Miscellany

Miscellany

Indian students 2nd largest in US; contribute $6.5 billion

Indians registered an impressive double-digit growth of 12.3 per cent in the last one year to become the second largest group of international students in the US after China, contributing $6.5 billion to the country's economy in 2016, a report said on Monday. In the 2016-17 academic year, 186,267 students from India were studying in the US, said the annual Open Doors report of the Institute of International Education (IIE).

We care less about what we’re paid than why

You are probably getting paid better than you think you are. If only you knew it.

Whether our jobs pay us fairly matters a lot less to us than how well we feel we’re getting paid, a new survey has found – and because we are in the dark about why, exactly, we’re paid what we are, most of us think we are getting underpaid.

In reality, nearly 90 per cent of people who think they are underpaid are actually getting at or near the market rate, a new survey by the online salary database PayScale has found.

Team India’s zest for fitness goes up with DNA test

It’s fitness first for Team India now. After the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently made it mandatory for cricketers to pass an endurance trial, known as the yo-yo test, to guarantee a spot in the team, Virat Kohli and Co are now raising the bar to a new level. In a first, Team India players are now undergoing DNA test, which reveals the genetic fitness outline of an individual. The BCCI has introduced the new method with an aim to chalk out an all-inclusive fitness regimen for the Men in Blue. 

GE breast cancer device to reach 500 million women

GE Healthcare in partnership with US-based UE Lifesciences has launched a breast cancer detection device, iBreastExam (iBE) in India.  GE wants to take this device to over 500 million women across India, South Asia, Africa and SEast Asia.

 Breast cancer is the most frequent cancer in women worldwide with 1.67 million new cases diagnosed annually. Of this, India has a share of 150,000 cases, said GE Healthcare (sustainable solutions) president and CEO Terri Bresenham.

Don’t expect large increments in 2018

Though the in­dustry is ho­ping to achieve a better growth in 2018, your salaries are not going anywhere. Willis Towers Watson predicts that at 10 per cent, 2018 will see salary hikes similar to this year and slightly lower than 2016 and 2015. There is also a likelihood of India Inc providing average single digit increments. The only silver lining is that Indian salary hikes are better than some of the key markets in the Asia Pacific region.

India now home to 2,19,000 millionaires, says report

India is home to the fourth largest population of millionaires in the Asia Pacific region with 2,19,000 ultra-rich individuals with a combined wealth of $877 billion, says a report. According to the 2017 Asia-Pacific Wealth Report (APWR) released on Tuesday by Capgemini, India stood at fourth position with its contribution of 4 per cent in terms of individual market share in HNWI population growth in APAC (Asia Pacific) region.

Pollution in Delhi reaches critical levels

A public health emergency was declared in New Delhi on Tuesday as a choking blanket of smog descended on the world's most polluted capital city.

The Indian Medical Association's declaration came as the US embassy website said levels of the fine pollutants known as PM2.5 that are most harmful to health reached 703 -- well over double the threshold of 300 that authorities class as hazardous.

"We have declared a state of public health emergency in Delhi since pollution is at an alarming level," the head of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) Krishan Kumar Aggarwal said.

How Many Robots Does it Take to Fill a Grocery Order?

The U.K.'s biggest online grocer hit a milestone this year: Ocado Group Plc put together an order of 50 items, including produce, meat and dairy, in five minutes. Fulfilling a similar order at one of the company’s older facilities takes an average of about two hours. The secret: a fleet of 1,000 robots that scurry about a warehouse snatching up products and delivering them to human packers.

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