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Monday, March 8 2021


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I am a pure cobra. You will be finished in one bite. Now, remember the new slogan — Ek chhobole chhobi (One bite and you will become a photo).

That’s actor Mithun Chakraborty announcing his entry into the BJP with great fanfare at a rally in Kolkata. Point to note: Chakraborty was once a Trinamool Rajya Sabha member, and is wildly popular in Bengal—where state elections will be held, starting March 27. 

Big Story

A bizarre Ambani-related murder in Mumbai

The TLDR: In late February, an SUV with gelatin sticks was found parked 400 metres from Antilia—Mukesh Ambani’s mega-mansion in Mumbai. On Friday, the businessman who owned (maybe) the SUV was found dead in a creek—a death that has now been deemed a murder. With allegations and counter-allegations being traded, the case has now become a mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes—or Feluda, if we prefer ‘made in India’ analogies.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Government threatens Facebook
  • Meghan’s big Oprah interview
  • A new Rohingya nightmare in Jammu
  • OCIs lose their rights
  • Dolce & Gabbana sues bloggers

 

Smart & Curious

  • Kerala women struck a big blow for feminism in 1956
  • An illuminating read on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • The myth of expiry dates on medicines
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