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28 November, 2021

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Variant of Concern – Omicron spreading

Omicron, the new potentially more contagious variant of the coronavirus, has been reported in more European countries after the United Kingdom, just days after being identified in South Africa, even as governments around the world are rushing to stop the spread. HT

Rally scheduled at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Sunday

Farmers leaders have said as many as 50,000 farmers are expected to join the rally scheduled at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Sunday, a day ahead of Parliament’s Winter Session. They also plan to bring the ashes of the farmers, who died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident on October 3, and immerse them in the Arabian Sea. HT

281 individuals infected from a freshers party

At a time when the entire world is ill at ease over Omicron—the new variant of the coronavirus said to be capable of rapid transmissibility and mutations—a college party-turned-super spreader event in Karnataka has drawn sharp criticism from all quarters. Around 281 individuals, who either attended the party or were infected via people who did, have so far tested positive for Covid-19. HT

1,000 individuals arrested for cyber crime

In an operation coordinated by the Interpol, enforcement agencies in more than 20 countries have arrested over 1,000 individuals and intercepted about $27 million of illicit funds as part of a crackdown on cyber-enabled financial crime . Hindu

International flights restrictions review

In the light of growing concerns regarding the new Covid variant first detected in South Africa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked officials to review the lifting of international travel restrictions. A day earlier, the Ministry of Civil Aviation announced the resumption of international scheduled commercial flights from December 15, after a 21-month gap. Indian Express


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‘वैरिएंट ऑफ कंसर्न’

दक्षिण अफ्रीका में मिले कोरोना के नए वैरिएंट ने दुनियाभर में हड़कंप मचा दी है। इस वैरिएंट की वजह से पिछले एक हफ्ते में ही दक्षिण अफ्रीका में 200% से ज्यादा केसेज बढ़ गए हैं। कहा जा रहा है कि ये नया वैरिएंट डेल्टा से भी ज्यादा खतरनाक है। वैरिएंट के खतरे को देखते हुए कई देशों ने दक्षिण अफ्रीका से आने वाली यात्रियों को बैन कर दिया है। WHO ने इस वैरिएंट को ‘वैरिएंट ऑफ कंसर्न’ की कैटेगरी में रखा है। Bhaskar

सर्वदलीय बैठक बुलाई

संसद के शीतकालीन सत्र से एक दिन पहले आज सुबह साढ़े ग्यारह बजे से सर्वदलीय बैठक बुलाई गई है। इस बैठक में प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी के साथ विपक्षी दलों के नेता शामिल होंगे। इस मीटिंग से अलग भाजपा और एनडीए की भी दो अलग-अलग बैठकें बुलाई गई हैं। सर्वदलीय बैठक के बाद दोपहर तीन बजे बीजेपी संसदीय कार्यकारिणी की बैठक होगी। Bhaskar

पूणे में कोरोना की स्थिति पहले से बेहतर

महाराष्ट्र के डिप्टी CM अजीत पवार कोरोना के नए वैरिएंट और तैयारियों को लेकर रविवार को सभी जिला कलेक्टरों और संभागीय आयुक्तों के साथ मीटिंग करेंगे। शनिवार को उन्होंने पुणे में अफसरों के साथ बैठक की। पवार पुणे के गार्जियन मिनिस्टर भी हैं। उन्होंने कहा कि पूणे में कोरोना की स्थिति पहले से बेहतर है। Bhaskar


Google Trends Today

Ballon d’Or

Mason Mount has said it has “blown my mind” to be named on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or. The Ballon d’Or ceremony takes place in Paris on Monday, and Mount will find himself in unfamiliar territory in terms of his attire.

Nifty 50 dropped below 17,000

The Sensex fell as much as 1,801 points or 3 per cent and Nifty 50 index briefly dropped below its important psychological level of 17,000 to hit an intraday low of 16,985.

Mahindra & Mahindra in World Index list of Dow Jones

Mahindra & Mahindra became the first Indian auto company to feature in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Mumbai-based automotive-to-technology major Mahindra & Mahindra has entered the World Index list of companies in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2021.


Compiled from Google Trends

Twitter Trends 

  1. #EnoughIsEnough
  2. #Omicron
  3. B.1.1.529
  4. South Africa


Compiled from Twitter


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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