Oct 2020

October /
Friday
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Coming in Waves

Cases are spiralling in Europe and the United States, and there are worrying signs of an upward trend in key states in India as well. A Covid winter is coming. We don’t know, however, how severe it will be.

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October /
Thursday
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Of Unknown Origin

A Right To Information complaint revealed that the government claims it has no knowledge of who developed its own Covid contact tracing app. It has since offered a vague clarification—which raises more questions, and sharpens concerns about privacy.

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October /
Wednesday
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This Land is Your Land...

The government issued a new notification that ends Kashmiris’ exclusive right to land in their state. This significant policy is a direct consequence of the revocation of Jammu & Kashmir’s special status in August, 2019.

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October /
Tuesday
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(Un)Blissful Bihar

Bihar is poised to go to the polls on Wednesday. While the issues are serious—especially crippling unemployment—it is playing out like a political masala flick with the BJP (maybe) conspiring against its own ally.

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October /
Friday
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Breathing Problems

Air quality in Delhi is already worse than 2018 and 2019. But this year, the always toxic levels of pollution pose an added threat. The reason: the pandemic. Studies show that people who live in highly polluted areas are more likely to become infected.

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October /
Thursday
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No Trespassing

On October 8, Mumbai police charged 3 channels of tampering with viewership numbers. Then UP police charged an unnamed channel. CBI has since taken over that case, and now Maharashtra has withdrawn its permission to the CBI to probe cases in the state.

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October /
Wednesday
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Monopoly Games

The US government filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, claiming that its practices stifle competition and hurt the consumer. The last time it took such an action was against Microsoft in 1998—the same year Google was formed.

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October /
Tuesday
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Slow and Steady

Yesterday, a panel of the nation’s top scientists confirmed that India has indeed passed its peak in mid-September. But does this mean we are out of the woods?

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October /
Monday
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Praying for Paris

A 47-year-old school teacher was decapitated by a young Chechen man. The reason: He showed students disrespectful images of the Prophet Muhammad as part of a discussion about freedom of expression.

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October /
Friday
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But Do You Deliver?

This is the second installment of our two-part series that looks at the immense challenge of vaccinating a country of 1.38 billion people. Today we look at logistics—an innocuous word that hides just how difficult it will be to deliver that injection.

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October /
Thursday
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Blurred Advertising

First, Tanishq withdrew an ad that featured a Muslim mother-in-law hosting a Hindu ceremony for her pregnant daughter-in-law. On Wednesday, social media was rife with reports of an attack on its store in Gujarat—but no one can agree on what happened.

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October /
Wednesday
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(Reality) Check Please!

We are all waiting for a vaccine to rescue us from our pandemic woes. But even when it arrives, delivering that golden jab won't be easy. We took a close look at the vaccine delivery chain to assess the enormity of the challenge.

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October /
Tuesday
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Bollywood Sings the Blues

The biggest names in the film industry have filed a petition in the Delhi High Court seeking a restraining order on Times Now and Republic TV. The aim: to stop them from “publishing irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory remarks” against Bollywood.

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October /
Monday
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Child for Sale

A flurry of data shows that the pandemic is putting children at risk in every conceivable way. They are being sold into bonded labour by desperate parents, or in the case of girls, pulled out of school and married off in a hurry.

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October /
Friday
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Remote Control

The Mumbai police opened a new—and unexpected—front in its ongoing war with Arnab Goswami. They have filed an FIR charging Republic TV and two Marathi channels—Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema—of manipulating their ratings.

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October /
Thursday
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Closed Door Policy

The Trump administration rolled out stricter rules for work visas that will make it very difficult for foreign workers to get a job in the United States. We explain why this latest thunderbolt may fizzle out.

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October /
Wednesday
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In the Crosshairs

Yesterday, the UP govt arrested one journalist and opened an investigation into another. It also actively sought the Supreme Court’s intervention to ensure a “free and fair” probe. Some officials leaked a story that points toward the victim’s family.

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October /
Tuesday
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That's Just Sick!

The US President tested positive for Covid, was rushed to the hospital and has now returned to the White House. We look at the evidence about his disease, and the implications it has for election day.

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October /
Monday
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Law? What Law?

Over the weekend, the UP government—and BJP—took a series of astonishing actions that displayed contempt for the young woman raped and killed in Hathras. We look at the tumultuous events and the laws that were invoked, breached or ignored.

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October /
Thursday
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Again and Again

Outrage. Protests. Raging TV coverage. But none made a difference to the police who forcibly cremated the gangrape victim in the middle of the night—locking her family in their home. Why this indifference? The answer: Victim was Dalit. And her state: UP

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