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Thursday, March 11 2021


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I was standing outside my car with the door open. I was praying from there on seeing a temple. Few people came around my car and pushed the door. The door hit my leg.

That’s Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claiming that she was attacked by four-five men while campaigning in Nandigram—the seat she is contesting in the upcoming Bengal election. The incident happened as Banerjee was about to leave after praying at a local temple. She alleged that she was pushed by four-five men while she was trying to get into the car, following which she fell flat on her face. While Bannerjee and Trinamool allege a planned conspiracy, the BJP dismissed it as a “simple accident.”

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The biggest cities sinking into the sea

The TLDR: First, thanks to a 2019 study, we discovered that rising sea levels—due to global warming—will wipe great parts of coastal cities around the world. Then in January, new research showed that cities are at risk of collapsing under their own increasing weight. Now, a new study shows that the most densely populated cities are sinking at a faster and dizzying rate—due to human activity, especially groundwater removal. Taken together, they spell a dismal future for a great many of us.

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