The Worst Spell


What is it? The number of days (between June 6 and 12) Mumbai could receive very heavy rainfall, according to Skymet Weather.

Why is it important? Skymet’s CEO Jatin Singh has warned this could be the worst spell in Mumbai since July 26, 2005, when the city received 900 mm of rainfall in a day. On that day 13 years ago, over 500 were killed and most deaths were reported from slum areas. In a recent study, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had identified 225 flood-prone areas, including 60 chronic ones that see chronic deluges every year.

Tell me more:Monday rains caused flights to get delayed or diverted, disrupting the movement of trains, besides tree-falling incidents and traffic woes.


What is it? The free baggage allowance (in kg) of a second class train passenger, while that of a sleeper class is 40 kg.

Why is it important? Though Indian Railways’ baggage allowance rules is around for around 30 years now, it has decided to enforce it strictly from now. If passengers are caught with excess baggage, they will have to pay six times the penalty. For instance, a sleeper class passenger travelling 500 km with an excess baggage of 40 kg would have to pay a penalty of Rs 654, against a cost of Rs 109 for putting the excess luggage in the luggage van.

Tell me more:Passengers in AC 3-tier sleeper/AC chair car, AC 2-tier sleeper/first class and AC first class are given free allowance of 40 kg, 50 kg and 70 kg respectively.

Rs 1.09 lakh

What is it? The base price of the electric scooter launched on Tuesday by Hero MotoCorp-backed electric vehicle startup Ather Energy.

Why is it important?Ather is looking to disrupt the two-wheeler market. Its maiden launch has been delayed by about a year. On Tuesday, it launched two models: the 340, whose performance is said to be comparable to a 110 cc petrol scooter and which retails at Rs 1.09 lakh—roughly twice the cost of a similar petrol-powered scooter—and the 450 (125 cc, Rs 1.24 lakh). The 340 has a range of 60 km on a single charge and the 450 has a range of 75 km.

Tell me more:Founded in April 2013, Ather Energy has raised $40 million in three funding rounds from four investors: Hero, Tiger Global, and Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal.


What is it? India’s forecast rank in technological readiness among the world’s 82 largest countries between 2018 and 2022 by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Why is it important? If the forecast comes true, India’s ranking would improve from 47 between 2013 and 2017. The report says there is a strong correlation between the level of Internet usage and a country’s overall technological readiness score, and it expects India to be one of the four nations to make strong jumps. However, according to the World Economic Forum, India ranks 107 (of 137) in technological readiness, though it appreciated the country’s efforts in the ICT sector.

Tell me more:Australia, Singapore and Sweden share the top spot in EIU’s ranking forecast, which has assessed countries in access to the Internet, digital economy infrastructure and openness to innovation for the next four years.

What is it? The number of test-playing nations against which Afghanistan has recorded series wins in the T20 format.

Why is it important? On Tuesday, Afghanistan beat Bangladesh in the second T20 match of their three-match bilateral series. Afghanistan has beaten Zimbabwe in three T20 series, going back to 2015-16. The latest win will burnish its credentials as it prepares to take on India in its first-ever test match next week.

Tell me more:Afghanistan’s win was shaped by another clinical bowling performance from their 19-year-old star spinner Rashid Khan, who averages a wicket every 13 balls at an economy rate of 5.9 runs per six balls in T20 cricket.

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