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Visitors flout social distancing norms, at Sarojini Nagar market, in New Delhi, India, on Monday, April 12, 2021. (Photo by Amal KS/ Hindustan Times)

The Number Theory: Where is the second Covid-19 wave bigger than the first?

By Abhishek Jha, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2021 07:11 AM IST
  • Is the second wave larger than the first everywhere or is that the case only in a few states? Has the rate of testing caught up with this higher second wave? HT analyses Covid-19 data to find out.
The Nomura India Business Resumption Index (NIBRI) suffered its sharpest week-on-week fall in the week ending April 4, dropping to 90.7 from last week’s value of 94.6.
The Nomura India Business Resumption Index (NIBRI) suffered its sharpest week-on-week fall in the week ending April 4, dropping to 90.7 from last week’s value of 94.6.

The Number Theory: State of economy amid Covid-19 surge

By Roshan Kishore, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2021 06:42 AM IST
  • Three charts that highlight the economic challenges of India’s second Covid-19 wave
Even though the Congress is a shadow of what it used to be, it still commands a sizeable vote share at the all-India level.(PTI)
Even though the Congress is a shadow of what it used to be, it still commands a sizeable vote share at the all-India level.(PTI)

Number Theory: The Congress should worry about G-3 more than G-23

UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2021 05:38 AM IST
  • The Congress’s future will depend more on how it deals with the ‘Group of three’ — Mamata Banerjee, Sharad Pawar and Jagan Reddy — than the G-23.
Even though food inflation has fallen sharply in the last three months, inflation in edible oils continues to stay high.(Representational)
Even though food inflation has fallen sharply in the last three months, inflation in edible oils continues to stay high.(Representational)

Number Theory: Atmanirbharta may help India’s other oil problem

PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 01:03 AM IST
Speaking at an event in Tamil Nadu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi linked the issue with India’s high import-dependence for energy needs. “Can a diverse and talented nation like ours be so energy import dependent?” he asked.
India’s economy recovered faster than expected in the September quarter as a pick-up in manufacturing helped GDP clock a lower contraction of 7.5 per cent and held out hopes for further improvement on better consumer demand.(AP)
India’s economy recovered faster than expected in the September quarter as a pick-up in manufacturing helped GDP clock a lower contraction of 7.5 per cent and held out hopes for further improvement on better consumer demand.(AP)

Number Theory: Recovery of economy showing mixed signals

By Vineet Sachdev
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2021 05:03 AM IST
An HT analysis of some high frequency indicators that track household financial health and investment demand, however, presents a mixed picture of the economy, a clear indication that while there will be a sharp recovery, it may not be as widespread as some believe.
The latest NIBRI numbers indicate a moderation in labour participation rate (LPR), which is defined as the share of working age population working of looking for a job.(Reuters)
The latest NIBRI numbers indicate a moderation in labour participation rate (LPR), which is defined as the share of working age population working of looking for a job.(Reuters)

Number Theory: What does mobility data tell us about the state of the economy?

By Abhishek Jha
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 03:51 AM IST
While mobility has been increasing continuously, its recovery is relatively slower when compared to NIBRI. To be sure, mobility levels had reached 90% of pre-lockdown values (median value for the day of the week in the January 3, 2020 to February 6, 2020 period) in December 2020 itself.
Family members of a migrant labourer on foot walking from Delhi to their native place spotted on Delhi-Kolkata NH 2, during the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, in Dhanbad. (Chandan Paul/Hindustan Times)
Family members of a migrant labourer on foot walking from Delhi to their native place spotted on Delhi-Kolkata NH 2, during the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, in Dhanbad. (Chandan Paul/Hindustan Times)

The poorest have been worst hit by pandemic

By Paaritosh Nath, S Nelson Mandela, Aishwarya Gawali, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2021 05:39 PM IST
  • Azim Premji University carried out a lockdown survey in April and May of 4,942 workers. Six months later (September-November), we revisited the same workers and managed to interview 2,778 of them.
On average, perceived destitution (financial condition being well below average) is 3.4 times more widespread than perceived opulence (financial condition being well above average) in India.(PTI image)
On average, perceived destitution (financial condition being well below average) is 3.4 times more widespread than perceived opulence (financial condition being well above average) in India.(PTI image)

Number Theory: How much does an average Indian earn?

By Abhishek Jha, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 03:02 PM IST
The average annual per capita income of households interviewed in the LASI survey conducted in 2017-18 is 44,901. This is just about 39% of the per capita income in the same year according to the National Account Statistics
Most kids learn about prime numbers when they are in grade 5. However, when kids and adults are quizzed about why we learn about them, it is generally followed by pin drop silence.(HT file)
Most kids learn about prime numbers when they are in grade 5. However, when kids and adults are quizzed about why we learn about them, it is generally followed by pin drop silence.(HT file)

CBSE Class 10 Maths: What we should really know about prime numbers!

By Pankaj Jha
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2019 08:03 AM IST
Most kids learn about prime numbers when they are in grade 5. However, when kids and adults are quizzed about why we learn about them, it is generally followed by pin drop silence.
A tight monetary (higher interest rates) and fiscal (not cutting petroleum taxes) policy will probably help the rupee and keep the fiscal deficit under control.(REUTERS)
A tight monetary (higher interest rates) and fiscal (not cutting petroleum taxes) policy will probably help the rupee and keep the fiscal deficit under control.(REUTERS)

RBI survey shows a tight monetary-fiscal policy might boost anti-incumbency

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2018 07:30 AM IST
In a highly unequal and largely informal economy such as India’s, economic policy-making is mostly about balancing voter and market sentiment.
Congress leader Sonia Gandhi with Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati (left) and Congress president Rahul Gandhi during the swearing-in ceremony of JD(S)-Congress coalition government in Bengaluru, in May 2018.(PTI)
Congress leader Sonia Gandhi with Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati (left) and Congress president Rahul Gandhi during the swearing-in ceremony of JD(S)-Congress coalition government in Bengaluru, in May 2018.(PTI)

2019 Lok Sabha election: Why BSP chief Mayawati is a sought after ally

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2018 10:48 AM IST
It is Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) today which has once again created uncertainty around hopes of a grand collation against the BJP. However, it is the only party apart from the BJP and the Congress with a truly national footprint and wants adequate reward for it.
While the Shiv Sena has been indulging in anti-Modi rhetoric for some time, it also realises that parting ways with the BJP will significantly diminish its electoral prospects in case the Congress and the NCP restore their pre-poll alliance in the state.(File photo)
While the Shiv Sena has been indulging in anti-Modi rhetoric for some time, it also realises that parting ways with the BJP will significantly diminish its electoral prospects in case the Congress and the NCP restore their pre-poll alliance in the state.(File photo)

Amid contradictions and poll alliances, pan-India anti-BJP front unlikely for 2019

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2018 11:32 AM IST
An anti-BJP front in 2019 is more likely to function at the state-level rather than as a pan-India alliance under the leadership of the Congress.
Rise in Minimum Support Prices and a normal monsoon is likely to boost consumption demand.(AFP File Photo)
Rise in Minimum Support Prices and a normal monsoon is likely to boost consumption demand.(AFP File Photo)

Economic picture might blur as industry data shows divergence

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vineet Sachdev
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2018 07:01 AM IST
While purchasing managers’ index shows expansionary trend, the data on new investment announcements continue to disappoint.
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