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Wednesday, December 9 2020


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When everything else was spinning out of control. I stopped trying to control my body. I decided to just be who I am.

That’s a British woman explaining why women have cut back on their beauty regimen during the pandemic. New research out of the UK shows that the virus may have an unexpected benefit: a “grooming hiatus.” It has given women a pass from the continual plucking, waxing, manicuring and dyeing that passes for self-care—and they are far happier for it. We truly hope this one pandemic effect will be a lasting one.

Big Story

Bharat Bandh ends in a dead end

The TLDR: The nationwide protest against the farm laws was peaceful and modestly successful. The one surprise for the farmers: an unexpected invite from Amit Shah— but that ended once again in an impasse. What’s worth noting: a first crack in the farmers’ ranks. Here’s a quick roundup of yesterday’s events.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The world’s first coronavirus jab
  • Clues to Andhra’s mystery illness
  • Mt Everest is higher than ever
  • Sitharaman makes the Forbes list
  • YouTube’s role in Christchurch killing
  • Jet plans a comeback

 

Smart & Curious

  • Queen Victoria’s personal Urdu notebook
  • Pandemic khana goes upmarket: Dome dining is the hottest global trend
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