1. Farmer protest evokes mixed response: Farmers took the national centre stage on Tuesday as their call for a Bharat Bandh to push for a repeal of the new agri laws disrupted life in myriad ways with shops closed, transport affected and protesters squatting on roads and train tracks at several places. However, many states remained largely unaffected.
2. Centre not to repeal agri laws: A crucial meeting between Union home minister Amit Shah and 13 farmer leaders at the National Agricultural Science Complex in Pusa on Tuesday night failed to yield a positive outcome. However, the Centre will send written proposals regarding the contentious points.
3. Rajasthan triumph for BJP: The Bharatiya Janata Party maintained its lead over the ruling Congress in the panchayat election in Rajasthan, winning 1,835 panchayat samiti constituencies while crossing the majority mark on its own in 11 zilla parishad seats.
4. $3m for Palestine-India techno park: India has donated the final tranche of $3m to complete the construction of the Ramallah Palestine-India Techno Park, which will serve as a launching pad for Palestinian IT entrepreneurs by connecting them to local, regional and global markets. Under the partnership, India is funding eight on-going development projects in the country worth $59m.
5. Bill Gates praises India: Tech pioneer Bill Gates has praised India’s policies for financial innovation and inclusion, saying his philanthropic foundation is working with other countries to roll out open-source technologies modelled on the country’s implementation. Speaking at the Singapore Fintech Festival, he said: “If people are going to study one country right now, other than China, I’d say they should look at India.”
6. SpaceX test flight aborted: The first high-altitude test flight of SpaceX’s futuristic Starship was aborted at the last moment in Texas on Tuesday due to technical issues. Company chief Elon Musk intends to use the Starships to deliver massive satellites into orbit around Earth, and send people and cargo to the moon and Mars.
7. Japan to fund AI matchmaking: Japan is seeking to boost its flagging birth rate by funding the use of artificial intelligence to help citizens in finding suitable partners. With one of the world’s lowest fertility rates, Japan has amassed large elderly population over decades, with its national birth rate hitting a record low in 2018.
8. UK rolls out vaccine: A 90-year-old woman named Margaret Keenan from the UK became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine outside of a trial. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed the moment as a “huge step forward” and dubbed the day as “V-Day” or Vaccine Day in Britain.
9. Andhra ‘mystery’ disease link: Traces of lead and nickel have been found in the blood of the people who contracted the mystery illness in Andhra Pradesh’s Eluru. The number of people reporting symptoms went up to 556 on Tuesday. All complained of convulsions, nausea and fainting.
10. Farmer protest in K’taka: Amid the nationwide Bharat Bandh called by farmer unions, some farmers were seen protesting with their carts at Chennamma Circle in Hubballi. The busy Mysore -Nanjangud national highway was also blocked by farmer unions.