SURVEYS - 2017 APRIL

April 3

IISc Ranked best educational institution by HRD Ministry.
The union Human Resource Development Minister 'Prakash Javadekar' has released the India Rankings - 2017 of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in New Delhi.
Top University - Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore) and Top College - Miranda House (Delhi) have made it to the top of respective categories.
The methodology draws from the overall recommendations broad understanding arrived at by a Core Committee set up by Ministry of Human Resources Development, to identify the broad parameters for ranking various universities and institutions.

April 4

India ranks 3rd for third year in a row in WADA doping charts.
India has been ranked 3rd  for the third year in a row in a doping violation report published by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for 2015 with 117 athletes from the country being punished after testing positive for banned substances.
India followed Russian Federation (176 athletes) and Italy (129 athletes) at the third spot in the doping violation chart released by the WADA, the same position as in the reports of 2013 and 2014.
This is the first set of Anti-Doping Rule Violation statistics under the revised WADA Code and third such report in its history since 2013.

April 5

India's is the world’s 7th largest tourism economy in terms of GDP, says WTTC.
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 per cent of India's GDP. 
Additionally, the sector created 40.3 million jobs in 2016, which ranks India 2nd in the world in terms of total employment generated. The sector accounts for 9.3 per cent of the country's total jobs. 
India's Travel and Tourism sector was also the fastest growing amongst the G20 countries, growing by 8.5 per cent in 2016. A further 6.7 per cent growth is forecast for 2017. 

April 6

India ranks 40th in WEF's global travel & tourism ranking.
India has jumped 12 places to 40th rank globally in total 136 countries in Travel and Tourism Competitiveness report 2017 by World Economic Forum.
India lagged behind its other Asian countries like Japan and China which were ranked at the 4th and 13th place, respectively. Spain is ranked at the top in the list.
The traditional strong travel and tourism destinations, including Japan (4th), the United Kingdom (5th), the United States (6th), Australia (7th), Italy (8th), Canada (9t) and Switzerland (10th), have also made it to the top 10.

FMCG highest paying industry in India: Randstad survey.
The Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry has emerged as the highest paying industry in India with an average annual cost to company (CTC) of Rs. 11.3 lakh across all levels and functions according to Randstad survey, 2017.
A robust demand for qualified personnel in sales, marketing and supply chain management roles coupled with close to 30 per cent of jobs being posted in over 10 lakh category is being seen as the primary driver for FMCG industry to emerge as the winner.
Randstad is a Dutch multinational human resource consulting firm headquartered in Diemen, Netherland. Randstad is the world's second-largest HR service provider.

April 7

India ranks 9th among 41 countries in corruption in businesses.
India ranks 9th 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 that bribery and corrupt practices happen widely in businesses, 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.

April 8

Bengaluru grade No. 1 city in India on best paying city for professionals.
Bengaluru has been ranked the top-paying city for professionals in India with an average yearly salary of Rs. 14.6 lakh, by the Randstad Salary Trends Study 2017.
It was followed by Mumbai and Hyderabad with average yearly salaries of Rs. 14.2 lakh and Rs. 13.6 lakh respectively.
Java programmers are the best-paid professionals in the country, with an average salary of Rs. 18 lakh.

April 9

Samsung India's R&D unit tops chart of IT patent applicants.
Samsung R&D Institute India filed the maximum number of patent applications in the IT sector in 2015-16, followed by home-grown TCS and Wipro.
According to the annual report of Office of the Controller General of patents, designs, trademarks and geographical indications, the other top applicants include premier Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs) and HCL Technologies.
In common parlance, this office is called Indian Patent Office, which comes under the Commerce and Industry Ministry.
Samsung R&D Institute India, TCS, Wipro, IITs and HCL have filed 229, 213, 149, 60 and 49 applications, respectively.

April 10

India Nears No. 2 Spot as Steel Producer on Record Output.
India, set to become the world's largest steel producer after China, churned out a record amount in the year through March to feed rising local demand, while boosting exports to the highest ever.
Output jumped 11 per cent to 101.3 million metric tons and the nation was a net exporter for the first time in three years, doubling shipments to 8.2 million tons, according to provisional steel ministry data.
India's on course to overtake Japan as the second-biggest producer by 2019, according to the Australian government, as mills increase output to meet growing demand for infrastructure, homes and consumer goods. The nation's top suppliers JSW Steel Ltd., Steel Authority of India Ltd. and Tata Steel Ltd. all chalked up record production last year.

April 11

Iran, Saudi Arabia, China top world execution list 2016.
Amnesty International published the review stated that China executed the most people in 2016, followed by Iran and Saudi Arabia.
The china alone killed thousands of people when 23 countries together executed 1032, the MENA region has executed the majority of 852 numbers.
Amnesty's East Asia Director Nicholas Bequelin stated that china has refused to release the number of execution but is believed to execute many thousands of people every year.
According to the report, the total number of executions happened worldwide had dropped by 37 per cent compared to 2015. For the first time in a decade, the United States was not included in the top five countries on the list.

April 12

Haldia Port Tops the List in The First Ever Ranking of Ports on Sanitation Parameters.
Haldia Port in West Bengal has topped the List in the First-Ever Ranking of Ports on Sanitation Parameters.
The survey was done on the twelve major ports under the Ministry of Shipping on sanitation parameters, based on the efforts undertaken by them to counter waste generating sources with respect to port operation, office area, township area and the response to incoming ships.
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.
The 'Swachhta Pakhwada' was a major sanitation and cleanliness campaign launched by the Hon'ble Minister of Shipping, Sh. Nitin Gadkari at the Shipping House in Mumbai. 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.

April 13

PM Modi beats US President Donald Trump on Instagram, becomes most followed world leader.
Beating US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now the most followed world leader on photo sharing platform Instagram. His account boasts of a whopping 6.9 million followers.
According to a global study "World Leaders on Instagram" that analysed the activity of around 325 Instagram accounts of heads of state and government and foreign ministers over the last one year, Modi is also the most "effective world leader" on the platform, a conclusion that was reached based on the comments and likes that his posts garner.
PM Modi has put out 101 posts till date on the Facebook-owned social media platform which is used for sharing photos and short videos.
Trump, who occupies the second spot, has 6.3 million followers while Pope Francis is in third place with 3.7 million followers, ahead of the White House account with 3.4 million followers.

Alia Bhatt features on Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list.
Actress Alia Bhatt has featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list. She is the only Bollywood actress who has made it to this year's list.
"With a huge fan-following... she has been recognised multiple times for her acting'', wrote Forbes while describing Alia.
Other celebrities who have featured on the list include actress Margot Robbie and singer Lorde.


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