Wednesday, June 15 2022

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It would be a global emergency if Martians came to Earth and sprayed a substance that caused the average person on the planet to lose more than two years of life expectancy. This is similar to that situation that prevails in many parts of the world, except we are spraying the substance, not some invaders from outer space.

That’s what the co-author of a new report declared—while revealing the damaging effects of air pollution in India. Poor air quality has shortened the average life expectancy of an Indian by five years—but in places like Delhi, it is as high as 10 years. And 510 million people who live in northern India—nearly 40% of the population—are “on track” to lose 7.6 years of their lives.


An AMA with Ghazala Wahab! We are delighted to announce a conversation with the author of ‘Born a Muslim: Some Truths About Islam in India’—which is a brilliant and nuanced exploration of what it means to be a Muslim in India today. Ghazala is also the co-founder of the national security and aerospace magazine FORCE—where she writes on terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir and all forms of extremism, left and right. So get ready to ask her your questions this Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 5:30pm. Be sure to sign up for your slot here


PS: If you want to know more about Ghazala’s writing, check out the review of her book in The Hindu and Business Standard, interview in The Telegraph—and her take on the hijab row in Mint.

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Big Story

The Agnipath scheme: Say hello to the temporary soldier

The TLDR: The government unveiled a radical new scheme to recruit young men and women to the armed forces. These ‘Agniveers’ will be retained for just four years—and then let go. It will entirely disrupt traditional military norms—which makes some critics worry.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • It’s official: Ambani scores IPL digital rights
  • Coinbase warns of a “crypto winter”
  • Europe leaves Pakistan in the dark
  • LIC's stocks are plummeting 
  • Navika Kumar is in trouble
  • The unexpected upside of a stroke
  • Our brain gets really hot
  • Check your Covid immunity
  • A big penguin tragedy in New Zealand
  • Lizzo deletes slur from ‘Grrrls’


Sanity Break

  • A lil bit of Clooney this Wednesday morning


A list of curious facts

  • Sexy garbage cans in Sweden
  • Spot out the fake whiskey with an edible tag with a QR code
  • The latest foodie fad: “caviar bumps”
  • A long voyage for a crewless, solar-powered ship


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