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Wednesday, August 12 2020


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Pranab Mukherjee’s health condition continues to remain critical at Army Hospital (R&R) Delhi Cantt. The former President who underwent lifesaving emergency surgery for brain clot on 10 August has not shown any improvement and his health status has worsened. He remains on ventilatory support.

That’s the latest hospital update on the former President—who underwent brain surgery, and continues to be in critical condition. Mukherjee was admitted for an unspecified condition, and tested positive for Covid-19 before his surgery. He is 84-years old. Illustration: Parth Savla.

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Kamala Harris gears up to make history

The TLDR: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has finally picked his running mate: 55-year-old Kamala Harris. If the Dems win in November, she will become the first woman—and Black/Indian—Vice President of the United States! Here’s everything you need to know about the woman who is often described as the ‘female Obama’. Oh, and her name is pronounced ‘comma-la’ (as the US media are careful to specify). 

 

The ‘female Obama’

Harris has long been compared to the former president thanks to her personal history.

 

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