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Monday, May 9 2022


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I think that’s the beauty of living in a democratic country. You may come from different beliefs but you can always work together. Yes, many had raised questions about me doing this show. But I knew it was a means to connect with fans, and I was successful in doing that.

That’s what comedian Munawar Faruqui said after winning the reality show ‘Lock Upp’. Many had questioned his decision to participate in a show hosted by a virulently right-leaning Kangana Ranaut. But Faruqui—who’d been arrested, held in jail for 37 days and struggled to get a gig—prevailed in the end. He took home the trophy, Rs 20 lakh in cash and a brand new car.


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Big Story

The big brouhaha over India’s Covid death toll

The TLDR: For over a month, the Indian government and the WHO have been arguing over just how many Indians died due to Covid. The WHO’s number is nearly 10X the official number. The reporting has been confusing—and the analysis often skewed toward one or the other side. Here’s a quick guide to the controversy.

 

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • A new leader in Hong Kong
  • A horrific Ukraine bombing
  • Taliban shows its original colours
  • Xiaomi vs Enforcement Directorate
  • The Emperor penguin faces risk of extinction
  • Is the NFT bubble going to pop?
  • A handy device to turn saltwater into drinking water

 

Sanity Break

  • U2's surprise 'freedom show' in a Kyiv metro station

 

Smart & Curious

  • Why are American flavours of chips boring?
  • Are you good at detecting bullshit?
  • The great disco ball comeback 
  • The dangerous side of human love

 

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