Wednesday, September 21 2022

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In my personal opinion the biggest threat to the mainstream media is not from the new-age digital platforms but rather the mainstream media channel itself. If you decide to invite guests who are polarising, who spread false narratives, who shout at the top of their lungs, the credibility of your channels go down.

That’s Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur taking aim at Indian TV channels at a broadcasting industry event. He added: “I strongly believe that journalists are duty-bound to report news without fabrication, despite temptations to compete with those who propagate false news.” Nope, we don’t know if Arnab Goswami or Navika Kumar were in the audience.


An AMA with Ayaz Memon! We are delighted to announce a conversation with one of the most erudite observers of cricket. Ayaz’s many books include biographies of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli—and most recently, he edited an anthology on the history of cricket— ‘Indian Innings’—which traces the journey of Indian cricket since 1947. So get ready to ask him your burning questions about the state of our national sport this Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 6:30pm. Be sure to sign up for your slot here


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Big Story

The story of Joymala: An elephant-sized tragedy

The TLDR: Tamil Nadu and Assam are warring over an elephant—which has been held captive at a temple for over a decade. But the greatest tragedy is that Joymala’s case is not exceptional or rare.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Referendum plans in occupied Ukraine
  • The political dharma of raids
  • Spotify gets into the book biz
  • India's 2023 Oscar entry
  • India falls in global broadband speed rankings
  • Four-day work weeks a smashing success in the UK
  • Another Magnus Carlsen controversy
  • Adnan Syed is out of prison


Sanity Break

  • Adorable compilation of panda bears tumbling, climbing, sliding


A list of curious facts

  • A demonstration of Bernoulli's Principle
  • Irukandji jellyfish can leave you literally begging for death
  • The 'Wild West' experience in Germany


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