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Lower-Middle Income Countries Slashed Education Budgets After Covid-19 Outbreak
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Lower-Middle Income Countries Slashed Education Budgets After Covid-19 Outbreak

Education budgets were cut by 65 percent of low and lower-middle-income countries after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic while only 33 percent of high and upper-middle-income countries did so, according to a report by the World Bank. The report, compiled in collaboration with UNESCO's Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, said the current levels of government spending in low and lower-middle-income countries fall short of those required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). "In order to understand the short-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education budgets, information was collected for a sample of 29 countries across all regions. The sample represents about 54 percent of the world's school and university-aged population. The information collected was the...
MoHUA approves construction of 56,368 houses under PMAY-U
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MoHUA approves construction of 56,368 houses under PMAY-U

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) approved construction of 56,368 houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) at 53rd Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee meeting held here on Monday evening. According to the housing ministry, these houses are proposed to be constructed under various verticals of the PMAY-U Mission. "Let's get into the mode of implementation and execution," said Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). He urged the states and UTs to ensure 100 percent completion and delivery of PMAY-U houses to all its eligible beneficiaries within the mission period. A total of 11 states and UTs attended the Monitoring Committee meeting and they were directed to use the online mechanism (MIS) for proper ...
Israeli study finds Pfizer vaccine 85pc effective after first shot
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Israeli study finds Pfizer vaccine 85pc effective after first shot

The first dose of Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine is 85 percent effective, a study of healthcare workers at an Israeli hospital has found, potentially fuelling a debate over the recommended two-dose schedule as governments try to stretch out supplies. The Sheba Medical Center’s findings compare with overall efficacy of around 95 percent in a two-dose regimen 21 days apart for the shot developed with Germany’s BioNTech. The Sheba study, to be published in The Lancet medical journal, comes a day after Canadian researchers suggested that the second Pfizer dose be delayed given the high level of protection from the first shot in order to increase the number of people getting vaccinated. Their research showed efficacy of 92.6 percent after the first dose, based on an analysis of the docume...
Biden orders expanded aid to address growing hunger crisis
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Biden orders expanded aid to address growing hunger crisis

President Joe Biden is ordering an expansion of government benefits for hungry Americans, after the coronavirus pandemic ignited the worst hunger crisis the United States has seen in modern times. The decree, one of two executive orders the White House said he will sign today, is modest and far short of the actions the president has called for from Congress. Nonetheless, it represents one of Biden’s first actions since taking office on Wednesday aimed at reviving the world’s largest economy, after Covid-19 caused mass layoffs beginning last year that have left many people scrambling to pay the bills. “The American people can’t afford to wait. And so many are hanging by a thread, they need help, and we are committed to doing everything we can to provide that help as quickly as poss...
CSBC Bihar Woman constable PET Admit Card released at csbc.bih.nic.in
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CSBC Bihar Woman constable PET Admit Card released at csbc.bih.nic.in

Central Selection Board of Constables (CSBC) Bihar has released the admit card for the Physical Efficiency Test (PET) for the recruitment of Bihar Swabhiman Police Battalion Constable on its official website at csbc.bih.nic.in. The CSBC Women constable PET will be held on February 2. Candidates who have cleared the written exam can download their PET admit card on the official website csbc.bih.nic.in. How to download the admit card: Visit the official website at csbc.bih.nic.in. On the homepage, click on the link that reads ‘Download your e-Admit Card for PET Examination of Bihar Swabhiman Police Battalion Constable.’ On the new webpage, click on ‘download 01/ 2020 PET admit card.’ link Enter your registration ID/ Mobile number, date of birth and security pin and login. ...
2 test positive for COVID-19 in Australian Open qualifying
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2 test positive for COVID-19 in Australian Open qualifying

Two players have been withdrawn from Australian Open qualifying tournament in Doha, Qatar and put into hotel quarantine after returning positive tests for COVID-19. American Denis Kudla, seeded No. 4 in the qualifying event which is being held outside of Australia for the first time, was withdrawn following a 6-4, 6-3 first-round win over Elliot Benchetrit of Morocco on Monday. Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-2, 6-4 before he was withdrawn. Tennis Australia confirmed in a statement there’d been two positive tests at the tournament and both men had been transferred to a government-run medi-hotel, where strict quarantine procedures were in place. “Local health authorities, the tournament physician and medical team are monitoring each individua...
Centre calls farmers for meeting over farm laws on December 30 in Delhi
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Centre calls farmers for meeting over farm laws on December 30 in Delhi

The Centre on Monday called protesting farmers for a meeting on December 30 in Delhi to discuss the three contentious farm laws, after the farmers’ unions agreed to restart negotiations with the government in a bid to resolve the stalemate. The invite comes amid one of the largest strikes by the farmers’ unions on the borders of the national capital in decades to demand that the Centre revoke the three laws approved by Parliament in September. The three laws essentially change the way India’s farmers do business by creating free markets, as opposed to a network of decades-old, government marketplaces, allowing traders to stockpile essential commodities for future sales and laying down a national framework for contract farming.
Look forward to welcoming UK prime minister Boris Johnson, says India
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Look forward to welcoming UK prime minister Boris Johnson, says India

India on Thursday said there has been no change with regard to the invitation to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to be the chief guest at next year’s Republic Day celebrations in the wake of the detection of a new and more infectious Covid-19 variant in the UK. UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab had announced the acceptance of India’s invitation to Johnson during a recent visit to New Delhi. Asked whether the spread of the new variant of coronavirus in the UK, which has already resulted in several countries restricting the entry of travellers from Britain, would affect the invitation to Johnson, ministry of external affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said there had been no change. “We had invited the prime minister of the UK as chief guest of the Republic Day parade in 202...
Here is your horoscope for 6 Dec 2020
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Here is your horoscope for 6 Dec 2020

Aries You begin the day with a strong desire to enjoy your spontaneous, expressive side, dear Aries. Today's transits tend to invite errors or delays in communication, however. Ideally, these things can lead to critical thinking or interesting detours. Some dissatisfaction can motivate you to make progress, but if you're nurturing tension instead of using it as fuel, you're likely to spin your wheels. It's probably best to focus on problem areas or to take a step back so that you can look at a situation or concern more objectively. Chances are, the problems can be fixed with a little patience or perspective. With today's transits, it's probably best to avoid stirring up controversy and putting others on the defensive. Instead, you might focus on doing some heavy digging on a more impe...
Covid-19 vaccine should be given free to everyone, says NCP’s Nawab Malik
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Covid-19 vaccine should be given free to everyone, says NCP’s Nawab Malik

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an all-party meeting on Covid-19 vaccination in the country, Maharashtra Cabinet Minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik has said that Covid-19 vaccine should be given free to every citizen of the country. Speaking to ANI, Malik said, “The Prime Minister held an all-party meeting and now they are saying State and Centre will decide the price, how can it be? In Bihar, they have given the assurance that vaccination will be free. We demand vaccine should be given to each Indian free of cost.” During an all-party meeting on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi informed the opposition leaders that the Centre is in talks with all the state governments over the price of the vaccine and that the decision regarding the pricing will be taken keeping pu...
US airlines receive extra $9.5 bln in payroll support
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US airlines receive extra $9.5 bln in payroll support

The US Treasury Department said on Saturday it has released $9.5 billion in additional funds from the Payroll Support Program to US air carriers, bringing to $12.4 billion the total provided to the airline sector hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. In total, the government has disbursed grant funds to 10 major airlines and 83 smaller carriers. Congress approved $25 billion in grants for payroll assistance for passenger airlines. Treasury required major airlines receiving more than $100 million in assistance to repay 30% in low-interest loans over 10 years and issue warrants equal to 10% of the loan amount. Airlines must not cut pay or jobs through Sept. 30 as a condition of the grants and are barred from buying back stock or paying dividends and face restrictions on executiv...
Chandigarh-Kharar highway expansion project to miss fifth deadline
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Chandigarh-Kharar highway expansion project to miss fifth deadline

Already delayed by over a year, the 10-kilometre Kharar-Chandigarh road expansion project that entails construction of two flyovers and three bridges is set to miss its deadline for the fifth time, with the National Highway Authority of India confirming that the work would not be completed before September 2020. The NHAI had handed over the ₹368-crore project to Larsen & Toubro, which began the construction in November 2015. It was to be completed by December 2018. However, in the past four years, only 68% work has been completed, and the deadline was shifted multiple times, only to leave motorists stuck in long traffic snarls on this busy national highway that connects Chandigarh to parts of Punjab besides Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Kharar remains a major bottleneck...
Govt panel seeks Food Security Act review
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Govt panel seeks Food Security Act review

A panel of Union government secretaries has recommended a review of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) to make it applicable only to “deserving sections”. The NFSA, which came into force in 2013 during the second term of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), offers subsidized foodgrains to 75% of the rural population and 50% of the urban population. The NFSA covers nearly two-thirds of the total population at the all-India level. It caters to two categories of beneficiaries: Antodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) households and Priority Households. The scheme provides foodgrains of 5 kg per person in the Priority Households category and 35 kg per household to AAY beneficiaries at Rs 3 per kg of rice and Rs 2 per kg of wheat. The so-called Sectoral Group of Secretaries on agricul...
Budget 2020: More funds allotted to fight climate crisis
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Budget 2020: More funds allotted to fight climate crisis

With the implementation of the Paris Agreement commitments beginning on January 1, 2021, India has increased the budgetary outlays for climate-mitigation action across sectors. During her budget speech in Parliament on Saturday, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the country’s commitments will be executed in various sectors “by the departments/ministries concerned through the normal budgeting process”. She added that Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year, will aid climate change adaptation through disaster resilient infrastructure. “India submitted its Nationally Determined Contribution, under the Paris Agreement in 2015 on a ‘best effort’ basis, keeping in mind the development imperative of ...
High Court rejects bail to Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira
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High Court rejects bail to Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira

The Bombay high court on Tuesday rejected bail pleas of activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira arrested by Pune police for allegedly inciting violence at Bhima Koregaon in Pune district on January 1, 2018. Justice Sarang Kotwal on Tuesday rejected bail applications filed by the three. They were arrested by Pune police on October 27, 2018 on a charge of being part of a banned Maoist organisation and inciting violence after the Elgar Parishad held at Pune. According to the police, the speeches made at Elgar Parishad held on December 31, 2017 fuelled violence near Koregaon Bhima war memorial the next day. Police suspect the conference was funded by Maoists. Pune police claimed that call data records of three accused showed that they were in constant touch wi...