IT snag trips NSE

155 minutes

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.

 

300,000

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.

 

7

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a crossfire and were travelling past the stipulated pilgrimage travel deadline of 7 pm, after which security cover is withdrawn daily.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.

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News in Numbers, Feb 13, 2017: Nothing to kill or to die for

7

What is it? Number of people killed in a gun-battle in Kashmir on Sunday.

Why is it important? The violence in the state, rekindled in 2016, continues with four terrorists killed in the fight. With two Indian soldiers dead, J&K security forces’ death toll increased. Avalanches had claimed lives earlier this year, which succeeds a year with the highest death count of 82 among the forces since 2008.

Tell me more: A civilian was also killed and three soldiers injured in the incident. In civilian deaths, three road-workers had been killed by militants last month.

 

Rs 385.6 crore

What is it? The first-ever loss reported by India’s third-largest telecom player, Idea Cellular in the third quarter financial year 2017 (Q3 FY17).

Why is it important? While it was expected Idea would report a loss, the amount was more than the forecast. A quarter of free voice and data promotional offers by Reliance Jio has dented financial performance of all the three (including Airtel and Vodafone) major players, with the smallest, Idea, being hit the hardest.

Tell me more: Idea says the sector can hope to recover only when Jio starts charging for its pan-India mobile services. Idea’s income fell from a profit of Rs 764.2 crore in Q3 FY16 and Rs 90 crore in Q2 FY17. The operator waited for the official confirmation of a merger with Vodafone India before sharing its financial results this quarter.

 

~$200 million

What is it? The amount Oil and Natural Gas Corporation’s (ONGC) overseas arm, ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL), is said to have overpaid in acquiring Videocon Group’s 10% stake for $2.5 billion, in a large natural gas-field in Africa’s Mozambique in 2013.

Why is it important? If proved, this could mean a big lapse in judgement for the public sector company and India’s largest oil and gas explorer by revenue. What was allegedly on the market for $2.3 billion, was acquired for $2.475 billion by it, and since has faced a write-down in asset value as crude energy prices fell. The payment to Videocon is now being investigated by the oil ministry.

Tell me more: OVL later bought stake in the same area from another energy player, the US Anadarko Corp, for $2.64 billion in 2014 that the latter calculated was a gain of over 62% of the purchase price.

 

310 miles

What is it? The distance travelled by a North Korean intermediate-range ballistic missile before it landed in the Sea of Japan on Sunday.

Why is it important? By testing the missile, North Korea has violated United Nation’s restrictions, even as many observers commented that it was to provoke Donald Trump, the newly elected president of United States, a long time ally of Japan. Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe, who is on a visit to US, and was with Trump, called it “absolutely intolerable.”

Tell me more: Just a day before the launch, Trump and Abe had urged North Korea not to test ballistic missiles and to drop its nuclear programme. It comes about two weeks ahead of the largest ever joint military exercise between the U.S. and South Korea.

 

43,512

What is it? The number of housing units sold in the quarter ended December 2016 in top nine cities in India, according to a report by PropTiger.

Why is it important? The sales are down 20% from the previous quarter, one of the expected impacts of demonetisation, which took away 96% of currency in circulation. The monthly average sales during November and December when demonetisation was in full flow, dropped by 40% and 49% respectively, PropTiger said in a report.

Tell me more: Gurgaon, Noida and Ahmedabad saw 30-40% decline in sales, while Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai saw 20% drop in sales.

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