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WHO clears AstraZeneca's COVID-19 jab for emergency use; world body to begin delivery of millions of doses
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WHO clears AstraZeneca's COVID-19 jab for emergency use; world body to begin delivery of millions of doses

WHO's green light for the AstraZeneca vaccine is only the second one the UN health agency has issued after approving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in December

Pangong Tso disengagement: Three key takeaways as India, China finally break the deadlock
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Pangong Tso disengagement: Three key takeaways as India, China finally break the deadlock

The Pangong Tso disengagement is by no means the end of the Ladakh standoff, as both troops are still deployed offensively at Gogra-Hot Springs, Galwan Valley and Depsang Plains, that should be part of the next stage of extrication

The Big Day on Netflix, a spiritual companion to Indian Matchmaking, barely dives into the reality of desi weddings
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The Big Day on Netflix, a spiritual companion to Indian Matchmaking, barely dives into the reality of desi weddings

The Big Day, like Indian Matchmaking, is inclined to see weddings as a celebration and not as an industry. There is absolutely no talk about the amount of excessive money splurged on a wedding or even on the double-standards of the institution itself.

People above 50 likely to get COVID vaccines in March; 18-19 COVID-19 vaccine candidates in pipeline, says Harsh Vardhan
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People above 50 likely to get COVID vaccines in March; 18-19 COVID-19 vaccine candidates in pipeline, says Harsh Vardhan

The Union Health Minister added that no new cases have been reported in 188 districts in the last seven days, while 21 districts haven't reported new cases for over two weeks

Facebook took down 26.9 million pieces of hate speech content in the December 2020 quarter
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Facebook took down 26.9 million pieces of hate speech content in the December 2020 quarter

Facebook says hate speech content on its platforms declined to 7-8 views for every 10,000 content views globally.

Scientists are working to spot new viruses before they can spread, cause future pandemics
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Scientists are working to spot new viruses before they can spread, cause future pandemics

The human immune system keeps a record of pathogens it has met before, in the form of antibodies that fight against them and then stick around for life.

Abhinav Shukla on his surprise eviction from Bigg Boss 14, differences with contestants and rooting for wife Rubina Dilaik
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Abhinav Shukla on his surprise eviction from Bigg Boss 14, differences with contestants and rooting for wife Rubina Dilaik

“I was a little upset because I was so close to the finale, but the best part is that my fans didn’t vote me out,” says Abhinav Shukla, who entered Bigg Boss 14 with much less popularity and a smaller fan base compared to other contestants.

Australian Open 2021: Aslan Karatsev in semi-finals at maiden Grand Slam; Serena Williams sets up Naomi Osaka last-four clash
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Australian Open 2021: Aslan Karatsev in semi-finals at maiden Grand Slam; Serena Williams sets up Naomi Osaka last-four clash

Karatsev, a 27-year-old Russian qualifier who is ranked 114th, became the first man in the professional era to reach the semi-finals of his first major tennis tournament by beating 18th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Final global qualifier for boxing scrapped, places to be decided by rankings
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Final global qualifier for boxing scrapped, places to be decided by rankings

The qualifier was due to take place in Paris in June, but coronavirus travel restrictions and the rescheduling of the final European qualifier from April to June have forced the organisers to pull the plug.

India vs England: Pace and guile got me wickets, says Ravichandran Ashwin hitting back at Chepauk pitch critics
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India vs England: Pace and guile got me wickets, says Ravichandran Ashwin hitting back at Chepauk pitch critics

Axar Patel, who took five for 60 in England's second innings on his Test debut, also said variation in speed of the deliveries helped him pick wickets.

India vs England: Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood to join visitors' squad for Pink ball Test; Moeen Ali to return home
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India vs England: Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood to join visitors' squad for Pink ball Test; Moeen Ali to return home

The selectors also decided to send spin all-rounder Moeen Ali, who played in the second game, back to England as part of their rotation policy to manage the workload of the players.

India vs England: Hosts jump to second spot in WTC rankings after big win in Chennai
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India vs England: Hosts jump to second spot in WTC rankings after big win in Chennai

After the series-levelling win at Chepuak, India have 69.7 percentage of points (PCT) and 460 aggregate points, behind New Zealand who have already qualified for the WTC final to be held at the Lord's June.

IPL Auction 2021: Time for CSK to replace Shane Watson, says Gautam Gambhir
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IPL Auction 2021: Time for CSK to replace Shane Watson, says Gautam Gambhir

Australian all-rounder Watson, 39, had an average run at the 2020 IPL, where CSK did not qualify for the playoffs for the first time in the history of the league.

India vs England: Virat Kohli says toss didn't matter in second Test, lauds hosts for their grit and determination
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India vs England: Virat Kohli says toss didn't matter in second Test, lauds hosts for their grit and determination

Virat Kohli rejected criticism of the spin-friendly Chepauk pitch, asserting that his side showed the requisite grit and determination to conquer England on it in the second Test with the toss not being a matter of concern at all.

Chills, appetite loss, headaches, muscle aches are additional symptoms of Covid-19: study
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Chills, appetite loss, headaches, muscle aches are additional symptoms of Covid-19: study

The study of over a million people in England indicates that clearer testing criteria is needed to

Greta Thunberg toolkit row: Arrest of activist Disha Ravi is in accordance with law, says Delhi Police chief
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Greta Thunberg toolkit row: Arrest of activist Disha Ravi is in accordance with law, says Delhi Police chief

Delhi Police commissioner SN Shrivastava said that the law 'doesn't differentiate between a 22-year-old or 50-year-old'

Nagarjuna wraps Brahmastra shoot, shares pictures with director Ayan Mukerji, co-stars Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor
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Nagarjuna wraps Brahmastra shoot, shares pictures with director Ayan Mukerji, co-stars Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor

"Can't wait for you guys to witness the outstanding world Ayan Mukerji has created," Nagarjuna wrote, calling co-stars Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor "stellar performers."

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 series confirmed to launch on 4 March: All we know so far
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 series confirmed to launch on 4 March: All we know so far

The Redmi Note 10 series is expected to feature high refresh rate displays and up to 8 GB RAM.

Congress govt in Puducherry heads to minority as one more MLA resigns ahead of Assembly polls
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Congress govt in Puducherry heads to minority as one more MLA resigns ahead of Assembly polls

With the resignation of Kamaraj Nagar MLA A John Kumar, the strength of the ruling Congress comes down to 10 and both the treasury and the Opposition will now have 14 members each