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19 December, 2021

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Report on Coonoor helicopter crash submitted

Protocols governing flights ferrying important people will be reviewed after an inquiry panel submits its report on the Coonoor helicopter crash in which 14 people were killed, including India’s first chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari said on Saturday. HT

Man who committed sacrilege beaten to death

A man was beaten to death by pilgrims at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Saturday evening after he allegedly stepped inside the central enclosure of the sanctum sanctorum where the holy book Guru Granth Sahib is placed, picked up a diamond-encrusted sword and committed sacrilege, police said. HT

IT Raids on Akhilesh Yadav close aids

The Income Tax Department conducted searches Saturday at the houses of a SP leader and three others considered close to SP president Akhilesh Yadav. The searches, conducted at different places in Uttar Pradesh, drew an angry response from the SP and its leaders who accused the I-T department of acting at the behest of the BJP ahead of the Assembly polls in the state. Indian Express

Letter was for representative of the CEC  

The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) had expressed “displeasure” over its letter about a meeting on the common electoral roll, as reported by The Indian Express on December 17, the Ministry of Law and Justice, in a statement Saturday, said that it was “clarified” that the letter was for “Secretary or a representative of the CEC familiar with the subject” to attend the meeting. Indian Express

Omicron doubling in 1.5 to 3 days

The Omicron variant of coronavirus has been reported in 89 countries and the number of cases is doubling in 1.5 to 3 days in areas with community transmission, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. Hindu 


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ओमिक्रॉन से देश में फरवरी तक कोरोना की तीसरी लहर

दुनियाभर में कोरोना के नए वैरिएंट ओमिक्रॉन के खतरे के बीच भारत में महामारी की तीसरी लहर को लेकर चौंकाने वाला दावा सामने आया है। नेशनल कोविड-19 सुपर मॉडल पैनल के मुताबिक, ओमिक्रॉन से देश में फरवरी तक कोरोना की तीसरी लहर देखने को मिल सकती है। इसी महीने में केस पीक पर होंगे। 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

उत्तर कोरिया में लोगों के हंसने और शराब पीने पर भी रोक

उत्तर कोरिया के तानाशाह किम जोंग उन ने एक फरमान जारी किया है। देश में अगले 11 दिनों तक कोई खुशी नहीं मनाएगा। लोगों के हंसने और शराब पीने पर भी रोक लगा दी गई है। किम जोंग उन ने ये फरमान अपने पिता किम जोंग इल की 10वीं पुण्यतिथि पर जारी किया है। Bhaskar


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Goa’s Liberation Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will visit Goa on December 19 to attend the state’s Liberation Day celebrations, said on Saturday he is looking forward to being in the coastal state, adding that his visit will also see inauguration of several development projects.


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Twitter Trends 

  1. Big row in a Tory Whatsapp “Clean Global Brexit” group with over 100 MPs It leads leads to removal of Nadine Dorries after she defending the PM and then Steve Baker declaring “enough is enough”
  2. Netherlands to go into Christmas “lockdown”, PM Rutte says
  3. Police confirm at least 24 people killed following a fire in Osaka, Japan
  4. #GoldenTemple


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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