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Revathi Krishnan

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A protective mask adorns the sculpture of a baby with a stethoscope in the lobby at the Fortis Memorial Research Institute hospital in Gurgaon | Photographer: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Covid pandemic mask rules are making less sense by the day

Studies have shown that the virus travels on small airborne particles which means the longer people spend indoors together, the more likely transmission will occur.

Bitcoin, Ether tumble as China declares all cryptocurrency transactions illegal

London: Bitcoin, Ether and other digital tokens tumbled as China intensified its push to rein in crypto speculation and mining. Bitcoin fell 7.8% to $41,220 as of 7:41 a.m. in New York. The losses were more severe in other coins, with Ether, EOS, Litecoin and Dash all falling more than 7%. Crypto-related stocks also came under pressure, with Marathon Digital Holdings Inc. tumbling 6% in U.S. pre-market trading. China’s central bank said all cryptocurrency-related transactions are illegal, according to a Q&A statement on PBOC’s website. It’s an urgent task for China to root out crypto mining and the crackdown is important to meet carbon goals, according to the guidelines on the website of the nation’s economic planning agency. Bitcoin looks headed toward the $40,000 level or lower, Fawad Razaqzada, an analyst at ThinkMarkets, warned. China’s strict approach is part of the reason why Bitcoin prices collapsed in May and have struggled to regain previous all-time highs above $60,000. “The risks are skewed to...

Defence

The C-295 aircraft | Airbus.com

India signs mega deal for 56 Airbus C-295 aircraft — here’s what lies ahead

The aircraft have a 5-10 tonne capacity, are capable of operating from semi-prepared strips and has a rear ramp door for quick reaction and para dropping of troops and cargo.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.
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