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Twitter's outgoing CEO Dorsey announced on Monday that 37-year old Parag Agrawal, an IIT Mumbai and Stanford University alumnus, will be the company's new chief executive as he stepped down after 16 years at the company that he co-founded and helmed.

Twitter's Parag Agrawal joins other Indian-origin CEOs heading biggest tech firms

Parag Agrawal had joined Twitter 10 years ago when there were fewer than 1,000 employees

Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo: AP)

Tendulkar among 50 most influential people on Twitter, according to brand research

American singer Taylor Swift is at number 1 spot and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is placed at number two in the list

Nalini Jameela, a recipient of the prestigious Kerala State Film Awards. (Photo: PTI)

Sex worker-turned-author basks in glory of Kerala film award

Jameela adjudged the special jury mention for costume-design in the movie 'Bharathapuzha'

 Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari during the inspection of a bridge built across the Narmada river near Bharuch, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. (Twitter)

Nitin Gadkari earns Rs 4 lakh royalty per month from YouTube

Gadkari's YouTube channel began in 2015 but has become more active during the pandemic

World

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Protesters hold portraits of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during an anti-coup demonstration in Mandalay, Myanmar. (Photo: AP)

Myanmar court sentences ousted leader Suu Kyi to 4 years

The sentencing was the first in a series of cases in which the 76-year-old Nobel laureate is being prosecuted

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington. (Susan Walsh| AP)

Top US scientist Fauci says early reports encouraging about omicron variant

Early indications suggest Omicron may be less dangerous than delta, which continues to drive a surge of hospitalizations

Mount Semeru releases volcanic materials during an eruption as seen from Lumajang district, East Java province, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021.

Indonesia volcano erupts again, hampering rescue operations

Ash from Semeru travelled up to four kilometres away after the Saturday eruption, Indonesia's geological agency reported

Business

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The RBI had last cut the repo rate by a 40 basis points on May 22, 2020 to 4 per cent to boost demand, and refrained from taking any action on interest rates. (Representational Image. AA File Image)

RBI may keep rates on hold

The six-member rate setting panel (MPC) is meeting for three days starting Monday with the outcome being announced on Wednesday

 The adoption of asset-light QR-based acceptance solutions has grown swiftly in the past one year. (Representational Image. AFP)

Mobile payments triple in one year to Rs 111.4 L cr

The increased payments are a result of acceptance of Quick Response-based payment solutions

RBI-headed Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is scheduled to meet during December 6-8, 2021. (Photo: PTI/File)

RBI likely to keep key policy rate unchanged, say experts

The decision of the rate setting panel would be announced on Wednesday

Sports

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India's cricketers celebrate after winning the fourth day of the second Test cricket match between India and New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. (Photo: AFP)

India beat New Zealand by 372 runs in second Test, win series 1-0

Resuming the day at 140 for five, New Zealand folded up for 167 in the second innings

Indian shuttler PV Sindhu. (Photo: BWF)

PV Sindhu settles for silver in BWF World Tour Finals

The reigning world champion Indian ace had no answer to the in-form world number six Korean, who dictated terms from the word go

New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel. (Photo: BlackCaps Twitter)

Ajaz Patel becomes third bowler to scalp all 10 wickets in Test innings

Jim Laker was the first cricketer to scalp 10 wickets in a Test innings in 1956, followed by Anil Kumble in 1999 against Pakistan

Science

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Incubating samples obtained from nasopharyngeal swabs from COVID-positive patients with the gum showed that the ACE2 present could neutralize SARS-CoV-2 viruses. (Photo: PTI/Representational)

Researchers develop chewing gum to reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission

If clinical trials prove that the gum is safe and effective, it could be given to patients whose infection status is unknown

A healthcare worker holds a vial with single-dose Sputnik Light Covid-19 vaccine. (Photo: AFP/File)

Booster dose of six Covid vaccines safe, increases immunity: Lancet study

Two doses of AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines have shown 79 per cent and 90 per cent protection

Employees pack boxes containing vials of Covishield, a version of the AstraZeneca vaccine, at the Serum Institute of India in Pune. (Photo: AP)

Trigger of rare blood clots linked with AstraZeneca Covid vaccine found

Researchers worked with AstraZeneca to analyse whether the ultra-rare side effect could be linked to the viral vector

Life

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New cases exceeded 11,000 on Thursday, compared with 585 two weeks ago, according to government data. (Photo: PTI)

Risk of reinfection from Omicron three times higher than any other variant: Study

National daily cases almost doubled on Wednesday, days after countries across the world halted flights to and from southern Africa

Earlier the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said the daily number of new confirmed cases in South Africa almost doubled to 8,561 infections in the last 24 hours. (Bloomberg)

New warning on Omicron variant severity from South African scientists

Leading South African scientists warned it is still too early to determine that the omicron variant will only cause mild illness

Virologist Dr Shahid Jameel (Wikipedia)

Very large number of Indians may be protected from Omicron: Virologist Shahid Jameel

Jameel said more data is awaited but vaccine effectiveness against the variant may dip by a few points

Relationship

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A recent study revealed that acquiring more knowledge about your partner and their actions influences how quickly and optimally they learn to collaborate. (Photo: ANI)

Knowing your colleagues better can avoid workplace conflict

Know your work partner more to avoid conflict.

Anushka Sharma

Plea for peace

Amidst the pandemic, the public figures of the country urge their fans and followers to put an end to domestic violence

Considering all the pros and cons in your relationship, the new year could be a great start to refresh. (Photo: ANI)

Will your relationship end this Christmas?

Christmas alert: Will your relationship end these holidays?

Metros

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 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. (PTI)

Delhi becomes no.1 city in world in terms of CCTV coverage per sq km: Kejriwal

The Chief Minister further said there are 1,826 CCTV cameras in Delhi per square mile

Dozens of countries have imposed travel restrictions on the southern African nations since the mutation was discovered. (Photo: PTI)

Nine international travellers test positive for COVID at Mumbai

Meanwhile, the Centre on Thursday informed that two people have tested positive for the Omicron variant in Karnataka

A man runs along a street amid smoggy conditions in New Delhi. (Photo: AFP)

Delhi gasps for breath as air quality continues to remain in 'very poor' category

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi on Thursday morning was recorded at 312

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