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28 October, 2021

News Today:

  1. The Supreme Court on Wednesday appointed retired apex court judge justice RV Raveendran to supervise a three-member expert committee that will investigate whether the Centre or any state government acquired and used Israeli spyware Pegasus for surveillance of Indian citizens. HT
  2. Small cooking gas cylinders could soon be available for retail purchase at your nearby ration shop, as the Centre is coordinating with States and oil companies on the plan, Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey said on Wednesday. Hindu
  3. India has applied for a $2 billion loan from Asian multilateral development banks to purchase around 700 million Covid-19 vaccines as it looks to boost the immunisation rate of the country’s eligible population. HT
  4. Indian-origin Canadian politician Anita Anand was on Tuesday appointed as the country’s new Defence Minister in a Cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, over a month after his Liberal Party returned power in the snap polls and amid calls for major military reforms. Indian Express
  5. India on Wednesday urged China not to undertake any actions under a new land boundary law that gives more powers to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), saying it could “unilaterally alter the situation” in the border areas. HT


Hindi News: ( so that you don’t miss out )

  1. सीमा सुरक्षा और मिसाइल टेक्नोलॉजी के क्षेत्र में देश ने एक और बड़ी कामयाबी हासिल कर ली। बुधवार को ओडिशा के अब्दुल कलाम द्वीप पर अग्नि-5 मिसाइल का सफल परीक्षण किया गया। यह मिसाइल 5 हजार किलोमीटर दूरी तक लक्ष्य साधने की क्षमता रखती है। Bhaskar
  2. NCB के जोनल डायरेक्टर समीर वानखेड़े की मुश्किलें खत्म होने का नाम नहीं ले रही हैं। नारकोटिक्स कंट्रोल ब्यूरो (NCB) के एक और गवाह ने बुधवार को एजेंसी के अधिकारियों पर धोखे से ब्लैंक पेपर पर साइन कराने का आरोप लगाया। शेखर काम्बले नाम के शिकायतकर्ता ने कहा कि बाद में इन कागजों का इस्तेमाल एक मामले के पंचनामे में किया गया।Bhaskar

  3. जर्मन दवा कंपनी मर्क ने कहा है कि वो अपनी कोविड-19 पिल (टैबलेट) दूसरी कंपनियों को भी बनाने की मंजूरी देगी। कंपनी के इस फैसले से सबसे ज्यादा फायदा उन गरीब मुल्कों को होगा, जो कोविड-19 के महंगे वैक्सीन खरीदने में सक्षम नहीं हैं। Bhaskar


Relevant Google Trends Today

  1. Despite a cold shoulder from Elon Musk, the richest person on the planet, meme cryptocurrency Shiba Inu continues to thrive higher with a spectacular rally
  2. Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA), has released the CAT hall ticket 2021 today. IIM CAT admit card 2021 is now available for download on the official website – 2021.
  3. MHT CET Result 2021 has been declared for PCM and PCB subjects at Candidates can check the result using registration details.
  4. Google Doodle on Wednesday paid tribute to Czech chemist Otto Wichterle who invented Soft contact lenses on his 108th birth anniversary.


Relevant Twitter Trends 

  1. #AnnaattheTrailer
  2. #PCAs
  3. #Pegasus
  4. CBI arrests six persons in connection with Rs 6,000 crore remittance scam in Bank of Baroda


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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