Fertilizers Can Cause Diabetes


Rs 83 crore

What is it? Bharti Airtel’s net profit in the January-March quarter of 2017-18, down 78% from Rs 373 crore in the same period a year ago.

Why is it important? This is the lowest net profit lowest net profit in 15 years reported by India’s biggest telecom firm by market share (over 25%) and comes amidst rising competition and a cut-throat tariff war initiated by Reliance Jio, besides a reduction in international termination rates. The firm’s return on capital employed declined to 4.7% in 2017-18, from 6.5% in the previous year.

Tell me more: Bharti Airtel’s consolidated revenues for the full year were Rs 83,688 crore, a decline of 9.8% from the previous fiscal. Its net profit was Rs 1,099 crore, a decline of 71.1% from a year ago.



What is it? The number of Maoists killed within 72 hours in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district since Sunday. The toll increased to 37 after 15 more bodies were discovered from the Indravati river on Tuesday.

Why is it important? This makes it the most successful anti-Maoist operation by Maharashtra’s security forces in nearly four decades. Gadchiroli is among the worst-affected by Maoist insurgency and the latest encounters are said to have effectively wiped out the Maoist organisation in the district. Other Maoist-affected states such as Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh have been put on a high alert.

Tell me more: A total of 514 people have been killed in Left-Wing extremist violence in Maharashtra between 2005 and 2018, of which 165 are civilians, 146 from the security forces and 203 insurgents.



What is it? The number of people whose urine samples were tested for a government-funded research that examines the link between the use of synthetic fertilisers and their effect on farmers.

Why is it important? Indian government scientists found a close link between toxic heavy metals used in fertilisers and the prevalence of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in farmers. The prevalence of pre-diabetes, diabetes and atherosclerosis was found to be 43.4%, 16.2% and 10.3%, respectively, in a village in Tamil Nadu, where 82.5% of the study population was engaged in farming.

Tell me more: According to a 2011 study conducted in 28 districts in 12 states, about a fifth of respondents had experienced negative side effects such as weakness, fever, dizziness and blurred vision, after handling pesticides.



What is it? The lowest target in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), set by the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Why is it important? The Mumbai Indians failed to surpass it, despite facing a depleted Hyderabad attack. Mumbai capitulated for just 87, marking only the third time in IPL history that all 20 wickets have fallen in a match. This result left reigning champions Mumbai languishing near the bottom of the table, with just one win from five matches, and Hyderabad third.

Tell me more: Hyderabad lost another top signing yesterday, with fast bowler Billy Stanlake ruled out due to a finger injury.


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