May 2021

May /
Monday
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Catch Me If You Can!

While his nephew and partner-in-scams Nirav Modi rots in a UK jail, Uncle Choksi has sparked a full-on international drama over his extradition to India. And he is using every trick in the book to stay far away from home.

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May /
Friday
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Island of Trouble

The BJP administrator of the islands, Praful Khoda Patel, took his post in December. But in the space of just six months, he has managed to enrage and alienate pretty much everyone—including members of his own party. We look at what is happening in Lakshadweep and why.

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May /
Thursday
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Burden of Proof

The former Tehelka editor has been acquitted of all rape charges—and the ruling has made many very angry. The 527-page judgement makes crystal-clear that in a court of law, the great burden of proof remains on the rape accuser. Here’s a breakdown of its highlights.

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May /
Wednesday
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Where’s Your Native?

Where, oh where does this wretched coronavirus come from? The answer is fraught with political, ideological and scientific baggage. We lay out the debate over the virus’ origins, but offer no definitive answers.

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May /
Tuesday
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Flight Interrupted

A flight from Athens to Lithuania was hijacked and forced to land in Minsk. The hijackers were the government of Belarus—which intercepted a commercial flight in order to arrest a dissident journalist.

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May /
Monday
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Muck Wrestling

The arrest of the two-time Olympian for murder exposes the seedy side of Indian wrestling—and the darker influences of bullying, nepotism and gang violence.

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May /
Friday
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Cease Fire!

Just as Israel looked ready to dig in, its cabinet approved an unconditional ceasefire—and hostilities came to an immediate end… for now. We offer a shorter overview of the ceasefire, the likely reasons, and whether it will hold.

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May /
Thursday
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A Black Plague

Hospitals are witnessing a surge in black fungal infections—which is claiming the lives of patients or often leaving them maimed and disfigured. We examine how poor medical protocols are triggering a secondary epidemic.

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May /
Wednesday
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Arresting Developments

After a nasty election and sweeping win for the ruling Trinamool party, the battle of Bengal continues—this time under the aegis of the Central Bureau of Investigation, which has arrested two Trinamool ministers and an MLA on corruption charges.

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May /
Tuesday
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Divorce-Gates

Billionaire divorces are often a source of great speculation, but the Gates breakup has triggered an unexpected bounty of stories that are in wild contrast to Bill’s nerdy image. Did we ever really know Bill Gates?

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May /
Monday
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A War of Convenience

As Israel pummels Gaza to the ground, diplomatic efforts to broker a truce have failed—and Hamas remains defiant despite the growing humanitarian toll. We look at why this is happening right now, and the high stakes for all involved.

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May /
Friday
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Plastic, Plastic Everywhere

We take a closer look at escalating levels of plastic pollution caused by the pandemic—the effects of which will be with us for decades to come, long after the virus has run its course.

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May /
Thursday
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Globe-al Crisis

One of the world’s most famous award ceremonies has fallen into disgrace almost overnight?—with top actors and studios cutting their ties to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the organisation that doles out the awards.

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May /
Wednesday
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That’s (Not) News To Me

In recent days, two articles have been making the rounds on social media and WhatsApp—each published in dubious sounding publications. Wtf is going on?

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May /
Tuesday
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Rivers of Sorrow

Bodies were found floating down the Ganga river—a new horror that brings home the near-incomprehensible tragedy of the second wave. There isn’t so much to explain here, but it deserves to be our big story of the day.

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May /
Monday
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A Black Market

The Delhi police cracked a significant oxygen racketeering ring headed by some of the richest residents of the city—who found a way to profiteer from everyone else’s pain. This is a quintessential story about privilege in India.

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May /
Friday
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Hate Speak

The Bangalore MP made waves when he alleged a Muslim conspiracy to divert hospital beds. But the entire drama had more to do with his determination to embarrass Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa than his distasteful Hindutva politics.

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May /
Thursday
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Without Reservations

The Supreme Court ruled on a case involving job and educational reservations for Marathas in Maharashtra. It essentially cracks down on the recent trend of states defining new backward castes—and creating quotas that breach the court-defined 50% ceiling.

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May /
Wednesday
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End Game

The Indian Premier League has decided to indefinitely postpone the 2021 season after a flurry of new Covid cases. A wise decision but why did the much vaunted bio bubble burst?

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May /
Tuesday
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Breaking the Bubble

Two players of Kolkata Knight Riders have tested positive. And at least three members of the Chennai Super Kings squad have tested positive as well. The Indian Premier League’s bio bubble looks extremely precarious.

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May /
Monday
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Mama(ta) Mia!

The BJP scored two victories yesterday—in Assam and Puducherry—but they paled in comparison to the whipping in Bengal. That the party scored a big fat zero in Kerala didn’t help either. Its score in Tamil Nadu was a respectable four seats.

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