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18 December, 2021

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States failed to utilise the funds provided by the Centre for pollution control

Several states failed to utilise the funds provided by the Centre under the national clean air programme (NCAP) to control air pollution in their respective states, according to data released by environment ministry during the first meeting of the NCAP’s National Apex Committee on Friday. HT

A super strain after recombination event ?

A grim picture was presented by Moderna’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Paul Burton before UK’s Parliament. He said the existing transmission of Omicron in the UK can created a ‘recombination event’, and lead to something extremely rare – the emergence of a super strain of coronavirus. HT

Amit Shah on 2 day visit to Maharashtra

Union home minister Amit Shah will on Saturday begin his two-day visit to Maharashtra, where he is set to inaugurate a new building of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) campus, and also attend several public events – such as the co-operative council conference. HT

Step up Capex spending 

Union Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has pulled up infrastructure ministries for their “sluggish performance” on capital expenditure and asked them to step up productive spending to stimulate the economy. Indian Express

Capt. Amrinder Singh finalise alliance with BJP

Minister for Jal Shakti and BJP in charge for polls in Punjab Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Friday announced the finalisation of an electoral alliance between his party and that of former chief minister Captain (retd.) Amarinder Singh. Capt. Amarinder had quit his chief ministerial post and broken away from the Congress to float a new outfit called the Punjab Lok Congress. Hindu 


Hindi News: 

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ओमिक्रॉन की उत्तर प्रदेश में एंट्री

कोरोना के नए वैरिएंट ओमिक्रॉन की उत्तर प्रदेश में एंट्री हो गई है। दिल्ली से सटे गाजियाबाद जिले में बुजुर्ग दंपति में ओमिक्रॉन की पुष्टि हुई है। दंपति की ट्रैवल हिस्ट्री महाराष्ट्र-राजस्थान से जुड़ी हुई है। दोनों इन राज्यों में कई शहरों में घूमने के बाद गाजियाबाद आए थे। Bhaskar

अमेजन पर 200 करोड़ रुपए का जुर्माना

कॉम्पिटिशन कमीशन ऑफ इंडिया (CCI) ने शुक्रवार को अमेजन की फ्यूचर कूपन (फ्यूचर ग्रुप की होल्डिंग कंपनी) के साथ 2019 में हुई डील को सस्पेंड कर दिया। रेगुलेटर अप्रूवल के दौरान जानकारी छिपाने पर अमेजन पर 200 करोड़ रुपए का जुर्माना भी लगाया गया है। CCI ने डील की नए सिरे से देखने के लिए भी कहा है। Bhaskar

कोवोवैक्स को आपातकालीन मंजूरी 

कोरोना संक्रमण के बढ़ते प्रकोप और गरीब देशों में वैक्सीन की कमी के बीच महामारी के खिलाफ लड़ाई में विश्व को कोवोवैक्स वैक्सीन के रूप में एक और हथियार मिल गया है। विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठन (WHO) ने शुक्रवार को इस वैक्सीन के इमरजेंसी यूज को मंजूरी दे दी। Bhaskar


Google Trends Today

10th death anniversary of Kim Jong il 

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un on Friday marked the 10th anniversary of the death of his father Kim Jong il, as cars, trains and ships blew their horns and national flags were lowered to half-staff to commemorate the occasion.


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Twitter Trends 

  1. Scientists say there is one common symptom among Omicron patients: Scratchy throat. Dr. Ryan Noach, the chief executive of South Africa-based Discovery Health, said it is the most common early sign
  2. Harvard
  3. #BTSJIN ranked #1 on the Boy Group Individual Brand Reputation Ranking for the month of December 2021 getting the top spot for the first time!


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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