Mar 2021

March /
Wednesday
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Secret Handshake

A new report shows that—contrary to its vehement denials—the Adani Group has a close relationship with the ruling junta. The spotlight is on a deal to build a port with a corporation—which directly finances the activities of the military.

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March /
Tuesday
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You Are Free To Go!

The 220,000 ton monster ship was finally wrenched free and moved to a nearby lake—reopening the Suez Canal for business. But global commerce will continue to feel the fallout from the 6-day drama.

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March /
Friday
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The Great Ben-gauli Brawl

The year is 2021 AD. North and East India is almost entirely occupied by the Lotus Party. Well, not entirely. One small state of indomitable Bengalis still holds out against them……Khela Hobe! Let the games begin!

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March /
Thursday
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You're Grounded!

A cargo ship is wedged in between the world’s busiest --and one of the narrowest shipping routes, causing a massive traffic jam.

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March /
Wednesday
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Vote, Vote, Vote Again...

Israelis trudged out to the voting booths to cast their ballots in the fourth national election in two years! Each time, the polls have thrown up a split verdict. And this one isn’t likely to throw up a decisive result either.

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March /
Tuesday
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The Big Spread

The number of Covid cases are surging, and both the government and experts are warning of a second wave. All attention is focused on the dreaded ‘R’ or reproduction number—which often determines whether or not we go back into a lockdown.

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March /
Monday
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Plot Mein Twist

The latest developments in the Ambani SUV case include two new arrests, bombshell allegations by a top cop, an under-pressure minister and rumours of a political rift

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March /
Friday
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Crumbling Pillars of Ashoka

The resignation of two of its most prominent faculty members—Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Arvind Subramanian—has raised red flags about one of the nation’s most prestigious universities.

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March /
Thursday
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New Strings Attached

The union government is gearing up to introduce a new bill that will dramatically reduce any elected Delhi government’s ability to govern independently.

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March /
Wednesday
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Ch-Ch-Changes...

Over the past month, the daily number of Covid cases have been spiralling in Maharashtra. And researchers have flagged the presence of two key mutations in 20% of its hardest hit districts. But are the two linked? Maybe.

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March /
Tuesday
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Sanded Down

The largest and strongest dust storm in a decade swept across northern China—shrouding Beijing in sand, turning its skies orange, and sending air pollution levels off the charts.

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March /
Monday
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Eenie, Meenie, Miny, Mo...

Indians’ vaccine options are restricted to just two: Covishield and Covaxin. But New Delhi’s push on vaccine diplomacy has sealed deals to manufacture two other vaccines in India: Johnson & Johnson and Novavax.

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March /
Friday
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Caste-ing the First Stone

Last year, California state authorities filed a caste discrimination lawsuit against Cisco and two of its employees. Cisco has fought very hard to shut down the case—but has so far failed to do so.

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March /
Thursday
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That Sinking Feeling

First, we discovered that rising sea levels will wipe great parts of coastal cities. Then new research showed cities are at risk of collapsing under their increasing weight. Now, a study shows the most densely populated cities are sinking at a faster rate

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March /
Wednesday
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Baiting the Dragon

This Friday, the leaders of the United States, Australia, Japan and India will hold the first-ever Quad summit. What unites all of them: An immediate need to push back at China, which has been increasingly aggressive over the past couple of years.

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March /
Tuesday
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Going Crypto!

This is another one of our made-to-order big stories for our subscribers who want us to explain this latest mania over NFT aka Non Fungible Tokens. These are digital objects—ranging from music albums to artwork to, er, a single tweet.

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March /
Monday
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Murder Mystery

In late February, an SUV with gelatin sticks was found parked 400 metres from Antilia—Mukesh Ambani’s mega-mansion in Mumbai. On Friday, the businessman who owned (maybe) the SUV was found dead in a creek—a death that has now been deemed a murder.

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March /
Friday
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We Have Reservations!

The Haryana government has introduced a new law that requires private companies to reserve 75% of all jobs—which pay Rs 50,000 or less—for state residents. India Inc is up in arms and says it “spells disaster”. Also: the law may be unconstitutional.

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March /
Thursday
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King of Fear

Here’s an explainer on wtf is going on with the ruler of Dubai—who has allegedly abducted and imprisoned two of his daughters, and tried to do the same with his sixth wife, Haya, who fled to the UK. And yes, there is an India angle.

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March /
Wednesday
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Technical Errors

Most Indians—many of them senior citizens—found themselves stuck in crowded waiting rooms and long lines during the second phase of the rollout. The culprit: a badly functioning CoWin portal.

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March /
Tuesday
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Lights Off!

A US cybersecurity company put out a report that reveals critical parts of our electricity grid were infiltrated by Chinese malware last year. The hacking began before the border clashes in Ladakh—and may be linked to the massive power outage in Mumbai.

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March /
Monday
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Ethnic Cleanse

Multiple reports reveal evidence of possible genocide in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. It also offers another ironic instance of a Nobel peace prize winner turning to ruthless violence to achieve their ends.

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