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Friday, August 12 2022


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It is pertinent to mention that there is [sic] no financial constraints for providing [him] with better treatments within India or abroad but he is now adamant on his decision to go for euthanasia, which also affects the life of age old parents miserably.

That’s from an unusual petition filed in the Delhi High Court by a woman seeking to block her friend from flying to Europe—to seek assisted suicide. According to her, the man suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome—and is now almost entirely bed-ridden. His application to the Zurich-based Dignitas—which offers physician-assisted euthanasia—is being evaluated for mental fitness. The petition asks the court to block his emigration clearance for lying about his reasons for the European visit. FYI: only passive euthanasia for terminally ill individuals is legal in India.

 

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

125 years later: India’s grand love affair with Enid Blyton

The TLDR: Yesterday, August 11, marked the 125th birth anniversary of the children’s book author. She continues to captivate new generations of Indian children even though her legacy in the West now stands tarnished.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Europe is burning
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  • Delhi’s Covid numbers rise
  • Tweeting is good for your career
  • Trans pilots cleared to fly
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  • A link between vegetarian diets and fractures?
  • Domino’s has given up trying to sell pizzas to Italians

 

Sanity Break

  • 'A Cat and Its Prize' by photographer Dennis Stogsdill

 

Weekend Advisory

  • Good stuff to watch this weekend
  • A list of good reads

 

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