News you need to know before starting your day: 23 October 2021

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23 October, 2021


  1. Reiterating that the excise duty levied on petroleum products is funding free COVID-19 vaccines and public welfare schemes, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Hardeep Puri said on Friday that global oil prices would likely fall by the time India vaccinates its entire population, indicating no tax cuts may be expected at that time. Hindu
  2. Intense and heavy monsoon spells this season have helped Delhi breathe relatively cleaner air this October compared to previous years, an air quality analysis by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has shown. However, the analysis also warns that the late withdrawal of monsoon in north India could also lead to “severe peak in smog” during winter. HT
  3. Every building in 11 districts of Haryana, including Gurugram and Faridabad, will have to be demolished if the authorities were to remove all structures from “forest land” as defined and mandated by a 2018 Supreme Court judgment, the state government said on Friday. HT
  4. The proposal in the Prime Minister’s action plan to open two restricted sectors — beach sand minerals and offshore mining — for exploration by the private sector seeks to reverse a series of measures taken by the Centre over the last five years to restrict the involvement of private players in the sector. Indian Express
  5. The Union government should abolish all tribunals if the judiciary is compelled to make appointments in these bodies to keep them alive, the Supreme Court said on Friday as it reproached the Union government for creating an “imbroglio” over functioning of the tribunals and making “citizens suffer in the bargain”. HT


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

  1. हरियाणा पुलिस ने सिंघु बॉर्डर पर 15 अक्टूबर की सुबह मारकर बैरिकेड पर लटकाए गए लखबीर सिंह के खिलाफ बेअदबी से जुड़े केस की जांच शुरू कर दी है। इस सिलसिले में सोनीपत की स्पेशल इन्वेस्टिगेशन टीम (SIT) शुक्रवार को पंजाब में तरनतारन जिले के चीमा गांव में लखबीर सिंह के घर पहुंची। Bhaskar
  2. रेल यात्रियों के लिए अच्छी खबर हैं। जल्द ही ट्रेनों में सफर करते हुए आप गर्म खाने का मजा ले सकेंगे। रेलवे की यात्री सुविधा कमेटी ट्रेनों में ऑन बोर्ड कैटरिंग सर्विस समेत कई दूसरी सुविधाएं एक बार फिर बहाल करने जा रही है। ट्रेनों में कोरोना की पहली लहर के बाद से ही पेंट्री की केटरिंग पर रोक है।Bhaskar

  3. उत्तराखंड में रास्ता भटके 17 लोगों की तलाश में एयरफोर्स ने बड़ा ऑपरेशन शुरू किया है। ये सभी 17 अक्टूबर को भारी बर्फबारी की वजह से भटक गए थे। इस ग्रुप में टूरिस्ट, पोर्टर्स, और गाइड शामिल थे। लमखागा दर्रे की ओर इस इलाके में अब तक 11 शव मिल चुके हैं। Bhaskar

  4. डिजिटल पेमेंट और फाइनेंशियल सर्विस फर्म पेटीएम को इनिशियल पब्लिक ऑफर (IPO) के लिए मार्केट रेगुलेटर सिक्योरिटी एक्सचेंज बोर्ड ऑफ इंडिया (SEBI) की मंजूरी मिल गई है। IPO के जरिए पेटीएम की 16,600 करोड़ रुपए जुटाने की योजना है। मीडिया रिपोर्ट के अनुसार कंपनी नवंबर के मध्य तक लिस्ट हो सकती है। Bhaskar


Relevant Google Trends Today

  1. FSN E-Commerce Ventures, operator of Nykaa beauty stores, has fixed the price band of Rs 1,085-Rs 1,125 for its maiden public share sale. The initial public offering (IPO) will remain open on October 28 and close on November 1.
  2. The latest spike in cases in China is raising questions about the efficacy of China’s Zero-COVID policy.
  3. Tamil Nadu Teachers Recruitment Board has released TN TRB Admit Card 2021. The admit card has been released for the Lecturer post.
  4. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) independent trust, which manages the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in Andhra Pradesh, has said it will begin selling tickets for special darshan from October 22


Relevant Twitter Trends 

  1. Hundreds of people join protests against religious violence in Bangladesh
  2. @BarackObama addresses a few words to Chancellor Merkel as we are saying goodbye to her in the European Council #EUCO
  3. Alec Baldwin fires prop gun on set, killing award-winning cinematographer Halyna Hutchins
  4. Content containing the phrase ‘Let’s go Brandon,’ popular among critics of President Joe Biden, is still visible on the platform


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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

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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