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Tuesday, October 13 2020


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Never say “That’s a tragedy or a disaster...”—the Titanic was a tragedy, the Ethiopian drought a disaster, and neither bears any relation to a dropped catch.

That’s one of the golden rules of cricket commentary embraced by the legendary Richie Benaud. And a very good reminder for all of us screaming at our TV screens this IPL season:)

Big Story

Bollywood's big campaign to save its rep

The TLDR: The biggest names in the film industry banded together to file a petition in the Delhi High Court seeking a restraining order on Times Now and Republic TV. It marks a rare moment of unity and rebellion in an industry that has mostly preferred to toe the establishment line.

 

Tell me about this petition...

Who: It was filed by four industry organisations and 34 production houses—including Aamir Khan Productions, Ajay Devgn Fflims, Anil Kapoor Film and Communication Network, Arbaaz Khan Productions, Ashutosh Gowariker Productions and Dharma Productions. Most notable of the lot: Cape of Good Hope Films which is owned by Akshay Kumar.

 

What: It specifically names Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami and Rahul Shivshankar of Times Now and others associated with the channel—along with “unknown persons” on social media platforms.

 

The petition demands these people “refrain from making or publishing irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory remarks” against Bollywood and its members—and “conducting media trials” of Bollywood personalities.

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In today’s edition

Headlines that Matter

  • A new stimulus package
  • A mega electricity cut in Mumbai
  • And playing Cleopatra… Wonder Woman?
  • It’s a fake mini-moon!

 

A list of curious facts

  • A startup is using CO2 drawn from air to create world’s first carbon-negative diamonds
  • How do you, umm, pleasure yourself if you don’t have hands?
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