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Monday, March 14 2022


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The CWC unanimously reaffirms its faith in the leadership of Ms. Gandhi and requests the Congress President to lead from the front, address the organisational weaknesses, effect necessary and comprehensive organisational changes to take on the political challenges.

That’s what the Congress Working Committee concluded in its resolution after Sonia Gandhi offered to step down—along with her children Rahul and Priyanka—and said they are ready to offer any “sacrifice” if asked. The offer was firmly rejected. Instead, many clamoured for Rahul to return as president. The party will now undertake a “chintan shivir” to see where it went wrong in the state elections. More things change for Congress’ fortunes, absolutely nothing changes in its response to defeat.


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Big Story

The big missile botch up: WTF happened here?

The TLDR: India “accidentally” fired a supersonic missile into Pakistani territory on March 9. New Delhi took more than 24 hours to acknowledge the mistake and apologise—but did not share a single detail on why this happened or what went wrong.


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Headlines That Matter

  • The Russian invasion: The latest update
  • China’s big Covid surge
  • A mass execution in Saudi Arabia
  • RCB has a new captain
  • An avian flu horror in America
  • A shocking sexual assault in Madhya Pradesh
  • Unexpected treasures from Ernest Shackleton’s lost ship
  • Naomi Osaka burst into tears at the Indian Wells Open

 

Sanity Break

  • Iranian-Dutch singer Sevdaliza’s sci-fi, apocalyptic music video features Dahlia—a robot known as a Femmenoid

 

Smart & Curious

  • Should you “two strap” or “one strap” your backpack?
  • A petition to make coriander India’s national herb
  • What drives Indian students to go abroad for medical degrees?
  • The women who are powering the porn revolution in India
  • Are we all living in a digital simulation?

 

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