SURVEYS - 2018 MAY

May 1

India had 14 out of world’s 20 most polluted cities in terms of PM2.5 levels in 2016: WHO
Delhi and Varanasi are among the 14 Indian cities that figure in a list of 20 most polluted cities in the world in terms of PM2.5 levels in 2016, data released by the WHO.
And nine out of 10 people in the world breathe air containing high levels of pollutants.
Other Indian cities that registered very high levels of PM2.5 pollutants were Kanpur, Faridabad, Gaya, Patna, Lucknow, Agra, Muzaffarpur, Srinagar, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Patiala and Jodhpur followed by Ali Subah Al-Salem in Kuwait and a few cities in China and Mongolia.

May 2

US is ‘top choice’ for Indian travellers: RCI report
There was a 13 per cent growth in the number of Indians taking vacations abroad in 2017-18, according to a report released by global timeshare firm RCI.
The report, which studied holiday and vacation patterns of 50,000 RCI members in India, found that the US was the most preferred destination in 2017-18 while for those headed for Europe, Switzerland and Spain were the top choices.

May 3

India slips 3 notches, but still in the reckoning in AT Kearney’s FDI Index
India has slipped three notches to the 11th position in the AT Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index for 2018.
The US remained in the top position for investment intentions with Canada rising to the second position while Germany fell to the third.
Overall, India remains among the top investment destinations due to its sheer market size and rapid economic growth.

May 4

India among top 5 defence spenders: SIPRI report
India and China were among the five biggest military spenders which together accounted for 60 per cent of the total global defence expenditure of USD 1.739 trillion in 2017.
In a report of Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) China’s military expenditure rose again in 2017, continuing an upward trend that has lasted for more than two decades.
According to the arms watchdog, the five top military spenders in 2017 were the US, China, Saudi Arabia, Russia and India.

May 8

India ranks 4th in Asia-Pacific on power index
India has ranked fourth out of 25 nations in the Asia-Pacific region on an index that measures their overall power, with the country being pegged as a "giant of the future" but trails behind in indicators of defence networks and economic relationships.
The Lowy Institute Asia Power Index measures power across 25 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region, reaching as far west as Pakistan, as far north as Russia, and as far into the Pacific as Australia, New Zealand and the US.

India slips to 6th spot in biz optimism index; sentiment weakest since 2014: Thornton
With business sentiment at the "weakest" in four years, India slipped to the 6th position globally in the business optimism index for the first quarter of this year.
Business optimism is however at an "all-time high" globally with the index at net 61 per cent, the highest figure recorded in 15 years of research, as per Grant Thornton's quarterly global business survey released.

May 9

Narendra Modi among top 10 most powerful people in the world: Forbes
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked among the top 10 most powerful people in the world by Forbes in a list that has been topped for the first time ever by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who dethroned Russian President Vladimir Putin as the most influential person on the planet.
Mr. Modi ranks 9th on the Forbes 2018 list of 75 of 'The World’s Most Powerful People' who make the world turn.
There are nearly 7.5 billion humans on planet Earth, but these 75 men and women make the world turn. Forbes’ annual ranking of The World’s Most Powerful People identifies one person out of every 100 million.

May 14

India witnessed highest number of Internet shutdowns in 2017-18: UNESCO report
People in South Asian countries experienced at least 97 instances of Internet shutdown, a barometer on freedom of press and expression, between May 2017 and April 2018, with India alone accounting for 82 such cases.
According to the Clampdowns and Courage-South Asia Press Freedom Report 2017-18, released recently by the UNESCO-International Federation of Journalists, Pakistan witnessed 12 instances of Internet shutdown, while Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka reported one such case each.
Internet shutdown and deliberate slowdowns are increasing the world over and are now also a barometer on press freedom and freedom of expression controls.
South Asia has witnessed the highest number of Internet shutdowns globally, with India earning the dubious crown for the country with the highest number of Internet shutdowns.

May 15

India third largest solar market in the world: Mercom Communications
India emerged as the third largest solar market in the world in 2017 behind China and the US by Mercom Communications India in a report.
In 2017, India emerged as the third largest solar market having grown at a CAGR of approximately 170 per cent since 2010.
As per the report, India set a new record with 9.6 GW of solar installations in 2017, which was more than double the 4.3 GW installed in 2016.
The robust growth boosted the country's total solar installed capacity to 19.6 GW as of December 2017.


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