Locking in home-loan borrowers

3 years

What is it? The numbers of years of lock-in before home loan borrowers can transfer their outstanding amount to another lender. A demand made by mortgage loan lenders to the regulator, National Housing Board.

Why is it important? If accepted, borrowers won’t be able to transfer their loan balance to take advantage of falling interest rates. In the last six months, lending rates has dropped by 120 basis points (one basis point is one-hundredth of a percentage point). Lenders say a lock-in will reduce churn in their portfolio, and better manage their borrowing and lending costs.

Tell me more: Housing loans is estimated at Rs 1,063,225 crore as on March 2015, much higher than total credit outstanding of scheduled commercial banks.

 

 

Rs 1.42 trillion

What is it? The direct taxes collected in April-June of 2017-18 financial year.

Why is it important? It is 14.8% more than the net collection last year in the same quarter and is 14.5% of the Rs 9.8 lakh-crore target for direct taxes in 2017-18.

Tell me more: The advance tax collection stood at Rs 58,783 crore in the quarter. It comprised a jump of 40.3% in personal advance tax and a corporate advance tax of 8.1%.

 

 

96

What is it? The Fifa rank of the Indian men’s football team.

Why is it important? The national football team ranked its second-best in the Fifa (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) listing, after 1996’s 94th spot. The team has 341 points and has won 13 of their last 15 matches, remaining unbeaten in the last eight.

Tell me more: The football team had to climb 77 spots from 173rd in March, 2015 to reach here.

 

 

1,155 cubic km

What is it? The volume of ice that is set to break away from the Antarctic ice shelf.

Why is it important? This is going to produce one of the largest icebergs in the South Pole. It is one of the alarming fallouts of global warming, ie. rising temperature. The rift in the Larsen C ice shelf is now within 5 km of breaking all the way, and is already 200 km-long.

Tell me more: The iceberg, thus adrift, could pose a hazard for sea traffic. The free-floating ice shelves also prevent ice from land to flow into the sea. But if these break apart then land-based ice could result in raised water levels of the oceans and seas.

 

 

Rs 6,000 – Rs 7,000 crore

What is it? The likely amount SBI Life Insurance Co. Ltd is expected to rise from selling 12% equity stake through an initial public offering (IPO). The private insurer got the approval from the insurance regulator recently.

Why is it important? If successful, SBI Life will be the second life insurance company to list the shares in the stock markets. At Rs 7,000 crore for 12% stake, SBI Life’s market capitalization will be around Rs 58,000 crore.

Tell me more: ICICI Prudential, the number one private life insurer, sold Rs 6,057 crore of shares through an IPO, and is currently valued Rs 70,239 crore.

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News in Numbers, May 2, 2016: Gujarat’s 10% quota for poor, Uttarakhand’s forest fire crisis…

10%

What is it? Reservation quota in education and jobs for those with less than Rs 6 lakh of annual family income in general category, as announced by Gujarat government on Friday.

Why is it important? This is a move to appease the protesting Patel community, which has been demanding ‘Other Backward Class’ status to avail reservations in education and jobs. This comes ahead of the state elections next year, and after Congress won 23 of 31 district panchayats in the civic polls last year. The BJP has been in power for the last 18 years in the state.

Tell me more: The Patels are unhappy with the state government’s offer and have demanded that its community get a separate quota, similar to what the Haryana government has offered the Jats. The reservation move will exceed the 50% reservation limit set by the Supreme Court but the BJP says it is ready to go legal to defend its move.

7.5 tonnes

What is it? The quantity of gold Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the famous temple on the hill in southern Andhra Pradesh, is considering moving under the Indian government’s gold monetisation schemes.

Why is it important? This would be biggest mobilisation under the schemes launched last November. Over 1.5 tonnes have been deposited so far, and the board may move its entire reserves of 7.5 tonnes. The schemes are aimed at lowering India’s gold imports, which form the second highest component in the imports bill after crude oil. India imported 926 tonnes of gold in 2015-16, 16% less than the previous fiscal.

Tell me more: TTD wants the government to pay the interest component on medium and long-term schemes to be paid in gold instead of cash and also, calculate the interest on gold at the time of return instead of at the time of the deposit. This, on top of some changes the government had announced on Friday.

6,000

What is it? The number of people from state agencies involved in putting out the forest fire in Uttarakhand.

Why is it important? This is one of the biggest disaster the state has faced with 1,233 cases of fire covering 1,900 hectares of forest. While the effective area under fire has come down by 70%, the government hopes to put out the fire in the next 3-4 days by putting  10,000 more people on the job.

Tell me more: The area under fire is many times more compared to previous two years- 930.3 hectares in 2015 and 384.5 hectares in 2014. On Sunday, the government announced a pre-fire alert system that will issue warnings to the concerned departments via text messages. As on April 21, 20,667 forest fire incidents have already been reported, compared to 15,937 in 2015 and 19,054 in 2014.

1.25 crore

What is it? The number of people who paid taxes in 2012-13.

Why is it important? This was just 1% of India’s population at that time, indicating the extent of domestic tax evasion. Direct taxes accounted for 51% of the total tax revenue in 2015-16, the lowest since 2007-08. Indirect taxes (levied on goods and services) puts a greater burden on the poor.

Tell me more: Only 2.9 crore individuals filed their income tax returns in 2012-13 and nearly 89% of them paid taxes less than Rs 1.5 lakh with the average tax outgo being less than Rs 21,000.

13.2 lakh

What is it? The number of individual household toilets built in urban areas in 2015-16.

Why is it important? This is just around 53% of its 25 lakh target for the year and indicates that India would be hard-pressed to achieve open defecation-free status by 2019.

Tell me more: 11 states reported they have not constructed even a single household toilet. Gujarat accounted for around a third of the total individual household toilets last fiscal. States were also unable to meet their targets in the community and public toilet category where they have reported construction of only 68,500 toilets as against the target of 1 lakh.

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