News in Numbers | 715 million iPhones are in use across the world
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- Shell companies crackdown: Govt to deregister 1.20 lakh more firms
- ASK Group firm deploys Rs150 crore in 2 real estate projects in Pune
- India earned $27 bn from foreign tourist arrivals in 2017: Minister
- Indian consumers favour biometrics over passwords: Visa
What is it? The wickets taken by R. Ashwin in India’s second test cricket match against Australia, in the on-going four part series.
Why is it important? The haul helped India to its win, after a drubbing in the first match. It added to R. Ashwin’s total of 269 test wickets, India’s fifth-highest.
Tell me more: This was also Ashwin’s 25th five-wicket haul in 47 test matches, the fastest among all bowlers, beating Australian Richard Hadlee’s 25 fifers in 62 matches. The third and the fourth matches in the series will take place in Ranchi and Dharamsala.
What is it? The number of individuals who dropped off the billionaire list in 2016.
Why is it important? The note ban in November 2016, among others, took a toll on billionaires as it stripped some of them of substantial cash wealth—enough to reduce their total wealth below $1 billion (Rs 6,600 crore). Flipkart’s co-founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal are among those who lost their spots.
Tell me more: India’s loss meant Germany’s gain in the Hurun India Rich List as it climbed to the third spot with an addition of 27 new billionaires.
What is it? The money the Chinese Internet giant, Alibaba, paid to buy Reliance Capital’s (financial arm of the Reliance Group) nearly 1% stake in One97 Communication, Paytm’s parent.
Why is it important? Alibaba, already a major investor in Paytm’s various ventures, had recently purchased additional stake in its e-commerce arm. Tuesday’s move being seen as a not just consolidating its place in Paytm’s owners business but also as advancing its India ambitions. The sale values One97 Communication at over $4.1 billion.
Tell me more: Reliance Capital had bought the stake in 2009, for just Rs10 crore, gaining more than 27 times the price it paid from yesterday’s sale.
What is it? The number of Apple iPhones in use, according to an analyst estimate.
Why is it important? Apple sold its billionth iPhone last year, nine years after its launch in 2007. The number of devices in simultaneous use is an indicator of Apple’s strength in the services part of its smartphone business - apps, music streaming, content sales etc. Apple’s app store revenue in 2016 was $28.5 billion, with the developers claiming $20 billion of the amount.
Tell me more: BMO Capital Markets analyst Tim Long also estimated that 300 million second hand iPhones will be in use by end of 2018.
What is it? The number of people injured in Ujjain train blast on Tuesday.
Why is it important? The blast is said to be the first Islamic State terror attack in the country. Islamic State first came into prominence in 2014, and a number of terror attacks in US, Europe and Asia are linked to the terror group. Police said it shot down one of the suspects who had links to Islamic State and was connected to the blast.
Tell me more: The blast took place on Bhopal-Ujjain train near Jabdi station in Shajapur district of Madhya Pradesh.
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