RANKINGS & REPORTS


Monthly Current Affairs September 2016 “RANKINGS & REPORTS” key points to Remember.
Mandi in Himachal Pradesh is the cleanest district in the hilly areas of rural India whereas Sindhudurg
in Maharashtra is the cleanest among districts situated in the plains; according to ‘Swachh
Survekshan’ or the Cleanliness Index for Rural India released by rural development minister Narendra
Tomar.
The World Bank has recently released a Logistics Performance Index (LPI) 2016 report titled
“Connecting to Complete 2016”. The Logistics Performance Index Report is published by World Bank
every two years. India has now been ranked 35 amongst 160 countries compared to rank of 54 in LPI
2014. The list is topped by Germany.
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), almost 50 million children throughout
the world have been “uprooted” from their homes by war, violence or persecution. Around 28 million
children around the globe have been driven from their homes byviolent conflict, with nearly as many
abandoning their homes in search of a better life.
The National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have
maintained their spots among the top 15 varsities in the world, according to Quacquarelli Symonds
(QS) global university rankings for 2016/2017. Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
emerged top in this year’s global rankings, while Stanford University overtook Harvard University to
take second place. In Indian Insitutions Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Bombay placed on the
top with the rank of 219.
India has slipped by 10 positions to 112th, as it “fared badly” across categories including legal system
and regulation, according to the Economic Freedom of the World: 2016 Annual Report. Hong Kong
and Singapore, once again, occupy the top two positions. Next comes New Zealand and Switzerland,
two countries almost always in the top five.
A recent survey among the travelers revealed that Five Indian museums featured among the best 25 in
Asia while Leh’s ‘Hall of Fame’ has topped the India list as a “must-visit” place.
The Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horse in China topped the Asia list.Metropolitan
Museum of Art in New York City tooped the overall list.
According to a new report by Google and KPMG , the Indian digital classifieds industry is projected to
grow three times to $1.2 billion by 2020. Google and KPMG the ‘Digital Classifieds in India 2020’
report, which says the next phase of growth of such ads will be driven by the rapid growth of eservices,
real estate and automobiles.
For the first time in the history, 31 Indian institutes have found a place in the Times Higher Education
World University Rankings 2016-17. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore is India’s top
institution in the ‘Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-17’ list. The
Overall list is topped by University of Oxford in the UK.
The CBS comedy claimed TV’s four best-paid actors, according to the annual list released by Forbes
Magazine. Jim Parsons, star of American humorous drama The Big
Bang Theory, had been named the highest-paid TV actor of 2016 by Forbes magazine for the second
year running.
The City of Kolkata has entered into the top 100 in the sixth annual Mastercard Global Destinations
Cities Index. Five Indian cities have made it to the top 100 destination cities for 2016.Mumbai,
Chennai, Delhi and Pune are the four other cities in the list. Kolkata ranks 62nd in the index.
According to the study, Bangkok is projected to receive 21.47 million international overnight visitors
in 2016.
A new index developed to assess each country’s achievement on a range of health indicators
ranks India at 143 in a list of 188 countries. This first global analysis to assess countries on sustainable
development goal (SDG) health performance was launched at a special event at the UN General
Assembly. The Health Index 2016 is topped by Iceland.
The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of Singapore declared Maharashtra as ranked highest
according to a broad measure of Ease of Doing Business (EDB) in Indian states. It is noted that the
new index has given 21 major states entirely different ranks when compared with the World Bank’s
Ease of Doing Business Index.
According to the latest RBI Report,Andhra Pradesh had emerged on the top among all other states
in attracting industrial investments in 2015-16, pushing the previous year’s topper Maharashtra to the
third spot. Andhra Pradesh attracted an investment of Rs.21,914crore out of the Rs.1,38,700
crore gross investments across India, the state government officially released, quoting a report by the
Reserve Bank of India was 8.1 per cent.
State Bank of India (SBI) chief Arundhati Bhattacharya, ICICI Bank CEO and MD Chanda Kochhar
and Axis Bank CEO Shikha Sharma entered the list of 50 most powerful women based outside the
United States by Fortune magazine. Banco Santander group executive chairman Ana Botín repeats as
No. 1, in a time of economic and political volatility for all.
Priyanka Chopra has become the first Indian star to enter theForbes list of highest paid television
actresses in the world. Colombian-American actress Sofia Vergara topped Forbes magazine’s annual
list of best paid television actresses for the fifth year in a row, earning $43 million.
India’s 100 Richest People : Forbes
Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani has topped Forbes’s annual list of India’s
100 richest tycoons with a net worth of $22.7 billion. The combined net worth of India’s 100
wealthiest is $381 billion, a rise of 10 percent from $345 billion in 2015. In the Women’s list Savitri
Jindal ranked 19 th with an earnings of $5.3Bn
Fortune has released its Fortune 51 Most Powerful Women Rankings. PepsiCo CEO and chairman
Indra Nooyi is the only Indian-origin woman in Fortune’s 51 Most Powerful Women list that is topped
by Mary Barra, CEO and chairman of General Motors. The list comprises of22 CEOs of major
companies and many more corner office contenders in all industries. Nine newcomers and one
return. Over $1.1 trillion in market capitalization.