Newly discovered bat viruses give hints to COVID’s origins

[ad_1] In the dead of night, they used mist nets and canvas traps to snag the animals as they emerged from nearby caves, gathered samples of saliva, urine and faeces, then released them back into the darkness. The faecal samples turned out to contain coronaviruses, which the scientists studied in high-security biosafety labs, known as […]

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Midnight vigils, snaking queues as some Indians await COVID vaccines

[ad_1] In Siliguri, a city in West Bengal state close to India’s border with Bangladesh, local police sometimes have to be brought in to control unruly crowds of people gathered outside vaccination centres. “Today, we have received 300 vaccines, but 500 people are already waiting outside,” said Ruma Guha Podder, a health worker who is […]

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Bangladesh to start annual exams for classes VI to IX on Nov 24

[ad_1] The examinations must be wrapped up by Nov 30, the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education said on Wednesday. This time, the yearly exams will be on Bangla, English and general mathematics. Students will be graded out of 50 marks in each subject and the examination time will be one and a half hours. […]

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This time Chanachur was made with fish

Would it be wrong to call someone Bersik if you don’t mind Chanachur? Maybe ‘no’. If the day is a little cloudy on him, if there is a cover. If it is accompanied by raw pepper, onion and mustard oil, then it is golden! But if I say, chanachurta fish, then sitakabena nose? Fish in […]

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Media veteran Alan Horn to retire as Disney Studios head

[ad_1] A former US Air Force captain, Horn joined Disney in 2012 and led the integration of Marvel Studios, home to some of the biggest box-office successes worldwide. Horn also oversaw “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – the highest-grossing domestic release in history. Horn’s departure is the latest in a series of management changes at […]

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S Korea’s ‘Squid Game’ is Netflix’s biggest original show debut

[ad_1] The nine-part thriller, in which cash-strapped contestants play childhood games with deadly consequences in a bid to win 45.6 billion won ($38 million), has become a worldwide sensation for Netflix since its launch less than a month ago. The dystopian drama has inspired countless memes, Halloween costumes of the ubiquitious green tracksuits worn by […]

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Missing apostrophe in Facebook post lands man in defamation court

[ad_1] In the post last year, Anthony Zadravic, the agent, appears to accuse Stuart Gan, his former employer at a real estate agency, of not paying retirement funds to all the agency’s workers. At issue is the word “employees” in the post, which read: “Oh Stuart Gan!! Selling multi million $ homes in Pearl Beach […]

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After 34 years, Sankara murder trial begins in Burkina Faso

[ad_1] Sankara – a charismatic Marxist revolutionary widely known as “Africa’s Che Guevara” – was killed in 1987 during a coup led by his former ally Blaise Compaore. Compaore, who went on to rule the West African nation for almost three decades before he himself was ousted and fled to neighbouring Ivory Coast, has been […]

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