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Boy or girl? The answer led to California wildfire that burnt down over 8,600 acres

Gender-reveal parties in vogue since 2008, but people have now started taking extreme measures during such events, with often other disastrous consequences besides wildfires.

There’s one Indian airline stock in the world’s top 10. The other 9 are Chinese

Chinese airlines have managed to recover much faster from coronavirus crisis, thanks to a vast domestic market and the removal of travel curbs.
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Japan reinvents concerts, UK’s hefty pandemic bill and other global Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
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Why big pharma needs to do more to counter Covid vaccine politics

9 Covid vaccine developers signed a pledge saying they won't submit their inoculations for Food & Drug Administration approval until they show safety & efficacy in late-stage trial.
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Christian man awarded death sentence by Pakistan court for blasphemy

Asif Pervaiz, a 37-year-old garment factory worker accused of sending 'blasphemous texts' to his former work supervisor, will first serve three years in jail for 'misusing his phone'.
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With not a single female candidate to replace Abe, Japan’s women still waiting to ‘shine’

The lack of women in the PM race points to a shortcoming in Abe’s effort to promote greater female participation in supervisory positions, to help push Japan's shrinking workforce.
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Gulf Arab states should know that China can only be a temporary friend

For the Gulf Arab states, a strategic partnership with China does not help achieve regional balance against Iran.
Advertising displays for Disney's Mulan film at a cinema inside a shopping mall in Bangkok

Disney slammed for shooting ‘Mulan’ in Xinjiang & thanking Chinese govt departments

Mulan, originally planned to release in March, is crucial to Disney’s recovery after the pandemic forced cinemas around the world to close or operate under tight restrictions.
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US-China showdown over tech & big data can reshape global economy for decades

US move to restrict Chinese companies from accessing data of Americans is already impacting corporate deal-making & geopolitics, with both countries and companies pressured to pick sides.
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Singapore’s 3 lakh poor migrant workers are still locked up while others move freely

With clusters rising again, prolonged lockdown-like conditions in Singapore have brought new psychological stressors, in the dorms with poor ventilation and shared bathrooms.

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Nawaz Sharif or Asim Bajwa, corruption scandals in Pakistan turn into never-ending soaps

In Pakistan, no one seems interested in demanding stronger, more independent institutions which would do due diligence away from the public glare.
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Stringent Kamath panel suggestions mean not many stressed firms can avail of RBI debt recast

RBI has implemented KV Kamath panel’s recommendations in totality, including parameters like high debt service coverage ratio and investment grade rating.

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China wanted ‘no escalation’ on hotline call in the day, tried to capture territory at night

Hours before trying to push in 1,000 soldiers near Pangong Tso on 28 August, Chinese PLA had called Indian Army to avoid escalatory action and night patrolling.
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Fort Modi is impregnable despite China, Covid, job losses. Only one leader can defeat him

Critics wonder why voters aren’t turning against Modi. But a well-entrenched Indian leader has never been defeated by a rival; only Modi can do that to himself.