Uttar Pradesh, and 4 other states election schedule announced

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9 January, 2022

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89% of the Delhi’s reserved beds vacant after 20000 cases

Delhi on Saturday added over 20,000 cases of Covid-19 for the first time in nearly 250 days, as the fifth wave of infections continued to spread across the city, even as hospitalisations remained a fraction of the Capital’s total caseload, with around 89% of the city’s reserved beds vacant. HT

Minimum temperatures to drop further in North India

Minimum temperatures over northwest India, particularly Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, are likely to drop by 4 to 6 degrees Celsius over the next two-three days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted on Saturday, following an intense wet spell over several parts in the region. HT

Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur, election schedule announced 

The Election Commission of India set the ball rolling Saturday for Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur, announcing a schedule spread over seven phases between February 10 and March 7, and concluding with the counting of votes on March 10.While Uttar Pradesh will vote in seven phases on February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27, March 3 and 7, polling in Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa will be held on February 14. Manipur will vote in two phases on February 27 and March 3. Indian Express

750 doctors and hundreds more nurses down with COVID in Delhi

750 doctors and hundreds more nurses and paramedics from the six major hospitals in Delhi are currently down with Covid-19. Although most of them have mild symptoms and are in home isolation, it has taken away a huge chunk of the workforce, resulting in hospitals having to curtail routine clinics and surgeries.. Indian Express

Asim Arun – IPS applies for VRS and joins BJP

A 1994-batch IPS officer, who previously served as the chief of the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad, Asim Arun (51) on Saturday announced that he had applied for voluntary retirement (VRS) and plunged into politics with the BJP. The Commissioner of Kanpur police (rank ADG) said he was “proud” that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath considered him fit for the membership of the BJP. He was earlier the ADG of the U.P. 112 emergency services. Hindu


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Punjab Government has appointed 1987 batch IPS officer Viresh Kumar Bhawra as the new DGP

The Punjab Government has appointed 1987 batch IPS officer Viresh Kumar Bhawra as the new DGP of Punjab. Mr. Bhawra will replace Mr. Chattopadhyay who was holding additional charge of the post. The UPSC had recently sent a panel of three officials to appoint the DGP, including Dinkar Gupta, VK Bhawra and Prabodh Kumar. The Code of Conduct for Elections is also likely to be enacted today, so the Punjab Government has made this major appointment before the Code of Conduct came into force. Punjabi Tribune

BJP has won the Chandigarh mayoral election

BJP has won the Chandigarh mayoral election. Sarabjit Kaur of BJP defeated Anju Katial of Aam Aadmi Party. In this election BJP got 14 votes and Aam Aadmi Party got 13 votes while one vote of Aam Aadmi Party was canceled for some reason.  Punjabi Tribune

Show cause notice to acting Punjab DGP Siddharth Chattopadhyay

The Union Home Ministry has issued a show cause notice to acting Punjab DGP Siddharth Chattopadhyay over security breaches in Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Center has asked him to reply by 5 pm today as to why action should not be taken against him under the All India Service Rules due to security breaches. The notice also states that they have not complied with their legal obligations under the Special Protection Group Act. Punjabi Tribune


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Prakash Parv today

The birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh is being observed this year on January 9, 2022. The tenth and last guru of Sikhs was born in Patna on December 22, 1666, Bihar in the Sodhi Khatri family. His birth anniversary, also known as Prakash Parv, is observed every year according to Nanakshahi calendar between the months of December and January.

21 people, including nine children, froze to death in their stranded vehicles

Pakistan’s popular hill station Murree was declared a calamity-hit area on Saturday after at least 21 people, including nine children, froze to death in their stranded vehicles due to unprecedented snowfall and rush of tourists to the picturesque town in Punjab province.

Mahesh Babu’s brother Ghattamaneni Ramesh Babu passed away

Actor Mahesh Babu’s brother and Superstar Krishna’s elder son Ghattamaneni Ramesh Babu passed away on Saturday evening in the city due to liver-related health complications. He was 56.

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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