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Tuesday, February 8 2022


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Congress crossed all limits during the first wave of the infection. During the first wave of Covid-19, you (Congress) gave free train tickets to migrant workers to leave Mumbai. At the same time, the Delhi government told migrant workers to leave the city and provided them buses. As a result, Covid spread rapidly in Punjab, UP and Uttarakhand.

That’s Prime Minister Modi blaming the opposition for the ruinous first wave of the pandemic in a speech in Parliament. He also called Congress “the leader of Tukde Tukde gang” and said it has “become a joke.” Oddly, he also cited Pandit Nehru when offering his justification for rising inflation. Needless to say, opposition leaders were not amused by Modi’s interpretation of recent history—calling it an “outright lie.” If you need a reminder of the facts—which include the 4,621 Shramik Specials that moved more than 6 million people—Deccan Herald offers a succinct account of what actually happened in the summer of 2020.

 
Big Story

BharatPe: The underbelly of India’s startup story

The TLDR: Fintech success BharatPe finds itself mired in a tabloid-sized mess—with allegations of fraud and abusive behaviour against its founder Ashneer Grover. Biz types have pored breathlessly over the details, but for the layperson, this is an eye-opening story of the seedy reality of superstar startups—so often obscured by media hype. In this case, a cutting-edge tech star has turned out to be an old-fashioned family ‘bijness’—with the attendant petty thievery and greed.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • A Covid hell at the Beijing Olympics
  • Indian media’s Twitter report card
  • A big breakthrough in spinal injury treatment
  • Steal crypto, build nukes!
  • Companies are fudging their eco-footprint
  • Look out, mehengaayi ahead!
  • Dog poo is destroying wildlife
  • Fight over ‘Fight Club’ in China

 

Sanity Break

  • A delightful innovation that makes brutalist architecture look attractive

 

A list of intriguing things

  • The Pillow Fight Championships (PFC) sees participants indulging in “hardcore swinging with specialised pillows”
  • iStamp Gallery features stamps from around the world
  • Narrative Device, an AI tool for budding novelists
  • The latest viral trend: cardboard furniture 

 

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