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  • London named the world’s best city for students. According to the rankings, India’s best student city is Bengaluru at 81st. It is followed by Mumbai (85th) and Delhi at 113 and Chennai at 115.
  • Rafael Nadal wins the Rogers Cup in Montreal marking a significant step for the Spaniard but it wasn’t enough to topple Novak Djokovic at the top of the ATP rankings.
  • MacKenzie Bezosis officially world’s third richest woman She is also Amazon’s second largest shareholder after her ex-husband Jeff Bezos.
  • Indiatopped the latest ICC Test team rankings while New Zealand is placed 2nd and South Africa is in 3rd position
  • For the second consecutive year, Hollywood star Scarlett Johanssonhas topped the Forbes’ list of highest paid female actors in the world.
  • According to the survey, “The Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) for 2017-18” which is conducted by National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO) The overall unemployment rate is around 6.1. Nagaland has the highest unemployment rate among the states with the percentage of 21.4%.
  • Maharashtra got first rank in NITI Aayog launched plan “Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index (AMFFRI)”. The index ranks states based on the degree of reforms they have undertaken in agricultural marketing. 
  • According to the London-based consultancy Brand Finance annual report, “Brand Finance India 100 2019”, “Tata” become India’s most valuable brand for the second straight year in 2019 the brand value of $19.6 billion followed by LIC (Life Insurance Corporation) (2nd) with $7.3 billion and Infosys (3rd) $6.5 billion.
  • Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrahtoday retained their number one position in the ICC batsmen and bowlers’ rankings for the One-Day Internationals, following the conclusion of the World Cup.
  • China’s National Bureau of Statistics announced that its official economic growth came in at 6 percent in 2018 — the slowest pace since 1990.The world’s 2nd biggest economy was grappling with the effects of the current trade war with the US and declining exports.
  • Asia’s richest man and Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambanitopped Forbes’ the World’s Richest Sports Team Owners 2019 list. With a total net worth of about $50 billion, Mukesh Ambani topped the list. Ambani is followed by former CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer who is worth $41.2 billion and owns the NBA team Los Angeles Clippers.
  • According to a recent Asian Development Bank’s (ADB)report titled ‘Asian Development Outlook 2019: Strengthening Disaster Resilience’, around 26 trillion dollars from 2016 to 2030, or 7 trillion dollars investment needed per year to build disaster-resilient infrastructure in Asia.
  • Indiais likely to install 7 GW of wind capacity by 2022 against the 60-GW target set by the government, Fitch Solutions Macro Research has said in a report.
  • National Ranking of Higher Instituteswas released by the Ministry of Human Resources Development in New Delhi. Indian Institute of Technology Madras topped the rankings while the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore bagged the second rank followed by IIT Delhi.
  • India’s Asset Management Companies (AMCs) own assets under management (AUM) worth 24.46 trillion, according to data released by the Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI), a mutual fund industry lobby, for the January-March period.
  • India’s steel demand is likely to grow by over 7 percent in 2019 and 2020, driven by sectors like construction, capital goods and railways, as per the Indian Steel Association.
  • India’s population grew at an average annual rate of 2 per cent between 2010 and 2019 to 1.36 billion, more than double the annual growth rate of China, according to a report by the United Nations Population Fund.
  • The air quality in Varanasi,is ranked third on the WHO’s list of 15 most polluted cities and the situation is “deteriorating” as its MP has focused on beautification and infrastructure, a Delhi-based environment body claimed. Faridabad in Haryana is in 2nd position after Kanpur as per the Air Quality in India 2014-2019′ report.
  • As per the first edition of Forbes World’s Best Bank survey,HDFC Bank has been recognized as number 1 bank by customers in India. Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to measure the best banks in 23 countries. ICICI Bank took the second spot and DBS bank grabbed the third position, followed by Kotak Mahindra Bank and IDFC Bank which are at the fourth and fifth spot.
  • The Hong Kong city’s equity market has overtaken Japan to be the world’s third largest in value, behind only the U.S. and mainland China, Hong Kong courtesy of a rebound in stocks after their worst year since 2011, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) has raised alarm over a 300 percent increase in the case of measles globally in the first quarter of 2019 compared with last year.
  • The United Nations owes India USD 38 million, the highest it has to pay to any country, for the peacekeeping operations as of March 2019, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said as he voiced concern over the world body’s deteriorating financial health.
  • The TIME magazine in its list of 100 most influential people of 2019 has included two Indian women lawyers – Menaka Guruswamy (9th) and Arundhati Katju (9th), who spearheaded the legal challenge to strike down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.
  • According to Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) report, business sentiments on the country’s financial and macroeconomic conditions continue to decline in the second quarter of 2019 as compared to the second quarter in 2018. D&B Composite Business Optimism Index conclude 4 scores during Q2 2019 as compared to 85.0 during Q2 2018, a decline of 7.7%.
  • The India’s pharmaceutical exports rose by 11 per cent to USD 19.2 billion in 2018-19, mainly driven by higher demand in regions such as North America and Europe, as per a commerce ministry data.
  • Global warminghas caused the Indian economy to be 31 percent smaller than it would otherwise have been, according to a Stanford study which shows how earth’s temperature changes have increased inequalities.
  • A panel named by India’s central bankto study its capital structure is likely to identify excess reserves of up to Rs. 3 lakh crore ($43 billion), or 1.5 percent of gross domestic product, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
  • The Reserve Bank of India is the first central bank in the Asia-Pacific region to begin an explicit interest rate easing cycle buoyed by benign food inflation and easier global financial condition, Fitch Ratings said. Fitch has also estimated India to grow at 6.8% in current fiscal and1% in the next year.
  • According to the Times of India Report, Reliance Jio has become the second-largest telecom company in the countryJio overtaken Bharti Airtel in terms of customer base and now trails only Vodafone Idea.
  • London emerged as the top choice for Indian investors ahead of other cities such as Dubai and Singapore, with investments by Indian companies in the British capital reaching an all-time high last year, according to a new analysis. The UK emerged as the topmost country to attract Indian FDI with 52 projects, ahead of the US (51) and the UAE (32), in 2018.
  • Andhra Pradesh IT minister Nara Lokesh, BJP MP Poonam Mahajanand Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain are among the 6 Indians featuring in the list of Young Global Leaders, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF).
  • The “100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy” list is comprised of seven Indian names including Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Dr Harsh Vardhan, who took important measures to combat climate change. The list is prepared by Apolitical, a peer to peer learning platform for governments.
  • The government’s FAME-II plan for electric mobility stands to reduce 64% of the anticipated road-based energy demand by 2030 and 37% of carbon emissions by then, according to The tentative aim is to have 30% electric vehicles by 2030.
  • The Geological Survey of India (GSI) in its report notified that the highest graphite reserves of India, that is, around 35% of India’s total Graphite reserves are found in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • According to the 8th edition of Global Drug Survey (GDS) 2019, Indians are seeking help more than any other countries to reduce their alcohol intake.

A new report by industry body FICCI says that strong economic growth coupled with rapid emergence of India on the global horizon is poised to drive the growth of MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) tourism at a much faster rate. In 2018, MICE tourism in India was pegged at Rs. 25, 000 crore with 8 per cent growth year-on-year, said the report titled ‘India Inbound Tourism: Unlocking the Opportunity’.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the second most followed politician in the world on social media after former US President Barack Obama, according to a report.
  • The US government has released first of its kind “Global Health Security Strategy”. The objective is to prevent, detect and respond to threats from infectious diseases occurring naturally or accidently.
  • India and China top a list of countries where illegal sand mining has become a major environmental problem, according to a report named ‘Sand and Sustainability: finding new solutions for environmental governance of global sand resources’ released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
  • Indian actress Dia Mirza and Alibaba chief Jack Ma are among the 17 global public figures appointed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as the new advocates to drive action and solidify global political will for the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • India had more deaths among children under five than any other country in 2015, with large disparities in the child mortality rate between richer and poorer states, a Lancet study has found.
  • On the Mint Globetrotter Index, the “others” category comprises seven cities across Africa, West Asia and the Indian Ocean. Among the seven cities, Victoria, the capital of Seychelles, is the most expensive with an index value of 192 and a rank of 28. Dubai is way costlier than Delhi and ranks 24 on the overall cost index.
  • The Hurun Research Institute released the Hurun India Art List 2019, a ranking of the top 50 Indian artists alive, based on the sales of their works at public auctions from April 2018 to March 2019.
  • With investments estimated at about USD 2. 7 billion across sectors, the Netherlands has emerged as the third largest foreign direct investor in India during 2017-18. Mauritius and Singapore are the top two countries for FDI in India during 2017-18.
  • SpiceJet became fourth Indian airline to have a 100 aircraft in its fleet.
  • According to the Reserve Bank of India’s weekly statistical supplement, the overall forex reserves rose to $420. 055 billion from $418. 687 billion.
  • Under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) higher than the recoveries made through other mechanisms, the recovery rate is twice the liquidation value of the all the 94 cases resolved in the year 2018-19.
  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to grow at 7% in 2019. According to the bank’s Asian Development Outlook 2019 report released in April, developing Asia which comprises 45 nations ranging from China to Tuvalu is projected to grow by 5. 7% in 2019. However, the growth outlook for developing Asia is expected to moderate to 5. 6 % in 2020.
  • India’s IT conglomerate Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has become most valued firm in India in terms of market capitalization (market-cap) followed by RIL, HDFC Bank, Hindustan Unilever and ITC.
  • According to the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation data, Retail inflation rose 2.92% marginally in April this year.
  • Dell emerged as the most trusted brand in India in 2019, according to the report of TRA Report 2019. LIC and Amazon ranked on third and fourth spots.
  • United Nations report said that India is set to overtake China as the most populous country by 2027. India will have almost 1.64 billion inhabitants by 2050. South Asia’s opportunity to reap the demographic dividend will peak by 2047.
  • According to Forbes magazine’s 2019 list of billionaires, The Abu Dhabi-based Keralite tycoon (worth 4.7 billion dollars) has been ranked the richest expat in UAE.
  • Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), India’s top oil and gas producer, has toppled Indian Oil Corp (IOC) to regain the crown of being the country’s most profitable public sector company. Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) reported a 34% jump in its 2018- 19 fiscal net profit to Rs.26,716 crore.
  • Mumbai ranked first in the study, ‘Traffic Index-2018’, by location technology specialist TomTom, with a congestion level of 65 per cent New Delhi ranked fourth with a congestion of 58 per cent.
  • According to Forbes Report, Rapper Jay-Z hip-hop artist to become a billionaire.
  • Google tech Behemoth invented three new features- bus travel times from live traffic in 10 of the largest cities in India. The travel plan of Indian users is predicted by transit time while traveling on buses.
  • Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet Trends Report said that the global internet users have touched 3.8 billion which is more than half of the world’s population. China was found to have the largest internet user base at 21%. The internet users in India are 12%, and the United States are 8%.
  • India’s rank as a source country for FDI dropped one place to the 10th position as it was overtaken by Spain. Investment in India rose by 6% to USD 42 billion. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) World Investment Report 2019, India received foreign direct investments (FDI) worth USD 42 billion in 2018.
  • According to the Randstad Employer Brand Research (REBR) 2019 reported that Amazon India, the E-commerce giant, is the most attractive employer brand in the country.
  • The Second Edition of the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) list of India’s top 10 states is released. The states which have maximum number of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified green buildings are listed below. Maharashtra bagged the top slot with 334 LEED-certified green buildings. It is followed by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu with the rankings 232 and 157 buildings respectively.
  • According to the report, FDI inflows have increased by 3.5% to $54 billion. India attracted over 77% of the total foreign direct investments ultimately landed up to the South Asian region.
  • Ministry of Commerce reported that India’s trade deficit expanded to a six-month high of $15.4 billion in May, with import growth outpacing export growth following a 37% jump in gold imports. Exports grew 3.93% in the month of May, while imports rose 4.31%.
  • Microsoft has reached a valuation of one trillion dollars for the first time after posting an increase in profitsIt makes the software giant only the third publicly traded company in history to reach the threshold after Apple and Amazon passed it in 2018.
  • US retail giant Amazon has moved past hi-tech titans Apple and Google to become the world’s most valuable brand. According to the 2019 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands rankings, Amazon online retailer set its brand value quintuple in the past five years to reach $315.5billion.
  • USD 1.7 trillion needed per year to build disaster-resilient infrastructure in Asia: ADB report.
  • Forbes magazine has named Rihanna as the world’s richest female musician. Her worth is estimated at $600m (£472m) which includes revenues made from her fashion and beauty lines in addition to those from her music career.
  • The industry body Sa-Dhan reported that the Indian microfinance sector is expected to register a more than 30% year-on-year growth to Rs.90,000 crore in 2018-19. The total gross loan portfolio (GLP) for the sector stood at Rs.68,789 crore in 2017-18.
  • Private lender YES Bank Ltd has slipped three notches to 10th spot, in terms of market valuation, for the first time, as its shares slumped over 30% in the last four sessions after the bank reported a surprise net loss in its March quarter earnings.
  • President Ramnath Kovind declared the 4th edition of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF India Rankings 2019) in New Delhi.

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