Nov 2020

November /
Monday
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Label This!

Farmers have parked themselves on the Delhi-Haryana border—having rejected an offer for “conditional talks” from the government. But BJP leaders are busy framing farmers as Khalistani sympathisers. We trace this pivot to communalisation.

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November /
Friday
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An A(n)gricultural Uprising

Tens of thousands of farmers are marching toward Delhi to stage a gargantuan protest against the new farming laws. The Union government is using every trick in its book to stop them. We explain why the farmers are angry, and the state of this faceoff.

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November /
Thursday
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Bad Math

Today, we look at India’s death toll or Case Fatality Rate—often touted as the lowest in the world. But a closer look shows that the numbers and methodology are greatly flawed.

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November /
Wednesday
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Like Blood and Oil

A shocking Associated Press investigation has now revealed global palm oil’s real dirty secret: the sexual exploitation of women in the plantations of Malaysia and Indonesia. Oh, and the biggest consumer of palm oil: India.

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November /
Tuesday
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That’s Good Enough For Me!

The Oxford vaccine is 70% effective—but a modified version offers 90% protection. The performance may not seem as dazzling as that of Pfizer and Moderna but this vaccine may yet prove to be the most effective in protecting the world’s population.

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November /
Monday
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Bonfire of tragedies

Daily deaths in Delhi have crossed the 100-mark four times over the past ten days. Cremation ghats are overflowing. The government is scrambling to reserve hospital beds and ramp up testing—to meet a crisis that everyone could see coming.

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November /
Friday
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Three is a Crowd

When Future Retail inked a Rs 250 billion deal to sell its chain of 1,500 stores to Reliance, there was badhaiyan all around. That’s until Amazon came rushing in, yelling the equivalent of ‘yeh shaadi nahi ho sakti’.

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November /
Thursday
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A King-sized Problem

We Indians mainly view Thailand as a pleasant and cheap travel destination. But the country is in the midst of unprecedented pro-democracy protests that challenge its increasingly authoritarian king. We explain what’s happening and why it matters.

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November /
Wednesday
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Fashion Victim

A new BBC News investigation reveals that workers in factories that supply leading British companies—including Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Sainsbury's, and Ralph Lauren—are routinely exploited. But this story is just the tip of a far bigger iceberg.

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November /
Tuesday
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Leave Me Out of It

15 countries have come together to form the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership—the world’s largest trading bloc. It is a huge win for China and a sign of the increasing irrelevance of the US. India isn’t part of this new powerhouse either.

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November /
Thursday
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(Un)Free Internet

In one fell swoop, the government has moved all kinds of online content under the purview of the Information & Broadcasting ministry. This has serious implications for all forms of streaming platforms like Netflix—and for digital news sites.

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November /
Wednesday
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A Last Minute Win

Contrary to all those exit polls predicting defeat, the BJP and its ally Nitish Kumar pulled out the proverbial rabbit from the electoral hat. The spoils of this victory, however, belong entirely to the BJP—and spell trouble for Nitish.

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November /
Tuesday
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A Ninety Percent Solution

Pfizer—in partnership with German company BioNTech—announced that their vaccine candidate is “90% effective.” The stock markets went nuts, and the medical community welcomed the news. But is this really a big deal?

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November /
Monday
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You're Fired!

Yup, it’s over and Trump lost—and ‘bigly’ once all the votes are counted. And Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have made all sorts of history while ousting him from office. We look at Joe Biden’s victory and its consequences.

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November /
Friday
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Are We There Yet?

Joe Biden is in good shape. He is ahead in most of the key remaining states. Two of Donald Trump’s lawsuits have fizzled out. But why in the world is this election so close? We explain.

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November /
Thursday
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A House Divided

Yes, Joe Biden has chalked up the most votes ever by a US presidential candidate. No, he still hasn’t won the election. The reason: America’s bizarre electoral college thanks to which the candidate with the most votes may again lose an election.

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November /
Wednesday
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Judgement Day

Anxious about the US election results? We have all the dope on how and what to watch. Plus: an excellent list of stress busting fun election stuff for those who would rather not watch at all.

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November /
Tuesday
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A Very Blue Danube

Gunmen armed with rifles opened fire in the heart of Vienna at six different locations—and at least one of them is still at large. So far, three have been confirmed dead, and 14 injured—and that toll is expected to rise.

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November /
Monday
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Split Decision

The United States will hold its 59th election tomorrow, and the stakes have never been higher—or the outcome more uncertain. Thanks to the virus and the current president’s personality, all sorts of unprecedented doomsday scenarios are now in play.

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