News in Numbers – September 6

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What is it?

Number of Indian bowlers in the top 10 in the latest one-day international (ODI) rankings released by the sport’s governing body.

Why is it important?

Bowling has been the weak link in ODIs for India, which is ranked joint third. R Ashwin, at number 12, is the highest-ranked Indian bowler. In ODIs in the past 12 months, of the 10 test-playing nations, India conceded the most runs per wicket (37.3) and second-most runs per over (5.68).

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By comparison, India was tied with South Africa in having three players in the top 10 list of ODI batsmen: Virat Kohli (ranked 2), Rohit Sharma (7) and Shikhar Dhawan (8).

2.3

What is it?

Number of passenger complaints against Air India in July for every 10,000 passengers ferried by the airline on domestic routes, the most among large carriers.

Why is it important?

Air India has consistently had the worst record among domestic airlines on complaints. In the latest episode, a section of Air India pilots took leave on Monday, in the backdrop of protests over payment and other issues, delaying flights.

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The best were Vistara (0.1) and IndiGo (0.3). In July, 34.2% of complaints across airlines related to “flight problems”, followed by customer service (27.4%).

2085

What is it?

The year by which India will achieve universal upper secondary education, as per Global Education Monitoring report by UNESCO.

Why is it important?

This would be 55 years late as compared to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals which wants ‘free, equitable and quality’ primary and secondary education for all. Universal primary and lower secondary education will be achieved only by 2050 and 2060 respectively.

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There is a correlation between education and economic growth. Universal upper secondary education by 2030 in poor countries will lift 60 million people out of poverty by 2050, as earnings will increase by 75%.

283.36 million tonnes

What is it?

India’s estimated horticultural production in 2015-16

Why is it important?

This is higher than the country’s foodgrain production for the fourth year in a row – and is a good news for farmers for a number of reasons. Fruits and vegetables take up less land than foodgrains, and can benefit small and marginal farmers. They can also be harvested in shorter durations, compared to foodgrains, and ensure cash flow to farmers, a reason why it’s picking up.

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Onion production grew 11% to 21 million tonnes in 2015-16, while tomato production was up 12%. Potatoes dropped by 9%.

$255 billion

What is it?

Market cap of China-based web company Tencent Holdings, whose well known brands include WeChat and QQ

Why is it important?

It’s now the most valuable company in Asia, and among the top ten in the world. It was mostly recently in news in India after it invested in Hike Messenger, propelling the Indian startup to Unicorn status (over $1billion in valuation). Tencent has been active in India for some years now, and made its first startup investment in Practo in 2015.

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Tencent overtook China Mobile on Monday rising by 4% in Hong Kong. Tencent primarily makes money through its flourishing online gaming business.

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News in Numbers, July 18, 2016: Kashmir valley tense, 3 Indian sites on UNESCO heritage list…

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What is it? The number of Indian sites that got selected to be part of UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

Why is it important? This is the first time any country has got three sites in this list in a single session of UNESCO’s committee meeting. Not only does this tag help promote global recognition and tourism but also helps in increased protection of cultural and natural places for future generations to enjoy. Now, India has a total of 35 sites on the list, of which 27 are cultural, seven are natural and one is in the ‘mixed’ category.

Tell me more: The three sites chosen from India include Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex, Sikkim’s Khangchendzonga National Park and Nalanda University in Bihar.

 

2,000

What is it? The number of additional Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel rushed to Kashmir valley.

Why is it important? This is in addition to 2,800 troops of the CRPF sent to the region to tackle violence that erupted after the killing of Burhan Wani, a terrorist based in the valley, last week. The situation remains tense after 41 people were killed and over 2,000 were injured in the clashes that broke out between protesters of Wani’s killing and the security forces. There have been raids and clampdown on printing and distribution of newspapers to prevent flaring of further violence.

Tell me more: Mobile phone and internet services have been disabled in many parts of the state and schools and colleges that were to reopen tomorrow after the summer holidays have got a week’s extension.

 

1,068

What is it? The number of polluting units and industries that the Telangana industries department wants to shift out of Hyderabad city limits by December 2017.

Why is it important? Though different governments have tried to shift the factories outside the city limits for the last 15 years, they haven’t been successful due to opposition from the businesses. If successful, other state governments could follow suit to de-congest the major cities that face similar problem. Among five metros including New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, Hyderabad’s air quality index was the worst at 10 pm last night, as per the US Embassy and Consulates’ air quality monitor.

Tell me more: The government will hold consultations with industries and manufacturing units for the shifting out and housing them in industry-wise clusters and has agreed in principle, to provide certain concessions to them including tax rebates and easy land conversion.

 

Rs 20,000

What is it? The maximum compensation air passengers in India will be eligible for, in case of cancellation of a flight or denying them boarding, effective from August 1.

Why is it important? This is five times the maximum compensation air travellers are allowed in such cases, and is likely to force airlines to improve their on time performance and have a re-look at their overbooking strategies. As many as 1,873 people were denied boarding in the month of May, besides 7,165 cancellations and 87,323 delays, for which airlines gave a total compensation of Rs 192.4 lakhs.

Tell me more: For denied boarding, the compensation is up to Rs 20,000 while for cancelling or delaying a flight by over two hours would make travellers eligible for up to Rs 10,000. The compensation varies depending on factors such as the number of hours of delay or cancellation and alternate flight arrangements.

 

57%

What is it? The percentage of people who claimed to be allopathic doctors in 2001 but did not have any medical qualifications, according to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) report.

Why is it important? Highlights the extent of quackery in India and the need for stronger rules to tackle this, besides taking measures to increase the number of medical seats. The country is already battling low density of health workers. The doctor-patient ratio is less than 1:1000 – the recommended limit by the WHO – by the Indian government’s own admission.

Tell me more: The rural areas are worse off where just 18.8% of the allopathic doctors had a medical qualification. Overall, less than a fourth (23.3%) of all health workers had medical qualifications as per the 2001 Census.

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