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Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Wishful V-shape

Worse, a vaccine riding to our rescue by early 2021 is still a hope rather than a done deal and coronavirus cases still seem to be spiralling up too fast to permit a return to normalcy

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Photo: AFP

Why social media isn’t really the real villain of this age

Beware the appeal of a documentary that claims to be against what it has no qualms doing itself

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Photo: Bloomberg

A covid guide to flying through an exasperating jumble of rules

Fliers must deal with useless documents, possibly fictitious apps and other riddles of babu invention

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Photo: PTI

Covid is worsening inequalities of wealth and income

The pandemic’s unequal burden could leave us with disparities unseen since before the late 19th century

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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan. (REUTERS)
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan. (REUTERS)

Wake-up call for Gilgit-Baltistan

In a desperate attempt to guarantee a victory in the forthcoming elections, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is leaving no stone unturned

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Photo: Reuters

Opinion | Deciphering the new margin rules

  • As per the new system, a client can individually pledge securities directly to the clearing corporation, and the securities will continue to remain in the client's account

Sachin Tendulkar was recently roped in as brand ambassador of Paytm First Games
Sachin Tendulkar was recently roped in as brand ambassador of Paytm First Games

Paytm dropped by Google: In the slips?

  • Data isn’t the new oil, but the new oxygen. Paytm had to quell panic and rumours of deprivation, it seems, after the app was dropped by Google’s Play Store ahead of IPL. It was back a few hours later
  • So, are fantasy cricket games online mostly about chance or skill? What level of randomness do their algorithms use? Google’s take would be interesting

Even Zidane has adjusted to the covid era of football, it seems REUTERS/Susana Vera/File Photo (REUTERS)
Even Zidane has adjusted to the covid era of football, it seems REUTERS/Susana Vera/File Photo (REUTERS)

Socially distanced football

  • One German club’s 37-goal victory over another reveals what covid has done to a beautiful game whose beauty has always been a touch beastly

Indian nationals on board the AIR INDIA special flight under Vande Bharat Mission
Indian nationals on board the AIR INDIA special flight under Vande Bharat Mission

No, your highness: No vaccine, no laxity

  • The prime minister’s message seems lost on our national carrier, Air India. The Maharaja has been barred from Dubai for flying covid-positive passengers to this Gulf emirate. Sadly, laxity seems to have overcome domestic aviation as well

So, if there’s phosphine in the clouds of Venus, that’s pretty Venus-shattering news, for we have long assumed that Venus, with its severely acidic atmosphere and fierce surface temperatures, is utterly inhospitable to life. (REUTERS)
So, if there’s phosphine in the clouds of Venus, that’s pretty Venus-shattering news, for we have long assumed that Venus, with its severely acidic atmosphere and fierce surface temperatures, is utterly inhospitable to life. (REUTERS)

Deck the clouds with the phosphine gas

If there’s phosphine in clouds of Venus, there may be possibility of life on the planet

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Cyber incursion

On a broader level, the incident is a reminder that the country needs to maintain a constant vigil and strengthen the security of all online systems. China, in particular, seems bent on using what analysts call 'hybrid warfare', which involves the deployment of information weaponry against an enemy.

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In my mind, there was a huge romance associated with any sort of detection exercise
In my mind, there was a huge romance associated with any sort of detection exercise

A slew of crime shows has drawn out the sleuth within us

The binge watching of crime shows afforded by the lockdown seems to have immersed many of us so deeply in their storylines that their characters are part of our social media conversations

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Photo: AFP

A Web 3.0 revolution that could relieve us of our social dilemmas

Platforms are emerging that promise to decentralize the internet again and respect user privacy

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Photo: Reuters

A wall crawl to spot when Facebook stopped being fun

As scandals swirl around the social media platform and cryptic notifications arrive on new terms of service, one could scroll back to the time it served us well as an inter-generational space.

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Jerome Powell, chairman of the US Federal Reserve. (Bloomberg)
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Photo: iStock

Online furniture brands gain from work-from-home regimen

As personal space collided with office work, people scrambled to redesign homes

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