What is it? The duration for which trading at India’s largest stock exchange, National Stock Exchange (NSE), was halted on Monday.
Why is it important? This is the longest ever halt in trading at NSE, which has dominant market share in equity derivative market in India. This comes ahead of NSE’s plans to list, which has already been delayed by an investigation due to its December disclosure that some of its traders may have been given unfair access to its servers.
Tell me more: Both NSE Nifty and BSE Sensex rose to record highs of 9,771.05 and 31,715.64, respectively on Monday.
Rs 4.59 lakh crore
What is it? The total central government expenditure between April-May this year, 54% higher compared to corresponding numbers last year.
Why is it important? Advancing of budget by a month this year has helped government departments to spread out expenditure. Likely to aid economic growth as private investment, the main driver of GDP growth, has remained anemic so far in 2017. Government spending accounts for 10% of India’s GDP.
Tell me more: The capital expenditure in the April-May period was Rs 52,536 crore, up 58.1% from the corresponding period in the previous fiscal.
What is it? The number of people affected by cholera in Yemen in the last 10 weeks, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Why is it important? This is the worst cholera outbreak in the world, with 7,000 new cases and 1,700 deaths so far. The outbreak is due to the civil war between the pro-government forces and the rebel Houthi movement. With no electricity, a broken water system and only 45% of the hospitals operational, the situation isn’t likely to improve anytime soon.
Tell me more: There are between 21,000 and 143,000 cholera deaths out of 1.3 million to 4 million cases each year. Cholera can be successfully treated with oral re-hydration solution.
What is it? The number of pilgrims on this year’s Amarnath Yatra killed on a bus in a terror attack on Monday night, in Kashmir’s Anantnag.
Why is it important? This is the second deadliest terror attack on the pilgrims, after the massacre in 2000. The pilgrims were caught in a crossfire and were travelling past the stipulated pilgrimage travel deadline of 7 pm, after which security cover is withdrawn daily.
Tell me more: The terrorists had started firing blind after facing retaliatory fire from a police check post and security personnel’s vehicle nearby. The bus carrying the pilgrims was not part of the official Amarnath tour and was not under the beefed up security protection arranged this year.
>Rs 2,000 crore
What is it? The claim for compensation filed by SpiceJet’s erstwhile promoter, Kalanithi Maran, chairman and managing director of Sun Group, from the low-cost airline.
Why is it important? This was filed before the Delhi High Court tribunal which is deliberating on a share transfer dispute between Maran and the airline’s current owner, Ajay Singh. The claim stems from SpiceJet’s inability to issue convertible warrants and preference shares to Maran and his firm, KAL Airways.
Tell me more: The tribunal, last week, directed SpiceJet to pay Rs 250 crore in cash deposit and Rs 229 crore in bank guarantee to Maran for the same. As part of the tribunal hearings, it was also divulged that Singh bought 58.46% stake in the airline for a sum of Rs 2.