A 1,000-drone display at the grand finale of the Beating Retreat 

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30 January, 2022

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A 1,000-drone display at the grand finale of the Beating Retreat 

In a never-seen-before display in India’s history, the drone fleets positioned themselves into breathtaking formations to depict the 75th year of India’s Independence, the ‘Make-in-India’ lion, the National War Memorial, Mahatma Gandhi’s contribution, a rotating globe, a map of India and the Tricolour. HT

Indian R&D spend very low

Indian R&D spend as a share of GDP is low at 0.7%. It is far lower than that of Israel (4.6%), South Korea (4.5%), Japan (3.2%), Germany (3%), US (2.8%), France (2.2%), UK (1.7%), and Canada (1.6%). Deccan Herald

Risk consulting firm Alvarez and Marshal to carry out an independent audit of BharatPe

BharatPe, the digital payments firm, has appointed risk consulting firm Alvarez and Marshal to carry out an independent audit of its internal processes and systems as rumours swirled about serious governance issues and questionable transactions involving ousted co-founder Ashneer Grover and his wife Madhuri Jain Grover.. Telegraph

BJP contestants being shown black flags in western UP

Over a dozen incidents of convoys of BJP contestants being shown black flags or having mud thrown at them have been reported from villages in western UP, which goes to polls in the first two phases, on February 10 and 14. In one incident, where BJP Siwalkhas candidate Maninderpal Singh came under attack at Chur village on January 24 evening, an FIR has been lodged naming 20 people, with 65 listed as unidentified. While Singh did not register a complaint, police filed the FIR on its own on Thursday. Indian Express

New York Times: Indian government had purchased Israeli NSO group’s Pegasus

A new political storm erupted over an investigation by the New York Times that said the Indian government had purchased Israeli NSO group’s Pegasus software in July 2017 in order to carry out targeted surveillance on citizens, claiming that high-level visits by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and even a U.N. vote on a Palestinian organisation was part of a larger backroom deal . Hindu


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CISF released 1149 vacancies 

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has released 1,149 vacancies and invited applications from male candidates for constable/fire posts. .

Martyrs Day today

Martyrs day is marked every January 30 on the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation.


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24 February, 2024

Byju’s, once heralded as a flagship in India’s edtech sector, is grappling with severe financial and operational challenges, marked by a dramatic valuation drop. The company, which sought to stabilize its operations and finances, is now raising funds at a valuation significantly lower than its peak. This development comes amid efforts to address a substantial debt burden, with Byju’s proposing a repayment plan for its $1.2 billion loan. Investor confidence appears shaken, with some stakeholders pushing for drastic changes in leadership to navigate the crisis effectively. The turmoil reflects broader sectoral pressures and raises questions about the sustainability of high-growth trajectories in the edtech industry

10 February, 2024

Australia’s energy market is witnessing significant transitions and investments aimed at bolstering renewable energy infrastructure and securing gas supplies. Key developments include a $179 million investment by the Queensland Government for community battery projects, Santos’ $5.7 billion gas pipeline project following a legal battle win, and a $206 million energy savings package for NSW households. Additionally, the Australian government has secured new gas supply deals to support the east coast market, emphasizing the role of gas in transitioning to a renewable grid.

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9 February, 2024

The latest opinion polls, including the Mood of the Nation survey by India Today, predict a comfortable victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP and its allies in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), with a projected win of 335 Lok Sabha seats in the 2024 general elections. This forecast suggests a slight decrease from the 2019 elections but still ensures a majority. The survey, involving interviews with over 149,000 respondents, reflects Modi’s enduring popularity based on his nationalist policies and economic reforms. Other polls echo these findings, although seat projections vary slightly. The opposition INDIA alliance is expected to secure a significant number of seats, yet not enough to challenge the NDA’s majority. These predictions highlight a political landscape that remains largely favorable to Modi and the BJP as the election approaches