August 1

India, China home to 39% of world's young Internet population: UN report
India and China are home to 39 per cent of the 830 million young people worldwide who use the Internet, according to a UN report.
The data released by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), shows that of the 830 million young people online worldwide, 320 million, or 39 per cent, are in China and India..
The ITU's ICT Facts and Figures 2017 also shows a significant increase in broadband access and subscriptions with China leading the way.
The ICT data shows that youths (15-24 years old) are at the forefront of Internet adoption. In Least Developed Countries (LDCs), up to 35 per cent of individuals using the Internet are aged 15-24, compared with 13 per cent in developed countries and 23 per cent globally.

August 2

Forbes Asia’s 200 Best Under A Billion: Three Indian Companies Register Presence
In a recent list of Asia’s best under a Billion 2017 released by Forbes, three Indian companies succeeded in marking their presence with outstanding performance.
Manpasand Beverages, Kelton Tech Solutions and 8K Miles software services made it to the list of companies that proved to be the reliable growth engines.
The outlook about rest of the Asia noted that no. of Japanese companies soared to 38. Similarly, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan retained dominance in the list.

August 3

Global blind population set to triple by 2050: Study
The prevalence of blindness and vision impairment worldwide is set to triple from nearly 36 million to 38.5 million by 2020 and 115 million in 2050 due to an increase in the ageing population.
The study, published in the journal Lancet Global Health, showed that in 2015 an estimated 36 million people were blind, 217 million were moderately or severely vision impaired, and 188 million had mild vision impairment.
Near-vision impairment due to uncorrected presbyopia affected 1.09 billion people aged 35 years or older.
Most of the blind people live in South Asia (11.7 million, 80 per cent), followed by East Asia (6.2 million) and Southeast Asia (3.5 million). Some parts of sub-Saharan Africa also have particularly high rates.

August 4

ISIS, climate change top world threat list: Survey
People across the world consider the terror group Islamic State and climate change as the two biggest threats to global security, according to a survey conducted across 38 countries by the Pew Research Center.
Cyber attacks from other countries and the condition of the global economy were named as other major threats by global medians of 51% each.

August 7

Kerala, Haryana top sanitation survey
The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation released the findings of the survey of 1.4 lakh rural households, undertaken by the Quality Council of India (QCI) between May and June this year.
The survey, covering 4626 villages across all States and Union territories, claimed that 62.45% of the households had access to a toilet.
The survey also pointed that 91.29% of the people who had access to a toilet also used it, indicating a change in sanitation behaviour.
Northeastern States of Sikkim, Manipur and Nagaland were top performers with 95% rural households covered by toilets. And so were the Himalayan States of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand with over 90% toilet coverage of the rural houses.
Interestingly, BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh and NDA-ruled Bihar were among the worst performers in terms of rural sanitation. In Bihar, only 30% of the rural household had access to toilets while Uttar Pradesh was marginally better at 37%. Another BJP-ruled State, Jharkhand, too scored the same as U.P.

August 8

India ranks 43rd in 2017 Global Retirement Index
India was ranked last at 43rd position in 2017 Global Retirement Index (GRI) published by French asset management company Natixis Global.
The index ranks 43 countries on the basis of four factors viz. the material means to live comfortably in retirement (Material Well-being); access to quality health services (Health); access to quality nancial Services to help preserve savings value and maximize income (Finances) and a clean and safe environment (Quality of Life ).
The 43 countries include members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Monetary Fund (IMF) advanced economies and the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China).

August 9

Delhi India's largest, Asia's fastest growing city
According to Asian Cities & Regions Outlook 2016 by Oxford Economics, Delhi will have the fastest growth among all Asian cities with the economy growing almost 50 percent larger in 2021 than it was at the end of last year.
As per the study from Oxford Economics which ranked Asia’s 30 largest cities, Indian cities are set to expand the most across the region, with growth speeding up from the past 5 years.
The study outlined that there will be a slight slowdown across the region amid moderating import demand from China, with growth expected to average 4.2 percent per year over the five years to 2021, down from 4.5 percent in 2012-2016.

August 10

India Ranks First in Milk Production, Government Sets National Goal of 300 Million Ton Milk Production by 2024
Giving a major boost to the production of milk in India, the government has set a National Goal of 300 million ton milk production by 2024. India ranks first in milk production.
India has achieved an annual output of 155.48 million tons during 2015-16 accounting for 19 per cent of world production.
The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has set target for 100 million Artificial Insemination for 2017-18 while the National goal of 300 million ton milk production by 2023-24 has been kept along with increasing the productivity of 40.77 million breedable Indigenous non-descript cows from 2.15 Kg per day to 5.00 Kg per day during the same period.
India maintains its top ranking in milk production. About 80% Cattle belonging to Indigenous and Non-descript breeds are low yielders whose productivity needs to be improved by adopting appropriate breeding techniques.