Guwahati Bikaner Express derailed on Thursday evening

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14 January, 2022

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Guwahati-Bikaner Express derailed on Thursday evening

Five people were killed and at least 50 were injured after 12 coaches of the Guwahati-Bikaner Express derailed on Thursday evening, the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) said in a statement. The train was bound for Guwahati and the accident took place in the Maynaguri region around 5 pm, the statement said, adding that 1,053 passengers on board at the time. HT

94,000 COVID-19 active cases in Delhi 

Delhi registered 28,867 cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, the city’s biggest ever single-day tally, as the third national wave of the pandemic — the fifth wave in Delhi — eclipsed a record set 269 days ago, even while a relatively small number of patients continue to occupy hospital beds. HT

NIA investigates fake currency in Bangladesh 

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has registered a fresh case to investigate use of Bangladeshi soil by Pakistan to smuggle high quality fake Indian currency notes (FICN) into India with an aim to fund terror activities, officials familiar with the case said on Thursday. HT

Another minister resigns from UP government

In another major blow to the BJP, Uttar Pradesh Minister of State (Ayush, Food Security and Drug Administration) Dharam Singh Saini resigned from the party, becoming the third cabinet minister to do so ahead of the state Assembly elections. Citing “gross neglect” towards Dalits, backward classes, farmers, educated unemployed youth and small traders by the state government as a reason behind his decision, Saini met Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in the afternoon. Ahead of the elections in Uttar Pradesh, which will vote in seven phases starting from February 10, a total of eight BJP MLAs have resigned so far. Indian Express

Equal economic development in tune with social justice 

Eight months since he took over as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, DMK president M.K. Stalin has set his priorities on attracting big-ticket investments while simultaneously battling the global novel coronavirus pandemic. He is pushing for a ‘Dravidian model’ where economic development is inclusive.“Our goal is equal economic development that will be in tune with social justice.”. Hindu


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Google Trends Today

Rishi Sunak can be UK PM 

A major bookmaker in the UK slashed its odds that embattled Prime Minister Boris Johnson will resign soon, with his Indian-origin Chancellor Rishi Sunak odds on favourite to step in at 10 Downing Street.

Happy Pongal

Pongal, the four-day harvest festival celebrated in South India, especially Tamil Nadu, will be celebrated with great enthusiasm from January 14-17 this year. Celebrated in mid-January every year, it also marks the beginning of Uttarayan- sun’s journey towards north and end of winter season.

Yezdi brand second innings

Classic Legends founder Anupam Thareja says that the newly re-launched Yezdi brand is ready to meet customer demand in a way that Jawa wasn’t. With the resurrection of the Yezdi name, the Mahindra-backed bike maker is entering its second innings in the country, months ahead of bringing another iconic motorcycle brand to Indian shores.


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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.

India 2024
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