August 1

Nationwide ‘State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index’ released
As part of its commitment to create awareness about energy efficiency as a resource and also to develop an action plan for energy conservation initiatives, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE), released the ‘State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index’, which assesses state policies and programmes aimed at improving energy efficiency across various sectors.
The State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index has 63 indicators across Building, Industry, Municipality, Transport, Agriculture and DISCOM with 4 cross-cutting indicators. States are categorised based on their efforts and achievements towards energy efficiency implementation, as ‘Front Runner’, ‘Achiever’, ‘Contender’ and ‘Aspirant’. The ‘Front Runner’ states in the inaugural edition of the Index are: Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, and Rajasthan based on available data.

August 2

Indian Oil tops 7 Indian firms on Fortune 500 list, RIL jumps 53 places
Seven Indian companies have made it to the latest Fortune 500 list of the world’s biggest corporations in terms of revenue, with state-owned IOC continuing to be the highest ranked Indian firm and reliance industries (RIL) jumping 53 places.
In the list topped by retail giant Wal-Mart, Indian iol corp (IOC) with 23 per cent rise in revenues at $65.9 billon was ranked 137th, up from the 168th position in 2017.
Richest Indian mukesh Ambani- led RI was the top private sector company from the country as it jumped from 203rd rank last year to 148th.
IOC is the highest ranked company from India followed by RIL which jumped 55 places.
IOC ranked 137th in 2018 with a significant jump from 168th position from 2017.
RIL is the top private sector company in India. It ranked 148th in 2018 from 203rd from 2017.
ONGC ranked 197th in 2018 which not even featured in 2017.
SBI got 216th rank 1 place higher than 217th in 2017.
Tata Motors ranked 232nd from 247th from 2017.
BPCL ranked 314th in 2018 from 360th in 2017.
Rajesh Exports ranked 405th in 2018 from 295th in 2017.

August 3

Japan overtakes China to become world’s second-largest stock market: Bloomberg
Japan has pipped China as the world's number two stock market, according to the Bloomberg report. The Chinese market was worth $6.09 trillion next to Japan's $6.17 trillion.
Both markets are ranked after the US which is the world's largest at just over $31 trillion. China lost to Japan after Chinese stocks and currency fell this year amid a trade spat with the US.

August 4

Delhi replaces Gujarat to top 'most investor-friendly' destination list
Delhi has toppled Gujarat from the top spot in a list of 21 states and union territories with the most investment potential, according to a report by economic think-tank NCAER.
The national capital is followed by Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and West Bengal.
The ranking of 20 states and one Union Territory of Delhi was based on six pillars - land, labour, infrastructure, economic climate, governance and political stability and business perceptions.
NCAER launched the N-SIPI (State Investment Potential Index) series in March 2016. Gujarat had topped both the previous editions of the ranking.
Assam, Jharkhand and Bihar are ranked among the least favourable states for investment. However, they score higher under individual pillars, with Bihar doing better in labour, Assam in land and Jharkhand in the economy criterion.

August 6

Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat are best States for doing business: NCAER study
Delhi has emerged the most-attractive State for investors, improving its position on the think-tank National Council for Applied and Economic Research (NCAER)’s 2018 State Investment Potential Index. Gujarat, previously No 1, slipped two places to the third position.
The surprise elements in the index, named N-SIPI, was Tamil Nadu, which moved up four places to No 2.
West Bengal jumped 11 places from last year to emerge the 10th most attractive State for investors.
Andhra Pradesh saw a decline in its attractiveness, falling from the third position in 2017 to the seventh in the 2018 index, while Punjab moved up four places to No 12. N-SIPI, now in the third edition, ranked 21 major States, including Delhi, on various parameters.

Gurugram India’s most polluted city (as on 5th august 2018) according to AQI index of CPCB
The city, which has been NCR’s most polluted for the past three days, declared the most polluted among 62 cities in the country surveyed by the central polluted control board (PCCB), with air quality index (AQI) crossing the 300 mark.
With AQI hovering between poor and very poor categories, Gurugram is witnessing air quality this poor after a month AQI was 321 (very poor) compared to other NCR cities Delhi Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida and Greater Noida at 241 (poor).

August 7

Only 19% use Internet in India, says study
A mere 19 per cent of people in the 15-65 age group use Internet in India.
About 35 per cent of those in the age group are aware of Internet named "AfterAccess: ICT access and use in India and the Global South". It was published by Lirneasia, a policy and regulation think tank in collaboration with the Cellular Operators Association of India.

August 8

Government to announce launch of cleanliness survey for next year
The government will announce the launch of a cleanliness survey to be conducted next year as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) later.
The Swachh Survekshan 2019 is proposed to be conducted from January 4 to 31, which would encourage "large scale" citizen participation ensuring sustainability of initiatives taken towards garbage-free and open defecation-free cities.
According to the statement issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, the survey will provide "credible outcomes" which will be validated by third party certification.
It stated that Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri will launch the survey involving ODF plus and ODF Plus Plus Protocol.

August 10

India's rank on the Global Innovation Index (GII) Improves to 57th this year
India's rank on the Global Innovation Index (GII) has improved from 60th last year to 57th this year. India has been consistently climbing the GII ranking for the past two years. Positioning in the top half of the GII ranking, India ranks well in several important innovation inputs, including graduates in science and engineering, expenditures of major R&D-intensive global companies, and capital formation.
Government and industry must synergise their efforts to promote R&D and innovation in the country. NITI Aayog will join hands with CII to drive innovation in India. This was stated by Mr Ratan P Watal, Principal Adviser, NITI Aayog & Member Secretary Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister at the India launch of Global Innovation Index 2018 in New Delhi.
Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Singapore, the United States of America, Finland and Denmark lead the 2018 rankings in GII which saw a global launch last month at the Cornell Tech campus in New York. Co-published by Cornell University, Insead and WIPO, the GII acts as a source of insight into the multidimensional facets of innovation-driven growth. In 2018, the other partners of GII included PwC's Strategy &, the National Industry Confederation (CNI) and Brazilian Service of Support to Micro and Small Enterprises (Sebrae).

August 11

Macau set to overtake Qatar as world's richest place, predicts IMF
Qatar is on track to lose its status as the richest place in the world to the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau.
The global casino hub’s economy will reach the equivalent of about $143,116 per person by 2020, according to projections from the International Monetary Fund. That will put Macau ahead of the current No. 1 Qatar, which will reach $139,151 in the same time frame.
A former Portuguese outpost on the southern tip of China, Macau has become a gambling mecca since returning to Chinese control almost two decades ago. It’s the only place in China where casinos are legal, turning it into a magnet for high-rollers from the mainland. Macau’s gross domestic product has more than tripled from about $34,500 per capita in 2001, the IMF data shows.
The wealth gap between the two places is also expected to widen beyond 2020, with Macau’s GDP per capita set to reach about $172,681 by 2023, according to data compiled from the April edition of the IMF’s Global Economic Outlook database. Qatar’s, meanwhile, will grow to just $158,117.
Elsewhere, financial hub Singapore’s GDP per capita is expected to top six digits by next year and is on track to grow to about $117,535 by 2023, while Hong Kong -- across the water from Macau -- will touch almost $80,000 by that time, the IMF projections show.
Rich Getting Richer
Macau ---------------------143,120
Qatar ---------------------- 139,150
Luxembourg ------------- 118,150
Singapore ---- ------------105,800
Brunei Darussalam----- 94,370
Ireland --- -----------------87,870

August 12

Assam govt to conduct door to door survey under PMAY-G
In Assam, the Panchayat and Rural Development Department has stressed on accelerating the pace of overall development of rural areas through successful implementation of various programmes.
The department has also taken steps for conducting a door to door survey under Prime Minister Awas Yojna Grameen. For this purpose 26,810 village level facilitators are being imparted training by State Institute of Panchayat and Rural Development who will visit every household under PMAY-G to understand the problems faced by the beneficiaries.
To make this drive more successful, Rural Development Minister Naba Doley has directed all the departmental officials to participate in the survey. Accordingly, about 10,000 officials will be visiting including night halt at newly constructed PMAY houses. Minister Mr. Doley along with other ministers, MPs and also MLAs will also take part in the drive to inspire all concerned.

August 13

Pune gets first spot in Ease of Living Index, Delhi languishes at 65th spot
Pune is the most liveable city, followed closely by Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai in a ranking of 111 Indian cities with the national capital ranked at a lowly 65 on the Ease of Living Index released by the government.
Thane is the fourth Maharashtra city that made it to the top 10 in the list. Other cities ranked among the best 10 are Tirupati, Chandigarh, Raipur, Indore, Vijaywada and Bhopal.
Notably, none of the cities in big states like Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have made it to the top 10.
Chennai has been ranked 14, Hyderabad at 27 and Bengaluru at 85. Kolkata had refused to participate in the survey.
Institutional: Navi Mumbai, Tirupati, Karim Nagar.
Social: Tirupati, Tiruchirappalli, Navi Mumbai.
Economic: Chandigarh, Ajmer, Kota.
Physical: Greater Mumbai, Pune, Thane.

SBI ranked as India's most patriotic brand: Survey
Country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) is considered to be the most patriotic brand, according to a survey, followed by Tata Motors, Patanjali, Reliance Jio and BSNL.
Around 16% respondents ranked SBI to be the most patriotic brand overall, followed by Tata Motors and Patanjali with 8% each, and Reliance Jio and BSNL with 6% each, the survey conducted by UK-based online market research and data analytics firm.
In terms of sectors, the financial sector topped the chart of the most patriotic brands with two leading names—SBI and Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) - followed by auto, consumer goods, food and telecom sectors.
The survey, which covered 152 brands across 11 categories, is based on data collected online by YouGov Omnibus among 1,193 respondents in the country between 2 August and 8 August using its panel of an online representation of India.
In the financial sector, SBI lead the chart with 47% respondents considering it to be the most patriotic brand, followed by LIC with 16%.
In the auto sector, Tata Motors emerged as the most patriotic brand with about 30% of the respondents voting for the company, followed by Bharat Petroleum with 13% and Maruti Suzuki with 11%.

August 14

Jodhpur emerges as country's cleanest railway station
Rajasthan's two stations have emerged as the cleanest railway stations in the third cleanliness survey. Jodhpur has emerged as the cleanest station in 'A1' category.
This time Jodhpur beat Visakhapatnam which was at the first spot. However, Rajasthan's Jaipur station is at number two and Andhra Pradesh's Tirupati was placed at number three.
Survey was conducted by the Quality Council of India (QCI) on over 400 India's major railway stations. Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) conducted the first survey in 2016 and the second survey was conducted by Quality Council of India (QCI).
Cleanest Railway station (A+ category)
Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
Jaipur (Rajasthan)
Tirupati Andhra Pradesh)
Cleanest railway station (A category)
Marwar (Rajasthan)
Phulera (Rajasthan)
Warangal (Telangana)
Cleanest Zone
North Western Railway
South Central Railway
East Coast Railway

Vienna overtakes Melbourne as the world’s most liveable city
Vienna for the first time topped the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index as ‘world’s most pleasant city to live in’. Earlier the 1st spot was owned by Melbourne, Australia seven times which now ranked at 2nd spot. It is an annual survey of 140 urban centres across the globe since 2004.
Osaka, Calgary and Sydney ranked 3rd, 4th and 5th. Among Indian Cities, New Delhi tops the Index by attaining 112th Position, Mumbai Ranks next at 117th Position.
Paris ranked 19th, Singapore ranked 31st, London ranked 48th, and New York 57th.
Copenhagen was the only other European city in the top ten at 9th place.
Damascus retained last place, which follows Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, and Lagos in Nigeria.
This year’s survey did not include Baghdad and Kabul among others.

August 15

India's richest women: Smitha Crishna, Roshni Nadar top list
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is the only self-made women - with the total wealth of Rs 24,790 crore - who could make it to the top 100. On the third spot is Indu Jain of Bennett Coleman and Co Group, whose total wealth is estimated to be around Rs 26,240 crore.
The survey, prepared by Kotak Wealth-Hurun, features Smitha Crishna, the third generation heir of the Godrej empire, as the wealthiest Indian women with net worth of Rs 37,570 crore. The total wealth of each women featured in the top 100 women exceeds Rs 1,000 crore, while their average income is around Rs 4,000 crore. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is the only richest self-made women -- with the total wealth of Rs 24,790 crore - who could make it to the top 100.
Following Smitha is HCL CEO and Executive Director Roshni Nadar, whose net worth is around Rs 30,200 crore. She is the daughter of the billionaire businessman Shiv Nadar. On the third spot is Indu Jain of Bennett Coleman and Co Group, whose total wealth is estimated to be around Rs 26,240 crore.
According to the survey, the total wealth of these three women - which is around Rs 96,000 crore - is more than the GDP of 68 countries in the world.

(1) Smita V Crishna 37,570 (Godrej)
(2) Roshini Nadar 30,200 (HCL)
(3) Indu Jain 26,240 ( Bennett Coleman)
(4) Kiran Mazumdar Shaw 24,790 (Biocan)
(5) Kiran Nadar 20,120 (HCL)

August 16

First All India Rural Financial Inclusion Survey by NABARD Indicates 88% Rural Households Have Savings Account
NABARD All India Financial Inclusion Survey (NAFIS), conducted by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), revealed that farm households register higher income than the families solely dependent on non-farm livelihood activities in rural areas. Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog released the NAFIS report at a function held at India Habitat Centre in New Delh.
The survey, with reference year of 2015-16, which covered 40,327 rural households, highlighted that the average annual income of an agricultural household is Rs 1,07,172 compared to Rs 87,228 for families engaged only in non-agricultural activities. The survey defined farm households as families having over Rs 5,000 as value of produce from agricultural operations in the year preceding the survey. For all rural households, the average annual income stood at Rs 96,708. The 48 per cent of the rural families are agricultural households.
Apart from assessing the income levels of rural households, the survey mapped aspects like debt, saving, investment, insurance, pension and financial aptitude and behaviour of individuals.
Incidence of Indebtedness (IOI), which is a proportion of households having outstanding debt on the date of the survey, was 52.5 per cent and 42.8 per cent for agricultural and non-agricultural households respectively. All India IOI taking rural households together stood at 47.4 per cent.
While 88.1 per cent rural households and 55 per cent agricultural households reported having a bank account, average savings per annum per household was Rs 17,488. About 26 per cent of agricultural households and 25 per cent of non-agricultural households were found to have been covered under insurance. Similarly, 20.1 per cent agricultural households as against 18.9 per cent non-agricultural households have subscribed to pension schemes.

August 22

Bengaluru, Delhi airports in world's top 10 fastest growing airports
Two Indian airports have been ranked in the top 10 list of the world's fastest growing airport in the world during January to June this year, with one of them securing the second spot, shows a recent study. While Bengaluru airport made second place, Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport came in at the sixth spot.
According to Routesonline, global airlines events organiser, Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport has recorded 1,58,50,352 passengers in the first half (H1) of 2018, an increase of 41,80,852 passengers against the same period last year. And, Delhi has flown 3,49,05,629 passengers in H1 (January-June) 2018, adding 32,76,183 passengers from H1 2017. The figures are based on the actual passenger growth.
The survey ranked Tokyo's Haneda Airport at the top position with 4,32,88,558 passengers in H1 2018. Haneda International added more than 4.3 million passengers from January to June, compared with a year ago.
Jakarta, Chicago and Madrid are the third, fourth and fifth fastest-growing airports respectively. Others in the top 10 list are - Dallas Fort Worth (7th), Los Angeles (8th), Frankfurt (9th) and Nanchang (10th).

August 23

Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan among top-10 highest paid actors in Forbes list
Akshay Kumar has emerged as the seventh highest-paid actor in the world. He earned $40.5 million in 2018, according to Forbes magazine. The Gold actor is closely followed by his contemporary Salman Khan in the ninth place, who raked in $38.5 million.
at No. 1 is George Clooney (earnings $239 million) and Kylie Jenner (No. 3 with $166.5 million). Kylie, the 20-year-old mother, reality television star and owner of Kylie Cosmetics, is youngest on the list. Later this year, she’ll likely take the title Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates once held: the world’s youngest ever self-made billionaire, Forbes noted.
(1) George Clooney
(2) Dwayne Jhonson
(3) Robert Downey Jr
(4) Chris Hemsworth
(5) Jackie Chan

Top 10 Highest paid Actresses in the World:
Together the top 10 highest paid actresses earned a total of $168 million between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018.
The list is as follows:
(1) Scarlett Johansson
(2) Angelina Jolie
(3) Jennifer Aniston
(4) Jennifer Lawrence
(5) Reese Witherspoon

Only P.V. Sindu in Top 10 highest Paid Sportswomen person in Forbes list
Serena Williams with earnings of $18.1 Million was the highest paid female athlete for a third consecutive year in 2018 according to list of highest paid female Athletes 2018 published by Forbes.
The only non-tennis players in the top 10 are: Indian badminton player P.V. Sindhu (7th) and Racing’s Danica Patrick (10th ).
The top 10 female athletes banked a total of $105 million.
(1) Serena Williams
(2) Carolina Wozniacki
(3) Sloane Stephens
(4) Garbine Muguruza
(5) Maria Sharapova

August 24

Bhopal and Kolkata come up tops in CSE rankings of some Indian cities on clean transportation
14 cities assessed. To understand how the urban commute – the way people travel in cities – contributes to air pollution and energy consumption
Bhopal tops for lowest overall emissions and energy usefrom urban commute
Kolkata and Mumbai emit least among six megacities dueto high usage of public transport and walking; Kolkata alsohas short travel distances due to its compact form
Delhi, despite being the third highest for high share of public transport trips, tanks to the bottom as overallemissions and fuel use are highest due to the sheer numberof people, high volume of travel and personal vehicles,and long trip distances
Megacities of Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai scorepoor. They have lower share of public transport comparedto Delhi and yet have scored better than Delhi only becauseof total travel volumes are comparatively lower given theirpopulation levels. With growth and without adequate actionthey can get worse in future
Overall emissions and energy consumption
(1) Bhopal
(2) Vijayawada
(3) Chandigarh
(4) Lucknow
(5) Kochi
Per-travel trip emissions and energy consumption
(1) Kolkata
(2) Mumbai
(3) Bhopal
(4) Delhi
(5) Ahmedabad

August 25

Finance Ministry ranks PNB as best PSU bank for digital transactions
A central government report has ranked Punjab National Bank (PNB) as the best PSU bank in the overall digital transactions category in India.
According to a PNB statement, the report card on the banking sector's performance in digital transactions was prepared by the Ministry of Finance.
As per the Department of Financial Services (DFS) findings, PNB's average percentage of technical declines is only 0.83 per cent of the total transactions.
It has been rated as the sixth best in the overall category amongst all banks in India for digital performance.

August 26

Delhi on top in the list of highest polluted cities and Bhopal on the lowest level of pollution:
The highest pollution is due to transport in the national capital of Delhi. At the same time, Madhya Pradesh's capital Bhopal has the lowest level of pollution. It has been revealed in a research report. The Center for Science and Environment (CSE) has released the report after studying 14 cities in the country.
According to the report, particulate matter, nitrogen oxide and heat-trapping carbon dioxide emitting from vehicles are harming the environment. It has been reported in the report that 47% of Bhopal has the highest share of cycling and pedestrian. This report has been released in the seminar organized in Kolkata with the title Urban Commute. CSE executive director Anumita Roy Chowdhury insisted on the need to reduce clean transport and carbon emissions and urged the cities to form a policy for this.