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Thursday, July 16 2020


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Even in the summer months, please remember to wear face coverings & practice social distancing. The more precaution we take now can mean a healthier & safer country in the Fall.

That’s an eyebrow-raising tweet sent out by Melania Trump, accompanied with a photo of her in an impeccably white face mask. The Donald has infamously resisted wearing a mask, insisting that it makes him look unmanly—and his supporters are most often found brawling with bystanders over their right to remain mask-free. So Melania is either trolling her hubby or indicating a change of heart. Illustration: Parth Savla

the big story

Mukesh Ambani’s fabulously productive pandemic

The TLDR: 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—all of which is going into Reliance’s golden child, Jio Platforms. The likely end result: Jio will soon become intertwined in almost every aspect of our daily lives.

 

So why is everyone rushing to dump money in Mukesh-bhai’s pockets? And why are they doing so when the Indian economy is set to shrink by 5% or more? We answer these and other puzzling questions.

 

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The great pandemic: the global and India edition
  • Whiskey is best served in paper
  • A ‘jaw-dropping’ crash in global fertility rates
  • Good vaccine news
  • A brief Sachin Pilot update

 

Smart And Curious

  • Two good reads on caste in Silicon Valley
  • Saving the planet from climate change by bringing woolly mammoths back
  • Two tricks of the eye

 

Life Advisory

  • Pet therapy is a mood-changer
  • Some art therapy exercises that help you feel better
  • Concentration playlists help you focus while you work
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