Jul 2020

Jul 2020/
Friday
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(Not) Made In China

TikTok is having an exceptionally bad week. Japan is considering banning the app. Trump once again threatened to do the same. We look at TikTok’s desperate scramble to free itself from the giant albatross on its neck: that pesky ‘Made in China’ label.

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Jul 2020/
Thursday
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An Educated Choice

The government unveiled its draft of the National Education Policy which promises to overhaul our school and university system. The good news: It takes a liberal approach and offers a bold vision. The bad news: is usually hidden in the details.

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Jul 2020/
Wednesday
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The Grand Inquisition

Four of the most powerful men in the world—Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai—will be grilled in front of the US Congress—which is investigating them for unfair business practice.

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Jul 2020/
Tuesday
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Burning Down the House

The government’s own assessment concludes that India will be uninhabitable very soon due to severe climate change. But the same government is ignoring its own predictions—and its behaviour offers great cause for worry.

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Jul 2020/
Monday
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Feeding Frenzy

Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film ‘Dil Bechara’ hit Disney+ Hotstar this weekend—in the midst of a toxic blame game unleashed by his death. The spectacle includes wild conspiracy theories, self-serving debates over nepotism and a politicised police probe.

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Jul 2020/
Friday
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Calamity Report

Back in June, while we were obsessed with Covid-19, the government released the first-ever report to assess the future of climate change in India—unlike global UN studies that offer a broad view of the planet.

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Jul 2020/
Thursday
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The Quad Squad

Everyone has a problem with China—be it the US, UK, India, Australia or Japan. And they are each pushing back in unprecedented ways—which may mark the beginning of a new cold war.

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Jul 2020/
Wednesday
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Testing Times

A massive serological survey of Delhi shows that almost one in four people in the city were infected with the coronavirus at some point. The government thinks this is a good result. Critics beg to disagree.

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Jul 2020/
Tuesday
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Good Medicine

The spectacular trial results of a new treatment is stirring great excitement—and anxiety—in the medical community. The drug appears to be highly successful in preventing patients from becoming seriously ill.

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Jul 2020/
Monday
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Claiming Immunity

There are at least 150 Covid-19 vaccines being developed around the world. Of these, 23 have reached the human trial stage. The company that wins this race will also determine who receives the vaccines first.

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Jul 2020/
Friday
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Up, Up and Away!

We break down the latest Covid-19 numbers, and look at where we are now, and where we are headed.

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Jul 2020/
Thursday
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It's Raining Money, Hallelujah!

While the economy is in tatters—as are our wallets—India’s richest man unveiled his coup de grace at Reliance’s annual meeting: A $4.5 billion investment by Google. This is just the latest in a recent deluge of big-bang investment moolah.

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Jul 2020/
Wednesday
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Yerrr Out!

The young-ish Congress leader was fired from every job he had in Rajasthan: Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan, cabinet minister, and state party chief. It isn’t clear if he will join the BJP, and Congress may still hold on to the gaddi.

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Jul 2020/
Tuesday
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Going for Gold!

Earlier this month, 30 kgs of gold was seized at a Kerala airport. It has triggered a political firestorm that involves a mysteriously well-connected woman, the Chief Minister’s office and the UAE consulate.

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Jul 2020/
Monday
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Watership Down!

Congress is faced with yet another open—and potentially lethal—rebellion from one of its ‘young turks’. This time it’s Sachin Pilot who is threatening to leave the party due to differences with Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

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Jul 2020/
Friday
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Point and Shoot!

The six-day manhunt for Vikas Dubey—a very big badman from Kanpur—ended in his arrest, which was surprisingly (and suspiciously) uneventful… until Dubey was shot dead on his way back to Uttar Pradesh.

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Jul 2020/
Thursday
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There Was Something in the Air...

The WHO is increasingly under fire for its handling of the pandemic. From the very outset, a number of its policy recommendations have been wildly off the mark. Now, the US has withdrawn its funding, and many countries are ignoring its advice.

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Jul 2020/
Wednesday
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Eviction Notice

International students at institutions across the US have been given a choice: either attend in-person classes or leave the country. Trump is waging war on universities who are refusing to open their campuses in September.

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Jul 2020/
Tuesday
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Reverse Gear

China and India have agreed to move back by 1.8 km from the location of the Galwan encounter. For now, however, there is little indication of a similar retreat in other areas along the Line of Control.

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Jul 2020/
Monday
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Miracle Cures

Last week, the Indian Council of Medical Research wrote to 12 hospitals conducting human trials for a ‘made in India’ vaccine called Covaxin. The demand: get it ready by August 15. The deadline had medical experts up in arms. And ICMR is in damage control

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Jul 2020/
Friday
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Is It Over Yet?

Several patients who have recovered from Covid-19 are reporting symptoms months after they have been ‘cured’. Doctors are struggling to understand why. The big reason: the virus can attack virtually every organ in the body, and no one knows how it works.

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Jul 2020/
Thursday
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Eye of the Beholder

A 65-year-old man—accompanied by his grandchild—was killed in Sopore. There are two wildly different versions of how he died—the official narrative and that offered by Bashir Ahmed’s family.

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Jul 2020/
Wednesday
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A Power Surge

This month, people across the country got a very rude shock when they received their electricity bill—which was anywhere between three to fifteen times the usual amount. The culprit: The lockdown.

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