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Wednesday, August 10 2022


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I have never liked the word retirement. It doesn't feel like a modern word to me. I've been thinking of this as a transition but I want to be sensitive about how I use that word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people. Maybe the best word to describe what I'm up to is evolution. I'm here to tell you that I'm evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me.

That’s what tennis superstar Serena Willliams wrote in a Vogue essay—signalling that her storied career is coming to an end. She plans to focus on having more kids and her venture capital firm. Williams has been struggling in recent tournaments—having won her last Grand Slam title in 2017. 


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Big Story

A Big Bihari Bombshell for the BJP

The TLDR: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar—nicknamed ‘Paltu Ram’ for his political gymnastics—has once again switched sides. He’s dumped the BJP to join the ranks of the opposition—and taken a key Hindi belt state with him. We look at why he did it and what it means to the saffron party ahead of the national elections in 2024.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Chennai Chess Olympiad: the final outcome
  • New rules for international passenger data 
  • Monkeypox: the latest update
  • An alarming survey on cyberbullying
  • Is your workout ruining your diet?
  • WhatsApp ‘deletes’ just got easier
  • Snapchat's first-ever set of parental control tools
  • Do spiders dream of multi-legged sheep?

 

Sanity Break

  • A wonderful Barilla ad with Roger Federer and his young fan Zizou

 

A list of curious facts

  • Testosterone levels shoot up when men drive fast cars
  • The Italian town of Bergamo and a medieval mercenary’s three testicles
  • The height of an average jump in different parts of the solar system
  • India is the most dangerous country in the world for forest rangers

 

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