November /
Wednesday
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Hanging on the ☎️

Hit with heavy losses, dwindling subscribers, a price war and a crippling SC judgement, Vodafone may roll up its India operations. Also in ‘Sex Love’, a handy list of audio porn sites and apps; how to deal with losing your BFF to her new love.

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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 /
Monday
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Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram

The Supreme Court delivered its verdict in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi case that determines the ownership of 2.77 acres of land. Also, you need to know your lawful rights as a working mom.

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November /
Friday
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You Have Been Canceled!

The OCI card of author Aatish Taseer has been revoked just months after he penned a Time magazine story critical of PM Modi. Also today's Informer: A List of after-party beauty quick fixes to revive, refresh and—of course—glow!

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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 /
Wednesday
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Rules Don’t Apply

Twitter removed the account of a Supreme Court advocate, raising new questions about their content policy in India. Also in the Pop-Up: Women discuss unrealistic sex in movies; a personal essay on the decision to take your husband's name.

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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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November /
Monday
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Blinded By the Smoke

Delhi is trapped in a toxic cycle of air pollution that repeats itself every winter. We explain what happened this year. Also, you need to know how to ace that work-new baby balance.

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November /
Friday
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Missed call kar dena...

An Israeli-made malware program was used to infiltrate the phones of human rights lawyers and journalists in India. Indian tigers are stressed by unbridled tourism. Also in the Informer: A lifesaving list of clothing rentals.

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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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Who’s That Girl?

A visit by 27 Members of the European Parliament to Kashmir is raising a lot of eyebrows and questions. Also, in Sex, Love Etc.: A chatbot to help you with breakups; Is marijuana the under-appreciated female Viagra?

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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 /
Friday
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Diye Jalte Hain

The economic downturn has cast a long shadow on Diwali celebrations, leaving many feeling the pinch. Also in Informer: A list of perfectly red lipstick recommendations from our awesome Ambassadors.

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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 /
Wednesday
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Let’s Cook A Book!

A whistleblower complaint against Infosys raised serious questions about accounting practices of one of India’s leading global tech companies. Also, in Sex Love Etc: Why do women find psychopaths hot; Indian millennials jealous of the sex lives of others.

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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 /
Monday
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A New Justice For All

With CJI Gogoi set to retire, he is getting ready to pass the baton to his Supreme Court colleague Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde. Also, you need to know how to use a menstrual cup.

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October /
Friday
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Deal Or No Deal?

Boris Johnson has sealed a revised agreement with the EU just weeks before the October 31 deadline—but it may be already dead on arrival. Also in Informer: A Diwali shortlist of goodies.

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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 /
Wednesday
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Chor, chor, chor!

A serious and astonishingly brazen fraud has brought down a major cooperative bank and destroyed the lives of its customers. Also in Sex, Love Etc: The dark side of orgasms; a dick pic art project.

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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 /
Monday
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Run Like the Wind

Eliud Kipchoge made history on Saturday by becoming the first human to complete a marathon in under two hours. Also: You need to know how to feel better about yourself.

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October /
Friday
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Thanks, I’d Rather Watch!

Turkey has launched a massive military operation to drive the Kurds out of Northern Syria while the world’s most powerful nations watch on the sidelines. Also in Informer: A heavenly watchlist of series and movies for a jam-packed festival season.

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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 /
Wednesday
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Money For Nothing

The Indian hotel startup Oyo made a big global splash when it raised $1.5 billion in its latest round of funding. Also in Sex, Love Etc: The reality of being a cougar; profile tips from Tinder’s biggest stars.

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October /
Friday
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What a Joker!

‘Joker’ finally hit theatres around the world this week, but is already one of the most loathed and admired movies of the year. Also in The Informer: Everything you need to get your dandiya groove on.

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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 /
Wednesday
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Happy Birthday, Pita-ji!

Here are the best—and least predictable—essays and reporting that mark Gandhi-ji’s landmark birthday. Also in Sex, Love Etc: An app to manipulate your spouse; Why ‘kink’ is not kinky or abnormal.

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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 /
Monday
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Flood of Tears

Large parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were under water over the weekend due to torrential rains. This is the ‘new normal’ created by climate change. Also you need to know how to pack like a pro.

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September /
Friday
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Chal Seeti Maar

Donald Trump’s never ending Ukraine scandal continues. Today’s installment involves a whistleblower report that was finally made public. Also in Informer: A binge-fest for true crime fans.

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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 /
Wednesday
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Have You No Shame?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump—which has huge ramifications for the 2020 elections. Also in Sex, Love Etc: Celebrating the butt in all its glory; a whole new way to be dissed in dating.

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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 /
Monday
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Bachelor Party

Fifty thousand Indian Americans showed up for the ‘Howdy Modi’ event, a rock star event that would put Beyonce to shame. Also, you need to know how to handle jerks at work, including your boss.

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September /
Friday
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The Mighty Have Fallen

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu gambled on a second election in five months. And he still failed to gain a majority. Also in Informer: our first installment of delectable crime novels.

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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 /
Wednesday
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Pop Goes the Bubble

WeWork,the king of co-working spaces has shelved plans for an initial public offering after receiving a chilly reception from investors. Also in Sex, Love Etc: Indians new love affair with soft-porn; Very angry men on Tinder.

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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 /
Monday
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Adding Fuel to Fire

A well-coordinated drone attack on the world’s largest production centre in Saudi Arabia has dealt a potentially crippling blow to the world’s oil supplies. Also, you need to know how to take that first step toward financial health.

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September /
Friday
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Star Light, Star Bright

Scientists are super-excited because they have found the first potentially habitable planet in a galaxy far, far away. Also in Informer: A monsoon list of excellent umbrellas.

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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 /
Wednesday
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A Byte of the Apple

The annual event that typically generates a huge level of interest—even among iPhone haters—turned out to be a bit of a damp squib. Also in Sex, Love Etc: an art history of pornography; a scientific guide to recovering from heartbreak.

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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 /
Monday
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The Double Helix Edition

Two highly significant studies on the Indus Valley Civilisation (aka Harappan civilisation) offer an important clue to our genetic history. Also: you need to know how to craft a healthy social media diet.

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September /
Friday
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Jailhouse Rock

Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram has been dispatched to India’s most notorious prison, Tihar Jail. Also in Informer: Travel apps we swear by.

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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 /
Wednesday
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The Great Mutiny

After years of wallowing in recrimination, paralysis and angst, British MPs finally united on Brexit, and PM Boris Johnson lost his majority in parliament. Also in Sex, Love Etc: marital life after infidelity; Is there a surefire recipe for sexual stamina?

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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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September /
Monday
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Citizen Kaun?

The final version of the National Register of Citizens in Assam was published on Saturday—and it made both its supporters and its opponents very unhappy. Also you need to know how to spot and fight fake news.

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August /
Friday
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List of Sorrows

Tomorrow, the Assam government will publish a list that will declare which of its residents are “genuine Indian citizens.” Also in Informer: An essential list of resources for book lovers.

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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 /
Wednesday
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The Vanishing

A flurry of news reports indicates that all is not well for Kashmiris—even as the government contemplates releasing some of the state’s political leaders. Also in Sex, Love Etc.: the resurgence of LAT relationships; the reason we chase the one we can never have.

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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 /
Monday
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Under Normal Circumstances

The government blocked a delegation of Opposition leaders led by Rahul Gandhi from visiting Kashmir over the weekend. It sparked a new row over the lockdown in Kashmir. Also, you need to know how to clean those smelly gym clothes.

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August /
Friday
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Can You Hear Me Calling, SOS!

The latest flurry of news reports indicates that the economy is in need of a significant intervention—but there are no signs of it yet. In our Informer today, a list of essential accessories for the wine drinker.

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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 /
Wednesday
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Arrest This Man!

The former Finance Minister may be arrested on charges of corruption and money laundering in a case that involves two infamous murder suspects. Also in Sex, Love Etc.: Why some men aren’t keen on oral sex; wedding shaming is the latest toxic social media trend.

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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 /
Monday
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Pinjre Ki Chidiya

The latest reporting on Kashmir suggests increasing clashes between security forces and protesters—and thousands of arrests. Also, you need to know how to ace your LinkedIn profile.

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August /
Friday
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Saare Jahan Se Achcha...

Here’s a quick roundup of everything that happened on Independence Day while you were binge-watching ‘Sacred Games’ on Netflix. Also in The Informer: three different glimpses of life under British colonial rule—as captured on film, in art and in fiction.

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August /
Wednesday
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Pinching Pennies

Indians are not spending enough money. One big indicator is today’s dire news about auto sales. Also in Sex, Love Etc.: A new army of breakup consultants; a very funny list of Define-The-Relationship moments.

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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 /
Monday
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Believe it or Not

With wildly varying media reports—and government denials—the truth has once again been taken hostage by politics. Also, you need to know how to manage your work friendships.

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August /
Friday
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Now You See Me...

PM Modi made a speech amid reports of scattered protests. The mood in the Kashmir Valley remains silent and ominous. Also in Informer: A guide for the wannabe urban farmer.

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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 /
Wednesday
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Sound of Silence

There were no Kashmir datelines in news stories yesterday—even as the Lok Sabha passed the bill to bifurcate the state. Here’s a quick roundup on the information that has emerged since. Also in Sex, Love Etc.: How women’s brains respond to porn; Why are you dreaming about your ex?

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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 /
Monday
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Valley of Fears

Over the past week, the government has taken a series of extraordinary measures in Jammu & Kashmir—the latest being the house arrest of the state’s political leadership. Also you need to know how to ace the keto diet.

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August /
Friday
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Justice Served

The Supreme Court finally stepped in to offer some measure of justice in the Unnao rape case. Also in Informer: A list of chat fiction apps that are perfect for time-pass.

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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 /
Wednesday
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Cup of Sorrows

VG Siddhartha, the owner of Cafe Coffee Day, appears to have committed suicide due to enormous personal debt. Also, in Sex Love Etc: Why Indian women stay in sex-less marriages; the embarrassing private language of couples.

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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 /
Monday
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A Series of Unfortunate Events

The survivor of the infamous Unnao rape case is in critical condition after a truck smashed into her car. Also you need to know: how to let go of a beloved pet.

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July /
Friday
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Outward Bound

The recently released migration data from the 2011 census reveals key trends—and one big question mark about its numbers. Also in Informer: A list of hyaluronic acid essentials for your face.

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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 /
Wednesday
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God Save the Kingdom

The United Kingdom has a new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and President Trump has already hailed him as “Britain Trump.” Also in Sex, Love Etc.: This is how men treat women they don’t see as attractive; how do you know you are in love?

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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 /
Monday
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Fly Me To The Moon!

The launch of Chandrayaan 2 was cancelled last week due to technical problems. It has been rescheduled and will launch today. Also, an essential guide to embracing happiness.

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July /
Friday
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State of Dishonour

A love story out of UP gripped the attention of the nation yesterday when the daughter of a BJP MLA posted two videos alleging that her father was out to kill her. Also, in Informer: A list of wardrobe essentials to protect your clothes and shoes.

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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 /
Wednesday
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Oh No, IndiGo!

IndiGo Airlines is being torn apart by a battle between its founders who are fighting over control of the company. Also in Sex, Love Etc.: The hidden price of marriage; the best venue for a first date.

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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 /
Monday
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Battleship Down!

The ruling Congress-JDS alliance in Karnataka is on the brink of collapse thanks to the resignations of 14 MLAs. Also, you need to know: how to tame and flaunt your curly hair.

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July /
Friday
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Escape From (Shopping) Paradise

The sixth wife of the ruler of Dubai is in hiding in London. Their divorce case in the UK courts threatens to blow the lid on human rights abuse in the family. Also in Informer: A list of wellness retreats to restore mind and body.

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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 /
Wednesday
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I Can’t Stand the Rain

Mumbai was paralysed by a record-setting downpour which shut down all forms of transport, left thousands stranded, and once again raised questions about misgovernance. Also in Sex, Love Etc.: When sex with strangers feels powerful; finding ‘the knot’ that stops you from sliding out of a good relationship.

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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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July /
Monday
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Together Forever… For Now

President Trump made history when he strolled into North Korea to greet President Kim Jong-un. And that’s about all he achieved. Also, you need to know how to find a flat that is right for you.

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June /
Friday
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Piece of Cake

The Bombay High Court upheld the Maharashtra government’s new quota for Marathas, opening the door to reservation mania across the country. Also in Informer: Excellent Indian podcasts that tackle taboo subjects.

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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 /
Wednesday
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Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in town on a visit that is likely to be high on optics and low on outcomes. Also in Sex, Love Etc: When a child becomes the third partner in a marriage; do all men really like oral sex?

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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 /
Monday
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Crime and (No) Punishment

The US President was accused of rape by a respected columnist. And his administration was found to be abusing little children in custody. Also, you need to know: how to ask for a raise.

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June /
Friday
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Melting Point

A new study shows that climate change is destroying glaciers up in the highest reaches of the Himalayas—spelling catastrophe for all of us. Also in Informer: Brilliant products made by women, for parents.

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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 /
Wednesday
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Money Changes Everything

Facebook made waves around the world with its latest announcement: a new cryptocurrency called Libra. Also in Sex, Love Etc.: The difference between human and animal sex; the gap between our sexual identity and sexual behaviour.

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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 /
Monday
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FTW

The much-hyped match proved to be a damp squib as India cantered to an easy victory over Pakistan in Old Trafford. Also, you need to know: How to create and stick to your exercise routine.

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June /
Friday
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The Doctor Is Out

A brutal assault on a medical intern in Kolkata has snowballed into a medical crisis as doctors across the country go on strike in support of their Bengali colleagues. Also in Informer: an excellent list of must-see documentaries.

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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 /
Wednesday
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Are You Free to Speak?

The Supreme Court ordered the immediate release of a Delhi journalist on bail, making it clear that citizens cannot be thrown behind bars without just cause. Also in Sex, Love Etc.: The bizarre story of a Tinder hacker; why buddying up with your bae is bad for sex.

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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 /
Monday
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Yogi Lawless

The arrest of a journalist and two senior editors of a TV news channel reveals how vulnerable citizens are to the flagrant abuse of law. Also, you need to know how to stop ruining your groceries.

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June /
Friday
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In This Corner...

Two giant public rows broke out in two major parties at the same time -- and one of them occurred within the notoriously disciplined Modi government. Also in Informer: Perfect workwear solutions for the summer.

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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 /
Wednesday
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It’s Not Me, It’s You

The grand alliance between Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav has come to an end, marking the demise of hopes of a united opposition. Also in Sex, Love Etc.: A funny list of DMs that won’t get you laid; why women lose interest in sex first.

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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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June /
Monday
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Speaking in Tongues

A draft version of the National Education Policy submitted to the government created uproar in Tamil Nadu, which soon spread to other states. Also, you need to know: how to take control of your smartphone.

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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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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 /
Monday
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The Hunt Begins

In the aftermath of the Easter attacks, both Sri Lankan and Indian security forces carried out raids to apprehend individuals and groups with ISIS connections. Also: everything you need to know about getting rid of any kind of stain.

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April /
Friday
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See Joe Run

Former Vice President Joseph Biden finally announced his candidacy for the Democratic party nomination after months of speculation. Also in the Informer: A list of essential tech accessories.

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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 /
Wednesday
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Don’t Tell Me Cause It Hurts

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Sri Lankan bombings. More importantly: explosive new details revealed alerts sent by Indian intelligence agencies—and Sri Lanka’s failure to act on them. Also: finding love on a plane; dealing with the old ‘silent treatment’.

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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 /
Monday
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Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Eight bomb blasts spread across Sri Lanka killed at least 207 people and left 450 injured. A woman has accused the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Ranjan Gogoi, of sexual harassment. Also: How to master the microwave.

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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 /
Wednesday
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A Ticking Bomb

The government has ordered Google and Apple to remove the wildly popular Tik Tok from their platforms. Also: What in the world is an ‘intimacy coordinator? Also: Why are hot people so stressful?

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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 /
Monday
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Time to Vote, Time to Party!

India’s leading airline, Jet Airways, is on its last legs. A critical meeting to be held today may well seal its fate. Also: Broadsheet’s great election swayamvar in Bangalore today. Plus: the best way to end a relationship.

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April /
Friday
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Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge

The Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was finally arrested in London when the Ecuador embassy decided to give him the boot. Also: a list of excellent products that help you and the planet.

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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 /
Wednesday
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So Close, Yet So Far

The national election kicks off tomorrow with the first phase of voting. This is what the pre-election surveys say about the likely results. Also: What celibacy does to your vagina, and the vagaries of ‘love at first sight’.

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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 /
Monday
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It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane...

A US journal article sparked a new round of bickering over whether India took down a Pakistani F-16. Then the Pakistanis announced that they have evidence that India is planning a new attack just to stir the shit. Also: All the really cool things you can do with your phone other than take selfies.

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April /
Friday
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Just Watch Me!

NaMo TV has been on air for over a week without any license. The media and the opposition is crying foul. Also: Gandhis named in a defence corruption case, sneakers that are perfect for summer dresses.

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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 /
Wednesday
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Ho, Ho, Ho, Ho!

Rahul Gandhi released a crowd-pleasing manifesto which promised a little something for pretty much everyone—and made liberals very happy. Also: Madhu Jaffrey as Rap Naani and a brilliant case for marriage.

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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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April /
Monday
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Welcome to the Jungle!

The Congress party chief announced that he will be contesting the 2019 elections from two seats: his home turf Amethi and Wayanad, Kerala. Plus: Everything you need to know about hunting for a new job.

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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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