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Amrutha Pagad

Amrutha Pagad

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Amrutha is a Senior Sub-editor at DailyO. She likes to write on technology, pop culture, lifestyle, travel and humour.

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North Korea declares victory over Covid-19, says Kim Jong-un also suffered from fever

North Korea has done something it has never done before: admit that its Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un suffered from a health ailment. And it has also claimed, something no other country has so far: victory over Covid-19.

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Remember the instant loan app harassers? ED thinks crypto exchange WazirX helped them

In 2020, the Hyderabad police launched an investigation into illegal instant loan apps. The loan apps were harassing borrowers to the extent that some died by suicide. Now, ED has found its links to the crypto exchange platform WazirX.

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Bobby Kataria publicity ke liye kuch bhi karega. Even smoking on a flight

Haryana-based Instagram influencer Bobby Kataria loves to make Facebook lives, flex his biceps, walk with swag like a celebrity to background music and be in the spotlight. The social media fame, followers and likes are his fuel.

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5 chilling stories of Indian serial killers, from KD Kempamma to the Butcher of Delhi

When someone says 'serial killer', most would think of names like Jeffery Dahmer or Ted Bundy. But serial killers are not limited to the US despite their pop culture fame. India is home to some of the most barbaric killers ever found.

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Justice UU Lalit: 10 points on next Chief Justice of India

India is set to get a new Chief Justice. President Droupadi Murmu notified the appointment of Justice UU Lalit as the next CJI effective August 27. Lalit will succeed outgoing CJI NV Ramana.

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iOS 16 beta 5: What new features is Apple introducing in iPhone software update?

Apple released the iOS 16 beta 5 version for developers a few days ago and reviewers are going gaga on social media over one feature. Apple is bringing back the battery percentage indicator and the internet can't keep calm.

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Pete Davidson is reportedly seeking trauma therapy after Kanye West’s online harassment over Kim

More interesting than the drama on The Kardashians is the drama churned out by Kanye West’s reactions to his ex-wife Kim Kardashian’s relationship with comedian Pete Davidson. While Kim K and Davidson have parted ways, the SNL star is rumoured to be seeking trauma therapy due to West’s incessant online harassment.

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China confirms outbreak of new Langya virus, 35 people infected. Is this the next pandemic?

China has found a new "animal-derived" or zoonotic virus infecting humans in two of its provinces. The virus is called Langya Henipavirus (LayV).

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Loved Darlings on Netflix? 5 other films on domestic violence you should watch

As several people tuned into Alia Bhatt-starrer dark comedy Darlings on Netflix, news broke of an NRI woman's death by suicide over domestic violence in New York. Darlings told the story of Badru, trapped in an abusive marriage, but viewers found satisfaction in the revenge thriller. But there was no such ending for Mandeep Kaur.    

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Kerala gold smuggling accused Swapna Suresh claims CM Pinarayi Vijayan helped a terrorist escape

The diplomatic Kerala gold smuggling case has new and damning updates. Prime accused, Swapna Suresh, has more to say about the alleged involvement of Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, his family and other members of the incumbent state government.

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The Nazar amulet 🧿 is everywhere on social media. But what are its origins?

There is perhaps no Indian who has grown up without hearing the phrase, "nazar lag jaayegi," in various languages. In Kannada, Nazar is called 'Drushti'. In English, it is called the 'evil eye'. But now the belief is also on social media, in the form of an emoji.

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Scientists revive cells of pigs an hour after death. Here's how

Researchers from Yale University found something extraordinary during an experiment. Pigs used in an experiment had died for about an hour. But this experiment seemed to reverse a very small part of what we know constitutes to death.

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Elon Musk and a warning of dystopian future of AI: What is digital and biological computing?

Elon Musk's tweets are hilarious, market-moving, or lawsuit-enabling comments. Sometimes, they are also interesting and informative. On Wednesday, August 3, 2022, Elon Musk made a statement about digital and biological computing. What does it mean?

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Cash, apartments, nail salons and more: What the ED has found so far in West Bengal SSC scam

What an irony it is that at a time when the citizens of this country were busy filing the income-tax returns, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) was busy unearthing mountains of hoarded and stolen wealth from a bunch of politicians. And that list includes ousted West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee.

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What does US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Taiwan visit mean for China?

It's just an American politician planning to visit a small Asian country as part of a boring diplomatic tour. That's what US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan should have been, except it has been turned into a geopolitical circus.

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India reports Asia's first monkeypox death; 6 confirmed cases in country so far

Alarm bells are going off in India after a 22-year-old man died of monkeypox in Kerala, making it the country’s and Asia’s first such death since the outbreak started in May. Here is a look at monkeypox updates from India and around the world.

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Who are the Bin Ladens, the family that donated Rs 9.6 crore to Prince Charles charity?

A report found that Britain's Prince Charles's charity accepted more than Rs 9.6 crore in donations from two of Osama Bin Laden's half-brothers in 2013, two years after his death.

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Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut arrested by ED: What is the Patra Chawl redevelopment scam?

The latest in the clutches of ED is Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut in Maharashtra. Raut was arrested by the ED on Sunday, July 31, 2022, on suspicion of money laundering in the over Rs 1,000 crore Patra Chawl redevelopment scam.

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African cheetahs are travelling 8,000 km to India, 70 years after going extinct

Cheetahs, the fastest animal on land, are returning to India after more than 70 years. But their return has been both celebrated and criticised by the scientific community.

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Rs 1 crore sea search op was launched for Vizag woman. She was found on land, with lover

A woman celebrating her second wedding anniversary at a beach in Andhra Pradesh went missing on July 25. A search and rescue operation was launched costing nearly Rs 1 crore. But authorities were shocked when they found her.

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University of Manchester applicant dies by suicide after paying 1000-pound deposit. People are furious

The education sector can be quite brutal at times. Sky-high fees and a maze of bureaucracy has made higher education inaccessible to many. In one such case, the UK's University of Manchester has been embroiled in a controversy after a 27-year-old applicant died by suicide.

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Mamata Banerjee sacks Partha Chatterjee from all posts, because her party is 'very strict'

Partha Chatterjee, arrested by ED in the West Bengal SSC scam, has been removed from all posts in the West Bengal government. Chatterjee was the minister-in-charge of multiple portfolios in the Mamata Banerjee-led government.

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The cute fluffy cat on your sofa is a psychopath to the environment. Poland calls them invasive alien species

Cats. Some people love them, some can't stand them. And some spend hours looking at cute cat videos on YouTube and Instagram. But those big-eyed and round faced, fluff balls that we call domestic cats are actually "invasive alien species" according to Poland.

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Rs 50 crore, 5 kg gold: What ED found from Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee

Getting a government job for many Indians is the ultimate goal. But what is the price? Merit is not the criteria at several places, it's kickbacks. In West Bengal's SSC scam involving the now Industries Minister Partha Chatterjee, the alleged kickbacks run into at least Rs 50 crore.

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Ranveer Singh and 5 Indian celebrities whose nude photos 'hurt sentiments'

Actor Ranveer Singh's recent naked photoshoot for Paper Magazine set the internet on fire and triggered a meme fest. But it seems like the photos offended some people too.

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Beyond SSC scam: Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee is hardly new to controversies

West Bengal Minister Partha Chatterjee is in a soup over his alleged involvement in the government school teacher recruitment scam. The ED has got the custody of the minister and his aide Arpita Mukherjee, a TV actor, till August 3. Mukherjee has also been named in the scam.

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After frequent mid-air glitches, DGCA probe finds no major safety issue with SpiceJet

The Centre on Monday (July 25) told Rajya Sabha that they have not found any major safety issue with SpiceJet after spot checks. The government informed that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) conducted 53 spot checks on 48 SpiceJet planes between July 9 and July 13.

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Chess robot breaks boy's finger in Moscow: 10 times AI went rogue

In the latest in AI horror from the real world, a chess-playing robot broke a 7-year-old boy's finger in Russia. The incident was captured in a CCTV camera mounted behind the boy's head. 

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Monkeypox: Delhi man with no travel history tests positive, government holds high-level meeting

Monkeypox has arrived in India after outbreaks were reported globally. India has reported four cases of monkeypox so far. And the latest one has concerned the government. A 34-year-old man from Delhi with no international travel history has been detected with monkeypox, the first known case of local transmission.

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Karti Chidambaram calls for an investigation into Byju’s business. What’s cooking?

Byju's was once a go-to place for children seeking tuition, professionals taking skill-enhancing courses, and fresh graduates looking for a lucrative career. But it seems like the successful mirage is disappearing with time.

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