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Tuesday, February 15 2022


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Anyone can download a vpn its literally free on the App Store.

That’s what Winter Olympics gold medallist Eileen Gu wrote on Instagram in response to someone pointing out that Chinese citizens can’t use Insta unlike Gu—who has also defended Beijing’s censorship policies. Never mind that using a VPN to get around geo-blocking is illegal in China, this is the final note of irony: Screenshots of Gu’s comments have now been blocked on Chinese social media.

 
Big Story

The NSE saga: The monk, the CEO and an email ID

The TLDR: As CEO and MD of the National Stock Exchange, Chitra Ramkrishna was wholly directed by a mysterious yogi. The story—equal parts amusing and alarming—also points to the complete lack of oversight of our stock markets—which is, after all, where our life savings lie.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Russia vs Ukraine: The latest update
  • A reprieve for the Russian skater
  • Better.com’s India problem
  • Mauritius claims Chagos Islands
  • Plagiarism row over Savarkar biographer
  • Goodbye Guinea worm disease!
  • Don’t blame Elon Musk for this!
  • Pleasure sells safe sex

 

Sanity Break

  • Welcome to Netflix International School!

 

A list of curious facts

  • A nifty device that can turn an ordinary cycle into an electric vehicle
  • A party for armpit fetishists
  • The world’s first paragliding dog
  • A ‘sexercise’ calculator

 

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