May 2019

May /
Friday
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A Cabinet of Loyalists

There were surprise inclusions and omissions in PM Modi’s new cabinet, but the biggest news—the much-anticipated ascension of Amit Shah. Also in Informer: three rip-roaring non-fiction books will make you fall in love with history.

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May /
Thursday
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Do It One More Time

PM Modi and his cabinet will be sworn in for the second consecutive term today. The hottest rumours centre on Amit Shah and the next FM. Also in The Pop Up: an attractive businesswoman is deemed less trustworthy; an illuminating look at the Filipino obsession with fairness.

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May /
Wednesday
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And We All Fall Down

Rahul has abdicated the throne. His advisors are distraught, and the courtiers are squabbling—placing the party’s already shrinking fortunes in peril. Also in Sex, Love Etc: Stunning photos of Nigerian bridal couture which would put Rohit Bal to shame; bad advice from sex manuals.

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May /
Tuesday
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Nowhere To Run To

A resident doctor at a Mumbai hospital committed suicide because she was continually harassed and abused for belonging to a tribal community. Also in The Pop Up: a nifty globetrotter’s guide for Indians; best places to travel solo.

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May /
Monday
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Please Don't Go!

Is Rahul in or out? He offered to resign. The party rejected his resignation. Rahul then rejected the resignation. Say what? Also you need to know: How to appreciate and enjoy art.

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May /
Friday
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Winner Takes All

The BJP has returned to power, and with a bigger majority than 2014—proving Modi supporters and exit polls right. But what does that mean for India, the opposition, and the next five years of Modi rule?

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May /
Thursday
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Judgement Day

The election results will finally be announced today. Here is a quick guide to help you parse the numbers as they trickle in. Also in The Pop Up: lovely, lovely photos of la dolce vita Italy… and cows!

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May /
Wednesday
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High Anxiety

Fears about the safety of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were fuelled by reports of alleged rigging yesterday. Also in Sex, Love Etc: Celebs getting real about their sex lives; falling out of love with Tinder.

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May /
Tuesday
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It’s Getting Cold In Here

As part of its ongoing trade war with China, the Trump administration has blacklisted Huawei -- which may mark the beginning of a new kind of Cold War. Also in Pop Up: Why do we get so angry when we’re starving, and why we always need to pee when falling asleep.

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May /
Monday
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Deja Vu, All Over Again

The flood of exit poll results unanimously project an NDA victory on May 23. Also: A no-fuss guide to daily skincare that is kind to your face and wallet.

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May /
Friday
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Hey Ram

In a toxic election season marked by new lows in rhetoric, the BJP candidate from Bhopal managed to shock even jaded political observers by praising Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin. See Bollywood at Cannes and in our Informer this week, what to watch on a girls’ night in.

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May /
Thursday
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Mud Wrestling

BJP chief Amit Shah held a ‘roadshow’ in Kolkata yesterday, and all hell broke loose. Also in The Pop Up: the vet who rescues animals from war zones; the sweet story of a baby cow’s bid for freedom.

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May /
Wednesday
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I’ll Be Watching You

An Israeli-made malware program was used to infiltrate the phones of WhatsApp users. And it’s a tale worthy of a Tom Clancy novel. Also in Sex, Love Etc: Why you should be noisy in bed, and love your partner as much as your kids.

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May /
Tuesday
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Trouble in Foreign Waters

The confrontation between the United States and Iran over a broken nuclear deal could have serious ramifications for the rest of the world, including India. Also in Pop Up: Lupus and Chickenpox are diseases you really need to know a lot more about.

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May /
Monday
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That Rainy Day Feeling

In a televised interview, the Prime Minister revealed details of the leadup to the Balakot strikes -- which immediately blew up into a huge controversy. Also: You need to know the right way to use the ‘morning after’ pill.

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May /
Friday
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Smear That Woman!

A vicious smear campaign targeting Aam Aadmi Party’s East Delhi candidate, Atishi, has sparked widespread outrage. Also in Informer: The perfect list for Avengers fans going through Endgame withdrawal.

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May /
Thursday
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Cluck, cluck, cluck!

Iran announced that it will no longer honour the commitments made as part of a significant nuclear deal, and has threatened to restart its nuclear program. Also in Pop Up: childhood memories of a Mumbai friendship; why casual friends are necessary for happiness.

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May /
Wednesday
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A Small Step For Freedom

Two Myanmar journalists convicted of violating the Official Secrets Act were released from prison. It is being celebrated around the world as a win for press freedom. Also in Sex, Love Etc.: Dating when sober, and getting a ‘sleep divorce’.

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May /
Tuesday
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Going, Going, Gone

A new UN committee report, described as “the most comprehensive assessment of global nature loss ever,” warns that we are losing species at an “unprecedented” rate. Also in The Pop Up: Two seriously fierce women in music, Madonna and Gauhar Jaan.

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May /
Monday
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Passport: Ek Hate Katha

Akshay Kumar got into PR trouble over the weekend when he was forced to acknowledge that he was indeed a Canadian citizen. Also: Everything you need to know about how to help birds through a long, hot summer.

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May /
Friday
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Bad Weather Advisory

Odisha is bracing itself for Cyclone Fani which will make landfall today with wind speeds in excess of 200 km/ hour. Also in Informer: Three stylish twists on summer wardrobe staples.

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May /
Thursday
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A Bad Man By Any Other Name...

Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar was designated as a ‘global terrorist’ by the UN Security Council, marking a significant diplomatic victory for India. Also in Pop Up: Rise of fake influencers in India, and death of the glossy Insta aesthetic

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May /
Wednesday
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Passport Please!

The Congress party president has been asked by the Home Ministry to respond to a complaint that he may not be Indian—right in the thick of a national election. Also in Sex. Love Etc.: Ecosexuals who love the earth and finding solace in a psychic.

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