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News18 Afternoon Digest: Youtube Creates Real-life Squid Games With Rs 3.4 Crore Prize & Other Top Stories

The grand scale of Mr Beast's Squid Game recreation impressed his viewers. (Credits: Twitter/@MrBeast)

The grand scale of Mr Beast's Squid Game recreation impressed his viewers. (Credits: Twitter/@MrBeast)

Top Stories for Today: NASA Shares Scary Image of Pollution in N India; Youtube Creates Real-life Squid Games; Paytm, PhonePe And Others May Soon Face A 'WhatsApp Problem'; Moderna Says it Will Develop Booster Shot for Omicron; No of Covid-infected at Dharwad Medical College Reaches 281; Cryptos Crash as New Variant Emerges; and At Least 8 Dead Till Now in Tamil Nadu as Downpour Continues.

NASA Shares Scary Image of How Pollution in Northern India Looks From Space

We all are aware of the pollution that engulfs Delhi and surrounding areas during the start of winter. The pollution levels in the national capital has been at alarming rates since the past few years. The pollution this year is so bad that it is visible from the space! Yes, American space agency NASA has shared a picture that shows the level of air pollution, and has identified the problem causing it. READ MORE

YouTuber Creates Real-World Squid Games With Rs 3.4 Crore Cash Prize

South Korean Netflix show Squid Games has taken over the internet by a storm. The drama series is based around hundreds of cash-strapped contestants who take up an invitation to compete in a children’s game for cash but the stakes turn out to be deadly. The show gained so much popularity that it soon became the most-streamed show on the popular streaming platform. Now, to cash-in on the ongoing trend, a YouTuber has created his own version of real-life Squid Games. READ MORE

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Moderna Says it Will Develop Booster Shot for New Covid Variant

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Karnataka: No of Covid-infected at Dharwad Medical College Reaches 281, CM Bommai Calls Meeting

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Bitcoin, Ether, Solana Price Drop Today: Cryptos Crash as New Covid-19 Variant Emerges

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Rain Updates: At Least 8 Dead Till Now in Tamil Nadu as Downpour Continues

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first published:November 27, 2021, 14:18 IST