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The number of patents granted between April and December 2007 by the four patent offices in India

     Print Edition: February 24, 2008

10,132: The number of patents granted between April and December 2007 by the four patent offices in India

9.366 million: The number of vehicles Toyota sold globally last year. This is fewer than the 9.369 sold by its US rival GM, the world’s #1 since 1931. Toyota had briefly overtaken GM as the world’s largest auto company during the year

2015: The year after which Shell estimates that supplies of easy-to-access oil and gas will no longer keep up with demand

330,000 tonnes: The amount of e-waste generated in India in 2007. Of this, only 19,000 tonnes was processed, according to a study by the Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology

$1.5 billion (Rs 6,000 crore): PE exits in India in calendar 2007 via strategic stake sales or secondary market transactions

30,000: The number of McDonald’s restaurants globally. They serve an average of 52 million people every day

20 per cent: The percentage decrease in India’s extreme working poverty (income of less than $1 or Rs 40 per day) between 1997 (53 per cent) and 2007 (33 per cent), according to the ILO 2008 Global Employment Trends report

$48,000 (Rs 19.2 lakh): Expected annual per capita income in Britain in 2008, according to British consultancy Oxford Economics. This is higher than $47,300 (Rs 18.2 lakh) in the US, and about 8 per cent higher than the figures for France and Germany

$200,000 (Rs 80 lakh): Likely price of a ticket on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, which may be pressed into service next year. The two-and-half hour ride will reach an altitude of at least 110 km

4,500: The number of state-run technical institutes in India Rs 25 crore: The value of roses India is likely to export for this year’s Valentine’s Day

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