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16 December, 2021

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Government reviews Oxygen supply

The central government on Wednesday reviewed the commissioning, installation and functional status of oxygen supply equipment supplied by it to states and Union territories, and asked them to conduct mock drills to ensure full functionality of all oxygen-related equipment, people familiar with the matter said. HT

Data Protection Law to tabled this week

The joint parliamentary committee (JPC) reviewing the country’s first proposed data protection law will table its report on the framework on Thursday, parliamentarians familiar with the matter said. “The report will be tabled tomorrow (Thursday),” an MP, who is part of the 30-member panel set up in 2019, said on condition of anonymity. HT

Cold Wave in 2 days in North India

Cold wave conditions are likely to set in over Punjab, Haryana, north Rajasthan and Chandigarh between December 18 and 20, the India Meteorological Department said. Light to moderate rainfall or snow is likely over the western Himalayan region for the next three days, it added . HT

Marriage age increased for women

The Union Cabinet Wednesday passed a proposal to raise the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 years — the same as men.. Indian Express

Critical vulnerability on Voter’s portal removed

Sai Krishna Kothapalli, founder/chief executive officer of Hackrew, a Hyderabad-based cybersecurity firm, an independent security researcher has come across a critical vulnerability in the National Voters Service Portal (NVSP) and alerted the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) that worked with technical experts to plug the loophole. Hindu 


Hindi News: 

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एमएम नरवणे चीफ ऑफ स्टाफ कमेटी (COSC)

आर्मी चीफ जनरल एमएम नरवणे को देश का नया चीफ ऑफ डिफेंस स्टाफ (CDS) बनाए जाने की अटकलों के बीच बुधवार को उन्हें चीफ ऑफ स्टाफ कमेटी (COSC) का चेयरमैन बना दिया गया है। Bhaskar

कोरोना का नया वैरिएंट ओमिक्रॉन तमिलनाडु पहुंच गया

कोरोना का नया वैरिएंट ओमिक्रॉन तमिलनाडु तक पहुंच गया है। बुधवार को राज्य में पहले केस की पुष्टि हुई है। स्वास्थ्य मंत्री ए सुब्रमण्यम ने बताया कि 47 साल का यह संक्रमित नाइजीरिया से लौटा है। इधर, महाराष्ट्र और केरल में में भी आज ओमिक्रॉन के 4-4 नए संक्रमित मिले हैं। Bhaskar

ग्रुप कैप्टन वरुण सिंह का बुधवार को निधन

तमिलनाडु के कन्नूर में 8 दिसंबर को CDS जनरल बिपिन रावत के हेलिकॉप्टर हादसे के इकलौते घायल ग्रुप कैप्टन वरुण सिंह का बुधवार को निधन हो गया। वरुण पिछले 7 दिन से बेंगलुरु के अस्पताल में जिंदगी के लिए संघर्ष कर रहे थे। Bhaskar


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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