Cut The clutter: Understanding hockey & how it’s changed with rules & gear as India moves into Olympic Q-F
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Indian men's hockey team thrashed Japan 5-3 to finish 2nd in Group A at the Olympics today. In Episode 801 of CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the rule, surface and gear changes in hockey that has made the game as fast-paced as today, and how India has adapted.
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Indian philanthropy has come of age. But a trend to undermine impulsive forms of charity like alms to beggars, donating money at temples or giving sadaqah has also emerged.
ThePrintPod: Another Thackeray son arrives: Raj Thackeray preps son Amit for 2022 Maharashtra civic polls
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Amit Thackeray, who officially joined politics in January 2020, has already done two tours of Nashik and held meetings with MNS functionaries there. Read full article here: https://theprint.in/india/another-thackeray-son-arrives-raj-thackeray-preps-son-amit-for-2022-maharashtra-civic-polls/705661/
PureScience: From being extinct in less than 100 yrs of discovery to evolving in art — the journey of the dodo
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The dodo went extinct in less than 100 years of its discovery, and today is a symbol of extinction by human activity. Owing to its location, very few individual birds were sighted by humans in the 1600s, and most of what we know about the bird comes from description and art. ThePrint’s Sandhya Ramesh explains new findings that track the changes in the depiction of dodo in art and scientific drawings. Brought to you by @Kia India ----more----Supplementary reading: The changing face of the dodo (Aves: Columbidae:Raphus cucullatus): iconography of the Walghvogel of Mauritius https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08912963.2021.1940996----more----Is this the earliest depiction of a dodo in art? https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/is-this-the-earliest-depiction-of-a-dodo-in-art----more----Ustad Mansur https://incois.gov.in/Tutor/science+society/lectures/illustrations/lecture19/ustadmansur.html
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Cut The Clutter: Israel ‘raids’ NSO as France ups pressure over Pegasus. And is Kerala a Covid success or disaster
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Israel raided NSO under French pressure over Pegasus. Also: Kerala has been reporting a high number of Covid cases, half of all of India’s. In Episode 800 of CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta takes a deep dive into Covid data to check if Kerala model is a success or disaster. And some Olympic updates.
Since 21 June, India’s daily Covid numbers have remained in the 30,000-50,000 bracket, even though the number jumped by about 50% Wednesday morning to 43,654 new cases. Read full article here: https://theprint.in/health/indias-covid-cases-have-plateaued-for-37-days-heres-why-this-isnt-all-good-news/704934/
ThePrintPod: How ‘unseen’ Mizoram came together to tell its side of story in border clash with Assam
Demarcation of disputed boundary between Assam and Mizoram aside, the current tension has more to do with people, and the perception that Assam is resorting to force. Read full article here: https://theprint.in/opinion/how-unseen-mizoram-came-together-to-tell-its-side-of-story-in-border-clash-with-assam/705197/
Global Print : Why Modi's China gamble has paid off & why Blinken's Afghan policy differs from India
In this edition of #GlobalPrint, ThePrint's Senior Consulting Editor Jyoti Malhotra talks about the visit of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to India and explains why they agree on the Quad against China and differ on Afghanistan.
Cut The Clutter: Is China nuts to throttle its tech firms, esp edu-tech & destroy nearly a trillion $ of their value
As China intensifies crackdown on ed-tech firms, and its TD h shares lose near a trillion $, @ShekharGupta explains the rationale behind the CCP's sledgehammer strike. In episode 799 of #CutTheClutter Brought to you by @KiaInd
Congress is playing 'eenie meenie myna mo', trying to pick issues to target Modi with. It has little or no idea of what will actually work, if at all. Watch News Editor Ruhi Tewari in #PoliTricks. Read here: https://theprint.in/opinion/politricks/a-buffet-of-modi-govt-failures-but-congress-still-cant-breach-the-teflon/704508/
61-year-old Bommai held the portfolio of Home, Law, and Parliamentary Affairs in the Yediyurappa government. BJP leaders describe him as a 'shrewd' politician who 'knows his job'.----more---- Read the full article here: https://theprint.in/politics/engineer-to-karnataka-cm-the-rise-of-bsy-loyalist-lingayat-leader-basavaraj-bommai/704613/
ThePrintPod: Imran Khan’s electoral win in PoK doesn’t represent the true will of the people. Here’s why
In a democracy, elections result in governance by the legislature and executive. But in PoK, both are powerless.
Billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos flew to the edge of space this month in private vehicles developed by their space companies. The two flights that reached different heights brought to the forefront the debate over the definition of the 'Karman Line' or where space begins. ThePrint’s Sandhya Ramesh explains.
Following the murderous border incident between Assam and Mizoram, Shekhar Gupta traces back the complicated border story between Assam and the rest of the Northeast; with hostilities rooted in a struggle for indenture, land, resources and dominance. Episode 798 of #CutTheClutter. Additional Research provided by Sukriti Vats, Nidhima Taneja and Tara Rao.
Politically Correct: Why mass base is no comfort to Yediyurappas, Rajes and Singhs in Modi-Shah’s BJP
Since 2014, Modi's persona is the defining element for the RSS and the BJP, but he wouldn’t let any regional leader harbour any such notions in their territories. Our Political Editor D.K. Singh says in #PoliticallyCorrect.
ThePrintPod: IPKF heroes were ignored for 30 years. They are finally getting their due under the Modi government
Belated as it may be, the Modi government’s decision to permit commemoration of the 34th anniversary of IPKF operation has sent a reassuring message. ----more---- Read the full article here: https://theprint.in/opinion/ipkf-heroes-were-ignored-for-30-years-they-are-finally-getting-their-due-under-the-modi-government/702743/
Edible oils have seen a sharp rise in prices in last 6 months despite govt efforts to cool off rates by reducing high tax levies. June fuel inflation was 12.68%, while edible oil inflation was at 34.78%.----more---- Read the full article here: https://theprint.in/economy/forget-petrol-diesel-prices-of-edible-oils-have-soared-even-higher-in-june-july/703309/
Cut The Clutter: Big political message from Karnataka. And some Olympic story-telling on unsung Indian stars
Yeddyurappa’s departure in Shows how all political parties in India are now High Command run. Implications. And also, some story-telling from the Olympics. Shekhar Gupta with Episode 797 of CutTheClutter.
PureScience: Is it safe to send children to school in buses now? Yes, if Covid protocols are followed, study says
A study in the US, published in the Journal of School Health this month, has now shown that it may be possible to limit Covid transmission in buses running in full capacity, even at times when community transmission in an area is very high. In this episode of #PureScience, ThePrint’s Mohana Basu explains the study's methodology and findings. Brought to you by @Kia India ----more----Further reading: Community Outbreak Investigation of SARS-CoV-2 Transmission Among Bus Riders in Eastern China: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2770172/
Pakistan Army chief General Bajwa is keenly engaged with the UK to market himself as someone who can turn things around, including handling the Taliban.
ThePrintPod: ‘Courage is to hold on’: How Kargil fighting turned 3 Army doctors into frontline soldiers
Vijay Kumar, Rajesh W. Adhau & V.V. Sharma were among doctors who won Sena Medal for Gallantry for playing pivotal role in reducing Indian casualties in the Kargil war. ----more---- Read the full article here: https://theprint.in/defence/courage-is-to-hold-on-how-kargil-fighting-turned-3-army-doctors-into-frontline-soldiers/702856/----more----
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Five states will go to polls ahead of India's presidential election, each of them carries weight in determining its outcome. Shekhar Gupta uses data on the unique electoral college for presidential polls to explain states' why BJP's concerned despite a sweeping majority in Parliament. Episode 796 of CutTheClutter
ThePrintPod: Indian experts are wondering why New Delhi has been sidelined in Afghanistan. This is why
There’s a new Russia-Pakistan axis and Quad to tackle the Afghanistan crisis. India still doesn’t know what to do about them.----more----Read article here: https://theprint.in/opinion/indian-experts-wondering-why-new-delhi-has-been-sidelined-in-afghanistan-this-is-why/701004/
ThePrintPod: Congress’ Nana Patole wants to fight solo in Maharashtra, but data says it’s not a good idea
Analysis of election results for Lok Sabha, assembly and civic bodies of five key cities in Maharashtra shows that Congress’ performance has been increasingly dull in the state.----more---- Read the full article here: https://theprint.in/politics/congress-nana-patole-wants-to-fight-solo-in-maharashtra-but-data-says-its-not-a-good-idea/700984/----more----
A dusty disc around a young planet 400 light years away may help better understand planet formation, and also explain how gas giants get their moons. In this episode of #PureScience, ThePrint’s Mohana Basu explains why this discovery has astronomers so excited.
Cut The Clutter: Understanding Karnataka politics as BJP moves to oust Yediyurappa, risks Lingayat wrath
As Karnataka chief minister Yediyurappa's exit looks imminent, Shekhar Gupta explains how the complex caste politics in the state have made him essential for BJP to gain its foothold in the South. Episode 79 of #CutTheClutter. And how it’s risking the Lingayat wrath Additional research by Tara Rao, Sukriti Vats and Nidhima Taneja
Average yearly FDI inflows were at $63 bn during Modi govt tenure beginning 2014, compared to average annual inflow of $30 bn during 10 yrs of UPA.
Pegasus divided the press – Times Now’s Navika Kumar said allegations were not ‘conclusive’. CNN News18’s Zakka Jacob read the story as calmly as a story about delayed monsoon.
In this edition of #GlobalPrint, Senior Consulting Editor Jyoti Malhotra talks about how Afghanistan is fighting for its survival and why India must assist it in every way. Watch :
Cut The Clutter: What Pegasus targeting of heads of states shows, link with Netanyahu travels. Also: India's Tokyo prospects
In today's CTC episode, Shekhar Gupta highlights 2 stories: the international stir Pegasus is causing with multiple Presidents, PMs, even a king targeted by Israeli, a link to Netanyahu & his foreign travels. And also, what to expect from India in the Tokyo Olympic games. . Episode 794 of #CutTheClutter
Rahul Gandhi’s name in the list of potential ‘hacking’ targets in the Pegasus scandal underlines an inexplicable fact — his undying importance. He may not be taken seriously for his political abilities or electoral successes; he may even be among the most mocked politicians. But for his rivals, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he has become somewhat of an obsession. Watch News Editor Ruhi Tewari in #PoliTricks. To know more, read: https://theprint.in/opinion/politricks/pegasus-list-proves-rahul-gandhis-undying-importance/699841/
About 53 per cent of respondents from these Hindi-speaking states knew what Zomato is, which is significant. But it is well below the awareness for Paytm. Read full article here: https://theprint.in/opinion/survey-shows-zomato-is-doing-something-right-with-brand-awareness/699696/
The Gandhi siblings have now decided to go for the kill — re-establish unquestioned supremacy. Our Political Editor D.K. Singh explains in #Politcally Correct.
Despite advanced super computers and continuous research on weather models, why do meteorologists still get the forecasts wrong sometimes? In this episode of #PureScience, Mohana Basu explains the science behind weather predictions. Brought to you by @Kia India ----more----Further reading: Why the IMD gets its forecast wrong https://theprint.in/science/severe-cold-in-warm-winter-floods-in-normal-monsoon-why-imd-gets-its-forecasts-so-wrong/341782/ ----more----What led to the wrong monsoon predictions this year? https://theprint.in/india/sizzling-heat-wave-in-delhi-instead-of-early-monsoon-why-imd-got-its-forecast-wrong/688892/
Exactly 30 years ago, the historic 1991 economic reforms freed up the private sector and removed many trade barriers, unleashing India’s growth potential.
ThePrintPod : India plans ‘direct communication’ with Taliban as world prepares for life after US pullout
New Delhi believes as a key stakeholder in the region it has to ensure that the violence stops and so speaking to the Taliban is key.
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The Andhra Pradesh wing of the Congress has been plagued with issues like lack of unity and internal leadership tussles for years now, which contributed to its downfall. Read full article here: https://theprint.in/politics/how-congress-became-irrelevant-in-andhra-pradesh-in-a-span-of-just-7-years/698407/
ThePrintPod: Prashant Kishor and Congress — A Faustian pact or a feast that can truly threaten Modi’s BJP
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Defeating Narendra Modi needed a face. Here’s what you have instead — face-off with a grand strategy. Read full article here: https://theprint.in/opinion/why-prashant-kishor-and-congress-together-is-the-only-shot-at-a-90s-style-anti-bjp-coalition/698569/