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Mike Pompeo, who led Donald Trump's Mission at US state dept, leaves with dubious legacy
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Mike Pompeo, who led Donald Trump's Mission at US state dept, leaves with dubious legacy

Pompeo has been tagged by a number of officials and analysts with the dubious distinction of the worst secretary of state in American history

South African SARS-CoV-2 variant more contagious, no evidence of it being deadlier, experts confirm
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South African SARS-CoV-2 variant more contagious, no evidence of it being deadlier, experts confirm

It is not yet known if current vaccines would be effective against the new variant, though several studies are ongoing to find out.

Dr V Shanta, chairperson of Chennai's Cancer Institute, passes away at 94
india

Dr V Shanta, chairperson of Chennai's Cancer Institute, passes away at 94

Dr Shanta complained of discomfort and was taken to Apollo Hospitals where she passed away at 3.55am after attempts to remove a block in a blood vessel failed

2020, year of the pandemic: TN family of farmers accuse govt official of abusive and violent behaviour
india

2020, year of the pandemic: TN family of farmers accuse govt official of abusive and violent behaviour

Semaliyappan, Samiyatha and Shanti have submitted multiple petitions to the police and district administration demanding that action be taken for the casteism, verbal violence and public humiliation to which they were subjected

True Mothers review: Naomi Kawase's film explores nuances of motherhood but succumbs to its clichés
art & culture

True Mothers review: Naomi Kawase's film explores nuances of motherhood but succumbs to its clichés

The film made its Indian premiere at the 26th Kolkata International Film Festival this year, and is Japan's official nominee for the Oscars 2021.

'Remember his promise?': Rahul Gandhi targets PM over reports of China building village in Arunachal
india

'Remember his promise?': Rahul Gandhi targets PM over reports of China building village in Arunachal

Gandhi's comments come after a report by NDTV channel claimed that China has constructed a new village in the disputed region of Arunachal Pradesh and it consisted of about 101 homes

India vs Australia: 'Depth of Indian cricket is scary' Twitterati react to India breaching 'fortress' Gabba
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India vs Australia: 'Depth of Indian cricket is scary' Twitterati react to India breaching 'fortress' Gabba

The injury-depleted India squad played with no fear, ending Australia’s unbeaten run at the Gabba that dated to 1988.

Bharat Biotech receives order for additional 45 lakh vaccine doses of Covaxin from govt
health

Bharat Biotech receives order for additional 45 lakh vaccine doses of Covaxin from govt

Of the 45 lakh doses, over 8 lakh will be supplied to countries such as Mauritius, Philippines and Myanmar, free of cost as a goodwill gesture

Bhawana Kanth to become first woman fighter pilot to take part in Republic Day parade
india

Bhawana Kanth to become first woman fighter pilot to take part in Republic Day parade

The 28-year-old was among the first women fighter pilots, along with Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh, to be inducted into the IAF in 2016

Joe Biden to propose Day 1 immigration bill that grants 8-year citizenship path for immigrant
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Joe Biden to propose Day 1 immigration bill that grants 8-year citizenship path for immigrant

The legislation puts Biden on track to deliver on a major campaign promise important to Latino voters and other immigrant communities after four years of Donald Trump's restrictive policies and mass deportations

Pros and cons of Mamata Banerjee’s Nandigram showdown against Suvendu Adhikari
politics

Pros and cons of Mamata Banerjee’s Nandigram showdown against Suvendu Adhikari

The CM is signalling to her supporters that she will punish Adhikari’s betrayal herself. She is telling them that she is not the dejected and flustered Mamata that her rivals are trying to project.

India's daily COVID-19 cases drop to 10,064, lowest in nearly 8 months; tally over 1.05 cr
health

India's daily COVID-19 cases drop to 10,064, lowest in nearly 8 months; tally over 1.05 cr

The country's COVID-19 toll increased to 1,52,556 as 137 fatalities, the lowest in around eight months, were recorded in a span of 24 hours, the health ministry said

Glimpses of vintage form but Anirban Lahiri craves consistency after first start of 2021
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Glimpses of vintage form but Anirban Lahiri craves consistency after first start of 2021

Anirban Lahiri blazed the middle two rounds of the Sony Open in Hawaii with career-best low rounds in Hawaii as he carded 65 and 64 in the second rounds.

Centre launches 'Toycathon' initiative with aim to make India global toy manufacturing hub
india

Centre launches 'Toycathon' initiative with aim to make India global toy manufacturing hub

For this project, the government has approached the Pune-based Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) and sought its expertise in ancient scriptures

Australian Open 2021: Two players test positive for coronavirus, say officials
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Australian Open 2021: Two players test positive for coronavirus, say officials

A total of nine people have tested positive while in quarantine ahead of the event in Melbourne, but two cases were deemed to be historical infections on Tuesday.

Pregnant, breastfeeding women, people with fever advised against taking Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine
health

Pregnant, breastfeeding women, people with fever advised against taking Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine

The fact sheet also asked people to inform the vaccinator or a supervising official about their medical condition before taking the vaccine.

No country is an island: COAVX's collective approach to COVID-19 vaccines is the only way to go
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No country is an island: COAVX's collective approach to COVID-19 vaccines is the only way to go

COVAX is co-led by vaccine alliance – GAVI, the CEPI and the WHO and has 190 participating economies.

WHO chief says unfair COVID-19 vaccine distribution risks causing 'catastrophic moral failure'
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WHO chief says unfair COVID-19 vaccine distribution risks causing 'catastrophic moral failure'

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said one poor country received a mere 25 vaccine doses while over 39 million doses have been administered in nearly 50 richer nations

Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage's I Care A Lot, Netflix's To All The Boys 3, Salma Hayek's Bliss: Trailers this week
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Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage's I Care A Lot, Netflix's To All The Boys 3, Salma Hayek's Bliss: Trailers this week

From the third and final instalment of To All The Boys franchise to the South Korean space drama Space Sweepers, here's a list of trailers that debuted this week.

Earthquake of 6.4 magnitude strikes parts of Argentina, Chile; no injuries reported
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Earthquake of 6.4 magnitude strikes parts of Argentina, Chile; no injuries reported

Argentine media said some houses reportedly were damaged in the small town of Media Agua and at least one road was said to have been disrupted