Jan 2021

January /
Friday
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Tipping Point

In the wake of the Republic Day violence, the government seized the moment to unleash multiple efforts to clamp down on protesters. And it looked as though they would succeed—except one union leader’s tearful outburst on TV revived the farmers’ lost josh.

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January /
Thursday
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Stop This Game!

Here’s a Wall Street story that is 100% guaranteed to be turned into a Hollywood flick. It involves big hedge funds, the stock of a video game retailer and millions of Reddit users.

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January /
Wednesday
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The Route to Pandemonium

Republic Day celebrations turned into a pitched battle between the police and farmers—who broke past their barriers, and entered the heart of Delhi. We pieced together what we know the day after to understand what happened and why.

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January /
Monday
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Changing All the Time

As multiple strains of the coronavirus spread across the world, experts are growing increasingly worried about the pandemic spinning out of control—just as the first vaccines roll out.

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January /
Friday
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No Means No!

The government proposed, and the farmers disposed. Their answer: a big fat no to the Centre’s first and most significant concession—to suspend the farm laws for 18 months.

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January /
Thursday
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Good Morning America!

Trump is most definitely out of the White House. Yesterday, a great part of America breathed a sigh of relief—even as Kamala Harris made history, and Joe Biden called for unity. Here’s a quick roundup of everything that went down.

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January /
Wednesday
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In For the Win!

Yesterday, India won the fourth test match against Australia in Brisbane—clinching a 2-1 series win. The victory of a bruised and depleted team came as sweet relief in the midst of pandemic worries.

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January /
Tuesday
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Slow and Unsteady

The government’s ambitious first phase plan to vaccinate 30 million Indians has got off to an unsteady start. The reasons: low turnout, malfunctioning vaccine app and in some cases, open rebellion.

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January /
Monday
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Chatter Box

The Mumbai police filed over 1,000 (unverified) pages of WhatsApp conversations as part of its case against the former CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), Partho Dasgupta—which included extended chit chat with his best bro Arnab Goswami.

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January /
Friday
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Origin Story

After months of negotiations with Beijing, a World Health Organisation team has landed in China to trace the source of the pandemic. We explain what the team will look for and why its success matters.

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January /
Thursday
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Here We Go Again...

Trump has become the only US president to be impeached twice in the nation’s history. And he may become the first president to be convicted, as well.

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January /
Wednesday
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Privacy Please!

Over the past week, WhatsApp users were greeted with an ominous message that asked them to accept the company’s updated privacy policy—or lose access to the app after February 8. The company has now ‘clarified’ its policy, but worries still remain.

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January /
Tuesday
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Order, Order!

The Court charged head-first into the government vs farmers faceoff with a vengeance—threatening to issue an immediate stay on the new farm laws, and institute a committee to resolve the stalemate.

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January /
Monday
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Cause of Death

A daily wage worker in Bhopal died after he received the first jab—as part of its Stage 3 trials. Bharat Biotech insists it is unrelated to its vaccine. But the death has raised questions about how the company recruits its volunteers—and who it targets.

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January /
Friday
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That’s a Wrap!

After a day of unprecedented chaos and violence, Trump has finally embraced the inevitable—with a concession speech that may be the most ‘normal’ of his presidency.

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January /
Thursday
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Insurrection

What in other years would have been a standard rite of passage—the certification of the electoral vote by Congress—turned into an unprecedented scene of mob violence.

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January /
Wednesday
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Monumental Errors

In a 2:1 ruling, the Supreme Court refused to step in to block the government’s ambitious plan to remake the nation’s seat of power—an iconic stretch of land that extends from the Rashtrapati Bhavan at one end to India Gate on the other.

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January /
Tuesday
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So Many Questions!

The hasty approval of the vaccine raised a firestorm of criticism. In turn, the critics themselves were attacked. On the sidelines, makers of the two approved vaccines—Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute—got into a slanging match.

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January /
Monday
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Special Treatment

India has approved two ‘Made in India’ vaccine candidates: Covishield, which is Serum’s version of the Oxford vaccine; and the shuddh desi Covaxin by Bharat Biotech. The shockingly hasty Covaxin approval, however, has raised more worries than hopes.

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