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Friday, February 18 2022


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It is only love that matters and she has proved it. The effort she puts for me is enough.

That’s four-time Congress MLA Randeep Singh Nabha aka Kaka talking about his Afghan-origin wife Behishta Singh. Affectionately known as Biba-ji, she is campaigning for him in the Punjab state elections—using an odd mix of Hindi, Punjabi and English. The two fell in love 28 years ago when she was a student in Chandigarh. Indian Express has more on this rare sweet story to emerge in the thick of ugly electoral politics.


Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode’, the splainer team looks at fraud of all kinds—in ‘organic’ labels and Olympic doping tests. Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it.

 
Big Story

The big question: Will Putin invade Ukraine?

The TLDR: Russia is adamant it has no intention of doing so—even as it positions 150,000 troops on the border. The US insists that an invasion is just a matter of time. But will President Putin take an irrevocable step that will have serious consequences for the world—or will he blink… and still claim victory?

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Google gets serious about privacy
  • New Delhi irked by Singapore PM
  • Goodbye Hippocratic Oath?
  • Covid may increase the risk of developing mental health issues
  • A new “highly virulent” variant of HIV
  • The world spends $1.8 trillion per year destroying our planet
  • Wanna live in Disney’s world?

 

Sanity Break

  • A quirky, sweet and totally weird animated story—of two ski lifts in love

 

Weekend Advisory 

  • Good stuff to watch this weekend
  • A list of good reads

 

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