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Tuesday, March 8 2022


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No matter how sinister the international situation is, both China and Russia will maintain their strategic determination and continuously push forward the comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination in the new era.

That’s China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi doubling down on Beijing's friendship with Russia which he described as “rock solid.” He called Ukraine a “complex” problem that “requires calmness and rationality, rather than adding fuel to the fire.” It is the strongest signal yet that the punitive isolation of Russia has not changed China’s mind.


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The great exit poll tamasha: What do the numbers say?

The TLDR: Exit polls are notoriously unreliable and yet they never lose their allure. And here’s what the latest batch suggests: BJP will prevail in Uttar Pradesh and Manipur, AAP will sweep Punjab—while Goa and Uttarakhand remain a close tie.

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Headlines That Matter

  • The Russian invasion: The latest update
  • Markets are tanking
  • Optimism rules! 
  • Six lifestyle changes can help avert the climate crisis
  • Even a mild Covid infection can damage the brain
  • Japan’s ‘killing stone’ crisis
  • A Californication video game

 

Sanity Break

  • The perfect musical sequel to Times Now anchor Rahul Shivshankar being schooled by a certain Mr McAdams

 

A list of intriguing things

  • ‘Mask of Sorrow’: A memorial to the victims of Stalin-era gulags
  • Did you know that director James Cameron is also an artist?
  • The hottest things on the antique market: Martinware pottery
  • 19th-century portraits that have survived at the bottom of the ocean since 1857

 

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