Wednesday, March 30 2022

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Accused is a first time offender and a young person as such prolonged incarceration would be detrimental to his overall well-being. Accused has roots in the community and he is not a flight risk.

That’s what a Delhi court ruled while giving bail to Aumkareshwar Thakur who is accused of creating the Sulli Deals app—which “auctioned” Muslim women (explained here).  Also out on bail: Niraj Bishnoi who created a similar app called Bulli Bai. Still in jail without any possibility of bail: Eight people named in the so-called Bhima Koregaon case—including 84-year-old poet Varvara Rao who is suffering from early Parkinson’s disease in a jail without medical facilities.


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Big Story

The tight slap: Decoding Will Smith’s ‘protector’ complex

The TLDR: Despite our best efforts, we have surrendered to the inevitability of doing a Big Story on the ‘thappad’. Here’s a roundup of the latest developments and all the hot takes on race and gender. More importantly, we take a closer look at the idea of using violence to “protect women”—which is all too familiar to Indian women.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The Russian invasion: The latest update
  • Sri Lanka’s woes are mounting
  • Google issues urgent Chrome warning
  • A big fire threatens Sariska tigers
  • Shopee shuts shop in India
  • A new campaign against bitcoin mining
  • A bad summer for e-scooter owners


Sanity Break

  • A priceless interview of a 13-year-old Dalit boy


A list of curious facts

  • The brave, new use of Hyaluronic acid: in condoms
  • Which were the very first birds domesticated by humans? 
  • Did you know it took a full-on colonial propaganda campaign to persuade us Indians to drink chai?
  • A startup claims that it has created a real invisibility shield


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