When it comes to global travel, not all passports are created equal. But which one is the most powerful among all?
According to the Passport Index, Singapore’s is now the world’s most powerful passport. Singapore was previously tied with Germany for the number-one spot. This is the for the first time that an Asian Nation has topped the charts.
Passport Index is a free online interactive tool that sorts and ranks the world’s passports on the basis of VFS. VFS which stands for “Visa Free Score” is based on the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free, or with visa on arrival.
Here is list a of Top 5 PASSPORT POWER RANKS based:
1) SINGAPORE: 159VFS
2) GERMANY: 158VFS
3) SWEDEN: 157VFS
3) SOUTH KOREA: 157VFS
4) DENMARK: 156VFS
4) FINLAND: 156VFS
4) ITALY: 156VFS
4) FRANCE: 156VFS
4) SPAIN: 156VFS
4) NORWAY: 156VFS
4) JAPAN: 156VFS
4) UNITED KINGDOM: 156VFS
5) LUXEMBOURG: 155VFS
5) SWITZERLAND: 155VFS
5) NETHERLANDS: 155VFS
5) BELGIUM: 155VFS
5) AUSTRIA: 155VFS
5) PORTUGAL: 155VFS
INDIA, which was listed 78th last year, has improved its ranking, figuring at 75th position with a visa-free score of 51.
Coming in at last place on the list is AFGANISTAN, ranked 94 with a score of 22, followed by PAKISTAN and IRAQ at 93 with a score of 26, SYRIA at 92, having a score of 29 and SOMALIA at 91 with a score 34.
Entire list can be found here > PASSPORT POWER RANK LIST
“What is Diwali Bonus and Why is it given?”
This post covers the story behind Diwali Bonus and Why is it given?
Initially there was a concept of salary to be paid on a weekly basis to the workers in India, particularly the textile and flour mill workers in Bombay.
So you received 52 salaries in a year.
But when British started ruling India they came up with concept of Monthly salary which meant you were getting paid for 48 weeks only.
So if we have 4 weeks in a month, 13 salaries should have been distributed but as per a monthly structure they were giving only 12 salaries in a year.
When people realized that this was a loss to them in terms of one salary many protest rallies were organised in Maharashtra during 1930-1940.
The British then came up with a solution to this problem.
After discussion with labour leaders about how to distribute this 13th salary and they decided Diwali being the biggest festival of India, they would distribute this 13th salary durring Diwali.
“Today this is called the Diwali Bonus.”
This was implemented from 30th June 1940. Many don’t know the history behind the Diwali Bonus and hence this post.
“And today” This 13th salary comes as “DRY FRUITS”.
What are you getting as Bonus this Diwali?