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Tuesday, July 5 2022


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We’re gonna have a 60-something actor playing a character [decades younger than] her actual biological age. Sig thought it was all kinds of fun.

That’s what director James Cameron said while revealing a big surprise: veteran actor Sigourney Weaver will be playing a teenager in the upcoming sequel to ‘Avatar’. In fact, she plays the adopted daughter of Jake and Neytiri—the lead characters in the previous film. As you can see from the image of Weaver here, the blue paint really helps. 


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Big Story

A surprising hike in GST: Is this a good idea?

The TLDR: The government has hiked the GST rate—and removed exemptions—on a number of items, including food items. Is this really a good idea when India is coping with soaring inflation—and dampening demand? We take a quick look at the impact.


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In today’s edition

Headlines that Matter

  • Mohammed Zubair’s arrest: The latest update
  • Shinde wins his floor test
  • Dear Indians: No tip required 
  • A giant plagiarism row over Dr Zhivago
  • Some wildfires are sparked by electrocuted birds 
  • A new survey on Indian women in investing

 

Sanity Break

  • Roger Federer's star entrance at Wimbledon

 

A list of intriguing things

  • Meet Bex—a rideable robotic goat
  • A hotel room that makes you indulge in a bit of climate change guilt
  • A special edition of 'Fahrenheit 451' that can only be read when it is burned
  • The world of artistic cycling! 

 

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