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News in numbers- July 13

That's the number of upper caste and Dalit girls willing to look beyond their caste when approached by three grooms from upper-middle class background but from different caste category: dalit, backward and upper castes. Scan of matrimonial ads in four metros revealed that only 19% contained caste-specific request in 2010, as compared to 28% in 1980's. 

Rs 15,855 crore
is the amount of increase in Infosys shareholders' wealth after yesterday's June quarter results. Share prices went by 10.92% on Friday. In dollar terms, the company reported 2.7% sequential growth in revenues, but net profit fell 5.9%. As the numbers were higher than analyst's expectations, the share prices went up.

9 million
India could save 9 million lives over the next decade if it implements smoking ban and higher taxes on tobacco, says a study published in PLOS Medicine, an open-access journal. This 2010 news report says taxes on cigarettes (28% of selling price) in India is lowest in Asia Pacific region. Ideally, taxes should account for 75% of price to deter consumption. 

India's exports in June this year shrunk by 4.56% even as Rupee crossed Rs 60 mark against the US dollar. Depreciation in Rupee would benefit exporters as they would become price competitive, but the impact would be transmitted gradually. Imports too fell by 0.37% mainly on account of drop in gold and silver import to $ 2.45 billion as compared to $ 7.5 billion in May 2013. 

Cyber crimes in India increased by 60% to 3,500 in 2012, as compared to 2,070 in the previous year. Maharastra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are the top 3 states in terms of cyber crimes reported. Financial offences top the list ranked in terms of type of cyber crimes. 


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