News you need to know before starting your day: 24 October 2021

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24 October, 2021


  1. A made-in-India aromatherapy spray is being pulled off retail giant Walmart’s shelves in the United States after a medical investigation linked it to melioidosis, a rare disease that has sickened at least four, and may have caused two deaths, in the country. The spray was reported to contain a bacterium, Burkholderia pseudomallei, that causes a rare but deadly disease called melioidosis, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said in a statement on Friday. Hindu
  2. Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress is eyeing the Goa election in what might be the West Bengal-based party’s biggest foray into the national political theatre.The party has inducted two popular Goan leaders — former CM Luizonho Faleiro and Prasad Goankar — and is in talks with several outfits and local leaders. HT
  3. Three persons were killed while one was injured after heavy rains triggered a mudslide that hit their tent at Awantipora in Pulwama district, officials said on Saturday, adding that parts of Jammu and Kashmir received moderate snowfall and plains were lashed by heavy rains, leading to early onset of winter-like conditions. HT
  4. Sharpshooters atop buildings, bullet-proof mobile bunkers across the city, policemen in civvies on sensitive locations, an unofficial ban on two-wheelers, and hundreds of detentions, including under the Public Safety Act (PSA) — Srinagar was put under a heavy security umbrella as Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrived on Saturday for his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019. Indian Express
  5. Police in Haryana’s Sirsa district have booked over 200 farmers for allegedly blocking the road in protest against the visit of leaders from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ally Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) to Talwara Khurd and Kotli villages to campaign for the upcoming Ellenabad assembly bypoll, police said on Saturday, adding that two first information reports (FIRs) have been lodged against farmers. HT


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

  1. लखीमपुर खीरी हिंसा के मुख्य आरोपी और केंद्रीय गृह राज्य मंत्री अजय मिश्रा टेनी के बेटे आशीष मिश्रा को डेंगू हो गया है। आशीष अभी पुलिस कस्टडी में रिमांड पर चल रहे हैं। तबीयत बिगड़ने पर उसे जेल अस्पताल में शिफ्ट कराया गया है। Bhaskar
  2. देश की सबसे पुरानी पार्टी कांग्रेस की सदस्यता लेना अब आसान नहीं होगा। पार्टी ने शनिवार को सदस्यता के लिए नए नियम जारी किए हैं। नए नियम के मुताबिक, पार्टी की प्राथमिक सदस्यता के लिए व्यक्ति को शराब और ड्रग्स से दूर रखने की घोषणा करनी होगी। इतना ही नहीं नए सदस्य सार्वजनिक रूप से पार्टी की नीतियों की भी आलोचना नहीं कर सकेंगे।Bhaskar

  3. पोस्ट कोरोना को लेकर एक चौंकाने वाली रिपोर्ट सामने आई है। एक रिसर्च के अनुसार, कोरोना के कारण भारतीयों की औसत उम्र 2 साल तक कम हो गई है। इंटरनेशनल इंस्टीट्यूट ऑफ पॉपुलेशन स्टडीज (IIPS) के मुताबिक, 2019 में भारतीय पुरुषों की औसत उम्र 69.5 साल थी, जो कि साल 2020 में कम होकर 67.5 साल रह गई है। Bhaskar


Relevant Google Trends Today

  1. The daughter of late actor Paul Walker, Meadow Walker, married her fiancé Louis Thornton-Allan. Her late father’s best friend Vin Diesel walked her down the aisle.
  2. Karwa Chauth 2021: This year Karwa Chauth will fall on 24th October 2021, Sunday. This festival celebrates sacred bond of love and marriage.
  3. The Board of Intermediate Education, Andhra Pradesh (BIEAP) has declared AP Inter Supplementary Result 2021 on Saturday, 23 October.
  4. Tamil drama “Koozhangal” (“Pebbles”), directed by filmmaker Vinothraj PS, has been selected as India’s official entry for the 94th Academy Awards.


Relevant Twitter Trends 

  1. Erdogan expels Ambassadors from Canada, France, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and US
  2. Bipartisan legislators demand answers from Fauci on ‘cruel’ puppy experiments | TheHill
  3. The Dubai Eye just opened in the UAE and, at 820 ft, it’s officially the world’s tallest observation wheel
  4. Biden says he’s just too busy to do his job and visit his border crisis…but somehow found time to take 24 trips to his home in Delaware


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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