Tuesday, August 30 2022

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It is really for the Gandhi family to decide where they collectively stand on this issue, but in a democracy, no party should put itself in the position of believing that only one family can lead it. Either way, a free and fair election process would be a healthy way to go about settling the issue. It would legitimise the mandate being offered to the incoming president.

That’s what Congress leader Shashi Tharoor wrote in the Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi—immediately sparking rumours of a run for party president in the upcoming elections. While Tharoor has declined to comment, sources say he is seriously exploring the possibility—and gauging the level of support. If he does run for president, he will likely face Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot—who is the Gandhi family favourite. FYI: the last time the Congress held elections for president was 2001. Also: we personally wish one of splainer’s most enthusiastic supporters all the best—and hope he makes the big move:)

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Big Story

NASA’s botched moon rocket launch

The TLDR: On Monday, the US space agency was all ready to launch its unmanned super-rocket—a critical first step to sending humans back to the moon. The historic event had to be cancelled at the very last minute due to technical failure. But this is just the latest of a series of missteps and errors dogging the project.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Indian economy faces a big slowdown
  • Ambani’s big plans for the future
  • Jharkhand student set on fire
  • Johnson & Johnson's double standards for India
  • The last of his kind dies in the Amazon
  • Do plants possess consciousness?
  • Taylor Swift album alert!


Sanity Break

  • Tim Flach's stunning bird portraits


A list of intriguing things

  • Rihanna-owned Fenty Beauty's bizarre ketchup-inspired makeup
  • Try out a yummy Japanese ‘fruit sando’ today!
  • An app that can decipher care instructions on labels


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