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KK Shailaja's omission from Kerala cabinet sparks row; netizens compare her with late KR Gowri Amma
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KK Shailaja's omission from Kerala cabinet sparks row; netizens compare her with late KR Gowri Amma

Some said that Shailaja's exclusion from the new Pinarayi Vijayan government despite doing a commendable job during the first wave of COVID-19, was similar to how the late CPM leader KR Gowri Amma was denied chief ministership in the last minute in 1987

Unseen Warriors of COVID: Sanitation workers in rural Haryana unable to access ration, primary health care
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Unseen Warriors of COVID: Sanitation workers in rural Haryana unable to access ration, primary health care

Hit by lockdown the Primary Health Centres in rural areas of Haryana’s Hisar, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar and Ambala have no stock of necessary medications. Swabhiman Society, a collective of Dalit women in the state managed to help many during the lockdown.

Tim Miller's The Drowned Giant to Michael B Jordan's Life Hutch, ranking episodes of Love, Death & Robots Volume 2
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Tim Miller's The Drowned Giant to Michael B Jordan's Life Hutch, ranking episodes of Love, Death & Robots Volume 2

While Volume 2 of Love, Death & Robots does not hold up against the first one, here's a ranking of all eight episodes of the new instalment.

What is 2-DG: All you need to know about DRDO's new anti-COVID drug
india

What is 2-DG: All you need to know about DRDO's new anti-COVID drug

Earlier this month, the Drugs Controller General of India gave permission for 2-DG to be used for moderate to severe coronavirus patients as an adjunct therapy

Mumbai sees 953 new COVID-19 cases, lowest in two-and-a-half months; number of tests drop too
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Mumbai sees 953 new COVID-19 cases, lowest in two-and-a-half months; number of tests drop too

The BMC's data showed that 17,920 tests were conducted since Monday evening, whereas more than 20,000 samples were being tested on a daily basis till last week

India's future needs Narendra Modi's 'system' to be shaken out of sleep, says Rahul Gandhi
world

India's future needs Narendra Modi's 'system' to be shaken out of sleep, says Rahul Gandhi

The former Congress chief and his party have been criticising the government's vaccination policy, describing it as 'discriminatory'

Asian Boxing Championship: Amit Panghal, Vikas Krishan in Indian men's squad; team to leave for Dubai on 21 May
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Asian Boxing Championship: Amit Panghal, Vikas Krishan in Indian men's squad; team to leave for Dubai on 21 May

The event was to be held here but was shifted to Dubai because of the COVID-19 pandemic with India retaining the co-host status. The tournament-proper begins on 24 May with the draw ceremony scheduled on 23 May.

Geneva Open: Roger Federer loses comeback match after two months to Pablo Andujar
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Geneva Open: Roger Federer loses comeback match after two months to Pablo Andujar

Federer's first match on clay in almost two years kept him on court for almost two hours in only his second tournament since the 2020 Australian Open. The past 15 months have included two surgeries on his right knee.

Google I/O 2021 keynote LIVE Updates: Google announces Live captions, Companion mode and more for Google Meet
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Google I/O 2021 keynote LIVE Updates: Google announces Live captions, Companion mode and more for Google Meet

This year, the company is likely to announce a few UI updates for Android 12 that includes new widgets, animations and more.

Emilia-Romagna Open: Serena Williams sent packing in second round by Katerina Siniakova
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Emilia-Romagna Open: Serena Williams sent packing in second round by Katerina Siniakova

Former World No 1 Serena Williams, currently ranked eighth in the world, had been given a wild card to play in Parma after her premature exit from the Italian Open, where she also lost in the second round

At 50, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and its reflections on race, war and poverty remain relevant
art & culture

At 50, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and its reflections on race, war and poverty remain relevant

Gaye produced What’s Going On himself – a revolutionary act at Motown. The result is a painfully beautiful protest album from first track to last.

National Herald case: Subramanian Swamy's plea misconceived and premature, says Gandhis in Delhi HC
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National Herald case: Subramanian Swamy's plea misconceived and premature, says Gandhis in Delhi HC

Swamy has moved the high court against a trial court order of 11 February declining, for now, his plea to lead his evidence to prosecute the Gandhis and the other accused in the case

Manipuri journalist and activist arrested under NSA for FB posts rejecting cow dung, urine as cure for COVID-19
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Manipuri journalist and activist arrested under NSA for FB posts rejecting cow dung, urine as cure for COVID-19

Journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhem and activist Erendro Leichombam were granted bail on Monday for their social media posts, but the government subsequently invoked the NSA to re-arrest them

Fascination with Bill and Melinda Gates' divorce is reminder of how obsession with celebrity gossip can overshadow philanthropy
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Fascination with Bill and Melinda Gates' divorce is reminder of how obsession with celebrity gossip can overshadow philanthropy

When big donors only hit the headlines because of private matters or cynicism about their charitable intent, it impedes public understanding of philanthropy.

French rugby federation allows transgender people to compete in domestic competitions from next season
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French rugby federation allows transgender people to compete in domestic competitions from next season

With two years to go before the World Cup in France, the French federation said the vote sends a “benevolent and resolute signal that respect for minorities is an irrefutable right in our sport."

Vijay Mallya loses bankruptcy petition amendment battle in UK High Court; next hearing on 26 July
india

Vijay Mallya loses bankruptcy petition amendment battle in UK High Court; next hearing on 26 July

Judge Michael Briggs handed down the judgment in favour of the banks to declare there is no public policy that prevents a waiver of security rights, as argued by lawyers of the ex-liquor baron

Odisha extends COVID-19 lockdown with stricter restrictions till 1 June; what's allowed, what isn't
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Odisha extends COVID-19 lockdown with stricter restrictions till 1 June; what's allowed, what isn't

Though the number of daily rise in COVID-19 cases remains at about 10,000, it appeared to be in a plateau state, state chief secretary SC Mohapatra said

Geneva Open: Swiss prospect Dominic Stephan Stricker beats Marin Cilic in ATP tour debut
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Geneva Open: Swiss prospect Dominic Stephan Stricker beats Marin Cilic in ATP tour debut

Stricker, last year's French Open junior champion, is ranked 419th. Cilic, who won his only Grand Slam singles title in 2014, is ranked 46th.

Andre Russell, Chris Gayle named in West Indies' provisional squad for back-to-back home T20 series
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Andre Russell, Chris Gayle named in West Indies' provisional squad for back-to-back home T20 series

The provisional squad will quarantine and train in St. Lucia ahead of the first T20I series against South Africa starting on 26 June at the Grenada National Cricket Stadium.

England vs New Zealand: Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow rested as hosts name 15-man squad for two Tests
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England vs New Zealand: Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow rested as hosts name 15-man squad for two Tests

Gloucestershire wicketkeeper-batsman James Bracey and Sussex seamer Ollie Robinson have been called up to the Test squad for the first time.