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Tuesday, June 30 2020


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Artemis is NASA’s program to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024… As we prepare for our return to the Moon, innumerable activities to equip, shelter, and otherwise support future astronauts are underway. These astronauts will be eating and drinking, and subsequently urinating and defecating in microgravity and lunar gravity… This challenge hopes to attract radically new and different approaches to the problem of human waste capture and containment.

That’s NASA touting its Lunar Loo Challenge—which is inviting applications for best potty design that will allow astronauts to poop on the Moon. Enuf said. Illustration: Parth Savla.

the big story

Laxmi Mittal has a ‘chhota bhai’ problem

The TLDR: It is the fate of every fabulously wealthy man to be burdened with a younger sibling—whose role is to tarnish the family name, spend insane amounts of money, and then go publicly and embarrassingly broke. Meet Pramod Mittal—UK’s very own Anil Ambani. The man who once spent £50 million ($62 million) on his daughter's wedding has been declared bankrupt—and due to his links with organised crime, no less!

 

Who is this Pramod person now?

He is the younger brother of Laxmi Mittal—the head of ArcelorMittal steel, and the 19th richest man in the UK with an estimated fortune of £6.78 billion ($9.1 billion). Though both are NRIs, their family fortune was very much homemade.

 

First, tell me about this latest mess

Pramod has been declared bankrupt due to £130 million ($160 million) in debt.

 

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • A big ban on Chinese apps
  • Remdesivir sets a price
  • India Unlock 2.0 unveiled!
  • CJI gets on a Harley

 

Smart And Curious

  • The culinary origins of Rava Dosa
  • A photo gallery that captures the return of plastic
  • Indian patients on a desperate quest for Remdesivir

 

Life Advisory

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