News Today: 7 November 2021 - Quick Reference

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7 November, 2021

News Today:

  1. Delhi’s air quality on Saturday improved marginally but remained in the severe zone for the second consecutive day as the smoke from cracker emissions remained suspended in the air while the stubble fire count in Punjab and Haryana peaked to over 6,500 — the highest this season — resulting in a continuous cloud of thick haze in the Capital, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. HT
  2. Punjab Advocate General APS Deol on Saturday accused Congress leader Navjot Sidhu of “spreading misinformation to gain political advantage ”, a day after the latter set Deol’s resignation as the condition for resuming charge as party’s state unit chief. The attack comes a day after Sidhu officially withdrew his resignation as chief of the Congress’s Punjab unit, but said he will return to office “when a new Advocate General is appointed”. HT
  3. Three components of inflation — food, fuel and core inflation i.e. price in all items minus food and fuel — have moved divergently. Food inflation fell significantly from above 5% at the start of the current financial year to 0.7% in September. During the same period, fuel inflation rose from 8% to 13.6%. Core inflation, which leaves out volatile items such as food and fuel, remained sticky near 6%. HT
  4. India recorded a power supply shortage of 1,201 million units in October 2021 — the highest in 5.5 years — due to a crunch in coal stocks available with thermal plants. The shortage was mostly restricted to Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Punjab and Rajasthan. Hindu
  5. Three days after booking four Supreme Court lawyers under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and other IPC provisions, the Tripura Police Saturday booked 102 social media accounts under similar charges. It also sent notices to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, asking the social media platforms to block these accounts as they were allegedly found to be spreading “objectionable news items/statements” regarding recent clashes and alleged attacks on mosques in Tripura. Indian Express


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

  1. मुकेश अंबानी ने लंदन के बकिंघमशायर में 300 एकड़ की प्रॉपर्टी ली है। रिलायंस इंडस्ट्रीज के मुताबिक, कंपनी ने इसी साल अप्रैल में इस प्रॉपर्टी को खरीदा था। इसमें होटल, स्पोर्ट्स इन्फ्रास्ट्रक्चर और यूरोप में सबसे ज्यादा रेटिंग वाला गोल्फ कोर्स भी है। रिलायंस इंडस्ट्रियल निवेश के लिहाज से इस हैरिटेज साइट को स्पोर्ट्स और लेजर फैसिलिटी के तौर पर बढ़ाने पर फोकस करेगी। ग्रुप ने पहले से ही EIH (ओबेरॉय होटल, मुंबई) में निवेश किया हुआ है। Bhaskar
  2. जियोफोन लॉन्चिंग से ठीक पहले कंपनी ने इसकी मेकिंग का ये वीडियो जारी किया था। इसमें कहा गया कि ये स्मार्टफोन भारत में बनाया गया है, भारत के लिए बनाया गया है और भारतीयों ने बनाया है। हालांकि, स्मार्टफोन की बैटरी कुछ और ही कहानी बयां करती है। स्मार्टफोन की बैटरी पर जहां 3400mAh लिखा है। साथ ही, इस पर ‘मेड इन चाइना’ का भी जिक्र है। यानी फोन की बैटरी भारत में नहीं बल्कि चीन में तैयार की गई है। इस बैटरी को ब्यूरो ऑफ इंडियन स्टैंडर्ड्स (BIS) द्वारा मान्यता दी गई है। Bhaskar

  3. हरियाणा सरकार ने रोजगार अधिनियम, 2020 लागू करने के लिए अधिसूचना जारी कर दी है। अब प्रदेश में 15 जनवरी, 2022 से निजी क्षेत्र की नौकरियों में भी आरक्षण नियम प्रभावी माने जाएंगे। रोजगार अधिनियम लागू होने के बाद निजी सेक्टर की कंपनियों के लिए 30 हजार रुपये महीना तक की नौकरियों में हरियाणा के मूल निवासी युवाओं को 75 फीसदी आरक्षण देना अनिवार्य हो जाएगा मुख्यमंत्री मनोहर लाल ने प्रदेश को 2024 तक ‘बेरोजगार मुक्त-रोजगार युक्त’ बनाने का टारगेट हासिल करने के लिए इस अधिनियम को बेहद अहम बताया है। Bhaskar


Relevant Google Trends Today

  1. A crush of rap music fans pushing toward the stage during Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival in Houston killed at least eight people and injured many more as panic rippled through the packed crowd, officials said on Saturday.
  2. Stock market veteran Rakesh Jhunjhunwala said in a conversation with Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor that investing is a professional job. If he has to invest, he does it in an organized manner.
  3. Barcelona announced in the early hours of Saturday that Xavi has agreed to a contract through to 2024 after the former Spain midfielder was released from his contract at Qatari club Al-Sadd.
  4. Staff Selection Commission (SSC) will conduct the examination for appointment to the post of constable from 16 November 2021 at various examination centers across the country. This exam will run till 15th December 2021. Through this recruitment process, the commission will make appointments on 25,271 vacant posts.


Relevant Twitter Trends 

  1. Much is made lately of unrealized gains being a means of tax avoidance, so I propose selling 10% of my Tesla stock. Do you support this? – Elon Musk
  2. #bhaidooj
  3. ENGvSA: South Africa beat England but exit the T20 World Cup


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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

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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