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Biden dropping out of US presidential race
July 23, 2024 | Indirect Indicator

- President Joe Biden announced his endorsement of Vice President Kamala Harris as the Democratic presidential nominee.

- Biden's decision is to prioritize his responsibilities as President while stepping away from the re-election race.

- Kamala Harris expressed gratitude and emphasized her commitment to uniting the Democratic Party and defeating former President Donald Trump.

- Only 107 days remain until Election Day, highlighting the urgency of the upcoming election.

- There is uncertainty regarding potential challengers for Harris within the Democratic Party.

- Biden urged Democrats to unite against Trump in his heartfelt statement supporting Harris.

- Discussion on Biden's reelection campaign ended amid skepticism from senior party leaders about his effectiveness.

- Speculation about possible successors to Biden includes Governors Gavin Newsom, Gretchen Whitmer, and Josh Shapiro.

- Biden acknowledged pressures about stepping down, citing concerns about his mental acuity and ability to secure a victory against Trump.

- Biden affirmed his intention to remain in office until the conclusion of his term in January 2025.

- Biden's withdrawal from the presidential race follows increased pressure from fellow Democrats and doubts about his capability to lead.

- Biden's performance during a June 27 debate raised concerns over his mental stability and effectiveness.

- 36 congressional Democrats publicly called for Biden to step down, signifying a critical shift in party support.

- Biden's recent Covid diagnosis forced him off the campaign trail, ending his campaign aspirations.

- Biden characterized Harris as an "extraordinary partner" and reaffirmed his endorsement of her.

- Biden called for party unity to defeat Trump and extended gratitude to those who supported his reelection efforts.

- Investments are shifting towards "Trump trades," anticipating a possible Republican victory, leading to greater market volatility.

- S&P 500 futures saw a slight increase in the after-hours trading session, while Treasury bond yields and the dollar remained stable.

- Gold prices rose to record levels, indicating a flight to safety amid market uncertainty.

- Bitcoin rose over 1% in response to Biden's announcement, supported by Trump's favorable stance towards cryptocurrencies.

- Asian markets experienced declines, influenced by U.S. political developments and China's economic policy announcements.

- Taiwan's stock index fell sharply due to Trump's accusations regarding its semiconductor industry.

- Japan's Nikkei 225 decreased slightly, as local analysts noted Trump's preference for a weaker dollar could negatively affect Japanese stocks.

- Economic expert Takahide Kiuchi cautioned about a lack of clear market direction in the short term due to the intricate policy landscape.

Controversy over harassment case filed by trainee IAS officer Puja Khedkar
July 18, 2024 | Indirect Indicator

- An IAS trainee officer in Pune has accused a senior official at the Pune district collectorate of harassment, which has been forwarded to the police for action.

- The contents of the harassment complaint are confidential; however, the matter is under review and appropriate legal actions are promised if a formal complaint is filed.

- Workplace harassment claims have initiated an official investigation to explore the appropriate course of response, highlighting the significance of addressing such issues promptly.

- The video of IAS officer Puja Khedkar's mother arguing with Metro rail construction workers has become viral, showing aggressive behavior including a previous incident involving a firearm.

- Concerns have been raised about Puja Khedkar's actions and her background, including allegations of misrepresentation during her UPSC candidature and unauthorized use of government privileges.

- Puja Khedkar has been transferred from Pune to Washim pending investigation, with further disciplinary action being contemplated as she is called back to her academy.

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Boeing sees significant improvement in 737 MAX factory production

Deccan Herald | English | News | July 23, 2024 | Operating Results

Boeing has reported significant improvements in production at its 737 MAX factory, addressed by the newly appointed commercial planes chief, Stephanie Pope, in London ahead of the Farnborough Airshow. This statement comes as Boeing seeks to recover from a crisis triggered by a January incident where a door panel on a 737 MAX 9 jet blew off midair, leading to reduced production and increased scrutiny from regulators and legal entities. Pope noted a positive change in the factory's production flow and reaffirmed the company's target to increase 737 MAX production to approximately 38 aircraft per month by the end of 2024. Boeing is also addressing previous legal issues, agreeing to plead guilty to a charge linked to a criminal fraud conspiracy regarding two fatal 737 MAX crashes.

India is not going to abandon its relationship with Russia: US NSA on PM Modi's visit to Moscow

The Economic Times | English | News | July 23, 2024 | Geopolitical Conflict and Disputes

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan stated that there is no tangible evidence of India strengthening its military and technological ties with Russia following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to Moscow for talks with President Vladimir Putin. Sullivan remarked that Russia is increasingly becoming a "junior partner" to China and may not be a reliable ally for India in future crises. He acknowledged India’s historic relationship with Russia, which is unlikely to change, but emphasized the importance of deepening US-India ties in technology and geopolitics, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region. Sullivan conveyed that the US values its partnership with India and continues to engage in strategic dialogue to address these dynamics.

Edtech startup Bluelearn shuts shop, to return 70% of capital to investors

The Economic Times | English | News | July 23, 2024 | Bankruptcy-Insolvency

Edtech startup Bluelearn has ceased operations and will return 70% of the capital raised to its investors. Co-founder Harish Uthayakumar stated that building a scalable business was challenging, prompting this decision. Bluelearn, founded in 2021 by alumni from BITS Pilani, initially started as a Telegram community and evolved into a platform for skill development and networking, with a user base of 250,000 members from over 20 countries. The company had raised $4 million from various venture capital firms and angel investors. Bluelearn's shutdown adds to a trend of closures in the Indian startup ecosystem amid a difficult funding landscape.

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