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Tuesday, January 19 2021


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The UP police has left for Mumbaithat too in a car. The charges in the FIR are serious. Be ready to pay the price for hurting religious sentiments.

That’s the chilling tweet of CM Adityanath’s media advisor, referencing a new case filed in Uttar Pradesh against the ‘Tandav’ team—including Amazon India content head Aparna Purohit. This comes on the heels of a BJP MLA in Maharashtra who kicked off the controversy by expressing outrage at its references to Shiva’s trident and damru. Then the Information & Broadcasting Ministry asked Amazon to respond to the charges. The result: An unconditional apology from the director. But it is unlikely to satisfy the Hindutva leaders who are demanding a total ban. FYI: gangster Vikas Dubey was killed in an ‘encounter’ as he was being brought back to UP in a car.

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A stuttering start to the great vaccine rollout

The TLDR: The government’s ambitious first phase plan to vaccinate 30 million Indians has got off to an unsteady start. The reasons include: low turnout, malfunctioning vaccine app and, in some cases, open rebellion. Here’s a quick overview of where we are at the end of Day 3.

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