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Delta Variant to take over as the most pervasive one; India to be hit hard as it reaches 400,000 deaths.

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The WHO has declared that the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 will be the most dominating variant in the coming months. It is detected in 96 countries and deemed the most easily transferable variant. The variant has also affected India, which has counted over 400,000 Covid-19 deaths. However, experts claim, the real death count is much higher. 

Madras HC dissolved a petition seeking a ban on off-line and online video games saying the government should address the matter.

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A PIL had been filed in the Madras High Court asking the court to direct authorities to ban video games. The Court turned down the request. It asked the petitioner to refer the concern to the central and the state governments.  It cited that the matter will be addressed by the judiciary if the executive fails to act on it. 

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The new Cinematography Bill received strong opposition from the film fraternity which thinks the law will leave filmmakers powerless.

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The draft Cinematography (Amendment) Bill, 2021 seeks to make the Centre the ultimate censorship authority which decides the fate of a film. Consequently, the legislation has received immense flak from the film fraternity.  A letter containing suitable recommendations with more than 3,000 film professionals as signatories will reach the I&B Ministry on July 2, the deadline for recommendations.

Netflix Skater Girl makers accused of stealing a Tribal girl’s real story without providing her due compensation and taking her permission.

Asha Gond, a tribal from Janwaar, Panna, Madhya Pradesh, has revealed that the Netflix original Skater Girl is based on her experiences, but the makers created the film without her consent, despite talking to her for story material. The director Manjari Makijani has refuted these allegations and said that the film is inspired by several stories. 

In a shocking incident, the humongous LinkedIn Data of 700 million users has been hacked.

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Cybercrime and dark web attacks aren’t rare in a digitized world like ours. One such massive data breach of LinkedIn data happened recently. An estimated 700 million users’ data was claimed to have been leaked by hackers. This data included the gender,  number, and email addresses of the users. Account username, as well as password, is deemed to be secure.

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Baby Dogecoin aka new cryptocurrency is brought to the spotlight, price surges following a tweet by Elon Musk

Elon Musk, the man behind Dogecoin, tweeted about Baby Dogecoin, which is a spin-off of the original Dogecoin. Claims have been made that prices of Baby Dogecoin have doubled ever since he tweeted about the new cryptocurrency. He referred to Baby Doge with popular lyrics of the song, Baby Shark doo-doo-doo-doo-doo. 

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In an attempt to fight unrealistic beauty standards, a new law has been passed in Norway, which requires influencers and advertisers to label retouched photos.

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Norway is introducing its influencers to a new law that will require them to declare retouched, heavily edited pictures on social media. This is considered to be a progressive step towards challenging unrealistic beauty standards.  They’ll have to label their images if edits to the body in terms of size, shape, and skin have been made, using beautifying filters or FaceTune. 

Japan proposes a 4-day work-week, stating that it will improve work-life balance among citizens.

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In Japan, overworking and suicides due to the same are rampant. So, this time, as part of its annual financial guidelines, the Japanese Government announced its 4-day work-week proposal. Companies and brands are free to choose whether they want to adopt the policy or not. In order to boost productivity and let employees spend time with their families, this 4-day work-week has stemmed in Japan.

Covishield vaccine is officially approved for travel entry into Switzerland, and 7 Nations from the European Union

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In immediate response to the formal request sent by India, Covishield is on the official exemption list of nations –  Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, and Spain, seven EU member nations as well as Switzerland. People who’ve received these vaccines will be exempted from travel restrictions inside the European Union. Furthermore, the Indian Government has added that the authenticity of these vaccines can be tested on Cowin Portal.

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Upcoming OTT Releases 2024: Dive Into The Stream

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Upcoming OTT Releases 2024: Dive Into The Stream

With new releases on the bill every week, your favorite OTT platforms are constantly churning out content. Whether you’re into action, drama, romance, or mystery, you’ll find something for everyone on the most popular OTT services. So, all the couch potatoes, ditch the popcorn bucket, and queue up streaming. From nail-biting thrillers to heartwarming comedies, we have listed it all. 

Binge Alert! Upcoming OTT Releases to Gear Your February Fever

For the thrill seekers:

Mirzapur Season 3 (Prime Video)

Mirzapur Season 2: Upcoming OTT Releases 2024: Dive Into The Stream

The iconic web series is all set to return in the last week of March with its explosive blend of violence, crime, and vengeance Ali Fazal and Pankaj Tripathi give outstanding performances in Mirzapur’s struggle for control.

The Family Man Season 3 (Prime Video)

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Manoj Bajpayee‘s Srikant Tiwari is back, juggling his double life as a middle-class man and a secret agent. Taking up from Season 2’s thrilling conclusion, this season promises to show us Srikant’s new challenges. Premiering by late 2024.

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Special Ops Season 2 (Disney+ Hotstar)

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Kay Kay Menon’s enigmatic Himmat Singh is back to unravel another intricate web of conspiracy, arriving by March 2024. Ops Season 2 will be a great addition to the comedy shows online, with a terrific cast and even funnier mishaps for the main characters.

Patak Lok Season 2 (Prime Video)

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Everyone is excitedly waiting for the second season of the crime show Paatal Lok on Prime Video, which is anticipated to be released in 2024. In this series, Jaideep Ahlawat plays a police officer and Abhishek Banerjee plays Hathoda Tyagi, who is famous for his murders.

For the Laughter Fans:

Panchayat Season 3 (Prime Video)

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The charming adventures of our beloved Panchayat Secretary Abhishek continue. This season promises hilarious situations, witty dialogue, and heartwarming stories from rural India. The season was all set to be released in Jan 2024 but got postponed till March 2024.

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Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Prime Video)

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An upcoming American spy comedy is all set to premiere on February 2, 2024. Upon landing jobs with a spy agency, two strangers discover their life is filled with espionage, wealth, and travel.  It stars Glover and Maya Erskine.

Miss Perfect (Disney+Hotstar)

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An obsessive clean freak is mistaken for a maid by a young professional. When she starts a new job, her obsession with tidiness causes chaos. The show, starring Lavanya Tripathi and Abhijeet, will premiere on February 2, 2024.

For the Drama Aficionados

Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives Season 3 (Netflix)

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Bollywood wives are coming back with an all-new luxurious season. With a mix of drama and humor, the season will air in December 2024, promising more of the lavish lifestyles, close friendships, and fabulous adventures that people love watching.

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Crushed (Amazon Mini TV)

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The story revolves around two teenagers, Samvidhan (Sam) and Aadhya, who are both considered “sidekicks” in their high school, often overshadowed by their more popular friends. It is all set to release on February 9, 2024.

Delhi Crime Season 3 (Netflix)

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Shefali Shah, as DCP Vartika Chaturvedi, returns to tackle another gruesome crime in Delhi. This season promises a gritty portrayal of police investigations, societal issues, and the relentless pursuit of justice.

For K-Drama Lovers:

All of Us Are Dead Season 2 (Netflix)

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The widely acclaimed zombie post-apocalyptic K-drama, which made waves on Netflix, is a series about a group of students confronting the danger that depicts friendship and loyalty, where they face life-or-death situations. Season 2 is all set to release this year with a bang and all new crises.

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Extraordinary Attorney Woo Season 2 (Netflix)

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The first season was a huge hit, became a worldwide sensation, and was ranked as the sixth most-watched non-English series on Netflix. An official announcement for season 2 is in the air and is scheduled to premiere in 2024.

 Squid Game 2 (Netflix)

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The game is not over! Thriller and the most tragic journey takes you into the depths of human nature and desperation. Driven by debt and despair, they find themselves transported to a secluded location, stripped of their identities, and adorned in green tracksuits. The new season is all set to release in late 2024.

These shows are streaming on platforms such as Disney Plus Hotstar, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video. With so much variety across different languages and genres, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on OTT platforms in 2024. Happy streaming!

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Doraemon And Ninja Hattori Co-Creator Fujiko A. Fujio Passed Away At The Age Of 88

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Doraemon And Ninja Hattori Co-Creator Fujiko A. Fujio Passed Away At The Age Of 88

Born as Motoo Abiko in 1934 in the city of Himi, Fujiko A. Fujio passed away at the age of 88. He was found outside his home in the city of Kawasaki, near Tokyo.

How did Fujiko A. Fujio come up with the ideas?

Abiko met his co-creator Hiroshi Fujimoto when he transferred to the elementary school in Takaoka City and soon became friends. They formed their partnership in 1951 and used the Fujiko Fujio name from 1954. Together they created hit shows like Q-Taro, Doraemon, and Ninja Hattori. Most of their mangas were also made into cartoons and are still famous among the viewers.

Famed Japanese Manga Artist Fujiko Fujio A Dies At 88: Report

Despite his long-term association, he once said that he is reluctant to read the Doraemon cartoons too closely.

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He said,

I’ve been avoiding reading (them) as a protective measure because I’m influenced by them and think I can’t draw like this when I read them.

Abiko and Fujimoto’s partnership dissolved in 1987, citing creative differences. After that, Abiko started working on solo projects under Fujiko Studio K.K. and adopted the pen name that he is known for today, Fujiko A. Fujio.

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How To Apply For The Bharat Founders Fund?

Bharat Founders Fund (BFF) was established by the founders and senior executives of several startups, including unicorns, who have joined forces to invest in pre-seed-stage companies.

What is the Bharat founders fund and how to apply for the Bharat Founders Fund?

What is Bharat founders fund?

Initiated by some of the world’s most successful Indian entrepreneurs, Bharat Founders Fund is an early-stage venture group comprised of Founders who are willing to back and support the future founders who are building for the country of Bharat.

In addition to Vidit Aatrey and Sanjeev Barnwal, cofounders of Meesho, Gazal Kalra, co-founder of Rivigo, and Cars24 cofounders Vikram Chopra, Mehul Agrawal, and Gajendra Singh, among the approximately 65 founders investing through Bharat Founders Fund are

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This early-stage investment fund, which has already invested in twenty companies, will typically invest $100,000 to $200,000 on average in a wide range of early-stage startups and companies still in the concept stage.

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In addition to rolling in nature, the fund, which currently has a corpus of $20 million, will look to make 100 early-stage investments this year alone. Maanav Sagar and Sera Arora, partners at Investopad, manage the fund’s management.

There is no official announcement on how one can apply for the Bharat Founders Fund (BFF) yet.

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