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Thursday, March 24 2022


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There is significant data which suggest that the Inca city actually was called Picchu or more likely, Huayna Picchu.

That’s the surprising discovery made by new research—which reveals we’ve been calling one of the world’s best-known archaeological sites by the wrong name: Machu Picchu. Its name is actually Huayna Picchu. But don’t expect a name change a la Prayagraj: “Except now Machu Picchu is an established brand very linked to Peruvian identity, so what would be the point of changing it?”

 

Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode’, the splainer team looks at politics at the movies—be it Vivek Agnihotri’s ‘Kashmir Files’ or Disney’s aversion to same-sex kisses. Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it.


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Big Story

The economic catastrophe in Sri Lanka

There are riots at petrol stations, severe food shortages and inflation—and the first economic refugees are beginning to trickle into Tamil Nadu. WTF is going on in Sri Lanka?


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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The Russian invasion: The latest update
  • Chinese plane crash: The latest update
  • Ash Barty’s shocking retirement
  • Indian exports cross the $400 billion mark
  • Taliban breaks promise and girls’ hearts
  • Football’s got new rules
  • Let's talk about apps, baby!
  • Anne Frank book is cancelled
  • A human organ that changes its sex
  • The largest ever human family tree
  • A very rocky royal visit

 

Sanity Break

  • African architect Diébédo Francis Kéré's sustainable buildings for marginalised communities

 

Reading Habit

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

 

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