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A Memorandum of Understand-
ing (MOU) between the Na-
tional Insurance Board of T&T
(NIBTT) and Ministry of Legal Affairs,
signed in February 2014, paves the way
for the NIBTT to eliminate the need for
most NIS beneficiaries to submit life cer-
tificates twice a year. Under the new
arrangement, the Registrar General's De-
partment of the Ministry will provide the
NIBTT with regular access to informa-
tion on births and deaths, which will
allow the NIBTT to obtain proof of life
for NIS beneficiaries without the submis-
sion of bi-annual life certificates.
In preparation for this change, the
NIBTT in April began a process of invit-
ing benefit recipients to submit their
electronic birth certificates at the same
time they submit life certificates so that
their PIN numbers can be added to the
system. This process was initiated with
letters sent directly to the homes of NIS
We would like to share with pension-
ers, family members and concerned citi-
zens, some questions and answers about
these new steps.
Each electronic birth certificate con-
tains a unique PIN number which is used
to record births and deaths.
Original/older birth certificates do not
have this PIN.
Through the MOU the NIBTT can ac-
cess the Ministry's registrar of birth and
deaths and match records using the pin
number to determine if benefits should
No. All pensioners need to submit
their life certificates by the June 23
deadline to avoid a delay in payment of
their benefit. The NIBTT has taken this
opportunity to begin to collect the neces-
sary data (PIN) from beneficiaries' elec-
tronic birth certificates.
Further, to facilitate greater ease and
convenience of the submission of life cer-
tificates, the NIBTT will open service
centres on two consecutive Saturdays---
Beneficiaries may also submit copies
of their electronic birth certificate at this
There is no deadline for the submis-
sion of the electronic birth certificate.
No penalty or loss of benefit will result
from an inability to submit electronic
birth certificates by June 23, 2014.
The NIBTT is simply encouraging ben-
eficiaries to submit this information now
in preparation for the new system which
will be implemented in the future. You
must, however, submit your life certifi-
cate by June 23, 2014 to ensure that
your payment continues.
Please note that the current system of
twice-yearly submission of life certifi-
cates will continue for all beneficiaries
until the NIBTT announces otherwise.
The next submission will be due in De-
At this time the NIBTT is receiving
only electronic T&T birth certificates
with the PIN number.
The equation was straightfor-
ward enough. The Rajasthan Royals
had posted a score of 189. If the
Mumbai Indians scored 190 or
more in 14.3 overs or less, Mumbai
would qualify on a better net run
rate (NRR). If Mumbai lost or
achieved the target in more than
14.3 overs, Rajasthan would qualify.
It seemed simple enough.
What eventually transpired
turned out to be much more com-
plex for the coach and players but a
delight for mathematicians.
After 14.2 overs, Mumbai's score
was 188; they needed two off the
next ball to advance. They ran one
but Ambati Rayudu was run-out
going for the second. He was dev-
astated, thinking his team had
failed to advance. But he was mis-
taken. After 14.3, the scores were
tied. If Mumbai scored one run off
the next ball, they would win but
Rajasthan would qualify. If they
scored two or more, Mumbai's NRR
would be better and they would
Running two was not an option
since the match would be over
after the first run. They needed to
hit a boundary. As it turned out,
Aditya Tare hit a six off 14.4 and
However, there were many other
interesting scenarios that could
have played out. Some have sug-
gested that Rajasthan could have
bowled a wide or a no-ball off 14.4
but that would not have worked
since the ball would not have
counted and Mumbai would have
won in 14.3.
Now suppose 14.4 was a dot ball.
Mumbai would still qualify if they
scored a four from either 14.5 or
14.6. However, Rajasthan could pre-
vent that by bowling a wide or a
no-ball off 14.5, in which case Mum-
bai would win but Rajasthan would
qualify. (A no-ball would be safer
since an attempted wide might go
wrong---it could go for four, or the
batsman might reach it.) If 14.4,
14.5 and 14.6 were all dot balls,
Mumbai could still qualify by hitting
a six off 15.1. But Rajasthan would
be foolish to let it get so far.
This seemingly simple situation
has, once again, highlighted the
need for a team's management to
be au courant with the complexities
and subtleties of NRR calculations.
They must be aware of all the pos-
sibilities in a given situation. If not,
they could fail to capitalise on a
winning position, as the West In-
dies have done in the recent past.
REVISED NIB PROCESS
TO MAKE LIFE EASIER
Math lessons from Mumbai-Rajasthan match
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