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September 18, 2021

How disinformation is the new state-sponsored violence – and four other Sunday reads

State-sponsored disinformation as a weapon A court hearing earlier this month revealed that the evidence used by the police to file a case against Umar Khalid in connection with the February 2020 Delhi violence came from edited clips of a speech he gave that were played on TV news channels, who in turn, had pulled those bits from a snippet put out on social media by the head of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s IT Cell. Political scientist Neelanjan Sircar examines what this case tells us about the nature of disinformation in…

‘I was disillusioned with BJP, not okay with being benched’: Babul Supriyo after joining TMC

Hours after joining the Trinamool Congress on Saturday, singer-politician Babul Supriyo said that he had become “disillusioned” with the Bharatiya Janata Party, NDTV reported. Supriyo, who won the Asansol Lok Sabha seat in the 2019 general elections on a BJP ticket, had quit active politics in July after he was dropped as a Union minister from Narendra Modi’s Cabinet during a reshuffle. On July 31, Supriyo had said that he would resign as an MP as well. But two days later he said he will continue to be an MP. “I did feel…

La Liga: Felix sent off, Griezmann struggles again as Atletico Madrid held to goalless draw

Joao Felix was sent off and Antoine Griezmann failed to fire again as Atletico Madrid were held to a goalless draw by Athletic Bilbao in a bad-tempered contest on Saturday. Griezmann started ahead of Luis Suarez but was replaced by the Uruguayan after 55 minutes at the Wanda Metropolitano without registering a shot on target. Felix came on too as Atletico chased a winner, only to be shown a second yellow card for dissent, the 21-year-old lashing the ball into the crowd in frustration. The ball hit an Atletico supporter, who…

‘Something different’: What Rinku Rajguru looks for in every new role

Rinku Rajguru, not yet 21, already has a neat pile of achievements: three Marathi films, a direct-to-streamer Hindi movie, parts in two anthology productions, and an important role in a web series. All this while studying for an arts degree. Rajguru continues to live with her parents and younger brother in Akluj town near Solapur. Physically attending college was out of question for Rajguru even in pre-Covid days. The overnight stardom that followed her stunning debut in Sairat in 2016 meant that Rajguru has had to opt for…

Serie A: Inter Milan trounce Bologna to top table, Fiorentina continue good start

Inter Milan bounced back from midweek Champions League disappointment on Saturday with a 6-1 hammering of Bologna which moved the reigning champions top of Serie A. Simone Inzaghi’s side were sucker-punched in the last minute by Real Madrid in Wednesday’s single-goal defeat but made no mistake this time at the San Siro. They are a point ahead of Roma, AC Milan, Napoli and Fiorentina following a thumping win which came thanks to goals from Lautaro Martinez, Milan Skriniar, Nicolo Barella, and Matias Vecino and a brace from…
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