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23 December, 2021

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PM Modi will visit Varanasi again

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Varanasi on Thursday and launch multiple projects and schemes worth over 2,095 crore, his office said on Wednesday. HT

Opposition allege 12 MPs suspended to manufacture majority .

With both houses of Parliament being adjourned sine die a day before schedule, the Congress and Trinamool Congress (TMC), two opposition powerhouses, on Wednesday alleged that the government had suspended 12 MPs to “manufacture” a majority in the House for quick passage of legislations.. HT

Probe in Ayodhya Land deals

Confirming this, Manoj Kumar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue), Uttar Pradesh, said, the Chief Minister has sought a report with relevant documents in the next 5-7 days. “Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken cognisance of the newspaper report. An inquiry has been ordered on his directive. An officer of the rank of Special Secretary has been asked to conduct the probe,” Indian Express

IT raids on Chinese mobile phone manufacturers

The Income Tax Department on December 22 carried out searches in different part of the country against several entities linked to the manufacturing of Chinese mobile phones on suspicion of tax evasion. An official said the searches at some of the premises began on December 21. Hindu

Paxlovid effective in 90% reduction in hospitalizations and deaths

U.S. health regulators on Wednesday authorized the first pill against COVID-19, a Pfizer drug that Americans will be able to take at home to head off the worst effects of the virus. The long-awaited milestone comes as U.S. cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all rising and health officials warn of a tsunami of new infections from the Omicron variant that could overwhelm hospitals. Hindu


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ओमिक्रॉन की हरियाणा में 4 संक्रमितों की पहचान की गई

कोरोना के नए वैरिएंट ओमिक्रॉन की एंट्री अब उत्तराखंड और हरियाणा में भी हाे चुकी है। बुधवार को देहरादून में 23 साल की महिला की ओमिक्रॉन रिपोर्ट पॉजिटिव आई है। डीजी हेल्थ तृप्ति बहुगुणा ने बताया कि संक्रमित महिला स्कॉटलैंड से लौटी है। वहीं पयचिम बंगाल में भी विदेश से लौटे 2 लोग ओमिक्रॉन पॉजिटिव मिले हैं।इधर, हरियाणा में 4 संक्रमितों की पहचान की गई है। इनमें पानीपत से 2, करनाल और फरीदाबाद से एक-एक केस सामने आए हैं। Bhaskar

हरीश रावत जल्द ही पार्टी को अलविदा कह सकते हैं

उत्तराखंड के पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री और कांग्रेस के सीनियर नेता हरीश रावत जल्द ही पार्टी को अलविदा कह सकते हैं। इसके संकेत हरीश रावत की तरफ से बुधवार को सोशल मीडिया पर अपलोड की गई दो पोस्ट से मिले हैं, जिनमें उन्होंने अप्रत्यक्ष रूप से कांग्रेस आलाकमान के रवैये पर सवाल खड़े करते हुए साथ छोड़ने का इशारा किया है। Bhaskar

दिल्ली सरकार ने बुधवार को क्रिसमस और न्यू ईयर सेलिब्रेशन पर रोक लगा दी

कोरोना के ओमिक्रॉन वैरिएंट के बढ़ते मामलों के बीच दिल्ली सरकार ने बुधवार को क्रिसमस और न्यू ईयर सेलिब्रेशन पर रोक लगा दी है। बार और सिनेमाघर भी 50% कैपेसिटी के साथ ही खुलेंगे। इसके अलावा भीड़ के इकट्‌ठा होने और सांस्कृतिक कार्यक्रमों के आयोजन पर भी रोक लगा दी गई है। Bhaskar


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Amrapali “Ami” Gan as Chief Executive Officer 

OnlyFans, a subscription-based social media platform that is known for hosting adult content, today announced the appointment of Amrapali “Ami” Gan as Chief Executive Officer, effective December 21, 2021.

P.T. Thomas, MLA, passed away

Senior Congress leader and P.T. Thomas, MLA, passed away at around 10.30 a.m. at a private hospital in Vellore on Wednesday. Mr. Thomas, 71, was undergoing treatment for cancer at the hospital.

Akasa Air brand logo

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-backed Akasa Air on Wednesday unveiled its brand logo which it said has been inspired by the element of the sky. “The Rising A symbolises the warmth of the sun, the effortless flight of a bird, and the dependability of an aircraft wing”

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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