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News in numbers - July 8

£1.6 million
is the amount Andy Murray take home after winning Wimbledon men's singles championship. After giving out £22.5 million as prize money, Wimbledon organisers were able to make a surplus of £37.7 million this year. And for the match, Novak Djokovic made 40 unforced errors as compared to Murray's 21. This accounted for 35% of points won by the Scotsman. 

100 days
In 100 days, the number of mobile connections will match that of the world's population of 7.1 billion. That does not mean each one of us will have a mobile. Developed nations and few among the developing ones like Brazil and Vietnam have mobile penetration more than their population. But in India with 864 million connections, has reached 68.72% of population. 

1.1 million
That's number of students enrolled to become chartered accountants in India. Compare this with Delhi University's student enrollment: 132,435 regular students and 261169 non-formal education programme. Cumulatively, there are around 200,000 chartered accountants registered with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). 

is the number of sex offenders who details are published by the Delhi Police. They are convicted of serious sexual offences between 1983 and 2013. 

Four-fifth of infra developers are unable to find skilled project managers and blue collar workers to execute the project. That's one of the reason why there is a huge cost over-runs. As per latest estimate, 551 projects with an investment of Rs 160,000 crore are running late. 

Bonus number for today: 

It 77 years back when a British male won the Wimbledon. So what's about the other three grand slams. Here they are:

Last native championWhen
French OpenYannick Noah1983- 30 years back
Australian OpenMark Edmonson1976- 37 years back
US OpenAndy Roddick2003- 9 years back
via Ramnath Andy Murray is indeed the first Brit to win Wimbledon in 77 years unless you think women are people." -- Feminist writer Chloe Angyal's tweet. Four Britons have won between Fred Perry' 1936 title and Murray's win on Sunday, namely Dorothy Round Little (1937), Angela Mortimer (second title in 1961), Ann Haydon-Jones (1969) and Virginia Wade (1977).


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