News you need to know before starting your day: 21 October 2021

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21 October, 2021


  1. India joined a 10-nation statement recognising the “new reality” of the Taliban in power in Afghanistan at the Moscow format meeting on Wednesday, as Indian officials reportedly met Taliban Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi and offered humanitarian aid to the regime in Kabul. Hindu
  2. India has warned that high international oil prices were likely to undermine the post-pandemic global economic recovery which required affordable and sustainable energy. Speaking at the India Energy Forum organised by CERAWeek (Cambridge Energy Research Associates) on Wednesday, petroleum and natural gas minister Hardeep Singh Puri also reaffirmed the country’s commitment to transition to clean energy. HT
  3. India and China have agreed to hold another meeting of Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) on border affairs this month to resolve the deadlock arising out of 13th round of senior commanders meeting on October 10. Both sides have agreed to hold the meeting, but the dates are still to be finalised. HT
  4. The Maharashtra government told the Bombay High Court that it was no longer willing to adhere to an assurance it had provided through a statement in May that it would not take any coercive action against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on an FIR lodged against him by Thane Police under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Indian Express
  5. Multiple parts of the country, from Bihar to Uttarakhand, have been witnessing heavy rainfalls over the past several weeks, which led to severe waterlogging and disruption of normal lifestyle just ahead of the onset of winter. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted fresh rains and snowfall in the Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh region from Friday. HT


Hindi News: ( so that you don’t miss out )

  1. ड्रग्स केस में आर्थर रोड जेल में बंद आर्यन खान से मिलने शाहरुख खान आज जेल पहुंचे। यह पहली बार है जब वे उनसे मिलने जेल आए हैं। क्रूज ड्रग्स पार्टी केस में आरोपी आर्यन खान की जमानत अर्जी बुधवार को फिर खारिज हो गई। Bhaskar
  2. दुर्गा पूजा पर बांग्लादेश में हिंदुओं पर हुए हमले के मामले में मंगलवार को PM शेख हसीना ने सख्त कार्रवाई के आदेश दिए हैं। बांग्लादेश में 13 से 17 अक्टूबर के बीच बड़े पैमाने पर हिंसा हुई। दुर्गा पंडाल तोड़े गए। हिंदुओं के घर जलाए गए। हिंदुओं पर हमले किए गए। हिंसा अब भी पूरी तरह से बंद नहीं हुई है।Bhaskar

  3. सरकारी तेल कंपनियों ने आज लगातार दूसरे दिन पेट्रोल-डीजल के दामों में बढ़ोतरी की है। आज दिल्ली में फिर पेट्रोल-डीजल की कीमतों में 35-35 पैसे प्रति लीटर की बढ़ोतरी की गई है। पेट्रोल और डीजल की कीमतें बढ़ने के बाद दिल्ली में पेट्रोल के दाम 106.54 रुपए और डीजल के दाम 95.27 रुपए प्रति लीटर पर पहुंच गए हैं। Bhaskar


Relevant Google Trends Today

  1. Kerala Pareeksha Bhavan has declared the results for Kerala Teacher Eligibility Test (KTET) May 2021 exam on its official website.
  2. The NBA is celebrating its 75th anniversary all season long during 2021-22, and part of that celebration includes the unveiling of the list of the 75 greatest players in NBA history.
  3. Rajasthan RPSC RAS prelims 2021 admit cards: Rajasthan RPSC RAS prelims 2021: Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) on Wednesday, October 20 released the Rajasthan State and subordinate services combined competitive (prelims) exams 2021 admit cards.
  4. Long-term investors are advised to stay invested in the stock market where any meaningful correction should be taken as a buying opportunity to enter into quality stocks.


Relevant Twitter Trends 

  1. #PoliceCommemorationDay
  2. #ChooseToBeHealthy
  3. #DirtyPoliticsAgainstFarmers
  4. #ManUtdAtalanta


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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