Monday, September 7 2020

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Supporting PM @narendramodi’s AtmaNirbhar movement, proud to present an action game, Fearless And United-Guards FAU-G. Besides entertainment, players will also learn about the sacrifices of our soldiers. 20% of the net revenue generated will be donated to @BharatKeVeer Trust #FAUG

That’s Akshay Kumar’s tweet unveiling the atmanirbhar version of PubG—showcasing the time-tested Indian biz model of making crappy knock-offs of phoren products. It brings back such sweet memories of… Campa Cola! Happy crony capitalist days are here again! Illustration: Parth Savla

Big Story

The rise of celebrity drug busts

The TLDR: Over the weekend, the police separately conducted raids and made prominent arrests targeting movie stars in two cities: Bangalore and Mumbai. The Mumbai case is, of course, a spin-off of the investigation into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. In Bangalore, the latest crackdown was triggered by the arrest of a drug dealer. Both are making a big splash—which is likely the aim—but do little to address India’s very real drug problem.


The Sandalwood raids

A quick timeline

  • On August 21, the police raided the home of a drug dealer named Ravindra—which led to the arrest of another dealer and eventually Anikha D.
  • She is the prime suspect and is accused of selling drugs to both students and a network of celebs, including actors, musicians and models.
  • Her diary allegedly contains the names of 15 such celebrities. 
  • Soon after, Indrajit Lankesh—brother of Gauri—made a police statement claiming he’s personally witnessed the widespread use of drugs in the Kannada film industry.
  • The prominent arrest so far: Actor Ragini Dwivedi whose house was raided Friday morning. Twelve people have been arrested so far.


The drugs involved


In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Djokovic crashes out of US Open
  • The many troubles of Trump
  • A pandemic horror story
  • Sports bra shaming in Bangalore
  • Earth is making the moon rusty


Smart And Curious

  • Latest pandemic trend: Travel shaming 
  • Why are we so easily distracted?

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