What is it? The number of Jio subscribers, according Reliance Jio Infocomm Chairman Mukesh Ambani.
Why is it important? The claimed subscriber base, won through months of no-holds-barred free services, would put Jio at having a 9-10% market share of the wireless base in India, which was 1,099.51 million in November, 2016. It had launched three months earlier in August, 2016.
Tell me more: The free services would end in March this year. But in his speech, Ambani assured unlimited data and voice services at Rs 303 per month for a year for customers who sign up before April, 2017.
What is it? The additional time in prison AIADMK leader VK Sasikala would have to spend in jail if she does not pay the fine of Rs 10 crore as stipulated by the Supreme Court.
Why is it important? That would mean serving over another year, in addition to her 3.5 months and further delaying her chances of contesting elections. The fine is over 61% of the value of disproportionate assets worth Rs 16.32 crore she has been convicted of amassing.
Tell me more: Prisons Superintendent Krishna Kumar said in his statement that the prisoner was being treated like any other convict and was given no additional privilege.
What is it? The number of point-of-sale (PoS) machines, for card use, installed so far, according to Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.
Why is it important? The claim would mean a growth of 64% since December, 2016, when 1.7 million such machines were available. During and before demonetisation, PoS machine infrastructure was creaking under the load of growing card transactions, and India was far behind in per capita distribution of PoS terminals.
Tell me more: Indigenous digital payments app, Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM), has been downloaded 17 million times since launch in December, according to Kant.
What is it? Voter turnout in Mumbai municipal elections.
Why is it important? It’s the highest in 25 years, and surpassed the voter turnout in the latest assembly and parliamentary elections. It’s a sign of growing interest in local administration by general public, and could result in better governance where it matters most to people.
Tell me more: Nine other municipal corporation elections took placeon Wednesday in Maharashtra. The average voter turnout across the 10 municipal corporations was 56.30%.
What is it? The number of new coastal radar stations approved by defense ministry. In addition, it plans to have four mobile coastal radars.
Why is it important? These additional stations – which will take the total number more than 80 – will help improve India’s coastal security. It’s a part of measures India decided to undertake after the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November 2008.
Tell me more: These stations will be set up by Bharat Electronics at a cost of Rs 800 crore.