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Tuesday, April 5 2022


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The 1920 British-era law was more liberal than this.

That’s what Lok Sabha member NK Premchandran said of the Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill—which was rushed through the lower house by the government. The proposed law gives sweeping powers to law enforcement agencies to collect biometric data and physical and biological samples of anyone convicted, arrested or merely held in preventive detention. The government insists that the law has to keep up with the times—in the use of technology to collect data. The opposition see it as a violation of basic fundamental rights and the first step toward a surveillance state. Firstpost has a useful guide to the bill.

 

An AMA with Vir Sanghvi! He is the best-known Indian journalist of his generation who is brilliantly insightful on everything from politics to culture to food. His new book ‘A Rude Life’ offers a rare front-row view of India by an author who often had a front-row seat to its most momentous times. So get ready to ask him all your burning questions this weekend! The time/day: Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 6:30pm. Be sure to sign up for your slot here


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Big Story

The massacre at Bucha: What happened and why

The TLDR: Earlier this week, after Russia retreated from areas outside Kyiv, Ukrainians found bodies of civilians—bearing shocking signs of torture—and a mass grave. The discovery has fueled global outrage and calls for harsher sanctions. We look at what happened in Bucha—and explain how it fits a pattern established by Moscow in past wars in Chechnya and Syria.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • HDFC aur HDFC bank ki shaadi
  • Elon Musk is now the largest shareholder of Twitter
  • Pakistan in chaos: The latest update
  • China tests 25 million citizens
  • We have less than three years to halt the rise of carbon emissions
  • A whopping 99% of humanity breathes air that is below WHO quality standards
  • Infosys bows to Rishi Sunak’s career

 

Sanity Break

  • William Dalrymple’s introduction to ‘The Battle of Pollilur’

 

A list of intriguing food things

  • Fancy a Dunkin Donut lip gloss?
  • The most unexpected place the poop emoji is popping up: restaurant dishes!
  • Treat yourself to a 'Boozy Bunny' at Disney's Florida resort
  • The brilliance of BBC News' 1957 April Fool's hoax

 

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