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Thursday, June 9 2022


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I believe that the activity level is eye-opening. I think some of the infrastructure that is being created in the Western Theatre Command is alarming. And so, much like across all of their military arsenal, one has to ask the question, why? The question comes as to what are their intentions.

That’s what General Charles A Flynn—Commander of US Army Pacific—said about China’s military build-up on the Ladakh border. He also noted that New Delhi and Beijing were holding talks to de-escalate the situation, “but behaviour matters here as well.” FYI: Since the bloody clash between troops in Ladakh in April 2020 (explained here), China has vastly expanded infrastructure to house additional troops close to the border.

 

​​Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode’, the splainer team looks at whether Nupur Sharma is indeed a ‘fringe element’—and the 'right to repair' movement. Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it. 


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Big Story

The retirement of Mithali Raj: The queen of Indian cricket

The TLDR: The captain of the Indian team unexpectedly announced the end of her 23-year career—which is longer than even that of Sachin Tendulkar. Apart from her prodigious talent and achievements on the field, she also carried the greater burden of ensuring the survival of women’s cricket in India—which has long been neglected and dismissed.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • RBI raises interest rates, again
  • The ED freezes the accounts of 100 fintech startups
  • Crackdown on maskless passengers
  • EU cracks down on device chargers
  • Changes to the minimum age for professional skaters
  • India is at the rock-bottom of the Environment Performance Index
  • The most expensive cities in the world
  • Post-Covid work woes
  • Saving Mamata’s good name

 

Sanity Break 

  • A final and moving tribute to the dearly beloved KK 

 

Reading Habit

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

 

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