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Thursday, August 11 2022


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Not everybody is in the pink of their health in their eighties. He has never misused his liberty while on bail...Some people may run marathons in their nineties. Some people are healthy in their eighties and nineties, some not.

That’s what the Supreme Court said while granting bail to the 83-year-old poet and activist Varavara Rao—who had been held without bail or a trial in the Bhima Koregaon case. Rao was finally given interim bail after 2.5 years—and this more permanently ensures his freedom. More shocking to us: Additional Solicitor General SV Raju—appearing for the National Investigation Agency—adamantly opposed the bail plea. When asked by the court what punishment Rao would face if he is found guilty, his answer: "Death." To understand why this is shocking, check out our Big Story on the growing evidence that the accused have been framed.

 

An I-Day reminder: Come August 15, the splainer team will be busy waving tirangas—of the khadi kind to be especially patriotic:) So there will be no daily edition on Monday.


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Big Story

A swimsuit shame in an Indian college

The TLDR: A college professor was forced to resign because of what she was wearing in her personal Instagram account—which was likely hacked. We look at the case in the broader context of dress codes in Indian educational institutions.


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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Nitish is Chief Minister… again!
  • Say hello to greener petrol
  • China makes worrying noises over Taiwan
  • Musk is selling Tesla shares
  • Twitter employee convicted of spying for Saudi Arabia
  • A new monkeypox peril
  • A new disease that is transmitted from animals to humans: Langya
  • Hot nights can be lethal
  • Sri Lanka’s globetrotting ex-President
  • Saddest news about a stranded Beluga

 

Sanity Break

  • A fabulous Kuthu performance at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games

 

Reading Habit

  • A list of good literary reads
  • Quick fixes, aka a few varied recommendations

 

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