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Headlines- India’s Coal Crisis: Only 4 Days Fuel Stock Remaining

India’s Coal Crisis: Only 4 Days Fuel Stock Remaining

With stockpiles of coal dwindle to the lowest in years and power demand surging, India is moving towards a huge coal crisis. Coal supplies about 70% of the country’s electricity. Power Minister Raj Kumar Singh has warned that India can face a fuel squeeze for over 6 months as many coal-fired power stations have an average of just 4 days of stock of the fuel as per the latest data and some plants are already on alert for outages. India’s neighbouring country China is also facing a power crunch, and India’s is slowly moving towards a potential power crisis. The situation looks grim as India will hit the festival season by October, which usually results in high industrial and domestic consumption. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 18,833 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 97.94%

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has registered 18,833 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 2,46,687, constituting 0.73% of the total covid-19 cases reported in the country. The active caseload of the country stands the lowest in 203 days. Meanwhile, daily recoveries have outnumbered daily new covid-19 cases, with reporting 24,770 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries in the country currently stand at 3,31,75,656. The daily and weekly positivity rate stands at 1.34% and 1.68% respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, India has conducted 57.68 crore covid-19 tests. On the vaccination front, the country has administered 92.17 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

Durga Puja Cultural Programmes Cancelled In West Bengal Amid Pandemic

Amid the covid-19 pandemic, the West Bengal government has decided to cancel the Durga Puja carnival for 2nd year in a row and has asked people to abide by all covid-19 guidelines. The state government issued an order which stated that all revellers would have to strictly wear masks and carry hand sanitisers and also underlined that no cultural programmes would take place near the marquees. The order read: “In the context of the pandemic and the need to have physical distancing norms, the state immersion carnival shall not be held this year. In a similar vein, melas, carnivals near puja pandals shall not be allowed. All pandals must have adequate space and arrangements for ensuring physical distancing. There should be separate entry and exit arrangements. There must be floor marking and other signages,” “Ideally all visits for judging pandals should be virtual, and physical visits should be made during the lean hours, between 10 am and 3 pm,” added the 11-points order. 

1 Lakh Schools In India Have Just 1 Teacher Says UNESCO Report

A report released by UNESCO titled ‘2021 State of the Education Report For India: No Teachers, No Class’ revealed that there are around 1.11 lakh schools in the country that run with just 1 teacher, and 11.16 lakhs teaching positions in schools are vacant, with 69% of them belonging to the rural areas of the nation. The Report stated: “Pupil-teacher ratios are adverse in secondary schools. Also, there’s no info on the availability of special education, music, arts, and physical education teachers. The need (for teachers) is likely to grow, given the shortages in certain education levels and subjects (and because) about 30% of the current workforce will need to be replaced,” Most of the vacancies of the teaching positions lie in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar. 

Mark Zuckerberg Calls Profit Over Safety Remark ‘Deeply Illogical’

After a whistleblower, Frances Haugen, testified before Congress, alleging that Facebook has put its own profit over the public good. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called the remarks ‘deeply illogical’ and said: “The argument that we deliberately push content that makes people angry for profit is deeply illogical. FB makes money from ads, and advertisers consistently tell us they don’t want their ads next to harmful or angry content,” Meanwhile, Mark Zuckerberg’s remarks came after the whistleblower said that the social media giant was aware that it’s harming the mental health of its users and went on to say that the platform exploits negative emotions of its users to keep them on its platform. The whistleblower is a former Facebook Product Engineer who has reportedly leaked a lot of internal documents to the Wall Street Journal, among others. 

Mumbai Drug Bust Case: Aryan Khan Breaks Down After SRK Comes To Meet Him

After SRK’s son Aryan Khan was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau during a raid conducted at a rave party in a cruise ship, Aryan Khan’s custody was extended till 7th October by the court. Meanwhile, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan had to take permission from the NCB to meet his son for a brief period and reportedly, the 24-year old broke down in front of his father. The Narcotics Control Bureau arrested Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha for selling, consuming, and possessing banned drugs. 

Bigg Boss 15: All Contestants Nominated After Pratik Sehajpal Breaks House Property

It has been just 3 days since Bigg Boss 15 started, and contestants are already locking horns with each other. On the 3rd day, a huge brawl happened between Jay Bhanushali and Pratik Sehajpal, which resulted in Pratik breaking and damaging Bigg Boss’s property. During the task, Pratik and Jay started pushing each other, breaking the glass divider. Meanwhile, Bigg Boss called out Pratik for his behaviour and decided that all contestants would be nominated for eviction for this week since he damaged house property. 

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