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2 December, 2021

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6 found COVID positive at airport 

Six international passengers tested positive for the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) out of 3,476 passengers from the so-called at risk countries tested on arrival at airports across the country on December 1, the first day of implementation of the Centre’s revised guidelines for Covid testing, according to a government statement. The samples of all six have been sent for whole genome sequencing to confirm the strain. HT

Protests in Parliament

Fierce protests continued to rock the Rajya Sabha in the ongoing winter session of Parliament for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, even as the Lok Sabha returned to partial normalcy by allowing the passage of The Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020. HT

Cyclone in Odisha

With the cyclonic storm Jawad reaching Odisha coast on December 4, the state government on Wednesday asked collectors of 13 districts to prepare for evacuation of the people and has chalked out a disaster management strategy by requisitioning NDRF, ODRAF and fire department personnel for rescue and relief operation. Indian Express

Commercial flights from December 15 doubt

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said: “In view of the evolving global scenario with the emergence of new variants of concern, the situation is being watched closely in consultation with all stakeholders and an appropriate decision indicating the effective date of resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services shall be notified in due course”. Indian Express

Elevated temperatures in Winters

Winter in northern India will unlikely be harsh with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasting “normal to above normal” minimum temperatures for December-February. These elevated temperatures are likely to be prevalent not only in northwest India but also south and northeast India and parts of the Himalayan foothills. Hindu


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तेल अवीव दुनिया का सबसे महंगा शहर 

इजराइल का तेल अवीव रहने के हिसाब से दुनिया का सबसे महंगा शहर बन गया है। उसने अकसर महंगे शहरों की लिस्ट में टॉपर रहने वाले सिंगापुर, लंदन और हॉन्गकॉन्ग जैसे शहरों को पीछे छोड़ दिया है। बुधवार को एक ग्लोबल सर्वे इकोनॉमिक इंटेलिजेंस यूनिट (EIU) में यह नतीजा सामने आया। Bhaskar

ओमिक्रॉन 24 देशों में पहुंच चुका है

कोरोना वायरस का नया वैरिएंट ओमिक्रॉन दुनियाभर में तेजी से फैल रहा है। पिछले एक हफ्ते में ही यह दक्षिण अफ्रीका से लेकर 24 देशों में पहुंच चुका है। बुधवार देर रात अमेरिका में भी इसके एक केस की पुष्टि हुई है। अब तक कुल 30 से ज्यादा देशों ने इस वैरिएंट को रोकने के लिए ट्रैवल बैन सहित अपने बॉर्डर तक सील कर दिए हैं। Bhaskar

कोरोना के कई अन्य वैरिएंट सामने आएंगे

दुनियाभर में कोरोना के सबसे तेजी से बढ़ते ऑमिक्रॉन वैरिएंट के बीच विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठन (WHO) ने एक नया और डराने वाला दावा किया है। WHO चीफ डॉ. टेड्रोस गेब्रीयस ने बुधवार को चेतावनी दी कि वैक्सीनेशन और टेस्ट के कम आंकड़ों से भविष्य में कोरोना के कई अन्य वैरिएंट सामने आएंगे। Bhaskar


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VAT cut on Petrol in Delhi

After the Delhi cabinet’s decision to slash VAT from 30% to 19.4%, the price of petrol in Delhi has been reduced by Rs 8. Petrol will now cost Rs 95.97. Before the reduction, the cost was Rs 103.97.

Manjinder Sirsa joins BJP

Hours after resigning as president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), prominent Akali Dal leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa joined the BJP Wednesday evening.

Rains in Mumbai

Last month, significant wet weather conditions prevailed over Mumbai as the city witnessed the second-highest rains in a decade in November. Now, after a brief hiatus, wet weather conditions have made a brief comeback across the west coast of India, including the financial capital of India, Mumbai.


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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