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Thursday, July 14 2022


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As early as 2014, Uber became aware that its drivers were sexually assaulting and raping female passengers; nevertheless, in the eight years since, sexual predators driving for Uber have continued to attack passengers.

That’s what the US law firm representing 550 women claims in its lawsuit—which also alleges that “women passengers in multiple states were kidnapped, sexually assaulted, sexually battered, raped, falsely imprisoned, stalked, harassed, or otherwise attacked by Uber drivers.” FYI: In its safety report, the company said it received 3,824 reports of the five most severe categories of sexual assault in 2019 and 2020.

 

Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode,’ the team debates two very different issues—chaos in Sri Lanka and the dubious system of determining “authenticity” in art. Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it.  


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Big Story

A big rehaul in Indian education: Part 2

The TLDR: In the first instalment of this series, we looked at the National Education Policy—which created the overarching framework for a reboot of our education system. Today, we look at the ‘rationalisation’ of school textbooks—which will significantly transform what Indian kids learn.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The Sri Lanka crisis: The latest update
  • Rhea Chakraborty charged in SSR case
  • A gene-editing serum to lower cholesterol
  • India ranks poorly on the Global Gender Gap Index
  • Rishi Sunak leads the PM race
  • Brits can’t make sense of a map
  • CCTV footage of police response to the Uvalde school shooting

 

Sanity Break

  • Trailer for the painstakingly restored 1979 Malayalam film 'Kumatty'

 

Reading Habit

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

 

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