SURVEYS - 2018 NOVEMBER

November 1

Ease of Doing Business Index 2019: India Ranks 77th, New Zealand Tops.
India jumped 23 positions in the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business Index 2019 and is now ranked 77 out of 190 countries in 2018, a development that could help the country attract more foreign investments. 
According to the Doing Business Report (DBR, 2019), New Zealand topped the list, followed by Singapore, Denmark, and Hong Kong. India has become the top-ranked country in South Asia for the first time and third among the BRICS. 
About The World Bank:
Headquarters: Washington,D.C.,United States
President : Jim Yong Kim

November 2

India will become 3rd largest aviation market in world by 2020: Foreign Secretary.
 Foreign Secretary Vijay KeshavGokhale announced that India is aimed at laying 40 kilometers of highways every day by 2018 and 2019 - a three-time jump from four years ago.
Projects which lift India's position to 3rd largest aviation market by 2020 are:
Chabahar port being developed in Iran to improve connectivity to the West.
Activities in Bangladesh include inland waterways container ports.
The Kaladanproject  being implemented in Myanmar.

PatherPanchaliSatyajit Ray’s epic masterpiece, has been included in BBCs list of 100 best foreign language films.
The film was released in 1955 and the first in Ray’s Apu trilogy was placed at number 15 in the list, which was topped by Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.
It is based on BibhutibhushanBandyopadhyay's 1929 Bengali novel of the same name and is Ray's directorial debut.
PatherPanchali depicts the childhood of the protagonist Apu (Subir Banerjee) and his elder sister Durga (Uma Dasgupta) and the harsh village life of their poor family.

November 3

Kolkata tops in public transport index: Ola
according to a study named ‘Ease of Moving Index’ by Ola Mobility Institute, city of Kolkata topped among all metro cities in public transport.
 80% of people in cities - would prefer using public transport over personal vehicles.
 Kolkata secured the highest score while Patna and Bhubaneswar topped the list for growing and emerging cities. Kolkata outscored the other metros in terms of cleanliness and tops the charts when it comes to affordability of public transport.
 People in Chennai are the heaviest users of public transport among the metro cities while Mumbai scores lowest. 51% residents of Mumbai preferred public transport than the personal vehicles.
 New Delhi was rated highly in terms of safety and ranked the best among the big cities in affording  parking space to its residents. New Delhi also has the best surface quality of roads.
 In Hyderabad, highest coverage of public transport.
Following shows the overall metrocity scores:

Rank
Metro City
1
Kolkata
2
New Delhi
3
Chennai
4
Hyderabad
5
Bangalore
6
Mumbai

About OLA:
Headquarters: Bengaluru  
CEO & Co-founder: Bhavish Agarwal.

November 4

Kolkata leads Ease of Moving Index 2018
Ola Mobility Institute (OMI), the research and outreach arm of Ola, released India's first Ease of Moving Index, 2018.
As part of report findings, Kolkata ranks the highest in terms of affordability of public transportation with 80% of commuters finding Kolkata's public transport reasonable and affordable.
The report was released by Nitin Gadkari, Hon'ble Union Minister, Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation.

49th edition of the IFFI 2018 to be held in Goa
Israel is the focus country at the International Film Festival (IFFI).
Under International Competition section, 15 films will be presented out of which three are Indian.
The Mainstream Cinema Official Selection for Indian Panorama Film Section at IFFI were Mahanati (Telugu), Tiger Zinda Hai (Hindi), Padmavaat (Hindi), Raazi (Hindi).
Capital city: Panaji
C.M: Manohar Parrikar
Governor: Mridual Sinha

18th Indian Ocean Rim Association Council of Ministers Meeting Held in Durban
The 18th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers Meeting was held in Durban, South Africa. Gen.(Dr.) VK Singh (Retd.), Minister of State for External Affairs, attended the IORA Council of Ministers Meeting.
This meeting took place during the on-going celebrations of the 150th year of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the 100th birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela.

November 5

Singapore is Asia’s most sustainable city: Arcadis.
Singapore has maintained its rank as number one Asian city in the Sustainability Index by engineering firm Arcadis.
The Sustainability Index assessed cities based on 3 pillars, profit pillar, people pillar and planet pillar.
Singapore secured fourth place in global rankings. As per the study, Singapore ranked first for the profit pillar that assesses the business environment and economic performance of cities.
 As per the study, Singapore is one of the world’s most active Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) testing environments.
About Singapore:
Capital: Singapore  
President: Halimah Yacob
Prime Minister: Lee Hsien Loong
Currency: Singapore dollar.
India ranked 12th globally in web-borne threats: Kaspersky Lab.
According to the recent report by global cybersecurity company, Kaspersky Lab.
Regarding vulnerabilities in browsers and their plugins (drive-by download), infection happened when visiting an infected website, without any intervention from user and without their knowledge.
This is the most used method by cybercriminals for these kind of attacks.
About Kaspersky Lab:
CEO: Eugene Kaspersky
Headquarters: Moscow, Russia.

November 6

India ranked 12th in web-borne threats.
According to a report by global cybersecurity company, ‘Kaspersky Lab’, India is ranked 12th worldwide when it comes to the dangers associated with surfing the web.
In the third quarter (July - September), 32.8% of the users were attacked by web-borne threats in India.
Kaspersky Lab products detected 48,093,743 Internet-borne malware incidents on the computers of KSN participants in India.

November 10

Study finds unemployment rate at 6.9%, a 2-year high
Unemployment rate in the country rose to 6.9% in October, the highest in two years, according to a report by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE). The estimated number of people employed during October 2018 was 397 million.
This was 2.4% lower than the rate in October 2017. Around 407 million individuals were estimated to be employed during the same period in 2017. Only 39.5% of the adult population was employed in October 2018.


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