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Thursday, June 16 2022


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People should know what they are eating. In packaged food, they have labels, but for cooked cuisines such as dal makhani or butter chicken, they do not have labelling. Menu labels for cooked food will sensitise consumers to eat healthy.

That’s what Arun Singhal—head of the top food regulatory authority in India—said while announcing new rules for food delivery companies. Starting July 1, companies like Zomato and Swiggy will have to list the nutritional values of all items displayed on their menus—and list any potential food allergens. The nutritional value will list calories per serving or portion.

 

An AMA with Ghazala Wahab! We are delighted to announce a conversation with the author of ‘Born a Muslim: Some Truths About Islam in India’—which is a brilliant and nuanced exploration of what it means to be a Muslim in India today. Ghazala is also the co-founder of the national security and aerospace magazine FORCE—where she writes on terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir and all forms of extremism, left and right. So get ready to ask her your questions this Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 5:30pm. Be sure to sign up for your slot here

 

PS: If you want to know more about Ghazala’s writing, check out the review of her book in The Hindu and Business Standard, interview in The Telegraph—and her take on the hijab row in Mint.

 

​​Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode’, the team looks at the controversy surrounding the military’s Agniveer program—and the heated debate over making AI more “human.” Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it. 


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The great genetic war against mosquitoes

The TLDR: Since we don’t have a big headline to explain today, we decided to take a look at the powerful weapon being used to wipe out the most lethal mosquitoes: Genetic engineering. Can we eradicate the nastiest machhars on the planet? More importantly, should we?


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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Agnipath scheme sparks angry protests
  • Congress v/s Delhi police 
  • Russia gets tough on Europe
  • The speculation over President Putin’s health
  • Young people are avoiding the news
  • Commercials that never stop
  • Anorexia changes your brain 
  • A millionaire exodus out of India
  • WHO to rename monkeypox strains
  • Pakistan has a chai problem
  • Will Lady Gaga enter the superhero universe?
  • An irl 'Squid Game'?

 

Sanity Break

  • Alisha Chinai latest single: ‘Chamkegaa India’

 

Reading Habit

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

 

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