Aug 2020

Aug 2020/
Monday
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Waiting for Wakanda

Chadwick Boseman lost a four-year battle with colon cancer. In him, the world lost a great human being and actor. Tributes poured in from Bollywood celebs as well. But no one mentioned his Blackness, which was inextricably intertwined with his life.

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Aug 2020/
Friday
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Going, Going...

It was a day of big developments for TikTok. Its CEO Kevin Mayer resigned, and Walmart announced its interest in buying its US operations—likely in partnership with Microsoft. What does that mean for India?

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Aug 2020/
Thursday
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The Rona Returns

Are reports of people contracting Covid for the second time a reason to worry? No, but it suggests that neither an infection nor a vaccine can provide lifelong immunity. Most importantly: we don’t know if a reinfected person can spread the disease.

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Aug 2020/
Wednesday
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The Scapegoat

In recent weeks, a number of courts have thrown out cases brought against members of the Tablighi Jamaat—whose annual conference in March was a ‘superspreader’ event in the early days of the pandemic.

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Aug 2020/
Tuesday
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Kiss the Ring

The so-called mutiny against the Gandhi family followed a predictable script. Son defended Mother’s honour. Mother played martyr. Loyalists rose to their queen’s defense. BJP made a brief cameo as an off-screen villain.

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Aug 2020/
Monday
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The Corrections

A poster advertising a book launch went viral. The book: ‘Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story’ written by 3 authors closely associated with the Hindu right. More incendiary: the guests of honour that included the infamous Kapil Mishra.

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Aug 2020/
Friday
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The Poisoner’s Handbook

Russia’s most prominent Opposition leader Alexei Navalny is in a coma. Doctors suspect he may have been poisoned. If Navalny dies, this will be the latest in a series of assassinations of journalists, politicians and activists—all of whom opposed Putin.

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Aug 2020/
Thursday
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Up or Down?

Some news reports claim that our Covid numbers are finally stabilising. And yet the count in states like Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh continue to spiral. Is it over yet? We take a closer look at the numbers to figure it out.

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Aug 2020/
Wednesday
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Quack, Quack, Quack!

Yesterday, an anti-mask video was shared by a self-proclaimed doctor—and promptly went viral. But we soon discovered that the bad doctor is not a random quack, but a highly popular health guru.

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Aug 2020/
Tuesday
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Strength in Numbers?

A serological survey in Pune found that 51% of residents have been infected with the virus. Research suggests that herd immunity can kick in if 50% of the population is infected. But there’s one problem: the virus does not spread evenly within nations.

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Aug 2020/
Monday
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It’s (Not) Complicated!

A Wall Street Journal investigation into Facebook’s ties with BJP went viral over the weekend. In essence, it showed that two top FB India execs were responsible for blocking all attempts to pull down hate-filled posts by BJP and Hindutva leaders.

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Aug 2020/
Friday
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Let’s Make A Deal!

In an agreement brokered by President Trump, Israel and UAE have opened the door normalising relations. But there are early indications that the surprise announcement may be more a PR exercise than a genuine diplomatic breakthrough.

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Aug 2020/
Thursday
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A Delhi Horror Story

A fact-finding report shows that Jamia Milia students and local residents at an anti-CAA protest were sexually assaulted by the Delhi police. Echoing its message: A frightening attack on three Delhi journalists.

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Aug 2020/
Wednesday
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A Lotus Blooms in America

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has finally picked his running mate: 55-year-old Kamala Harris. If the Dems win in November, she will become the first woman—and Black/Indian—Vice President of the United States!

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Aug 2020/
Tuesday
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Like Oil and Water

A Japanese ship ran aground a coral reef off the coast of Mauritius—and has already leaked 1,000 tons of oil into the water. The government has declared a “state of environmental emergency"—and locals are racing to prevent an environmental disaster.

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Aug 2020/
Monday
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Low Visibility

An Air India Express plane overshot the runway in Kozhikode, Kerala, and broke into two. The exact reasons for the crash are still up in the air—with the government strongly hinting at pilot error. But the hilltop runway has been controversial for years.

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Aug 2020/
Friday
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Hazardous Substances

Seven years ago, an old cargo ship docked at the port in Beirut. The events that led up to the massive blast in Lebanon are a warning bell for the rest of the world. The very same thing could be happening very close to home.

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Aug 2020/
Thursday
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Hey Ram!

PM Modi performed the bhoomi pujan to kick off construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya—in the midst of a pandemic. We examine photos and videos to assess the Covid safety procedures followed both in Ayodhya and beyond.

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Aug 2020/
Wednesday
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Going Up in Smoke

A powerful explosion rocked the Lebanese capital killing at least 78, and leaving more than 4,000 injured. The tragedy is the cruelest blow to a nation in economic ruin, and reeling from the pandemic.

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Aug 2020/
Tuesday
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Going for Number One!

On Sunday, we recorded 52,972 cases—adding the highest number of daily cases in the world. We have sped past both the US (47,511) and Brazil (25,800). But that number is likely still an underestimation. The reasons: decline in testing and faulty tests.

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Aug 2020/
Monday
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Masking the Problem

Face masks have become a lightning rod for controversy across the world, and their use has been debated for both political and medical reasons. So do face masks really help stop the spread?

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