Skip to main content

News in number - July 10, 2013

$200 million
That's the amount of investment Flipkart, an online retailer, raised from four existing investors today. So far, the investors have put $ 380 million in Flipkart, which has the target of selling goods worth $ 1 billion by 2015. In just concluded quarter till June, private equity firms invested $ 2.3 billion across 82 deals, as per Venture Intelligence estimate.This represents 2.3 times the money invested in January- March quarter. 

In 18 of the 35 states, people in rural areas spent more money on addictive substances (paan, tobacco and alcohol) than on education as per the latest round of the National Sample Survey (NSS). For example, people in rural Gujarat, which has total prohibition, spent Rs 7.49 on education as compared to Rs 16.29 on intoxicants every month. 

Rs 47,360 crore The corporate debt restructuring (CDR) cell of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) received 27 new cases involving this much amount of credit outstanding in the April- June quarter. Rs 47,360 crore represents around 1% of all non-food credit outstanding by scheduled commercial banks as on June 14, 2013.

€50 billion
is India's market potential to install high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission lines over the next 10 years, if we have to avoid the repeat of frequent blackouts, says French-based power equipment maker, Alstom. 

Nine Indian companies - Indian Oil, Reliance Industries, Bharat Petroleum, Hindustan Petroleum, State Bank of India, Tata Motors, Oil & Natural Gas and Tata Steel- have made it to the latest list of Fortune 500. The highest ranked company from the world's fourth largest economy is 88th. 


Popular posts from this blog

How can you support a publication you like

When I shifted to my half completed (more on this some other time) flat in Gurgaon in 2016, I couldn't locate newspaper distributors for four or five months. Suddenly, from consuming four or five newspapers, I was completely dependent on digital media. I was going less directly to the news source (say, or but was getting my news from Facebook and Twitter, and from apps like Flipboard.

It became an experiment, as I was consuming interesting stuff but I was not necessarily getting informed. People whom I have met once or twice, or have never met are influencing what I was consuming via Facebook. If you're wondering why you often see posts by your most popular friends, that's the way Facebook algorithms work, unless you specify who's feed should come first. If Facebook promotes post of your not-so-popular friends, why would you read!

I searched hard to find a newspaper distributor and found one finally, after four or five months. So now I subsc…

What if government schools and hospitals attract people with money

I had this random thought (and I get this often only when I have 1000 important things to finish!)- what if people who can afford private schools and hospitals find state-run schools and hospitals good enough for them. All of my friends in UK and US don't send their children to private schools (its another matter that location matters on quality of state-run schools there) and those in UK, don't spend money on healthcare.

Just imagine if this can happen in India. People will be left with more surplus that they can save more or spend on something else. School fees in major Indian cities can be as high as Rs 2 lakh per child per year. The sheer confidence that we don't have to spend on medical expenses and the state will take care will give confidence to spend more money.

The multiplier effect of this extra money in the hands of the people will hugely benefit the economy, and can spring creative enterprises.

This level of expenditure (even Rs50,000 per child per year) is si…

Being hopeless....

Three months back when my mom was visiting me, she experience heart palpitations for two consecutive nights. Worried I called my cardiologist friend who asked us to visit him in the government hospital on that day as it was a non-OPD (out patients day) duty for him. Apparently non-OPD days are less crowded. As we sat waiting, we saw many worried parents bringing their just born babies to treat serious heart problems. What struck me were the faces of these parents - a feeling of hopelessness. This was their last hope to treat their infants in a state-run hospital as they don't  have money to take them elsewhere.

Fortunately, the staff at this government hospital were treating patients sympathetically. I hoped the patients would have got the best of treatment available. In comparison, patients were treated as cattle herds at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), India's premier hospital. To get an cardio OPD appointment, you will have stand in the line from 5 PM …