Dec 2021

Dec 2021/
Thursday
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Eye in the Sky

At the end of a fairly dreary year on planet Earth, we decided to end the year with a Big Story on the vast and glorious universe beyond. NASA is getting ready to launch the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope on Christmas Day. It will allow humans to look back into the ancient past—all the way to the Big Bang. How amazing is that?

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Dec 2021/
Wednesday
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Token Please!

Starting January 1, you will have to manually enter your card details at every place you shop online—delivery apps included. And you may have to do it repeatedly with a number of merchants if they are not ready for a brand new set of Reserve Bank of India rules—which dictate that companies can no longer store your card data.

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Dec 2021/
Tuesday
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Voter, Identify Yourself!

A new law pushed through Lok Sabha yesterday allows election officers to ask for your Aadhaar card when you register to vote. Whether you choose to do so is still voluntary, but civil rights activists and opposition leaders are raising the alarm—claiming it is the first step toward a serious loss of voting rights and privacy.

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Dec 2021/
Monday
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Mob Mentality

Two men were killed by angry Sikh mobs for committing acts of sacrilege. The religiously charged incidents occurred right in the midst of heated state election campaigning—and has everyone talking about a ‘conspiracy’.

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Dec 2021/
Sunday
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Family secrets, fresh perspectives, and feisty heroines

This December, Champaca Books, the Bangalore-based independent bookstore, brings you reading recommendations from our shelves: discover unique books by indie publishers, travel with us to Kabul, and find your next read.

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Dec 2021/
Friday
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Loss of Life

Each year, without fail, there is a story on the high rate of suicide by housewives in India. And yet more men die by suicide than women in this country—and by a magnitude. Rather than get into futile debates over who is more at risk, we look at the different reasons why Indian men and women take that irrevocable step.

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Dec 2021/
Thursday
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A Musk-Sized Shame

Both of Musk's high profile companies—SpaceX and Tesla—are facing a barrage of sexual harassment allegations. They point to a toxic work culture—a problem that, as always, starts at the top.

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Dec 2021/
Wednesday
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That’s Coco Cool

French fashion house Chanel named Leena Nair as its global CEO—who will now run one of the world’s biggest luxury brands. This is just the latest achievement in a career marked with a number of ‘firsts’. Here’s a quick introduction to the latest NRI hotshot in town.

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Dec 2021/
Tuesday
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Temple Run

Days before the announcement of elections in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor—in a grand ceremony and with a speech that spoke directly to Hindu pride. But oddly enough, there are plenty of Hindus who are not happy with the project—which also raises the threat of a new Babri Masjid-like controversy.

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Dec 2021/
Monday
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Variations On A Theme

We revisit the dreaded new variant to assess where we are—and what we now know about it.

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Dec 2021/
Friday
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Third Time’s the Charm

A guide to the hottest term in tech: Web3. Both die-hard lefties and free market libertarians love it. Investors are throwing oodles of money at it—both here in India and around the world. But what is it?

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Dec 2021/
Thursday
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Helicopter Down!

India’s most senior military officer—the first Chief of Defence Staff—was killed in a helicopter crash with 12 others—including his wife. The cause for the terrible accident is still unknown—but many are pointing their finger at weather conditions.

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Dec 2021/
Wednesday
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Malicious Messages

A joint investigation by Bloomberg News and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has uncovered a covert phone surveillance business—which may be even more alarming than Pegasus. This one hijacks networks used to send SMSes we all receive—ads, alerts and two step verification requests—from some of the biggest companies, including Google and Twitter.

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Dec 2021/
Tuesday
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Bear Attack

President Vladimir Putin is in New Delhi for a big summit that affirms Russia’s friendship with India. And the two sides have talked of many issues except one: Ukraine—more specifically, Moscow’s intention to invade it. We look at the great elephant in the room—which is raising fears of war in the US and Europe.

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Dec 2021/
Monday
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Casualties of Conflict

An army operation went terribly wrong when soldiers shot and killed six civilians—who they mistook for extremists. More people died in a clash with the troops when villagers rose in anger. We look at why this happened—and what is going on in a state that most Indians rarely pay attention to.

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Dec 2021/
Friday
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Gospel of Hate

2021 has witnessed an escalation in attacks on Christian communities across the country—a pattern that has received far less attention than anti-Muslim violence. We look at what’s happening and why.

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Dec 2021/
Thursday
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The Hyderabad Eye

Earlier this month, Amnesty International released a brief report calling out the dangerous use of facial recognition technology in the city. But Hyderabad is far from the only Orwellian nightmare in India—but part of a sweeping nationwide trend, which is closely linked to the Smart Cities Mission.

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Dec 2021/
Wednesday
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Non Resident CEO

Not much is known about the new publicity-shy CEO—or how he plans to lead Twitter. Here’s a quick recap of what we could uncover from the recent coverage.

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