Last week’s big news – in the charts

Every Friday, Plain Facts publishes a compilation of data-based insights, complete with easy-to-read charts, to help you delve deeper into the stories Mint has reported over the past week. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had earlier this month launched a campaign to curb the use of single-use plastic. Delhi recorded an improvement in its air quality index a day after Diwali as compared to last year.

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The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) conducted a special drive from October 17 to 19 to implement the ban on certain single-use plastic (SUP) items in the country. The government said the authorities seized a large cache of banned items from the entities making the SUP. The government is also conducting checks at inter-state borders to prevent movement of SUP goods. CPCB has also taken several enabling measures to facilitate the switchover to SUP option.

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Although Delhi recorded the cleanest air in the last few years post Diwali, the Air Quality Index (AQI) remained in the “very poor” category. As of 4 pm on Tuesday, the 24-hour AQI in the national capital was 303, according to the Central Pollution Control Board. Despite the drop in AQI, the city was one of the most polluted among major cities on Tuesday. The improvement was primarily a result of improved wind speeds.

Google’s trouble

936 crores: The Competition Commission of India this week imposed the fine on Google, citing abuse of market position to promote its payments app and in-app payment system. This was the second antitrust penalty imposed on Google within a week. Commission had earlier imposed fine The company was fined Rs 1,337.6 crore for maintaining its position in the online search market, resulting in denial of market access to competing search apps.

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India’s foreign exchange reserves declined to $528.4 billion as of October 14, the lowest since July 2020. This suggests central bank intervention against the depreciation of the rupee against the US dollar. Reserves fell by $85 billion in the first half of the fiscal year, the worst among major emerging markets, followed only by China, a recent Mint analysis showed. From April 1 to September 30, Beijing’s reserves decreased by $159 billion.

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Rishi Sunak became Britain’s first Indian-origin prime minister on Tuesday. Sunak has been appointed as the third prime minister within a year as a result of the recent political turmoil in that country. In July, a scandal-plagued Boris Johnson government fell. His successor Liz Truss resigned last week after serving only a month and a half, thus paving the way for Sunak to take the top position. Sunak faces several challenges, including a deteriorating economic condition.

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$2-3 billion: Flipkart is planning to raise this amount in India at a valuation of over $40 billion, Mint reported. The e-commerce firm completed its first capital investment round since its 2018 acquisition of Walmart in July last year. At that time, Flipkart was valued at around $37 billion. The new funds will help Flipkart tide over the challenge posed by rivals Amazon India, Reliance Industries’ Jio Mart and the Tata Group.

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India’s largest airline IndiGo is finding it difficult to reach on time. The airline’s punctuality rate dropped to 84.1%, followed by Vistara (91%), AirAsia India (89.8%) and Air India (87.1%). Prior to April, IndiGo was the country’s most punctual airline with a punctuality rate of 95.4% in February. The DGCA listed “reactive delays” – late departures due to late arrivals – as the main reason for IndiGo’s poor performance. Mint reported that unrest among the crew was also one of the reasons for its decline in punctuality.

Chart of the Week: Phone Fetish

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A survey conducted by Lokniti-CSDS revealed that youth in the age group of 15-17 years claim to spend up to five hours a day on their smartphones. Smartphone popularity was lowest among the older generation (age 56+ years).

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