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Thursday, February 10 2022


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I understand why the name of this award has changed but I really love being a woman and being a female artist. I do! I’m really proud of us, I really, really am.

That’s what Adele said in her acceptance speech as she swept the first-ever gender-neutral Brit Awards—which means there weren’t any separate categories for men and women. But a number of people on social media have slammed her statement as “transphobic.” Then again, just as many defended her. We, OTOH, are mostly confused. 


Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode’, the splainer team looks at the tyranny of founders (Ashneer Grover, of course) and governments (China, of course). Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it.

 
Big Story

A big battle of a medical exam

The TLDR: Tamil Nadu is spoiling for a big fight with the union government over the common entrance exam for medical and dental schools—aka the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). Setting the politics aside, we look at why NEET has become such a lightning rod for the debate over caste and class privilege.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • A breakthrough in nuclear fusion
  • Afghanistan vs Pakistan: BFFs no more?
  • Alarming data about unemployment
  • A grand rescue in Kerala
  • SpaceX’s big satellite loss
  • ‘Good food’ adds years to your life
  • A key Matrix lawsuit
  • Higher than the Himalayas
  • A political fight over a zoo mascot

 

Sanity Break

  • The darkest work email nightmare come true

 

Reading Habit

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

 

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