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New Covid variant in South Africa; Black Friday for the market; International flights will resume from December 15th and beyond


From the worst day for the market since  -ril, the new COVID-19 variant, new RBI standards for banks in India to the resumption of international flights and more, the Top News Podcast brings you all the top stories of the day from around the world. Turn on!

A new COVID-19 variant – B.1.1.529 was discovered in South Africa. The World Health Organization said the early analysis shows that this variant has a large number of mutations that require and will require further study.

In this edition of the Top News Podcast, CNBCTV18.com’s Kanishka Sarkar shares more about the new variant, its portability, why experts are calling it a cause for concern, and what steps are being taken by nations around the world including India to address it prevent spread.

She also talks about how the exchange reacted to news of the coronavirus variant. The Indian stock market took its largest one-day losses since early  -ril as benchmarks fell nearly 3 percent, reflecting a wider sell-off in global markets.

Tune in to the Top News podcast to find out more

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