What is it? The consumer price index for June, 2017 – the lowest in five years.
Why is it important? The inflation is much lower than central bank’s target of 4%. The government is urging the central bank to cut key interest rates to boost the economy. Index of industrial production expanded at a slower rate of 1.7% in May, as compared to 3.1% in the previous month.
Tell me more: Retail inflation was low mainly due to falling falling food prices, as consumer food price index was -2.12 in June, 2017.
What is it? The total number of runs scored by Indian cricketer Mithali Raj.
Why is it important? She is the first player to cross 6,000 runs in women’s one day internationals (ODIs). With an average of 51.8 runs per innings, Raj is one among the five women players who have an average of 50 and above.
Tell me more: Raj’s teammate, Jhulan Goswami, is the world’s highest wicket taker in ODIs.
What is it? The number of dengue cases in government hospitals and dispensaries in Mumbai in 2016-17, according to NGO Praja Foundation.
Why is it important? The number cases has jumped by over 265% since 2012-13 (4,867). It is a 16.6% rise over last year’s count at 15,244 dengue cases, despite Mumbai having health budget of Rs 3,312 crores for 2017-18.
Tell me more: The incidence of malaria, another mosquito-borne disease, seems to have gone down from 21,939 cases in 2012-13 to 11,607 in 2016-17 (14,631 in 2015-16).
Rs 900 crore
What is it? The investment by US retail chain, Walmart, in Maharashtra to open 15 modern cash and carry wholesale stores.
Why is it important? After the break-up with Bharti Enterprises in 2013, Walmart has been slow to expand, restarting in 2015. The new slew of stores would be in addition to the 21 stores Walmart operates out of India.
Tell me more: FDI rules do not allow international retail brands to serve end-customers through single-brand retail, except in the cash and carry wholesale format.
25.1 million tonne
What is it? The sugar output forecast by the Indian Sugar Mills Association for 2017-18.
Why is it important? The estimate is higher than last year’s 20.3 million sugar produced, a seven-year low. Above-average monsoon rainfall and its timely arrival have encouraged sugarcane farmers to plant more crops.
Tell me more: The three major sugar producers — Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka — are expected to yield over 19.8 million tonne (over 78%) of the estimated sugar output.