Daily briefing: Kappan gets bail; inside containers containing Bharat Jodo yatris; and more

Start your weekend with the top 5 stories from today’s edition: Kappan gets bail; inside containers containing Bharat Jodo yatris; how to cheat in chess; what to watch this weekend; and more.

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Speaking after her husband was released on bail by the Supreme Court On Friday, Raihana, the wife of Siddique Kappan, said the Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) supported the family through. At the time of his arrest, Kappan was the Delhi Unit Secretary of the KUWJ. Shortly after his arrest, the union filed a habeas corpus petition in the Supreme Court challenging Kappan’s custody. The KUWJ approached the SC again when the Uttar Pradesh police and prison authorities did not allow Kappan to meet his family and lawyer, Manikandan said. “After that he was allowed to call his family,” he added.

Why was he arrested? Two years ago, Kappan was arrested and convicted under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act by Uttar Pradesh police who claimed he was linked to the radical People’s Front of India ( PFI). At the time, Kappan and three others were heading to the Hathras house of a young Dalit woman who had died of an alleged gang rape. Police say material intended to incite riots was seized from the vehicle he was traveling in.

What did the SC say? India’s Chief Justice, UU Lalit, said: “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. He tries to show that the victim (Hathras) needs justice and raises a common voice. Will it be a crime in the eyes of the law?


🔴 Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi launched the third day of his nationwide Bharat Jodo Yatra in the Nagercoil of Tamil Nadu on Friday. Here is what happened :

Hashtag Policy: The official BJP social media handle posted an image of the Congress leader alongside a T-shirt similar to what he was wearing with a price tag reading INR 41,257 and a caption that read ‘Bharat, Dekho’ . In response, Saral Patel, the Congress’ national social media manager, said the BJP was “shaken by the public response” to the yatra and was “trying everything to distract from it”.

Who is the next President of Congress? Breaking his silence on the upcoming Congress presidential election and signaling that he did not wish to run, senior Congress official Rahul Gandhi said on Friday he saw no “contradiction” between not leading the Congress party and yet lead – or “participate” in his words – the Bharat Jodo Yatra. He said he had clearly decided what he was going to do and claimed “there is no confusion in my mind”.

Congress on Wheels: Around 60 truck-mounted container vans turn into air-conditioned rooms for the Yatris every day. Containers are parked in color-coded areas, according to the number of beds they have. In addition to those where the approximately 120 revelers marching alongside Rahul, from Kanyakumari in Kashmir, are staying, there is a container transformed into a mini-conference room. We take you inside these containers.


🔴 In our review section today, Lord Meghnad Desai writes on how Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday, guided the UK into modernity: “There was a social revolution in the Elizabethan Second Age. What was a stilted, conservative and repressed society has erupted into modernity. Not only was ‘swinging Britain’ ushered in in the early 60s by the Beatles, Rolling Stones and the pop music explosion, but homosexuality was legalized and abortion became available on the National Health Service . During the last years of his reign, the full range of LGBTQI people and their struggle for identity became part of everyday conversations and debates.


The chess world was rocked when five-time world champion Magnus Carlsen decided to quit the $500,000 Sinquefield Cup after losing a game to 19-year-old American Hans Niemann. Some top players said he quit because he suspected Niemann of cheating. While Niemann’s case will take a while to die down, cheating/collusion has never been foreign to chess. The sport has a long history and it kind of got bigger with the advent of online chess.

Shoes, cheat codes, dark sunglasses with micro-camera, visible assist – various nefarious methods have been deployed by players in the past. In our section explained today, we look at some of these methods.


🍿 What to watch this weekend

This week, Review of Shubhra Gupta the highly anticipated Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt-starring ‘Brahmastra’: “Despite all this non-stop infographics, the opulence of the sets, the star-studded lineup, the film’s commitment to its dazzling brilliance, we never really buy into it completely. Had to work hard to fall in, and kept falling in. (1.5⭐)


Sunday Express Quiz

How many times has Queen Elizabeth II visited India?

  1. 3
  2. 5
  3. 1

Until next time,
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