number of billionaires with Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani leading the club of more than 100 super-rich Indians, according to a new list released by Forbes magazine.
  • The Forbes list of the World's Billionaires 2017 consists of 2,043 of the richest people in the world who have a combined net worth of USD 7.67 trillion, a record 18 per cent increase over the past year.
  • The list has been topped by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates for the fourth year in a row.
  • He has been the richest person in the world for 18 out of the past 23 years.
  • Mukesh Ambani Tops Forbes’ India Rich List of 101 Billionaires.
  • Next on the list of Indian billionaires is ArcelorMittal chairman and CEO Lakshmi Mittal on the 56th spot with a net worth of USD 16.4 billion.
  • The list includes only four women billionaires from India, led by Savitri Jindal and her family at the 303rd position, with a net worth of USD 5.2 billion.
  • The other Indians on the list are ;
    1. Azim Premji, Wipro (72)
    2. Gautam Adani, Adani Group (250)
    3. Narayana Murthy, Infosys (1161)
    4. Vivek Chand Burman, Dabur (1290)
    5. Nandan Nilekani, Infosys (1290)
    6. Rana Kapoor, Yes Bank (1795)
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who have topped the Forbes list of the World's Billionaires 2017? 
- Bill Gates. 

2 Indians in Forbes list of US’ richest under-40 entrepreneurs

  • Two Indian-origin men have figured in Forbes magazine’s second annual list of wealthiest entrepreneurs under the age of 40, which is topped by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
    1. Biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy has been ranked 24th on ‘America’s Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40 2016’ list with a networth of $600 million, and
    2. Instacart co-founder Apoorva Mehta, stands at the 31st spot with a $360-million networth.
  • Vivek Ramaswamy has been ranked 24th on ‘America’s Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40 2016’ list with a networth of $600 million
    Instacart co-founder Apoorva Mehta, stands at the 31st spot with a $360-million networth.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
How many Indian-origin men have figured in Forbes magazine’s second annual list of wealthiest entrepreneurs under the age of 40? 
- Two. 

21 Mar, 17

Five Indians in WEF's 2017 young global leaders list

  • Five Indians, including;
    1. Paytm Founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma and
    2. Shruti Shibulal of The Tamara Hospitality, have made it to the World Economic Forum's 100 Young Global Leaders list.
  • The other individuals who represented India in the list include;
    1. Ambarish Mitra Founder and CEO Blippar,
    Hindol Sengupta Editor-at large Fortune India and
    2. Rwitwika Bhattacharya - Agarwal Founder and CEO Swaniti Initiative.
  • Each year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) selects 100 young leaders, under the age of 40, who are tackling the world's most complex challenges with innovative approaches.
  • The Class of 2017 features two of the world's top scientists on genome editing:
    1. Luhan Yang, chief scientist at eGenesis Biosciences, and
    2. Feng Zhang, a core member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
  • From the public sector, the list features Aja Brown the youngest mayor to be elected in Compton, California.
  • Among those representing the private sector is Katie Hill, an innovator who leads Apple's ambitious new clean energy programme, converting the company's manufacturing worldwide to renewable energy.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
How many Indians have made it to the World Economic Forum's 100 Young Global Leaders list? 
- Five. 

India ranks a low 122 among world’s happiest countries

  • India ranked a lowly 122 on a list of the world’s happiest countries, dropping four slots from last year and coming behind;
    1. China,
    2. Pakistan and
    3. Nepal.
  • Norway ranks as the happiest country in the world, according to The World Happiness Report 2017.
  • India comes in on the 122nd spot, down from 118 in the 2013-2015 report, which maps happiness on the parameters of GDP;
    1. per capita,
    2. social support,
    3. healthy life expectancy,
    4. freedom to make life choices,
    5. generosity and
    6. perceptions of corruption.
  • The World Happiness Report continues to draw global attention around the need to create sound policy for what matters most to people — their well-being.
    1. Iceland,
    2. Switzerland,
    3. Singapore and
    4. Australia
    rounded out the top five most-healthy countries in the index.
  • This year the report gives special attention to the social foundations of happiness, including happiness at workplace.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
What is the rank of India on the list of world’s happiest countries list of 2017?
- 122.

18 Mar, 17

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. 

17 Mar, 17

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.

16 Mar, 17

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. 

15 Mar, 17

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. 

8 Mar, 17

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. 

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. 

7 Mar, 17

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. 

3 Mar, 17

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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