Dec 2020

December /
Thursday
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Happy, happy holiday!

Yup, this is our big story for the day coz it’s holiday time! Whether you are buying gifts for others or indulging in a year-end splurge, here is an eclectic list of excellent recommendations from the team and our subscribers.

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December /
Wednesday
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Sister, Sister!

After 28 years, a CBI court sentenced a priest and a nun for the murder of a young woman in a Kerala convent. It is testimony to both a broken judicial system, and those who persisted despite the odds.

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December /
Tuesday
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Assassins’ Creed

Russia’s prominent Opposition leader Alexey Navalny was poisoned with a deadly nerve agent in August. He survived and is in Germany. A CNN investigation has now revealed an elite unit of poisoners—and the exact circumstances of the assassination attempt.

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December /
Monday
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Mutant Ninja Virus

A highly infectious mutation of the coronavirus may be rapidly spreading across the UK. Vast parts of the country are in total lockdown just in time for Christmas. We explain what this new mutation is—and assess how worried we should be.

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December /
Friday
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Bad Apples

When Apple manufacturer Wistron set up shop in Narasapura, Karnataka, local residents were excited and proud. But a worker riot has shattered those dreams. The clash reveals the tension between aspiration and reality of an atmanirbhar Bharat.

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December /
Thursday
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Apple or Orange?

A law student filed a Supreme Court petition asking it to issue an order for the “immediate removal” of the protesting farmers from Delhi’s borders. The Court has instead appointed itself as the negotiator-in-chief and plans to break the deadlock.

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December /
Wednesday
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Right Voters

The government is poised to amend election rules that will allow NRIs to vote in elections at home. But this privilege will only be extended to voters in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, Germany, France and South Africa.

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December /
Tuesday
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Ready for Takeoff!

Air India—our greatly beloved white elephant—is on sale again. And this time around, it actually has three suitors, including the Tata Group—which is also most likely to win its fair hand.

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December /
Monday
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Protect Your Assets!

A Wall Street investigation shows that Facebook may have refused to ban Bajrang Dal—even though it qualified as a ‘dangerous organisation’ under its rules—because it was afraid for the safety of its India offices and staff.

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December /
Friday
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Fake Facts

A Brussels-based non-profit organisation has uncovered a global network of 750 fake news websites and fake NGOs—all of them owned by a single Indian firm. A leading Indian news wire ANI works closely with this network to amplify disinformation.

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December /
Thursday
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Thumbs Down

The government submitted a written document listing the concessions it is willing to make. Farmers have turned down the proposal—saying it was exactly the same offer. And they have promised to escalate the protests.

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December /
Wednesday
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The Stalemate

The nationwide protest against the farm laws was peaceful and modestly successful. The one surprise for the farmers: an unexpected invite from Amit Shah—but that ended once again in an impasse.

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December /
Tuesday
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Love Haters

Each day brings a new ‘love jihad’ case in UP—which has become ground zero for a militant Hindutva campaign to stamp out interfaith marriages. But these are the latest iteration of anti-conversion fear mongering that dates back to pre-Independence India.

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December /
Monday
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Ship ‘Em Out!

There are over one million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The government now plans to relocate 100,000 to an isolated island. But human rights activists say it is "a de facto prison island. It's like the Rohingya Alcatraz."

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December /
Friday
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Playing Chicken

Over the course of a six-hour meeting, the government indicated that it is ready to make a series of key concessions—except on the matter of price. The farmers aren’t satisfied, but both sides are now striking a remarkably cordial tone.

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December /
Thursday
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Battle Lines

As both sides get ready to talk again today, the farmers are digging in, and the government is refusing to budge. We look at the state of play in the kisan vs neta battle in Delhi.

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December /
Wednesday
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Show Me the Money!

The Conservative Party’s fastest rising star is raising eyebrows and questions. The reason: He has not been entirely upfront about his wife, Akshata Murty’s fabulous wealth.

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December /
Tuesday
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See No Evil

Over the past week, we have learnt of two participants in two separate vaccine trials—Oxford and Bharat Biotech—who suffered serious complications. What we don’t know is far more serious and the total lack of transparency also reveals a double-standard.

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