Delhi Leads. In Crimes.


India grew at a faster pace, that ended a five-quarter slide in GDP. While economy is doing well,  nation is degrading socially and more so the capital, Delhi. The city led is highest number of crimes against women, foreigners, children and basically against everybody. Down south, Kerala and Kanyakumari were hammered by a cyclonic storm called ‘Ockhi’. And, our one rupee note has turned 100. Something to cheer for? Maybe for collectors.



What is it? The economic growth rate of India in the July-September quarter of 2017-18.

Why is it important? This is an uptick from the 5.7% recorded in the previous quarter, which was the lowest in three years, and also ends a five-quarter slide. This could be a sign of businesses adjusting to the new normal after last year’s currency ban and the roll-out of GST (goods and services tax). It remains to be seen if economic growth gains momentum in the next few quarters; most multilateral organisations such as the International Monetary Fund, Asian Development Bank and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development have lowered their growth forecasts for the Indian economy for 2017-18.

Tell me more: The government also released another set of data yesterday that showed that India’s fiscal deficit hit 96.1% of the full-year budget estimate.



What is it? The crime rate—crime per lakh of population—under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in Delhi in 2016, according to latest data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

Why is it important? Delhi’s crime rate is the highest among all states and union territories. It has increased from 916.8 in 2015 and accounted for 7% of all IPC crimes in India in 2016, highlighting the need for stringent measures to maintain law and order in the capital. It led all states in theft cases and seizure of fake currency notes. Among 19 major cities, it accounted for the maximum number of rape cases, the highest crime rate against women, the highest number of cases of kidnapping and abduction and murder cases, the maximum number of cases of juveniles in conflict with the law, and the maximum economic offence cases.

Tell me more: Among states, Uttar Pradesh, which accounted for 9.5% of total IPC crimes in the country, reported the highest number of murder cases, crimes against women, kidnapping and abduction, highest number of cases of atrocities against scheduled castes, cyber crimes and the maximum number of seizures of arms.



What is it? The number of deaths in Kanyakumari and Kerala in rain-related incidents caused by a cyclonic storm called ‘Ockhi’ (named by Bangladesh after the Bengali word for ‘eye’).

Why is it important? Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected until Friday night in some southern districts in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. There are chances that the storm could intensify into a severe cyclone by today before reaching Lakshadweep on Saturday. A search operation is on to find 13 missing fishermen from Kanyakumari who had gone out in the sea, while another 200 are reportedly missing off the coast of Thiruvananthapuram. Heavy rains in Tamil Nadu earlier this month had sparked fears of a 2015-like floods that killed over 400 people.

Tell me more: Two teams consisting of 60 members from the National Disaster Response Force have been sent to Kanyakumari, while another team of 47 would be stationed in Kochi to provide help in Lakshadweep.


100 years

What is it? The number of years that the Re 1 note in India has been in existence.

Why is it important? In November 1994, the central bank had stopped printing the Re 1 note mainly due to its high cost and to free up capacity to print currency notes of higher denominations. But in May 2017, it said it would resume their printing. The Re 1 note has immense value among collectors.

Tell me more: A bundle of 100 Re 1 notes reportedly sell for Rs 600 in grey markets of Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai and Chandni Chowk in Delhi.



What is it? The number of birdies carded by Tiger Woods in the first round of the Hero World Challenge in The Bahamas. Woods finished with a round of 69, 3 under par and 3 strokes behind the leader.

Why is it important? This was Woods’ first round of competitive golf in 301 days and follows a fourth surgery on his back. The former world number 1, who has won the second-most majors in the history of golf (14), is looking to resume his pursuit of the record of 18 majors held by Jack Nicklaus. In 2008, at the age of 32, Woods won title number 14 and was seen as the overwhelming favorite to overhaul Nicklaus.

Tell me more: Tommy Fleetwood led the field after the first round with a score of 66. He was followed by Robbie Fowler and Matt Kuchar, who both carded 67.


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Mission: Nab Tax Evaders


It’s mission ‘catch tax evaders’ for the income tax watchdog. And justifiably so, as the number of tax evaders have doubled in the first half of 2017 over last year. TRAI is backing the open and free internet. Over 10% of all the medical products sold in low and middle income countries fail due to substandard quality, says a WHO report. And, in the golfing world, master golfer Tiger Woods is back in action, again.


1.16 lakh

What is it? The number of individuals and firms who have received income tax notices for having made cash deposits of above Rs 25 lakh in bank accounts post-demonetisation but failing to file returns.

Why is it important? The number of people violating income tax laws have more than doubled to 609 in the first six months of 2017-18, from 288 in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal. The number of convictions of those violating tax rules has gone up from 13 to 43 in the same period. Earlier this year, the department had decided to launch a large-scale data project by matching information in different databases to nab tax evaders.

Tell me more: A total of 2.4 lakh people who have made deposits of Rs 10-25 lakh and not filed returns are set to receive similar notices in the second phase.



What is it? The number of months since the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) released a consultation paper seeking to establish a net neutrality framework in India.

Why is it important? On Tuesday, the telecom regulator published a set of recommendations supporting the basic principles of open and free Internet. Its suggestions include prohibition of discriminatory content, excluding content delivery networks (telecom firms providing content within their network without accessing the public Internet) from regulation and the setting up of a watchdog to enforce net neutrality.

Tell me more: The International Telecommunication Union, a specialised agency of the United Nations, has formed a group of experts to look into the issue of net neutrality. Recently, the Federal Communications Commission in the United States released a proposal to end net neutrality regulations championed by former President Barack Obama.



What is it? The rate of failure in all medical products used in low-income and middle-income countries, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Why is it important? A model developed by the University of Edinburgh estimates that 72,000 to 169,000 children may be dying each year due to the use of substandard and falsified antibiotics, while another estimates that substandard and falsified anti-malarials account for 116,000 additional deaths per year from malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. About 3.16% of drugs sold in India were found to be ‘not of standard quality’ while 0.0245% were found to be spurious, according to the first such survey carried out by the health ministry recently.

Tell me more: In the last four years, WHO has received 1,500 reports of cases of substandard or falsified products, of which antimalarials and antibiotics were the most common ones.



What is it? The number of chairpersons that Air India has had in 2017. On Tuesday, the government announced Pradeep Singh Kharola would be replacing incumbent Rajiv Bansal as the new chairman and managing director of the state-run airline.

Why is it important? The recurrent change at the top is the exact opposite of continuity, which a business on the comeback trail needs. But the government move could also be planned with the objective of executing the complex task of privatising Air India, which it announced earlier this year and has commenced work on.

Tell me more: Kharola, 56, is an IAS officer from the 1985 batch and Karnataka cadre. An engineer by education, Kharola has had 27 stints since joining the civil services in August 1987. His last posting was Managing Director at the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation.



What is it? The number of months after which Tiger Woods will return to competitive golf, in yet another effort to return from yet another surgery. On Thursday, Woods, 41, will tee off at the Hero World Challenge, a tournament where his charity foundation is a key beneficiary.

Why is it important? His last comeback effort, in February, ended after just 18 holes. Once on pace to become the most decorated golfer ever in terms of number of majors, Woods has been beset by marital, legal and injury problems. A mellowed Woods, who has been seen on team managerial duties during this absence as a player, has confessed he has little idea on how effectively he might return from injury.

Tell me more: Woods has 14 majors, the second most in the history of golf, after Jack Nicklaus (18 majors). The last time Woods won a major was in 2008.


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