Rankings of India

Japan tops the Henley Passport Index 2023

  • According to the Henley Passport Index 2023, released by Henley & Partners, Japan with 193 destinations topped the list.
  • While, Singapore and South Korea with 192 destinations ranked second, followed by Germany and Spain (190 destinations); Finland, Italy, and Luxembourg (189 destinations).
  • India has ranked 85 with 59 destinations worldwide.
  • Afghanistan is ranked last.
  • The list was prepared on the basis of data provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Delhi, Bengaluru among 10 best-performing airports globally in 2022

  • According to aviation analytics firm Cirium, Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport and Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport were among the top 10 on-time airports globally.
  • Bengaluru’s airport was the second best airport globally in 2022 in terms of on-time arrivals and departures.
  • While, Japan’s Haneda Airport was the best-performing airport.
  • Indira Gandhi Airport stood seventh in the on-time rankings globally.

India will become third largest economy by 2035 : CEBR

The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), a British consultancy, has said India will become third largest economy by 2035 from the current fifth spot. In its annual World Economic League Table, the Centre for Economics and Business Research said that over the next five years, India’s annual rate of GDP growth is expected to average 6.4 percent after which growth is expected to average 6.5 percent in the subsequent nine years.

CEBR also adds that by 2037, world gross domestic product will be doubled as developing economies will catch up with the richer ones. The shifting balance of power will see the East Asia and Pacific region account for over a third of global output by 2037, while Europe’s share shrinks to less than a fifth.

It said on the other hand, the global economy will face recession in 2023 mainly due to rises in interest rates by the central banks to arrest higher inflation. In its annual World Economic League Table, it said global economy surpassed 100 trillion Dollar for the first time in 2022, but will stall in 2023 as policy makers continue their fight against soaring prices.

PV Sindhu 12th highest-paid female athlete in world

India’s badminton star PV Sindhu is the only Indian player in the top 25 in Forbes’ annual list of the highest-paid female athletes in the world. Sindhu, the 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallist, occupies the 12th spot in the list.  Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka tops the list. The 27-year-old made 7 million US Dollars of her earnings, having won a singles gold and doubles silver at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year in Birmingham.

For the third straight year, Osaka tops Forbes’ annual list of the World’s highest-paid female athletes. The list is dominated by tennis players once again.

The list’s Top 10, includes Serena Williams, Emma Raducanu, Iga Swiatek, Venus Williams, Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula. For the record, Osaka and Serena are the only two women who are placed in the Top 50 of Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes.

Social Progress Index

The Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister (EAC-PM) along with Institute for Competitiveness and Social Progress Imperative released the Social Progress Index (SPI) for States and Districts of India as mandated by the EAC-PM.

Puducherry, Lakshadweep, and Goa stand out as the best-performing States in the index. The top three performing districts are Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, Solan in Himachal Pradesh, and Aizawl in Mizoram.

Puducherry has the highest SPI score of 65.99 in the country, attributable to its remarkable performance across components like Personal Freedom and Choice, Shelter, and Water and Sanitation. Lakshadweep scored 65.89 and Goa closely follow with 65.53. Jharkhand and Bihar scored the lowest.

For the dimension of Basic Human Needs, Goa, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, and Chandigarh are the top four States with the best performance in Water and Sanitation and Shelter as compared to the other States and Union Territories. Mizoram, Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, and Goa have emerged as the best-performing States for the Foundations of Wellbeing.

The index assesses States and districts based on 12 components across three critical dimensions of social progress – Basic Human Needs, Foundations of well-being, and Opportunity.

The index uses an extensive framework comprising 89 indicators at the State level and 49 at the district level. The EAC-PM said, SPI is a comprehensive tool that can serve as a holistic measure of a country’s social progress at the national and sub-national levels.

India moves up to 5th place in list of world’s valuable firms

India, with 20 of the most valuable companies in the world, has moved into the fifth position among countries that are home to the world’s top 500 firms. Last year, it ranked ninth with eight companies. The US continued to top the charts, according to the 2022 Hurun Global 500 list.

Of the 20 Indian companies featuring on the list this year, 11 are based in Mumbai, four in Ahmedabad and one each in Noida, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata. The list, released by the Hurun Research Institute, is a compilation of the 500 most valuable non-state-controlled companies in the world. Companies were ranked according to their market capitalisation (for listed companies) and valuations for non-listed companies.

With a $202-billion valuation, Reliance Industries (RIL) topped the charts of Indian companies, while it ranked 34th in the world. It was followed by Tata Consultancy Services ($139 billion) and HDFC Bank ($97 billion).

The list also saw the entry of four companies — Adani Transmission, Adani Green Energy, Adani Enterprises and Adani Total Gas — led by billionaire Gautam Adani, with a total valuation of $173 billion.

Globally, Apple retained the title of the most valuable company in the world with a market cap of $2.4 trillion and Microsoft came second ($1.8 trillion), while Alphabet, the parent company of Google, displaced Amazon to take the third place.

India Holds 48th Position in Aviation Safety Ranking by ICAO

India is among the top 50 countries with the best aviation safety in the latest ICAO rankings and the major breakthrough will help domestic airlines in international expansion, the government said.

In the rankings by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), India is now at the 48th position, a “quantum leap” from the 102nd rank it had in 2018.

In a series of tweets, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) said the ICAO has given the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) the highest Effective Implementation (EI) score of 85.49 percent.

The rankings are for 187 countries and assessments were done at different points in time. Under its Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) Continuous Monitoring Approach, an ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission (ICVM) was undertaken from November 9 to 16.

With a score of 85.49 percent each, India and Georgia are in the 48th position. Neighbouring Pakistan is at the 100th spot with a score of 70.39 percent. The rankings are topped by Singapore with a score of 99.69 percent. It is followed by the UAE at the second position with a score of 98.8 percent and the Republic of Korea is at the third place (98.24 percent).

Others in the top ten are France (4th; 96.42 percent), Iceland (5th; 95.73 percent), Australia (6th; 95.04 percent), Canada (7th; 94.95 percent), Brazil (8th; 94.72 percent), Ireland (9th; 94.6 percent) and Chile (10th; 93.9 percent), as per the DGCA officials.

PM Modi remains world’s most popular leader with approval rating of 77 %

Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains the world’s most popular leader with an approval rating of 77 percent. This was revealed in a Global Leader Approval Ratings released by a US based consulting firm Morning Consult. Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stands at second position followed by Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. In the approval rating, US President Joe Biden is placed at 9th position followed by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak among the 22 world leaders.

The latest approval ratings are based on data collected from 16th to 22nd of this month. It is based on a seven-day moving average of adult residents in each country, with sample sizes varying by country. In the earlier rating too, Prime Minister Modi had topped the ranking.

Karnataka Tops List Of States With Grid Interactive Renewable Power Capacity

Karnataka tops the list of states with installed grid-interactive renewable power capacity in the country. Renewable power includes power from various sources including bio-power, solar power, small hydro power, waste to energy and wind power.

As per the Handbook of Statistics released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 19 November, Karnataka stands first among states with a total capacity of 15,463 mega watts (MW).

Tamil Nadu comes a close second with 15,225 MW, while Gujarat stands third at 13,153 MW. While in 2014, Karnataka‘s capacity was 3,985 MW, Tamil Nadu stood at 8,070 MW and Maharashtra at 5,630 MW.

Maharashtra as per the latest report stands fourth in the country at 10,267 MW. Rajasthan comes a close fifth with 10,205 MW. It had a capacity of 3,640 MW in 2014.

The Handbook of Statistics is an annual publication that has been brought by the RBI since 2016. This data has been sourced, as per the RBI report, from Energy Statistics of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

India becomes the world’s second largest producer of steel

Union Minister of Steel Jyotiraditya Scindia has informed that India has also moved from 4th largest producer of steel to the second largest producer of steel at global scale.

Speaking about the growth of steel consumption in the country, the Steel Minister added that the per capita steel consumption grew from 57.8 kilogram to 78 kilogram, registering a growth of 50 per cent in the last 8 years. In case of installed capacity of steel, the country has moved from 100 million tonnes a year to almost 150 million tonnes. Mr. Jyotiraditya Scindia also informed that the country has registered a tremendous growth in the steel production.