Current Affairs August 2017 - Reports


1 - Forbes ranked JK Rowling as the World’s highest earning Author

JK Rowling

Forbes has ranked JK Rowling as the world's most highly paid author with earnings of £72.2m ($95m) this year. She is popular for her book Harry Potter.

The full 2017 list:

authors Paid
JK Rowling $95m
James Patterson $87m
Jeff Kinney $21m
Dan Brown $20m
Stephen King $15m
John Grisham $14m
Nora Roberts $14m
Paula Hawkins $13m
EL James $11.5m
Danielle Steel $11m
Rick Riordan $11m

2 - National Family Health Survey

National Family Health Survey

As per the National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-4 (2015-16), 35.7 per cent children below five years are underweight, 38.4 per cent are stunted and 21 per cent are wasted in the country.

In the State of Madhya Pradesh 42.8 percent children below five years are underweight, 42 percent are stunted and 25.8 percent are wasted.

Report on Medical Certification of Cause of Death (MCCD) gives statistics on Cause of death obtained through Civil Registration System under Registration of Births and Deaths Act 1969. It is published annually by Registrar General & Census Commissioner of India.

3 - Kerala and Haryana cities among top in Sanitation Survey

Kerala and Haryana

Quality Council of India (QCI) surveyed almost all rural households of 4626 villages of all states, to check sanitation adopted by rural households of cities.

It was found that Kerala and Haryana topped the charts, as its almost all rural households had complete access to a toilet. Other cities like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh has least access to toilets compared to other states.

Survey was conducted by Quality Council of India (QCI), and released by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

4 - India placed at 43rd place in Global Retirement Index 2017

Global Retirement Index

The 2017 Global Retirement Index (GRI), published by French asset management company Natixis Global, placed India at 43rd position, which means India was ranked at very low position in all four indices.

India was ranked at 41st place in ‘Material Well-being’, 43rd in Health, 39th in Finances and 43rd in Quality of Life. Norway, Switzerland, and Iceland topped the list among 43 countries.

The 43 countries comprise members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Monetary Fund (IMF) advanced economies and the BRIC countries.

5 - Economic Survey reports India as one of the most open economies globally for FDI

Economic Survey Reports

Economic Survey released report, where it stated that India has become one of the most open economies in the world for receiving foreign direct investments (FDI) due to liberalisation measures.

There was FDI equity inflow of 43.4 billion USD in 2016-17, which is highest ever, an increase of 8 per cent. FDI inflows are mainly due to three countries Mauritius (36%), Singapore (20%) and Japan (10.8%).

The sectors who received highest FDI equity inflows were Services (finance, banking, insurance) with 19.9%, followed by telecommunication (12.8%), and computer software and hardware (8.4%).

6 - Forbes' top 10 Innovative Firms List includes Hindustan Unilever, Asian Paints and Bharti Airtel


Forbes' list of the world's 100 most innovative companies revealed three Indian firms naming Hindustan Unilever, Asian Paints and Bharti Airtel.

With respect to last list revealed, Salesforce.Com has replaced Tesla Motors scoring top position. It has been found that HUL and Asian Paints have moved up in their ranks to 7th and 8th respectively (from 31st and 18th last year), Bharti Airtel has entered the ranking at 78th position.

Forbes list is based on the difference between company’s market capitalisation and the net present value of cash flows from existing businesses and thus companies are ranked.

7 - The Economist named Melbourne as the 'World's Most Liveable City'

World Most Liveable City

The Economist has named Melbourne as the world's most liveable city, receiving a perfect score for healthcare, education and infrastructure.

The Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Liveability Index ranks 140 cities each year on those topics, as well as stability, culture and environment. It was a record seventh time in a row in the top spot for Melbourne.

Vienna was ranked second while Vancouver third. Toronto was ranked fourth followed by Adelaide and Calgary, Canada at fifth.

8 - Five Indian-Origin Persons make it to the Fortune’s Annual ‘40 under 40’ List

40 under 40

Five Indian-origin persons have featured in Fortune's annual list of 40 young and influential people in the field of business inspiring others with their work.

The list has been topped by 39-year-old French President Emmanuel Macron. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is on the second spot.

The five Indian-origin persons on the list are:

  • Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar
  • Divya Nag
  • Rishi Shah
  • Shradha Agarwal
  • Leila Janah

9 - Emma Stone ranked as the Highest-Paid Actress of 2017

Emma Stone

Academy Award winner Emma Stone has been named the highest-paid actor of the year 2017. The 28-year-old made $26m in the last 12 months.

She earned majority of her earnings from her Oscar-winning performance in the musical romance La La Land. Emma Stone won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

Jennifer Aniston with $25.5m was the second in the list. Jennifer Lawrence is in third place with $24m.

10 - Forbes ranked Serena Williams as the Highest-Paid Female Athlete of 2017

Serena Williams

Forbes has ranked Serena Williams as the highest-paid female athlete of 2017. She has topped the rankings for the second year in a row. According to the Forbes reports, between June 2016 and June 2017, Williams earned $27 million.

Angelique Kerber with earnings of $12.6 million was ranked second while Danica Patrick with earnings of $12.2 million was ranked third. Ronda Rousey and Venus Williams were fourth and fifth in the list.

11 - World's Highest-Paid Actors 2017

Highest-Paid Actors

Forbes has released a list of world's top 20 highest paid actors of 2017. Mark Wahlberg has been crowned as No. 1. Three Bollywood superstars are in top 10 list.

The Top 10 Highest Paid Actors in the List are:

Actors Paid
Mark Wahlberg $68 million
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson $65 million
Vin Diesel $54.5 million
Adam Sandler $50.5 million
Jackie Chan $49 million
Robert Downey, Jr. $48 million
Tom Cruise $43 million
Shah Rukh Khan $38 million
Salman Khan $37 million
Akshay Kumar $35.5 million

12 - Forbes lists Alibaba's Jack Ma as Asia's Richest Man

Jack Ma

According to Forbes, founder of Alibaba, Mr. Jack Ma has been ranked on the top of the list of Asia's wealthiest people.

According to Forbes Real-time Billionaires List, Ma is now worth $37.4 billion. Jack Ma is currently the world’s eighteenth richest person.

Tencent's (TCEHY) Chairman Ma Huateng from China was ranked second with a $36.7 billion fortune. Jack Ma founded Alibaba in 1999. Alibaba is already bigger than the economies of Sweden, Poland, Iran, Norway, and Austria.