THE POP UP

Unexpected, thought-provoking and always worth your time

November /
Tuesday
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Strange Bedfellows

The ‘kaun banega mukhya mantri’ plot of the Maharashtra soap opera has thickened rapidly over the past 24 hours. Also in the Pop-up: Blue light isn’t evil; Charcoal toothpaste is not a good thing.

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November /
Thursday
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Try rescue me!

The government has announced a massive Rs 25,000 cr plan to rescue builders and home-buyers. Also in the pop-up: a ‘Vintage Celebrity Photo’ Edition that is both indelible and iconic.

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November /
Tuesday
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I Can See Clearly Now...

The skies finally cleared, the Supremes lost their temper, anti-pollution dhanda soared and Delhi was trolled. Your #DelhiAirEmergency update is here. Also in the Pop-Up: Two pieces on 'Beauteous Body Hair', a lively subject that always interests us women.

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October /
Thursday
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Rising Waters [Corrected Version]

A new study predicts that rising sea levels caused by climate change will wipe out some of the biggest coastal cities in the world. Also in The Pop Up: Lots of spooky fun including the most jugaadu Halloween costumes.

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October /
Wednesday
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Rising Waters

A new study predicts that rising sea levels caused by climate change will wipe out some of the biggest coastal cities in the world. Also in The Pop Up: Lots of spooky fun including the most jugaadu Halloween costumes.

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October /
Tuesday
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An Appointment in Idlib

A US military operation in Syria has resulted in the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but it may not spell the end of ISIS itself. Also in The Pop Up: two excellent guides on how to live more sustainably every day.

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October /
Thursday
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Reporting A Crime

The National Crime Bureau released its report and it is filled with telling facts, odd omissions and many new additions. Also, in our Women@Work Pop Up: Two surprising reports on why women get a raise less often than men.

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October /
Tuesday
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I Will Survive!

According to the latest results, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may just about keep his job—with or without a majority. Also in The Pop Up: the disappearing rickshaws of Kolkata; the disappearing smartphones in our lives.

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October /
Thursday
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The Rumour Is...

On the final day of Supreme Court hearings in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, there were suspicious rumours of a settlement. Also, in The Pop Up: the era of the ‘it’ handbag is over; say goodbye to the power suit.

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October /
Tuesday
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A Very Noble Deed

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer were awarded the Nobel prize in Economics for their pioneering work in poverty research. Also in The Pop Up: The strange toilet habits of the West; all hail the ‘Squatty Potty’.

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October /
Thursday
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Making the Right Noises

Meet Extinction Rebellion, the huge climate change movement that plans to shut London down over the next couple of weeks. Also in The Pop Up: An etiquette guide to exiting a plane; Is a window seat better than an aisle?

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October /
Thursday
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Bright Sunshiny Day

Donald Trump’s impeachment woes continue to mount, while Prince Harry readies to sue a British tabloid. Also, in The Pop Up: the two cutting edge trends in skincare, psychodermatology and bakuchiol.

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October /
Tuesday
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A World of Horrors

The New York Times has published an in-depth investigation of online child sex abuse, a chilling global phenomenon that ought to concern Indians, as well. Also, in the Pop Up: Aging and crying are the two big taboos of the present-day workplace.

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September /
Thursday
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Oh Look, A Smoking Gun

The White House released a transcript of Donald Trump’s phone call with Ukraine President Zelensky. Also in The Pop Up: the rise of a new Insta-fueled disease called orthorexia; How Insta is changing the way women look.

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September /
Tuesday
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Crash and Burn

The world’s leaders met in New York on Monday at the UN Climate Action Summit -- which proved to be disappointing. Also in The Pop Up: Lessons learned from our silver screen idols; Do Bollywood heroines sweat?

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September /
Thursday
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Going Up in Smoke

Yesterday, the government issued a comprehensive ban on all forms of vaping devices—but it may have little to do with nicotine addiction. Also in The Pop Up: How many colours does your language ‘see’?

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September /
Tuesday
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Throw Away the Key

In a shocking move, the government has charged Kashmir’s most veteran and respected leader under a law that allows detention for up to two years. Also in The Pop Up: Does faking a smile really help; a fab collection of classic paintings FaceApped to look cheery.

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September /
Thursday
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The Stuck-At-Home Gang

Andhra Pradesh signals a new trend in Indian politics: throwing the Opposition in jail on the grounds of preserving law and order. Also in The Pop Up: the joy of going braless; the high price of women’s shoes.

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September /
Tuesday
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A Whole Lot of Something Going On

The biggest headlines today: nosediving auto sales, a 1984 case against a Congress leader, a rape allegation against a BJP leader… and of course Brexit. In the Pop Up: the dying Indian dog breeds; and the life of a pet influencer.

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September /
Thursday
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It’s a Block Party!

The Brexit mess is unfolding like a made-for-Netflix political satire. Coming up next: a general election. Also in The Pop Up: Reclaiming our breasts through art; an excellent roundup of women having a terrible time in classic Western art.

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September /
Tuesday
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The Tempest

Five people have been reported dead as Category Five hurricane smashed its way across the Bahamas. Also in The Pop Up: Liquors of antiquity that are making a hipster comeback.

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August /
Thursday
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Bombshells Away!

The UK PM announced a plan to suspend Parliament. The real aim: push through Britain’s exit from the European Union. Also in The Pop Up: a reality-based guide to acing intermittent fasting; is the ‘superfood’ ghee really good for you?

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August /
Tuesday
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Burning Down the House

The Amazon fires finally made headlines across the world, and jumped to the top of the G7 summit agenda this week. Also in The Pop Up: celebrity home decor for your inner voyeur.

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August /
Thursday
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Round ‘Em Up!

After 24 hours of high drama, the CBI scaled the walls of P Chidambaram’s home to arrest him—leaving all of us wondering who is next. Also in The Pop Up: How many kids should you have; and the best science-based parenting advice.

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August /
Tuesday
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Give Peace a Chance

For months now, the residents of Hong Kong have been flooding the streets in gargantuan rallies that have left China irate and the world spellbound. Also in The Pop Up: The many meanings of OMG; the real meaning of clusterf**k.

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August /
Tuesday
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Water, Water Everywhere!

Over the space of a few weeks, we’ve moved directly from widespread droughts to catastrophic flooding in Kerala, Maharashtra and Karnataka. Also in The Pop Up: The secret world of sleep disorders; Which will keep you awake: cigarettes, alcohol or coffee?

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August /
Thursday
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Walk Out the Door

Pakistan took a series of measures to express its “solidarity” with Kashmir. But it’s unclear whether its actions will have much of an effect. Also in The Pop Up: Who speaks English in India; and are English-first Indians a separate caste?

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August /
Tuesday
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Infinite Loop of Logic

In one fell swoop, the government stripped Jammu & Kashmir of its special status and its statehood. Also in The Pop Up: Both Instagram and Tik Tok are influencing our notions of beauty, but in very different ways.

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August /
Thursday
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Haters Gonna Hate, Hate, Hate...

One man’s refusal to accept a Muslim delivery person for his Zomato order turned into a massive Twitterstorm. Also in The Pop Up: Your name can indicate your affluence; the two names for tea.

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July /
Tuesday
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Hear Me Roar!

The latest tiger census indicates that their numbers are increasing at a healthy clip—which is a tremendous achievement, but concerns about its future remains. Also in The Pop Up: The resurgence of Indipop; an excellent video story on gully rap.

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July /
Thursday
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On A Need-to-Know Basis

The government is trying to pass an amended version of the Right To Information act that will undermine the most basic democratic right of all Indians. Also in The Pop-Up: how our brains process numbers, be it shopping deals or death tolls.

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July /
Tuesday
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American Baloney

The US president claims that PM Modi has asked him to act as a mediator to resolve the India-Pakistan dispute over Kashmir. Also in The Pop Up: unique and easy pasta recipes that go beyond the usual arabiata and alfredo.

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July /
Thursday
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When Doves Cry

All of us woke up with a giant World Cup hangover. India’s defeat in the semi-final was all the more heartbreaking because it was unexpected. Also in Pop Up: two fab new novels by two fab Indian women writers.

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July /
Tuesday
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And We All Fall Down

As the ruling Congress-JDS ship sinks in Karnataka, the entire party appears to be headed in the same direction. Also in The Pop Up: Why cheap alcohol gives you terrible hangovers; a list of drinks that are as bad as high-sugar soda.

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July /
Thursday
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Later, Alligator!

Rahul Gandhi tweeted his resignation letter out to the world. Is this the end of an era or the latest episode in the ongoing Congress soap opera? Also in The Pop Up: The Jungle Book’s America connection; Are you Snow White or the wicked stepmother?

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July /
Tuesday
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Take Molehill, Make Mountain

Zaira Wasim’s decision to quit acting has become a big source of controversy because she cited religion as a reason. Also in The Pop Up: Sleeptrackers are not your friend; measuring life expectancy with a single push up.

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June /
Thursday
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A thousand words

The photo of a father and his 23-month old daughter has raised new and urgent questions about Trump’s immigration policy. Also in Pop Up: What’s up with classical paintings? Why do women have zero body hair? And why doesn’t anybody ever smile?

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June /
Tuesday
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Jai Sri Ram

The killing of Tabrez Ansari is the latest in a string of violent attacks on Muslims which shows no sign of abating. Also in Pop Up: Meet the evil twin of the placebo; does your face resemble your name?

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June /
Thursday
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Visa (Not) Accepted Here

An exclusive Reuters report reveals US plans to dramatically cut the number of H-1B visas given to Indians. Also in The Pop Up: All the gorgeous architecture photos you need to bring some beauty into your day.

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June /
Tuesday
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A Crying Shame

Over a hundred children under the age of ten have died in Bihar due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) caused by a massive public health failure. Also in the Pop Up: The difference between male and female serial killers.

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June /
Thursday
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Enter, The Dragon

Hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Hong Kong in an extraordinary display of anti-China sentiment, but its impact remains uncertain. Also in The Pop Up: Two kinds of airport people; the perfect length of a vacation.

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June /
Tuesday
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A Moment of Silence

Girish Karnad passed away early Monday morning. He was a playwright, actor, public intellectual, free-speech advocate and a national treasure. Also in Pop Up: Raising little Rahul Gandhis; parenting in America.

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June /
Thursday
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Bats Out of Hell

There have been no fatalities as yet. But the recurrence of an outbreak of the deadly Nipah virus in Kerala is cause to worry. Also in The Pop Up: the astonishing origins of dishes like tempura and rajma chawal.

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June /
Tuesday
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You’re (un)Welcome!

The US president crash-landed in the UK for a three-day state visit which—if you ask the Brits—is three days too long. Also in The Pop Up: marathon running is like having major heart surgery; no, you don’t have to walk 10K steps every day.

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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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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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April /
Tuesday
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Let’s Stay in Bed

Mumbai’s amazing turnout. Moon Moon Sen’s hilarious sound-byte. The fourth phase of the election made lots of news. Also in The Pop Up: What did ancient Indian food taste like? And the history of Punjabi-Mexican cuisine.

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April /
Thursday
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A Different Kind of Beast

New details of the terrorists who executed the catastrophic bombings indicate an alarming new trend toward fragmentation and escalation. Also, in the Pop-Up: Two collections of visual storytelling that capture the human experience.

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April /
Tuesday
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A Recent History of Violence

The Sri Lankan government named the group responsible for the attack. Also to blame for this calamity: the toxic political feud between the Prime Minister and the President. Also: What is the point of a period? And the debate over menstrual cups.

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April /
Thursday
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Will Not Work for Food

A new study on the latest job numbers bodes ill for educated Indians who face a long-term unemployment crisis. Also: What does a ‘real woman’ look like, anyway?

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April /
Tuesday
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Paris is Burning

The Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the world’s great historic monuments, caught fire last night, and nearly burnt to the ground. Also: Is red wine really good for you?

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April /
Thursday
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OMG, It's Alive!

After weeks of outcry over inaction in the face of flagrant violations of the Model Code of Conduct, the Election Commission blocked the Modi biopic. Also: Broadsheet hosts a fun-filled election swayamvar in Mumbai and Bangalore.

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April /
Tuesday
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India Shining

The BJP manifesto included a lot of big-ticket items for farmers and the “aspirational” middle class, but also underlined its tough stance on key ideological issues. Also: What’s good about being a ‘bad parent’.

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April /
Thursday
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O Captain! My Captain!

Virat Kohli, captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore is under fire for his team’s dismal performance—with fans and the media raising questions about his leadership. Also: Kalank trailer, 5D porn and trolling New Yorkers.

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April /
Tuesday
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No Information Available

Facebook pulled down hundreds of pages, groups and accounts linked to the Pakistani military, the BJP and Congress parties. Also: The stunning Atlas of Beauty, ‘wiggling buttocks’ at the Brit Parliament and a mega-heat wave alert.

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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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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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