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Tuesday, February 22 2022


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Allegations of so-called judicial harassment are baseless & unwarranted. India upholds the rule of law, but is equally clear that no one is above the law. We expect SRs (special rapporteurs) to be objective & accurately informed. Advancing a misleading narrative only tarnishes @UNGeneva’s reputation.

That was the Indian government’s response to a statement put out by two UN human rights officials condemning the harassment of journalist Rana Ayyub. They cited the online targeting of Ayyub by rightwing groups—and linked it to the tax investigation into funds she raised for various charitable causes: “the legal harassment it has itself inflicted on Ms Ayyub, has only served to falsely legitimise the attacks and attackers and further endangered her safety.” Meanwhile, the Washington Post published a full-page statement of support—while Ayyub complained she has received zero support from the Indian media. The Telegraph has more.


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The big fat IPL auction: Let the madness begin!

The TLDR: The TV and broadcasting rights for the Indian Premier League are on the block—and are expected to attract astronomical bids from the fattest cats in the entertainment biz: Reliance, Amazon, Disney+ Hotstar and Sony-Zee. We look at who is bidding, why—and whether IPL is really worth breaking your bank account.


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Headlines That Matter

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  • WFH sees more office romances
  • Donald Trump's 'Truth Social' is out!

 

Sanity Break

  • A very funny mash-up of Titanic starring... a cat

 

A list of intriguing things

  • AI image processing software that creates photorealistic portraits
  • The latest  ‘blue vs gold dress’ insanity that involves numbers
  • Libya held its first ever beauty pageant for… chickens 
  • Ahmedabad's New Lucky restaurant is built on an old cemetery

 

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