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Tuesday, March 9 2021


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There were 1,500 10 years ago, now there are 950. More will sink if the repair and renovation is not allowed. All houseboats require maintenance on [a] yearly basis—it is a fragile wooden infrastructure.

That’s a houseboat owner sounding the alarm over the impending demise of Dal Lake’s best-known attraction. In an attempt to save the shrinking lake from environmental destruction, authorities have started strictly enforcing a decade-old ban on the reconstruction and repair of houseboats. The result: “Kashmir’s lakes are slowly turning into graveyards for the sinking boats.” This may well be the last generation of houseboats on the lake.

Big Story

What’s the big fuss over NFTs?

The TLDR: This is another one of our made-to-order big stories for our subscribers who want us to explain this latest mania over NFT aka Non Fungible Tokens. These are digital objects—ranging from music albums to artwork to, er, a single tweet. This is a cryptocurrency thing which… well, we might as well get started.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Myanmar protests rage on
  • A flurry of OTT cancellations
  • Menopause in hiding
  • Indians behaving very badly

 

A list of intriguing things

  • Masayoshi Matsumoto’s balloon art
  • There’s hula-hooping… and then there’s bum hula hooping
  • A throwback Tuesday ad for all Pears soap lovers
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