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Thursday, June 25 2020


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I went through infertility, pregnancy, birth, miscarriage all the while trying to balance being a good leader, good mother and good partner... I felt I had to be a version of what I thought a good male CEO was, so that I wouldn’t be judged or treated differently. It would take me years before I realized how delusional I was… And it turns out, my female identity was much more important to me than I realized going in.

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the big story

Warning: The pandemic may kill India’s poorest children

The TLDR: An urgent UNICEF report warns that 881,000 children under the age of 5—and 36,000 mothers—could die over the next 12 months in South Asia. The toll on India is likely to be the heaviest. The reason: the virus is having a domino effect that will unleash a pandemic of hunger, poverty and abuse on our children. Also: they are already among the most vulnerable and malnourished in the world.

 

The really scary numbers

Based on a Johns Hopkins study, the UN projects that 1.2 million children across the globe could die due to the pandemic—in the next six months! As many as 6,000 kids under the age of five could die each day—and that number will increase for the first time in decades! 

 

The projected number of deaths for India: 300,000.

 

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In today’s edition

  • The global pandemic: The US in crisis
  • The Indian pandemic: Delhi in crisis
  • A big Hinduja khandaan jhagda
  • Should you buy an antimicrobial face mask?
  • A lioness-sized mystery
  • Ladakh’s other claim to fame: priceless road signs
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