SURVEYS - 2017 September

September 2

India is the most corrupt country in Asia
Forbes an American bi-weekly business magazine published a report stating that India remains the most corrupt country in the Asia Pacific region. The report was based on a study by Transparency International.
Transparency International, a Berlin based NGO working against corruption, nearly 22,000 people across 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific to understand the levels of corruption in the region.
While India remains the most corrupt country in this region, with 69 per cent bribery rates, Japan came out as the least corrupt nation, with a 0.2 per cent bribery rate.

September 5

World University Rankings 2018: IISc ranked highest from India
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) retained top position among Indian Universities in the Times World University Rankings 2018, but its position fell in global rankings compared to its last year position.  
Top 10 in Universities in World are Oxford University (1st, UK), Cambridge University (2nd, UK), California institute of Technology (3rd, US), Stanford University (4th, US), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (5th, US), Harvard University (6th, US), Princeton University (7th, US), Imperial College London (8th, UK), University of Chicago (9th, US), ETH-Zurich (10th, Switzerland).
A total of 30 Universities in India featured in this edition of the list, but none was in the top 100. 8 feature in top 500 and 3 in top 200 (IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, and IISc Bangalore). In this year’s rankings, Indian Universities also slipped down from their previous ranking.

September 8

Karnataka tops in manufacturing excellence: ASSOCHAM
Karnataka stands at top among the states of the country in terms of manufacturing excellence, according to a study by industry chambers ASSOCHAM.
Karnataka has the best manufacturing process ratio of 2.63, with maximum value of goods being converted into finished goods valuing over Rs 2,000 crore.
The study was conducted by ASSOCHAM's Economic Research Bureau. Karnataka ranks third in attracting investments in the manufacturing sector, leaving states like Gujarat behind.
The total investments attracted by states across the country which are worth Rs.169 lakh-crore as of 2016 fiscal year, Karnataka accounted for 6.3 percent share with Rs 10.7 lakh-crore worth investments.

September 10

London tops in 2017 Global Financial Centers Index
London has topped in the 2017 Global Financial Centers Index (GFCI) among 92 financial centers released by the Z/Yen and China Development Institute. India’s financial capital Mumbai was ranked at 60th position, up by three positions compared to previous edition.
The index is ranking of the competitiveness of financial centers based on
Aggregate of indices from five key areas: business environment, financial sector
Development, infrastructure factors, human capital, reputation and general factors.
It is published twice a year. It is widely quoted as a source for ranking financial Centers. There is little change in top five positions compared to previous year.
London and New York remains in first and second places. Hong Kong has moved just ahead of Singapore. Tokyo remains in fifth. New York was 24 points behind London, biggest gap between the two since survey started in 2007 presumably due to fears over US trade.

September 11

Zoological Survey of India releases first compendium of animal species in Indian Sundarbans
Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has published first of its kind compendium titled Fauna of Sundarban Biosphere Reserve in Indian Sundarbans. It has consolidated and updated information of faunal diversity of Sundarbans.
Indian segment of Sundarbans is part of UNESCO World Heritage site. It forms part of Ganga-Brahmaputra delta across 9,630 sq. km, distributed among 104 islands. It has largest tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world.
The compendium catalogues entire faunal diversity of Sundarban Biosphere
Reserve covering 9,630 sq. km spread over 19 blocks in North 24 Parganas and
South 24 Parganas districts of West Bengal.
According to it, fragile Sundarbans ecosystem region hosts 2,626 animal species that come under zoological kingdom of Animalia, and 140 under more primitive Protista. It also includes diverse 25 phyla.

September 12

Facebook, Amazon among top 10 fastest-growing firms: Fortune
Social media giant Facebook and e-commerce major Amazon have been ranked among the top 10 firms on Fortune's '100 Fastest-Growing Companies' list.
Natural Health Trends has maintained its first rank in the list since last year with a total revenue of nearly ₹1,748 crore. Further, Facebook and Amazon have also been ranked as second and third most profitable companies, respectively.

September 13

Global Human Capital Index: India at 103, Norway Tops
India has been placed at a low 103 rank, the lowest among BRICS economies, on the World Economic Forum's Global Human Capital Index. The list has been topped by Norway.
The list takes into account "the knowledge and skills people possess that enable them to create value in the global economic system" to measure the 'human capital' rank of a country.
India is ranked lower than its BRICS peers, with Russian Federation placed as high as 16th place, followed by China at 34th, Brazil at 77th and South Africa at 87th place. The report measures total 130 countries.
Top 5 countries in the list are
(1) Norway
(2) Finland
(3) Switzerland
(4) United States
(5) Denmark.

September 14

German nationality ranked best in world, India ranked 101
The German nationality has been named the best in the world for the sixth year in a row, according to the Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index.
The index takes into account various factors including the country's economic growth and level of human development. While Denmark and France came joint second, India was ranked 101 among 159 countries.

September 15

India, China unlikely to be growth poles for global economy: UNCTAD Report
According to UNCTAD’s recently released Trade and Development Report (TDR) 2017, India and China at their current levels of growth will not serve as “growth Polls” for global economy in near future.
TDR is flagship report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and is treated as a barometer for assessing the global economic climate.

September 16

HDFC Bank is India’s Top Brand: BrandZ Top 50 Report
India’s second largest private sector bank HDFC Bank topped the list of the country’s top 50 brands according to a report released by marketing and advertising conglomerate WPP Plc and Kantar Millward Brown.
The bank has retained the top slot for the fourth year in a row. Banks and telcos dominate the listing, WPP’s BrandZ Top 50.
Airtel is at 2nd spot and State Bank of India is at 3rd. According to the report, consumption of packaged consumer goods fell 4.2% and 2.4% year on year in November and December 2016 respectively.

September 17

2017 Global least and most stressful cities: Stuttgart, Germany at the top, Bangalore 130th
Global ranking for the least and most stressful cities of the world was released, by a firm called Zipjet, in London. Stuttgart,Germany is at the top ,Bangalore 130th and, New Delhi 142nd.
The ranking was done based on the following factors Density, Green Spaces, Public Transport, Traffic, Perception of Security, Sunshine Hours, Air Pollution ,Noise Pollution, Light Pollution, Unemployment ,Debt per Capita ,Social Security ,Family Purchase Power ,Mental Health ,Physical Health ,Gender Equality ,Race Equality.
500 locations were studied and 150 cities were ranked. Four out of the top ten most stress-free cities are in Germany.
Top 5 most stress-free cities in the world are as follows
(1) Stuttgart, Germany
(2) Luxembourg
(3) Hanover, Germany
(4) Bern, Switzerland
(5) Munich, Germany
Top 5 world’s most stressful cities are as follows
(1) Baghdad, Iraq
(2) Kabul, Afghanistan
(3) Lagos, Nigeria
(4) Dakar, Senegal
(5) Cairo, Egypt

September 18

August 2017 was the second warmest August on record: NASA
August 2017 was the second warmest August in 137 years of record keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by NASA.
While August 2016 was the hottest, this year's August was 0.85 ºC warmer than the mean August temperature from 1951-1980.
The analysis was assembled from publicly available data acquired by about 6,300 meteorological stations around the world.

September 19

40 million people trapped in modern slavery: UN report
An estimated 40 million people, mostly women and girls, are trapped in modern slavery and 152 million children are subject to child labour, a UN report has revealed.
Developed jointly by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Walk Free Foundation and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the report published has revealed the true scale of modern slavery around the world.
The data released during the UN General Assembly that among the 40 million people trapped in modern slavery, 29 million or 71 per cent are women and girls. One in four victims of modern slavery are children, which totals about 10 million.

September 20

India replaces China as top retail destination in 2017: Study
India has replaced China as the top retail destination in 2017 as part of the global retail development index.
The change in ranking was an outcome of four factors including increased consumer spending beyond essentials, rising mobile and internet penetration, favorable foreign investment climate and bold action on cashless transaction and GST.
In addition to the bigger retailers and brands, the mid-size brands from across the world are also looking to cash on the relaxed retail policy in India.

September 23

India third in nuclear power installations: World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017
India is third in the world in the number of nuclear reactors being installed, at six, while China is leading at 20, the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017, released this month, shows. The number of nuclear reactor units under construction is, however, declining globally for the fourth year in a row, from 68 reactors at the end of 2013 to 53 by mid-2017.
The latest report further reveals that most nuclear reactor constructions are behind schedule, with delays resulting in increase in project costs and delay in power generation. There are 37 reactor constructions behind schedule, of which 19 reported further delays over the past year. In India itself, five out of the six reactors under construction are behind schedule. Eight nuclear power projects have been under construction globally for a decade or more, of which three have been so for over 30 years.
Data gathered by the authors shows that global nuclear power generation increased by 1.4% in 2016 due to a 23% increase in China, though the share of nuclear energy in electricity generation stagnated at 10.5%. By comparison, globally, wind power output grew by 16% and solar power by 30%. Wind power increased generation by 132 TWh (terawatt hours) or 3.8 times, and solar power by 77 TWh or 2.2 times more than nuclear power’s 35 TWh respectively. Renewables represented 62% of global power generating capacity additions.
Russia and the U.S. shut down reactors in 2016, while Sweden and South Korea both closed their oldest units in the first half of 2017, the report notes.

September 26

Maharashtra, Gujarat top in manufacturing: ASSOCHAM
Maharashtra and Gujarat are the top States in manufacturing emergence in India, according to a recent study conducted by the apex industry body ASSOCHAM.
While Maharashtra has topped with the highest growth in entrepreneurs’ memorandum (EM) part-II filed by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), Gujarat has performed very well on parameters such as change in capacity utilisation, operational ratio, value addition and input cost, a study titled ‘Manufacturing excellence and emergence in India: The State-level analysis’, conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham).
With a ratio of 1.29, Maharashtra has emerged on top in EM part-II filed by MSMEs at district industrial centres in FY15 over FY13. The State also performed well on other parameters with the third highest ratio in terms of change in return on capital, operational ratio, value addition and input cost.
Gujarat is ranked second in terms of change in capacity utilisation, operational ratio, value addition and input cost. It has also scored the fourth and fifth positions in terms of change in return on capital and efficiency respectively.

Apple retains top spot as world's most valuable brand for 5th consecutive year
Listed on Interbrand's annual "Best Global Brands" report for 2017, Apple's brand valuation soared to $184 billion, up 3 percent from last year.
Google placed second with a brand valuation of $142 billion, while Microsoft landed in third valued at just under $80 billion. Coca Cola and Amazon rounded out the top five with valuations of $70 billion and $65 billion, respectively.
The report notes Apple's brand valuation growth rate is slowing down as other up-and-comers gain ground. Previously dubbed "Top Risers," quickly growing brands tracked by Interbrand are now labeled "Top Growing" companies and include a variety of big-name corporations, many of them from the tech sector.
Facebook, which held the No. 8 spot on the best global brand list this year, placed first in the "Top Growing" category with a 48 percent jump in valuation from the same time last year. Following Facebook was overall No. 5 Amazon and No. 56 Adobe, which saw 29 percent and 19 percent increases in value, respectively.

Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings 2017:
Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings was released, with RIL,ONGC and IOC in the top rankings.
The Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings is published by S&P Global Platts annually. The companies are ranked based on financial performance depending on four important factors namely asset worth, revenues, profits, and return on invested capital. platts-global-energy-award

1st rank was secured by Russian gas firm Gazrpom.
2nd rank was bagged by German utility E.ON.
3rd rank was obtained by Indian energy producer, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL). RIL has the world’s biggest refinery complex.
Other Indian firms in the top of the list are Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) in 7th position and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) in 11th position.
Last year, RIL was in the 7th position, IOC in 14th position, ONGC in 20th position and Coal India in 38th position.

September 27

WEF’s Global Competitiveness Rankings: India Ranks 40th, Switzerland Tops
India has been ranked the 40th most competitive economy - slipping one place from last year’s ranking - on the World Economic Forum’s global competitiveness index, which is topped by Switzerland.
On the list of 137 economies, Switzerland is followed by the US and Singapore in second and third places, respectively.
In the latest Global Competitiveness Report released, India has slipped from the 39th position to 40th while neighbouring China is ranked at 27th.
These include infrastructure (66th rank), higher education and training (75) and technological readiness (107), reflecting recent public investments in these areas.
World’s top three competitive economic countries
1st: Switzerland (Bern, ‎Swiss franc)
2nd: United States of America (Washington D.C, US Dollar)
3rd: Singapore (Singapore, Singapore Dollar)
40th: India
India ranks 3rd among BRICS nations
China (27th) and Russia (38th) outshine India among the BRICS group of large emerging markets.

Two Indians on Fortune’s List of ‘Most Powerful Women in International Business’
Two Indian women have featured on Fortune’s list of Most Powerful Women in business outside the US. Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar was ranked fifth and Managing Director and CEO of Axis Bank Shikha Sharma was ranked at 21. Group Executive Chairman of Spain’s Banco Santander Ana Botín topped the list. The 50 global businesswomen represent 17 countries and many industries.
Top three Most Powerful Women in business in the List are
1st Ana Botin (Spain)
2nd Emma Walmsley (UK)
3rd Isabelle Kocher (France).
5th Chanda Kochhar (ICICI Bank CEO)
21st Shikha Sharma (Axis Bank CEO)

September 28

India jumps to 14th rank as best country for expats: HSBC survey
India leapt up the global rankings by 12 places to take the 14th spot in terms of best country for expats to live and work in, as per HSBC survey.
The list, which is topped by Singapore, is part of HSBC's latest 'expat explorer survey' that covered 27,587 expats from 159 countries and territories in March and April this year.
Driven by strong ratings across a range of economic, experience and family measures, India shines in this year's league table, moving up 12 places since 2016 (to rank 14 as overall best country for expats).

The World's Highest-Paid TV Actors And Actresses 2017
For the second year running, Sofia Vergara is the highest-paid actor or actress on television with $41.5 million--out-earning all other stars, male or female, and banking $14 million more than her male counterpart Jim Parsons. Priyanka chopra is the only Indian Actress in top 20.
Vergara managed to edge out the competition with a business-first mentality: Thanks to liscencing deals with Rooms To Go, Avon and SharkNinja, and endorsements for Pepsi, CoverGirl and Head & Shoulders, Vergara has created an empire that extends well beyond the small screen.
The World's Highest-Paid TV Actors: Jim Parsons Leads With $27.5 Million
1st Sofia Vergara $41,500,000
2nd Jim Parsons $27,500,000
3rd Johnny Galecki $26,500,000
18th Priyanka Chopra $10,000,000

September 29

India at third position in GHG emissions in 2016: Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency published its new report on Global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, in Netherlands.
India 3rd in GHG emissions in 2016 India ranked 3rd in the GHG emissions with an increase of 4.7% in GHG emissions.
India has faced an alarming increase in carbon emissions. Except India, other major carbon emitting countries have seen a reduction in carbon emissions.
China’s carbon emissions reduced by 0.3%, US’s reduced by 2%, Russia’s reduced by 2.1% and Japan’s reduced by 1. %. India has the largest number of cattle in the world. Cattle farts contain methane. Methane is one of the most important greenhouse gases.