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5 November, 2021

News Today:

  1. “An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 on the Richer Scale hit 223 km north northwest of Dwarka, Gujarat today at 3:15 pm,” the NCS said. (ANI). Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke to Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on the phone to take stock of the situation arising due to an earthquake near Dwarka, informed sources. HT
  2. Britain on Thursday unveiled a new commemorative coin to mark Diwali, celebrating the life and legacy of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi. HT
  3. US President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris on Thursday greeted people celebrating Diwali as lawmakers announce plans to introduce legislation to make Diwali a federal holiday in America. HT
  4. Breakthrough infections, or cases among those fully vaccinated, constituted a sizable chunk of the daily Covid count in Kerala over the past two weeks, according to state government data. But only a tiny fraction of the cases required oxygen beds or ICU admission as vaccination reduced the severity of symptoms, officials said. Indian Express
  5. At least 24 people have died and several others fell ill after consuming suspected spurious liquor in Gopalganj and West Champaran districts of Bihar, where total prohibition is in place, in the last two days. Hindu


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

  1. तृणमूल कांग्रेस (TMC) के वरिष्ठ नेता सुब्रत मुखर्जी का गुरुवार को हार्ट अटैक से निधन हो गया। 75 साल के मुखर्जी का इलाज कोलकाता के SSKM अस्पताल में चल रहा था। मुख्यमंत्री ममता बनर्जी ने उनके निधन की जानकारी देते हुए बताया कि मुखर्जी का पार्थिव शरीर आम लोगों के अंतिम दर्शन के लिए शुक्रवार को कोलकाता के रवीन्द्र सदन में रखा जाएगा। Bhaskar
  2. दिल्ली में दिवाली की रात से पटाखे फूटने और आतिशबाजी से पहले ही वायु प्रदूषण का असर दिखना शुरू हो गया। गुरुवार सुबह से ही आसमान में धुंध छा गई। दिल्ली में हवा का स्तर खराब होकर 363 AQI पर पहुंच गया। मौसम और प्रदूषण का हाल बताने वाली संस्था सफर के मुताबिक 2019 के मुकाबले इस बार दिल्ली के लोगों ने आधी मात्रा में भी आतिशबाजी की तो राजधानी में वायु प्रदूषण से हालात खराब होना तय है। Bhaskar

  3. नरेंद्र तनेजा ने कहा, ‘भारत की अर्थव्यवस्था सुधर रही है और रेवेन्यू भी बढ़ गया है। सरकार अपनी योजनाओं को आसानी से चलाने की स्थिति में है। ऐसे में बीते करीब तीन महीनों से प्रधानमंत्री कार्यालय स्तर पर एक्साइज ड्यूटी को कम करने को लेकर मंथन किया जा रहा था। जीएसटी कलेक्शन बढ़ने और इकोनॉमिक इंडिकेटर्स के सुधरने के बाद केंद्र ने बुधवार को एक्साइज ड्यूटी कटौती का ऐलान किया।’ तनेजा ने कहा कि सरकार इस बात को लेकर चिंतित थी की पेट्रोल-डीजल के दाम बढ़ने से महंगाई बढ़ रही है। Bhaskar


Relevant Google Trends Today

  1. The World Health Organization (WHO) has granted an emergency use licence (EUL) to Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, a move that ends months of suspense over the fate of a Covid-19 vaccine that has had a tumultuous journey since the beginning of its development last year.
  2. Bandi Chhor Divas is a time of celebration, where family and friends traditionally gather to read the Sikh holy book – the Guru Granth Sahib – feast, and adorn their homes and Gurdwaras in colourful lights.
  3. With the latest reduction in excise duty on fuel prices, petrol is selling at Rs 103.97 per litre in Delhi. Petrol prices in Delhi have dropped by Rs 6.07. On the other hand, diesel prices have been reduced to Rs 86.67 after a drop of Rs 11.75 in the capital city.


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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