Singapore is the World’s Most Powerful Passport

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 & How it started?

“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?

Challenge Yourself

The Japanese have always loved fresh fish. But the waters close to Japan have not held many fish for decades. So the fishermen had to go further out to sea to catch their supply of fish, the fishing boats got bigger and bigger.
The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring in the fish. If the return trip took more than a few days, the fish were not fresh and they lost their fresh taste.

To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats. They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen and they did not like frozen fish. Also, the frozen fish brought a lower price. So fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, the fish stopped moving. They were tired and dull, but alive. Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference; because the fish did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste.

How did the Japanese fish company solve this problem?

To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies added a small shark to the tanks that the fish were kept in. The shark of course eats a few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state due to the fact that the fish are challenged.
Keep that shark inside you alive!
Shark?
Challenge yourself everyday. Push yourself everyday. The more are the sharks(challenges), the more you are forced to move forward. The more are the sharks, the more you will be motivated to work better.
Content source-The Japanese Fresh Fish Story & Put a shark in your tank…
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