SURVEYS - 2017 MARCH

March 1

Kerala's Capital Thiruvananthapuram Ranks Best City in Urban Governance Survey.
The fourth edition of the Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems 2016 by Bengaluru-based advocacy group Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala has been ranked as the top Indian city to manage urban governance.
Thiruvananthapuram which also ranked No. 1 in 2015 was evaluated against 21 major cities across 18 states of India. Thiruvananthapuram followed by Pune and Kolkata which are in second and third position
Delhi that has a population of about 18 million has been ranked at a distant 9, behind much smaller cities such as Bhopal and Kanpur.

March 2

Singareni Collieries records new highs in coal output, dispatches.
The mining company's 1,200 MW power plant has also logged high plant load factor.
SCCL dispatched 41 rakes of coal in a single day and also the highest ever dispatch of 2.31 lakh tonnes of coal.
During the period of 11 months of the current financial year, SCCL achieved production of 541.6 lakh tonnes of coal against the target of 524.4 lakh tonnes.
N. Sridhar, CMD of SCCL, called upon the employees to continue their efforts to surpass the annual targets.

March 7

IISc Bangalore becomes 1st Indian university to listed in world's top 10 universities.
Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore has become India's 1st university to be ranked among the world's top 10.
IISc Bangalore was ranked 8th in the recently released Times Higher Education Rankings of the world's top 10 small universities hosting less than 5,000 students.
The top university continues to be the California Institute of Technology, widely known as Caltech.

GMR Hyderabad airport ranks 1st in world in service quality survey.
GMR Hyderabad International Airport has been ranked 1st in the world in the highest passenger handling capacity category by the Airports Council International's Airport Service Quality survey
The airport, running into its ninth year of operations, is designed to cater to 1.5 crore passengers per annum.
The second position has been held by Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Vaikom Vijayalakshmi becomes first to play Gayathri veena for record five hours.
Kerala's playback singer Vaikom Vijayalakshmi created a new world record by playing the maximum number of songs in the shortest time on Gayathri veena during a program in Kochi.
Vaikom Vijayalakshmi played a total of 69 songs including various classical and filmy songs on the Gayathri veena continuously for over five hours and became the first person to achieve the feat in the world.

March 8

PM Modi Inaugurates Petrochemicals Complex at Dahej & Extradosed Bridge Across River Narmada at Bharuch in Gujarat.
Baruch Bridge:
The bridge is 1344 metres long and 22.8 metres wide. It is built by Larsen and Turbo as a part of the Rs. 379 crore project of the National Highway Authority of India.
The project was started in mid 2014, and was handed over to the Larsen and Turbo Company after the initial failure of the HCC, which had been given the order to a higher cost of built, operation, owning and transfer basis.
OPAL Project:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated ONGC Petro additions Ltd (OPaL) petrochemicals complex, located at Dahej (Bharuch, Gujarat) to the nation.
OPAL is a joint venture company promoted by ONGC, Gail and GSPC, implementing a grass root integrated petrochemical complex located in Special Economic Zone (SEZ) under Petroleum, Chemical and Petrochemical Investment Region (PCPIR) at Dahej, Gujarat. 

March 9

India Has Highest Bribery Rate Among 16 Asia-Pacific Nations.
The Global Corruption Barometer released by Transparency International (TI), in Berlin for 16 Asia Pacific countries India tops the list for being the most corrupt nation.
According to the survey, about 69 percent of the population in India paid bribe to get their work done. 
India was followed by Vietnam (65 per cent), Thailand (41 per cent), Cambodia, Pakistan and Myanmar, each with 40 per cent. Besides, China (26 per cent) was one of the least corrupt nations and it was the lowest in Japan (0.2 per cent).

March 10

India's largest waste-to-power plant opened at Narela-Bawana in New Delhi.
The North Delhi Municipal Corporation launched India's largest waste-to-energy plant at Narela-Bawana in New Delhi.
Venkaiah Naidu, Union minister for urban development, inaugurated the project at the Civic Centre. The project will use 2,000 metric tonnes of waste every day to generate 24 mega watt of energy.
The plant is expected to provide respite from overflowing landfill sites in Delhi as it will incinerate the waste to generate power. Delhi has four landfill sites, of which three - Bhalswa (North Delhi), Ghazipur (East Delhi) and Okhla (South Delhi).

March 11

Iceland became world's 1st country to make firms to prove equal pay.
Iceland became the 1st country in the world to force companies to prove they pay all employees the same, regardless of gender, sexuality or nationality.
The country's government announced a new law that will require every company with 25 or more staff to get a certificate demonstrating pay equality. Notably, Iceland has pledged to eradicate gender pay gap by 2022.

March 13

Uttar Pradesh sets record of highest number of women MLAs winning in election.
The Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly is set to have 38 women MLAs, the highest number for the state since Independence.
Political parties fielded 96 female candidates in total, with BJP fielding the highest at 43.
Thirty-two female candidates from BJP won, while two each from BSP and Congress, and one each from Apna Dal and the Samajwadi Party were elected.

March 15

Hyderabad tops among Indian city on Survey of highest quality of living.
Hyderabad has been ranked as the top Indian city in the quality of living ranking, for the third year in a row, as per Mercer's Quality of Living rankings 2017. For the second year in a row, according to the study, New Delhi continues to be ranked lowest, with scores remaining constant.
Both Hyderabad and Pune cities rank higher for quality of living than the country's more traditional business centers, Mumbai and New Delhi ranked at 154 and 161, respectively, as per the report.
Globally, Vienna occupies first place for overall quality of living for the 8th year running, with the rest of the top-ten list mostly filled by European cities - Zurich (2), Munich (4), Dusseldorf (6), Frankfurt (7), Geneva (8), Copenhagen (9), and Basel (10).
The only non-European cities in the top ten are Auckland (3) and Vancouver (5). The highest ranking cities in Asia and Latin America are Singapore (25) and Montevideo (79), respectively.


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