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Wednesday, April 13 2022


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Jis ghar se pathar aaye hain, us ghar ko hi patharon kaa dher banaenge.

Translation: “We will turn the houses from where the stones were pelted to a heap of rubble.” That’s what state home minister Narottam Mishra warned after a Ram Navami procession sparked a communal clash—including stone pelting—in a Muslim neighbourhood in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh. And he kept his word. Within hours, local authorities launched a demolition drive against “illegal” construction—razing 16 houses and 29 shops in five localities mostly owned by Muslims. Quint has details and Indian Express highlights the case of a Muslim family which built its house as part of PM Modi’s scheme for affordable housing.

 

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Important heads up: Easter weekend is coming up, and the splainer team will be taking Friday off. So there will be no edition on that day:) 


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Big Story

The mysterious megalithic jars of Assam

The TLDR: Researchers recently discovered 65 sandstone jars scattered over four sites in Assam. They have no connection to any other part of India—and are instead linked to the Plain of Jars in Laos. Who made these jars and why—these still unanswered questions could hold the key to one of the great mysteries of our ancient history.

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Headlines That Matter

  • The Russian invasion: The latest update
  • Sri Lanka will “temporarily” default on foreign debt
  • Nepal's dwindling foreign currency reserves
  • Record-breaking droughts in Chile and Somalia
  • Layoffs galore at India Inc
  • Government OKs Aakar Patel probe
  • Boris Johnson walks away from Partygate
  • Netflix’s new rating system
  • The cause of Covid loss of smell
  • Wood beats steel… when it comes to knives

 

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