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Tuesday, May 17 2022


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At the moment, we only have petrol stocks for a single day. The next couple of months will be the most difficult ones of our lives. We must prepare ourselves to make some sacrifices and face the challenges of this period.

That’s the shocking announcement made by newly appointed Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe—in an address to the nation. The country expects to receive four shipments of fuel soon—thanks to credit extended by India. But it will take time for the fuel to be distributed across the country.

 

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Big Story

The Gyanvapi mosque controversy: Yet another Babri Masjid?

The TLDR: A masjid inside the Kashi Vishwanath Temple complex has become a legal lightning rod. Hindu petitioners claim that a ‘shivling’ has been uncovered on its premises—thanks to a court-ordered survey. And the Supreme Court is set to hear an appeal filed by mosque authorities. We take a look at the mosque’s history—and the legal issues involved.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • A big victory for Ukraine?
  • Wheat prices soar after Indian ban
  • Jack Ma exits Paytm
  • News flash: India has deadly roads
  • Why did some species go extinct while others did not?
  • Switzerland’s controversial organ donor rule
  • That’s Gayaji to you!

 

Sanity Break

  • The trailer for Kamal Haasan’s latest thriller ‘Vikram’

 

A list of intriguing things

  • Machine Gun Kelly’s $30,000 diamond-crusted manicure
  • Panties that protect you from STDs
  • Pushpak Sen’s weapon to fight gender stereotypes: Saris
  • Shoe grippers made with paper!

 

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