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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.
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.
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
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.
$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?