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Monday, May 16 2022


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Talk Is Cheap, AIDS Funding Is Not.

That’s what the sign held by legendary gay rights activist Urvashi Vaid said—as she interrupted a press conference by then president George Bush Sr in 1990. She died at the age of 63 over the weekend—and the LGBTQ+ community is mourning the loss of a “visionary” and fearless warrior. Advocate pays tribute to her amazing career. 

 

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Big Story

Thomas Cup 2022: Meet the bad boys of badminton

The TLDR: The Indian men’s team scored a glorious 3-0 victory to bag the gold medal at the Thomas Cup in Bangkok—a first-ever feat for the country. The embarrassing truth is that most of us know next to nothing about these champions. Maybe it’s time to remedy that?

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • A ban on wheat exports
  • A shameful attack on a funeral
  • Does Vladimir Putin have cancer?
  • Andrew Symonds dies in accident
  • A terrible tragedy in Mundka
  • A flurry of IPL betting raids
  • Video games may be good for kids

 

Sanity Break

  • Kendrick Lamar's new song ‘The Heart Part 5’ offers food for thought

 

A list of good reads

  • A bizarre tale of (near) human sacrifice from the Ramayana
  • The rise of tele-gurus in India
  • Did you know about 'death hotels' in Varanasi?
  • Why do we “choke” under pressure?

 

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