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Ferdinand Magellan set out from Spain with a fleet of five ships to find a western route to the Spice Islands  | Image: Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint

Ferdinand Magellan — the explorer whose daring sea voyage gave the Pacific Ocean its name

Magellan’s controversial journey contributed immensely to geographical studies and helped shape what we know of our world today.
The 'mysterious footprints' of the Yeti which the Indian Army claims to have found | @adgpi/Twitter

For decades, Daniel Taylor searched for the Yeti behind the footprints & found the culprit

Scholar Daniel C. Taylor went to Nepal and compared the ‘Yeti’ footprint with those of bears and cracked the mystery. Here are some of his notes.

On Camera

An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.