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These women shattered the glass ceiling in 2020

UPDATED : Feb 22 2021, 14:18 IST

“Women have proven their ability to lead, especially when their communities are jeopardised,” Ankita Victor wrote for DH. It stands true as in 2020 we saw women on the frontlines everywhere as heads of governments, legislators, healthcare workers and community leaders proving their leadership. Here are some of the women achievers who broke the glass ceiling:

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  • Roz Brewer | US drugstore giant Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) on January 27 named Starbucks executive Roz Brewer as its new CEO — an appointment that US media said would make her the only Black woman leading a Fortune 500 company. 'The Wall Street Journal' said there are just four Black male CEOs of Fortune 500 companies — a ranking of America's largest 500 companies. Credit: Reuters Photo1 /5zoom

    Roz Brewer | US drugstore giant Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) on January 27 named Starbucks executive Roz Brewer as its new CEO — an appointment that US media said would make her the only Black woman leading a Fortune 500 company. ‘The Wall Street Journal’ said there are just four Black male CEOs of Fortune 500 companies — a ranking of America’s largest 500 companies. Credit: Reuters Photo

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    Kamala Harris | Known as the “female Obama”, first time Senator Kamala Devi Harris has scripted history by becoming first woman, Black and Indian-American vice president of the United States. Harris was picked by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as his running mate in August, months after she suspended her own presidential dreams, saying she lacked the financial resources to continue her campaign. Credit: Reuters Photo

  • Bhawna Kanth | Flight Lieutenant Bhawna Kanth became the first female fighter jet pilot to be part of the Indian Air Force's tableau during the Republic Day parade. She was part of the IAF's tableau that featured scaled down models of the light combat aircraft, light combat helicopter, Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet and Rohini radar. Three other male pilots were standing along with her on the tableau. Credit: Twitter Photo/@byadavbjp3 /5zoom

    Bhawna Kanth | Flight Lieutenant Bhawna Kanth became the first female fighter jet pilot to be part of the Indian Air Force’s tableau during the Republic Day parade. She was part of the IAF’s tableau that featured scaled down models of the light combat aircraft, light combat helicopter, Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet and Rohini radar. Three other male pilots were standing along with her on the tableau. Credit: Twitter Photo/@byadavbjp

  • Emmanuelle Charpentier of France and Jennifer Doudna of the US | Frenchwoman Emmanuelle Charpentier and American Jennifer Doudna became the first all-female duo to win a scientific Nobel on Wednesday, clinching the chemistry award for their discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 DNA snipping 4 /5zoom

    Emmanuelle Charpentier of France and Jennifer Doudna of the US | Frenchwoman Emmanuelle Charpentier and American Jennifer Doudna became the first all-female duo to win a scientific Nobel on Wednesday, clinching the chemistry award for their discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 DNA snipping “scissors”. Credit: Reuters Photo

  • Air India's all-women cockpit crew | An all-women cockpit crew set out on a historic journey in January, operating Air India's inaugural San Francisco-Bengaluru flight, going over the North Pole and taking the Atlantic route to reach the Karnataka capital at the other end of the world. Members of the crew are: Captain Zoya Aggarwal, Captain Papagari Thanmai, Captain Akansha Sonaware and Captain Shivani Manhas. Credit: Twitter Photo/@airindiain5 /5zoom

    Air India’s all-women cockpit crew | An all-women cockpit crew set out on a historic journey in January, operating Air India’s inaugural San Francisco-Bengaluru flight, going over the North Pole and taking the Atlantic route to reach the Karnataka capital at the other end of the world. Members of the crew are: Captain Zoya Aggarwal, Captain Papagari Thanmai, Captain Akansha Sonaware and Captain Shivani Manhas. Credit: Twitter Photo/@airindiain

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In Pics | A look at World no. 1 Novak Djokovic’s career stats

UPDATED : Feb 22 2021, 13:39 IST

Serbian tennis player and world no. 1 Novak Djokovic saw his ninth victory at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Sunday beating Russia’s Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.

The 33-year-old Serb is a force to reckon with in the tennis world, and with the recent win, will retain his position of world no. 1 at least through March 8. This will give him 311 weeks in the top spot.

In light of his latest victory, here is a look at his statistics and facts about his successful tennis career.

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  • In Pics | A look at World no. 1 Djokovic's career stats. Credit: AFP Photo1 /10zoom

    In Pics | A look at World no. 1 Djokovic’s career stats. Credit: AFP Photo

  • Novak Djokovic has won 18 Grand Slam titles of the 28 finals he has played, trailing behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, both of whom have won 20 each in the Open era. Djokovic is one of the 8 players to have achieved the Career Grand Slam. He is also the only male player to hold all four Grand Slams on three different surfaces at once. Credit: AFP Photo2 /10zoom

    Novak Djokovic has won 18 Grand Slam titles of the 28 finals he has played, trailing behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, both of whom have won 20 each in the Open era. Djokovic is one of the 8 players to have achieved the Career Grand Slam. He is also the only male player to hold all four Grand Slams on three different surfaces at once. Credit: AFP Photo

  • With his latest Australian Open victory, Djokovic has the most wins in the tournament on the men’s side. He surpassed the old record of 6 Australian Open titles by Roy Emerson. Credit: AFP Photo3 /10zoom

    With his latest Australian Open victory, Djokovic has the most wins in the tournament on the men’s side. He surpassed the old record of 6 Australian Open titles by Roy Emerson. Credit: AFP Photo

  • This Australian Open win is also Djokovic’s third consecutive victory. He is the only player in history to win 3 or more consecutive slams twice in his career (2011-2013 and 2019-2021). Credit: AFP Photo4 /10zoom

    This Australian Open win is also Djokovic’s third consecutive victory. He is the only player in history to win 3 or more consecutive slams twice in his career (2011-2013 and 2019-2021). Credit: AFP Photo

  • Djokovic is the 5th male player in the Open era to be at the world no. 1 position for more than 250 weeks. Credit: AFP Photo5 /10zoom

    Djokovic is the 5th male player in the Open era to be at the world no. 1 position for more than 250 weeks. Credit: AFP Photo

  • Djokovic has won 36 Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Masters 1000 matches, 14 ATP Tour 500 matches and 9 ATP Tour 250 matches. The Serb has won 5 of the 7 Year-End Championships. Credit: AP Photo6 /10zoom

    Djokovic has won 36 Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Masters 1000 matches, 14 ATP Tour 500 matches and 9 ATP Tour 250 matches. The Serb has won 5 of the 7 Year-End Championships. Credit: AP Photo

  • Djokovic’s 2011 season is considered to be one of the greatest seasons by a tennis player in the Open era. He created a 43-match winning streak as he won 10 titles on 3 different surfaces, won 3 major titles, won 5 ATP Masters 1000 events and reached the finals of 11 of the 16 events he participated in. Credit: AFP Photo7 /10zoom

    Djokovic’s 2011 season is considered to be one of the greatest seasons by a tennis player in the Open era. He created a 43-match winning streak as he won 10 titles on 3 different surfaces, won 3 major titles, won 5 ATP Masters 1000 events and reached the finals of 11 of the 16 events he participated in. Credit: AFP Photo

  • Djokovic, considered to be one of the greatest hardcourt players of the Open Era, has won 12 major titles on that surface, 9 Australian Open and 3 US Open. Meanwhile, on clay court, he has won 15 titles including a French Open title and 10 Masters titles. Credit: Reuters Photo8 /10zoom

    Djokovic, considered to be one of the greatest hardcourt players of the Open Era, has won 12 major titles on that surface, 9 Australian Open and 3 US Open. Meanwhile, on clay court, he has won 15 titles including a French Open title and 10 Masters titles. Credit: Reuters Photo

  • Djokovic is the only player after Robin Soderling to win against Rafael Nadal at the French Open and the only player who did so in straight sets. Djokovic is the tennis player who has won the most clay court matches against Nadal (7). Credit: Reuters Photo9 /10zoom

    Djokovic is the only player after Robin Soderling to win against Rafael Nadal at the French Open and the only player who did so in straight sets. Djokovic is the tennis player who has won the most clay court matches against Nadal (7). Credit: Reuters Photo

  • He is also the first tennis player to earn more than $100 million in prize money. Credit: AFP Photo10 /10zoom

    He is also the first tennis player to earn more than $100 million in prize money. Credit: AFP Photo

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News in Pics, February 22: Best photos from around the world

  • Serbia's Novak Djokovic walks on the Brighton Beach with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup trophy during a photo shoot in Melbourne on February 22, 2021, a day after his victory over Russia's Daniil Medvedev in their men's singles final match of the Australian Open tennis tournament. Credit: AFP Photo1 /7zoom

    Serbia’s Novak Djokovic walks on the Brighton Beach with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup trophy during a photo shoot in Melbourne on February 22, 2021, a day after his victory over Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in their men’s singles final match of the Australian Open tennis tournament. Credit: AFP Photo

  • The 139-year-old Victorian house known as the Englander House is hoisted on a flat bed truck and pulled down Fulton Street towards its new location, as the original site is to be used to build a 48-unit, eight-story apartment building. Credit: Reuters Photo2 /7zoom

    The 139-year-old Victorian house known as the Englander House is hoisted on a flat bed truck and pulled down Fulton Street towards its new location, as the original site is to be used to build a 48-unit, eight-story apartment building. Credit: Reuters Photo

  • Six Mexican soldiers died Sunday when the aircraft in which they were traveling crashed after taking off from an airport in the eastern state of Veracruz, reported the Secretariat of Defense (Sedena). Credit: AFP Photo3 /7zoom

    Six Mexican soldiers died Sunday when the aircraft in which they were traveling crashed after taking off from an airport in the eastern state of Veracruz, reported the Secretariat of Defense (Sedena). Credit: AFP Photo

  • People participate in a protest in support of rap singer Pablo Hasel after he was given a jail sentence on charges of glorifying terrorism and insulting royalty in his songs, in Barcelona, Spain. Credit: Reuters Photo4 /7zoom

    People participate in a protest in support of rap singer Pablo Hasel after he was given a jail sentence on charges of glorifying terrorism and insulting royalty in his songs, in Barcelona, Spain. Credit: Reuters Photo

  • Niger's Electoral Commission workers count the ballots at a polling station during Niger's presidential election run-off in Niamey. Credit: AFP Photo5 /7zoom

    Niger’s Electoral Commission workers count the ballots at a polling station during Niger’s presidential election run-off in Niamey. Credit: AFP Photo

  • A gold shop employee is dressed as the God of Wealth at a jewellery shop on God of Wealth Day, which falls on the 10th day of Lunar New Year, as Vietnamese hope buying gold would bring good luck, in Hanoi, Vietnam. Credit: Reuters Photo6 /7zoom

    A gold shop employee is dressed as the God of Wealth at a jewellery shop on God of Wealth Day, which falls on the 10th day of Lunar New Year, as Vietnamese hope buying gold would bring good luck, in Hanoi, Vietnam. Credit: Reuters Photo

  • Millions of Texans lost power when winter storm Uri hit the state and knocked out coal, natural gas and nuclear plants that were unprepared for the freezing temperatures brought on by the storm. Wind turbines that provide an estimated 24 percent of energy to the state became inoperable when they froze. Credit: AFP Photo7 /7zoom

    Millions of Texans lost power when winter storm Uri hit the state and knocked out coal, natural gas and nuclear plants that were unprepared for the freezing temperatures brought on by the storm. Wind turbines that provide an estimated 24 percent of energy to the state became inoperable when they froze. Credit: AFP Photo

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News in Pics, February 21: Best photos from around the world

  • Australian Open champion Japan's Naomi Osaka poses with the trophy during a photo shoot at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria, Australia. Credit: Reuters Photo1 /7zoom

    Australian Open champion Japan’s Naomi Osaka poses with the trophy during a photo shoot at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria, Australia. Credit: Reuters Photo

  • Emma Moreno (L), a volunteer working at the Agape shelter, checks the 2 /7zoom

    Emma Moreno (L), a volunteer working at the Agape shelter, checks the “Conecta” website of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to help asylum seekers request appointments and await asylum processes in the US, in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico. Credit: AFP Photo

  • People wait to refill oxygen tanks in a queue of up to 200 people who camp outside a production plant, in San Juan de Lurigancho, Lima. Credit: AFP Photo3 /7zoom

    People wait to refill oxygen tanks in a queue of up to 200 people who camp outside a production plant, in San Juan de Lurigancho, Lima. Credit: AFP Photo

  • A person confronts a riot police officer as supporters of arrested Catalan rapper Pablo Hasel protest in Barcelona, Spain. Credit: Reuters Photo4 /7zoom

    A person confronts a riot police officer as supporters of arrested Catalan rapper Pablo Hasel protest in Barcelona, Spain. Credit: Reuters Photo

  • People mourn the death of Djordje Balasevic, a Serbian singer who remained widely popular throughout the former Yugoslavia, after he died from Covid-19, in Novi Sad, Serbia. Credit: Reuters Photo5 /7zoom

    People mourn the death of Djordje Balasevic, a Serbian singer who remained widely popular throughout the former Yugoslavia, after he died from Covid-19, in Novi Sad, Serbia. Credit: Reuters Photo

  • Everton's Andre Gomes (R) tries to recover the ball from Liverpool's Trent Alexander Arnold during Everton's 2-0 Merseyside Derby win over Liverpool in the English Premier League. Credit: Reuters Photo6 /7zoom

    Everton’s Andre Gomes (R) tries to recover the ball from Liverpool’s Trent Alexander Arnold during Everton’s 2-0 Merseyside Derby win over Liverpool in the English Premier League. Credit: Reuters Photo

  • Indian paramilitary forces look on upon arriving at Chitpur Yard railway station in Kolkata ahead of the upcoming West Bengal's Legislative Assembly elections. Credit: AFP Photo7 /7zoom

    Indian paramilitary forces look on upon arriving at Chitpur Yard railway station in Kolkata ahead of the upcoming West Bengal’s Legislative Assembly elections. Credit: AFP Photo

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In Pics | Texas cold snap: Millions struggle due to shortage of power, water

UPDATED : Feb 20 2021, 20:34 IST

A historic winter weather that brought bitter, record-busting cold to much of the southern and central US was pushing up the East Coast on Thursday, with forecasters warning of heavy snowfall and dangerous icy buildups. The frigid blast has over the past week seen Arctic cold envelope the US heartland, unfamiliar with such extremes, leaving dozens dead and millions of people in oil-rich Texas without power. The state’s electrical grid operator, ERCOT, was trying to restore power as thermal generators – those powered by natural gas, coal and other fuels – lost the capability to provide power as valves and pipes froze. Let us take a look at the situation in Texas.

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  • Owen Church gives out bottles of Rain Pure Mountain Spring Water to people in need in Austin, Texas. Credit: AFP photo. 1 /10zoom

    Owen Church gives out bottles of Rain Pure Mountain Spring Water to people in need in Austin, Texas. Credit: AFP photo.

  • A historic winter weather system that brought bitter, record-busting cold to much of the southern and central US was pushing up the East Coast on Thursday, with forecasters warning of heavy snowfall and dangerous, icy buildups. Credit: AFP photo.2 /10zoom

    A historic winter weather system that brought bitter, record-busting cold to much of the southern and central US was pushing up the East Coast on Thursday, with forecasters warning of heavy snowfall and dangerous, icy buildups. Credit: AFP photo.

  • An aerial view from a drone shows electrical lines running through a neighbourhood on February 19, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Credit: AFP photo. 3 /10zoom

    An aerial view from a drone shows electrical lines running through a neighbourhood on February 19, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Credit: AFP photo.

  • Workers with Houston Public Works prepare to load cases of water into waiting cars during a mass water distribution at Delmar Stadium on February 19, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Credit: AFP photo. 4 /10zoom

    Workers with Houston Public Works prepare to load cases of water into waiting cars during a mass water distribution at Delmar Stadium on February 19, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Credit: AFP photo.

  • Cars line up to receive free cases of water after the city of Houston implemented a boil water advisory following an unprecedented winter storm, in an aerial photograph taken at Delmar Stadium in Houston, Texas. Credit: Reuters photo. 5 /10zoom

    Cars line up to receive free cases of water after the city of Houston implemented a boil water advisory following an unprecedented winter storm, in an aerial photograph taken at Delmar Stadium in Houston, Texas. Credit: Reuters photo.

  • Indy Lee, a volunteer at the Salvation Army, readies a meal to be served as an increased number of people seek refuge after winter weather caused electricity blackouts in Plano, Texas. Credit: Reuters photo.6 /10zoom

    Indy Lee, a volunteer at the Salvation Army, readies a meal to be served as an increased number of people seek refuge after winter weather caused electricity blackouts in Plano, Texas. Credit: Reuters photo.

  • A neighborhood in Waco, Texas, is still covered in ice and snow. Credit: AFP photo. 7 /10zoom

    A neighborhood in Waco, Texas, is still covered in ice and snow. Credit: AFP photo.

  • Deloris Sanchez, 56, and Mallissa Lee, 52, sit on a couch while taking shelters at Gallery Furniture store which opened its door and transformed into a warming station after winter weather caused electricity blackouts. Credit: AFP photo.8 /10zoom

    Deloris Sanchez, 56, and Mallissa Lee, 52, sit on a couch while taking shelters at Gallery Furniture store which opened its door and transformed into a warming station after winter weather caused electricity blackouts. Credit: AFP photo.

  • Couple Renne Alva, 37, and Travis Wasicek, 43, sit amongst their belongings along Seawall Boulevard as they embrace to keep each other warm. Credit: Reuters photo.9 /10zoom

    Couple Renne Alva, 37, and Travis Wasicek, 43, sit amongst their belongings along Seawall Boulevard as they embrace to keep each other warm. Credit: Reuters photo.

  • Michael Kirkland, 57, rests on a chair while taking shelter at Gallery Furniture store which opened its door and transformed into a warming station. Credit: AFP photo.10 /10zoom

    Michael Kirkland, 57, rests on a chair while taking shelter at Gallery Furniture store which opened its door and transformed into a warming station. Credit: AFP photo.

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