1. Schools in Telangana to get digital
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives rapidly, and perhaps one of the biggest examples has been the shift to digital classrooms. On the same line, the Telangana government has planned to convert 3,000 classrooms in government schools across the state into digital classrooms.
2. M.K Stalin launches Leather Goods Policy
M K Stalin, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu launched the Tamil Nadu Footwear and Leather Products Policy 2022 for the state. He also signed five MoUs with companies namely KICL, Walkaroo, KIC, KICL SEMS, and Wagon International, for an investment worth Rs 2,250 crore in the footwear and leather sector. The CM also laid the foundation stone for the mega footwear manufacturing park at Panapakkam, Ranipet costing INR 400.
3. Yamuna expressway toll prices increased
The toll tariff on the Yamuna Expressway between Greater Noida and Agra has been increased between ₹2.60 and ₹18.80 per kilometre. The toll for cars, jeeps, vans, and light motor vehicles has been increased from ₹2.50 per kilometre to ₹2.65 per kilometre. It has been increased to ₹8.45 for buses or trucks, while large-size vehicles will be charged ₹18.80 per kilometre.
4. UK PM meets Ukraine President
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv to mark Ukraine’s Independence Day. Johnson announced a £54 million military support package to the country on the occasion, which will include 2,000 drones. “The UK will continue to stand with our Ukrainian friends. I believe Ukraine can and will win this war,” Johnson said.
5. Lone JD(U) MLA In Arunachal Pradesh joins BJP
Techi Kaso, the lone JD(U) legislator in Arunachal Pradesh, has joined the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). There are now 49 BJP MLAs in the 60-member state Assembly. This comes after Bihar CM Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) broke the alliance with BJP in Bihar. JD(U) won seven seats in the 2019 state elections. However, six JD(U) MLAs joined BJP in 2020.
6. Hyderabad Court serves the notice to BJP Leaders In Kavitha Defamation Case
A Hyderabad court served a notice to BJP leaders Parvesh Verma and Manjinder Sirsa in a defamation case filed by TRS MLC K Kavitha. Kavitha, who is Telangana CM Chandrashekar Rao’s daughter, was accused of being the middleman between the liquor mafia and the Delhi government. The court directed the BJP leaders to not make defamatory statements in the media.
7. TVS Motors buys 48% stakes In Narains Karthikeyan startup DriveX
Two and three-wheeler manufacturer TVS Motor has invested in former Formula 1 driver Narain Karthikeyan’s startup to acquire a 48.27% stake. TVS has invested over ₹85 crores in DriveX (NKars Mobility Millennial Solutions Private Limited), a pre-owned two-wheeler platform. DriveX was founded in April 2020 and began as a two-wheeler subscription platform, and has since spread to five cities.
8. Pepperfry acquires Brandmaker, appoints Rahul Kapuria as VP
Furniture e-commerce company Pepperfry has acquired commercial interior solutions company Brandmakerr for an undisclosed amount. Pepperfry has appointed Brandmakerr founder, Rahul Kapuria, as the Vice President. With this deal, Pepperfry said it will foray into commercial projects in retail, banking, and HORECA (hotel, restaurant, and cafe) sectors as this opens a new area of business for them.
9. Latin America should be a major hub for India said Jaisankar
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has stressed on the importance of making Latin America a major business hub for India. Jaishankar, who is on a six-day official visit to Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina, interacted with prominent businessmen in Sao Paulo on Tuesday. “Business is the ballast that provides steady sailing for relationships,” Jaishankar said in a tweet after the meeting.
10. Terrorism is a crime against humanity: Rajnathnsingh at SCO meet
Every form of terrorism, including cross-border terrorism, is a “crime against humanity”, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said at a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting in Tashkent on Wednesday. Singh added that Afghan territory must not be used for terror activities. The SCO member states are India, China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Pakistan.
11. Tropical Storm Ma-on moves toward southeast China
Tropical Storm Ma-on gathered force and headed towards Hong Kong and other parts of southeast China on Wednesday. Cities in Guangdong province closed high-speed rail and ferry services, workers on sea projects were evacuated and several flights were canceled. The Hong Kong Observatory warned winds with mean speeds of 63 km/h or more were expected.
12. Chile Govt revives passed the bill to reduce working hours
The Chilean government said on Tuesday that it has revived efforts to pass legislation that would reduce weekly working hours. The bill, which aims to reduce the working week from 45 hours to 40 hours, was first introduced in the country’s Congress in 2017. Lawmakers will debate a series of changes to the bill made by President Gabriel Boric’s government.