Kashmir: Missing the woods for the trees?

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What is it? The number of social networking sites and applications banned in Kashmir, for either a month or till further orders.

Why is it important? Such sites are being blamed for fanning trouble by letting protesters circulate messages and videos, instigating mob fury further. However, it is also being criticised as a stop-gap measure. Internet access was already hobbled by an earlier ban on mobile high-speed data, as students took to the streets in droves to voice dissent from the administration and military force.

Tell me more: Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Wechat, QQ, Qzone, Google Plus, Skype, Line, Pinterest, Snapchat, Youtube, Vine and Flickr are some of the apps being banned.

 

84

What is it? The number of Uttar Pradesh IAS officers who have transferred under Yogi Adityanath administration on Wednesday.

Why is it important? It’s the biggest administrative change that UP chief minister has made since he came to power on March 19th. Large scale transfers are often used by the political leadership to assert themselves. Data shows one out 10 of postings in 20 key departments in the state cadres last only 33 to 71 days. One out of five IAS officers spend less than a year in a posting on average.

Tell me more: 54 IPS officers have also been transferred.

 

7.6%

What is it? The estimated average increment for employees of mobile phone operators this year.

Why is it important? Compared to 8.4% last year, the increment is set to decrease as carriers’ profitability is strained in the cutthroat competition. Price wars and imminent consolidation in the industry have dented performances of the leading players.

Tell me more: Aon Hewitt which has published the report expects overall India Inc increments to hover at 9.5%.

 

~$1.1 billion

What is it? The amount of the deal South Korean Kia Motors, a Hyundai subsidiary, is expected to sign on Thursday for its first Indian factory.

Why is it important? While the investment will be a feather in the cap of Andhra Pradesh, India also gains more importance for Hyundai and Kia.  China’s consumers sentiments turn against Korean chaebols as South Korea tests a US-made anti-missile system. India has been the fastest-growing passenger car market, though China is over seven times its size.

Tell me more: The new plant will produce 300,000 a year, and become operational by the second half of 2019.

 

~20 percentage points

What is it? The reduction in corporate tax rate in the United States, per president Donald Trump’s new tax plan.

Why is it important? This is the first big tax reform since 1986, and is aimed at encouraging businesses to invest more, boost the economy and create jobs. However, there are concerns that it might also increase deficit.

Tell me more: Trump has reduced the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%, and the number of individual income brackets from seven to three.

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Rs 2 crore

What is it? The annual retainer fee of grade A cricketers, which the BCCI doubled from last year.

Why is it important? Following the performance in the last few test matches against Australia, players such as Ravindra Jadeja and Cheteshwar Pujara will also be eligible for this remuneration as they have been upgraded to grade A.

Tell me more: Grade B cricketers will receive Rs 1 crore and grade C Rs 50 lakh, annually. The pay-hike follows October’s doubling of match fees to Rs 15 lakh a match.

 

1,470

What is it? Number of vacant Indian Administrative Services posts.

Why is it important? These posts, crucial for the bureaucracy and administrative machinery of the country, remain vacant despite being authorised to be filled. Indian Forest Services and Indian Police Services also have 560 and 908 posts vacant, which are otherwise sanctioned to be filled up. The numbers have come down from 2012, when IAS had over 1,700 vacancies and IPS over 1,200.

Tell me more: The government says recruiting has been stepped up for IAS in the last four years, while for IFS recruiting was increased in the 2015 examinations and for IPS in the 2009 examination.

 

636,248

What is it? The number of terror-related accounts on Twitter, which the micro-blogging site suspended since August, 2015.

Why is it important? This is the result of the social media platform’s increased efforts to curtail terror propaganda and terror recruitment handles. It is working with organisations such as People against Violent Extremism and the Lumen database to sieve accounts promoting violent terrorism.

Tell me more: In 2016, Twitter had blocked accounts related to Islamic State, the extremist group, for example. No less than 376,890 accounts were suspended in July-December, 2016, for promoting terrorism.

 

Rs 7,719.65 crores

What is it? The amount India gave as aid to foreign countries in 2015-16.

Why is it important? It is more than what the country received as aid from multi-lateral organisations/foreign countries, making India a net donor. It is a key element of foreign policy — especially with respect to its neighbours. Most of the aid went to neighbouring countries — primarily Bhutan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, in that order.

Tell me more: Global Fund and European Union are the top two providers of aid to India. Global Fund aims to fight diseases such as AIDS and tuberculosis, and had earlier tied up with Tata Trusts to launch an India Health Fund.

 

40

What is it? The number of government hospitals in Delhi, whose resident doctors plan to go on strike today.

Why is it important? It is a sign that the protests by resident doctors in Maharashtra — in its fourth day — is spreading outside the state, and could garner more support from doctors in other states. The doctors are demanding a safer workplace. A doctor was assaulted by a patient’s relatives recently at Dhule. Fifty-three doctors were attacked in last last two years, according to a report.

Tell me more: Bombay High Court had directed the protesting doctors to return to duty. It has had no impact yet. Meanwhile at AIIMS, Delhi, resident doctors said they will work with helmets on as a sign of protest and to highlight the issue.

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