Wednesday, August 24 2022

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Paal Puthumaiyar

That’s the new Tamil term for ‘queer’ in the very first LGBTQ+ glossary released by the state government—to discourage derogatory language used to refer to members of the community. Other words include ‘Thirunangai’ (transgender woman), ‘Thirunambi’ (transgender man) and ‘Oodupal’ (intersex). 


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Big Story

Twittergate: Revelations of a whistleblower

The TLDR: Twitter’s former head of security has shared a series of jaw-dropping revelations about its dubious practices—which included hiring agents of the Indian government. Elon Musk is likely on his third bottle of champagne right now.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • An important note for splainer subscribers 
  • Adani’s hostile takeover of NDTV?
  • A Supreme Court challenge in Bilkis Bano case
  • Exercising lowers the risk of Covid
  • Zapping the brain with electrical currents can boost memory
  • Insta clones BeReal
  • China butchers Minions ending


Sanity Break

  • Trailer for ‘Jahaan Chaar Yaar’ 


A list of curious facts

  • The latest weird TikTok trend: a facial-symmetry filter 
  • An ancient world map by Eratosthenes of Cyrene
  • A stray dog that wandered into a 1965 game between Leicester City & Manchester United


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