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Tuesday, August 9 2022


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[BJP chief] Nadda said that all regional parties in the country would be finished and only the BJP would remain. If this is their plan, our survival is at stake and we’ll have to think about it.

That’s what a Janata Dal United leader said of rising expectations of a split in the ruling coalition in Bihar—between the BJP and JDU chief/Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. There are also clear signs of a détente between JDU and its traditional rival Rashtriya Janata Dal (of Lalu Yadav fame). Both parties have called an all-party meet, and big announcements are expected. Brace yourselves for a fresh round of neta-giri. 


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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Commonwealth Games 2022: The final day
  • An FBI raid on Donald Trump
  • Trump flushed official documents down the toilet
  • Say goodbye to cheap Chinese phones?
  • Benefits of a two-minute walk
  • Qantas execs to handle baggage
  • The Great Barrier Reef has staged a massive comeback
  • New allegations against Ezra Miller 

 

Sanity Break

  • A lovely painting to commemorate Muharram 

 

A list of intriguing things

  • Google's experimental ‘Paint With Music’ tool 
  • A Japanese village that transforms its fields into living works of art
  • Balenciaga's drawstring calfskin pouch that looks just like…a trash bag
  • A strange white Octopus named Casper

 

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