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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.

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

Dutch Cabinet resigns en masse: A look at the child subsidies scandal that led to govt's downfall
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Dutch Cabinet resigns en masse: A look at the child subsidies scandal that led to govt's downfall

As many as 26,000 parents were wrongly accused by the Dutch tax authorities of fraudulently claiming child allowance over several years from 2012, with as many as 10,000 families forced to repay tens of thousands of euros

BBC drama Peaky Blinders, starring Cillian Murphy, will end with sixth season
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BBC drama Peaky Blinders, starring Cillian Murphy, will end with sixth season

Creator Stephen Knight said the series may end with season six, but the Peaky Blinders story will continue in "another form".

As national COVID-19 vaccination drives expand, independent probe criticises WHO's, Beijing's response
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As national COVID-19 vaccination drives expand, independent probe criticises WHO's, Beijing's response

Nationwide rollouts began in Brazil and Azerbaijan, while Britain and France widened inoculations to all elderly people.

For West Bengal's indigenous communities, farming innovations reduce dependence on forest reserves
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For West Bengal's indigenous communities, farming innovations reduce dependence on forest reserves

The situation was vastly different some years ago, when water was scarce, farming was not an option and the community was forced to venture into the forest to earn a living. They encountered elephants, leopards and other wild animals in the reserve.

Immune system 'remembers' SARS-CoV-2 infection for at least 6 months, study finds
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Immune system 'remembers' SARS-CoV-2 infection for at least 6 months, study finds

The researchers found a decline in the virus neutralising antibody activity with time, but the number of memory B cells remained unchanged.

Supreme Court-appointed panel on farm laws to hold first meeting today
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Supreme Court-appointed panel on farm laws to hold first meeting today

The apex court had on 11 January stayed the implementation of the three laws, against which farmers are protesting at Delhi borders for over 50 days now

'Age a state of mind': Chris Froome targets fifth Tour de France in new season with Israel Start Up Nation
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'Age a state of mind': Chris Froome targets fifth Tour de France in new season with Israel Start Up Nation

Froome has won four Tour de France races and switched from Ineos to ISN, backed by Israeli-Canadian billionaire Sylvan Adams, in his bid to join an elite clique led by Eddy Merckx who have won five.

Lakshadweep reports first COVID-19 case nearly a year after pandemic hit India
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Lakshadweep reports first COVID-19 case nearly a year after pandemic hit India

The case was reported two weeks after the Lakshadweep administration revised SOPs by doing away with mandatory quarantine guidelines for those arriving from Kochi

Thailand Open Super 1000: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth clinch victories to enter second round
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Thailand Open Super 1000: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth clinch victories to enter second round

The win took Sindhu's head-to-head count against Busanan to 11-1. The only time the Indian lost to the Thai player was at the Hong Kong Open in 2019.

US Capitol temporarily locked down during rehearsal for Joe Biden’s inauguration due to fire at nearby homeless camp
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US Capitol temporarily locked down during rehearsal for Joe Biden’s inauguration due to fire at nearby homeless camp

Officials said the fire, which was reported two weeks after Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol in an attempt to overturn the electoral results, was not a threat to the public

Australian Open 2021: 3 more COVID-19 cases linked to arrivals, organisers rule out format change
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Australian Open 2021: 3 more COVID-19 cases linked to arrivals, organisers rule out format change

In good news for players in lockdown, there were suggestions that some may be allowed to leave their rooms for practice before the 14-day hard quarantine period.

ISL 2020-21: Manuel Marquez's Hyderabad FC aim to continue good form against struggling Odisha
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ISL 2020-21: Manuel Marquez's Hyderabad FC aim to continue good form against struggling Odisha

The last time these two sides met early in the season, Hyderabad got the better of an injury-marred Odisha, thanks to Aridane Santana's penalty.

At 34%, Donald Trump's approval rating of his presidency reaches new low as he leaves White House
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At 34%, Donald Trump's approval rating of his presidency reaches new low as he leaves White House

Trump's average approval rating during his one-term presidency was 41 percent, four points lower than any of his predecessors

FIFA report highlights drop in transfer fees in pandemic year, English clubs spend most
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FIFA report highlights drop in transfer fees in pandemic year, English clubs spend most

In its Global Transfer Market Report, world football's governing body said that the total amount spent on transfer fees of $5.63 billion was down by $1.7 billion on 2019, a fall of nearly a quarter to the lowest cumulative amount since 2016.

Fifteen migrant workers killed near Surat after being run over by speeding truck
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Fifteen migrant workers killed near Surat after being run over by speeding truck

While 12 persons died on the spot on the Kim-Mandvi road, three of the eight injured died in a nearby hospital

Australian Open 2021: Nick Kyrgios slams 'tool' Novak Djokovic as tensions run high in Melbourne
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Australian Open 2021: Nick Kyrgios slams 'tool' Novak Djokovic as tensions run high in Melbourne

Kyrgios joined a wave of criticism of the Serb for reportedly issuing a list of demands for quarantined players who have arrived in Melbourne and Adelaide on chartered flights.

Virat Kohli, Ishant Sharma set to return as new selection committee meets to pick squad for England series
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Virat Kohli, Ishant Sharma set to return as new selection committee meets to pick squad for England series

The new selection committee, led by Chetan Sharma, aren't expected to spring too many surprises as most of the fit and available players currently in Australia are automatic picks.

Serie A: Zlatan Ibrahimovic's brace helps AC Milan beat Cagliari, move to top of table
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Serie A: Zlatan Ibrahimovic's brace helps AC Milan beat Cagliari, move to top of table

Ibrahimovic proved he has returned to his best after injury, with the club set to sign former Juventus and Bayern Munich forward Mario Mandzukic to help their title push.