The Supreme Court appointed a special committee to investigate allegations of snooping—involving the spyware Pegasus. And in doing so, it strongly upheld a citizen’s right to privacy—and knocked down the government’s arguments about national security. Here’s a quick overview of the ruling, and what it hopes to achieve.
We decided to take a break from the usual frenzy of the news cycle and look at an unusual royal love story—which culminated in a quiet wedding yesterday. The wedding of Princess Mako and Kei Komuro has all the trappings of a fairytale—princess marries commoner—but at its heart, this is a story about real-world sexism.
A consortium of 17 news publications have come together to roll out a flood of stories on Facebook that also offer a number of significant revelations about India. The big picture: the platform’s algorithm is rigged to promote hate and disinformation—and the company’s reluctance to crack down on groups associated with the RSS, Bajrang Dal etc. ensures that anti-Muslim content spreads unchecked.
We’ve avoided doing a big story on Khan’s arrest primarily because the media coverage has been characterised by bad or leaked information. And more important events were happening elsewhere. We’ve finally been able to piece together a somewhat reliable account of what happened and the reasons why he is still in jail.
The recent spate of killings in the Valley have turned the spotlight on a new terrorist group called The Resistance Front (TRF)—which is using different rhetoric and tactics to exploit anger over the annulment of Article 370. But is it really an ‘indigenous’ Kashmiri group or just Pakistani wine in a new bottle?
Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov were awarded the Nobel peace prize—in a surprising move that has delighted democracy-watchers around the world. But unlike a Dalai Lama or even Barack Obama, most of us haven’t heard of either of these people—or what makes their work so invaluable.
Since September 25, a large team of forestry officials have been trying to find a 13-year-old tiger named MDT 23—suspected of killing four people. The hunt order has been challenged by wildlife activists—and the Madras High Court stepped in to order officials to preserve its life.
US-based research lab AidData has uncovered the true amount owed to China by countries around the world—thanks to its “Belt and road initiative” (BRI) projects. The total amount: $385 billion. The number of countries: 165. This is certainly bad news for these nations. But is it also bad news for China?