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7 January, 2022

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Supreme court to hear PIL on PM Modi security breach

The breach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security during a visit to Punjab on Wednesday will come up in the Supreme Court on Friday, with the country’s top court agreeing to hear a public interest litigation (PIL) on the matter by Lawyer’s Voice, a lawyer-run organisation, which termed the incident a “serious and deliberate lapse” on part of the Punjab government . The Prime Minister was stuck on a flyover for 15-20 minutes on the road to Ferozpur on Wednesday due to a blockade by protesters. HT

Counselling for NEET-PG courses has to begin in the national interest

Counselling for NEET-PG courses has to begin in the national interest, the Supreme Court said on Thursday as it reserved its order on a demand by the Centre to hold counselling on the basis of its July 29, 2021 notification granting 10% reservation to the economically weaker section (EWS) in the general category and 27% quota for other backward classes (OBC) in the All India Quota (AIQ) seats. HT

Phone makers to make electric cars

As against today’s hardware-defined cars, the new lot of EVs are almost entirely software-infused transportation platforms. There are only around 20 moving parts in an electric engine, compared with 2,000-plus in what is called an ICE (internal combustion engine, or the regular petrol/diesel) car. At the same time, the software and specialised hardware functionalities in EVs are extremely augmented, especially self-driving cars. So, for strong, vertically integrated electronics players, EVs mark a natural progression of sorts. Indian Express

How the Union government came up with the ₹ 8 lakh annual income limit within just three days

The Supreme Court on Thursday wondered how the Union government came up with the ₹ 8 lakh annual income limit within just three days of introducing 10% reservation for the economically weaker sections (EWS) of society. The Constitution (One Hundred and Third) Amendment Act introducing EWS quota came into force on January 14, 2019. On January 17 the same year, the government released an official memorandum (OM) informing that families earning a gross annual income below ₹ 8 lakh would be identified as EWS for benefit of reservation. Hindu

WHO recommended Covaxin only  for“all age groups 18 and above”

The Ministry guidelines wrongly state that Covaxin is the “only vaccine with WHO’s emergency use listing (EUL) for the age-group 15-18”.On November 3, 2021, the WHO issued an emergency use listing (EUL) for Covaxin for use in adults. The press release of November 3 says that WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE), which formulates vaccine specific policies and recommendations for vaccines’ use in populations, had on October 5 reviewed Covaxin and “recommended” the vaccine in “all age groups 18 and above”. Hindu


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देशभर में 1 लाख 7 हजार 848 नए केस 

देश में कोरोना संक्रमण की तीसरी लहर रफ्तार पकड़ने लगी है। गुरुवार रात 8 बजे तक देशभर में 1 लाख 7 हजार 848 नए केस दर्ज किए गए। महाराष्ट्र (36,265) और दिल्ली (15,097) दो ऐसे राज्य हैं, जहां देशभर में मिले नए मरीजों के कुल आधे संक्रमित हैं।देश में नौ महीने बाद फिर एक बार 24 घंटे के नए केस का आंकड़ा एक लाख के पार हुआ है। Bhaskar

पुलिस ने VIT भोपाल का इंजीनियरिंग स्टूडेंट को अरेस्ट किया

विवादास्पद ‘बुली बाई’ ऐप मामले में गुरुवार को दिल्ली पुलिस को एक बड़ी कामयाबी हाथ लगी है। दिल्ली पुलिस ने दावा किया है कि उन्होंने GitHub प्लेटफॉर्म पर bulli bai ऐप बनाने वाले 20 साल के इंजीनियरिंग स्टूडेंट को असम के जोरहाट से अरेस्ट कर लिया है। गिरफ्तार युवक की पहचान 21 वर्षीया नीरज विश्नोई के रूप में हुई है।यह युवक भोपाल के वेल्लोर इंस्टीट्यूट ऑफ टेक्नोलॉजी (VIT) से कंप्यूटर साइंस में इंजीनियरिंग कर रहा है। Bhaskar

मतदान केंद्रों पर दोनों डोज नहीं लगवाने वालों की एंट्री बंद की जा सकती है 

देश में कोरोना वायरस के बढ़ते मामलों के बावजूद पांच राज्यों में होने वाले विधानसभा चुनावों को टालने का फैसला अभी नहीं किया गया है। लेकिन मतदान केंद्रों पर वैक्सीन की दोनों डोज नहीं लगवाने वालों की एंट्री बंद की जा सकती है। इसके लिए गुरुवार को चुनाव आयोग और केंद्रीय स्वास्थ्य मंत्रालय के बीच हुई मीटिंग में चर्चा की गई। हालांकि अभी कोई अंतिम निर्णय नहीं लिया गया है। Bhaskar

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Nasdaq crash

Roughly four in every 10 companies on the Nasdaq Composite Index have seen their market values cut in half from their 52-week highs, while the majority of gauge members are mired in bear markets.

Novak Djokovic’s Australia’s Visa cancelled

Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic’s bid to play in the Australian Open—with a medical exemption to get around vaccination requirements—appeared to end on Wednesday as government authorities canceled his visa to enter the country.


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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