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17 December, 2021

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Indian counterterrorism forces actively detected and disrupted terrorist groups 

Indian security agencies are effective in disrupting terror threats, but gaps remain in interagency intelligence and information sharing, the US state department said in its annual report on terrorism published Thursday. HT

Biometric boarding system

Four airports of the Airports Authority of India (AAI)– Varanasi, Pune, Kolkata and Vijayawada and three joint venture airports– Hyderabad, Bangalore and New Delhi have completed preliminary testing of the Digi Yatra biometric boarding system, the government informed Parliament on Thursday. HT

Coronavirus is spreading at an “absolutely phenomenal pace in UK

Authorities reported 88,376 new confirmed cases on Thursday, almost 10,000 more than the previous record set a day earlier. Officials said 146 people infected with the coronavirus died between Wednesday and Thursday. HT

Allowed the Railways to proceed with the eviction of unauthorised settlements 

The Supreme Court Thursday allowed the Railways to proceed with the eviction of unauthorised settlements on its land earmarked for the proposed Surat-Jalna route, but not before pulling it up for failing to prevent encroachment despite maintaining a Railway Protection Force and having a special enactment that enables it to do so. Indian Express

Neither was the IMD’s forecast called for, nor did the Department issue any weather report

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had no role in the helicopter flight plan prepared for the late Chief of the Defence Services General Bipin Rawat from the Sulur Air Base in Coimbatore to the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, in the Nilgiris. Hindu 


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5 दिन में देश के कई हिस्से शीतलहर

अगले 5 दिन में देश के कई हिस्से शीतलहर की चपेट में आ सकते हैं। मौसम विभाग ने गुरुवार को उत्तर भारत, सौराष्ट्र और कच्छ में कड़ाके की सर्दी पड़ने का अनुमान जताया है। विभाग ने अपने डेली बुलेटिन में कहा कि देश के कुछ हिस्सों में तापमान गिरना तय है। 17 से 21 दिसंबर तक पंजाब, हरियाणा, चंडीगढ़, सौराष्ट्र और कच्छ में शीतलहर के हालात बन सकते हैं। Bhaskar

कोरोना के नए वैरिएंट ओमिक्रॉन के 14 पॉजिटिव मरीज 

देश में गुरुवार को कोरोना के नए वैरिएंट ओमिक्रॉन के 14 पॉजिटिव मरीज मिले हैं। कर्नाटक में सबसे ज्यादा 5 नए मरीज मिले हैं, जबकि तेलंगाना और दिल्ली में 4-4 मरीज और गुजरात में एक नया संक्रमित पाया गया है। देश में अब कुल ओमिक्रॉन से संक्रमितों की संख्या 87 पर पहुंच गई है। Bhaskar

जियो अपना सबसे सस्ता डेटा प्लान लॉन्च करने के बाद 24 घंटे के अंदर ही पलट गया 

एक दिन पहले कंपनी 1 रुपए में 30 दिन वैलिडिटी के साथ 100MB डेटा ऑफर कर रही थी। लेकिन कंपनी ने आज इस प्लान को महंगा कर दिया है। अब इस प्लान में सिर्फ 1 दिन की वैलिडिटी के साथ 10MB डेटा मिल रहा है यानी 29 दिन की वैलिडिटी और 90MB डेटा कम हो गया है। Bhaskar


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50 years of 1971 war – Swarnim Vijay Varsh

The country on Thursday commemorated 50 years of the decisive victory in the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh, which also changed the geography of South Asia. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh termed the war the “golden chapter” in India’s military history.

Ajay Kumar Mishra attends regular meetings

Despite repeated protests in Parliament by the Opposition seeking his removal, it was business as usual for Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra on Thursday. Mr. Mishra attended official meetings in North Block, in a clear indication that there have been no instructions from the government to drop him from the ministerial position.


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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

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