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4 December, 2021

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Task force for Pollution 

The Union government told the Supreme Court on Friday that it is constituting an enforcement task force and 17 flying squads to implement pollution control measures through surprise checks, inspection and closure of polluting units. On Thursday, the top court observed that it could set up a task force itself since “nothing is really happening to control pollution”.After the Delhi government closed all schools in the city due to high pollution levels, the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) expanded the closure order to the entire national capital region (NCR) from Friday. HT

No Deaths by Omicron so far

The Omicron variant has been detected in 38 countries but no deaths have yet been reported, the WHO said on Friday, as authorities worldwide rushed to stem the heavily mutated Covid-19 strain’s spread amid warnings that it could damage the global economic recovery. HT

Hacker Drugs and Bitcoin

Self-proclaimed hacker Sri Krishna’s capacity to churn political waters belies his youth. At the age of 26, the computer science graduate from Bengaluru — who was caught in a drug bust last year where transactions were made in cryptocurrency — has become the centre of an alleged bitcoin scam. It has shaken the Basavaraj Bommai-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government after he took charge as Chief Minister in July. Hindu

Google Facebook ad revenues soaring

India operations of BigTech companies Facebook and Google has put traditional media companies on notice. At Rs 23,213 crore, their combined ad revenues is higher than the combined ad revenues of the top 10 listed traditional media companies at Rs 8,396 crore. Indian Express

₹25,000 crore as additional funding for MGNREGA

The Centre has sought ₹25,000 crore as additional funding for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme as part of the supplementary demand for grants submitted to Parliament on Friday, after the demand-driven rural jobs scheme ran out of funds midway through the year. Hindu


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16000 यात्रियों का RT-PCR टेस्ट किया

एट रिस्क देशों से आने वाले अब तक 58 फ्लाइट्स के 16000 यात्रियों का RT-PCR टेस्ट किया गया है। इनमें 18 कोरोना पॉजिटिव मिले हैं। इनकी रिपोर्ट जीनोम सिक्वेंसिंग के लिए भेजी गई है। स्वास्थ्य मंत्री मनसुख मांडविया ने शुक्रवार को लोकसभा में इसकी जानकारी दी। Bhaskar

हमें सरकार की तरफ से संतोषजनक जवाब नहीं मिला है

हरियाणा के मुख्यमंत्री मनोहर लाल खट्‌टर और किसान नेताओं के बीच चंडीगढ़ में CM हाउस मीटिंग खत्म हो गई है। बैठक में आंदोलन के दौरान दर्ज हुए मुकदमों को वापस लेने को लेकर चर्चा हुई। मीटिंग में किसान नेता गुरनाम सिंह चढूनी समेत 5 संगठनों के प्रतिनिधि शामिल रहे। Bhaskar

ओमिक्रॉन देश में तीसरी लहर ला सकता है

कोरोना का नया वैरिएंट ओमिक्रॉन देश में तीसरी लहर ला सकता है। इसकी वजह इसका ज्यादा संक्रामक और ताकतवर होना है। देश के एक टॉप साइंटिस्ट ने शुक्रवार को यह चेतावनी दी। उन्होंने कहा कि ओमिक्रॉन में वे सभी एलिमेंट्स हैं, जिनकी वजह से तीसरी लहर आ सकती है।CSIR इंस्टीट्यूट ऑफ जीनोमिक्स एंड इंटीग्रेटिव बायोलॉजी के डायरेक्टर अनुराग अग्रवाल ने कहा कि इस वैरिएंट में शरीर के इम्यूनिटी सिस्टम को धोखा देने की खूबी मौजूद है। Bhaskar


Google Trends Today

IEX bonus shares

Shares of Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) surged 9% to 264 apiece on the BSE in Friday’s opening deals as the stock traded ex-bonus ahead of its record date on Monday. The energy exchange has fixed 6 December as record date for the purpose of finding out eligibility of shareholders entitled for issuance of bonus equity shares..

Cyclone Jawad

As Cyclone Jawad is likely hit to north Andhra Pradesh on Saturday, the state government has evacuated over 54,008 people from three districts..

Sidhu Moosewala joins Congress

Popular Punjabi singer and rapper Sidhu Moosewala joined the Congress on Friday in the presence of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and PPCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu..


Compiled from Google Trends


Twitter Trends 

  1. #CovidVaccine
  2. Nasdaq dives over 2% as tech stocks slide at end of volatile week
  3. Extreme food prices slam the world
  4. #HappyBirthdayJin


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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