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31 October, 2021

News Today:

  1. US intelligence community (IC) has said that they may never be able to make a meaningful progress on tracing the origins of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, unless China is more forthcoming with data and information, especially those pertaining to the early cases that were detected in the first epicentre of the virus, Wuhan. HT
  2. Industrial units may soon have to use a share of renewable energy mandatorily as the Union power ministry has proposed amendments to the Energy Conservation (EC) Act, 2001 to increase India’s reliance on green power resources. The amendments will also include incentives in the form of carbon saving certificates for use of green hydrogen as an alternative to the fossil fuels that are currently being used by the industries. HT
  3. A five-feet passage on one side of the Rohtak-Delhi highway (NH-9) at Tikri border was opened for vehicular traffic on Saturday after farm leaders held a meeting with Delhi Police. Indian Express
  4. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to fly in from the G20 in Italy tomorrow — is scheduled in the Scottish city of Glasgow this week, for yet another climate conference, or COP 26, short for Conference of Parties (to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change). Indian Express
  5. The Centre is committed to releasing funds for proper implementation of its flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme Act (MGNREGS), the Rural Development Ministry said on Saturday. The statement comes a day after The Hindu had reported that the scheme faces a negative net balance of ₹8,686 crore, including payments due. Hindu


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

  1. वोटिंग के बाद दैनिक भास्कर ने राजस्थान, मध्य प्रदेश, हिमाचल प्रदेश, बिहार और हरियाणा में एग्जिट पोल कराया। यहां 2 लोकसभा सीट और 10 विधानसभा सीट के लिए वोट डाले गए। कुल मिलाकर कांटे का मुकाबला है। भाजपा और कांग्रेस के लोकसभा की एक-एक और विधानसभा की 5-5 सीटों पर जीतने की संभावना है। मध्यप्रदेश की खंडवा लोकसभा सीट भाजपा के खाते में जाती दिख रही है। वहीं, हिमाचल की मंडी सीट पर कांटे का मुकाबला दिख रहा है। Bhaskar
  2. पांच दिन के यूरोपीय दौरे पर पहुंचे प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने दूसरे दिन शनिवार को जी20 समिट में भाग लिया। इटली की राजधानी रोम में हो रही समिट में PM मोदी ने जी20 देशों के लीडर्स से वादा किया कि भारत अगले साल के अंत तक कोविड-19 वैक्सीन की 5 अरब डोज बनाएगा। वैक्सीन की ये डोज केवल भारतीयों के लिए नहीं होंगी बल्कि इन्हें पूरी दुनिया को दिया जाएगा। Bhaskar

  3. कैप्टन अमरिंदर सिंह पंजाब में नई सियासी पारी पर अडिग हैं। अमरिंदर ने कांग्रेस नेताओं के साथ किसी तरह की बातचीत से इनकार किया है। उन्होंने कहा कि अब तालमेल का वक्त नहीं बचा है। उन्होंने कहा कि काफी सोच-विचार कर उन्होंने कांग्रेस छोड़ने का फैसला लिया है और वो उस पर कायम हैं। Bhaskar


Relevant Google Trends Today

  1. The ‘Squid Game’ mania has taken over the cryptocurrency market, with the popular currency named after the hit Korean show registering more than 1,00,000 per cent growth within this week.
  2. Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve (Feast of All Saints), is a popular festival observed in western countries on October 31. The occasion is celebrated by people of all age groups by dressing up and attending parties.
  3. Pope Francis has accepted an invitation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit India, news agency Reuters reported on Saturday. This was a turnaround event following the failure of negotiations for a papal trip to India back in 2017.
  4. Veteran actor Yusuf Hussain died at the age of 73 on Saturday morning. He had COVID-19 and was undergoing treatment for the same at Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital. His son-in-law and filmmaker Hansal Mehta confirmed the news of his death to news agency PTI.


Relevant Twitter Trends 

  1. #PuneethRajkumar
  2. Halloween
  3. Pope
  4. Diwali
  5. Trump wants to keep secret handwritten memos from his chief of staff about January 6, call logs of the then-President and former Vice President Mike Pence and White House visitor records


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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