News In Numbers: August 13
The fall in the rupee against the dollar during the one-year period from July 2008 which was the previous time that China, the world’s largest exporter, held its currency from appreciating consciously and for a sustained period. On Wednesday, for the second consecutive day, China pegged the yuan lower, rattling markets the world over. The rupee fell 0.94% for the day, closing at 64.81, its lowest value since September 2013. The fear is that the currency devaluation by China, which potentially makes its exports even more competitive globally, will force other governments to do the same just to stay in step.
The percentage of the estimated $5 billion in economic losses suffered by Nepal in the earthquakes in April and May that were covered by insurance, according to a recent report by reinsurer Swiss Re. While Nepal was under-insured against natural catastrophes and manmade disasters, the world, in general, was better off than in the recent past: of the $37 billion of economic losses in the first half of 2015, 45% was covered by insurance firms against the 10-year average cover of 27%.
The percentage of seats filled by Vistara on its flights in June, the last month of the summer holiday season in India and the latest for which occupancy data is available. This was the lowest among all airlines, the next being in Air Pegasus (73.1%). In May, the full-service airline co-promoted by the Tata Group and Singapore Airlines filled 71.1% of seats, and its drop to June was the largest among all airlines in India. July to September is a slack period for airlines in the country, and offers and discounts are a norm. On Wednesday, Vistara said it would offer a premium economy-class ticket free with every business-class ticket purchased, usable till 15 October, the approximate beginning of the other busy window for the airlines.
Of the 4,363 information requests sought from Twitter by 62 governments during January to June 2015, 2,436 came from the US, as per the latest biannual transparency report by the microblogging site. Of the requests made by the US, which has about 10% of the world’s Internet users, 80% resulted in some information being produced. India was ranked sixth, with 113 requests (against 16 in the January to June 2014 period), 19% of which resulted in information being produced. However, India made more removal requests (33) than the US (25). Twitter has been releasing such data since 2012.
Number of double hundreds scored in Test matches by decorated Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara, who is currently playing his last Test series, against India. His count of double hundreds is second only to Sir Donald Bradman, who racked up 12 doubles. Among active cricketers, Younis Khan has the most (four) hundreds. In other records, Sangakkara is ranked number five in Test runs. He is also ranked nine in batting averages, though the eight above him have played between 10 and 85 Test matches, which is significantly less than Sangakkara’s 133. On Wednesday, in the first innings of his penultimate Test, he was dismissed for 5.
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