1. Gautam Adani slips from fourth to seventh position in Forbes list
In the recently released Forbes Real Time Billionaire list, India's richest businessman Gautam Adani has slipped from the fourth position to the seventh position. His wealth has reached $ 96.6 billion with a decline of $ 22.6 billion.
An overview of the news
After the report of Hindenburg Research came out, there has been a huge decline in the wealth of Gautam Adani. In which there has been talk of disturbances in the books of the Adani group.
Bernard Arnault (France)continues to lead the list with a net worth of $215 billion.
At the same time, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is at number two with $ 170.1 billion in assets.
Amazon co-founder Jeff Bezos is third on the list with a net worth of $122.4 billion.
India's second richest industrialist Mukesh Ambani is at number 10 in this list with a net worth of $83.6 billion.
Other lists recently released by Forbes
Annual list of highest-paid female athletes in the world
The list is topped by tennis player Naomi Osaka (Japan)with a net worth of $51.1 million.
PV Sindhu (12th rank) is the only Indian in the top 25 of the annual list of female athletes.
Annual list of the 100 most powerful women in the world
The list istopped by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
In which six women of Indiahave been included. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (36th), Roshni Nadar Malhotra (53rd), Madhavi Puri Buch (54th), Soma Mandal (67th), Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (72nd), Falguni Sanjay Nair (89th).
Highest-Paid Athletes 2022
Football starLionel Messi topped the list with total earnings of $130 million (Rs 1007 crore).
List of richest actors in the world
In this list, Jerry Seinfeld (American) is at number one with assets of Rs 8200 crores.
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has become the fourth richest actor in this list with a net worth of Rs 6,300 crore.
2. Aska police station of Odisha's Ganjam district became the country's number one police station
Aska police station in Ganjam district of Odisha was awarded as number one police station by Home Minister Amit Shah during the DGSP/IGSP conference 2022 held at National Agricultural Science Complex, New Delhi.
An overview of the news
Aska police station got this title in the annual ranking of police stations for the year 2022.
On this occasion, Aska police station in-charge Inspector Prashant Kumar Sahu was awarded the prestigious award along with a citation by the Home Minister.
Gangapur police station in Odisha's Ganjam district has been awarded the second best police station award.
Banbasa police station in Champawat district of Uttarakhand has been selected as the third best station.
Sadar Bazar police station was adjudged the best police station in the year 2021 while Gangapur police station was awarded the second best police station award.
The ranking of police stations across the country is an annual exercise by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The rank is decided on the basis of 165 different parameters such as crime rate, investigation and disposal of cases, infrastructure and public service delivery.
3. 17th Annual Education Report (ASER), 2022
Recently the 17th Annual Education Report (ASER), 2022 was released by NGO Pratham, which highlights the impact on education during the pandemic.
An overview of the news
This survey has been conducted on such a large scale after the year 2018 by the Pratham Foundation.
ASER has been conducted every year since 2005 in all rural districts of India. It is the largest citizen-led survey in India.
Key Findings of the Report
As per ASER 2022, the number of children enrolled in government schools is expected to increase from 65.6% in 2018 to 72.9% in 2022.
The overall enrollment figure for the age group of 6 to 14 years is expected to increase from 97.2% in 2018 to 98.4% in 2022.
Girls enrolled in school (age group 11-14) who do not go to school have also decreased. The number of such girls is expected to decrease from 4% in 2018 to 2% in 2022.
The percentage of children in Grade 3 in public or private schools who were able to read at the Grade 2 level fell from 27.3% in 2018 to 20.5% in 2022.
The percentage of children enrolled in grade 5 in public or private schools who can read at least a grade 2 level text fell from 50.5% in 2018 to 42.8% in 2022.
According to the report, the percentage of students in classes 1-8 taking tuition classes is 30.5% in the year 2022, while this figure was 26.4% in the year 2018.
Basic Education and Arithmetic Skills
In India, there is a decline in basic learning and arithmetic skills of young children in grade 3 and grade 5.
Nationally, the proportion of children who can do splits is projected to increase from 44.1% in 2018 to 44.7% in 2022.
Other findings of the report
According to the report, the average teacher attendance has increased from 85.4% in 2018 to 87.1% in 2022.
The number of schools with girls' toilet facilities has increased from 66.4% in 2018 to 68.4% in 2022.
There has been an increase in the number of schools having drinking water availability.
4. Reliance Jio among the top 25 strongest brands in the world
Reliance Jio, India's leading private sector telecom service provider, has been included in the world's top 25 strong brands.
An overview of the news
According to the latest 'Global 500-2023' report released by Brand Finance, Jio has emerged as the strongest brand in India and is ranked 9th among the 25 strongest brands in the world.
Jio has been given a score of 90.2 in the Strong Brand Index.
Brands like EY, Coca Cola, Accenture, Porsche and Google precede Jio in the list. Whereas giants like Apple, Amazon, Alibaba and Pepsi have been left behind by Reliance Jio.
The index is prepared on the basis of certain parameters such as marketing spend, awareness, consideration, trust and market share.
Reliance Jio India's largest network
With over 400 million subscribers, Reliance Jio is the largest mobile operator in India and the third largest in the world.
Jio formally launched its 4G services on 5 September 2016.
Chairman - Akash Ambani
Headquarters - Mumbai
5. India surpasses China to become most populous country in the world
According to projections by the World Population Review (WPR), India has surpassed China as the world’s most populous nation.
An overview of the news
As per WPR, India’s population was 141.7 crore as of the end of 2022.
According to official announcements, India's population is a little over 5 million, compared to 141.2 million declared by China on 17 January.
As per WPR estimates, India's population has increased to 142.3 crore as of January 18.
India, with 50 percent of its population below the age of 30, is poised to be the fastest growing major economy in the world.
According to WPR, although India's population growth has slowed down, it will still increase till at least 2050.
India, the third largest economy in Asia, is currently self-sufficient in food production.
India ranks second in terms of production of rice, wheat and sugar.
Apart from being a major importer of edible oils, India is also the largest consumer of sugar.
India is the third largest market for the purchase of crude oil, the second largest consumer of steel and gold.
In addition, India is the third largest domestic aviation market in the world.
6. India to become $26 trillion economy by 2047: EY report
An EY report states that the Indian economy is likely to reach $26 trillion by the year 2047, which will also be the 100th year of India's independence.
An overview of the news
The report also pointed out that the country's per capita income would cross $15,000, making it among the top developed economies.
The report also pointed out that despite maintaining a steady but modest growth rate of 6% per annum, India would still be able to become a $26 trillion economy by 2047–48, with per capita income six times higher than current levels.
According to the report certain factors have contributed to bring India to a position of high and sustainable growth.
These include accelerated pace of economic reforms in critical areas such as social inclusion, financial inclusion, fiscal, physical and digital infrastructure.
This has ultimately resulted in increased global competitiveness of Indian businesses and entrepreneurs.
An area with major potential is services exports which are set to grow by 14% over the past two decades to reach $254.5 billion in 2021-22.
Other enabling areas include 'digitalisation'.
Government's focus on increasing the country's digital infrastructure
Efforts towards e-governance
A strong digital payment ecosystem
Introduction of digital services in almost all domains
Large telecom subscriber base of 1.2 billion
837 million internet users, etc.
more energy independence,
ease of doing business,
power sector reform
What is EY report?
Launched in 2011, EY Reporting is EY Global Assurance’s insights hub.
It provides thought leadership on the issues global companies face in communicating corporate performance.
7. Global Fire Power Index 2023
The Global Firepower Report 2023 has rankedIndia as the 4th most powerful army in the world.
An overview of the news
145 countries are ranked this year in the Global Firepower Report.
Global Firepower ranks countries based on troop strength, national resources, financial status, logistics and geographic scale.
Themost powerful country in the world is the United States of America, followed by Russia, China, India.
Most powerful country in the Middle East and North African region
According to the Global Firepower Military Index 2023, Turkey has once again emerged as the most powerful country in the Middle East and North African region. Turkey has been placed at the 11th position in the global ranking.
Egypt and Iran are ranked second and third respectively in this index, while Egypt is ranked 14th and Iran is ranked 17th in the global ranking.
Egypt is ranked as the most powerful Arab country in terms of its military power.
Saudi Arabia emerged as the most powerful country among the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and Saudi Arabia has the second most powerful military among the Arab countries. It is placed at the 22nd position in the global ranking.
Algeria is the most powerful of the North African countries, ranking 26th on the global index.
In this index, Lebanon has been described as the weakest country in the Middle East.
Top 10 Countries on Global Power Index 2023
5. United Kingdom
6. South Korea
8. Shahrukh Khan on the fourth position in the list of world's richest actors
The list of world's richest actors was released on the Twitter account of World of Statistics, in which Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan has overtaken Hollywood star Tom Cruise to become the world's richest actor.
Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan is the only actor from India in this list, whose total assets are more than 770 million dollars i.e. 6 thousand 300 crores.
Jerry Seinfeld has been placed at number one in this list.
Shahrukh Khan has also left behind Tom Cruise and Jackie Chan.
Hollywood star Jackie Chan is at number six on the list with earnings of $520 million.
5 Richest Actors In The World
1. Jerry Seinfeld (American) – (Rs 8200 crore)
2. Tyler Perry (American) – (Rs 8200 crore)
3. Dan Johnson (American) – (6500 crores)
4. Shahrukh Khan (Indian) – (6300 crores)
5. Tom Cruise (American) – (5900 crores)
9. India’s richest 1% own more than 40% of total wealth: Oxfam
According to a recent report by Oxfam International, more than 40 percent of India's total wealth is held by just one percent of the country's richest people, while 50 percent of the population has only three percent of the country's total wealth.
According to the report, from the beginning of the Corona epidemic in the country to November 2022, the wealth of the country's billionaires has increased by 121 percent.
The total number of billionaires in the country has increased from 102 in 2020 to 166 in 2022.
According to the report, the total wealth of the 100 richest people of India has increased to US$ 660 billion i.e. about Rs 54.12 lakh crore.
According to the report, the contribution of the richest 10 percent of the country's 10 percent of the country's richest people was just 3 percent of the Rs 14.83 lakh crore collected through Goods and Services Tax (GST) during 2021-22.
While about 64 percent contribution in this has been given by the people coming from the weakest 50 percent sections of the country in terms of economic status.
Oxfam International said that a 5 percent tax on India's ten richest people could provide enough money to get children back to school.
10. 1668 Journalists killed in the last 20 years: Reporters without Borders.
According to the yearend report of the Reporters without Borders (RSF) which was published on 31 December 2022, a total of 1,668 journalists have been killed worldwide in connection with their work of journalism over the past two decades (2003–2022), due to murders, contract killings, ambushes, war zone deaths, and fatal injuries.
The report says that on an average every year 80 journalists lost their lives.
Due to the war in Syria over 144 journalists lost their lives in 2012 and 142 journalists died in 2013.
According to the RSF, in the last two decades, 80% of the deaths of journalists have happened in 15 countries. Syria and Iraq have the highest death rates, with a total of 578 journalists killed there over the past twenty years. This is about 1/3 of the world’s death rate.
After these dangerous countries the most unsafe countries for journalists were Afghanistan, Yemen, and Palestine.
Reporters without Borders (RSF)
Reporters without Borders (RWB) is an international non-profit organisation.
- It was founded by four journalists in 1985 in Montpellier, France.
- RSF works to safeguard and promote the freedom of information.
- Headquarters: Paris, France
- It has 7 offices in London, Brussels, Tunis, Washington DC, Rio de Janeiro, Dakar, and Taipei.