BJP MPs lead in Lok Sabha attendance

    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and its Members of Parliament (MPs) are making it count at least in terms of showing up in the Lok Sabha. Of the top 10 parties with the maximum number of MPs in the Lok Sabha, the BJP has the highest percentage of MPs who have averaged at least 80% and 90% attendance till the end of the last session in April.

    Seventy-nine percent of BJP MPs logged 80% attendance compared with 56% Congress MPs. Trinamool Congress and Telangana Rashtra Samithi MPs topped the absentee brigade: 42% and 38% of their MPs had attendance records of below 60%.

    Our analysis was first published at Livemint.

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      Which month of the year has the highest birth rate?

        “In Delhi, winter is the season for weddings. Ten months from that time, we can see a clear spike in the number of births in hospitals,” says Evelyn Kannan, general secretary of Trained Nurses’ Association of India, a national organization of nursing professionals. A seasonal spike in births isn’t restricted to Delhi alone, and is seen in other states and union territories also.

        The data visualization below traces 21.2 million births in 2015-16—approximately 85% of all births in India—captured by the government’s Health Management Information System on a monthly basis. At an all-India level, more births happen in the second half of the calendar year than the first (53.7% versus 46.3%). The four months from August to November account for about 37% of all births. And more births are registered in September than in any other month (9.35%).

        Among states, there are some that show significant monthly variance: for example, in Bihar, the average monthly share of births is 5.9% between April and June, but 10.2% between August and November. Then, there are certain states where the variance, though present, is less: like Karnataka and Maharashtra.

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          Why Virat Kohli stands alone at 8,000 ODI runs

            In the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy, Virat Kohli etched his name on one more batting record in one-day internationals (ODIs): fastest to 8,000 runs. His journey to this milestone is impressive, as shown by a comparison with AB de Villiers (second on the list) and Sachin Tendulkar (fourth). In the climb to 8,000 runs, Kohli has been above de Villiers and Tendulkar all along. To get here, de Villiers took seven more innings than Kohli and Tendulkar 35 more.

             

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            Of the three, Kohli was the quickest off the blocks. By match 13, his ODI average had crossed 40 for good. By comparison, de Villiers achieved that in match 95 and Tendulkar—who wandered in the middle order in the first quarter of his ODI career before finding his groove at the top—in match 187.

             

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            Another factor going for Kohli is his command of the run chase: 63% of his ODI runs have come chasing, at an average of 66—a cut above de Villiers and Tendulkar. Yet, Kohli has fewer man-of-the-match awards at 8,000 runs (22, against 23 for de Villiers and 33 for Tendulkar), which is not a knock on his ability to win matches but a testimony to his greater consistency.

             

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