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Thursday, July 8 2021


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It's a struggle for me. I knew it was going to be hard to be honest, but now I need to talk to the team, take time—not feel rushed by you guys or anybody—take time and work out the decision to take. I hope not; the goal is to play on.

That was Roger Federer’s response when asked if he now planned to retire—after crashing out of the Wimbledon in straight sets to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals. Federer received a standing ovation and the crowd chanted, ‘One more year!’ Then again, he turns 40 next week. Then again, this is Federer. Also: Everyone is talking about this poignant photo of him waving goodbye to the crowds after his defeat.

Big Story

Editor’s note: Since there isn’t one big story today, we are doing two smaller ones instead:)

 

The great cabinet reshuffle

The TLDR: There’s nothing the media loves more than the political intrigue of a big cabinet reshuffle—to decode whose fortunes have soared or waned, what weighty signals are being sent, and which strategies are at play. If you don’t care about any of that, we suggest you skip ahead to our tribute to Dilip Kumar:)

 

Here’s what’s new...

The basic deets:

 

  • This is a mega-cabinet with 78 ministers—almost at the statutory limit of 81. 
  • And it’s almost totally brand new with 36 new faces. While 12 ministers were shown the door, six others were stripped of their existing posts—which is why it is being described as the largest-scale purge in recent times.
  • The average age of the cabinet has dropped from 61 to 58. Nisith Pramanik—who is now a Minister of State—is the youngest at 35.
  • The PM added seven women—doubling their number to 11, which is the highest it has ever been since 2004.
  • And the cabinet has more expertise and education: 13 lawyers, six doctors, five engineers, seven civil servants, seven PhDs and three MBAs along with 68 Ministers with graduate degrees.

 

Remembering Dilip Kumar

The TLDR: His passing deservedly received tons of coverage—and an excuse to resurface lovely throwback photos. We’ve picked out the best of the lot—many of which were written before he died.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • England breaks Denmark’s heart
  • The assassination of Haiti’s president
  • Journalists in jeopardy
  • Robots get the feels

 

Reading Habit

  • From '12 Bytes’ to 'Survive the Night': Here are some of our fave new releases!
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