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26 December, 2021

News Today:

Vaccination for children in the 15-18 age group 

PM Modi announced the start of vaccination for children in the 15-18 age group from January 3 next year as he emphasised precaution in view of the rising cases of Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the country. HT

Ludhiana blast accused had links with Khalistani elements and narcotic smugglers

Punjab DGP Siddharth Chattopadhyaya on Saturday said initial investigation into the Ludhiana district court blast case has revealed that Gagandeep Singh, the former state police head constable who was killed in the explosion, had gone to the washroom to assemble the bomb and plant it somewhere. HT

Update on Midday meal program by 30 December

All states and Union territories will have to update the central government by December 30 on the status of the Pradhan Mantri Poshan Shakti Nirman Yojana 2021 that aims to provide free food to schoolchildren for five years. The Centre in September expanded the midday meal programme that aims to provide adequate nutrition and ensure school attendance into the Poshan scheme, and made it mandatory for all states to conduct social audits in every school. HT

22 farmer organisations to fight Punjab elections

As many as 22 farmer organisations which were a part of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) that spearheaded the year-long farmers’ agitation floated their own political outfit Saturday and announced that they will contest all the 117 seats in the coming Assembly elections. Balbir Singh Rajewal, 78, who emerged as a prominent face during the farm agitation, will be the face of the front, named the Samyukta Samaj Morcha (SSM). Hindu

4 terrorists killed in J&K

Four militants, including an expert in preparing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), were killed in two counter-militancy operations in south Kashmir on Saturday, as the security forces stepped up operations in the Valley. Hindu


Hindi News: 

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45 हजार करोड़ रुपए का पर्ल घोटाला

दिल्ली की एक अदालत ने पर्ल ग्रुप स्कीम से जुड़े मामले में CBI को सीसीटीवी निगरानी के तहत जांच करने और अभियुक्त के वकील की मौजूदगी को अनुमति देने का निर्देश दिया है। इस घोटाले में एनएस भंगू पर अलग अलग राज्यों के 5 करोड़ से ज्यादा निवेशकों से 45,000 करोड़ रुपए ठगने का आरोप है। Bhaskar

राजा वड़िंग ने केजरीवाल से कैमरों के सामने बात की

दिल्ली के सीएम अरविंद केजरीवाल को शनिवार को अमृतसर में पंजाब के ट्रांसपोर्ट मंत्री अमरिंदर सिंह राजा वड़िंग ने घेर लिया। शहर के फाइव स्टार होटल की लॉबी में राजा वड़िंग ने केजरीवाल से कैमरों के सामने बात की। मुद्दा था- सुखबीर बादल के परिवार की स्वामित्व वाली कंपनी की लग्जरी बसों को सीधे नई दिल्ली एयरपोर्ट तक जाने की परमीशन देना और पंजाब रोडवेज की वोल्वो बसों को इजाजत न देना। Bhaskar


Google Trends Today

Santa returns to North pole

Santa Claus has returned back to his North Pole village after celebrations and merrymaking during Christmas. Thousands of netizens were thrilled to track Santa Claus with the help of North American Aerospace Defense Command. Starting at 4 am on December 24, NORAD website has been putting out updates about Santa’s journey. Norad Tracker


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Twitter Trends 

  1. PM Modi announces COVID vaccinations for children, ‘precautionary dose’ for healthcare workers & for those above 60 and comorbidities from Jan 2022
  2. #AtalBihariVajpayee
  3. #GoodGovernanceDay


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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