What is it? The amount of spectrum that a panel has said can be made available immediately for the roll out of 5G technology.
Why is it important? This is a step ahead for the progress to 5G technology, for which India has set a commercial roll out target by 2020, the same as the advanced economies in the world. If the panel’s recommendation is accepted, this could lead to India’s largest-ever spectrum allocation for a service. Ericsson Mobility expects 5G smartphone subscriptions to be available in India by 2022 and that by the end of 2023, there is likely to be 10 million subscriptions on 5G.
Tell me more: The panel has identified spectrum for 5G service across 11 bands, of which four can be made available immediately. Currently, mobile phone signals are transmitted in 800-2,600 Mhz band.
What is it? The number of products originating from the United States that India has proposed to increase import tariffs.
Why is it important? This is in retaliation to Washington’s tariffs on aluminium and steel imports from countries including India, which would affect the latter to the tune of around $240 million. India has decided to hit back with tariffs amounting to the same. This comes at a time when US President Donald Trump is pushing his ‘America First’ policy while vowing to re-balance America’s trade deficits with major economies such as China and Germany.
Tell me more: On Friday, US announced fresh tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese goods, eliciting a swift reaction from Beijing, expanding the global trade wars that threaten the growth of the world economy.
What is it? The number of Chief Ministers of non-BJP ruled states that have extended support to Arvind Kejriwal, who is staging a protest by sitting in the waiting room of Delhi governor’s office.
Why is it important? The coming together of opposition parties in support the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi could be a precursor to field a non-Congress candidate for the election of the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. Congress is the second largest party in the upper house with 51 members. If all opposition parties come together, they have the numbers to elect their own candidate.
Tell me more: Kejriwal is asking the Delhi Governor to end the ‘undeclared strike’ by the IAS officers, and approval for his proposed home delivery of rations scheme. Unlike other states, Delhi government doesn’t have administrative powers over the IAS officers.
What is it? The number of people who died because of flood in Assam on Sunday. The death toll since June 13th has increased to 13.
Why is it important? Nearly 450,000 people living in six districts are affected by flood caused by two major rivers, the Brahmaputra and the Barak. The two rivers are still flowing above danger levels in many locations, according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority.
Tell me more: 21 people have died in Manipur and Tripura because of flash floods and landslides in the last one month. With less rainfall in these two states, the situation has improved.
What is it? The number of days travellers transiting via United Arab Emirates (UAE) can avail free visa to visit cities like Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
Why is it important? 30% (or 2.45 million) of India’s international air traffic in three months ended March 2018 flew to UAE, and majority of them take onward flights to European and US destinations. The move by UAE will attract Indian tourists to visit UAE.
Tell me more: 50% of outbound traffic from India is to West Asian countries, as per data provided by the Director General of Civil Aviation. India received 14.57 million tourists in 2016, and UAE was not among the top 15 countries based on foreign tourist arrivals.