Jun 2020

Jun 2020/
Tuesday
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No Money, Mo’ Blues

Meet Pramod Mittal—UK’s very own Anil Ambani. The man who once spent £50 million on his daughter's wedding has been declared bankrupt—and due to his links with organised crime, no less!

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Jun 2020/
Monday
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Lathi Charge

A father and son—P. Jayaraj and J. Bennicks—were severely assaulted and tortured by three policemen in a town called Sathankulam near Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu. Both later died of their injuries.

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Jun 2020/
Friday
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Having A Meltdown

Parts of Siberia recorded the highest ever temperatures—reaching 38°C. The immediate reason is a prolonged heatwave. But scientists say the rapidly heating polar caps indicate what lies ahead for the entire planet.

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Jun 2020/
Thursday
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Children Overboard!

An urgent UNICEF report warns that 881,000 children under the age of 5—and 36,000 mothers—could die over the next 12 months in South Asia. The toll on India is likely to be the heaviest.

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Jun 2020/
Wednesday
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What’s Your Native?

The government backed off from taking on China’s military, but it is determined to attack its wallet. The latest move requires all products on the government procurement platform to declare what percentage of components are imported, and from where.

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Jun 2020/
Tuesday
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Exit: Visas

After months of waffling and issuing threats, the US President finally did what Indians in the US dreaded most. He suspended an array of work visas, including the most-treasured H1-B.

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Jun 2020/
Monday
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(Un)Crossing the Line

The Prime Minister sparked a political furore when he declared that no one crossed our border or has taken our land. Was he lying or is he technically correct?

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Jun 2020/
Friday
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Enter, the Dragon

A new Australian report reveals a significant Chinese buildup in Ladakh—but not at the location of Monday’s violent face-off. And Beijing is showing no signs of backing off… as yet.

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Jun 2020/
Thursday
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A Series of Unfortunate Events

Details of the violent encounter were leaked. PM Modi made a forceful statement, and calls for an anti-China boycott grew. But for all the talk of a truce, there is now a dangerous stalemate that may alter the India-China relationship.

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Jun 2020/
Wednesday
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Crossing the Line

Since April, Indian and Chinese troops have clashed at the borders. Yesterday—in the midst of talk of an ‘accord’—the situation escalated into an all-out confrontation. 20 Indian soldiers have died, and there are unconfirmed reports of 43 Chinese deaths.

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Jun 2020/
Tuesday
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Lost & Found

Two members of the Indian embassy in Islamabad went ‘missing’ on Monday. They have now been “returned,” having spent time in Pakistani custody. Both countries disagree vehemently over the reason for their arrest—escalating an ongoing diplomatic row.

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Jun 2020/
Monday
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No Way To Say Goodbye

34-year old Sushant Singh Rajput appears to have died by suicide. The tragic event sparked a heated, often angry—but timely—conversation about mental illness.

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Jun 2020/
Friday
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Phishing Trip

An obscure Indian company called Belltrox Infotech Services is making global headlines for all the wrong reasons. Citizen Lab named it as an illegal hacker-for-hire operation. And it reveals the other side of India’s well-established IT prowess and jugaad

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Jun 2020/
Thursday
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A Map of Maladies

It's been 3 months since WHO officially declared a global pandemic. We look at where the different nations are now, and what a new report predicts for their economic future. Short answer for India: it’s bleak, especially if we experience a second wave.

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Jun 2020/
Wednesday
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A Sticky Wicket

West Indies skipper Darren Sammy says his IPL teammates at Sunrisers Hyderabad often called him ‘kalu’—which he now realises is a racist slur. Sammy wants them to explain themselves. The controversy reveals how tone-deaf Indian cricket is on skin colour.

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Jun 2020/
Tuesday
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It’s a Numbers Game

This is the story of how two of the most prestigious medical journals in the world were conned by an Indian CEO of an obscure company with a shady background. Also in the mix: His brother-in-law and a leading cardiac surgeon.

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Jun 2020/
Monday
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The Opening (Alarm) Bell

India’s covid count is soaring, and we are facing a critical shortage of medical staff and hospital beds. Yet, today most of us will rush out the door, and get right back to business. WTF is going on?

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Jun 2020/
Friday
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When Elephants Cry

An elephant in Kerala ate a pineapple stuffed with firecrackers, and died a painful death. What seemed at first to be a horrific act of cruelty has since revealed an entire economy built on killing wildlife.

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Jun 2020/
Thursday
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Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere

As nations across the world emerge from lockdown, many are considering travel bubbles to help save aviation, tourism and international business. But it is unlikely that India will be part of one anytime soon.

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Jun 2020/
Wednesday
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That Rainy Day Feeling

Even as Kolkata struggles to recover from the destruction wrought by Amphan, Mumbai is bracing for Nisarga—which is expected to make landfall at Alibag, 100 km south of the city. While the storm is losing some of its intensity—and likely won’t hit Mumbai

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Jun 2020/
Tuesday
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Up, Up, Up and Away!

The Covid count in India is currently 198,370. We added a record 8,392 new cases on Monday—and are now the seventh-worst hit nation in the world, having overtaken both France and Spain. This surge is alarming, yes. But it also disguises serious problems w

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Jun 2020/
Monday
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American Horror Story

The death of George Floyd, an African American man, due to police brutality has sparked protests across the US—and led to rioting and looting in some places.

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