Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) received only ₹321 crore in 20-21

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18 February, 2022

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Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) received only 321 crore in 20-21

The Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) received only 321 crore in contributions in 20-21, according to the official data, but it ended the year with its reserves at an all-time high of 4926 crore. Contributions declined from 481 crore in 2019-20, largely on account of PM Cares, the public assistance fund created in the wake of the Covid19 pandemic which received 3,076 crore in 2019-20.. HT

BMTC works have been delayed by two months due to the global chip crisis

Passengers won’t be able to track BMTC buses soon because the installation of vehicle tracking units (VTUs), CCTV cameras and other works have been delayed by two months due to the global chip crisis. Deccan Herald

Comprehensive yet concise critiques of Modi Govt.

Manmohan Singh said on Thursday that the Prime Minister’s post has exceptional dignity and questioned the conduct of his successor Narendra Modi who keeps blaming previous regimes for the adverse consequences of his decisions.. Telegraph

Navjot Singh Sidhu Vs Bikram Singh Majithia

With three days left for the Punjab Assembly polls, all eyes are on the Amritsar East constituency, where two firebrand leaders – state Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu and senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikram Singh Majithia – are locked in a pitched battle. Indian Express

Mr. Lee’s comments were “uncalled for” and “unacceptable”

Taking a stern view of a speech in parliament made by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, where he criticised the decline of “Nehru’s India” to the present, where Indian Members of Parliament face “criminal charges”, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) summoned Singapore’s High Commissioner to India, Simon Wong, on Thursday. The comments were “raised” by officials with Mr. Wong, according to government sources, who said Mr. Lee’s comments were “uncalled for” and “unacceptable”. Hindu


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Google Doodle honors virologist Michiaki Takahashi

Thursday’s Google Doodle honors virologist Michiaki Takahashi, who developed the first vaccine against chickenpox. In 1963, Takahashi’s young son got very sick. The young boy had a high fever, and waves of small red bumps – which eventually became blisters and then open sores – covered his body. He’d become one of millions of kids in the U.S. who (until 1995) got sick with chickenpox every year. And his dad, a doctor from Japan who had come to Texas on a research fellowship at Baylor University, decided to do something about it.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Legendary singer-composer Bappi Lahiri passed away at the age of 69 following multiple health issues on Tuesday night, February 15. He died in Mumbai’s CritiCare Hospital in Juhu and the death was confirmed by a hospital doctor. The singer had been suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and chest infection..

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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.

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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