News in numbers | India will achieve universal upper secondary education by 2085
In other news, horticulture production estimated at 283.36 million tonnes in 2015-16
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What is it? The 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).
Tell me more: 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).
What is it? The 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.
Tell me more: 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%).
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.
Tell me more: 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 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.
Tell me more: Onion production grew 11% to 21 million tonnes in 2015-16, while tomato production was up 12%. Potatoes dropped by 9%.
What is it? The market capitalization 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 10 in the world. It was mostly recently in news in India after it invested in Hike Messenger , propelling the Indian start-up to unicorn status (over $1billion in valuation). Tencent has been active in India for some years now, and made its first start-up investment in Practo in 2015.
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