Mar 2019

March /
Friday
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Behave Yourself!

Both Doordarshan and renowned development economist Jean Dreze are in trouble for violating the Election Commission’s model code of conduct. We have a brand new Ambassador program, and here’s why you ought to join it. Also: forget ‘Us’! Stay home and watch these amazing horror flicks instead.

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March /
Thursday
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Space Warriors

India successfully tested an anti-satellite missile, a significant technological achievement that makes it part of an elite club of space powers. Also: Theresa May offers to resign; Balakot strikes were a ‘very precise miss’. And best of all: Yo-Yo Ma in a duet with TM Krishna

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March /
Wednesday
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In News We Distrust

A new Reuters Institute study of English language news users reveals we are avid online news consumers who don’t really believe the news we consume. Also: The worst constituency in India. And true stories of true love.

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March /
Tuesday
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Safety Net Measures

Rahul Gandhi makes waves with a bold new election promise to save the poorest 20% of Indians from poverty. A poll that spells bad news for the Modi government. Naresh Goyal leaves the Jet building. And here’s how we can let go of a most beloved pet.

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March /
Monday
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Minority Report

A shocking home invasion in Gurgaon reveals a whole new low in the communalisation of Uttar Pradesh. Mr Mueller submits a report which disappoints Trump’s critics. A roundup of the best weekend reads, and an excellent guide to IUDs

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March /
Friday
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That’s the Ticket!

BJP releases its 2019 candidate list. Here’s a short list of snubs and laddus. Also: Ancient India threesomes, Brexit updates and essential productivity apps

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March /
Thursday
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Chor, Chor Pakdo Chor!

Four suspects in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case acquitted yesterday—including Hindutva extremist Swami Aseemanand. Cockpit recording of Lion Air crash leaked: Reuters interviewed three sources who have heard the audio of the last minute-efforts of the pilots. Shashi Tharoor takes a slang test: administered by Hasan Minhaj—and fails resoundingly. Also: we found a bhang safety guide for a really Happy Holi.

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March /
Wednesday
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Spread It Far and Wide

The crackdown on social media in the wake of the Churchgate mosque attacks, Justice P.C. Ghose’s appointment as India’s first Lokpal, and the new most expensive cities in the world.

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March /
Tuesday
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Unsafe At Any Speed

More trouble for Boeing as the 737 Max comes under investigation, BJP’s Pramod Sawant is sworn in as new CM of Goa, and Theresa May gets a rude response to her request for a third Brexit deal presentation.

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March /
Monday
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Trouble in (Holiday) Paradise

Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar dies after a long fight with pancreatic cancer, a Reuters report publishes a behind-the-scenes report of India-Pakistan missile threats, and eggs are apparently bad for you, again.

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March /
Friday
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Black Friday

Mosque shootings in New Zealand lead to an unconfirmed number of deaths, a collapsed footbridge in Mumbai kills six people and injures 31 others, and the British Parliament votes in favour of extending the March 29 Brexit deadline.

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March /
Thursday
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Best Frenemies Forever!

China moves to block Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a ‘global terrorist’ for the fourth year in a row, a poll indicates that Britain wants Theresa May to resign and a no-deal Brexit is rejected by May’s own MPs.

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March /
Wednesday
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Paise Lo, Seat De Do

America’s elite pay between $200,000 to $6.5 million to get their kids into top US colleges, India finally grounds the Boeing 737 Max, and the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela worsens.

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March /
Tuesday
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Twice in a Row

An Ethiopian Airlines flight crash killed all 157 of its passengers and crew, Surf Excel earns the wrath of Hindutva trolls for its newest ad, and the WHO warns of the next global flu pandemic.

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March /
Monday
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So It Begins!

The government announces the schedule for the national elections, Sabyasachi comes under fire for his tone deaf Women's Day post, and Nirav Modi is spotted on the streets of London, a fugitive but free.

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March /
Friday
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Strange Fruit

Two Kashmiri dry fruit sellers were attacked by men in saffron kurtas who are self proclaimed “former BJP politicians”, Sonia Gandhi is running for election again, and an all-female crew gets ready for a 7-hour spacewalk.

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March /
Thursday
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How Dare You?

The government targets The Hindu and ANI with the Official Secrets Act for their articles on the Rafale deal, Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn Facebook into a “privacy-focused platform”, and R Kelly comes unhinged in his first post-bail interview

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March /
Wednesday
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Lights, Camera, Action!

Pakistan’s government arrests Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar’s brother - Abdul Rauf Asghar, Trump denies duty-free entry for $5.6bn worth of Indian exports, and Spotify adds one million users in its first week in India!

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March /
Tuesday
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One, Two, Three, Four...

$30 billion: that’s the economic cost of the impact of crop burning on just three states—Delhi, Haryana and Punjab. Meet the Gupta brothers from Saharanpur who hijacked an entire country: South Africa — it’s a story worthy of Netflix. South East Asia has a rampant turtle smuggling problem—1,529 species were found duct taped in unclaimed baggage. Akash Ambani throws himself a Harry Potter themed pre-wedding party. Yes there’s video. In beauty hazard news: what happens when your Kim-sized butt implants are no longer trendy?

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March /
Monday
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Eye of the Beholder

Decoding the ‘evidence’ on Balakot shows how the Indian mainstream media is terrible at its job and so evidence lies in the eye of the beholder. How to make Google search your bff, and is that pesticide in your beer?

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