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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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?