• 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. 
  • Jay-Z has been named the world's first billionaire rapper by Forbes.
  • Abu Dhabi-based Indian retail tycoon MA Yusuff Ali has become the first expat to get theUAE's first gold card permanent residency.
  • Former President Pratibha Patil was bestowed on the highest civilian award of Mexico for foreigners. She had served as the first woman president of India during 2007-12. The ambassador of Mexico to India, Melba Pria, presented ''Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca'' (Order of the Aztec Eagle) to Mrs Patil.
  • The World Health Organization has selected the Rajasthan government’s Medical & Health Department for its award this year in recognition of its achievements in the field of tobacco control.
  • In the United States, Google's India-born CEO Sundar Pichai and Nasdaq president Adena Friedman have been chosen for the prestigious Global Leadership Awards 2019 by business advocacy group USIBC.
  • Malayalam Actor Sheela J.C. has won the J.C. Daniel Award, the highest honour in Malayalam cinema. She is only the second woman to get it, after Aranmula Ponnamma.
  • India ranked 95th out of 129 countries in a new index that measures global gender equality looking at aspects such as poverty, health, education, literacy, political representation and equality at the workplace. The list was topped by Denmark. 
  • The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has become the first ever project in the country to receive power generated from a waste-to-energy plant. 
  • Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has launched a Fiscal Performance Index (FPI) to assess state and central budgets.
  • Mumbai ranked first in the study, ‘Traffic Index-2018’, compiled by location technology specialist TomTom, with a congestion level of 65%, while New Delhi ranked fourth with congestion of 58%. 
  • Maldives will confer ‘Nishan Izzuddin’ award on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is the highest award to honour foreign nationals.
  •  Automobile major Mahindra won the Gold Award in South Africa for fairing on various indicators, including level of satisfaction among its network of dealers and the manner of allocation of vehicles to them. Mahendra received the award from the country’s National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA).
  • According to global market research agency Kantar in its 2019’s ‘100 Top BrandZ Report’, US retail giant Amazon has moved past hi-tech titans Apple and Google to become the world’s most valuable brand.
  • According to the annual report on internet trends by venture capitalist Mary Meeker, India accounts for 12% world’s internet users.China has the largest base, accounting for 21% of all internet users globally, and the US comes third at 8%.
  • Renowned author Amitav Ghosh was awarded the 54th Jnanpith Award for his contribution to the enrichment of Indian Literature in English.
  • Priyanka Chopra, a global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights is going to be honoured with Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award by UNICEF at the UNICEF SNOWFLAKE BALL.
  • According to a report released by brand analytics firm TRA Research, “Dell” has emerged as the most trusted brand in India in 2019. 
  • According to a report released by brand analytics firm TRA Research, “Dell” has emerged as the most trusted brand in India in 2019. 
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University will confer the distinguished alumni award to Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. 
  •  India's rank has slipped five places to 141 among 163 countries on the Global Peace Index 2019, while Iceland remains the most peaceful country and Afghanistan the least peaceful nation, as per the report by Australian think tank Institute for Economics & Peace.
  • Akshaya Patra, a non-profit organization, has been awarded the BBC World Service Global Champion Award. It runs one of the world’s largest school meals project in India.
  • The Sahitya Akademi announced the name of 22 winners for Bal Sahitya Puraskar and 23 winners for Yuva Puraskar. The winners of both the awards will receive a casket containing an engraved copper plaque and a cheque of Rs 50,000.
  • The Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) data published by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) reported that female labour force declined in India in 2017-18. It is one among the world’s bottom 10. In 2011-12, India was placed at 12th from the bottom globally.
  • Suman Rao from Rajasthan has won the Femina Miss India World 2019 beauty pageantduring a star-studded ceremony at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.
  • Twenty-nine journalists from print and electronic media and a social activist felicitated with the Bharat Mata Shield at the 44th Matri Shree Media Award ceremony.
  • Randstad rates Amazon India as country’s most attractive employer brand. Microsoft India emerged as the runner-up.
  • United Nation released its "World Population Prospects Report 2019"Findings of thereport are: India will overtake China as the most populous country by 2027 and will have almost 1.64 billion inhabitants by 2050.
  •  In the recently released QS World University rankings for 2020, IIT-Bombay which is ranked 152 is India’s best university for the second year in a row. The next two Indian Universities in the top 200 are IIT Delhi (182) and the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru (184).
  • Saudi Arabia has become the 1st Arab country to be granted full membership of the Financial Action Task Force. It becomes the 39th member of FATF during the group’s Annual General Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
  • Veyil Marangal (Trees Under the Sun) have become the first Indian film to won ‘Outstanding Artistic Achievement’ award at the Shanghai International Film Festival.
  • Recently released Food and Nutrition Security Report stated that 31.4% of Indian children will be stunted by 2022. Which means one in every three Indian children under five years will be stunted by 2022. The report is prepared by the UN World Food Programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
  •  Kerala has topped in NITI Aayog's Health Index followed by Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. ii. Also, Haryana, Rajasthan and Jharkhand showed the maximum improvement of health outcomes from base to reference year. The health index has been developed by NITI Aayog.
  •  The RedInk Awards for Excellence in Journalism are conferred to encourage good quality reporting and analysis, fair play and high ethical standards in Indian journalism.The following are the winners of awards in different categories :
  1. Rachna Khaira of The Tribune has bagged the prestigious RedInk Award for 'Journalist of the Year'. 
  2. Two retired senior journalists Dinu Ranadive from the Maharashtra Times, and Sebastian D'Souza, from the Mumbai Mirror, have jointly received the Lifetime Achievement Award for this year.
  • India born Priya Serrao has won the Miss Universe Australia title for 2019. Western Australia’s Bella Kasimba and another Victorian Marijana Radmanovic rounded out 2019’s top three, placing second and third.
  • Mercer has released 25th Annual Cost of Living Survey.Some findings of the survey:
  1. The world's least expensive cities for expatriates are Tunis (209), Tashkent (208), and Karachi (207
  2. Eight out of the top ten of the world's most expensive cities for expatriates are Asian.
  3. Mumbai fell 12 spots and was ranked at the 67th position out of 209 cities surveyed.
  4. The costliest city in the world for the second consecutive year is Hong Kong followed by Tokyo, Singapore and Seoul.
  • IIT Kanpur honours India's chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand with honorary doctorate on the occasion of their 52nd convocation.